October 2012

Halloween Day, Debut of Dodger Talk, Birthdays, Births, Awards and SABR Meeting

The Jints had their World Series parade today on Halloween Day, an appropriate day for them with their colors.  Congrats.  Hopefully next year the Dodgers will be celebrating.

Today Wednesday  is also the debut of Dodger Talk on AM570 with Jorge Jarrin.  The show will air from 7 PM to 8 PM.  Adrian Gonzalez will be a guest.  Buena suerte Jorge!

Also today is Javy Guerra’s birthday.  Javy turns 27.   Do you remember when he dressed as a taco last year for rookie Hazing?  If not, ehre is a picture as a reminder.  Love the guys showing some legs!

That was a fun day in San Diego watching the guys get on the bus with their outfits.

There was a co-worker dressed as a taco today that reminded me of Javy’s outfit last year.    I dressed as Sally from Nightmare before Christmas.   There were a group at work dressed as Obama and Romney.  There was another dressed as Clinton and there was Hillary Clinton too.

I was going to post two more pictures but the system is being difficult.   I know is NOT this user.

Congratulations are in order. 

I know I am late but congratulations  to Clayton Kershaw on winning the Roberto Clemente Award!  Well deserve kid!  The last time the Dodgers had a current player win the Roberto Clemente award was in 1981 when Steve Garvey won it.

Also congratulations to AJ Ellis and his wife Cindy on their third child.  Cindy gave birth in the car on their way to the hospital.   What a woman!   Since I am talking about births, congratulations to my friend Nora who gave birth to her first baby. She and Sax named her Pele June.  I already bought her a Dodger outfitt.  It is blue but is OK, the baby can wear blue too!

SABR meeting this Saturday November 1st. 

Saturday is our next SABR meeting here in Los Angeles.   Here is the information:

Allan Roth Chapter meeting (Los Angeles, CA)

The Allan Roth Chapter will hold its next meeting on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at the LA84  Library, 2141 West Adams Blvd. in Los Angeles, California.  Meeting time: 10 AM.

Tim  Leary, major league pitcher, is expected. Dr. Richard Santillan will  discuss his books on Mexican-American baseball in Los Angeles and the  Inland Empire.

Show & Tell: Bring your baseball artifacts, folkart, and chatzkes.  We all have baseball-themed items. The more unusual, the better. If you would like to present your research, please contact Barry Mednick.

To sign up for e-mail announcements from the Allan Roth Chapter, please click here.

I am looking forward to seeing Ricahrd Santillan again.   Hope he has his latest book with him so that I can buy it.  I don’t have any artifacts to take to the meeting but I am curious to see what other members take.

Dodger Season ticket holders in the last two rows of Top Deck are displaced

Dodgers are breaking our hearts and our season ticket family my removing the last two rows (R& P)  of the Top Deck.  I felt like they served me an eviction noticed when I got the call on Wednesday

I think instead of a call the day before they opened  Select A Seat meetings for Season ticket holders, we should have been notified way before.    The Dodgers said that they were holding rows O & N for the displaced fans yet when I went  yesterday the only open seats in my section (3)  on what will now be the last row (O)  were three seats.

I will miss having my season ticket family together.  I will miss having my friend Lorena next to me watching the game while we make plans for our road games.  I will miss Ray and Ray Junior  asking them “what happened in that play”  since they also keep score.

I will miss Steve & Rhonda and their two little girls.  Rhonda emailed me wondering what everyone is doing about the seats.  She tells me “The girls will miss their best friends!!”  Rachel likes to sit with Lorena and I and dance with us during Adrian Gonzales att Bat music.  She also likes to sing with us Take me out to the Ball Game and “God Bless  America”

 

I will miss Martha & her husband and kid.  I will miss Todd and wife and their two sons.   I will miss Chuck and Robin.  I will miss Mary & Art.  I will miss Joe and his girlfriend.    Where is our Candy Man James with his dad and his two kids going to sit?  Sad day for the displaced season ticket holders in the last two rows of the Top Deck.    How far apart are all of us going to end up?

I was told that the removal of the seats is to expand the handicap area but that the sections with the wall will be Standing Room only.   I feel like the casual fans that will take the “Standing Room only” are more important than the faithful season ticket holders.   Another reason that I liked my last row is that is in the shade and I can watch the game standing up if I like without anyone in back of me.

Other season ticket holders are also moving because now instead of only the first row having a higher price, rows A thru H will have a higher price.   Between those season ticket holders moving beyond H and the ones from the last two rows there are not many choices left.

I ended up with seats in section 3, the new last row.  Ray ended up in Section 5.  Rene in section 2.  Margie in section 2 but moving to the handicap when those are built.   Lore has an appointment on Monday, the earliest she can meet them.   Jeanine and two other friends moved from row B in section 3 to row L.   I have not heard from the rest.

ref:  cartoon from funny or die.

Fertilizer! My Top Deck row seats are being taken out at Dodger Stadium

So I just got a call from the Dodgers that my Top Deck row seats are being taken out at Dodger Stadium.   They say they will move me to a comparable location.   Section 1 or 5.   Yeah, I need to go to Select A Seat.   I don’t think I can take off time at work for my scheduled appointment on Thursday.  Maybe Friday but for sure Saturday.   I need to see what my friend Lorena is doing.  Is she moving?   Who else is moving?   They are disrupting our Top Deck family!     They are expanding the handicap area so we will see how it looks after.  NOTE:  I like my seats that are in the shade! 

World Series:  Giants and Tigers oh My!

I am still excited about the World Series!   Yeah, even if the Giants are in it.   Of course I am rooting for the Detroit Tigers!!  No respecting Dodger fan would root for the Giants.   Just like I expect no self respecting Giant fan to root for the Dodgers.  Go Tigers!!  Beat the Halloween team!

A well rested Justin Verlander takes the mound at San Francisco against Barry Zito.

Dodgers will go to Australia in 2014!?

Wow!   I got the message from my friend Rosie that the Dodgers might open 2014 in Australia! Start saving those dollars and vacation days.

Jackie Robinson died 40 years ago today. 

It was 40 years ago today that our beloved Jackie Robinson passed away.   I was reading in the LA Times everything related to baseball.  The only non-baseball article I read was the one from Chris Erskine “Golden moment for Wooden in bronze”  The bronze statue  will be unveiled on Friday at UCLA.   Erskine notes some of the other notable sports statues around Southern California.   I noticed the Jackie Robinson at UCLA

and at the Pasadena Civic Center where the sculptures of Mack and Jackie Robinson overlook the City Hall building.

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Like Erskine says  in the article “It’ll be interesting to see what the new Dodger owners do up the hill, though Vinny and Koufax seem like the surest of things.

Remembering how Jackie Robinson decided to retire instead of going to the Giants!  Go TIGERS!!

NLCS Game 7: Cardinals & Giants at AT&T. Select a Seat Day at Dodger Stadium

The NLCS goes to game 7.   I do like watching more baseball but not to the extent of letting the Giants back in the race.   But the Cardinals have been so generous giving up runs.  They have given 10 unearned runs in the postseason.   Anything can happen now.   Matt Cain will square off against Kyle Lohse.

What is happening in the Dodger World? Well after the Dodgers released Dave Hansen as hitting coach, the Mariners have just hired him as hitting coach.   Funny tweet from Jon Weisman:   “How many times has Team  A no-hit Team B and then hired Team B as  hitting coach after the season? “

No news yet who will be the Dodgers hitting coach.   There is Mickey Hatcher or ??

Select a Seat this week at Dodger Stadium.

I rather the Dodgers be playing October baseball at Dodger Stadium but they decided to do “Select A Seat” earlier this time.   I believe it was in January before.   I got my email so my date is Thursday but I might wait until Saturday to go.    We get to take a guest and go on the field to play catch.  Also the left field gift shop will have 50% off merchandise.

There is a Baseball Game tonight! Nick’s Diner & Homegirl Cafe Reviews

Weird Saturday without any MLB baseball game.    I started my Saturday meeting some train friends at Nick’s in Los Angeles close to Dodger Stadium, a little closer to Chinatown.   Nick’s was started by a couple of cops in the 40′s.   The place is a hole in the wall but the food is good.   I had the huge ham and eggs with a big biscuit that came with homemade jam.   It was delicious with the home made salsa.  

 We were there to see our friend Nora who no longer takes the train as she changed jobs some time ago. She is now pregnant and the baby girl is coming very soon.    Nora and her husband Sax are  Dodger fans so I need to find some  Dodger baby stuff for her.  

Afterwards my friend Sonya and I walked to Homegirl cafe.    I like the food there so maybe next time we will go there.     This time we wanted to check out the store.  I  ended up buying a  top and two loaves of bread.  One is a chocolate chip wheat bread.  I toasted two slices at home and they were divine oozing with the chocolate that made it seem more homemade.   My friend bought some pastries and a nice  soup mug.   

Whenever you are close to Dodger Stadium, check out these two places.  

With no MLB baseball on Saturday, I was switching channels when I ran into a Mexican baseball game between Los Algodoneros de Guasave.  

against the Tomateros de Culiacan

I have never been south of the border to watch a game.    I saw Marlon Byrd of the Cubbies was playing for the Tomateros.

NLDS Game 6  

BUT today is Sunday!  The NLDS Game 6  starts at 4:30 PM Pacific Time in San Francisco.   Let’s hope the Cardinals can wrap it up today beating the Giants.  

The Giants will send Vogelsong and the Cardinals will counter with Carpenter.   

Let’s go Cardinals beat SF!

 In the meantime the Detroit Tigers  are waiting and waiting.  

Have You Ever Seen The Sunset Boulevard Sidewalk plaques in Echo Park?

Have you ever noticed the Sunset Boulevard sidewalk plaques in Echo Park?

 

 I first noticed them a  few years back when I was meeting friends at Barragans on Sunset boulevard on a Sunday before the Dodger game.  

The plaques are all sports related.   I took pictures back then but never used them in a blog post.    I asked several people  at the stadium, and other people like Terry Cannon but no one could tell me anything about them.  

  When did they started appearing?   Who put them there?  

There are not all baseball.  Here is Elgin Baylor’s plaque

Sandy Koufax

Jesse Owens

Among others are Wyomia Tyus who won the Gold in 1964 and 1968 in the 100 meter dash. 

Others are Boxer Jimmy McLarmin, Rafer Johnson, Jack Kramer, Bob Seager, John Longden, Bill Shoemaker, Glen Davis, Ellsworth Vines, Joe Louis, Parry O’Brien,Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Billy Jean King, and many others. 

But who put this together?  

Then I found this plaque

L Andrew Castle?   A photographer!   

Talking with my friend Lorena about the sidewalk plaques, she found this article from the LA Timeson October 10, 1985:   http://articles.latimes.com/1985-10-10/news/gl-15921_1_echo-park

From the article:

Castle happened to be the owner of both a small camera shop and a big dream.

His dream was to improve the struggling commercial center of Echo Park along Sunset Boulevard, maybe even transform it into a tourist attraction. With Dodger Stadium just a 10-minute walk up the hill, what better way to do that, he thought, than to shine some reflected glory of sports heroes down on the relatively unglamorous street of shoe stores, banks, bakeries and restaurants?

So, at Castle’s urging, the City of Los Angeles in 1974 declared the 10 blocks of Sunset Boulevard between Elysian Park Boulevard and Alvarado Street to be the Avenue of the Athletes, allowing sidewalks to be dotted with tablets bearing the names of superstar jocks. Castle himself hardly fit that image: At the time, he was a short, slow-moving, elderly man.

Castle worked at Dodger Stadium!

Castle, who also worked as a photographer for the Dodgers, got the team and other local merchants to back the project financially. The first plaques were laid in concrete in 1976 during what was supposed to be an annual ceremony.

But Castle died two years later and the Avenue almost died with him. The ceremonies stopped and the designs for the plaques were even lost for a while. It was not until 1980 that the Echo Park Chamber of Commerce was able to revive the project, which even its biggest boosters concede has yet to fulfill Castle’s dream.

 Fred Claire is quoted in the article :

“The most important thing is whether you are really going to try to improve the area,” said Fred Claire, executive vice president of the Dodgers and a member of the plaque committee. “Andy Castle dreamed that it could be clean, that it could be free of crime. What the reality is, I don’t know for sure. But his dream lives on.”

Castle gets his plaque:

To symbolize that, a plaque bearing Castle’s name was laid in concrete last week in front of the store he used to own at Logan Street and Sunset,  Castle’s shows a camera.

If Tim Wallach goes to the Red Sox how about..

Tim Wallach will be interviewing for the manager position with the Red Sox. 

Joo SooHoo picture

If Wallach  leaves how about the Dodgers offering Alex Cora the third base coaching position?   

I think Alex Cora would make a great third base coach.   He has a great baseball

mind.

From this article from Jonathan Mayo:

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120315&content_id=27294394&vkey=news_stl&c_id=stl  

Other players in his position, nearing the end of a robust career and working to win a roster spot, might take a more me-first approach to Spring Training. Yet Cora has been tireless in his efforts to mentor young infielders like Jackson throughout the spring. It’s a pay-it-forward attitude that is very much appreciated by the mentees.

Having a coach on the field like Cora is a good thing for any manager, and perhaps an even bigger bonus for a rookie skipper like Matheny. In the short time they’ve been together this spring, Matheny already sees a future path for the veteran, one Cora’s older brother has already taken.

“That’s Alex’s makeup,” Matheny said. “I know it’s something our veterans have a desire to do, to help out our younger players and figure out how they can pass on some of the things they know. You can see he’s wired, he can be in this game for a long time instructing and teaching if he desires to do so once he’s done.”

Cora appreciates the kind words, but he doesn’t want to dwell on his coaching bona fides just yet. Perhaps it’s something that will come down the road, but it’s clear he’s not ready to talk about career changes just yet.

“I appreciate that, but the less I talk about [coaching], the better it is for Alex, the player,” Cora said. “I take it as a compliment, but I really don’t want to cross that line yet. I still want to play baseball. I still feel I can contribute.”

Is Alex Cora ready now?  

LET’S PLAY FOUR AGAIN! 

Wow!  I thought the Oakland A’s were done but they hit a walk-off to force another game so again tomorrow we will have four game!   I love baseball!   Let’s play four tomorrow again!  Loving the MLB PLAYOFFS!  

Go Reds!  Beat the Giants!

MLB Postseason: Another Quadruple Header

Sunday I was planning on going to the San Clemente Seafest but after seeing that there was going to be an MLB Postseason  quadruple header on TV, I decided to stay home.   I am glad I did stay home to watch most of the four game series.   Yeah, I vegetated  but in between I did get some cooking done..  I’ll take the train ride to San Clemente another weekend.

Today there is another quadruple header!   I am at work but I will work with my headphones on while I listen to some of the local announcers on MLB At Bat.  I tend to switch between the home and away team announcers.   I have found them a little too homers.  That is something that you don’t find with Vin Scully, Jaime Jarrin and Pepe Yniguez.

When I find myself on the road and my MLB At Bat fails me at the stadium, I turn to my radio and listen to the local announcers.   In addition to enjoying the game, I like to listen to the local commercials to see who their local sponsors are.   I found the milk commercials at Minnesota …wholesome :-).  By the way, avocados from Mexico  commercials in the MLB Postseason?   Cool!   It did make me want some avocado .  Talking about avocados, last weekend was the Avocado festival in Carpinteria, CA.

this reminds me of the avocado trees back home in Honduras.  It also reminded me of Duke Snider who had an avocado farm in Fallbrook, CA.

The quadruple header for today:

St Louis at WAS 10 AM PT (1 PM ET)  on MLBNetwork.  Carpenter against Edwin Jackson.

SF at  CIN  1 PM PT (4 PM ET)  on TBS  Barry  Zito against Mike Leake

BAL at NY  4:30 PM PT (7:30 PM ET)  on TBS on ESPN radio   Miguel Gonzalez against Kuroda-san.

DET at OAK   6:30 PM PT (9:30 PM ET)  on TNT  Mike Scherzer against AJ Griffin

 

Ex-Dodgers in the postseason:  Kuroda-san, Jonathan Broxton, Guilleromo Mota, Edwin Jackson, Derek Lowe,  Jayson Werth, Russell Martin, Jim Thome, Jim Johnson, Xavier Paul, Dioner Navarro and David Ross (Braves)

photo of San Clemente: California-Blog.com.  Vin and Jaime from my calendar, third photo: : Bob Carey, Los Angeles Times, Avocado pic from coop.foodnotes.com

p.s.  Jaime Jarrin twitted this  “commendable drive of Clayton Kershaw to intensify the collection of funds to help kids in Zambia.  He will have a golf tournament on November 12th in Los Angeles.

I like the quotes once you publish your post here at the MLB Blogs.  This is from today:

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. — Gustave Flaubert

crzblue:

Thank you so much Ben, Mark and everyone that helped put this together! :-)

Originally posted on MLB.com Blogs Central:

The latest installment of our Meet the Bloggers series features Emma Amaya, better known as Crzblue. Her blog, Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World, has been a part of the MLB.com Blogs family since February 2009. It’s a Latest Leaders mainstay, and for good reason. We caught up with Emma at her home away from home — Dodger Stadium — on the final weekend of the regular season to ask her about her blog:

We’re continuing to meet up with MLB.com Bloggers at the ballpark during the Postseason for this series. If you’re going to be at the ballpark and haven’t yet notified us, make sure to leave a comment with your blog URL and the games you’ll be attending.

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My last game at Dodger Stadium for 2012

Before I post some pictures from the last game at Dodger Stadium.  I want to post this one from the night before. This is Rachel and Lorena.   Rachel is four years old.

Rachel asked me “What are you doing?”  I showed her my book and she says “Oh!  you are keeping score!”   Smart girl!

For the last game at Dodger Stadium, my friends Rosie, Iilda, Lorena and I splurged and sat in the dugout seats.

The only thing is that we sat behind the visiting dugout but that gave us also a nice view

Kershaw

Kemp

Ethier and Capuano.  Ethier having a little snack

Cochito Luis Cruz

Taking a picture of a Relay for Life piggy bank with Cochito Cruz in the background.  My boss who is one of the leaders for the Relay for Life in Simi Valley puts one by the cafeteria cashier box so employees can donate their change to the cause.  

Here is Cochito on first

Dodgers win!

A friend emailed me this picture telling me “those don’t look like Top Deck seats!’ 

Good night Vin Scully!   We Love you!  

:-)

A friend of mine sent me a PM saying “Emma I was worry about you after the Dodgers got eliminated but  not after googleing “Emma Dodger blue”  and saw Crzblue”   LOL.

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