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Good Luck Dee Gordon

Good luck Dee Gordon!  I will miss you with the Dodgers.  I will miss seeing you running the bases, your defense and hitting.   I will miss your smiling face, seeing you in San Diego.

I will never forget the time I saw you in the lobby of the hotel and told you “Dee!  I am so happy for you today!  You did great!”  You hugged me and said “Thank you ma’man!”   Your mom raised you well.  I will miss you kid!   The last time I spoke with you I said “I can’t call you skinny Dee any more”  You showed me your arm muscles then.   Thank you for the memories.  I wish you the best with the Marlins.

Gordon is coming off an All-Star year in which he stole 64 bases and hit 12 triples

In the trade:  Dee Gordon and Dan Haren to the Marlins for Andrew Heaney, Kike Hernandez, Chris Hatcher and Austin Barnes.   Didn’t Haren say that he would retire if he was not a Dodger?

Welcome to the Dodgers Jimmy Rollins

Welcome to the Dodgers Jimmy rollins!!

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Jimmy Rollins has been traded to the Dodgers. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Rollins, 36, had 2,306 hits in 15 seasons with the Phillies. He has been a member of the organization since June 4, 1996, the day the Phillies selected him with the 46th overall pick

Jimmy Rollins will return to Philadelphia on August 4, when the Dodgers visit Cititzen Bank Park.

Details of the trade are not in yet.

 

ref: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/20141211_Phillies_trade_Jimmy_Rollins_to_Dodgers.html#UMAPEkgbZp47zdRs.99

List of MLB Ballparks (Past & Present) I Have Been To

I saw this post on Natalie Firestone’s Facebook page and I thought it would be nice to document the list of parks I have visisted. It is a nice idea for a post so Thanks Natalie! I will follow your format.

Ballparks are listed alphabetical order with the city, State and year and or date (or approximate year) that I visited the ballpark. Italics used to highlight parks no longer in existence or no longer used for MLB games.

BALLPARKS THAT I’VE SEEN A GAME IN (AND/OR HAVE DONE A TOUR)
Angel Stadium -Anaheim, CA (2004*)
AT&T Park -San Francisco, CA (2005)
Bush Stadium – St Louis, MO (Summer 2006)
Chase Field – Phoenix, AZ (Thursday July 29, 2004) Saw Edwin Jackson’s MLB Debut.
Citi Field – New York, NY (August 2011)

Citizen’s Bank Park – Philadelphia, PA (SABR Convention 2013)
Coors Field – Denver, CO (May 3, 2008)
Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles, CA (1977)
Fenway Park – Boston, MA (August 26, 2005)
Great American Ballpark – Cincinnati, OH (September 2012)
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum - Los Angeles, CA (2008)
Petco Park – San Diego, CA (2004)
PNC Park – Pittsburgh, PA (9/15/2008)
Qualcomn - San Diego, CA (2003*)
Roger Centre – Toronto, CN (April 2007)
Safeco Field – Seattle, WA (June 2012) Dodgers got no-hit.
Target Field – Minneapolis, MN (June 27, 2011)
Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL (May 2009)
Yankee Stadium (Old) – New York, NY (Sept 14, 2008)
Yankee Stadium (New) – New York, NY (June 19, 2013)

TOUR OF BALLPARKS now defunt> (Thanks SABR for the tours!)
Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome – Minneapolis, MN (2012)
Colt Stadium – Houston, TX (2014)
Astrodome – Houston, TX (2014)

I could not find a picture of all the ballparks I have visited.  I will look for some and update.

Sunday slice: At the Tokyo Dome

crzblue:

So good to see Ishii and Saito!!
I remember Ishii hitting a homerun in San Diego. The only run the Dodgers scored. Then remember Saito crying bc he gave up the go ahead the run in the back to back to back to back game 9/18/06

Originally posted on Dodger Insider:

Kaz Ishii and Takashi Saito were on hand at today's game. (Ben Platt/MLB.com) Kaz Ishii and Takashi Saito were on hand at today’s game. (Ben Platt/MLB.com)

Enjoy this selection of images from Sunday in Japan.

— Jon Weisman

Yasiel Puig signing autographs before Sunday's game (Yuki Taguchi/MLB Photos) Yasiel Puig signing autographs before Sunday’s game (Yuki Taguchi/MLB Photos)

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Clayton Kershaw: National League Most Valuable Player

crzblue:

My favorite Kershaw moment was watching his masterpiece no-hitter at Dodger Stadium.

Originally posted on Dodger Insider:

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Dodger MVPs
Jake Daubert (1913)
*Dazzy Vance (1924)
Dolph Camilli (1941)
Jackie Robinson (1949)
Roy Campanella (1951)
Roy Campanella (1953)
Roy Campanella (1955)
*Don Newcombe (1956)
Maury Wills (1962)
*Sandy Koufax (1963)
Steve Garvey (1974)
Kirk Gibson (1988)
*Clayton Kershaw (2014)
*pitcher

By Jon Weisman

In the crowning individual recgonition of a stupendous season, Clayton Kershaw has become the 11th Dodger to win the National League Most Valuable Player award and the first NL pitcher to do so since Bob Gibson in 1968.

Kershaw had 18 first place votes and 355 points overall, topping Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton (eight, 298) and Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen (four, 271).

Finishing seventh in the balloting was Adrian Gonzalez, while Yasiel Puig and Dee Gordon also received top-10 votes.

What was your favorite part of Kershaw’s season?

  • June 18 no-hitter with no walks and 15 strikeouts
  • 41-inning scoreless streak
  • Behind-the-back fielding, tripling in the tying run…

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Congratulations Clayton Kershaw on your third Cy Young Award

Congratulations to Clayton Kershaw on winning his 3rd Cy Young Award!!  WOO-HOO!!  Way to go kid!!

I remember when Clayton Kershaw won his first Cy Young award.  The Dodgers issue a last minute invite to Dodger Season Ticket Holders for the Clayton Kershaw Cy Young News  Conference and I got to go!

From the Dodgers Newsletter to STH back in November 2011:

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This is what it says:

SURPRISE INVITE

SEASON TICKET HOLDER EMMA AMAYA GOT AN EXCLUSIVE INVITE TO DODGER STADIUM FOR THE CLAYTON KERSHAW CY YOUNG NEWS CONFERENCE

Dodger Season Ticket Holder Emma Amaya was constantly checking her phone on Nov. 17 while in a company webinar. She knew this was the day that the National League Cy Young Award winner would be announced. So every pocket of time she could find during the webinar at her company office in Chatsworth, she’d keep checking the news and her email. The news came around 11 a.m. that Clayton Kershaw won the Cy Young Award. Then, moments later, an email came through from the Dodgers inviting her, as a Season Ticket Holder, to come down for the news conference behind the mound at Dodger Stadium.

Without a car and still at work, she asked her Human Resources department if she could leave and take the company car because she had “an emergency.” Luckily for Emma, they allowed her to do both and she made her way to Dodger Stadium for a first-of-its-kind invitation extended only to Season Ticket Holders.

Mixed in with the media, Dodgers Matt Kemp and James Loney, legends like Vin Scully, Fernando Valenzuela and Don Newcombe, and other Season Ticket Holders, Emma sat with the group for a rare experience. Kershaw stood in front of a podium as media asked questions. Then Emma stood up and asked her own question of the 23-year-old lefty. After the Q&A broke up, she took pictures with Kemp, Loney and Valenzuela and chatted all of them up.

“It was awesome being back there to be part of such a special day,” Emma said. “We were so excited, so happy to share it with Clayton. It was incredible — a day we’ll never forget.”

The 2012 season will mark Emma’s eighth consecutive year as a Season Ticket Holder. She proudly cheers from her seat in Section 3 on the Top Deck. But it’s not just during the season that she can be on hand for special Dodger moments.

“All of us felt very special,” she said of taking part in the Kershaw event. “We felt privileged.”

No invitation this time but that is OK!   Enjoy your third award kid!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dodgers 2015 Promo Schedule

The Dodgers promotional schedule for 2015 is out! WOO-HOO!! I like the 1965 Replica ring with the Old-Timers game on Saturday May 16. Here is the rest of the promo schedule:

APRIL
Wed, Apr 8 vs the Padres
Adult Replica Pullover Jacket

Mon, Apr 13 vs the Mariners
Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Don Newcombe

Wed, Apr 15 vs The Mariners
Adult Jackie Robinson Replica Jersey

Fri, Apr 17 vs The Rockies
Friday Night Fireworks

Sun, Apr 19 vs The Rockies
Viva Los Dodgers

Mon, Apr 27 vs The Giants
Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Don Drysdale

Wed, Apr 29 vs The Giants
Fleece Blanket

MAY
Fri, May 1 vs D-backs
Friday Night Fireworks

Sat, May 2 vs D-backs
Dodgers Reusable Tote Bag

Sun, May 3 vs D-backs
Kids’ Replica Jersey. Viva Los Dodgers

Tue, May 12 vs Marlins
Bobblehead #1

Thu, May 14 vs Rockies
Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Sandy Koufax

Fri, May 15 vs Rockies
Friday Night Fireworks

Sat, May 16 vs Rockies
1965 World Series Replica Ring. Old-Timers Game

Sun, May 17 vs Rockies
Viva Los Dodgers

Sat, May 23 vs Padres
Bobblehead #2

Sun, May 24 vs Padres
Viva Los Dodgers

Mon, May 25 vs Braves
Garden Gnome

Wed, May 27 vs Braves
Coaster Set

JUNE
Thu, Jun 4 vs Cardinals
Bobblehead #3

Fri, Jun 5 vs Cardinals
Friday Night Fireworks

Sat, Jun 6 vs Cardinals
Hollywood Stars Game

Sun, Jun 7 vs Cardinals
Kids’ Cereal Bowl. Viva Los Dodgers

Tue, Jun 9 vs D-backs
T-Shirt

Wed, Jun 17 vs Rangers
Beach Bag

Thu, Jun 18 vs Rangers
Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Mike Marshall

Fri, Jun 19 vs Giants
Friday Night Fireworks

Sun, Jun 21 vs Giants
Father’s Day BBQ Set. Viva Los Dodgers

JULY
Fri, Jul 3 vs Mets
Friday Night Fireworks

Sat, Jul 4 vs Mets
4th of July Fireworks

Sun, Jul 5 vs Mets
Photo Day. Viva Los Dodgers

Mon, Jul 6 vs Phillies
Bobblehead #4

Wed, Jul 8 vs Phillies
Hello Kitty Plush

Fri, Jul 10 vs Brewers
Friday Night Fireworks

Sat, Jul 11 vs Brewers
Bobblehead #5

Sun, Jul 12 vs Brewers
Kids’ Hamper. Viva Los Dodgers

Wed, Jul 29 vs Athletics
Bobblehead #6

Fri, Jul 31 vs Angels
Friday Night Fireworks

AUGUST
Sun, Aug 2 vs Angels
Cap. Viva Los Dodgers

Mon, Aug 10 vs Nationals
Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Fernando Valenzuela

Thu, Aug 13 vs Reds
Bobblehead #7

Fri, Aug 14 vs Reds
Friday Night Fireworks

Sun, Aug 16 vs Reds
Spray Bottle with Fan. Viva Los Dodgers

Fri, Aug 28 vs Cubs
Friday Night Fireworks

Sat, Aug 29 vs Cubs
Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Orel Hershiser

Sun, Aug 30 vs Cubs
Headphones

SEPTEMBER
Tue, Sep 1 vs Giants
Bobblehead #8

Mon, Sep 14 vs Rockies
Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Eric Gagne

Wed, Sep 16 vs Rockies
Bobblehead #9

Fri, Sep 18 vs Pirates
Friday Night Fireworks

Sun, Sep 20 vs Pirates
Cy Young Collectors’ Pin Series: Clayton Kershaw. Viva Los Dodgers

Mon, Sep 21 vs D-backs
Sleeved Blanket

Wed, Sep 23 vs D-backs
Bobblehead #10

OCT
Fri, Oct 2 vs Padres
Friday Night Fireworks

Sat, Oct 3 vs Padres
La Gran Fiesta Viva Los Dodgers

Sun, Oct 4 vs Padres
Fan Appreciation Day

Dodgers Release 2015 Spring Training Schedule

lat-sp-dodgers-clayton-kershaw-20141111Finally the Dodgers release the Spring Training schedule!   I had seen other teams schedules before so I had jogged down the dates they were playing the Dodgers but now we have a complete schedule!

From Ken Gurnick:

opens March 4 with a home game against the White Sox at their shared facility at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.

The schedule of 30 games concludes with a Freeway Series against the Angels on April 2-4 — the games on Thursday and Friday night in Anaheim, the Saturday game at Dodger Stadium — with all game times to be announced.

The club has at least one home game during each of the four Cactus League weekends. There will be four scheduled split-squad doubleheaders.

The Dodgers will play the World Series champion San Francisco Giants on March 9 at Scottsdale and March 27 at Camelback Ranch.

Here is the Dodger 2015 schedule I copied from a calendar version that I can’t copy

Wed  3/4 CWS 1:05 p.m.

Thu 3/5 @CWS.

Fri  3/6 SEA(ss)  1.05 p.m.  @MIL (ss) Maryvale

Sat 3/7 @CLE Goodyear

Sun 3/8 MIL 1.05 p.m.

Mon 3/9 @SF Scottsdale

Tue 3/10 COL 1.05 p.m.

Wed 3/11 @CHI Cubs Park

Thu 3/12 @SD Peoria

Fri 3/13 CIN 7.05 p.m.

Sat 3/14 CLE 1.05 p.m.

Sun 3/15 @SEA Peoria

Mon 3/16 OAK 1.05 p.m.

Tues 3/17 @TEX Surprise

Wed 3/18 CHI 1.05 p.m.

Thu 3/19 LAA 1.05 p.m.

Fri 3/20 @OAK (ss) Hohokam Stadium .   @TEX (ss) at Alamodome in San Antonio

Sat 3/21 @COL(ss)  Salt River Fields.   @TEX (ss) at Alamodome in San Antonio

Sun 3/22 CLE 1.05 p.m.

Mon 3/23 ARI 1.05 p.m.

Tues 3/24 No game

Wed 3/25 SD 1.05 p.m.

Thu 3/26 @CWS

Fri 3/27 SF 7.05 p.m.

Sat 3/28 @LAA Tempe

Sun 3/29 TEX (ss) 1.05 p.m. @SF (ss) Scottsdale

Mon 3/30 @ARI Salt River Fields

Tue 3/31 CWS 1.05 p.m.

Wed 4/1 @KC Surprise

Thu 4/2 @LAA Anaheim  TBD

Fri 4/3 @LAA Anaheim TBD

Sat 4/4 LAA Dodger Stadium TBD

11/12/15 Update:  The Dodgers will play two games in San Antonio, the home of their Double-A team from 1977 -2000.  I always wanted to visit San Antonio.  I hear it is a beautiful city.  The Dodgers will take a split squat team March 20-21 to play the Texas Rangers.  The two games will be played at the Alamodome in downtown San Antonio.  Tickets go on sale Friday here http://www.bigleagueweekend.com/buy-tickets.html

 

 

 

Trio #3 A Dark night, Ice Cream and Tears

From WordPress http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/trio-no-three/

Today you can write about anything, in whatever genre or form, but your post must mention a dark night, your fridge, and tears (of joy or sadness; your call).

The evening is quickly turning into a dark night

watching game seven of the World Series

It is down to the last out for the Royals with a runner on third

Salvador Perez pops out to third baseman Pablo Sandoval in foul territory

And just like that The Giants are World Champions

I think back to the Dodgers season and what could have been….

I cannot watch the celebration so I turn the TV off  and head to the fridge

Would a bowl of ice cream make me feel any better?

It does while I am eating it but then the sadness takes over.

The baseball season is really over

A knot builds on my throat and I cannot hold back the tears.

I feel like this tree I pass by in the fall missing its leaves

Tree fall

 

 

 

 

 

Brooklyn Royal Giants

I was googling something about a tweet when I ran into this:  Brooklyn Royal Giants.   I did not know this team existed.  Yeah, some might say I just crawled under a rock.  Well, that is where I said I wanted to be when the Giants made it to the World Series.   But Brooklyn Royal Giants sounds perfect for this World Series between the Giants and Royals which I hope the Royals win.

The Brooklyn Royal Gaints were a Negro League team.

 

I further found out that during a game against the Pirates on June 28 (my birthday), the Mets wore throwback uniforms which read ‘Royal Giants’ across the chest as a tribute to the Negro League team Brooklyn Royal Giants.

Who would have thought back in June that the Royals and Giants would be in the World Series.

From http://www.negroleaguebaseball.com

During the 1910s the Royal Giants reigned as one the nation’s most powerful black clubs, winning multiple championships in the East. The team fell into somewhat of a decline during the 1920s while under the ownership of Nat Strong, a white New York City booking agent, and made a dismal showing during its five seasons in the Eastern Colored League (1923-27). While competing in the Eastern Colored League the club played its home games at Dexter Park in Queens.

After returning to independent play in 1928 the team’s roster was rebuilt, but the quality of play never matched that of its early championship seasons. By the mid-1930s the team was of no better than minor league quality, and as the 1940s came around the team had fallen to a semi-professional status. The team disbanded in 1942.

The Mets can play in a Brooklyn Dodger uniform next year.

Go Royals!  World Series game 7 coming later on tonight.

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