February 2012

Dodgers White Sox First Spring Training Fan Fest

My friends Lorena, Rosie, Amanda and I are waking up pretty early on Saturday to head to the Dodgers White Sox Spring Training Fanfest March 3rd.   Hmm, let’s see…gates open at 8;30, a six hour drive.  Man!  that is pretty early and this is a turnaround trip.  

Here is the information


Saturday, March 3, 2012, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

FREE ADMISSION!!! Batting practice & autograph sessions:
Chicago White Sox batting practice 9-10:30am
Chicago White Sox autograph session 10:30-11am
Los Angeles Dodgers autograph session 11-11:30am
Los Angeles Dodgers batting practice 11:30am-1pm

Activities & Promotions:
Concourse Activities include the Free Agent Sports Marketing Sports Card and Memorabilia Show, speed pitch, fan photos, kids’ inflatables, a Phoenix Coyotes booth featuring Howler, a Glendale fire truck, and a Cactus League book signing with Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry.
Promotional items include bobbleheads (first 250 children 12 and under), Coyotes ticket drawing for the March 3rd game at neighboring Jobing.com Arena, spring training raffles, and other sponsored giveaways.
Arizona Sports 620 Radio will broadcast from the stadium during the event.
Concession stands and the Clubhouse Store will be open.
The ticket office will be open from 8:30am-4pm for fans to purchase game tickets.

 Phone: (623) 302-5000
Event url: www.camelbackranchbaseball.com
Here is a picture from last March at Camelback Ranch.  Andre Ethier, Margie, Lorena and I.  
Spring Training 2011 076  Andre Ethier .jpg
Had a great time at the Baseball Reliquary event last Saturday.  I purchased the book “Strrr-ike!! Emmett Ashford, Major League Umpire” by Adrienne Cherie Ashford, daughter of Emmett.   I checked out two  books from the library, one on the Negro League and the other is  “A Strong Right Arm”  the story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson.” 
I also won another book.  “Bat Boy: My True Life Adventures Coming of Age with the New York Yankees by Matthew McGough.  Matthew was in the audience so he signed my book.  He was there with his two beautiful young kids.  Even though I have the book I will attend the Baseball Reliquary when he will be speaking about his book and having a book signing.   My friend Abby who is a huge Yankee fan, said is a fun read.   Thank you Abby for the two Dodger books you have sent me!   Let me know if there is anything I can send your way.  
I plan on getting the Gaylord Perry book too.  So many books to read, so little time.  I plan on reading on my way to Camelback Ranch. 

ref:  http://events.kpho.com/?404

Do You Know Who Was the first Black Umpire in Major League Baseball?

Emmett Ashford MLB debut took place on April 11, 1966 Home Opener where the Washington Senator were playing Cleveland.  His first major hurdle was getting into the stadium.   Vice-President Hubert Humphrey was scheduled to throw out the first ball, and the service needed to be convinced that a black man was there to umpire the game.   Ashford was a colorful (no pun intended) man.  

Ashford was born in Los Angeles on November 23, 1914.  Ashford’s father abandoned the family so Emmett and brother Wilbur were raised by their highly motivated mother who worked as a secretary for the California Eagle, a black newspaper.  Ashford excelled at Jefferson High School, rising to co-editor of the school paper, the Jeffersonian, and becoming a teen journalist for the California Eagle.  When he graduated in 1933 he was the senior class president, the first black student so honored.

Ashford was 51 when he made his Major league debut as an umpire.  he told Ebony after the game. “Of course, I was a little nervous at first, but wild horses couldn’t have kept me out of there. I waited 15 years for this and now I’m finally there.”   When Ashford turned 55 in December 1969, he had reached the American League’s retirement age of 55 for its umpires, a rule occasionally bent.  he was given one more year, but after the 1970 season Ashford announced his retirement. 

His umpire career: Umpire in Southwest International League, July 1951-July 1952; Arizona-Texas League, August-September 1952; Western International League, 1953: Pacific Coast League, 1954-1965; American League, 1966-1970; All-Star Game, 1967; World Series, 1970.

Come and check out this event honoring Emmett Ashford presented by the Baseball Reliquary and Allendale Branch Library in Pasadena:


Where:  Allendale Branch Library, 1130 South Marengo ave., Pasadena, CA

Emmett Ashford’s daughter, Adrienne Cherie Ashford, will discuss her father’s extraordinary career and legacy; will sign copies of her biography, Strrr-ike!!: Emmett Ashford, Major League Umpire; and will show video clips of her father working games in the 1970 World Series. Ashford’s biography will be available for $15.00 per copy.

I throughly enjoyed last Saturday’s Baseball Reliquary  event at the West Covina Library on the LA Blue Bum series by Stephen Seemayer.  I loved the Brooklyn Dodger trivia!  I also won the book  “The Unwritten Rules of Baseball.  Check out Steve’s exhibition at the West Covina Library. 

Looking forward to this Saturday’s event.   

ref:  www.baseballreliquary.org  www.sabr.org , Baseballblackheritage.com

Happy Dodger Pitchers and Catchers Report Day!

The day that Dodgers Pitchers and Catchers report is finally here!    WOOHOO!!  

Dodgers photographer and owner of the MLB blog http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com/ Jon SooHoo posted this picture from Camelback Ranch two years ago with the caption “What awaits the Dodgers at the end of the rainbow this season?”  That applies even more now.


Here is a picture from 2004 P&C at Vero Beach.   Greg Miller, Tom Martin, Hong-chih Kuo, and Kaz Isshi.  Good luck in Seattle Kuo.  We will miss you. 

In addition to being P&C Day today is Marty Gras or Fat Tuesday.  A day to feast before Lent starts.   It is also called “Shrove Tuesday” or  Pancake Day in the UK.  Pancake day because it was a great way to use the foods that were given up for Lent – milk, butter, and eggs.   

An English friend suggested I give up Baseball for Lent.  My reaction:   “WHAT!   Are you kidding me!?   “No Way”   I suggested that he gives up Soccer.   I am still working on what I am going to give up.  In the meantime. 

Dodger News: Dodgers bring back Steve Yeager as catching instructor!   Welcome back Boomer!  

13 Days till the first Spring Training Game

44 Days till Dodgers Opening Game at Petco Park (A Padre fan at the Kings game asked me why I was going to Petco Park on Opening Day and if I was a Padre fan.  I was dressed with my Dodger poncho.  lol.  He did not know the Padres open against the Dodgers) 

49 Days till Dodgers opening Day at Home!

Question:  Anyone knows if any team has shown interest on Free Agent Aaron Miles?

pictures by Jon SooHoo.

Dodger Pride Night. The Baseball Reliquary and The Blue Bum

I went to the Kings Game yesterday as it was Dodger Pride Night.  Here is a picture of my friends and I at the game.  In the picture Enrique, Ernest, Dee, William, Deuce, Sylvia, Rosie, Lorena & I. 


Steve Yeager was at the game!  

I like this shirt that Ron (Fansince53) was sporting at the game. 

Ned Colletti and King’s mascot Bailey.

Later on today I am heading to  The Baseball Reliquary Presents “Occupy Chavez Ravine:  The “Blue Bum” Paintings of Stephen Seemayer.  

“The Last Day of This World?” by Stephen Seemayer (24” x 24,” aerosol enamel, latex, and photo collage on wood panel)

“The Last Day of This World?” by Stephen Seemayer (24” x 24,” aerosol enamel, latex, and photo collage on wood panel). Created for Dodgers/Padres series of September 23-25, 2011. On display in the exhibition, Occupy Chavez Ravine: The “Blue Bum” Paintings of Stephen Seemayer.

The exhibition at the West Covina Library has been there since February 4th and will be there until March 29, 2012.   Steve is part of the Top Deck Season ticket holder family.   Go see the exhibition and become a member of the Baseball Reliquary.   Information about event here:  http://www.baseballreliquary.org/OccupyChavezRavine.htm   Also check out Steve’s website here http://www.labluebum.com/

Location: West Covina Library
Address: 1601 West Covina Parkway, West Covina, California
 I love all these events at the libraries!    Here is a picture of Terry Cannon, the President and founder of the Reliquary and Stephen Seemayer.  We are the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar at the Doheny Library, USC.  

Another picture of Terry’s exhibition of the Baseball Reliquary at the Doheny Library.  Let’s see if I can find my Baseball Reliquary t-shirt like the one in the picture. 

Baseball Reliquary membership:  $25.  Here is Terry Cannon with Benito

One of Steve’s paintings with Haiku from a game against the Angels:

Come and check out the exhibition today and meet Steve or go to the West Covina another day to check it out.

The Dodger Equipment Truck has Arrived at Camelback Ranch! Rest in Peace Gary Carter

We got notice that the Dodger Equipment truck has arrived!   And look at this!   Matt Kemp is at Camelback Ranch! 

I did not know Mitch Poole, the Dodgers Clubhouse manager is a Clipper fan.  

5 Days till Dodgers Pitchers and Catchers report. 

17 Days Till Spring Training.

48 Days till Opening Day in San Diego!

53 Days till Opening Day at Dodger Stadium.! 

Dodger Stadium is celebrating 50 years! 

Tonight is Dodger Pride Night at the King’s game.   I am meeting friends Lorena and Rosie for dinner prior to the hockey game!

Oh no!  Now I am sad.  Just read that Gary Carter passed away.   Rest in peace Gary.  Dodger photographer Jon SooHoo posted this old picture a few days ago. 

Happy 64th Birthday Ron Cey

Today February 15th is Ron Cey’s 64th birthday.   I was looking for a picture of the Penguin and I but I could not find any.  I’ve taken pictures of him with other players but not of him by himself and I could not find one with me.  I know somewhere I do have some.  I need to organize my pictures.  

Here is a picture of Ron Cey with his kids. 


And here he is two years ago with Vin Scully and Tommy Lasorda:


Here is a picture I took July 2010 at the Steve Garvey Celebrity Softball game.  I was invited by Mike who also has season tickets in my section.  


a while ago here http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2010/11/11/third-base-has-been-very-very-cold-to-the-dodgers/ I wrote a post saying that Ron Cey never won a gold glove, not because he did not deserve one but he played during Mike Schmidt tenure.  So here is a glove for you Ron!  Is not gold but is chocolate!

Happy Birthday Penguin!  

note:  MLB TV announced they will televise for the first time, two Urban League baseball games this Saturday.

Happy Valentines Day 2012 Love is …. Dodger Blue!

Happy Valentines 2012 everyone!   for me Love is Blue!  Dodger Blue!   

About a week before Valentines I received an email from the Dodgers asking permission if they could use this picture to promote the Valentine section in the Dodger Fan site for fans to send their picture.   Of course I said yes.  The picture is from the Dodger Caravan 2010.  One of the stops was at Chicken and Waffles.   Lady Gaga had shown up at the restaurant that day.   Also Barry Bonds picked the same day to show up .  He only made it to the parking lot.  He got mad when someone asked him to sign a baseball on the sweet spot.  

If you scroll to the beginning of the pictures here http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/la/fan_forum/valentine_photos.jsp  you will see my picture with Jaime Jarrin.   I love it!   My friend Lorena took the picture!  

Seven Days till Dodgers Pitchers and Catchers report.  

Who’s new: Chris Capuano, P (free agent); Mark Ellis, 2B (free agent); Jerry Hairston, OF/IF (free agent); Aaron Harang, SP (free agent); Adam Kennedy, 2B (free agent); Todd Coffey, RP (free agent); John Grabow, RP (free agent); Matt Treanor, C (free agent).
Who’s gone: Rod Barajas, C (free agent, Pittsburgh); Jonathan Broxton, RP (free agent, Kansas City); Hiroki Kuroda, SP (free agent, Yankees); Jamey Carroll, 2B (free agent, Minnesota); Jon Garland, SP (free agent); Vicente Padilla, RP (free agent, Boston); Hong-Chih Kuo, RP (free agent, Seattle).

Going to the King’s hockey game with Rosie and Lorena this Thursday.   It is Dodger Pride Night!   I am sure I will run into more Dodger fan friends there.   Ned Colletti will drop  the puck.  We Dodger fans wish it was one of the  players. 

I just paid for Opening Day tickets in San Diego for Lorena and I thanks to my friend Mike who is a season ticket holder for the Padres!  

I can’t wait to be at Camelback Ranch!  Lore and I will be there for the St Patrick Weekend and we are thinking of going March 3rd for the Dodgers White Sox FanFest there.    Spring is in the air!   

 Ref:  FoxsportArizona  for Who is New who is gone  Heart from Linda Wilson FB page.

Third Year MLB Fan Blog anniversary & Dodger Blogs Softball Tournament

Today February 13th is my third year anniversary with my MLB Fan Blog  I am not posting as often as I used to but I’ll get back into the swing again.   Three years!   2011 I met two bloggers that used to have a blog here, Randy from Minnesota with his Heirloom blog and Mike from Brooklyn with his blog TheBrooklynTrolleyblogger.  It was a pleasure meeting you two.  I also got to meet Angel fan Kristin from This is a Very Simple Game MLB blog.  http://blithescribe.mlblogs.com/I I hope to meet more bloggers this 2012.     Thank you everyone that continue to read my blog or have found me googleing something about the Dodgers.   One of these people that found me googleing something about the Brooklyn Dodgers is Dr. Tri.  His son and other fellow student have a great baseball project that I hope to keep tabs on and will keep you informed. 

Dodger Blogs Softball Tournament.    I had a great time playing for Evan’s Blog team Kingman’s Performance!   The tournament was at the Big League Dreams in West Covina.  This facility has replica fields from the Dodgers, Angels, Tiger Stadium, Yankee Stadium (the new one), Wrigley Field and Fenway Park.   We played three games at the Dodger Field, Tigers and Fenway Park replicas.   I alternated the catching  job with Esperanza, Evan’s wife.   Thank God I did or else I would have been more sore the following day.  Confession:  I am a terrible hitter but everyone was patient with me including the umpire who is a Yankee fan and even Gary and Jon SooHoo from the Left Field Pavilion team that we were playing against were rooting for me to get a hit :-)   Thank you for inviting Evan to be part of the team opinionofkingmansperformance.blogspot.com/ 

Here are some pictures:

Esperanza who scored the only run in the first game (score VSIMHB 16, KP 1) against Roberto’s team 1 www.vinscullyismyhomeboy.com/ 

Evan who runs a great blog at OpinionofKingman’s Performance and Ron (AKA Fansince53) .  Ron is a big Dodger fan that sits in the Left Field Pavilion.  If you saw the movie “Bluetopia”, you saw Ron there. 

Roberto checking out his team

Jeanine, Emma and Pat :-)  (I knew it was Pat, but I wanted to make sure). 

We are losing 8-1 but look at the scoreboard!  We are playing in the Dodger Stadium replica.  The scoreboard has game one of the 1988 World Series with kirk Gibson at bat, bottom of the 9, 3 balls, 2 strikes, 2 outs. 

Jeanine batting

My friend Jon SooHoo playing against us for the Left Field Pavilion team 1.   Wish we had him in our team.  He can hit!  he hit a three run homerun in our game. 

My friend Gary playing for the LFP team too.

Gary in the dugout with his team the LFP team 1.  I met Gary from the Baseball-Fever forum.

Jon SooHoo again on base.  Note we are playin in the Tiger Stadium replica. 

Oh no!  here is Jon again. 

One of our sluggers:

The victory is ours.  11-5.

Team foto:

No pictures from the third game.  The 27 Yankees like Evan called us beat us real bad.  They (The Left Field Pavilion team #2 actually won the whole thing so it was not as bad getting beat by them, a much younger team.  

Here is the schedule of Dodger blogs teams that were in the tournament:

Playoff bracket:

The food collected for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

The Left Field Pavilion Team 2 who took the championship and the trophy.

Dodger Diaries who came in second. 

#22 Clayton Kershaw and Dodger Caravan 2012 Community Service

I dedicate my post and ranking #22 in the January MLB Fan blog to #22 Clayton Kershaw!   Congratulations also to Kershaw for signing his two year deal with the Dodgers!   How did Kershaw celebrate his contract?  By joining the Caravan to pack food bins at the Los Angeles Food Bank where Dodger players and season ticket holders congragated to help. 

Kershaw, Shawn Green, Troncoso, Dee Gordon, Tommy Davis, Josh Lindblom, Kenley Jansen, Al Ferrara, Tony Gwynn Jr.

Kershaw loading gallons of tomato  juice for the giveaway bags. 

Clayton Kershaw and Shawn Green

Josh Lindblom

Thank you all that visit my blog.  I know I have been missing in action sometimes. 

Saturday I will be playing in the Dodgers Bloggers Softball game in West Covina with Evan’s Team from his blog Kingman’s Performance.   details here: http://opinionofkingmansperformance.blogspot.com/2012/02/blogger-softball-tournament-adventures.html

Bring a bag of food to donate to the Los Angeles Food bank and watch us play.

Details here http://www.thelfp.com/blog/2012/02/dodger-bloggers-softball-tournament/
From theLFP webite:
Where – Big League Dreams in West Covina

Time – Gates open at 7AM First games start at 8AM Championship game starts around 5:30 PM

Benefits LA Regional Food bank

Admission to the park is $3.00 with a token for a soda or drink

Participating Blogs
The Left Field Pavilion
Vin Scully is my homeboy
Dodger Thoughts
True Blue LA
Sons of Steve Garvey
Mike Scioscia’s tragic illness
Opinion of Kingmans performance
Save the Dodgers
Dodger Bobble
Dodger Diaries

So come on out and support your favorite blog. I’m asking that all players and fans bring along a box or bag of food to donate to the LA regional food bank.

Below is a list of the items that are most needed.
Canned Goods
Beef Stew
Canned Tuna
Peanut Butter
Canned Chicken
Canned Beef
Assorted Canned Fruits
Assorted Canned Vegetables

Packaged Items
Hot Cereal (Grits, Oatmeal, Malt-O-Meal, etc.)
Mashed Potatoes
Stuffing Mix
Powdered Eggs

Juices in aseptic (non-breakable) containers
Ensure (or other Supplemental drinks)
Baby Formula

Personal Products
Bar and Liquid Soap
Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
Laundry Detergent
Shaving Supplies
Feminine Hygiene Products
Deodorant and Perfume
Toilet and/or Facial Tissue
Assorted Cosmetics

They will also accept gift cards for grocery stores and fuel cards. Just mark the value on the card.

Thanks everyone and I hope to see you there!

pics by Jon SooHoo except second picture by me. I have more pics but will upload on next post.