It is going to be a busy year of traveling for the Dodgers. The team will open the season in Sydney, Australia, against the Arizona Diamondbacks for a historic series on Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23. Will I go to Australia? I am not sure yet…
The Dodgers return to the U.S. and play at San Diego Monday, March 31 through Wednesday, April 2. Yes! I will be in San Diego for the Dodgers second Opening Day on the road.
From the Dodgers Press release:
The Dodgers’ home opener is Friday, April 4 against the San Francisco Giants and the club concludes the regular season at home against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, Sept. 28. American League teams that will visit Los Angeles throughout the 81-game schedule are the Detroit Tigers from April 8-9, the Chicago White Sox from June 2-4, the Cleveland Indians from June 30-July 2 and the rival Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from Aug. 4-5.
Interleague road dates for the Dodgers in 2014 include travel to Minnesota (April 28-May 1), Kansas City (June 23-25 and Detroit (July 8-9). The Dodgers will head to Anaheim for a two-game Freeway Series Aug. 6-7. The Dodgers play a two-game series against Anaheim both at home and on the road as well as a two-game series against Detroit both home and away.
The holiday schedule for the Dodgers has them at home on Easter Sunday (Sunday, April 20 vs. ARI), Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 11 vs. SF), Memorial Day (Monday, May 26 vs. CIN) and Father’s Day (Sunday, June 15 vs. ARI).
I have never been to Kansas City and Detroit. Both of those road trips are mid-week. Then there is the SABR convention that will be held in Houston next year.
Dodgers will play the Cubs in September? Ok.. It is a four game series starting Thursday 7/18 to Sunday 7/21. Maybe it is time to go back to Chicago.
One thing about the schedule I am not liking is that the Dodgers will play in San Francisco on Jackie Robinson’s Day. I thought there was an agreement that the Dodgers will always be at home on Jackie’s Day. I hope that since this is a tentative schedule, this will changed.
The Dodgers Magic Number is
Magic equals 12
Dodgers with 83 wins
13 and a half
Dodgers are in front of pack
Kershaw Ryu and Zack
Dodgers won 7 to 4
with Nolasco on the mound
Punto with four hits
Tonight is Volquez
Dodgers going for the sweep
Congrats to Greinke!
NL Pitcher of the Month!
5 wins in August
In 5 starts Greinke
Had 123 ERA
Striking Out 30
Back to Back awards
For Kershaw and Zack
Kershaw won July
Last time we had back to back
Pitcher of the month
Dodger fans are smug
We have waited a long time
soaking every game
Ralph Branca then
Ralph Theodore Joseph Branca was born on January 6, 1926 in Mount Vernon. He was the fifteenth of seventeen children. He was signed by the Dodgers after a local tryout.
Ralph’s father, John Branca, came to America from Italy. Ralph’s mother, Katherine Berger, was born in Hungary. Ralph married Ann Mulvey in 1951. Her parents owned a share of the Dodgers, and her maternal grandfather had been president of the Brooklyn Club.
The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Branca out of the New York University in 1943, when he was just seventeen years old.
In 1947 the twenty-one-year-old Branca became the second-youngest National Leaguer to win 20 games.
Branca was involved in two of the biggest moments in baseball history. One was the integration of baseball by Jackie Robinson in 1947, and the other was as the man who threw the pitch hit for a home run by Bobby Thompson that won the 1951 National League pennant for the New York Giants.
In January 2001, joshua Praeger, a reporter for the Wall Street journal published the details of a sign-stealing scheme the Giants rigged in the Polo Grounds. The scheme involved a telescope from windows in the center-field clubhouse, a buzzer rigged under dirt in the bullpen, and a reserve catcher positioning his body and equipment to tip-off the batter as to which pitch was coming.
Branca said his friendship with Jackie Robinson continued after baseball. They played golf together when they worked in Manhattan and saw each other a lot while Jackie was with Chock Full of Nuts.
Ralph Branca now
Check out Ralph’s website at http://www.ralphbranca.com/ and his book:
Ref: SABR.org, book: ‘The Team that forever Changed Baseball and America The 1947 Brooklyn dodgers” Note: I am loving this book!
Dodgers reel in the Marlins with Clayton Kershaw on the mound today on an early game on Getaway day. I am so glad that for a change the Dodgers played early today as the schedule has not been nice to them on getaway days.
Kershaw pitched eight scoreless innings striking out six. Kershaw improved his record to 13-7 and lowered his ERA to 1.72! Kershaw also lined a single to left field to bring in Yasiel Puig for the first run.
El barbudo de Brian Wilson made his Dodger debut in the ninth inning.
Funny picture from Mike Scioscia Tragic Illness blog. I like the barba Azul.
With the Dodgers win and the D’Backs loss, the Dodgers magic number is
Among the Dodgers that have worn #27 are Pete Reiser, Clyde King, Carl Furillo, Gene Mauch, Tommy Lasorda, Bob Borkoswki, Don Demeter, Jim Gentile, Mike Sharperson, Kevin Brown, Jose Lima, James Loney, Matt Kemp.
The boys should be getting home later on tonight to start the three game series with the Red Sox. The Red Sox did not play today. Tomorrow’s matchup is Lackey against Ricky Nolasko.
Here’s to you Dodgers! See you at OLOCR (Our Lady of Chavez Ravine)!!!
Reggie Smith will throw out a ceremonial first pitch on Friday.
I have been missing in action. I’ve busy as a bee but I want to catch up here before the Dodgers return home.
Dodgers have lost two in a row with the last one in Philadelphia and then the first in Miami when they faced rookie Jose Fernandez. but with Arizona losing to Cincinnati the Dodgers magic number is..
The second game is Capuano against Turner. Go Capuano! Happy belated birthday! Go Dodgers!
It has been a while since I have updated my blog. I got the Hilda award from the Baseball Reliquary since then. I still got to post about that and then there was the trip to the SABR convention in Philadelphia. That was so much fun that I am ready for the next convention in Houston.
I was telling myself “I should post today before I return to Dodger Stadium” when I received email of Mark Newman’s latest blog post http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com/2013/08/09/what-are-you-waiting-for/ He titled it ”Baseball Dreams: One fan’s ultimate wish list” He listed all he is waiting for then asked us ‘What are we waiting for?”
Apparently I was waiting for Mark so here goes.
On this Friday, after the Dodgers last road trip of 7-1, I am waiting for their return! I am waiting to see my boys against the Rays! I am waiting to see Dodger Stadium again, my home away from home. I am waiting to applaud my beloved Dodgers for a job well done on road.
I am waiting to hear Nancy Bea at the organ. I am waiting to hear el locuaz Pepe Yniguez, Fernando Valenzuela and el Maestro Jaime Jarrin who will be a grand marshal at the Ecuadorian parade on Sunday that will end at Olvera Street.
I am waiting for the clock to say 4 p.m. so that I can leave work and head to Dodger Stadium.
I am waiting to see Tony Jackson return today to cover the Dodgers. He no longer has the long hair.
I am waiting to see the ushers like Burnie, Cynthia, Raissa, JD, Margarita, Ernest, Leonard, Valerie and so many more. I am waiting to see Loui to see if we are still going to go see Howie sing Jazzsinatra songs next Friday night.
I am waiting to see my friends at OLOCR (Our Lady of Chavez Ravine) I am waiting to see my friend Lorena!. I am waiting to meet Tom Jackson who is making a trip to Dodger Stadium with his teenage daughters and his girlfriend.
I am waiting to see Jon SooHoo, Jill, Juan, Jessica, Polo. I am waiting to see my other boys in Blue that no longer play the game but still work for the Dodgers.
I am waiting to hear Adrian’s Gonzalez’s at bat song “El Mariachi Loco” so that Alan, Marta and any other friends around us can dance along. We believe it helps Adrian bat better
I am waiting to see more sunsets at Dodger Stadium.
I am waiting to see Vin Scully and wish him a good night. I am waiting for him to waive back and say in that so familiar tone “Good night”
I am waiting for the Think Cure weekend at Dodger Stadium and see what they have on the auction to help this great cause for the research of Cancer at City of Hope.
I am waiting for another road trip, this time to San Diego for the last Dodger games. It is always a lot of fun to go see the Dodgers in San Diego. I am waiting to see Ryu and Puig in their rookie hazing outfits.
I am waiting for October and playoffs. It has been a while since we have seen the Dodgers in playoff games. It has been longer (25 years) since we have seen them in a World Series.
It is a great time for Baseball for a lot of us fans with the Pirates playing well and in first place. The Tigers and the Braves with a 10 game winning streak. The Dodgers 8-2 in the last 10 games. The Rangers 9-1 in the last 10 and going neck in neck with the Oakland A’s.
I am waiting for a fun October!
I have been so busy lately that I have not updated my blog. I still need to upload the pictures from the Baseball Reliquary Induction Day. What an AWESOME day that was but first let’s get back to the Dodgers!
WOW!! They have won six in a row sweeping the Nationals and the Toronto Blue Jays! They scored 47 runs in those six games while giving up 22 runs.
The Dodgers were 9.5 games back June 22 and in 1st place July 22. Sixth team since 1969 to go from 9.5 back to 1st in 30 days.
They have gone from being in last place on June 22nd to first place by 1.5 games!
In the tradition of Walter O’Malley, Ice Cream for everyone!
The Dodgers arrived at LAX today about 3:45 a.m. Both Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez were tweeing when they landed at LAX. Why do they schedule night games like that on Getaway day when the team has a game the following day?
Tonight the Dodgers (53-47) start the homestand with the Cincinnati Reds (58-44)
Tonight is also Vin Scully bobblehead night! Naturally, the game is sold out.
Since is Throwback Thursday, the Dodgers posted this picture of a young Vin Scully.
Here how the bobblehead for tonight looks like:
I can’t wait to be back at OLOCR, Our Lady of Chavez Ravine!
The Boys are back in town! The Boys are back in town!!!!
The matchup: Latos 9-3 3.53 ERA against Greinke 8-2 3.36 ERA.
Tomorrow is the Baseball Reliquary Induction Day so if you don’t have any plans, come to the Pasadena Library!
From the Pasadena Now:
The festivities will start with an Induction Day tradition, the ceremonial bell ringing in honor of the late Brooklyn Dodgers fan Hilda Chester; everyone who attends is encouraged to bring a bell to ring for the occasion.
This will be followed by The National Anthem and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” performed by Joe Price, Professor of Religious Studies at Whittier College and a longtime Reliquarian.
The musical segment will be followed by the presentation of the 2013 Hilda Award to Emma Amaya . The Hilda Award, established in memory of legendary Brooklyn Dodgers fan Hilda Chester, recognizes distinguished service to the game by a baseball fan.
The 2013 Tony Salin Memorial Award will be presented to Steve Bandura. The Tony Salin Memorial Award, named in memory of the late baseball historian and author, was established to recognize individuals for their commitment to the preservation of baseball history.
Following the award presentations, the 2013 keynote address will be delivered by Dave Zirin, one of the most original voices to emerge from the field of sports writing in recent years.
The keynote address will be followed by the formal induction of the 2013 class of electees to the Baseball Reliquary.
L-R: Lefty O’Doul, Manny Mota and Eddie Feigner. Photo by The Baseball Reliquary
For more information go to http://www.baseballreliquary.org/ or
From the Pasadena Now:
Free parking is available in the University of Phoenix underground parking structure, which is located just north of the Pasadena Central Library on the corner of Garfield Avenue and Corson Street. The entrance to the parking structure is on Garfield.
Although the ceremony does not begin until 2:00 p.m., we encourage attendees to arrive by 1:30 p.m. (when the doors to the auditorium open) as seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
If you arrive when the library opens at 1:00 p.m., this will allow you ample time to view the Baseball Reliquary’s exhibition, Another Trip in Baseball’s Time Machine: Photography at the Field of Dreams (details below), which is being presented in the display cases in the Business and Humanities Wings, and the Centennial Room.
You can also take the Gold line. The Pasadena Library is only a few short blocks from there.
I love this Week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour. I immediately knew that I would post a picture or pictures of Dodger Stadium. For more details on the Weekly Photo challege go to http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/the-golden-hour/?utm_content=buffer6a940&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer
At Dodger Stadium with the Good Year blimp flying by.
A vendor opening a box of Blue Moon beer with a beautiful backdrop from the Top Deck of Dodger Stadium.
A panoramic view of Dodger Stadium
In between innings, I like to also see the view from behind the stadium.