June 2014

Rest in Peace Bobby Castillo

How sad that we have lost another Dodger.   Bobby (Babo) Castillo was a Dodger pitcher who taught Fernando how to throw the screwball.

I heard the news on Twitter from el senor Jaime Jarrin.  El Maestro Jaime said that Babo Castillo was the first of 35 baseball players signed by Mike Brito that reached Major league Baseball.

Here is Bobby with Mike Brito

I was remembering back in 2009 when the Dodgers used to host WIN (Women Initiative Network) Baseball clinics and Bobby Castillo was part of our instructors for that day.   He was in the Dodger bullpen and Lorena and I stood in line so that we could throw and he could catch us.  Well, he never got to us.  We told him and he said “I’ll make it up to you two”   Well, he never did.   Rest in peace “Babo”  Our deepest condolences to your family and friends.

Ref:  Jon SooHoo pictures.

 

 

Dodger Homestand with the Cardinals

Josh Beckett and Adam Wainwright put on a show last night here at Chavez Ravine.

Brian Wilson on his Bobblehead night picked up his first win and Kenley Jensen picking up his 24th save.  Final score 1-0.

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Second game Hyun-jin Ryu against Carlos Martinez who got his first hit  tonight

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Currently Dodgers losing the game 3-1 at the bottom of the 5th, but In the meantime the Giants are losing 5-0 against the Reds with Cueto against Bumgarner going to the 6th

Let me get back to the game

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go Dodgers!!  Orale!!!!

 

Baseball Players are Soccer Fans Too

I love this! Alanna Rizzo tweeted this:

Then Yasiel Puig posted this on IG:
PUIG Y ADRIAN SOCCER

I love these two guys!

On Saturday  when we saw Yasiel Puig as he was going one way and us another, I called his name, Yasiel turned around and recognized me.  He came over to give me a hug then I told him this time Rosie was with us (If you read the post from Viva Los Dodgers he asked “where is the 3rd one?” :-)) .  He said he looked for us.  he then asked us if we had eaten _We had just had a big breakfast so we told him we did and that we were on our way to a church. He said “I can’t pray on an empty stomach” lol.

Yesterday after the game we went to say goodbye to the players as they boarded the bus that took them to the airport.  Some fans got Adrian’s attention that they had a Mexican flag in support of Mexico playing on Monday in the World Cup.  Adrian opened his backpack showing us that he was carrying his Mexico jersey.

 

Mexico won 3-1.  Now Boys in Blue go take care of the Royals!

Greinke on the mound against Guthrie at Kauffman Stadium.

Clayton Kershaw First No-hitter: June 18, 2014

Tuesday night after the game I was telling my brother Victor “I need to go to the hair salon.  Not sure if I want to go Wednesday afer work or Thursday after work.  One of those two days I need to do laundry since I am heading to San Diego for the weekend to see the Dodgers”   He said “Do the laundry Thursday night.  Kershaw is pitching Wednesday.  Who knows!  He might throw a no-hitter”

I did leave the laundry for Thursday night.  I am so glad I Did!  Wednesday night after the hair salon I headed to Dodger Stadium.   I was glad my friend Lorena who has not been feeling well, went to the game.  I am sorry that my brother Victor missed the game.  He gave me the advice to go but skipped the game.

What a great night!  congratulations to our  NIÑO DE ORO Clayton Kershaw!  pitching his first no-hitter!

The bubble machine at Dodger Stadium was going in full blast celebrating Kershaw’s no-hitter.

From mlb.si.com:

Clayton Kershaw didn’t just throw a no-hitter Wednesday night; he turned in one of the most dominant pitching performances in major league history. Calling his performance a no-hitter merely puts it on a list with 276 other games in which a pitcher didn’t allow a hit over nine or more innings. What Kershaw did by retiring 27 of 28 batters, the exception coming on a Hanley Ramirez throwing error, and striking out 15 of them belongs on a much shorter list.

To begin with, using Game Score, a method of evaluating starting pitching performances created by Bill James in 1988, Kershaw’s outing was the second-best nine-inning pitching performance of the last 100 years. Here’s the all-time* top five:

Pitcher Game Score Date IP H R ER BB K
Kerry Wood 105 May 6, 1998 9 1 0 0 0 20
Clayton Kershaw 102 June 18, 2014 9 0 0 0 0 15
Matt Cain 101 June 13, 2012 9 0 0 0 0 14
Nolan Ryan 101 May 1, 1991 9 0 0 0 2 16
Sandy Koufax 101 Sept. 9, 1965 9 0 0 0 0 14

*game data, and thus comprehensive game scores, only goes back to 1914

Congratulations kid on your first no-hitter!

 

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Video: A Reagan Forum with Vin Scully

 

We had a wonderful time at the Ronald Reagan Presidential library.  I met up at the library with Lorena, Rosie, George, Anglia and Shelly.  It was an enchanted evening.  We did not get to see the baseball exhibition as there was a very long line.   But It was a good thing we went into the auditorium early to look for seats.  There were quite a lot of rows of seats reserved and the place was already filling up when Lore and I got there about an hour and half before Vin was scheduled to talk.

I was glad to see Peter O’Malley and his sister Terry in attendance.  Peter got a huge applause when he was introduced.  Of course, Vinny got a louder ovation:

Photo: So so excited! I <3 Vin Scully!!!

Here is the video I found on Youtube.  I did get to ask Vin a question.  Thanks Anglia for helping me get John’s attention.

 

 

Reagan Forum with Vin Scully at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

I am excited that tonight at the Ronald Reagan Presidental and Foundation Library, I  am attending this event:

Reagan Forum with Vin Scully
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
6:00 p.m. lecture
7:00 p.m. dinner

SOLD OUT

In honor of our Baseball exhibition, we invite you to join us for a Reagan Forum featuring Hall of Fame Broadcaster Vin Scully. Tickets to the event are $48 per person and include dinner following the lecture. The tickets also include tours of Baseball! Celebrating Our Great American Pastime between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

This year, Vin Scully is announcing an unprecedented 65th season for the Dodgers organization. Scully calls all Dodger home games and road games in California and Arizona.

When Scully first began broadcasting in 1950, the Dodgers had yet to win a single World Series and were known affectionately as “Dem Bums.” Three years later, at the age of 25, he became the youngest person to ever broadcast a World Series game and in 1955, he had his most memorable moment behind the microphone, as he called the Dodgers’ first and only championship in Brooklyn.

Event is SOLD OUT and the wait list is full.

I am meeting with friends Lorena, Rosie and Anglia.  I can’t wait!

anyone remembers this:

 

 

 

 

 

Rest in Peace Bobby Welch, 1956 – 2014

It is a sad day today hearing that Bobby Welch passed away.

I did see Bobby strike out Reggie Jackson but it was not until the Summer of 1981 that I became a big Bobby Welch fan.

1981 was the first year I had season tickets. I had my ticket in the Loge level, aisle 3, row N, seat 3. I never collected autographs or took pictures with players. I just went to my seat, watch the game and left when the last out was recorded. Back then I was very shy. I was teaching myself how to follow the game and I thought myself how to keep score by looking at the sample in the Dodger magazine.

That Summer, Davey Lopes was not doing well and he was being booed at the stadium. I felt bad for Davey that he was being booed in his own stadium.

As Camera Day was a few days away, I decided to go and see if I could find a greeting card with some encouraging words to give to Davey Lopes. The day before camera day I went to a local Hallmark store and read many greeting cards trying to find some that had some encouraging words for Davey. Some I found too mushy, not appropriate. I finally found one that I thought was respectful and appropriate.

Camera Day had arrived so I headed to Dodger Stadium with my Kodak camera and a greeting card in my bag. I took a spot close to the dugout on the field behind the roped area. I was taking pictures and waiting for Davey Lopes to come out. But the last players were coming out so I realized he was not going to come out. When I spotted Jerry Reuss, I asked him if he could give Davey a card. Reuss said No, can’t do it…not allowed or something like that. The last guy coming out of the dugout was Bobby Welch. I asked him and he looked at me and said “I sure will” From that day on, I was a big Bobby Welch fan!

The Dodgers won the World Series in 1981. Some time in November of 1981, I received a postcard signed by Davey Lopes thanking me for my support. I still have that postcard.

I followed Bobby’s career, I was sad when he was traded to Oakland and also when I read that the was battling alcoholism. I was happy when he was doing well on the field and off the field. The next time I saw him was in 2008 when Dodgers were celebrating Dodger decades with luncheons with players speakers at Dodger Stadium. I attended the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Bobby was part of the 80’s group (he could have been on the 70’s) The 80’s luncheon was in the Dodger Club level restaurant. It is too bad that when talking about 1988, Bobby Welch was with Oakland.

The next time I saw him was at Camelback Ranch. I believe it was 2009 when the Dodgers had a Women Baseball clinic. I took this picture with Bobby.

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The next time I saw him he was at Dodger Stadium. I was already in my seats in the Top Deck when I saw him as part of alumni players on the field prior to the game. I made my way down all the way to the field level and caught up with him as he was coming back to the field level. I talked to him and told him again that he was my favorite player. He signed my baseball.

My friend Kent who I met in 2012 at the SABR convention in Long Beach is a Dodger fan and a Red Sox fan. I started talking to him about Bobby Welch. He told he had his book “Five O’Clock Comes Early” I told him that I had heard of the book but that I never read it. He sent it to me in the mail. I read it but I kept it a little longer hoping to see Bobby so he could sign it and send it back to Kent. I did not have the book with me last time I saw Bobby at Dodger Stadium. Rest in peace Bobby!

 

 

Yasiel Puig at Viva Los Dodgers. Viva Puig!

Yasiel Puig made a special appearance at Viva Los Dodgers on June 1, 2014.   Yasiel was there to support the Lou Costello Recreation Center in Boyle Heights.  For a monetary donation, you could take a picture with him.   The lines were long.  Lucky, Lorena and I arrived early but we still waited close to 2 hours in line.

 

When I got to the front this is how our short conversation in Spanish went:

Me:  “Do you still think the same of all the women?”

Puig:  “What did I say?”

Me:  You told us in San Diego that all the women are the same”

At this point he laughed and hugged me.   Lorena was next and I said “Do you remember us?”    Puig said “Yes!  Where is the other one?”  The other one being Rosie who was with us in San Diego when we had a nice little chat with Puig.  We told Yasiel that Rosie could not make it but that we will see him in San Diego.

Here is the video that the Dodgers put online:

 

We had a great time with Puig at Viva and we donated to a good cause.   Both times I have found Puig humble, playfull and eager to donate his time to help kids in need.  Last year when we encountered him in San Diego, after our little chat,  he was heading to a local hospital to cheer some kids.

Congratulations to Yasiel Puig on his first anniversary today June 3, 2014.  It was a year ago today that he debuted with the Dodgers.   And Congratulations Yasiel on moving from 5th to 1st in the All-Star Game balloting.   Also Felicidades Yaseil on being named the MLB National League Player of the Month!   Well deserved!   VivaPuig!  VotePuig!

 

 

 

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