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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

Rene Cardenas interviews Dodger Catcher Mike Scioscia in Spanish

I love this old  interview!  Long time Spanish broadcaster Rene Cardenas interviews Mike Scioscia in Spanish.   I love hearing Mike talk in Spanish.   Mike Scioscia used to be one of my favorite players.  I loved how he blocked the plate.   I used to sit behind homeplate in the Loge level.   There was an older lady sitting behind me that like me, used to go to the games by herself.   Whenever she was not at the game because she also had tickets to the Lakers, I used to buy her ticket so that I could take one of my little cousins to the game.  

 

I did not know how well Mike speaks Spanish.   Unlike now, back then I only used to listen to the games in English.

Here is the interview:

Pictures of the No-Hitters Pins

I got pictures of the no-Hitters Pins. Usher and friend Cynthia had them on to promote the games
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Monday 9/1, Labor Day josh Beckett no-hitter pin will be given out.  The Washington Nationals will be in town.  The  no-hitter was 5/25 against the Phillies at Philadelphia.

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Josh Beckett no-hitter pin

Monday September 22 against the Giants we will get the Clayton Kershaw no-hitter pin. The no-hitter was at Dodger Stadium June 13 against the Rockies. Yes! I was at the stadium.

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Clayton Kershaw no-hitter pin

Post done on my iphone from Dodger Stadium.  It is not too easy to do that on your phone.  Maybe with practice I can get better doing this on my phone.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhoutte

Getting back to posting about the Weekly Photo Chalkenge. A nice way to get me back to the routine of posting in my blog that I have neglected. Hopefully after this post I will get back to posting more often

This week’s challenge Silhoutte   made me think of a picture I took at … Where else? Dodger Stadium.  Here the link to this week’s photo Challenge

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/silhouette-2014/

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I like how you can see the kid with his baseball hat

 

 

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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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:

 

Yasiel Puig

Rosie talking to Puig.

Los Angeles Dodgers first full squad workout

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.

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;

 

Dodgers: Please bring back our Paper Season Tickets

One of the things I looked forward to every year is getting that special box from the Dodgers in the mail with my season tickets. I was always giddy with  anticipation when I got that call from home that a package had arrived from the Dodgers.  I would wonder “How do the tickets look like this year?”   Would they have current players pictures or past player pictures, pictures of Dodger past history?  No matter what the Dodgers picked, I liked them.  They were my special tickets!   One of the many themes I like are “Great Moments in Dodger History.”

The minute I got home I would grab the box look at it some more, shake it and hastily  opened it. Once the box was opened, I would smell the tickets just like in the movie “Fever Pitch”    “They smell like World Series to me” I would tell my brother Victor year after year.

Before I became a season ticket holder for a second time, I had a mini plan package with my friend Stephanie.  Once the tickets arrived, we would get together for dinner and spread the tickets on the table.  If she could not attend some games, I would give her a choice of another date.

Prior to home stands, my brother Victor would separate the tickets for the upcoming home stand.  He would hold a set in each hand and ask me ‘left or right?”   I always ended up with tickets with my favorite players either by choosing right or by bullying him.

Afterwards the tickets went  into our handy holder that the Dodgers would sell at Dodger Stadium.

With this no paper season, I need to either print my tickets or show my phone so the Dodgers can scan this virtual ticket.  I don’t like it.  I don’t have a printer at home.  All my printing I do it at work or at a library.   My brother does not have a phone so he needs to print the ticket.

I am old fashion, I like having actual tickets.  I like writing in back of them recording special occasions.  Every once in a while, for special occasions, I like having that ticket signed if the opportunity arises. I like to record a player’s debut, his first hit, his first home run.

One of the things I don’t like when I go on road trips is having to print my own tickets or scan them from my phone.   I was in Seattle when the Dodgers got no-hit.  I saved my printout but as I was leaving the stadium I noticed two tickets on the floor.  I was thinking “Why would anyone not want to keep such a special ticket to commemorate the no-hitter?   I picked up the tickets.

Below is my ticket from Opening Day 1981 when Fernando had to step in and replace Jerry Reuss as the Opening Day pitcher.    It is not on this picture, but Fernando signed it for me.

I also have my postseason season tickets from 1981.   I have my two season tickets from the Back to Back to Back to Back historical game on September 18, 2006.  Like that I have other ones saved separate from my other season tickets.    A long time ago, I used to toss them.  I wish I would have kept some of those tickets.

Another thing I do with the tickets is attach them to my scoresheet.

It is not going to be the same having to scan the ticket from my phone or printing those generic papers.

I was going to post some pictures of my tickets but they are at home and i am having a hard time uploading pictures.

Update:  Bill Roebuck has created a petition and a facebook page.  Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/224152067777733/

Dodger FanFest February 1, 2014

Dodgers are having the FanFest on Saturday February 1, 2014.   The autographs this year were available for purchase online for $10 with all proceeds going to benefit the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF).

Tickets went on sale Monday 1/27/14 at 10 AM for Season Ticket Holders and at noon for the rest of the fans.   The $10 included two players so the first one I selected was Yasiel Puig with Jaime Jarrin.  I was not lucky, by the time I selected those two, they were sold out.  I then tried for Orel Hershiser with Justin Sellers but that one was also sold out.  I had no luck selecting Nomar Garciaparra with Javy Guerra.   The same thing happened when I selected Fernando Valenzuela with Drew Butera.

I DID get autograph tickets for Brian Wilson with Al Ferrera.  YAY!   and I also got Alex Guerrero with Pepe Yniguez!  YAY.   But I was dissapointed that I did not get some of the other ones. With how early I logged on, I could not believe that many were already sold out.

Here is the lineup  as it was at 1 P.M. pacific time.

LINE 1

Section 1

10:00AM-10:50AM

JAVY GUERRA

NOMAR GARCIAPARRA

–SOLD OUT–

Section 2

11:00AM-11:50AM

SCOTT VAN SLYKE

TOMMY LASORDA

-SOLD OUT–

Section3

12:00PM-12:50PM

JUSTIN SELLERS

OREL HERSHISER

-SOLD   OUT–

Section 4

1:00PM-1:50PM

DREW BUTERA

FERNANDO VALENZUELA

-SOLD OUT–

Section 5

2:00PM -2:50PM

TIM FEDEROWICZ

STEVE YEAGER

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Section 6

3:00PM-3:50PM

KENLEY JANSEN

BOBBY CASTILLO

–SOLD OUT–

LINE 2

Section 1

10:00AM-10:50AM

DAN HAREN

MICKEY HATCHER

–SOLD OUT–

Section 2

11:00AM-11:50AM

HYUN-JIN RYU

NED COLLETTI

-SOLD OUT–

Section3

12:00PM-12:50PM

MATT KEMP

“SWEET” LOU JOHNSON

-SOLD   OUT–

Section 4

1:00PM-1:50PM

MATT MAGILL

RON CEY

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Section 5

2:00PM -2:50PM

MARK MCGWIRE

RICK MONDAY

–SOLD OUT–

Section 6

3:00PM-3:50PM

NICK BUSS

ERIC KARROS

–SOLD OUT–

LINE 3

Section 1

10:00AM-10:50AM

SETH ROSIN

SHAWN GREEN

Buy Tickets

Section 2

11:00AM-11:50AM

TIM WALLACH

SHAWN GREEN

-SOLD OUT–

Section3

12:00PM-12:50PM

DEE GORDON

JERRY HAIRSTON JR

-SOLD   OUT–

Section 4

1:00PM-1:50PM

DON MATTINGLY

CHARLIE STEINER

-SOLD OUT–

Section 5

2:00PM -2:50PM

JARRETT MARTIN

MAURY WILLS

Buy Tickets

Section 6

3:00PM-3:50PM

MIKE BAXTER

MAURY WILLS

Buy Tickets

LINE 4

Section 1

10:00AM-10:50AM

PACO RODRIGUEZ

BILL RUSSELL

–SOLD OUT–

Section 2

11:00AM-11:50AM

STEPHEN FIFE

JOHN VALENTIN

Buy Tickets

Section3

12:00PM-12:50PM

BRIAN WILSON

AL FERRERA

-SOLD   OUT–

Section 4

1:00PM-1:50PM

YASIEL PUIG

JAIME JARRIN

-SOLD OUT–

Section 5

2:00PM -2:50PM

ALEX GUERRERO

PEPE YNIGUEZ

–SOLD OUT–

Section 6

3:00PM-3:50PM

CARL CRAWFORD

KEN LANDREAUX

–SOLD OUT–

So there it is.

The Dodgers are also having the annual Community Service Caravan starting today Monday thru Thursday January 30.  Here is part of what Jon Weisman posted in the Dodgers.mlblogs blog:

This year’s caravan is making stops at the following locations and will be joined by these Dodger alums:

January 27 (Ron Cey, Kenny Landreaux, Matt Luke and Dennis Powell)

1 -4:30 p.m.: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

January 28 (Tommy Davis, “Sweet” Lou Johnson, Tim Leary and Derrel Thomas)

10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Moffitt Elementary School/Playworks in Norwalk

3:30-7:15 p.m.: McBride Teen Center Ice Skating at Dodger Stadium

January 29 (Al Ferrara, Dennis Powell, Wes Parker and Bill Russell)

8-10:30 a.m.: West Adams Preparatory High School, Los Angeles

10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: L.A. Universal Preschool

January 30 (Billy Ashley, Ron Cey, Al Ferrara, Reggie Smith and Maury Wills)

10 a.m. – 12 noon: Operation Gratitude, National Guard Armory, Van Nuys

Ride the Train to Dodger Stadium for Hockey Game

 

I saw this on the Metrolink website at http://www.metrolinktrains.com/news/promotions_detail/title/stadium_series_2014

from the website:

Stadium Series – Kings vs. Ducks

Saturday, January 25, 2014
6:30 p.m. game time

Ride Metrolink from Orange County to Dodger Stadium

The National Hockey League is hosting a special Stadium Series hockey game between the LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium.  Metrolink is promoting the use of either Amtrak or Metrolink from Orange County to LA Union Station to attend the game.  For Metrolink schedules, click here.

Metro will operate the Stadium Express shuttle with pick up on the Patsaouras Bus Plaza adjacent  to the east portal of Union Station.  The bus will continue to Dodger Stadium via Sunset Blvd. and Cesar Chavez Avenue.  Service will be provided starting 90 minutes before the beginning of the game and will end 45 minutes after the end of the game.

The return trip back to Orange County is only available on Amtrak 796  departing from L.A. Union Station at 10:10 p.m..  For this game only, Amtrak will hold the train up to 45 minutes in the event the game goes into overtime.   If you ride Metrolink to L.A. Union Station, you must purchase a separate Amtrak ticket one-way for the return trip from the ticket vending machine.  One-way Amtrak tickets start from $12.  Visit amtrak.com for more information.

NOTE:  Amtrak does not stop at the Metrolink Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs, Buena Park, Orange, Tustin, Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo or San Clemente stations.

Dodger Stadium Express

Metrolink riders can board the Dodger Stadium Express at Bay 3 of the Patsaouras Transit Plaza at Union Station.

  • Service leaves L.A. Union Station every 10 minutes, starting 90 minutes before game and operating every 30 minutes during the game.
  • You’ll be dropped off inside Dodger Stadium behind Center Field.
  • Return service on the Dodger Stadium Express runs until 45 minutes after the final period.  For details, click here.

Local Restaurants

For those fans who want to experience a pre-game dinner near Union Station, here is a list of restaurants within a 10-minute walking distance of the station.

Philippe – The Original
1001 N. Alameda Street
French dip sandwiches, soups, salads  $
philippes.com
Traxx
In Union Station
Modern American   $$$
Traxxrestaurant.com
El Paseo Inn
Olvera Street (across from Union Station)
Mexican cuisine   $$
Elpaseoinn.com
ABC Seafood
708 New High Street
Chinese, seafood, dim sum  $
213-680-2887
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