July 2012

Trade Deadline: Welcoming new Dodgers & saying Goodbye to others

July 31 brings many emotions to baseball fans.   Anticipations abound along with frustrations, happiness & some sadness.  July 31_the Trade Deadline Is a time to say goodbye to some players and to welcome new ones. 

For the Dodgers the trades started on Tuesday night July 24, when the Dodgers acquired Hanley Ramirez  & Randy choate.

Hanley Ramirez

Randy choate

The next trade happened Monday night July 30, when the Dodgers got Brandom League from the Mariners  for  outfielder Leon Landry and right-hander Logan Bawcom.  Dodgers will use League in the seventh & eight  inning. 

 Brandom League

Here is a tweet from @BrandomLeague43:  “Excited to join Dodgers!!  Can’t wait to meet new teammates, have my OLD throwing partner back, and call LA my home!”    

Welcome Brandom League!

Dodgers got Shane Victorino back from the Phillies in exchange for Major League relief pitcher Josh Lindblom, starting pitching prospect Ethan Martin and a player to be named later or cash considerations.   Victorino returns to the Dodgers eight years later after he was lost to the Phillies in the Rule 5 draft.

 I can’t call Victorino “The Crying Hawaiian”  any longer.  We Dodger fans go from love/hate back to love relationship.

Jon SooHoo dug out this picture of Shane Victorino from 2004 back at Vero Beach.  Thanks Jon! 

Jon also ran into other pictures like this of Jonathan Broxton who went to the Reds.  Good luck Broxton. 

 @JoshLindblom made me cry with his tweets. 

We will miss you Josh on the Dodger team and your community work in Los Angeles.   Thank you, your wife and your Josh Lindblom foundation for your work with the Dream Center. 

Good luck to the Dodgers going to other teams and a welcome to all the new Dodgers

So to Recap:

Welcome                                           Good Luck

Hanley Ramirez                                 Lindblom

Randy Choate                                    Eovaldi

Brandom League                              McGough

Shane Victorino                               Landry

                                                                Bowcom

                                                               Ethan Martin

 pics from Jon Soo Hoo website http:dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com

Whom did Jackie Robinson replace when he broke the Major League color barrier with the Dodgers?

Whom did Jackie Robinson replace when he broke the Major League color barrier with the Dodgers?

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Ed Stevens, a left-handed batter, and the right-handed Howie Schultz

From the New York Times:

Ed Stevens played first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946, hitting 10 home runs and driving in 60 runs, and he came to spring training the following year expecting to be one of the key figures in the lineup.

“I had no animosity toward Jackie,” Stevens wrote in his memoir, “The Other Side of the Jackie Robinson Story” (2009). “Branch Rickey was my object of anger.

Howie Schultz, the other Dodger first baseman supplanted by Robinson, was 6 feet 6 inches. He later played on N.B.A. championship teams with the Minneapolis Lakers. He died in 2009.

 

Ed Stevens passed away Sunday July 22 in Houston at the age of 87. Rest in peace Ed Stevens

Dodgers are home after a 7-3 road trip! Great job guys!

 The Matchups against Kirk Gibson’s Diamond Backs:

Monday: 7/30 7:10 PM PT

AZ: Kahill (8-9 3.86) LAD: Harang (7-5 3.39)

Tuesday: 7/31 7:10 PM PT Kirk Gibson Bobblehead

Az: Miley (11-6 3.11) LAD: Capuano (10-6 3.13)

Wednesday 8/1 A Business Day special at 12:10 PM PT

AZ: Collmenter (3-2 4.13) LAD: Fife (0-0 1.46)

 

 Ref: New York Times, http:www.Examiner.com

Dodgers return the favor in San Francisco by Sweeping the Giants! Woohoo!

How sweet it is to sweep the Giants!  

I was at a memorial for a friend and co-worker that passed away after a long battle with cancer.  We honored her by getting together at one of her favorite places to get a bite to eat and a margarita.  A large group of us had a nice brunch there.   I checked the MLB At Bat twice and I smiled.  The rest of the game I heard it on my way home.  

Kershaw blanked out the Giants 4-0!  

Per Dodger Historian Mark Langill, Last time Dodgers had consecutive road shutouts vs. Giants was 1957 at New York Polo Grounds by Brooklyn’s Don Drysdale (7/1) and Sal Maglie (7/2).

Wish I had that coy of the 1957 year book. 

 I See you Luis “Cochito” Cruz!   Congratulations on extending your hitting streak to 12.   Felicidades!

Sweet Sweep so the broom is back!

Dodgers return to Dodger Stadium tied with the Giants for first place!

Also very happy because in soccer, Honduras defeating Spain in the Olympics!   What an upset!  I was not expecting this! 

Honduras now will face Japan. 

Cheers to my friend Ms M, a courageous woman with lots of friends.  Cheers to the Dodgers for the sweep and cheers for Honduras for the upset win against Spain.

Hi Five Fife! Hanley you are the man! Dodgers Winning at AT&T Park

Listening to Dodger Talk last night reminded me that yeah, Steven Fife and Federowicz were the two players that the Dodgers got in the three team trade where the Dodgers sent Trayvon Robinson to Seattle. 

In his major league debut he had to face Halladay.  He went six inning winning the game 2-1 but the Dodger bullpen gave it away.   

He did great but had to be sent back to the minors. 

First game at AT&T Park.  Steven Fife against Matt Cain

Scott Elbert went on the DL and Steven Fife was callled back again to face another Perfecto pitcher in Matt Cain.  No problem, Fife again  rose to the occasion.   He had no decision but the Dodgers won the game with Hanley Ramirez hitting his first homerun as a Dodger.  The  two run homerun came in the 10th against Romo. 

Final score Dodgers 5, Giants 3.  Rookie Tolleson with the win.  Fife got his first major league hit, a double off Matt Cain. 

High Five Fife!

2nd Game at At&T Park:  Billingsley against Zito.

You are the man Billingsley!   Like Jaime Jarrin said “Billingsley ha estado pitchando una jolla de juego”  “Billingsley is pitching a jewel of a game”.  

Cochito Luis Cruz extended his hitting streak to 11.  This is the longest hitting streak for a Dodger this year. 

The revenge is sweet in Sports.  Dodgers win 10 -0 and now are going for

the sweep tomorrow with Clayton Kershaw

ref:  pictures froom Jon SooHoo at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com

Confession Time & Dodgers at San Francisco

OK, so I have a confession to make. 

Back when  Rosie and Lorena were texting me asking me If was going to the Hoedown, I did not know what a hoedown was.    I was thinking  “I know a hoe is some gardening tool and   I know a  hoe is a slang for ….you know… . ”  Then they started talking about BBQ and Lore said something about a cowgirl outfit and cute cowboy boots.  That is when I realized this hoedown must be a cowboy BBQ event with country dancing.  

Back then, I had not seen the flyer that Kershaw was hosting this Hoedown for charity.  I have since  blogged about the event.  You can find the flyer in a prior post. 

Hope the boys are not thinking of no hoedown.  They lost three out of four from the Cardinals.  Did I ask before why do the Dodgers always play four against the Cardinals?

So  far the Dodger road trip record is 4-3.   Now they are in San Francisco where they have their work cuout facing Cain.   Dodgers are sending rookie Fife who is starting  his second game (0-0 1.50)  *checking MLB At Bat*  Good! scoreless game bottom of the 2nd inning. 

I have not been to San Francisco in forever.  Maybe I will make it the weekend in September.   I miss my boys and I miss our Blue Heaven on Earth.   But the boys will be back to Dodger Stadium on Monday 7/30.  In the meantime try your hardest to beat the Giants. 

Giant fan Greg  Jezewski and I shaking hands.  See?  A Dodger fan and a Giant fan can get along.

I saw Greg at the Shrine of the Eternals.  This was a great event.  Afterwards about 20 of us went out to dinner.   I was out numbered at the restaurant as there were quite a few Giant fans there.  They were all very nice fans including Arnold Hano (A Day in the Bleachers) who got the Hilda Chester award.   I am behind posting pictures but they are coming.

Let’s Go Dodgers!

Welcome to the Dodgers Hanley Ramirez & Randy Choate

Yesterday’s Dodgers loss to the Cardinals was frustrating.  After Kershaw was leading 2-0, he ended up giving up 8 runs :-(

BUT this morning I woke up to the news that the Dodgers had acquired Hanley Ramirez and Lefty reliever Randy Choate from the Marlins  :-) 

Dodgers sent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and minor leaguer Scott McCough.  Eovaldi had tough luck with the Dodgers.  He should have a better record had he gotten some run support.  good luck Eovaldi!  Pitcher McCough was at Rancho.   Good luck McCough. 

Welcome to the Dodgers Hanley Ramirez & Randy Choate.  Welcome To Our Team! 

Hanley will be wearing #13.  I heard that he is going to ask Tommy for #2.   Don’t even go there Hanley!   Keep #13 or go for #99 like the other Ramirez had. 

Great! Jon SooHoo just posted a picture of Hanley in his blog http://Dodgerphotog.mlblogs.com

Great job Stan Kasten and the rest of the Dodger owners!

Now, let’s start another winning streak.  Harang is on the mound against Lohse.   

Giants are losing to the Padres 5-1 in the 5th!  8th!  YAY!

Dodgers Five Game Winning Streak in the Cards

Chad Billingley got the W yesterday extending the Dodgers winning streak to

Blue Handprint

Let’s make it Six boys in Blue!

Picture of Number Six - Free Pictures - FreeFoto.com

The kid, Mr: Sunshine Clayton Kershaw goes on the mound facing Adam Wainwright. 

When Kershaw returns to Dodger Stadium, he will be hosting a Texas BBQ Hoedown on August 2nd.  

Let’s go Dodgers!

How Sweeeet it is! Dodgers Sweeep the Mets.

Happy Day!  Dodgers Sweep the Mets! 

 

 

Dodgers have a four game winning streak and have scored 28 runs in those four games. 

The Giants lost in 12 innings.

Josh Wall made his MLB debut and got the win Sunday.

Mike Sandlock, 96 yr old Brooklyn Dodger was honored at Citi Field on Saturday

Dodgers nuns with Andre & Kemp.  

El Cochito Luis Cruz hit his first Major League homerun. 

The Boys in Blue are now in St Luis to play four games there.   Chad Billingsley goes off the DL to start Monday against local boy from Southern California, Joe Kelly.

Laughing lady from JaneHeller website, other pictures from Jon SooHoo at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com

Bad Long Spell for the Dodgers. Good Luck Fife!

 I thought the All-Star break would work wonders for the Dodgers.  With Andre & Kemp back I thought things were going to start looking better.   but I better stop looking thru this:

Like the LA Times pointed out, they have lost 18 of the last 24!   They ended the first half

 game in first place but now they are:

Two games back of the Giants.

I thought the Dodgers were happy to have me back at Dodger Stadium after I went to the SABR convention

they lost two out of three from the Padres.  They lost the first game to the Phillies and tonight the kid  Fife has been called from Albuquerque to replace Billingsley who has gone on the DL with elbow soreness.   the 25 year old Fife will make his MLB debut against gulp…Halladay.  

Let’s Go Dodgers!

Let’s Go Fife!

Yeah, I am still looking thru the colored glasses.  

Is Beach Chair night tonight!  

I anderstand we will get a voucher for the chair and we go pick it up after the game.  For those that only come for the giveaway, they will turn around, pick up their giveaway and leave.   Let’s see how this works picking up the giveaway AFTER the game.  At least the giveaway are not bats or baseballs  givin prior to the game.

Last Post on SABR42! Captured screen “Former SABR member Ted Williams…”

I had a great time at SABR42 and I am looking forward to next year for SABR43 at Philadelphia.  Also the next location for 2014 was announced.  It will be in Houston.   I have never been to either park. 

The Mary Tyler Moore statue was within a block from the hotel so Abby and I had to get a picture there. 

There was a Farmers market so I am carrying some cherries in the bag. I also tried Cheese curds in one of the stands.

Keynote speaker MLB Historian John Thorn

Check out John Thorn MLB blog at http://ourgame.mlblogs.com his keynote speech is there.

Back outside we spotted this bar on wheels.

Jamey Carrol!

Local boy Mike Moustakas from Chatsworth High doing well with the Kansas City Royals

Bert Blyleven! look who his hero was!

A familiar face. Jonathan Broxton making it interesting recording his 22nd save

Abby, Kent, Norm from Canada.

this picture on the Twins’ screen reads “Former SABR member Ted Williams ….”

Twins Mickey Mouse from the All-Star game at Anaheim

So with that it was time to say goodbye to Minneapolis. Thanks for hosting SABR42! Thank you the local SABR chapter!

Come to a SABR convention!  Here is a list of past HOF speakers as compiled by SABR member Max Kates.

Hall of Famers to speak at SABR conventions

  • 1979:Cool Papa Bell (SABR 9, St. Louis)
  • 1982:Sparky Anderson (SABR 12, Baltimore)
  • 1989:Phil Rizzuto (SABR 19, Albany)
  • 1990:Bob Feller, Bob Lemon (SABR 20, Cleveland)
  • 1992:Stan Musial, Red Schoendienst (SABR 22, St. Louis)
  • 1993:Bobby Doerr, Dick Williams, (SABR 23, San Diego)
  • 1994:Robin Roberts, Nolan Ryan (SABR 24, Arlington)
  • 1995:Bill Mazeroski (SABR 25, Pittsburgh)
  • 1996:Bob Feller, second appearance (SABR 26, Kansas City)
  • 1997:Jim Bunning, Pee Wee Reese (SABR 27, Louisville)
  • 1998:Orlando Cepeda (SABR 28, San Mateo)
  • 2000:Monte Irvin, Tony Perez (SABR 30, West Palm Beach)
  • 2003:Pat Gillick (SABR 33, Denver)
  • 2008:Bob Feller, third appearance (SABR 38, Cleveland)
  • 2010: Phil Niekro (SABR 40, Atlanta)

How I wish I would have joined earlier and gone to the conventions from the first year I joined. 

I left with my luggage a little heavier with more reading material from the convention plus a few more books that I bought.  

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