November 2011

Happy 84th Birthday Vin Scully! WE LOVE YOU!!!

Happy 84th birthday Mr. Vin Scully!   Thank you for continuing to broadcast Dodger games!   I can’t to wait to hear you say  “Is Time for Dodger Baseball!”  and “Hi everybody & a very pleasant good evening (or good afternoon) to you where ever you may be…”

Love this quote from  Bloggingaboutbaseball.com :

“Scully doesn’t announce, he paints. Announcers sway, announcers yell, announcers do play-by-play. Scully uses smooth strokes to create a picture of a game that is unfolding before your eyes. Everything flows seemlessly, and if it won’t, Scully’s not afraid to be silent for a moment.”

Back in 2006 a thread was started in the Dodger forum titled ” Vin Scully’isms”

Here are some of those Vin  Scully’isms: 

As long as you live keep smiling because it brightens everybody’s day. Vin Scully (one of my favorites!) 

Good is not good when better is expected.

Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination.

It’s a mere moment in a man’s life between the All-Star Game and an old timer’s game.

Football is to baseball as blackjack is to bridge. One is the quick jolt. The other the deliberate, slow-paced game of skill, but never was a sport more ideally suited to television than baseball.

The Dodgers are such a .500 team that if there was a way to split a three-game series, they’d find it.

Aaron Cook coming out of the game; the Dodgers hit him with four jabs, two to the left and two to the right side.

Jason takes his lead off second base, Sele’s pitch is a ground ball to Saenz. He looks the runner back. I guess you could say that’s keeping him at Bay. [Player was Jason Bay, of course]

The weather today is so humid that your roll-on would roll off.

That’s the kind of breaking ball you can throw around a corner. Whoa!

Earlier in the year, he had everybody talking. Now that he’s not hitting, he’s talking to himself.

Lugo is so thin that when he wears a black suit he looks like twelve o’clock.

Repko came by way of Pasadena and can’t make the play.

Matt Holiday takes a curve ball and straightens it out…you could’ve watched a movie on that flight.

Six innings are in the books, and so far Greg Maddux is the author.

It’s pretty hard to hit when a pitch looks like a Polaris missile coming up out of the ground.

The amazing Livan [Hernandez], throwing soap bubbles and he gets away with it.

They’re going to have to put an ad in the paper to get a run.

It was a change like a balloon, and Ethier hit it where the string broke.

Prince Fielder has two long home runs, but chop them up and they’re about 90 singles.

Andre Ethier draws the Dodgers even, and calling to the bullpen is Sweet Lou, who is bordering on the vinegar.

Chien-Ming Wang, who was the winning pitcher for the Yankees, was a high school buddy of Hong-Chih Kuo. Hong-Chih Kuo grew up playing with Chin-Hui Tsao, who’s on the D.L. Chin-Hui Tsao became the third player from Taiwan to appear in a game for the Dodgers, joining Hong-Chih Kuo and outfielder Chin-Feng Chen. But don’t ask me to read all that again. I can’t handle it.”

Bud Black is out to argue and to calm down his pitcher. The Dodgers have already stolen his wallet and are working on his watch.

That thing died of exhaustion on the way to short. I mean, you could lose a poodle in that stuff.

Juan Pierre is going steady with the left field pole.

Rowand fought the wall, and the wall won.

To oldtimers during the 2008  Opening Day ceremony: “There are three stages in life — youth, maturity, and ‘you-look-wonderful.’ Gentlemen, may I just say, you look wonderful.

Slow curve– I’m not sure if they had a speed gun or an egg timer on that one.

[Playoffs in 09] “Eighth inning, a 1-1 tie, 56,000 fans on their feet, and the deuces are as wild as they ever will be!

This is a heck of a time for me to be reading this one. The Dodgers invite you to hit, throw, run and swing for the fences–in other words, all the things the Dodgers are not doing tonight.

2011 Cy Young Award Winner: Dodgers Clayton Kershaw

I have not created a new post since November 2nd when I posted about our three Dodgers -Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Clayton Kershaw winning Gold gloves.

What a happy day in Los Angeles yesterday when it was announced that Clayton Kershaw had won the NL Cy Young Award! I was anxiously waiting for the results on Thursday. I was busy with a Webinar at work with phone and computer busy but I was keeping an eye on my droid.  Sure enough it started beeping with the good news. But in addition to the good news there was an email from the Dodgers inviting us season ticket holders to attend the conference on the field of Dodger Stadium. What was I to do when I had taken the train to work and I was still in the middle of the webinar?  Good thing it ended promptly at noon and there were no further questions.

the email said the conference was to start promptly at 1:30 p.m and that fans could start arriving at 12:30 p.m. I called to see if the company car was available. I was lucky! It was available!  I then headed to see my boss and told him I had an emergency and had to leave but would be back later on.

What a great day being back at Dodger Stadium! Clayton Kershaw was there with his wife Ellen. Matt Kemp and James Loney were also there.  Maury Wills was also there.  Prior CY Young award winners Don Newcombe & Fernando Valenzuela were also there.    Dodgers who have won the Cy Young:   Don Newcombe (1986) Don Drysdale (1962), Sandy Koufax (1963, ’65. ’66), Mike Marshall (1974), Fernando Valenzuel (1981), Orel Hershiser (1988), Eric Gagne (2003) and Clayton Kershaw (2011).

  Congratulations Clayton Kershaw!

More pictures:

Dodgers get some Gold and the McCourts are Out of Here! Woohoo!

What a great day in Los Angeles for us Dodger Fans!  First we get the news that Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier win  Gold Gloves!  Congratulations guys!

The next news I received yesterday was that Frank McCourt agreed to sell the Dodgers! 

 Dodger fans are celebrating everywhere!

I am off to the SABR AFL conference in Arizona early tomorrow morning!  details here http://sabr.org/latest/exciting-schedule-deck-sabr-arizona-fall-league-conference  I am excited about attending and also to see Dustin Pedroia there.  Maybe Ethier will also be there….

Love what John Thorn has to say about SABR here http://sabr.org/content/john-thorn-why-im-sabr-member  That is the way I felt when I attended my first SABR convention this year.  John just says so well.  I was thrilled to meet him this year.  Take a look at this  baseball card from John Thorn.  I got the set of Major League Writers from Terry Cannon of the Baseball Reliquary:

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