December 2013

A Tribute to the Dodgers that passed away in 2013

A tradition in my blog on December 31 to pay tribute to the Dodgers that left us during the year to go with the big Dodger in the sky.

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Rest in peace, Justin Miller, Dick Gray, Don Lund, Preston Ward, Andy Pafko and  Rod Miller
ref:  Baseball-almanac

Manny Mota videos of Induction into the Baseball Reliquary

Here are two videos that I recorded in the Summer but barely uploaded.   They are from Manny Mota’s induction into the Baseball Reliquary.

Here is Jose Mota paying a great tribute to his dad:

Here is Manny Mota accepting the award

2013 A Year in Pictures

I started doing this last year.  You can see last year’s pictures here:http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2012/12/17/2012-a-year-in-pictures-bleeding-dodger-blue/

Here is 2013:

FANFEST AT DODGER STADIUM

Vin Scully at the first FanFest at Dodger Stadium in January 2013

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Gary Cypres who has a huge great baseball collection.  Dodger historian, Mark Langill in the middle.  Picture at the Dodgers FanFest.

LOS ANGELES DODGERS WORKOUT

Sandy Koufax at Camelback Ranch!  Shimada, the ever young Jim Hill and Sandy Koufax having a good laugh

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Rosie, Lorena and I at Camelback Ranch

St Patrick Day at Camelback Ranch

Lorena & Amanda at the first 2013 game at Dodger Stadium.  Exhibition game with the Angels.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Sandy Koufax throwing out the first pitch at Opening Day

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Kershaw taking a curtain call after his Major League Home run in the 8th to take the lead 1-0.

Josie, Elisa, Lorena, Rosie, Amanda and I at the “42” movie premiere in Pasadena

Dodger fans at Yankee Stadium

Visiting Jackie Robinson’s grave

At Cooperstown visiting Hilda Chester

Lorena and I at the statue of Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese

Yasiel Puig

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Vin Scully bobblehead and Jaime Jarrin

My Hilda Chester award from the Baseball Reliquary!   Yes!  I was the 2013 recipient of the Hilda award

With Manny Mota, who was inducted into the Baseball Reliquary Shrine.

celebrating my birthday at Dodger Stadium

El barbudo de Brian Wilson made his debut in Dodger Blue!  Picture from MSTI blog.

at SABR43 attending the Phillie game with Kansas City.  Norm and Abby.  We missed you Kent!

my tweet back in August: @Dodgers #whiffing our fans while watching Ryu #whiff the Padres. #Dodgers

 

Pool celebration! Dodgers own the West!

Photo: They've both been offered big bucks for the ears.

Greg Sands and I sporting our Mickey Mouse ears.  A gift from Greg in 2010 when the Angels hosted the All Star game.

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Super fan Rachel and my brother Victor after  NLCS game three where Ryu shutout the Cardinals 3-0

Meeting with friends at Dodger Stadium in the offseason.   Even in the offseason, candyman James brought us candy.

I can’t wait to make more memories in 2014.  Have a healthy 2014 full of wonderful memories with family and friends.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

It was a Night before Christmas

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and in every house

All baseball fans were clicking their mouse

They hung all their stockings, decorated their trees

And now it was time to sit down and see what everyone posted on this Christmas Eve.

A nice break to read what friends had posted was just what they needed but they frowned!

When they went to click on the websites, none could be found!

Oh no! we’re afraid everyone is out of town!

Is the internet down the reason we cannot read?

How could this happen in our time of need?

The users all panicked, they shivered in fright,

They pined for their read/write and settled in for the night.

“Did we  misspell the links? Did we hit the wrong key? Did it go to LALA land?” Oh such misery!

And then in a flash, with a stroke of a key, One by one, they discovered their Christmas Eve reads.

Their eyes how they twinkled, they laughed and smiled. And they settled into the chair to read/write for a while.

Their hearts were delighted, they felt just like kids, But it’s still such a mystery where all links had hid.

Was it there all the time and they just didn’t see? Or did Santa step in and do a good deed?

Good baseball fans are on Santa’s list

And good bloggers and posters he vows never to miss.

It’s been a long night, time to climb into bed,

So they shut down their computers and laid down their heads.

But in a quiet of night, before things came to an end, They heard

“HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!”

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I wish you all a Merry Christmas!!

A yearly tradition to post this (3rd year with a slight variation)

Andre Ethier at the Dream Center

I recorded these videos back in the Summer when I went to the Dream Center.  You can see the post I did back in August here http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2013/09/10/dodgers-and-the-dream-center/

Looks like I had the camera upside down in the first video.  haha.

Is that a pink underwear that you can see when Andre bents down?  :-)

Here is another video.  This one is a little longer.

It took me a while to upload the second video.

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Andre was in LA recently volunteering at the Union Rescue mission.  From the Dodgers website:

This is the sixth consecutive year that Ethier has volunteered at the Union Rescue Mission. The Dodger outfielder has also served food to the homeless at the Weingart Center on skid row in Los Angeles and has been active in the local community since joining the club in 2006, having made annual visits to the Union Rescue Mission,

Vin Scully on Twitter 12/16/13 #AskVin

What a treat for Christmas to have Vin Scully take over the Dodger account  on Monday.

As everyone knows, Vin Scully will be the Grand Marshall at the 2014 Rose Parade.

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Here are the questions that Vin Scully answered:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! A pleasure to be tweeting with you this morning.

@Dodgers  #AskVin Are you going to the football game after the Rose Bowl parade? Maybe call a little of the game with @KirkHerbstreit ?

  • @weber_virginia yes, the Grand Marshal tosses the coin to start the game! No, I’ll be busy with the entire family who will be there #AskVin

@Dodgers any special plans with the family for the holidays? #AskVin

No question but @Dodgers vin you are truly a great man and it’s been an honor to have listened to you all these years #AskVin #VinIsTheMan

  • @MannyF10 I am extremely grateful and humbled for the opportunity to do the job. #AskVin

@Dodgers Vin, after many many years with the Dodgers, what play and game do you hold closest to your heart..#askvin

  • .@vincebase5 probably the ’55 World Series. That was the only one the #Dodgers ever won in Brooklyn. That was probably the most momentous.

#AskVin what was your most memorable year

  • .@clariceann__27 Certainly the 42-8 stretch was bordering on the miraculous. That was really amazing. #AskVin
Making jury duty bearable. RT @Dodgers: Pull up a chair — Vin Scully is now in the tweet seat! #AskVin

@Dodgers hey Vin, you have seen many great dodger pitchers. Where would you rank Kershaw among them? #AskVin

  • .@21AGM Clayton is on his way to joining the top 5. He just needs some more seasons. #AskVin
  • On naming Public Enemy No. 1: It was the most electrifying curveball we had seen in some time. #AskVin

Vin, do you have an iPhone and what apps do you use? #askVin

  • .@Ruy24 I have a whole bunch — a dictionary, a history one, the stock market and a newspaper app. Those are a couple that I use. #AskVin

@Dodgers Hi Vin. Merry Christmas! Do you have a favorite childhood memory from the holidays? The best gift you ever received as a boy?

  • .@TBrownYahoo the best gift I ever received was a bicycle. I was about 8 years old.  As a small boy we never had a Christmas tree. I’d go to bed and there would be no sign of Christmas in the apartment.  I would wake up and rush into the living room and there would be a Christmas tree fully decorated. #AskVin

@Dodgers favorite baseball movie? #AskVin

  • .@LBthrowbackDUDE I did work on a movie, “For Love of the Game.” Perhaps because I was so involved in it.  They built a press box in the studio and they showed the game on a huge screen. I broadcast what I saw. There was no script. #AskVin

@Dodgers  Vin, I would be honored if you and your lovely wife would join us for Christmas dinner. #AskVin

  • .@Geeman1026 It would be hard for me to leave the gathering at our house with 16 grandchildren. It will be quite a group. #AskVin

#AskVin Where  and when did “Pull up a chair…” originate?

  • .@DJLBroker I don’t really know. It was just something that came out of my mouth some sixty odd years ago. I just picked it up. #AskVin

@Dodgers Mr.Scully #AskVin is now trending, your thoughts? pic.twitter.com/gcnV9ibrEe

@Dodgers Have you ever met Mariano Rivera personally? #AskVin

  • .@davidsDOINit Yes, he is an amazing charitable man. I didn’t know that until I met him. #AskVin

@Dodgers How did you arrange to have http://Santascall.org call your grandkids?

  • .@jaredkaufer Enter the website, answer the questionnaire, and Santa gives three choices for times to call. #AskVin

@Dodgers #AskVin Do you remember the first baseball game you attended?

  • .@ErnieMontano It was at the Polo Grounds. Dodgers and the Giants. I would say it was 1939. In the bleachers and cost 55 cents. #AskVin
  • I started calling games in my head when I was playing stickball with the boys. Then would holler a little play-by-play from my apartment.

@Dodgers Good morning, is there a particular celebrity memory that is a favorite?  Presidents?  Thrilled you’re on twitter. Thanks!  #AskVin

  • .@LAKingsSCC2012 Walter O’Malley introduced me to General Douglas MacArthur. He was a typical General — strong, quiet, austere.  I lived in Ronald Reagan’s neighborhood and went to the White House for his 1st inauguration with my wife.That was really one in a million.

@Dodgers who is the greatest baseball player of all time? #AskVin

And to conclude:

  • A heartfelt thanks to all, and as Tiny Tim said, “God bless us, every one!” -Vin Scully #AskVin

Thank you Vin for taking the time to answer questions on Twitter.  See you at the Rose Parade!   My question was favored by the Dodgers but it was not asked.  I wanted to know what is Vin Scully reading in the offseason.

Don Lund (May 18, 1923 – December 10, 2013)

I am sad to hear that another one of our Brooklyn Dodgers passed away.  Mr. Don Lund passed away of natural causes Tuesday December 10, 2013. He was 90.

Mr. Lund played for the St Louis Browns and the Detroit Tigers.  The SABR chapter in Michigan is named The Don Lund Chapter.

Here is what I posted earlier this year on Mr. Lund

http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2013/03/04/brooklyn-dodgers-where-are-they-now-don-lund/

[Don Lund]

Don Lund, Bump Elliott at Michigan-Iowa 2012

Rest in peace Mr. Lund.

Ref: Detroitnews.com, Baseball Players passing group, pictures: Brooklynvisualheritage.org, Mvictors.com

Nomar Garciaparra Comes Back to the Dodgers!

Nomar Garciaparra joins the Dodgers Broadcasting crew!   The local boy from Whittier, California returns to the Dodgers!

Nomar is expected to do pre-and post-game commentary and be utilized on both the television and radio broadcasts.

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Congratulations Nomah!

the Dodgers are also pursuing ex-Dodger Orel Hershiser to be an announcer and the future broadcasting face of the team, according to USA Today.   Hershiser is also currently with ESPn, though is contract will soon expire.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Ref:  La Times, USA Today.

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