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
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:
Vin Scully at the first FanFest at Dodger Stadium in January 2013
Gary Cypres who has a huge great baseball collection. Dodger historian, Mark Langill in the middle. Picture at the Dodgers FanFest.
Sandy Koufax at Camelback Ranch! Shimada, the ever young Jim Hill and Sandy Koufax having a good laugh
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.
Sandy Koufax throwing out the first pitch at Opening Day
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
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!
Pool celebration! Dodgers own the West!
Greg Sands and I sporting our Mickey Mouse ears. A gift from Greg in 2010 when the Angels hosted the All Star game.
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.
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!”
I wish you all a Merry Christmas!!
A yearly tradition to post this (3rd year with a slight variation)
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.
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,
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.
Here are the questions that Vin Scully answered:
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! A pleasure to be tweeting with you this morning. #AskVin
@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 @LADodgerFans I called http://santascall.org and the grandkids are in for a big surprise with a call from Santa. #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
@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.
Vin, do you have an iPhone and what apps do you use?
@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
@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
@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
@jaredkaufer Enter the website, answer the questionnaire, and Santa gives three choices for times to call. #AskVin
@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.
@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.
@sanjosegarber Babe Ruth. Great hitter, great pitcher. #AskVin
- Vin Scully on if he heard the
#Dodgers are doing a Babe Ruth bobblehead this season: No, but I want one. #AskVin
And to conclude:
- A heartfelt thanks to all, and as Tiny Tim said, “God bless us, every one!” -Vin Scully
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.
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
Rest in peace Mr. Lund.
Ref: Detroitnews.com, Baseball Players passing group, pictures: Brooklynvisualheritage.org, Mvictors.com
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.
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.
Ref: La Times, USA Today.