February 2013

Vin Scully is back at Camelback Ranch for first game of 2013

Vin Scully is back ~

is going to be AWESOME ~

Watch out for those quotes!

the Dodger family is complete with Sandy Koufax and now Vin Scully at Camelback!

Welcome back Vin!

Like Hilda Chester used to tell you

VIN SCULLY I LOVE YOU!

Dodgers against the Cubs at Camelback Ranch!  Wish I was there.

Billingsley starts against Barney.

I am skipping my Pilates class at noon (we have classes at work at noon Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)  to listen to the game.

Vin Scully quote about Billinglsey giving out already a single, a home run and two doubles  “Sure, you hate to be lather…”

Juan Uribe is the first baseman for this game.

Mike Piazza is at Camelback Ranch.  DylanHearnandez reported that Mike said of Vin Scully:  “I’d love to see him”  I hope to apologize.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

LOS ANGELES DODGERS WORKOUT

These are Dodgers minor leaguers running during Spring Training.  I like this picture because it depicts the minor leaguers fighting to make it to the Majors. 

Like Cristina Saralegui says in that Cuban expression “Pa’lante, pa’lante, pa’tras ni pa’ coger impulso”   which means “Forward,  don’t step back, not even to gain momentum (coud also be understood as “to get a running start”.)   

That is my advice to the minor leaguers.  Pa’lante muchachos! Spring forward!

First Spring Training game for the Dodgers today!   Baseball is back!  Pa’lante todos mis muchachos!   Good luck to all the guys new ones, old ones and those struggling to make the team!  Pa’lante!  

Spring forward!

My first time participating in the Weekly Photo Challenge with a theme.  This week’s challenge is a picture that says  FORWARD 

photo by Jon SooHoo, Dodgers great photographer

Mike Piazza’s signing at Vroman’s

So since I already had the book I decided to go to the Mike Piazza signing.   I drove to work so that I could start work earlier and get out earlier.   I told my boss before I left that if I did not show up on Thursday is because I might be in jail.  haha. 

I found Cindy and her husband were the first two people in line in letter.  I don’t know how far the letters went but I saw the group for D.   I was probably the 10th person in line for letter A.   When I got there I think there were about 50 people there. 

I waited until Mike signed my book.  

Then I leaned over and told him “Maybe you were misunderstood in the book, but I think you should apologize to Vin Scully” 

He listened to me and he said “oh… It wasn’t bad”  I wished that Mike would have elaborated but by this time, I already had to move.  There was this big guy to my left there making sure the people were moving right after they signed the book. 

 I do collect baseball books.  I ordered them online, or buy them from SABR, at bookstores, thrift stores or at Friends of the Library bookstores.   I do need another bookshelf. 

Back to taking the train tomorrow.   I do prefer to take the train than to drive to work.  It also gives me a chance to do some reading.

Mike Piazza: Please apologize to Vin Scully

Did Mike Piazza actually see the so-called “Crushing” video?

Vin Scully and MIke Piazza

If he did not, he should have.   Here is the link to the video that I have seen a few times:

http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=69016&sitesection=ktla&VID=24403591

If he has barely seen it recently,  he should apologize to Vin Scully while he is in the Los Angeles area today for the signing of his book.  I hope is not a long shot that he will apologize.

Yes, today is Mike Piazza’s book signing at Vroman’s in Pasadena (the one on Colorado, not the one at the Hasting Ranch).

I bought the book before knowing Mike Piazza slammed Vin Scully in the book.   Would I have bought the book had I known about this?  Most likely not.  But since I did, I did go to the index and read everything he had to say about our beloved Vin.

Here is part of what Mike said in the book:

“He wasn’t happy about it. And Scully’s voice carried a great deal of authority in Los Angeles…The way the whole contract drama looked to them (the fans) — many of whom were taking their cue from Scully — was that, by setting a deadline and insisting on so much money, I was demonstrating a conspicuous lack of loyalty to the ball club. I understood that.”

Mike also says that as he started the season poorly “Vin Scully was crushing me”  Did someone else tell him this? because he was playing so he could not hear Vin.  As we know, Vin does not talk poorly about another player, he reports on what goes on the field and makes the game more enjoyable giving us anecdotes and some statistics.  He paints beautiful poetry broadcasting the game.     Mike just sounds paranoid about Vin Scully and Dodger fans.

Here is part of what Vin says in the video from Vero Beach:

“We’re visiting with Mike Piazza, and I’m sure neither one of us would like to talk about it, and yet the millions of people out there watching are interested in it, it is a big story, so consequently we have to address it. And that is, you’re down here, playing out the last year of your contract, coming up hopefully for you will be a multi-year multi-million dollar contract. Is that on your mind?”

Vin Scully in the interview gives Mike a chance to say something like “This is not an ultimatum”  but Mike accepts it and so it goes.

When the LA Times asked Vin about what Mike  said, Vin responded with  “”As God is my judge, I don’t get involved in these things,” I can’t imagine I would ever put my toe in the water as far as a player and his negotiations”

Mike:  If you would apologize to Vin Scully, I might forgive you and maybe so would many Dodger fans and Baseball fans.

Sandy Koufax, A Beautiful sight in Dodger Blue

When the Dodgers posted the first picture of Sandy Koufax suit up in Dodger Blue, I got excited!  I had seen him Sunday at Camelback Ranch with a white long sleeve t-shirt and jogging pants.   Unfortunately we had to leave Sunday so we did not get to see him Monday all dressed in Dodger Blue.  But that is OK, just seeing the pictures,  I got super excited.  I could not wipe a big smile off my face while I work on President’s Day. 

The pictures below are from Dodger photographer Jon SooHoo who does an excellent  job.  check out all the photos here: 

http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com/2013/02/18/21813-something-current-monday-workout-by-jon-soohoola-dodgers/

LOS ANGELES DODGERS WORKOUT

Sandy Koufax working with Josh Beckett

LOS ANGELES DODGERS WORKOUT

Sandy Koufax greeted with applauses in the clubhouse at Camelback Ranch

LOS ANGELES DODGERS WORKOUT

Matt Kemp, Sandy Koufax and Stan Kasten

 LOS ANGELES DODGERS WORKOUT

Sandy Koufax and Tommy Lasorda

LOS ANGELES DODGERS WORKOUT

Sandy Koufax and Traveling Secretary Scott Akasaki

LOS ANGELES DODGERS WORKOUT

Shimada, the ever young Jim Hill and Sandy Koufax having a good laugh.  This last picture is my favorite because Sandy looks happy.  

We are smiling and laughing with joy seeing Sandy back wearing Dodger Blue. 

ref:  Jon SooHoo pictures from htpt://Dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com

Pictures from Camelback Ranch 2013. Koufax Sighting

Rosie, Lorena and I had a great time at Arizona. Thank ladies! Thank you Lore for driving!

Here are some pictures!

Feb 16, Feb 17, 2013 at Camelback Ranch 001

Cochito Luiz Cruz

Feb 16, Feb 17, 2013 at Camelback Ranch 002

Kemp

Feb 16, Feb 17, 2013 at Camelback Ranch 003

Andre Ethier looking happy

Feb 16, Feb 17, 2013 at Camelback Ranch 008

Clayton Kershaw!  Javy Guerra!

Niño De Oro

Cuidado con su curva

Es Clayton Kershaw

Tommy Lasorda in uniform

Me taking a picture of the reflection with the Mafia girls in the back.

Pandemonium

Broke up when Koufax showed up

At Camelback Ranch!

Sandy Koufax.  Came close to getting his autograph.  Lots of pushing and shoving.

At Summit Mountain

Feb 16, Feb 17, 2013 at Camelback Ranch 077

The Mafia ladies

Update:  Se me olvido la foto de Summit Mountain.  I had forgotten the picture from Summit Mountain.  The sunset from there is beautiful.

My Valentine’s Day card from the Dodgers

My Valentine’s Day card from the the Dodgers.

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thank to Lorena for showing me how to take a picture of a tweet!  And to her niece Josie for showing me how to this on my iPhone.   I need to take class so that I can learn more.  Haha.  We are on the road to Camelback.  we just passed Morongo Casino.  The Mafia girls are on their way to Spring Training!

Happy Valentines Day. Feliz dia de San Valentin

Te traigo esta rosa azul porque no encontre palabras para describir mi amor.

I bring you this blue rose because I could not find words to describe my love.

Love is Blue song:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9FYD1dlw4E

Happy Valentines Day to all my boys and to all my friends and family

Love is Truly Blue
Happy Valentines to You
Bleeding blue  so true!

💙⚾💙⚾💙💙⚾💙⚾💙💙⚾💙⚾💙

are the baseball and hearts icons coming thru?  I just see small rectangular and square signs.

4th Blogging Anniversary. Haikus to my Dodgers and Baseball

February 13, is my fourth blogging anniversary.   Yes, it was four years ago, a day before Valentine’s Day that I decided to start a blog.   Four years later and 500+ blog posts, I am still here learning and blogging.

I have never tried before to write haikus but I decided to read about them and attempt to write some so here are three

Baseball giddiness
Players report back to camp
Spring sure is coming!

Pitchers and Catchers
A sure sign of Spring Training
Warms my heart alright!

Vin Scully will say
It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!
I can hardly wait

Dodgers reported to Spring Training.   LOS ANGELES DODGERS REPORTING DAY FOR PITCHERS AND CATCHERS

Chad Billingsley looks good!

LOS ANGELES DODGERS REPORTING DAY FOR PITCHERS AND CATCHERS

the kid Kershaw speaking to the media.

LOS ANGELES DODGERS REPORTING DAY FOR PITCHERS AND CATCHERS

Good to see Belisario is already at Camelback Ranch.  Here he is with Cochito Luis Cruz.

In addition to Pitchers and Catchers, other players are already in camp like Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford.  Happy training boys!  See you this coming weekend!

Love is Blue song:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9FYD1dlw4E

Happy Pitchers and Catchers!  Happy Valentines to all my boys and to all my friends and family

pictures from Camelback Ranch by Jon SooHoo at http://Dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com

Brooklyn Dodgers. Where are they now. Eddie Basinski

Eddie Basinski then

Basinski was born on 11/4/1922 in Buffalo, NY.  He wore uniform #3 for the Dodgers.

Eddie was signed after a tryout by the Dodgers out of the University of Buffalo even though he hadn’t played baseball in either high school or College. 

Eddie debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1944.  He was the Dodgers regular shortstop while Pee Wee Reese was in the military in 1945 but lost his job when World War II ended an Reese returned. 

According to Baseball-Refernces:

He made a prototypical rookie mistake when first coming up to the National League: hitting .389 after two weeks, he told a reporter that “Any man who can’t hit .300 in this league ought to go get a lunch bucket.” Opposing pitchers never let him live down those words.

Eddie spent the off-season as a violinist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Eddie Basinksi now

Here is a video of Portland Baseball history with Eddie Basinski and Vince Peski.  Eddie tells some wonderful stories that had me cracking up.

Ad here is a another video.  A wonderful interview of Eddie Baskinksi by KrisPorterSports.  In there he talks about Branch Richie & Leo Durocher. 

Ref:  NewYorkTimes.com, Oregonlives.com, KrisPorterSports

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