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Chat with Yasiel Puig. Part two

I was disappointed that Yasiel Puig was late getting to the game yesterday.  I don’t know whose fault that was.   his driver?  but  Yasiel is also to blame.  Ok, but that is not why I started this post.

I forgot some of the conversation in my prior post.   After Wednesday’s Dodger win in San Diego, my friend Lorena reminded me of something I left out from my first post.

While at the café in San Diego on Monday, I told Yasiel we were there Sunday for the Opener and we were going to be there for the next two games.  Rosie then said “except for me, I leave tonight because I have to go back to work”   Yasiel then said “Oh, if we win the next two games, then I am going to blame you for the loss yesterday (Sunday).”    Rosie said “OMG!”  and we all laughed. Yasiel   then said “I am going to post your picture at the entrances so they won’t let you in.”    When the game was over on Wednesday night at Petco Park, Lorena said “Rosie can’t come to the game.”   Well, Rosie was at yesterday’s home opener and the Dodgers lost so here is a picture of Rosie:

 

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Rosie talking to Puig.

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Rosie, Emma and Lorena.  picture by Jon SooHoo.   Las Beisboleras!

You are welcome Rosie!  What are friends for ;-)    Dodger wins come first!   You can come back if I give you a “limpia”  with ruda.   We will give you a cleansing with Rue (that hierba is very odorous)  or we send you to a brujo.

Nice chat with Yasiel Puig

Greetings from San Diego!  My beisbolera friends and I  made the trip to San Diego for the Opening Series in San Diego.   We lost the Opener on Sunday.   Monday, a day off we went for a late breakfast close to Petco Park.  We happen to be seated at the table next to where Yasiel Puig, his cousin and Paco Rodriguez were sitting.    Yasiel was pointing at something in the  USA Today special baseball section that appeared on  Monday 3/31/14.    The section has salaries for the 856 major league players on Opening-day rosters and disabled.

We could hear what they were talking and they could hear us but we did not bother them, my back was facing Paco’s back and Rosie’s back was facing Yasiel.  Lorena was facing their back.   When I heard Yasiel say “Todas las mujeres son iguales..”  “All the women are alike..”  I just had to turn around.  He looked at me and said “Perdone senora.. but it is true..”  “I I heard you talking in Spanish so you understood me..”  From there we started talking.   I introduced myself saying I was from Honduras.  He said “oh, Hondurena..”   I said “Lorena is a teacher..”  He said “Oh you can teach me English.”   I asked him how did he liked Australia.  He said very pretty but the flight was too long even though he had a comfortable bed.   then I don’t know how we were talking about water but he said “I don’t like to be near the ocean, I had enough of ocean when I came to the U.S.  

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We found Yasiel Puig very nice, personable, friendly, funny and witty.   He introduced himself, then he said this is Paco and this is my cousin Federico.  He laughed then saying that “we just call him Federico, you know for Federowicz,…”  I said “oh yeah, Fed-Ex.   They were glancing at the tv telling me a lot of teams are playing today their Opener.  I said yes, and showed him the MLB At Bat scores where at the time they were a lot of ties.   He said they were enjoying the day off and they needed it after the long flight to Australia.   I said “You will face Ian Kennedy tomorrow”  He touched his face and said “Don’t hit my face because he is going to make me ugly..”  “Hit my ribs instead…”   Then Lorena said “Did you see Chapman”   He said “Oh yeah, he texted me in Australia saying “even getting hit, you are still uglier than me..”    It was funny.  

When he mentioned Fed-Ex, I said, yeah and Javy Guerra went to the White Sox.   Yasiel said “yeah, Belisario is there.”  I said “Oh yeah, the ugliest one from the team left.”   Puig laughed and said to Paco and his cousin  “Did you hear that?  LOL”   

Afterwards Yasiel was saying we should take some kids to the game. then he got up and extended his hand to me then to Rosie and Lorena.   Yasiel walked to a table  where they was a kid dressed in Dodger Blue.  He said hi to the kid and family then took a picture with the kid.  

Like I said, we found him to be very friendly, personable, funny and witty.  We did not bother him asking him for a picture.  We thought it was not appropriate but we loved the chat.    Oh yeah, I forgot to say when he was talking about stadiums, he said to me “No me gusta Dodger Stadium.”   He sounded serious but when I looked at him with a sad face he laughed and I knew he was joking. He said he couldn’t wait to be home playing for the home crowd, “his gente”.   I mentioned other stadiums I like like the view from Pittsburgh.  He said well we don’t see the view, we look at the field but still I said “You should look at Dodger Stadium from the Top Deck, look at the natural beauty, the mountains in front and the downtown in the back.  Rosie mentioned you could see the Hollywood sign from there.    I said “go after all the fans have gone home.”  He said “I could go when I first get there.”  

It was a great day.   We like Yasiel Puig even more now. 

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Haikus: It’s Time for Dodger Baseball in Australia

It’s time for Dodger Baseball in Australia!   I have been waiting all day Friday and will wait all night till Saturday at 1.am. when the game is due to start. Here are some quick haikus:

Outside is gloomy

but it is Opening Night

So my heart just see sunshine

Speaking of Mr. Sunshine

Kershaw will be on the mound

green grass all around

Los Angeles Dodgers Workout

Opening Day Eve

My allergies in full bloom

Spring is in the air

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Australia

I can’t wait to hear

It’s Time for Dodger Baseball

At one a.m. here

Australia so far

Start time there 7 p.m.

Crickets outside sing

Play ball!

What Pitcher will be the First one to Wear the Protective Headgear?

I hope that in the near future I will see pitchers wearing the protective headgear that MLB has approved.   The pitchers have been reluctant to use it.   If it is too heavy, awkward, well, go back to the drawing board and improve upon it.

Who will have the guts to wear it?   Who will be the first one?

On September 5, 2012, during an afternoon game, Brandon McCarthy, while pitching for the A’s, had a line drive hit him  squarely in the head.  He sustained an epidural hemorrhage, a brain contusion and a skull fracture on the play.  He underwent brain surgery.   Since Major League Baseball approved a padded-cap design for optional use this season, Brandon who is now with the Diamondbacks, declared he would not use it.

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ was hit in the side of the head by a scorching line drive off the bat of Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings in the second inning on September 5, 2013.   Though Happ didn’t appear to lose consciousness, he was bleeding from the point of impact.  The blow landed the 30-year-old Happ in the hospital and then the disabled list with a fractured skull.

Rays starter Alex Cobb exited Tropicana Field on a stretcher Saturday afternoon after a line drive off the bat of the Royals’ Eric Hosmer struck the pitcher in the right ear, knocking Cobb to the ground on a Saturday afternoon on June 15, 2013.

Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb is just the latest in a host of pitchers to be injured off a hit. (Brian Blanco/AP)

In 1955, Cleveland Indians rookie Pitcher,  Herb Score set a rookie pitching record for strike outs with 245 whiffs. This record would stand till another young flamethrower, Dwight Gooden, topped it almost 30 years later.  Score won Rookie of the Year, was on the cover of Sports Illustrated and was truly the talk of baseball.

No sophomore jinx for Cleveland Indian, Score either. He followed up his rookie season by winning 20 games, with even more strike outs and a lesser ERA.
He again, struck out more than a batter an inning

But on May 1957, Herb Score took a ball in the right eye.  He returned the next season but never again had a winning record.

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Herb Score.

Bryce Florie MLB career was cut short after he suffered a horrific injury while pitching for the Boston Red Sox.  Florie was struck by a line drive by Ryan Thompson in the ninth inning of New York’s 4-0 win Friday September 8, 200.   Florie went down, then sat up after about a minute, blood streaming down his face.

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on September 8, 2002, Dodgers rookie left-hander Kazuhisa Ishii left the game Sunday in an ambulance with a small skull fracture and a concussion after getting struck flush on the forehead by a line drive off the bat of Houston’s Brian Hunter.  In the fourth inning of the Astros’ 6-2 victory, Hunter drove a 3-2 pitch so hard off the left side of Ishii’s head that it ricocheted all the way to the backstop behind home plate for an RBI double.  If I remember correctly, that was a 4 p.m. a dangerous start with the shadows followed by twilight.

Now the latest victim is Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.   Chapman  was hit above the left eye by a line drive off the bat of the Royals’ Salvador Perez in the sixth inning of the game between Cincinnati and Kansas City in Surprise, Arizona on Wednesday night.  He was diagnosed with fractures above his left eye and nose and held overnight for observation.

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Aroldis Chapman shared pictures on Instagram with staples on his head.

How many times do we have to read “lucky to be alive” “lucky to escape major injury”  before someone is not so lucky?  Who will have the guts to wear the headgear so others can follow?

Re:  http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Sports/2013/12/20/MLB-

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8437590/oakland-athletics-brandon-mccarthy-encouraged-head-injury-progress

http://www.totalprosports.com/2013/05/10/9-of-the-most-terrifying-injuries-in-baseball-history/

http://nfbcforums.stats.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=13865

sports illustrated.

Spworld.

The Cactus League and AMY (Arizona Museum of Youth)

crzblue:

My only time at Hokokam Stadium in Mesa, AZ. It had to rain that day and the game with the Dodgers got cancelled.

Originally posted on Dodger Blue World:

When we went to Mesa to watch the Cubs play against the Dodgers, the game got rainout.

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so what did we do? We headed to theAmerican Museum of Youth (AMY)a few blocks away (Although we did not know it at the timeso wetook the long way there.I think we took the freeway there :-)).

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The ClevelandIndians and the NY Giants were the first ones to set camp in Arizona.Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck convinced NYGiants owner Horace Stoneham to also bring his team to Arizona. Soundskinda of Deja vu

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Did you know that in 1951 the New York Giants and the New York Yankees exchanged Spring Training facilities?

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The Red Sox also played in the Cactus League. The price of the program in 1964? 50 cents.

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Women Softball teams in the 40’s. Why was this team called the Cantaloupes Queens?Because they were sponsored by a Cantaloupe growers.A young woman named…

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Arruebarruena or Arruebarrena

So which is it?  Arruebarruena or Arruebarrena?  I asked the Dodgers when I started seeing it spelled  Arruebarrena.   The response yesterday was “Arruebarruena.”  but when the Dodgers first signed Erisbel, you kept seeing Arruebarruena everywhere.

Jesus Padilla saw the Dodgers response to me so he twitted this picture

Jesus said ” Jesus Padilla@Jay_P822h

@Dodgers @crzblue I sort of follow Cuban baseball and the Cuban Ntnl Team, and have always seen it as Arruebarruena.

Once Erisbel arrived at Camelback Ranch, the Dodgers announced him as Erisbel Arruebarrena

 

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Either way, Welcome Erisbel!   I see that both in Cuba and with the Dodgers you are wearing Manny Mota’s number.   Great choice!

‘Arruebarrena’ actually only has one ‘u,’ slips into tie for MLB’s second-longest name

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Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena officially reported to Dodgers Spring Training on Thursday. Along with comparing his playing style to Yasiel Puig, the 23-year-old confirmed that his last name is actually spelled with 12 (Arruebarrena) and not 13 (Arruebarruena) letters. See his Cactus League jersey below:

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Brooklyn Dodgers. Where are they now. Chuck Kress

crzblue:

Sad to hear that another of our Brooklyn Dodgers have passed away. Chuck Kress passed away 3/4/2014 R.I.P. Mr. Kress

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Originally posted on Dodger Blue World:

Chuck Kress then

Charles Steven Kress was born in Philadelphia on December 9, 1921.  He wore uniform #5.  

Chuck Kress served in the U. S. Army from 1943 to 1945.   Kress was a first baseman 17 seasons from 1940 to 1959, four in the Major Leagues and 16 in the minors.

He played first base for the Cincinnati Reds in 1947 & 1949.  

With the Chicago White Sox from 1949 to 1950. 

Detroit Tigers  1954.

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On 06-09-1954, The Brooklyn Dodgers traded Wayne Belardi to the Detroit Tigers for Ernie Nevel, Johnny Bucha and Chuck Kress.   Kress had 12 at bats with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954 and batted .083. 

Charlie KressKress managed the following teams in the Minor Leagues:

1957:  The Erie Sailors from the New York-Pen League of the Detroit Tigers.

1958:  Durham Bulls from the Carolina Leagues of the Detroit Tigers.

1959:  Des Moines Demons of the Three-I Leagues of…

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Rest in Peace Dr. Frank Jobe

As a member of the Baseball Reliquary, I am proud that I voted for Dr. Frank Jobe in 2012.  He was elected to the Baseball Reliquary Shrine of the Eternals that year on July 15, 2012.   The day before, Dr. Frank Jobe was at Dodger Stadium with Tommy John throwing out the first pitch

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pictures at Dodger Stadium taken by me. 

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Mudcat Grant was also inducted into the Baseball Reliquary Shrine of the Eternals. 

Tommy John introduced Dr. Frank Jobe.

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Rest in peace Dr. Frank Jobe.  I think The Hall of Fame should have done something for Dr Jobe a long time ago.  Dr. Jobe was the  greatest  man of Sport medicine.  Nobody else has contributed as much to the sport as he has.   Thank you Dr. Jobe.

Trader Joe’s Dodger Fearless Fan of the Day

Who remembers when Trader Joe’s and the Dodgers had the “Fearless Fan of the Day” At Dodger stadium?   I remember that day during batting practice I was walking with a Trader Joe’s bag in the field level when a lady stopped me and asked me if I wanted to be the “Fearless fan of the day”.  she said “you get to go on the field, but  you have to wear this”. The this was a Dodger Hawaiian shirt. She had me at “you get to go on the field”.  What I can’t remember is what year that was.

Here is the video from that day;

 

Dodger Stadium Mural at LAPD Northeast Division

One early morning on my way to the Glendale train station to catch up with my train, I noticed this mural that included Dodger Stadium.  I did not have a chance to stop but the next time that I took the train there, I made sure to stop and take pictures.

    It is located at the LAPD Northeast division on San Fernando Boulevard.    It shows Dodger Stadium, the Police Academy that is next door to Dodger Stadium.  In this picture too is the Los Angeles Zoo.

Here is another part of the mural

Griffith Park.

And here is another part of this long beautiful mural that measures 21’X16′.  The mural was designed and painted by more than a dozen young artists.

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