November 2012

Megabus returns to Los Angeles! Remembering my Megabus trip from LA to SF

Megabus returns to Los Angeles!  Woohoo!!

   

The first time I took Megabus was with friend Erik and brother Vic.  Here is what Erik said about that trip:

The first road-trip I ever went on with CrzBlue was to see the Dodgers on September 8 in Frisco. CrzBlue, Brother Vic, and I took Megabus, we left L.A. at 11:30pm on Friday and got to Frisco at about 5:30am on Saturday. I don’t think we slept more than 15 minutes the whole way. David Wells pitched for the Dodgers, he pushed a perfect game through 5 1/3 innings. Way to shut those jints down Boomer! His performance and the Dodgers’ win had me and CrzBlue singing “I Love L.A.” at the phone booth–T’was great. It was exciting, it was uncomfortable, it is unforgettable!

The second time I took Megabus was to go to San Diego.  And yes, it was Dodger related.   I can’t believe that was four years ago!    I do hope this time the Megabus is a success.   I could take it to watch Dodgers on the road to San Diego & San Francisco.  Maybe I can also go see Oakland A’s.   Maybe they will add Arizona.  I know Las Vegas is also  one of their destinations.

Megabus will start December 12 with rates as low as $1.   Wow!   I hope more people take advantage of these deals.

From ATVN:

The company hopes to provide an alternative transportation method for West Coast customers looking to avoid the high gas prices. The bus line will offer free onboard WiFi, power outlets, bathrooms, heating and air conditioning.

Customers can begin to purchase tickets on Wednesday at megabus.com and the first trips will begin on Dec. 12. Ticket prices range from $1 to around $25, but most seats are priced between $5 to $9.

As an opening promotion, the company will offer $1 trips for all seats and all trips in California during its first week of service.

Passengers can get on the express bus at its arrival and departure location at L.A. Union Station’s Patsaouras Transit Plaza.

The express bus runs four schedules each day to and from Las Vegas;  the trip takes about six hours. There are six scheduled trips to and  from San Francisco, which take about eight hours, and four schedule  trips from Sacramento going different directions to San Francisco and  Reno. The bus runs seven days a week.

Megabus will run 22 buses in California and is a subsidiary of Coach USA. The double-decker buses have a capacity of 81 passengers.

For more information go to http://us.megabus.com/

Happy 85th Birthday Vin Scully Cool Black and White Pictures

Happy 85th birthday Vin Scully!

Last year my friend Abby, who I met two years ago at the SABR convention in Long Beach sent me this cool book

the photos are  from Barney Stein the Dodgers Team photographer

Here is Vin with Barney.

Vin with Terry O’Malley

this is what Vin says about Terry:

Vin with aviator glasses

This is what Vin says about the aviator glasses

Vin in the radio booth.  the hand holding papers and writing is Allan Roth

This is what Vin says about Allan Roth who was his “computer” for all information.  This is part of what it says in there:

As far as Allan (Roth) was concerned, Allan had a briefcase which equated with Mary Poppins’s bag.  You’d turn and say something like, “how many double plays have they turned?’ or whatever, and he’d reach in and pull out something and come up with the answer.  we were not as statistically minded as we are today.  and of course, Allan was a hockey statistician who sold his ideas to Branch Rickey, who then hired him in Brooklyn.”    

I love all the black and white pictures in this book.

In the words of Hilda Chester:

VIN SCULLY!  I LOVE YOU!

What does Wes Parker and Robin William have in common?

They both studied at  Claremont McKenna  College.  

A friend told me that there was going to be a discussion on the business of Baseball  with Wes Parker, Jim Colborn and Scott Akasaki on Monday November 19.     I checked Google map to see how long it was going to take me to get there.  Google map said 1:15  minutes in current traffic.  I did not believe it as it takes me 1:10 minutes to get home which is 45 miles away.  From Chatsworth to Claremont there are 61 miles.    It actually took me TWO HOURS & 45 MINUTES!   Several times I thought about turning back and going home.

I am glad that I Char parked next to me as I probably would have wasted more time looking for the place on campus.    The event was already in progress  and Dodgers traveling manager, Scott Akasaki was speaking.

Before Scott introduced Wes Parker he asked “Who hit for the cycle after Wes Parker had done it for the Dodgers?”   Scott picked Char to answer the question.  She immediately said “Orlando Hudson”   Scott rewarded her with a Wes Parker signed baseball.   She was ecstatic!

After the event was over Char shared a cute story wtih Wes Parker.   She said that when she was 12 she wrote a snail mail to Wes with questions for a career assignment and he replied.  She said she lost the index sized postcard, but the answers were neatly typed.   Mr. Parker said “Oh yeah!  I replied to all my fan mail!’   Love Wes!   Here he is with his old coach!

Scott gave a lot of baseballs.   There were more signed baseballs from Wes Parker.

Who was the Brewers first 20 game winner?

Jim Colborn.  Jim asked that question.   Jim Colborn has a  a good sense of humor.   He had us believing that Tommy Lasorda was in attendance.     Jim also threw a no-hitter against the Kansas City Royals.

There were a few signed baseballs by Jim Colborn.  Scott at one point asked “Anyone here from San Francisco?”  They got a signed baseball from Jeff Kent.   There was a signed baseball also from Andre Ethier.

Scott had a box full of signed baseballs!   One of the questions he asked “Anyone  Cuban descendant or from the Caribbean?”   I put my hand up that I was from Central America so I got Yasiel Puig signed baseball!

It was a long day but I am glad I went.  Thanks Char!

Reviewing the Dodgers 2013 Spring Training and making Vacation Plans

I jotted dates from the Spring schedule  and the regular Dodger  2013 schedule so that I can request vacation.   I was telling myself “don’t schedule vacation during Winter but then  I got an email from MLB saying “Enter for a chance to shadow an MLB writer at the Winter Meetings.   I read it and started saying “YES!  YES!” “YES!”   A co-worker heard me and responded “I don’ think you are excited about work”   haha.   I told him about the email to which he responded “Figures”   I never win any of these contests but I still entered.  One of these days….

Pitchers and Catchers report in 84 days!   Woohoo!

The Dodgers will play Mexico’s WBC team, which includes Adrian Gonzalez and Luis Cruz at Camelback Ranch on March 6, 2013.  Shoot!  that is on a Wednesday.

Los Angeles Dodgers  2013 Spring Training Schedule

Day Date Opponent Location Time
Saturday 2/23 CWS Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Sunday 2/24 CWS Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Monday 2/25 CHC Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday 2/26 SF Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday 2/27 CHC Mesa 1:05 p.m.
Thursday 2/28 LAA Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Friday 3/1 SD (ss) Glendale 1:05 p.m.
3/1 LAA (ss) Tempe 1:05 p.m.
Saturday 3/2 SEA Peoria 1:05 p.m.
Sunday 3/3 CLE Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Monday 3/4 Off Day
Tuesday 3/5 SD Peoria 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday 3/6 CLE Goodyear 1:05 p.m.
3/6 Mexico Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Thursday 3/7 TEX Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Friday 3/8 SF (ss) Scottsdale 1:05 p.m.
3/8 CIN (ss) Glendale 7:05 p.m.
Saturday 3/9 SEA Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Sunday 3/10 COL Talking Stick 1:10 p.m.
Monday 3/11 MIL Maryvale 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday 3/12 CIN Goodyear 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday 3/13 Off Day
Thursday 3/14 CHC Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Friday 3/15 SD (ss) Peoria 1:05 p.m.
3/15 KC (ss) Glendale 7:05 p.m.
Saturday 3/16 TEX Surprise 1:05 p.m.
Sunday 3/17 MIL (ss) Glendale 1:05 p.m.
3/17 ARI (ss) Talking Stick 1:05 p.m.
Monday 3/18 ARI Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday 3/19 OAK Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday 3/20 KC Surprise 1:05 p.m.
Thursday 3/21 Off Day
Friday 3/22 CIN Glendale 1:05 p.m.
Saturday 3/23 CWS Glendale 7:05 p.m.
Sunday 3/24 OAK Phoenix 1:05 p.m.
Monday 3/25 KC Surprise 6:05 p.m.
Tuesday 3/26 COL Glendale 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday 3/27 SEA Peoria 1:05 p.m.
Thursday 3/28 LAA Anaheim TBD
Friday 3/29 LAA Dodger Stadium 7:10 p.m.
Saturday 3/30 LAA Anaheim TBD

I copied the schedule from http://lasordaslair.com/

 

We got the go back for St Patrick’s Day

John Schulian, Scott Akasaki, Wes Parker and Jim Colburn

Last Saturday I went to see John Schulian speak at the Allendale library.   Terry Cashman of the Baseball Reliquary introduced him.  He talked about Boxing, Basketball, Football and baseball.  He read from his columns in the book “Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hand.”   I immediately liked his quick-witted style and good nature sarcasm.

Terry did a word association with Schulian.  On Pete Rose, John said “so-so gambler.  Should be in the Hall of Fame.”   Billy Martin “A mouse waiting to be a rat.” (great line)   Howard Cossell “Not my favorite guy.”   Others who he think should be in the Hall of Fame:   Barry Bonds, yes. Roger Clement, yes.  Mark McGuire, no.   Of Kobe Bryan he said “Is going to be fascinating to watch him grow old.”

Afterwards I got in line to buy his book “Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hands.”  When it got to be my turn, Terry told John that I am a big Dodger fan.  John wrote in my book “For Emma, the Queen of Dodger Stadium  -John Schulian 11/10/12″  ;-)

Terry usually sets other baseball books related to the speaker or topic at the library.   I checked out  “The Sporting World of Jim Murray” by Jim Murray, and “What A Time It Was  The Best of W.C. Heintz on Sports”

Discussion on “The Business of Baseball”  Claremont, CA

Char Ham posted the following on the Baseball Reliquary page:

This Tuesday, November 20, there is a free discussion on “The Business of Baseball” at Claremont McKenna College’s Athenaeum at 6:45 p.m. Speakers include host Dodger Scott Akasaki, Claremont College alum and Dodger alum Wes Parker, and Cub alum Jim Colburn.
Address is 385 E. Eighth St. In Claremont.When I was 12, I wrote a snail mail to Wes Parker with questions for a career assignment, and he replied. I lost the pink index sized postcard, but the answers were neatly typed. I have never met him so when I go, I will tell him about it.
Nice story on Wes Parker.   I am going to see if I can make it to this event.
On another note: what happened to Our Latest Leaders post from Mark?  We did not have one for October.  Is not too late Mark.

Meet the New Dodgers. USC & UCLA game

There are so many changes with the Dodgers that I need a scorecard to keep track.

Meet the Scouts:

The Dodgers essentially acquired the international scouting staff from the Seattle Martiners

Bob Engle as vice president of international scouting.  Pedro Avila, Gene Grimaldi, Patrick Guerrero, Pat Kelly, Jamey Storvick and Mike Tosar.

Also professional scouts: Willie Fraser and Scott Groot

Former Dodgers third baseman Bill Mueller, who served as special assistant, player personnel, will become a full-time professional scout.

senior advisor Gerry Hunsicker, special assistant Pat Corrales

Josh Bard as special assistant, player personnel

hitting coach Mark McGwire.

John Valentin will be promoted from Triple-A hitting coach to assistant big league hitting coach

bullpen coach Ken Howell will become assistant pitching coach to Rick Honeycutt

Double-A pitching coach Chuck Crim will be promoted to Major League bullpen coach.

The current Managers and Coaches:

The Current Managers and Coaches
# Name Position
88 Don Mattingly Manager
Mark McGwire Batting Coach
John Valentin Assistant Hitting Coach
40 Rick Honeycutt Pitching Coach
Ken Howell Assistant Pitching Coach
15 Davey Lopes First Base Coach
26 Tim Wallach Third Base Coach
45 Trey Hillman Bench Coach
Chuck Crim Bullpen Coach
85 Rob Flippo Bullpen Catcher
11 Manny Mota Coach
7 Steve Yeager Catching Coach
Josh Bard Special Assistant
Mickey Hatcher Special Assistant
Staff
# Name Position
Pat Corrales Special Assistant to the General Manager
Willie Fraser Scout
Scott Groot Scout
Bill Mueller Scout
Sue Falsone Head Athletic Trainer
Bruce Hines Field Director
Travis Barbary Coordinator, Catching
Rafael Chaves Coordinator, Pitching
Damon Mashore Coordinator, Baserunning
Eric Owens Coordinator, Hitting
Jody Reed Coordinator, Defensive
Stan Conte Director of Medical Services

Dodgers also won the bid for Korean left-handed pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin.

The roster is going to be interesting.

USC & UCLA Football game:

I like this picture of Mark McGwire and Eric Karros that Jon SooHoo took.   Mark went to USC (so did Jon SooHoo) and Eric went to UCLA

Tomorrow is the annual USC & UCLA game.  May the best team win!

Dodgers FanFest & SABR Day is Saturday January 26, 2013

I knew that the Annual SABR Day is scheduled for January 26, 2013.  Now I am finding out that the Dodgers will have their first Winter FanFest on the same Saturday!

My first reaction was “Awe shucks!”  but then I started thinking  “Why not have SABR at Dodger Stadium?”   It would be a great opportunity to pass the word around and see if more people want to sign up to be a member of SABR.

I was told at the last meeting that the location had not been determined.   Last year it was at the LA Habra library.     It was a great event with Del Crandall in attendance and High School coach Eddie Alvarez.  Daryl Gribsby talked about his book “Celebrating Ourserves:  African-Americans and the Promise of Baseball”.

Last year the Dodgers were having Open House at Dodger Stadium.  I went a day before so I would not miss SABR Day.   Last year I said the same thing “Why not have SABR DAY at Dodger Stadium.

From the SABR website at  http://sabr.org, this is what i says:

SABR Day is an annual event that brings together SABR members and friends on the same day, regardless of where they live. The fourth annual SABR Day will be held on January 26, 2013. Check back on this page soon as we update our calendar with SABR Day events in your area!

Regional SABR meetings are open to all baseball fans — though we encourage you to join SABR if you like what you find — and are usually free to attend. Guest speakers often include current and former baseball players, managers, umpires, executives, scouts, writers and authors.

This will be the Dodgers first Fanrfest in the Winter.  In the past two years we had events where we can volunteer along the players at places like  cleanup the ocean and the La River and donating time at the La Food Bank.

I hope that they will still have events like these in addition to the FanFest.   Look for more information to the Dodgers FanFest at http://dodgers.com

Update:  Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin will also be at the FanFest!!  Also lots of food trucks.

Not Exactly Cooperstown documentary

Excited to be going to this event (again) and seeing it among friends:

Here is the information about the documentary and filmmaker Jon Leonoudakis:

“Not exactly Cooperstown,” a Brand New Baseball Documentary

at South Pasadena Library on  Friday, November 9

“Not Exactly Cooperstown,” a just released, full-length documentary will be screened in the Community Room on Friday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m.  This is a new date because there was a chance that the Game 7 of the World Series could have been played on the previously scheduled date.  The program is free and will also feature filmmaker Jon Leonoudakis whose lifelong love affair with America’s National Pastime was snuffed out in 2002 during the game’s ignoble steroids era.  But then Jon experienced a profound and lasting personal transformation.

Leonoudakis attended an alternative baseball Hall of Fame ceremony in 2002 where fans could actually vote in the inductees. An organization called The Baseball Reliquary staged the event, and honored ‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson, Mark ‘The Bird’ Fidrych, and Minnie Minoso, ‘The Cuban Comet’ by electing them to their ‘Shrine of the Eternals.’ Jon found himself surrounded by enthusiasts who loved the game with a fervor that matched his own.

“The Reliquary’s approach to the game is very different,” says Leonoudakis. “It loves baseball, but not reverentially. The Reliquary is run by people steeped in the arts who operate it as a grass-roots affair. The organization fosters an appreciation of American history and culture through the lens of baseball.” Jon spent a year in the life of the Reliquary, “to see what makes it tick,” and to share the results. Leonoudakis calls his film “a star-spangled journey into the heart and soul of baseball that can’t be quantified by numbers.”

“Cooperstown is for statistics, and the Reliquary is for stories and the great characters of the game,” producer/director Leonoudakis adds. “My documentary is an unorthodox look at America’s most orthodox game. “This isn’t your father’s baseball documentary,” says Jon. “My film is a bold stew of Americana, folklore, scandal, fandom, poetry, sport, and art.” Interviews with a cavalcade of experts, fans,  and  free-thinkers abound, including former major league pitchers Jim Bouton (Ball Four) and Bill “Spaceman” Lee,  as well as the San Diego Chicken, filmmaker Ron Shelton (Bull Durham), author Arnold Hano (A Day in the Bleachers),  and Terry Cannon, the Executive Director and founder of the Reliquary.

Jon Leonoudakis has been a producer since 1985, leading teams on a diverse range of projects for clients and project partners like the Disney Theme Parks worldwide, the United Nations, Disney Cruise Lines, Pixar, Mercedes-Benz, and Universal Studios/Hollywood, as well as producing and directing, 5:04 p.m.: A First-Hand Account of the 1989 World Series Earthquake Game.

The program is presented by the South Pasadena Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, and the Baseball Reliquary.  Audience members are asked to “dress baseball” and a trivia contest with prizes will start the event. The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and no tickets or reservations are necessary. Refreshments will be served.

The first time I saw the film I was dressed as Hilda Chester.  I won first prize.  This time I only have my road game Dodger Jersey.  It is a Jeff Kent jersey.  It was a long day at work.  Looking forward to tonight and the weekend.

Tim Leary, Richard Santillan, SABR, Christy Mathewson, Baseball Reliquary

I love going to baseball events during the offseason!   Last Saturday I went to the SABR meeting.  Richard Santillan was there to show us the documentary on “Mexican American Baseball in California.  I was running a little late to the meeting so I walked in while the film was in progress.   I had gone to Olvera Street night before  for Dia de Los Muertos so I got up a little late.

Richard  was promoting his two books that he co-wrote “Baseball American Baseball in Los Angeles” and “Baseball American Baseball in the Inland Empire.”  The next book  “Mexican American Baseball in Orange County” is due to come out  March 2013.   I love the books! and like Richard  and Terry Cannon say “It is a community project.”

The next guest was Tim Leary!    We had been asked to take baseball artifacts and Barry and others showed some real original ones.  I like the 1900 baseball cards

and the poster  titled “World Championship Series” of the second game series played at the Polo Grounds.

Tim Leary brought his 1988  Silver Slugger award!

He also brought his 1988 World Series ring!

I really enjoyed listening to Tim Leary.  He is a very knowledgeable baseball person.  The Dodgers should have him as one of the instructors at the next Winter workouts at Dodger Stadium to talk to the future Dodgers.  Leary works part-time for the Dodgers as part of the community speakers but the Dodgers should be fully utilizing his skills.

I am glad to be a member of SABR giving me the opportunity to be among SABR members that blow me away with their knowledge and to attend events where we get speakers like Tim Leary, giving us a chance to hear the person speak and ask questions.   I prefer this more personal meeting than a crowded autograph signing where you are rushed thru the line.

Eddie Frierson  in “Matty” An Eveving with Christy Mathewson

I am glad also that SABR member Rick told me about the play “Matty” an evening with Christy Mathewson.  It was playing at the Fremont Centre Theatre.   I went to see it Monday night.   I loved it!   Eddie Frierson plays Matty.   National Public Radio called it  “One of the year’s ten best plays!’   the Fremont Centre is a cute little cozy theatre that says it sits 50.

Next event:  “Not Exactly Cooperstown”

Friday November 9 at 7:00 p.m. at South Pasadena Library for the screening of “Not Exactly Cooperstown” by filmaker Jon Leonoudakis.

I have seen the screening but I am going back!   This program is presented by the South Pasadena Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Library and the Baseball Reliquary.  Audience members are asked to “dress Baseball” and a trivia contest with prizes will start the event.   The Community  Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street.  It is just around the corner of the Fremont Centre Theatre.

United States Presidents and Baseball

United States Presidents and Baseball

Happy Election Day!

To commemorate the election,  SABR member Rick Smith prepared the trivia below and gave it to us at the SABR meeting November 3, 2012.   Thanks Rick!

Each President listed below is an answer to a question, except Eisenhower, who is the answer to two.

A)William Taft, B) Woodrow Wilson, C) Calvin Coolidge, D) Herbert Hoover, E) Franklin Roosevelt, F) Harry Truman, G) Dwight Eisenhower, H) John F. Kennedy, I) Lyndon Johnson, J) Richard Nixon, K)Gerald Ford, L) Jimmy Carter, M) Ronald Reagan, N) George Bush, O) Bill Clinton, P) George W. Bush, Q) Barack Obama, (Fill in the blank on #18). \

1.  This president only attended four games while in office, but he stayed nine innings each time.  His brother has a stadium named after him ___

2.  Upon meeting this president, babe Ruth said, “Hot as hell, ain’t it Pres.” ___

3.  This president was not much of a baseball fan, but he enjoyed pitching slow pitch softball.  In 1995 he said, “It’s time to forgive Pete Rose.” ___

4.  Name the president who is credited with starting the tradition of standing for the seventh inning stretch? ___

5.  This president holds the record of attending 16 games while in office.  He is the first president to attend a night game, and a game on the Fourth of July.  ___

6.  Which pres. Threw out the first pitch at Cleveland’s brand new Jacob’s Field, and was in attendance when Cal Ripken played his 2,131st game. ___

7.  Name the president who wrote the “Green Light” letter. ___

8.  Babe Ruth grounded out as a pinch hitter in his first ever World Series appearance.  Name the president who was in attendance that day.  ___

9.  This future president served as the team captain of the Yale Bulldogs.  They made it to the final round of the very first College World Series. ___

10.  Which president said?  “when I was a boy growing up in Kansas, a friend of mine and I went fishing.  As we sat there in the warmth of a summer afternoon on a river bank, we talked about what we wanted to do when we grew up.  I told him I wanted to be a real major league baseball player like Honus Wagner.  My friend said that he’d like to be President of the United States.  Neither of us got our wish. ___

11.  A reporter once asked this president to name his favorite players and he rattled off his favorite stars.  A few days later he named four all teams; a team for each league, both before and after World War II. ___

12.  HE was the first president to have played Little League Baseball.  ___

13.  This pres. Signed a bill allowing girls to play Little League Baseball.  ___

14.  This future president was employed to produce studio broadcasts of Cubs games, based on telegraph reports. ___

15.  This president  attended the first game ever played in the Astro Dome. ___

16.  Which president said “Baseball is the greatest of American sports”  ___

17.  Name the president who sent a Secret Service agent to intercept Mickey Vernon on his way back to the dugout after he hit a walk off homerun to beat the Yankees.  He simply wanted to congratulate him. ___

18.  President Obama threw out the first pitch at the 2009 All Star Game.  Which team jacket was he wearing?  ______

update:  Oops!  I forgot to include the answers.

1 H,  2 C,  3 L,  4 A,  5 F,  6 O,  7 E,  8 B,  9 N,  10 G,  11 J,  12 P,  13 K,  14 M,  15 I,  16 D,  17 G,  18 White Sox.

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