April 2012

Dodgers vs the Nationals at Dodger Stadium

Friday night Kershaw went eight strong inning giving up two runs in the 6th from a walk to Werth and a homerun to LaRoche. He just left that pitch too high. Kenley Jansen pitched the 9th but he gave us a scare when Espinosa sent a ball that came within inches of not being foul.
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Earlier in the day during batting practice, while talking to Rosa and Ronnie by the Dodgers bullpen, a BP ball landed in back of me. I was so happy to get it as it has the 50th anniversary logo

Also during BP, I heard a mom tell her kid that she forgot her phone so she could not take his picture. I offered to take a picture and I would send it to her. I was sitting in the field level during the game. This same kid kept coming down to ask for a baseball between innings. I told him if he wanted he could sit next to me. He went and asked his who gave him permission so I watched the game with him. He brought over his uncle’s Dodger hat to use to catch a baseball since he did not have a glove.

Little john told me he plays baseball and his team is undefeated 14-0. His mom had told me earlier that they were at the game to pay tribute to her dad who was a Dodger fan. Talking with the boy he told me they live up North. I asked if he was a Giant fan and he said yes but that he would not wear any Giant gear cause he did not want to get beat up. Sad. I told him he would not get beat up then I saw a guy with a Giant jacket and later a lady with a Giant shirt. I said “see, they are wearing Giant gear”
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When I was seeing that he was not going to get a third out ball, I suggested to try at the end of the games with the umpires but to move a couple seats over the next aisle. He was only a few feets from me and I was keeping an eye on him. Well his mom comes down and she panicked not seeing him there, she said “WHERE IS MY SON?” I pointed to him (we were in the same row) and said that he had a better chance there to get a ball from the umps. Well, too many kids were in the dugout seat area so he did not get a ball. I reached in my bag for the batting practice ball I had gotten and gave it to him. He and his family thanked me. they did stay for the fireworks as they had an early flight back home.

I took a picture of little John with Hiccups payaso.

I had to ask little John his favorite players. For the Giants: Buster Posey and for the Dodgers: Matt Kemp.
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Looking at Jon SooHoo pictures blogs, I noticed he included a picture he took as he was going by during batting practice! I was sitting with June. Thanks Jon!

And here is another one. I think this is when I was going to take a picture of little John.

It was also Fireworks night. Here is another picture from Jon SooHoo.

Check out Jon SooHoo’s great pictures at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com/

OK, got to get ready to head to Dodger Stadium! Strasburg against Billingsley. Also Bryce Harper will make his major league debut at Dodger Stadium. Both the Dodgers and Nationals have identical records of 14-6. Let’s go Dodgers!

Baseball Reliquary Exhibition -Bill Veeck- Now to May 24. “Veeckfest” May 19.

I am excited that this exhibition is close to me at the Arcadia library. This is from the Arcadia library:
Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, an exhibition which utilizes photographs, artworks, artifacts, and documents to chronicle the life and times of one of the most influential figures in baseball history. The owner of four teams – the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns, and Chicago White Sox (twice) – Veeck was a baseball impresario and innovator, an unflinching advocate of racial equality, and a visionary who spent a lifetime challenging baseball’s and society’s well-entrenched status quo.

“VeeckFest” — Saturday, May 19 – 1pm-5pm
http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/images/veeck__2.jpg> In conjunction with its exhibition, Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, the Baseball Reliquary presents “VeeckFest,” an in-depth look at Bill Veeck, the transformational, visionary figure, whose life and imagination helped define the several eras he encompassed. This free event will include a film screening; book signing; and panel discussion featuring, among others, Paul Dickson, author of Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick; sportswriters John Schulian and Ron Rapoport, who covered Veeck for the Chicago Sun-Times and other publications; and screenwriter/filmmaker Ken Solarz, who owns the movie rights to Veeck’s 1962 autobiography, Veeck—as in Wreck. This will be a popular event so please come early. Space is limited to the first 150 people. Free admission. Further information, phone (626) 791-7647; for directions, phone (626) 821-5567 during library hours.

There is a Dodger game on 5/19 but I am heading to the “Veeckfest” then head to Dodger Stadium. Oh oh, this is the same day for the Dodger fanfest. Is going to be a busy day.

It did not rain enough last night at the game. It should have rained prior to the 9th inning when everything fell apart. Dodgers were leading 2-1 when Javy Guerra came in the 9th. He was getting hit then he got hit by a line drive that hit him on jaw. Mattingly should have taken him out then. Instead the Braves scored 3.

Off day today for the Dodgers so I am heading to the Arcadia library to take a look at the exhibition. Washington Nationals in town tomorrow with Clayton Kershaw on the mound!

ref: http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/home/index.asp?page=763#veeck

Will it rain today at Dodger Stadium?

The last time they predicted rain this year it did not rain but today’s prediction is 50% chance of rain at game time, 60% by 8PM, 70% by 9PM. I am still heading to the stadium. Here is a link to check weather at all stadiums:

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/stadium/stadium1n.shtml

Oh Oh, it says “Severe Weather alert” from above website. I am still going…I got a rain jacket that has no hood but I have a big plastic bag. I don’t remember the last time there was a rainout at Dodger Stadium.

Dodgers lost a close one yesterday when Javy let the game get away in the 9th with the score tied at 3-3. Remember Javy: Short memories for those kind of games. Also …oh never mind, I won’t second guess Mattingly. On second thought yes I will. He should have taken Harang out when he first went to the mound.

Beachy (2-1 .47) goes for Atlanta against Ted Lily (2.0 .69) Nice ERA’s guys. I understand that there is already a plan should there be a rainout. Something about Atlanta coming back here after playing the Pirates on an earlier game.

It was sleeved blanket Yesterday. I was getting mine and also collecting three for my friend Teresa who could not make it to the stadium. Carrying four blankets without a big bag to put them in, I kept dropping them. Before I got in, a man wearing a Miami marlins hat asked me if I had an extra ticket. I told him yes but the extra tickets were from a friend that wanted her blankets. He said he did not care about the blankets, he just wanted to see the stadium. He is in Los Angeles for a conference and when he noticed the Dodgers were in town, he took a taxi to the stadium. I showed him around the club level and took him to the field level for batting practice. I told him where I was sitting but I lost track of him afterwards. He was just walking eveywhere checking everything else. Last time I saw him he was watching BP eating a Dodger Dog. Before Richard left to get a Dodger dog, he thanked me and gave me a kiss on the cheek.

I also met Paul, who approached me to tell me he reads my blog! Yes, Paul is a Dodger fan. I was hanging with my friend Kristin Dell in the field level during BP. She said she had never been in the Top Deck so I took her there. Will post pictures when I get a chance. It was very cold last night but the Top Deck was full. Glad to see my Top Deck family there! It made it cozy.

When we walked out I could see Kristin was surprised to see the beautiful view you can see of Downtown from there. BTW, Kristin’s great grandfather (or is it Great-great grandfather) played for the Dodgers. his name: Wheezer Dell.

Sunday Dodgers Cornucopia. Rest in peace Joyce Terry.

Dodgers lost today 12-0. It was one of those games, no hitting, no pitching, no fielding. There were three errors in the game including one given to Dee Gordon who was celebrating his 24th birthday. I don’t know what the official scorer was looking at because Dee Should not had gotten that error. It should have gone to Billingsley. I like Billz but how could Dee catch that throw? Anyway, let’s put that game behind us.

Dodgers are back in town! They play three with the Braves. The matchups are:
Monday: Jurrjens against Capuano
Tuesday: minors against Harang
Wednesday: Beachy against Lily.

I was showing my brother Vic that Lily is 2-0. He was saying “Lily is 2-0? He just came off the DL!” Then he said in Spanish “Que suerte tienen los que no se bañan” LOL. That means lierary “How lucky are those that don’t take a shower”, It applies to those that without having much “qualities”, Lucky Lady smiles at them and they do well. LOL. Vic said it laughing.

Thursday is an off day and I need one as I have a problem with my car driver’s side window. Friday’s matchup was supposed to be Kershaw against Strasburg but because of the Nationals rain delay, this is what MLB At Bat is showing for the matchups:

Friday: Detwiler against DBD (Why is it showing this?, I thought it was Kershaw)
Saturday: Strasburg against DBD (again, why? Maybe Kershaw has been moved here? )
Sunday: DBD, against TBD. Busy pitcher this TBD ;-)

Rest in peace Joyce Terry.
I was very sad to find out during Opening Week that Joyce Terry, a member of the Top Deck family passed away. My deepest condolences to Carl. Carl and Terry celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary at Dodger Stadium last year on June 20, 2011.

Carl & Joyce Terry at Dodger Stadium celebrating their 62nd Anniversary

The picture is a picture I took of Carl’s pictures. The inscription says June 20, 2011. LA Dodgers 4, Tigers 0. Clayton Kershaw pitched a 2 hit shutout striking out 11.

I will miss seeing Joyce with her pink baseball hat. She was battling cancer but you could not tell seeing her walking down those stairs to her seat.

The first time I met Carl and Joyce was at Vero Beach in 2008. We were in the long line at the gift shop when Terry asked me if I had been to the Cardinals Dodger game the day before at Roger Dean Stadium. I said Yes! Then he said “Were you waiving a Dodger towel?’ Again I said Yes! We started talking about the Dodgers, where we sit at the Stadium. When I said “I have season tickets in the Top Deck. He said “So do we!” It is a small world.

Here is a picture of Carl and Joyce back in their younger days:
New York, AZ Summer fall 2011 and 2012 Caravan 002

Here is a picture of their plane. They used to travel everywhere. Carl said they had another trip scheduled to Europe this year. It was such a joy watching them together. I can’t flip this picture so is going that way.
New York, AZ Summer fall 2011 and 2012 Caravan 003

Rest in peace Joyce. Carl mentioned that Joyce name fitted her because she brought him and everyone else joy.

Should Women remove their non-baseball hat during the National Anthem?

Update 4/22/12:  Michelle Michell posted in my FB page:

The Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem

In 2007, the U.S. Congress addressed etiquette for the pledge of allegiance and the national anthem in 36 USC 301. When saying the pledge of allegiance, citizens of all ages should stand at attention, face the flag, and salute by placing the right hand over the heart. Men should remove their hats, and women any sports caps.

 http://www.emilypost.com/everyday-manners/important-manners-for-every-day/425-flag-etiquette

Here is another link:

http://www.americanflags.org/docs/etiquette.jsp?pageId=0690200091781119362391255

Dodgers were robbed at Milwaukee

With the bases loaded and one out in the 10th inning, Ryan Braun hit a shallow flyball.  Kemp could have thrown the baseball better as it bounced twice. BUT    

Nyjer Morgan was out. 

Guerrier took the loss.  Kameron Loes earns the  win.   

Dodgers now need to avoid the sweep.   Early game tomorrow at 10:10 AM Pacific Time.  Aaron Harang goes for the Dodgers against Ex Dodger Randy Wolf.   I hope the Dodgers play better against the Brewers.  

Dodgers then head to Houston for the weekend.  

The next Dodger homestand brings the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals.   Tuesday 4/24 will be

 Sleeved Blanket night.  Javy Guerra doing the commercial. 

Saturday 4/28 will be Don Drysdale and Maury Wills bobblehead.

Sunday 4/29 will be Kids Clayton Kershaw replica jersey.  Wish I could get one.  I could get into the XL. 

Ran into this billboard close to my house, one of many Dodger billboards this year with Dodgers celebrating 50 years.

Una Tradicion de LA solo en KTNQ (Fernando Valenzuela, Jaime Jarrin & Pepe Yniguez)

Twitter:  Tomorrow at 2pm is the 1st #DodgersChat!  Use #DodgerChats to ask Dodgers Team Historian Mark Langill any questions about Dodgers history at Dodger Stadium.   Hmmm…  what am I going to ask???

Happy Jackie Robinson Day! Dodgers 8-1 to start 2012. Vin Scully is back Today!!

Happy Jackie Robinson Day everyone!   Heading to Dodger Stadium soon.   Dodgers are 8-1 to start the 2012 season and I have not missed a game!   Dodgers are going on the road next (no, I am not going) to Milwaukee and Houston.  

Here is a Jackie Robinson picture when he was at Pasadena Junior College late 1930’s. 

And here is another one from Pasadena Junior College

Jackie Robinson at Pasadena City College

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Jackie Robinson at UCLA

Extra special day as Vin Scully is due to go back to Dodger Stadium!   Welcome back Vin!!

Vin Scully& Crzblue

Quick post as I am heading to the Ravine where the Dodgers are going for the

Dodgers going for the sweep.

Love the Dodgers are now letting season ticket holders into the stadium earlier than the rest of the fans just like in some other stadiums. 

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Opening Week 2012 at Dodger Stadium

Opening Day was a  beautiful day.   As is my  tradition every year, Nancy Bea Cd played in the background while I got ready to go to Dodger Stadium.   I drove to Union Station and hopped on the shuttle from there.   My brother Vic and  took the first shuttle at 9:45 AM.  We got to Dodger Stadium at 10 AM.  Game time was 1:10 PM.   I heard of other people driving or taking the shuttle late and it took them an hour to get there from downtown.  While waiting for the shuttle I heard about Vin Scully not being able to make it to the stadium.  

Get well Vin Scully!   We Love you!! 

I had seen Vin Scully in San Diego and he looked good there but those colds cn sneak up on you.  When I ran into him I told him “Good to see you Vin!”  He looked back, smiled and said “Good to see you too!”   I did not want to bother him so I did not ask for autograph or a picture.  He responding to me was good enough for me.  

Back to Opening Day!   I took out my brand new scorebook and started keeping score.  One thing I don’t like about it, is it does not have the little squares to keep track of balls and strikes but I sneak them in there.    My outfit for Opening Day was one that I wore in San Diego -The Magic Johnson yellow shirt with my #32 Sandy Koufax white jersey over it.  They both wore #32.  The only thing with the shirt is that is the same color as the Pirates.

Picture from the LA Times.  Nice man to my right with the grey Clayton Kershaw jersey.   He liked that I was keeping score.  He wrote the name of my blog. 

Dodger Stadium celebrating 50 years on its inagural day of April 10, 1962 had members of that year being honored.  It would have been great for Vin Scully to introduce them as Opening Day has been the only day that Vin Scully addresses the crowd at the stadium.   Pic by Jon SooHoo.

The Beach Boys , also celebrating 50 years, sang one song and the National Anthem.  Pic by Jon SooHoo

Our lefty Clayton Kershaw went seven strong innings.  He left with no decision.    @Skinnyswag_  Dee Gordon continues making the games excting.     I love this team!  Pic by Jon SooHoo

Andre Ethier in his 30th birthday hit a homerun to right field!  in the 8th.  Kenley Jansen pitched the 8th and Javy in the 9th for the save!   Did I say that I love this team?   Pic byLa Times.

Dodgers celebrating the win on Opening Day!

 Chad Billingsley pitched the second game.  He had another great game and another win.  

Dodgers going for the sweep tonight   30% chance of rain with those chances increasing into the night BUT It can’t rain.   It never rains in Calfiornia.  haha.   Just in case, I got my raincoat.  Go Dodgers!  

Check Jon SooHoo’s MLB  blog at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com

Dodgers take 3 out of 4 in San Diego starting with Opening Day!

Jake Ross of  Gaslampball.com took this picture.

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Apr 7 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers fan Emma Amaya wears a shirt in honor of former Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Magic Johnson before a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

I kept getting texts that I was on TV. 

 My cousin Edgar’s wife Jeannie tagged me on this picture that she took of the TV screen

 

Magic was at Opening Day in San Diego along with Frank McCourt & his GF.  This picture taken by my friend Lorena (LuvtheDodgers23).   Notice Frank’s GF eyeing Matt Kemp

I was having a hard time with my camera.  Jon SooHoo of Dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com told me I bounced the camera too many times.  Actually it started working better after I had him look at it.   Still, I did not take good pictures from afar but luckly my friend Lorena  did so I am sharing  her pictures:

Opening Day at Petco.  Second time Lorena and I go to Petco Park Opening Day against the Dodgers.  First time was in 2009. 

SkinnySwag!   Dee Gordon.  I saw him after the game and I told him I have him in my fantasy Baseball team.  He said “I am not doing too well”   I said that is OK, to early.  Lorena pointed to her heart and said “We Love you!”   The following day I saw him again after the game and he had done so good that I stopped him and excitedly I told  him “You did great today Dee!”  He in turned gave me a hug and told me “Thank you ma’am”   that so cute of him. 

Clayton Kershaw was fighting the stomach flu but he insisted to Mattingly that he still wanted to pitch on Opening Day.  He could only go three innings because of the stomach flu.    He also collected the first hit for the Dodgers with a double.   his ERA:  0.00 and his batting average:  1.000. 

Because of the day off today, Kershaw is starting the Home Openner tomorrow afternoon.  

Josh Lindblom came in after Kershaw and collected the win.  Javy Guerra got the save.  Thanks Lorena for the pictures. 

 

This picture from Jon Soohoo of Dodger fans making the trip from LA to Petco Park.  This is before Friday’s game. 

Lorena and I.  ‘yeah, I did not noticed before that I closed my eyes. 

Reaction of Dodger fans after @skinnyswag Dee Gordon terrories the Padres.  

Having a good time in San Having a good time in San Diego with friends.  From Top to bottom;  Blanca, Lorena, Emma, Rosie and Amanda.

Happy Opening Day Eve!  Happy Opening Day Eve!  Happy Opening Day Eve!   Can’t wait to be at Dodger Stadium tomorrow!

‘ITwas the Night Before Opening Day

‘Twas the night before Opening Day, when all through the park
not a creature was stirring, not even a lark
The bats were hung by the helmets with care,
In hopes that the Dodgers soon would be there
The fans were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of a parade danced in their heads;

While Lorena had tweeted that she was loading the MLB At Bat App
I settled down to take a short nap
When out on the field there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

Away to Petco Park we flew like a flash,
Drove up I-5 almost near crashed.
The MLB Bloggers were blogging like there was no tomorrow
While Padre fans drank Coronas; drowning their sorrows,
When, my wondering eyes saw the mound and the bases
It was Clayton Kershaw, the CY Young of 2011 aces,

With a smooth young coach acting so calmly
I knew in a moment it must have been Mattingly.

More rapid than the Eagles his courses they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
“Now Kemp! now, Ethier! now, Dee Gordon and Loney!
On, Javy, on Jansen! and hopefully Billingsley!

Can’t wait till Thursday; Opening Day is the reason
“Good luck to my Dodgers and to the fans a great-season.”

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IT’S TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL!!

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