James Loney Appreciation Post
Lorena was reminding me of the time we went to see a Dodgers Spring Training game then after the game we headed to Las Vegas to watch the Dodgers play the next day against the Chicago Cubs. At Holman Stadium, there was this Cubs fan guy sitting in back of us saying “I hate Loney!” He is a Cubs killer!”
James Loney hit a grand slam off Ryan Dempster in the fifth inning. It gave the Dodgers a 4-2 lead.
Cubs center fielder Jim Edmonds watching James Loney’s grand slam in the fifth. It gave the Dodgers a 4-2 lead in Game 1 of their series
Video of signing the Loney song to Loney here http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2011/03/21/follow-the-dodgers-from-la-to-az-to-nv/
My Loney has a first name is J A M E S
My Loney has a second name is L O N E Y
Oh I love to see him every day and if you ask me why I say…
Cause Loney has a way with H I T T I N G
I was watching the first game with the Marlins from the Field level when a friend alerted me that James ‘s dad was sitting in our row in the late innings. I headed upstairs to say hello to him and wish James Loney good luck thru him. I had a little chat with him. I am not going to repeat everything he said but basically he said that James probably needed a change. Raissa is in the picture. She used to be in the Loge area where the Dodger family sit.
We saw James go out on the field at the conclusion of the game to celebrate with the team the win. Afterwards his hand went to his face. Got a little emotional then.
I have followed these kids careers since the minor leagues. I remember seeing James Loney at Vero Beach. When a couple of guys from the ITD (InsidetheDodgers) blog (blog is no longer being updated) came up with the Loney Song, my friend Erik and I started signing it to him at Dodger events, at Dodger Stadium, at Spring Training, on road trips.
showing James a picture Lorena took of James Loney’s dad and I in Fenway Park.
One of the best Dodger Caravans was at Panda Inn in Pasadena where the Dodgers were our waiters. Lorena, Erik, a friend of Lorena and I had James Loney and Pepe Yniguez as our waiters although the person that brought us our food was Andre Ethier. This was in 2008. I remember James Loney asking us “Is there anything I can bring you guys?’ “Do you guys want a photograph, an autograph?” We were just so happy to be there and having him as our waiter. My picures ae stored elsewhere but here is a picture I found online
Loney Friday night 8/24/2012.
Farewell James, thanks for the memories and being nice to us fans. Play well, give your best! No slacking off.
At a Photo Day
At one of the Dodgers caravans
Thank you for your work in the community James! Be good!
Ref: NewYorkTimes, Jon SooHoo.