January 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Object.  http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/photo-challenge-object/  From the link:

In this week’s challenge, I’d like you to use one tangible object as both your inspiration and subject. It can be the obvious focal point of your shot — like my husband’s juggling ball above, snapped on a beach on the north shore of Kauai. Or you can get creative and find other ways to feature your object — the only requirement is it must be somewhere in your frame.

This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo of one object.

On this day January 31, my object photo inspiration is this nine foot tall bust of Jackie Robinson outside the Pasadena City Hall.

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Jackie Robinson would have been 95 today.  Someone asked me why on the Eve of Superbowl, why I am wearing a Dodger baseball jersey.  I told this person I am commemorating the birthday of Jackie Robinson, a hero and an inspiration to us all.   Jackie Robinson paved the way for a change in American society that has continued since his debut at Ebbett’s Field on April 15th 1947.

Happy Birthday Jackie!

Dodger FanFest February 1, 2014

Dodgers are having the FanFest on Saturday February 1, 2014.   The autographs this year were available for purchase online for $10 with all proceeds going to benefit the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF).

Tickets went on sale Monday 1/27/14 at 10 AM for Season Ticket Holders and at noon for the rest of the fans.   The $10 included two players so the first one I selected was Yasiel Puig with Jaime Jarrin.  I was not lucky, by the time I selected those two, they were sold out.  I then tried for Orel Hershiser with Justin Sellers but that one was also sold out.  I had no luck selecting Nomar Garciaparra with Javy Guerra.   The same thing happened when I selected Fernando Valenzuela with Drew Butera.

I DID get autograph tickets for Brian Wilson with Al Ferrera.  YAY!   and I also got Alex Guerrero with Pepe Yniguez!  YAY.   But I was dissapointed that I did not get some of the other ones. With how early I logged on, I could not believe that many were already sold out.

Here is the lineup  as it was at 1 P.M. pacific time.

LINE 1

Section 1

10:00AM-10:50AM

JAVY GUERRA

NOMAR GARCIAPARRA

–SOLD OUT–

Section 2

11:00AM-11:50AM

SCOTT VAN SLYKE

TOMMY LASORDA

-SOLD OUT–

Section3

12:00PM-12:50PM

JUSTIN SELLERS

OREL HERSHISER

-SOLD   OUT–

Section 4

1:00PM-1:50PM

DREW BUTERA

FERNANDO VALENZUELA

-SOLD OUT–

Section 5

2:00PM -2:50PM

TIM FEDEROWICZ

STEVE YEAGER

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Section 6

3:00PM-3:50PM

KENLEY JANSEN

BOBBY CASTILLO

–SOLD OUT–

LINE 2

Section 1

10:00AM-10:50AM

DAN HAREN

MICKEY HATCHER

–SOLD OUT–

Section 2

11:00AM-11:50AM

HYUN-JIN RYU

NED COLLETTI

-SOLD OUT–

Section3

12:00PM-12:50PM

MATT KEMP

“SWEET” LOU JOHNSON

-SOLD   OUT–

Section 4

1:00PM-1:50PM

MATT MAGILL

RON CEY

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Section 5

2:00PM -2:50PM

MARK MCGWIRE

RICK MONDAY

–SOLD OUT–

Section 6

3:00PM-3:50PM

NICK BUSS

ERIC KARROS

–SOLD OUT–

LINE 3

Section 1

10:00AM-10:50AM

SETH ROSIN

SHAWN GREEN

Buy Tickets

Section 2

11:00AM-11:50AM

TIM WALLACH

SHAWN GREEN

-SOLD OUT–

Section3

12:00PM-12:50PM

DEE GORDON

JERRY HAIRSTON JR

-SOLD   OUT–

Section 4

1:00PM-1:50PM

DON MATTINGLY

CHARLIE STEINER

-SOLD OUT–

Section 5

2:00PM -2:50PM

JARRETT MARTIN

MAURY WILLS

Buy Tickets

Section 6

3:00PM-3:50PM

MIKE BAXTER

MAURY WILLS

Buy Tickets

LINE 4

Section 1

10:00AM-10:50AM

PACO RODRIGUEZ

BILL RUSSELL

–SOLD OUT–

Section 2

11:00AM-11:50AM

STEPHEN FIFE

JOHN VALENTIN

Buy Tickets

Section3

12:00PM-12:50PM

BRIAN WILSON

AL FERRERA

-SOLD   OUT–

Section 4

1:00PM-1:50PM

YASIEL PUIG

JAIME JARRIN

-SOLD OUT–

Section 5

2:00PM -2:50PM

ALEX GUERRERO

PEPE YNIGUEZ

–SOLD OUT–

Section 6

3:00PM-3:50PM

CARL CRAWFORD

KEN LANDREAUX

–SOLD OUT–

So there it is.

The Dodgers are also having the annual Community Service Caravan starting today Monday thru Thursday January 30.  Here is part of what Jon Weisman posted in the Dodgers.mlblogs blog:

This year’s caravan is making stops at the following locations and will be joined by these Dodger alums:

January 27 (Ron Cey, Kenny Landreaux, Matt Luke and Dennis Powell)

1 -4:30 p.m.: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

January 28 (Tommy Davis, “Sweet” Lou Johnson, Tim Leary and Derrel Thomas)

10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Moffitt Elementary School/Playworks in Norwalk

3:30-7:15 p.m.: McBride Teen Center Ice Skating at Dodger Stadium

January 29 (Al Ferrara, Dennis Powell, Wes Parker and Bill Russell)

8-10:30 a.m.: West Adams Preparatory High School, Los Angeles

10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: L.A. Universal Preschool

January 30 (Billy Ashley, Ron Cey, Al Ferrara, Reggie Smith and Maury Wills)

10 a.m. – 12 noon: Operation Gratitude, National Guard Armory, Van Nuys

Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

I just read this week’s Workpress Photo Challenge https://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/photo-challenge-juxtaposition/comment-page-4/#comment-300964 and right away I thought of the pictures I took today at Dodger Stadium. The juxtaposition of the elements at Dodger Stadium with tonight’s hockey game.

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Hockey game at a Baseball Stadium?   Yes!  LA The Kings will meat the Anaheim Ducks.  The San Gabriel mountains in the background.

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pictures taken by me in the Top Deck of Dodger Stadium.  My Dodger purse showing

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Hockey sticks and other merchandise are being sold at Dodger Stadium to commemorate this historical hockey game.

 

Jaime Jarrin Recipient of the Art Gilmore Achievement Award

Thank you Brian for inviting me to the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasting Luncheon! I had a wonderful time!

El Maestro Jaime Jarrin received the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award. Congratulations Sr. Jaime!
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Pacific Pioneer Broadcasting Salutes Jaime Jarrin
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The program and the ticket.  Among the speakers were PPB President Chuck Street, Entertainment Chair Jeanne DeVivier Brown, Laura Diaz, Jorge Jarrin, Larry King, Michael Young and Vin Scully who presented PPB’s Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award to Jaime Jarrin.
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Mr. Vin Scully
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Mr. Jaime Jarrin
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The handsome award.
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Thank you Brian for inviting me!
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Jaime Jarrin’s wife Blanca.  Thank you Mrs. Jarrin for sharing your husband with all of his many faithful fans. Mauricio Jarrin, Jaime’s son also in the picture.
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Fernando Valenzuela & Jaime.  Pepe Yniguez was hiding.

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I have some videos but I have not downloaded yet.

Ride the Train to Dodger Stadium for Hockey Game

 

I saw this on the Metrolink website at http://www.metrolinktrains.com/news/promotions_detail/title/stadium_series_2014

from the website:

Stadium Series – Kings vs. Ducks

Saturday, January 25, 2014
6:30 p.m. game time

Ride Metrolink from Orange County to Dodger Stadium

The National Hockey League is hosting a special Stadium Series hockey game between the LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium.  Metrolink is promoting the use of either Amtrak or Metrolink from Orange County to LA Union Station to attend the game.  For Metrolink schedules, click here.

Metro will operate the Stadium Express shuttle with pick up on the Patsaouras Bus Plaza adjacent  to the east portal of Union Station.  The bus will continue to Dodger Stadium via Sunset Blvd. and Cesar Chavez Avenue.  Service will be provided starting 90 minutes before the beginning of the game and will end 45 minutes after the end of the game.

The return trip back to Orange County is only available on Amtrak 796  departing from L.A. Union Station at 10:10 p.m..  For this game only, Amtrak will hold the train up to 45 minutes in the event the game goes into overtime.   If you ride Metrolink to L.A. Union Station, you must purchase a separate Amtrak ticket one-way for the return trip from the ticket vending machine.  One-way Amtrak tickets start from $12.  Visit amtrak.com for more information.

NOTE:  Amtrak does not stop at the Metrolink Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs, Buena Park, Orange, Tustin, Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo or San Clemente stations.

Dodger Stadium Express

Metrolink riders can board the Dodger Stadium Express at Bay 3 of the Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station.

  • Service leaves L.A. Union Station every 10 minutes, starting 90 minutes before game and operating every 30 minutes during the game.
  • You’ll be dropped off inside Dodger Stadium behind Center Field.
  • Return service on the Dodger Stadium Express runs until 45 minutes after the final period.  For details, click here.

Local Restaurants

For those fans who want to experience a pre-game dinner near Union Station, here is a list of restaurants within a 10-minute walking distance of the station.

Philippe – The Original
1001 N. Alameda Street
French dip sandwiches, soups, salads  $
philippes.com
Traxx
In Union Station
Modern American   $$$
Traxxrestaurant.com
El Paseo Inn
Olvera Street (across from Union Station)
Mexican cuisine   $$
Elpaseoinn.com
ABC Seafood
708 New High Street
Chinese, seafood, dim sum  $
213-680-2887

SportsNet LA, the Dodgers Sport Network

When the Dodgers announced their new Sport Network, I was wondering why the name did not have the word “Dodgers”

From this LA Times article: http://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgersnow/la-sp-dn-dodgers-time-warner-cable-mlb-tv-deal-20140115,0,5374663.story#ixzz2rFhZdVeq

The new SportsNet LA channel will use the Dodgers’ interlocking “LA” logo,  team co-owner Todd Boehly said. He said the Dodgers agreed to leave the team  name out of a channel name that is similar to TWC’s other local sports network,  Time Warner Cable Sportsnet.

“The decision was a Time Warner decision,” Boehly said. “That was something  they thought was really valuable to their brand. We have the flexibility to sit  down and evolve the name over time.”

Kasten said the Dodgers and TWC plan to air 75 games in Spanish this season — on a separate channel — with the goal of airing all games in Spanish in  future seasons.

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The Dodgers officially announced yesterday that the new Sport Network for the Dodgers called  SportsNet LA will launch on February 25.  You can follow the account @sportnetLA

From left to right. Orel Hershiser, Pepe Yniguez, Fernando Valenzuela, Charlie Steiner, Jaime Jarrin, Vin Scully, Alanna Rizzo, Nomar Garciaparra, Rick Monday, Jorge Jarrin.  Missing in the picture are Jerry Hairston, John Hartung and Manny Mota.

From the Dodgers Press Release:

LOS ANGELES, CA - SportsNet LA, the exclusive new local TV home of the Los Angeles Dodgers, officially announced today that the network will launch on February 25, the night before the Dodgers’ first Spring Training game.

SportsNet LA will take fans behind-the-scenes and offer in-depth access into the Dodger organization, providing an immersive experience with never-before-seen content, and thousands of hours of comprehensive Dodger programming. SportsNet LA will televise 24/7 Dodger content, including live and classic games, live studio shows, numerous original programs, all with expert commentary led by the network’s on-air talent team of Orel Hershiser, Nomar Garciaparra, Charley Steiner, Jerry Hairston, Alanna Rizzo and John Hartung.

16 days till Pitchers and Catchers report  (2/8/2014)

21 days  till first Full squad workout (2/13/2014)

 34 days till 1st ST game  (2/26/2014)

59 days till Opening Day in Australia  (3/22/2014)

66 days till Opening Night at Petco Park. (3/30/2014)

72 days till Opening Day at Dodger Stadium  (4/4/2014)

SABR Day: January 25, 2013

SABR Day is an annual event that brings together SABR members and friends on the same day, regardless of where they live. The fifth annual SABR Day is scheduled for January 25, 2014.

I know I missed last year”s SABR Day because the date was same date as the Dodgers first FanFest at Dodger Stadium.  This year the date  coincides with the King s and Ducks breaking the ice at Dodger Stadium.  Update: I am going to SABR day but now realized I could have gone to both events. The hockey game is not until 6:30 but I did not get a ticket :-(

Here is a map from www.sabr.org on the locations where they are having SABR Day:

The red marks (Seattle and San Francisco) are holding theirs on Sunday January 26.  In addition, some chapters are holding their SABR Day meetings on   other days because of conflicts with team FanFests or availability of preferred venues.

The Allan Roth Chapter in Los Angeles will hold SABR day at the La Habra library.

Below are prior year highlights found at the SABR.org page for the Allan Roth Chapter:

Los Angeles, California (Allan Roth Chapter): 24 members and guests convened at the La Habra Library for SABR Day. Ed Hart discussed his brief career as the general manager of the  Fullerton Flyers of the Golden League. He mentioned the difficulty and  expense of starting a team from scratch and gave us nine rules for  success. Finding players was the easy part. He enjoyed working in  baseball and maintains a continuing friendship with manager Garry  Templeton. Dick Beverage auctioned off a box of Bob McConnell’s books, raising $70 for the chapter. Rick Smith presented a challenging trivia quiz entitled “Little Known  Facts About Hall of Famers.” Don Zminda had the high score. We each filled out a Hall of Fame ballot, and there were no blank  ballots. Mike Piazza and Craig Biggo were “elected”, and no one else  came close. Ron Selter presented a detailed talk about Negro League Ballparks. Barry Mednick reviewed 2012 Outliers. — Barry Mednick

2012 LOS ANGELES, California (Allan Roth Chapter):  46 members and guests convened at the La Habra Library as Milwaukee Braves All-Star catcher Del Crandall (see picture at right) entertained for an hour with stories about his teammates and his career. We heard about spitballs, managerial moves, how Crandall aided Robin Yount’s career, and Crandall’s home run in Game 7 of the 1957 World Series. Crandall was a most engaging and delightful speaker. Chuck Polizzi described “The Big Game”, a movie he is working on, about the actual 1929 confrontation between the 12 Fredrickson brothers of Eidswold, Minnesota, and the House of David touring team. Daryl Grigsby challenged us with trivia from his book, Celebrating Ourselves: African Americans and the Promise of Baseball. High school coach Eddie Alvarez talked about the problems he faced trying to implement sabermetric concepts into the staid world of high school baseball.

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2011.  LOS ANGELES, California (Allan Roth Chapter): 1969 Mets outfielder Rod Gaspar spoke to about 30 people at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Orange County, and host Robert Wright recorded members talking about their most memorable baseball moments.  (note to me:  I never did hear the recording .    I remember I got a little emotional while Robert recorded me.  Having problem accessing the link)

SABR Day 2011-Los Angeles

1969 Mets outfield Rod Gaspar talks to SABR members at the Allan Roth Chapter’s SABR Day gathering at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County (California) on January 29.

 I was looking for pictures from pior SABR Days I have attended but I got to dig further. I did find these pictures from a meeting last year in June.

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june 2013 meeting George Genovese, the scout who first recommended Donnels, discussed his brief major league career with the Senators and his preference for the Pacific Coast League. He talked about how he had saved the careers of Jesus Alou and Bobby Bonds by assuring the Giants that these players had the talent to play.

Check out the SABR website and try to attend a SABR Day.

Ref: www.SABR.org

Weekly Photo Challenge: Window

I want to get back to doing the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.  I am going to pick it up from last week because I took a picture specifically for the challenge but did not have time to upload it.    Here is information and  the link to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge:  Window http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/photo-challenge-window/

I love the picture in there.  I open up the link and went “Oh Wow!”  It looks like a completely different world from what you have inside.  My photo is a little different.  It is at work where I took off my glasses and was taking different pictures, but decided on this one

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I would have missed this picture if it wasn’t because of the Photo Challenge.  I removed my glasses to take the picture with my iphone.  I like the sunset in the background with the bare trees.  It is a little dark but a car was going by.

this one taken also at work.

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This flower blooms in January.  I don’t remember the name of it.  It looks like a orchids but they are not.   You can see the reflection of people working

Kershaw, Dodgers, Renewing my Season Tickets

If you know me, you know I am a little forgetful.  Tuesday evening  I realized that my season tickets were due last Friday January 10.  Right away I tried to log on and pay online but I could not get my password and username to work.  I selected “forgot password” to get an email but that did not work.  I never got an email.  Anyway, I fired an email Tuesday night to PLEASE CALL ME.   The following day I called the STH number.  I heard Vin Scully and Charlie Steiner call a play so many times that I kept call it along with them.  I was afraid that because I had not paid my tickets on time,  I had lost my two seats in the Top Deck.  Needless to say I was relieved when the Dodgers confirmed my seats for another season.

The day only got better when it was announced that Kershaw and the Dodgers had come to an agreement!   YES!  Mr. Sunshine will continue to be a Dodger.   The seven-year contract is worth $215 million.

I was reading Bill Shaikin this morning in the LA Times.   BTW, I don’t read the paper on-line,  my paper gets delivered before I leave the house so I read it on the train on my way to work but here is the link to the article http://www.latimes.com/sports/baseball/mlb/dodgers/la-sp-dodgers-kershaw-shaikin-20140116,0,3972240.story#ixzz2qaGvF5r7

I like this from the article:

Walter declined to confirm the $215-million deal — the Dodgers are expected  to make an announcement Friday — but he was succinct in explaining why he would  even consider approving it.

“Greg Maddux,” Walter said.

Walter lives in Chicago, where the Cubs  abandoned Maddux to free agency in 1992, when he was 26. He had just won the Cy  Young Award. He won the next three years too — for the Atlanta Braves.

In the 21 years since they let Maddux go, the Cubs have won one postseason  series. In Walter’s first full year of ownership, the Dodgers won one postseason  series.

Kershaw is coming off his second Cy Young Award, the first pitcher since  Maddux to lead the major leagues in earned-run average in three consecutive  years. Kershaw would have hit free agency next fall, at 26.

Great points by Bill Shaikin and the Silver Fox, Mark Walter.

Clayton Kershaw with the Loons in 2007.

For Throwback Thursday, here is Kershaw with the Loons in 2007,  Photo courtesy of the Great Lakes Loons

23 days until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training

65 days until Opening Day in Australia

74 days until the first Dodger regular season game in the US. (Padres Opening Night)

79 days until Opening Day in LA

I am ready for “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball”

Estoy lista para mirar a Los Dodgers.

p.s.  This is my 600th post!  February 13, it will be my five-year blog anniversary!

Rose Parade 2014: Dreams Come True

I barely uploaded all my pictures from the Rose Parade.   With Vin Scully being the Grand Marshall in 2014, I made sure to get up early to go to the parade.  The last time Vin had been to the parade was in 2008 when the Dodgers had this float:

Remember it?   Vin Scully, Tommy Lasorda, Don Newcombe, Carl Erskine, Nancy Bea, Fernando, Garvey, Nomah, Saito, Eric Karros, James Loney were on the parade.   I remember it so well spending a few days and nights working on the parade.  I was worry that it was not going to be done on time that after spending the day working on it, I went home for dinner and went back to work on it the night before on the 31st.  I went back a few hours later to see it leave the place to the parade.  Afterwards when It was going by on Colorado, I took off running next to it saying hi to the guys on the parade that were on my side of it.  I did it without thinking until I could not go by any further due to the people on the side.   When I stopped I realized I should not have done that.   We had a good laugh about it with the two friends that followed me running along the float.

Here are the pictures of the parade.  This time I stayed put watching all the floats and taking pictures until my battery went dead.

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Vin Scully, Grand Marshal 2014

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RP2014 GM SooHoo

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Burbank float.

Jon Soo Hoo walking taking pictures.

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Kiwanis float

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Vin Scully

RP2014 teachers

A tribute to teachers!

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One of the two cars carrying Vin Scully’s family.

RC2014 LTTR

RS2014 PS3

RP2014 Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter did not come out as clear.  Note part of my Dodger crazy hat showing and my arm up in a fist.

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I hope your dreams come true in 2014!

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