May 2014

Hyun-Jin Ryu Bobblehead night at Dodger Stadium

I thought it would have been a sellout tonight but I see empty seats in the right field pavilion an some on the corners of Reserved Image

Here is the Bobblehead.  To me the actual Bobblehead looks like Chan Ho Park.  Here is also a picture of Chsm Ho Psrk & Ryu.

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This picture fron Billingsley is from yesterday. He was in the bullpen when I got to the stadium as soon as the gates were open.

 

Memorial Day at Dodger Stadium

I am at Dodger Stadium on this Memorial Day, May 26,  2014. A day after Josh Beckett threw his no-hitter at Citizen Bank Park. Josh threw 128 pitches, 80 of them for strikes. 

It’s been 18 seasons since Hideo Nomo‘s no-hit game in 1996, the longest span between Dodger no-hitters, surpassing the 17 years between Nap Rucker (1908) and Dazzy Vance (1925).

Beckett becomes the third Dodger aged 34 or older with a no-hit game, following Dazzy Vance (1925) and Sal Maglie (1956), both of whom also defeated the Phillies. This marks the 5th time the Dodgers have no-hit the Phillies, the most of any Dodger opponent save for the 6 no-hitters thrown against the Giants.

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Beckett  says he feels like he got run over by a truck but he says he always feels that way a day after he pitches.

We will miss hearing Vin Scully on this Memorial Day. From the Dodgers: Vin Scully will miss today and tomorrow’s games due to a chest cold. I already miss Vin reciting part of the poem In Flanders Field. 

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http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2010/05/31/memorial-day-in-flanders-fields-we-shall-keep-the-faith/I Will miss Vin talking about the poem In Flanders  Field. 

I am wearing my poppy Red flower 

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Post done on my iPhone. First time!  

Ref: http://www.highheatstats.com/2014/05/josh-beckett-waiting-for-no-no-no-more/

How many ways can you get to First Base?

Early Saturday morning, Lorena, Rosie, Josie and I headed to Arizona to what else?  Watch the Dodgers.  For reading material I took the LA Times that luckily it had already been delivered.   I also took the latest copy of the Baseball Research Journal (Spring 2014)  Allan Roth is on the cover.  One of the articles in the journal is titled “Was There a Seven Way Game?  Several sources list more ways but Paul Hertz who wrote the article says in his family there are seven.  I started going over them in my mind and I missed one.  Hit, walk, error, fielder’s choice, hit by a pitch, dropped third strike, and defensive interference.  Hertz refers to this seven ways “Ways.”

In Arizona, while keeping score, I was noting the different ways both teams were getting on base.   In the Saturday game (5/17) where the Dodgers lost 18-7 there were four ways (hit, walk, FC and error).  On Sunday where the Dodgers lost 5-3, there were five ways (hit, walk, FC, Error and HBP)

Paul Hertz examined the Retrosheet database and found that from 1945 to 2012, there have only been six major league games where batters reached first base by all seven Ways.

With the help of Retrosheet, Paul Hertz says that from 1945 to 2012 there have been only six games where batters reached first base by all seven Ways.  Those six games are:

1.  May 13, 1976:  Texas Rangers at California Angels

2.  July 9, 1979:  Chicago Cubs at Atlanta Braves

3.  May 1, 1988:  Montreal Expos at Houston Astros

4.  July 23, 1996:  San Diego Padres at Houston Astros

5.  May 23, 1999:  Anaheim Angels at Tampa Bay Devil Rays

6.  June 28, 2000.  Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox

Only the Baltimore Orioles were able to accomplish all seven ways.  The other teams were a combination of both teams.  The Orioles did it in 11 innings so no single team has been able to accomplish that in nine innings.

Ref:  The Baseball Research Journal from Spring 2014.

 

 

 

Hiccups Payaso Pizza Project to feed Homeless

Early this year, I went to to one the monthly pizza projects that Hiccups Payaso puts together to feed the homeless.   I have not updated my blog lately, but one of the posts I’ve been meaning to do is this about Hiccups project.

Hiccups Payaso along with all the volunteers _many of them Dodger fans meet at 6th and Gladys once a month.   Members of Team Doryan were also there.

Below are  some pictures I took that day.

Here is a video

 

Using public transportation to work, I do get to see a lot of homeless. I do notice the women that are homeless because it must be extra hard on them.   There were these two particular women that I used to see at Union Station but I have not seen them lately.  I remember some time ago, I went to use the women’s bathroom at Union Station and I found one woman there applying a wet cloth to her face. I could see bruises on her face.  Sometimes I see women that probably have just arrived from somewhere, maybe a bus has brought them to Los Angeles.  They don’t look homeless with the exception of carrying a lot of stuff but after  seen them day in and day out, living on the streets start taking a toll on them

The next Hiccups Payaso pizza project is SUNDAY MAY 25h AT 1130 am 6 st and Gladys ave in downtown LA skid row.

From Hiccups Payaso’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/hiccupsclown?fref=ts

I always wonder what happened to this quiet homeless woman, i only saw her twice the first two times when we started the pizza project.She only whispered “thank you” and smiled gently.i wondered if she had children,or was someones aunt or perhaps was a teacher.This was when i was just learning. Theres many women like this in skid row,forgotten human beings surviving the mean streets of a forgotten city in out city of angels. join us on Sunday May 25th for our next feed the homeless event,we will be serving 300 homeless friends a decent meal that includes hot pizza,cold bottled water,a banana,a frozen boli,cupcakes,and a new pair of socks,,,in addition honoring mothers day month this may,,we are collecting gently used or new women’s clothing (only blouses,tops,jackets or dresses that can be hanged on racks) we will distribute 100 tickets to all the women that line up this will allow them to shop and choose two garments and two pairs of shoes,,they will also get a large zipper bag were they will each have,other goodies,,basic women needs ,,including a new pair of summer shorts,sun hat,perfume,and roses,,,if you know someone that can add other basic needs let me know,,,,we will need 100 pieces,,,and also our goal is to gather at least 200 women’s clothing and 200 pairs of shoes so they can grab 2 each ,,,,,,,,,if you are planning to volunteer please bring a case or two of water,,they will be a large ice barrel to place them in,,thanks friends ,,,anything counts,,,everyone is welcomed.,,,,1130 am in skid row downtown LA wear blue,,,,,sunday may 25th 
Hiccups Payaso's photo.
Hiccups Payaso's photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clayton Kershaw is Back. Old-Timers game list released

El Niño de Oro, Clayton Kershaw is off the disabled list and back on the mound today against the Nationals.  It was 1:21 A.M.  when the game was over this morning at the Capital where the Dodgers were shutout 4-0  in a long rain delay

Dodgers are 4-3 on this road trip and 5-5 in the last 10.

Then Nationals are sending Right Handed Treinen.

Good luck Kershaw!

the skipper Kevin Kennedy is doing the radio game with Rick Monday today and tomorrow.

And Kershaw starts with a K.  He retires the Nationals on 12 pitches.   I am listening to the game.

I miss my boys in blue.  I miss Dodger Stadium but they return home on Thursday for a seven game homestand.  I don’t particular like four game series but the Dodgers will host the Giants for four and then the fishes come to town.

Thursday is Inflatable chair giveaway.  First time the Dodgers do this.  Saturday is the Old-timers game.  OMG!  I just saw the Dodgers tweet that Koufax will be at the Old-Timers game.  Also, Fernando, Orel Hershiser & Gagne.

Here is the info:

2014 Old-timers Game and Pennant

Join the Dodgers on Saturday, May 10th for the Old-Timers Game, presented by Security Benefit. Take in a day of baseball as the Dodgers play the Giants at 1:10pm and following the game, your favorite Dodger alumni will show off their timeless skills. The first 40,000 fans in attendance will also receive a throwback pennant, compliment of Security Benefit.

The Dodgers game will start at 1:10pm.Admission to the Old-Timers Game is free with a purchase of a ticket to the Dodgers game on May 10th. The game will take place shortly after the final out of the game.

Buy Tickets

Interested in bringing a group out to the game? Learn more about group tickets here or call 323-224-1421.

Old-Timers' GamePennant

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS FOR OLD-TIMERS GAME*

Team 1
  • Dusty Baker OF
  • Tim Wallach 3B
  • Mickey Hatcher SS/OF
  • Steve Sax 2B
  • Mike Marshall 1B
  • Reggie Smith OF/1B
  • Steve Yeager C
  • Raul Mondesi OF
  • Davey Lopes 2B
  • Darryl Strawberry 1B/OF
  • Ron Cey 3B
  • Eric Gagne P
  • Fernando Valenzuela P
Team 2
  • Shawn Green OF
  • Derrel Thomas 2B/C
  • Bill Russell SS
  • Ken Landreaux OF
  • Eric Karros 1B
  • Rick Monday OF
  • Nomar Garciaparra 3B
  • Maury Wills SS
  • Steve Finley OF
  • Orel Hershiser P
  • Rick Honeycutt P

* Participants in Old-Timers game subject to change.

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