September 2013

MLB Postseason schedule. Dodger Playoff Tickets

My friends have been posting that they already got their Dodger postseason tickets.   Me?  I have been checking my email, nagging my aunt at home to see if they have arrived.    I got the email yesterday that they had been shipped and this morning, finally my aunt called me that she received them!  Finally!!  She also told me “you know that little Kershaw pillow you have?”  “Well, tell Kershaw that in addition to going to the pool (my only mention of the poolgate), he went into the washing machine so he is very clean”

Here is the Divisional and Wild Card Standings

MLB Divisional Standings  as of 9/25/13 at 2: p.m. Pacific Time.

Team Wins Losses Percentage
Dodgers 91 66 .580
Braves 93 64 .592
Cardinals 94 65 .591
Red Sox 95 63 .601
Tigers 92 66 .582
A’s 94 64 .595

MLB Wild Card Standings as of 9/25/13

Team Wins Losses PCt E#
Pirates 91 67 .576
Reds 90 69 .566
Rays 88 69 .561
Indians or 87 70 .554
Texas 86 71 .548 5

Cleveland has one more game with the White Sox tonight and four with the Twins starting Thursday.  Texas has one more game with the Astros tonight and four game with the Angels starting Thursday.  If the Astros are not in the American League, Texas would not be in the Wild Card running.  Rangers won 16 of the 18 games they played with the Astros.   I hope the Cleveland Indians take the other Wild Card.

Here is the official schedule

2013 MLB postseason schedule

  SERIES DATE NETWORK AIR TIME(ET)
NL Wild Card Game Tuesday, October 1 TBS TBA
AL Wild Card Game Wednesday, October 2 TBS TBA
ALDS A, Game 1 Friday, October 4 TBS or MLBN*** TBA
ALDS B, Game 1 Friday, October 4 TBS or MLBN*** TBA
ALDS A, Game 2 Saturday, October 5 TBS TBA
ALDS B, Game 2 Saturday, October 5 TBS TBA
ALDS A, Game 3 Monday, October 7 TBS or MLBN*** TBA
ALDS B, Game 3 Monday, October 7 TBS or MLBN*** TBA
ALDS A, Game 4* Tuesday, October 8 TBS TBA
ALDS B, Game 4* Tuesday, October 8 TBS TBA
ALDS A, Game 5* Thursday, October 10 TBS TBA
ALDS B, Game 5* Thursday, October 10 TBS TBA
NLDS A, Game 1 Thursday, October 3 TBS TBA
NLDS B, Game 1 Thursday, October 3 TBS TBA
NLDS A, Game 2 Friday, October 4 TBS or MLBN*** TBA
NLDS B, Game 2 Friday, October 4 TBS or MLBN*** TBA
NLDS A, Game 3 Sunday, October 6 TBS TBA
NLDS B, Game 3 Sunday, October 6 TBS TBA
NLDS A, Game 4* Monday, October 7 TBS or MLBN*** TBA
NLDS B, Game 4* Monday, October 7 TBS or MLBN*** TBA
NLDS A, Game 5* Wednesday, October 9 TBS TBA
NLDS B, Game 5* Wednesday, October 9 TBS TBA
ALCS Game 1 Saturday, October 12 FOX TBA
ALCS Game 2 Sunday, October 13 FOX TBA
ALCS Game 3 Tuesday, October 15 FOX TBA
ALCS Game 4 Wednesday, October 16 FOX TBA
ALCS Game 5* Thursday, October 17 FOX TBA
ALCS Game 6* Saturday, October 19 FOX TBA
ALCS Game 7* Sunday, October 20 FOX TBA
 NLCS Game 1 Friday, October 11 TBS TBA
NLCS Game 2 Saturday, October 12 TBS TBA
NLCS Game 3 Monday, October 14 TBS TBA
NLCS Game 4 Tuesday, October 15 TBS TBA
NLCS Game 5* Wednesday, October 16 TBS TBA
NLCS Game 6* Friday, October 18 TBS TBA
NLCS Game 7* Saturday, October 19 TBS TBA
World Series Game 1   (at AL) Wednesday, October 23 FOX TBA
World Series Game 2   (at AL) Thursday, October 24 FOX TBA
World Series Game 3   (at NL) Saturday, October 26 FOX TBA
World Series Game 4   (at NL) Sunday, October 27 FOX TBA
World Series Game 5*   (at NL) Monday, October 28 FOX TBA
World Series Game 6*   (at AL) Wednesday, October 30 FOX TBA
World Series Game 7*   (at AL) Thursday, October 31 FOX TBA

* if necessary
*** TBS will air three of the four Division Series games on Friday, October 4, and up to three games on Monday, October 7. MLB Network will air one Division Series game on both of those dates. TBS will air 18 of the 20 Division Series games.

On the Dodger flag radio station in English,  we can listen to Vin Scully for the first and last three innings.  Rick Monday and Charlie Steiner for the middle innings.   On the Dodger flag radio station in Spanish  we can listen to the same format of Jaime Jarrin for the first three innings, Pepe Yniguez for innings 4,5, 6 and Jaime back for the 7, 8 &9.   Fernando Valenzuela doing the analyst part.  I am not sure if this follows the same format he has of starting in the 2nd inning to the 7th innings.

Congratulations Dodgers! 2013 NL League West Champions

I was following the game while I worked using the handy MLB At Bat.   Working on the computer and listening to the game on my phone, my hand would go up doing a soft “YAY!” “WOO-HOO!”   every time the Dodgers would score.    In the 3rd inning when  Hanley Ramirez hit the three-run homerun I said “OK, they are going to wrap it up in AZ”, but the D’Bakcs came back with six in the bottom of the 3rd.   At this time I am saying “OK, they will wrap it up in San Diego.”   But the fighting Dodgers kept pecking away.  Hanley Ramirez hit his second homerun of the game in the 7th tying the game at 6-6.  In the 8th inning, A.J. Ellis put the team in front with a solo homerun making the final score Dodgers 7, D’Backs 6.  Tears of joy ran down my face listening to the final score and reading some Dodger tweets.  

On my way to take the train, no one could wipe the smile off my face.   I talked about the game with another regular train rider.  We talked about the Dodgers running to use the D’backs pool.   I told Wayne, the D’Backs never said anything about not using the pool.   

When I got home I watched the game that my brother Victor had taped.  It was funny watching Adrian Gonzalez running to the pool.   He is the slowest Dodger.  Afterwards it was funny how Paco was helping Ryu jump over the fence to get to the pool.  Dodger photographer, Jon SooHoo was going here and there to get the best pictures.  Jon already had his gogles and a protector for his camera.  

Seeing Jon Soo Hoo’s pictures http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com/, It was nice to see that all the Dodger bat boys were invited to go to Arizona.   Some of the Dodger staff was invited by Matt Kemp

LOS ANGELES DODGERS AT ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

I recognize some of the Dodger bat boys. 

LOS ANGELES DODGERS AT ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Also looking at this picture of Hanley Ramirez all taped up, I just got to say “what a guy!” Get well Hanley!  The team needs you!  Que te recuperes pront.  

LOS ANGELES DODGERS AT ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Congratulations Dodgers!  I want that shirt “WE Own the West”

Road Trip!

Lorena, Rosie,Margie and I will head to San Diego later on today. 

Here a picture during Spring Training 2011 with Lorena , Margie and Roberto Baly is at the end. 

Here is Lorena and Rosie.   Cheers Ladies!  We will celebrate in San Diego!  Go Dodgers!

Great Dodger History: September 18, 2006

I did not have my blog back in 2006 but I had a draft email that I think I sent to a friend back then. What a great Dodger day September 18, 2006 was! Here is what I wrote back then:

I was at the game on 9/18/06 and no freaking way I am using my tickets to get Hooter’s hot wings! I already wrote on my tix what happened and put it away. I am saving my blankets that we got to commemorate that day! I stayed for the entire game on Saturday so there was no way I was leaving until the last out on Monday. Many people in our top deck section also stayed but there were those that gave up and left. Two of those guys came back to watch the 10th innings! they were in their car listening and hurried back in. It as so sweeeet. some of us were going down the aisle hugging and hi-fiving!

I always keep score and at the end of the 9th inning when the score was 9 -5, after I recorded the last out of the Padres I put a #$%@%$ in the next square down out of frustration. I wanted to curse but there was this 3 year old cute girl that comes with her parents. She loves to hi-five! Anyway, I moved to the last row where my friend Lorena sits and there were these three Padre fans standing in the back. They were saying that probably they were going to miss their train back to SD, but that now that Hoffman was coming to the game, it was over. I turned around and told them “remember what happened in the All-Star game” They reminded me of what Hoffman has done against the Dodgers. They could not freaking believe what happened afterwards! When I was Hi-fiving everyone I was also doing it to them and they went along. They also said they had not seen anything like that.

When Nomar came to bat, they were saying “here comes the rally killer, is over now.” I was yelling “C’mon Nomah…. I believe in you!! “Hit one out for the Ravines (My baseball fantasy team)! It was unbelievable the atmosphere! I along with other fans were going down the aisles hi-fiving and hugging those that I see day in and day out! We stayed and watch all the highlights! When I walked out of the stadium, everyone was going crazy honking their horns everywhere! having their windows down and yelling! Unbelievable!

Oh, yeah while I was walking to my car, I noticed Linda (SDDodger) had left me a message. I called her back and left her a message and let her listen to all the noise, the honks, the noise people were making as they were heading out of the park. I got home and watched the entire replay and taped it. I dozed off during Russell’s Homerun but that is OK, I watched the highlights this morning on ESPN. Did not get many hours of sleep but I’ll be at the stadium again tonight.

Go Dodgers!!! Oh yeah,,,, for those that might want to chat with Nomah, he will be on-line at 2PM today. Got a meeting at that time, but I’ll read later on what he and others had to say. Now, better get some work done.

Another thing, what was up with Peavy!? Was he yelling at Piazza? something about “that was a fastball” IF that is so, you don’t disrespect your catcher. punk. Don’t know what was up with him and Mariano also but I like the way the boys in blue came out ready to rumble!

Happy birthday to my Padre fan friend Mike Egan! Have a wonderful day! I love that this anniversary of 9/18/2006 happened on your birthday! Thanks for being a great friend and see you in San Diego this weekend!Iphone 1322

Dodgers Magic Number is Six. How to Calculate Magic Number

Dodgers magic number is Six! Will the Dodgers clinch at home? I checked the D’Backs schedule and they are off on Thursday. for the Dodgers, Thursday is the start of a four game series with the Giants. The D’Backs return home to receive the Colorado Rockies.

I had to explain to a friend how the magic number gets calculated so I decided to put it here.

The short method:
(# of games yet to be played + 1) – (# of games ahead in the loss column of the standings from the closest opponent)
Dodgers example as of 9/11/13:
(18+ 1) – (13) = 6
OR
(# of games in a season +1) – (team in 1st place Wins) – (losses by 2nd place team)
Dodgers example as of 9/11/13:
163 – 85 – 72 = 6

Let’s hope the number goes down again tonight. I am in a pool to guess when the Dodgers will clinch but I don’t think I will win. I ended up with 9/17 and hopefully it will be before.

From Lefty O’Doul
To this year Jerry Hairston
All wore number six

Joe Medwick, Hal Peck
Charlie Dressen, Sam Leslie
Carl Furillo SKOON!

Iron man Garvey
Represented number six
So did Ron Fairly

Go Dodgers!

Dodgers and the Dream Center

Saturday August 31, I went to the Dream Center in Los Angeles. The Dream Center is a Pentecostal Christian Church mission located at 2301 Bellevue Avenue in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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The Founders are Pastor Tommy Barnett, Pastor Matthew Barnett & Pastor Caroline Barnett

From the Dreamcenter.org website:

Founded in 1994, The Dream Center is a volunteer driven organization that finds and fills the needs of over 50,000 individuals and families each month.

We do this through mobile hunger relief and medical programs, residential rehabilitation programs for teens and adults, a shelter for victims of human trafficking, transitional housing for homeless families, foster care intervention programs, job skills training, life skills counseling, basic education, Bible studies and more. We work to meet people where they are at, to bring them hope and a way off the streets.

We’re also equipping others to serve. The Dream Center’s record of success has attracted urban missionaries and Christian leaders from across the U.S. and the world. As they volunteer with us, they gain insight and skills that they can take back to their own communities.

In this way, more than 100 independent Dream Centers have been launched nationally, as well as internationally. Many more churches and ministries have become more effective as we teach those who give their time and talent to do what we do. Many who once needed our services also go on to help others.
– See more at: http://www.dreamcenter.org/about-us/#sthash.yLfuDfKC.dpuf

My friend Amanda who volunteers for the Dream Center has invited me several times,    She started going back when Josh Lindblom was with the Dodgers.   This time she told me that  there was going to be a private kids baseball clinic conducted by some Dodgers.   I went with my brother Victor and we stayed in the background taking some pictures.

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Clayton Kershaw, Shumaker, Andre Ethier, Nick Punto & Mark Ellis.  .  On the left corner is Jonathan who Amanda introduced me to.  Jonah has a lot of energy and it shows that he loves working for the Dream Center. Pastor Matthew Barnett is on the right side.   Later on J.P. Howell joined the group.

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Clayton Kershaw,

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Andre Ethier showing the kids how to hit.

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Mark Ellis

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J. P. Howell talking also about his foundation “Discover Your Path”

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Pastor Matthew Barnett talking to J.P. Howell

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A beautiful day while a little girl is swinging for the fences with Andre Ethier checking her swing

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Another kid about to swing under Ethier’s watchful eye

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Clayton Kershaw catching for the kids

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Here I am looking looking at Andre work with one of the kids.

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Kershaw and Shumaker

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This last picture is for Amanda.  Thanks Amanda.  The Dreamcenter is a great cause.  Go to the website and www.dreamcenter.org and check it out.  Check out Pastor Matthew Barnett blog and check out his new book http://zachkeller.net/godsdream/index.html

Dodgers 2014 Schedule. Where will I go in 2014?

It is going to be a busy year of traveling  for the Dodgers.   The team will open the season in Sydney, Australia, against the Arizona Diamondbacks for a historic series on Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23.  Will I go to Australia?   I am not sure yet…

The Dodgers return to the U.S. and play at San Diego Monday, March 31 through Wednesday, April 2.  Yes! I will be in San Diego for the Dodgers second Opening Day on the road.

From the Dodgers Press release:

The Dodgers’ home opener is Friday, April 4 against the San Francisco Giants and the club concludes the regular season at home against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, Sept. 28. American League teams that will visit Los Angeles throughout the 81-game schedule are the Detroit Tigers from April 8-9, the Chicago White Sox from June 2-4, the Cleveland Indians from June 30-July 2 and the rival Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from Aug. 4-5.

Interleague road dates for the Dodgers in 2014 include travel to Minnesota (April 28-May 1), Kansas City (June 23-25 and Detroit (July 8-9). The Dodgers will head to Anaheim for a two-game Freeway Series Aug. 6-7. The Dodgers play a two-game series against Anaheim both at home and on the road as well as a two-game series against Detroit both home and away.

The holiday schedule for the Dodgers has them at home on Easter Sunday (Sunday, April 20 vs. ARI), Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 11 vs. SF), Memorial Day (Monday, May 26 vs. CIN) and Father’s Day (Sunday, June 15 vs. ARI).

I have never been to Kansas City and Detroit. Both of those road trips are mid-week.   Then there is the SABR convention that will be held in Houston next year.

Dodgers will play the Cubs in September?  Ok..  It is a four game series starting Thursday 7/18 to Sunday 7/21.   Maybe it is time to go back to Chicago.

One thing about the schedule I am not liking is that the Dodgers will play in San Francisco on Jackie Robinson’s Day.   I thought there was an agreement that the Dodgers will always be at home on Jackie’s Day.   I hope that since this is a tentative schedule, this will changed.

Dodgers Magic Number 12. Greinke August NL Pitcher of the Month

The Dodgers Magic Number is

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Rosie, Lorena and I wearing my #12 jersey. pic by Rosie.

Magic equals 12
Dodgers with 83 wins
55 losses

13 and a half
Dodgers are in front of pack
Kershaw Ryu and Zack

Dodgers won 7 to 4
with Nolasco on the mound
Punto with four hits

Tonight is Volquez
Dodgers going for the sweep
Facing DLR

Congrats to Greinke!
NL Pitcher of the Month!
5 wins in August

In 5 starts Greinke
Had 123 ERA
Striking Out 30

Back to Back awards
For Kershaw and Zack
Kershaw won July

1975
Last time we had back to back
Pitcher of the month

Dodger fans are smug
We have waited a long time
soaking every game

 

 

 

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