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2015 Dodger Schedule. Where will it take me?

The Dodger schedule came out September 8 and I went over it making plans already but I like to have it here in my blog handy for quick reference.   God willing I will continue to go to Spring Training, my usual road trips to San Diego and the annual SABR convention.  This year’s SABR convention is in Chicago and it starts as the Dodgers play in Chicago on Getaway day.  I am working on where else 2015 will take me.

Here is is the preliminary schedule that MLB  released on September 8, 2014:

2015 schedule months

APRIL

April 6 Monday SD

April 7 Tuesday SD

April 8 Wednesday SD

April 10 Friday @ ARI

April 11 Saturday @ ARI

April 12 Sunday @ ARI

April 13 Monday SEA

April 14 Tuesday SEA

April 15 Wednesday SEA

April 17 Friday COL

April 18 Saturday COL

April 19 Sunday COL

April 21 Tuesday @ SF

April 22 Wednesday @ SF

April 23 Thursday @ SF

April 24 Friday @ SD

April 25 Saturday @ SD

April 26 Sunday @ SD

April 27 Monday SF

April 28 Tuesday SF

April 29 Wednesday SF

MAY

May 1 Friday ARI

May 2 Saturday ARI

May 3 Sunday ARI

May 4 Monday @ MIL

May 5 Tuesday @ MIL

May 6 Wednesday @ MIL

May 7 Thursday @ MIL

May 8 Friday @ COL

May 9 Saturday @ COL

May 10 Sunday @ COL

May 11 Monday MIA

May 12 Tuesday MIA

May 13 Wednesday MIA

May 14 Thursday COL

May 15 Friday COL

May 16 Saturday COL

May 17 Sunday COL

May 19 Tuesday @ SF

May 20 Wednesday @ SF

May 21 Thursday @ SF

May 22 Friday SD

May 23 Saturday SD

May 24 Sunday SD

May 25 Monday ATL

May 26 Tuesday ATL

May 27 Wednesday ATL

May 29 Friday @ STL

May 30 Saturday @ STL

May 31 Sunday @ STL

JUNE

June 1 Monday @ COL

June 2 Tuesday @ COL

June 3 Wednesday @ COL

June 4 Thursday STL

June 5 Friday STL

June 6 Saturday STL

June 7 Sunday STL

June 8 Monday ARI

June 9 Tuesday ARI

June 10 Wednesday ARI

June 12 Friday @ SD

June 13 Saturday @ SD

June 14 Sunday @ SD

June 15 Monday @ TEX

June 16 Tuesday @ TEX

June 17 Wednesday TEX

June 18 Thursday TEX

June 19 Friday SF

June 20 Saturday SF

June 21 Sunday SF

June 22 Monday @ CHC

June 23 Tuesday @ CHC

June 24 Wednesday @ CHC

June 25 Thursday @ CHC

June 26 Friday @ MIA

June 27 Saturday @ MIA

June 28 Sunday @ MIA

June 29 Monday @ ARI

June 30 Tuesday @ ARI

JULY

July 1 Wednesday @ ARI

July 3 Friday NYM

July 4 Saturday NYM

July 5 Sunday NYM

July 6 Monday PHI

July 7 Tuesday PHI

July 8 Wednesday PHI

July 9 Thursday PHI

July 10 Friday MIL

July 11 Saturday MIL

July 12 Sunday MIL

July 14 Tuesday ASG @ CIN

July 17 Friday @ WSH

July 18 Saturday @ WSH

July 19 Sunday @ WSH

July 20 Monday @ ATL

July 21 Tuesday @ ATL

July 22 Wednesday @ ATL

July 23 Thursday @ NYM

July 24 Friday @ NYM

July 25 Saturday @ NYM

July 26 Sunday @ NYM

July 28 Tuesday OAK

July 29 Wednesday OAK

July 31 Friday LAA

AUGUST

August 1 Saturday LAA

August 2 Sunday LAA

August 4 Tuesday @ PHI

August 5 Wednesday @ PHI

August 6 Thursday @ PHI

August 7 Friday @ PIT

August 8 Saturday @ PIT

August 9 Sunday @ PIT

August 10 Monday WSH

August 11 Tuesday WSH

August 12 Wednesday WSH

August 13 Thursday CIN

August 14 Friday CIN

August 15 Saturday CIN

August 16 Sunday CIN

August 18 Tuesday @ OAK

August 19 Wednesday @ OAK

August 21 Friday @ HOU

August 22 Saturday @ HOU

August 23 Sunday @ HOU

August 25 Tuesday @ CIN

August 26 Wednesday @ CIN

August 27 Thursday @ CIN

August 28 Friday CHC

August 29 Saturday CHC

August 30 Sunday CHC

August 31 Monday SF

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 1 Tuesday SF

Sept. 2 Wednesday SF

Sept. 3 Thursday @ SD

Sept. 4 Friday @ SD

Sept. 5 Saturday @ SD

Sept. 6 Sunday @ SD

Sept. 7 Monday @ LAA

Sept. 8 Tuesday @ LAA

Sept. 9 Wednesday @ LAA

Sept. 11 Friday @ ARI

Sept. 12 Saturday @ ARI

Sept. 13 Sunday @ ARI

Sept. 14 Monday COL

Sept. 15 Tuesday COL

Sept. 16 Wednesday COL

Sept. 18 Friday PIT

Sept. 19 Saturday PIT

Sept. 20 Sunday PIT

Sept. 21 Monday ARI

Sept. 22 Tuesday ARI

Sept. 23 Wednesday ARI

Sept. 24 Thursday ARI

Sept. 25 Friday @ COL

Sept. 26 Saturday @ COL

Sept. 27 Sunday @ COL

Sept. 28 Monday @ SF

Sept. 29 Tuesday @ SF

Sept. 30 Wednesday @ SF

OCTOBER

Oct. 1 Thursday @ SF

Oct. 2 Friday SD

Oct. 3 Saturday SD

Oct. 4 Sunday SD

After the Dodgers got eliminated by the Cardinals

After the Dodgers got eliminated by the Cardinals, I was feeling very down.   I had driven to work because I was planning attending the Baseball Reliquary event at the Burbank Library  “Dock Ellis and the Swinging 70’s.”    I drove feeling depressed and not sure if I wanted to be around people but I drove there getting there just before the event started.

From left to right, Baseball Reliquary Executive director, Terry Cannon with the panel of speakers of Jeffrey Radice, co-producer and director of “No No: A Dockumentary”; historian and journalist Dan Epstein; and former big leaguer Jim “Mudcat” Grant.

I am so glad I went!   I could have listen to these speakers for hours, especially Jim Mudcat Grant   Mr. Grant has a bank of stories to tell and he tells them with such charm.   I was glad to go out to dinner afterwards because I ended up hearing more stories from Mr. Grant.   He was telling me about his brother Julian playing in Monterey, Mexico and how everyone used to call him “Julio.”   One time they got into a taxi, he was sitting in the front and his brother in the back.  The taxi driver asked him “Are you Julio?”   He said no, and pointed to his brother and the back.  The taxi driver was driving with the windows open yelling to people “Hey, this is Julio!”

Mudcat told me about an exhibition games in the south, They had landed in New Orleans, where blacks were not permitted in the airport lobby or to wait for cabs alongside whites.  They had to wait on a grassy hill to wait until a black cab would arrive. The luggage would invariably be brought to the white hotel.   The black players would get to the homes where they could stay.  They would draw straws on who would go to the white hotel to retrive their luggage.   In once such incident, the Indians were playing the Boston Red Sox in New Orleans  and Mudcat’s straw had come out short.   When Grant went to retrieve the luggage, he was stopped by a hotel baggage handler who refused to allow him into the hotel. He told him that blacks had no business entering. While discussing the situation with him, Grant saw Ted Williams entering the lobby. Williams walked over to Grant and asked what was happening.

“Well, you know we cannot stay at this hotel,” said Grant.

“I know. It’s a terrible shame,” said Williams. ”This man will not let me come in to get my bags that were sent here,” said Mudcat.

Williams replied, “He’s right. You shouldn’t be going in to get those bags. He should get them and bring them out to you!”

Another of his stories was when he was in Cuba.   He was in a car with Tommy Lasorda and another black players.   The police stopped him and Tommy told them “Let me do the talking.”   Well, Mudcat said that they ended up in jail!   They jumped on Tommy in jail and asked him “What did you tell them??”

Here are pictures from the event:

Mudcat signed my baseball. Loved the hat he was wearing!

Part of the Baseball Reliquary exhibition at the Burbank Library

part of the pictures Mudcat was showing us.  In the picture Mudcat, Larry Doby and Satchel Paige.

I’ll Take You There: Dock Ellis and Baseball in the Swinging ‘70s,” at the Burbank Central Library

If any of you want a break from the playoff, head over to the Burbank Library.  Here is what Terry Cannon of the Baseball Reliquary posted about the event:

MUDCAT ON DECK: Need a break from the baseball playoffs? If so, the Baseball Reliquary might have just what the doctor ordered – unless, of course, you’re a Detroit Tigers fan, which would mean you are likely in need of some psychotropics right about now. For all others, we invite you to beautiful downtown Burbank this Tuesday evening, October 7, at 7:00 p.m., where the Reliquary will host a panel discussion in conjunction with its exhibition, “I’ll Take You There: Dock Ellis and Baseball in the Swinging ‘70s,” at the Burbank Central Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd. Panelists will include former big leaguer Jim “Mudcat” Grant, who roomed with Dock Ellis during the 1971 season in Pittsburgh; Jeffrey Radice, co-producer and director of “No No: A Dockumentary”; and historian and journalist Dan Epstein. Following the panel, Mudcat will sign copies of “The Black Aces” and Epstein will sign copies of “Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ‘70s” and “Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of ’76.” More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/710151262394199/. (Photo: A couple of great dudes and Shrine of the Eternals inductees, Dock Ellis and Jim “Mudcat” Grant, in Bradenton, Florida for the Pirates’ spring training, 1971.)

MUDCAT ON DECK: Need a break from the baseball playoffs?  If so, the Baseball Reliquary might have just what the doctor ordered – unless, of course, you’re a Detroit Tigers fan, which would mean you are likely in need of some psychotropics right about now.  For all others, we invite you to beautiful downtown Burbank this Tuesday evening, October 7, at 7:00 p.m., where the Reliquary will host a panel discussion in conjunction with its exhibition, “I’ll Take You There: Dock Ellis and Baseball in the Swinging ‘70s,” at the Burbank Central Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd.  Panelists will include former big leaguer Jim “Mudcat” Grant, who roomed with Dock Ellis during the 1971 season in Pittsburgh; Jeffrey Radice, co-producer and director of “No No: A Dockumentary”; and historian and journalist Dan Epstein.  Following the panel, Mudcat will sign copies of “The Black Aces” and Epstein will sign copies of “Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ‘70s” and “Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of ’76.”  More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/710151262394199/.  (Photo: A couple of great dudes and Shrine of the Eternals inductees, Dock Ellis and Jim “Mudcat” Grant, in Bradenton, Florida for the Pirates’ spring training, 1971.)
Me, I am a little depressed after the Dodgers got eliminated today.  I was planning on going but I don’t know.   Maybe I will show up or just go home.
I am here!  I am so glad I showed up to this event!   Wonderful stores by all, especially Jim “Mudcat” Grant.
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 Terry Cannon, Jeffrey Radice, Dan Epstein and Jim Mudcat Grant

Turning the page on the first NLDS game. Let’s win game 2! Let’s Go Dodgers.

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Rachel with her Uribe shirt & cookies she made with her sister and mom.

It was as a painful game, well a painful 7th inning.  Jaime Jarrin likes to say “Lucky seven”. It was not lucky for the Dodgers.

So let’s turn the page and get the second game.

LETS GO DODGERS!! LETS GO!!  LETS GO GREINKE!!

Pictures from SABR44 Convention in Houston

I  am way behind in doing this post on the SABR44 convention in Houston. I did posted pictures from the event on Tweeter, IG and Facebook but I did not do a blog post.

I had a marvelous time in Houston. Weather was not too bad either. The hotel was away from Downtown but it all worked out. I am sorry that I missed going to see the minor league team “the Sugarland Skeeters”

This year I debated whether to go to the convention because I’ve known for a few months now that I will be out of job soon, but I am glad I did go.  Once you go to one of the SABR conventions, it is hard to stay away.  It is always a big pleasure seeing fellow SABR members and meeting new ones. Also of course I enjoy the lineup of speakers, going to see an MLB and a minor league game if possible. Also I try to attend as many baseball sessions as possible realizing that it is impossible to attend all.

The local chapters always do a great job of hosting and organizing the convention. In Houston it was hosted by the Larry DierkerChapter and greatly assisted by the Horsny Chapter.

This was my fourth convention in a row. I enjoyed every one of them. My first one was the Long Beach convention where I volunteered with our local Chapter, the Allan Roth Chapter. Hopefully I can make it next year to Chicago for SABR45.

Here are some pictures from the SABR convention:

SABR44 Houston

Art Howe

panel of former Astros players Alan Ashby, Larry Dierker and Art Howe

Eddie Robinson, longtime player, general manager and baseball executive;

Bob Aspromonte signing my baseball.  Picture from RyanPollack.com

Bob Watson

SABR ladies

Marie “Red” Mahoney.  The only women from Houston to play in the AAGPBL.

It was great chatting with Larry Dierker prior to the panel discussion.

Lesley Heaphy selected as Bob Davis award winner!

A SABR member was so nice giving me this baseball card so that Enos could sign it for me.

A kid took this picture  of Jose Cruz and myself.  It is a little blury.

Dodgers Jim Wynn and Bob Aspromonte signed my baseball.

Buck Martinez, broadcaster of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Max Kates dressed like Charlie Finley, had a presentation titled “The Bikers Beat the Boys Scouts”: Facial Hair and the 1972 World Series.  I think his dress attire helped him get Roger Clemens to sign his book.

Selfies with Roger Clemens in the background.

The Toy Cannon, Jim Wynn.

Brooklyn Dodger Bob Aspromonte.  Also a Colt .45 .

 

We got this huge book free.

 

Vivian L Smith, statue on the outside of the Astrodome. The plaque reads “She loved the Astros”

Jose Cruz and Enos Cabell

Art Howe.   I talked with both Jose Cruz and Art Howe on how debasted I was that Monday extra playoff game in 1980 between the Dodgers and Astros.  I told him I cried that Monday.  Art (or was it Jose) said “Better you than us.”

I can’t read this signature.  Hmm.  Roger Clemens?

 

Selfie at Minute Maid Park with Astro in the background.

Since SABR42 in Minnesota, we (Norm, Kent, Abby and I) have been taking a picture at a stadium with the team’s mickey mouse. This year Abby could not make it so we invited Evelyn to post with us.

These are only a part of the pictures I took at SABR44.  It is always so much fun attending the convention.  I hope to make it to SABR45.

Sidenote:   Today Wednesday, September 24, I can’t wait to head to Dodger Stadium to see Clayton Kershaw go for win #21 against the Giants and clinch the National League West!  Go Dodgers!

 

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

This week’s WordPress photo challenge is Endurance. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/endurance/

I started scanning the pictures in my iphone to see what I could use.  I came across a picture and a little video I took of an oldtimer Dodger fan  with a very old Dodger baseball cap.   I heard him talking with an usher about his hat  so I asked if I could take a picture.

hat old

His name is Paul.   I caught him just before the elevator in the Top Deck of Dodger Stadium came.    I knew I had a short window to do a quick little video.

Dave got the hat on August 31, 1959.  This is the second year the Dodgers played at the Coliseum. He says in the Video that Sandy Koufax piched that day against the Giants. He had gone with his future father in law. At that time, the lady with him was his girlfriend. They were to marry the following week.

Dave could not remember who pitched for the Giants but I looked it up. http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/LAN/LAN195908310.shtml
Jack Sanford pitched for the Giants. The Dodgers with Sandy Koufax on the mound won the game 5-2.

Dave did remember that Wally Moon hit one of his famous moonshots. Dave also remembers Willie McCovey hitting a homerun off Koufax.

Some endurance that LA Dodgers hat has withstood!The hat is 55 years old and he still wears to Dodger Stadium.

Dave’s hat, marraige and his his love lasting 55 years years and still going.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

This week’s Photo Challenge is Humanity.   http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/humanity/

We are asked to share a photo.

Photos that comes to mind is when I went to Hiccups Payaso’s monthly Pizza Project to feed the Homeless in Lols Angeles  Skid Row area. The exact location is 6th and Gladys.  Visit Hiccups Payaso facebook page for more information.

Here is a picture of a homeless woman

Hiccups Payaso's photo.

We don’t aks but you wonder what is her story.  Here she is with her slice of pizza and other goodies that are brought by voluntees like bottle of water, a cup cake and anything else that Hiccups is collecting for the month.

Here is another picture at another Pizza project.  Here she is with Hiccups.

Yes, Hiccups is a Dodger fan. Many Dodger fans volunteer at the monthly pizza projects and we wear our Blue, Dodger Blue.

Shootout at the SF Corral. Dodgers Giant Series

Dodgers with a two game lead in the National League West, are in San Francisco!! image

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Shootout at the SF Corral!  Wish I   Was  there! But I will watch the games at Home. I cant wait!

Dodgers Giants games!  It does not  get any better than that this weekend!

Friday:  Ryu 14-6 3.16 ERA goes against Bumgarner 17-9 3.02 ERA.

Saturday:  Greinke 14-8 2.73 against Hudson 9-10  3.12

Sunday: Cy Young Clayton Kershaw 18.3 1.67 ERA against Petit 5.3  3.62 ERA

It is going to he a wild ride!!

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Matt Kemp 9/5/14 Homerun ball

Our friend Javier Gonzalez ended up with the homerun ball that Matt Kemp hit into the bullpen.  D’Back catcher caught it and gave it to Javier who has his season ticketsimage

In the field level section 52 row 8. That was Kemp’s 18th homerun this season.  The homerun came inthe 3rd inning off Nuno.  Haren won his 12th game. Credit Jansen with his 40th save, a good thing after Kenley had blown away the save on Wednesday day game. 

Congratulations Javier!  Hope Matt signs the baseball. 

 

 

Game Tankas 09/02/14 Dodgers 4, Nationals 1

I have done haikus in the past but did not know about Tankas.  Haikus are a three-line poem of 5/7/5 syllables.   Tankas have two additional lines of 7 syllables so they are 5/7/5/7/7.   I was reading the WordPress Monday writing challenge for this week to write a tanka or a set of tankas https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_writing_challenge/full-tanka/

Here it is what I came up with during Clayton Kershaw masterpiece performance yesterday at Dodger Dodger Stadium.
WASHINGTON NATIONALS AT LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Kershaw on the mound
Pederson playing center
Good omen this night
First Major League hit for Joc
A single in the second!

WASHINGTON NATIONALS AT LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The crowd is roaring
Kershaw wheeling and dealing
Cy Young performance
reached 200 K’s tonight
5th straight time in his career

Kershaw can hit too
With a single in the fifth
Daring base running
after a single by Dee
broke open the scoreless game

WASHINGTON NATIONALS AT LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Home-run Uribe!
With Crawford on base Woo-Hoo!
score four to zero
but in the fifth Bryce homered
Only run Kershaw allowed

Kershaw 8 innings
3 hits, 1 earned run allowed
2 walks, 8 strikeouts
Kershaw wins his 17
ERA 1.7

 

pictures by Jon SooHoo

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