Five days till Opening Day!
From Tony Cuccinello 2 Cookie Lavagetto 2 Carl Furillo 2 Sandy Amoros 2 Lefebvre 2 Hee-Seop Choi 2 Nomah and yes, to Juan Uribe have put on uniform #5. Five more days to wait till Opening Day but I get to see Dodger Stadium this Friday when the Dodgers play the Angels. I can’t wait!
I don’t know about everyone else but this Spring Training seems like it has dragged longer. Is time for the Boys in Blue to come back to Our Lady of Chavez Ravine _Dodger Stadium. There are a whole lot of changes there that I am looking forward to seeing it all.
It’s a whole new blue!
5 ft tall Retired numbers going somewhere in the Top Deck concourse
Very large autographed baseballs featuring Dodger greats going to their new home on the Reserved level concourse.
Janet Marie Smith begins a tour for Antonio Villaraigosa
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa testing the playground
A tribute to the Dodgers past. One of the many new murals at Dodger Stadium. I love it!
Large size bobbleheads have arrived!
Vin Scully! Was he put to work?
From Gil Hodges to Clayton Kershaw the Gold gloves are showcased in the Dugout club.
A whole New Blue!
Ref: Dodger pictures
Did Mike Piazza actually see the so-called “Crushing” video?
If he did not, he should have. Here is the link to the video that I have seen a few times:
If he has barely seen it recently, he should apologize to Vin Scully while he is in the Los Angeles area today for the signing of his book. I hope is not a long shot that he will apologize.
Yes, today is Mike Piazza’s book signing at Vroman’s in Pasadena (the one on Colorado, not the one at the Hasting Ranch).
I bought the book before knowing Mike Piazza slammed Vin Scully in the book. Would I have bought the book had I known about this? Most likely not. But since I did, I did go to the index and read everything he had to say about our beloved Vin.
Here is part of what Mike said in the book:
“He wasn’t happy about it. And Scully’s voice carried a great deal of authority in Los Angeles…The way the whole contract drama looked to them (the fans) — many of whom were taking their cue from Scully — was that, by setting a deadline and insisting on so much money, I was demonstrating a conspicuous lack of loyalty to the ball club. I understood that.”
Mike also says that as he started the season poorly “Vin Scully was crushing me” Did someone else tell him this? because he was playing so he could not hear Vin. As we know, Vin does not talk poorly about another player, he reports on what goes on the field and makes the game more enjoyable giving us anecdotes and some statistics. He paints beautiful poetry broadcasting the game. Mike just sounds paranoid about Vin Scully and Dodger fans.
Here is part of what Vin says in the video from Vero Beach:
“We’re visiting with Mike Piazza, and I’m sure neither one of us would like to talk about it, and yet the millions of people out there watching are interested in it, it is a big story, so consequently we have to address it. And that is, you’re down here, playing out the last year of your contract, coming up hopefully for you will be a multi-year multi-million dollar contract. Is that on your mind?”
Vin Scully in the interview gives Mike a chance to say something like “This is not an ultimatum” but Mike accepts it and so it goes.
When the LA Times asked Vin about what Mike said, Vin responded with “”As God is my judge, I don’t get involved in these things,” I can’t imagine I would ever put my toe in the water as far as a player and his negotiations”
Mike: If you would apologize to Vin Scully, I might forgive you and maybe so would many Dodger fans and Baseball fans.
The first thing I noticed when I got to Dodger Stadium were the incredible long lines. I said “If that is the line I need to get in I am leaving” but I was told there was another line to get into the Fanfest. That line was much smaller. I got in line and started talking to the fans around me when one told me that if you are a season ticket holder you can walk right in, “Ahhh”, I thought “much better” Still the lines inside to get autograph were already long so I walked around chit chatting with friends
Afterwards I looked for the food trucks. I ordered a
a pupusa stuffed with chicken, cheese and spinach that was very good. I washed that down with a mango drink with boba (tapioca balls).
I had not heard from Lorena and I could not find Rosie so I was contemplating leaving to SABR day at the La Habra library. I was actually mapping how to get there when I heard from Lorena. I was so glad to see her! I had not seen her since our last game where Lorena, Rosie and I sat in the dugout seats for the last game at Dodger Stadium. Afterwards Amanda showed up then I ran into Char who is also a member of the Baseball Reliquary. She is a big fan of Wes Parker so I turned around and said “look at this”
Char was telling me about the baseball exhibition at the end so we all walked there. I had seen Gary Cypres exhibition at the Folk Art museum twice before so I left them there to go see and listen to Vin Scully.
They caught up with me and we listened to Matt Kemp. I told them that I was going back to the baseball exhibition. I started taking some pictures when I saw Dodgers Historian Mark Langill. He introduced to the two men he was talking to, Randy Tivens of Let’s talk Dodgers and Gary Cypres, owner Sports Museum of Los Angeles.
Randy Tivens, Mark Langill and Gary Cypres.
These three gentlemen made the day more enjoyable talking baseball and a little football was mixed in there too. It was such a long chat that Mark was afraid he was going to faint. I offered Mark one of the rice crispies they had at the Fanfest with the JCPenney logo made of sugar with sprinkles. He was eating that when Jorge Martin stopped to say Hi. I told Jorge “I almost did not recognize Jorge, you look like a regular fan. Mark said “he is!” :-)
Jorge Martin, Emma and Mark Langilll. pic by Randy.
From there Mark went to get something to eat and Randy and I went to have our first Cool-A-Coo of 2013!
From Gary Cypres collection:
1910 Chicago Cubs field sweater
1920′s New York Yankees field sweater
1920′s St Luis outer jacket
Movie 42 at Dodger Stadium
Randy, Mark, Gary and I were talking about the upcoming movie 42, Jackie Robinson, Harrison Ford and Branch Rickey. I told Mark “they should show the movie at Dodger Stadium” to which he responded “We are” :-) Randy said “there you go Emma, exclusive!. haha.
I knew that the Annual SABR Day is scheduled for January 26, 2013. Now I am finding out that the Dodgers will have their first Winter FanFest on the same Saturday!
My first reaction was “Awe shucks!” but then I started thinking “Why not have SABR at Dodger Stadium?” It would be a great opportunity to pass the word around and see if more people want to sign up to be a member of SABR.
I was told at the last meeting that the location had not been determined. Last year it was at the LA Habra library. It was a great event with Del Crandall in attendance and High School coach Eddie Alvarez. Daryl Gribsby talked about his book “Celebrating Ourserves: African-Americans and the Promise of Baseball”.
Last year the Dodgers were having Open House at Dodger Stadium. I went a day before so I would not miss SABR Day. Last year I said the same thing “Why not have SABR DAY at Dodger Stadium.
From the SABR website at http://sabr.org, this is what i says:
SABR Day is an annual event that brings together SABR members and friends on the same day, regardless of where they live. The fourth annual SABR Day will be held on January 26, 2013. Check back on this page soon as we update our calendar with SABR Day events in your area!
Regional SABR meetings are open to all baseball fans — though we encourage you to join SABR if you like what you find — and are usually free to attend. Guest speakers often include current and former baseball players, managers, umpires, executives, scouts, writers and authors.
This will be the Dodgers first Fanrfest in the Winter. In the past two years we had events where we can volunteer along the players at places like cleanup the ocean and the La River and donating time at the La Food Bank.
I hope that they will still have events like these in addition to the FanFest. Look for more information to the Dodgers FanFest at http://dodgers.com
Update: Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin will also be at the FanFest!! Also lots of food trucks.
Dodgers are breaking our hearts and our season ticket family my removing the last two rows (R& P) of the Top Deck. I felt like they served me an eviction noticed when I got the call on Wednesday
I think instead of a call the day before they opened Select A Seat meetings for Season ticket holders, we should have been notified way before. The Dodgers said that they were holding rows O & N for the displaced fans yet when I went yesterday the only open seats in my section (3) on what will now be the last row (O) were three seats.
I will miss having my season ticket family together. I will miss having my friend Lorena next to me watching the game while we make plans for our road games. I will miss Ray and Ray Junior asking them “what happened in that play” since they also keep score.
I will miss Steve & Rhonda and their two little girls. Rhonda emailed me wondering what everyone is doing about the seats. She tells me “The girls will miss their best friends!!” Rachel likes to sit with Lorena and I and dance with us during Adrian Gonzales att Bat music. She also likes to sing with us Take me out to the Ball Game and “God Bless America”
I will miss Martha & her husband and kid. I will miss Todd and wife and their two sons. I will miss Chuck and Robin. I will miss Mary & Art. I will miss Joe and his girlfriend. Where is our Candy Man James with his dad and his two kids going to sit? Sad day for the displaced season ticket holders in the last two rows of the Top Deck. How far apart are all of us going to end up?
I was told that the removal of the seats is to expand the handicap area but that the sections with the wall will be Standing Room only. I feel like the casual fans that will take the “Standing Room only” are more important than the faithful season ticket holders. Another reason that I liked my last row is that is in the shade and I can watch the game standing up if I like without anyone in back of me.
Other season ticket holders are also moving because now instead of only the first row having a higher price, rows A thru H will have a higher price. Between those season ticket holders moving beyond H and the ones from the last two rows there are not many choices left.
I ended up with seats in section 3, the new last row. Ray ended up in Section 5. Rene in section 2. Margie in section 2 but moving to the handicap when those are built. Lore has an appointment on Monday, the earliest she can meet them. Jeanine and two other friends moved from row B in section 3 to row L. I have not heard from the rest.
ref: cartoon from funny or die.
Before I post some pictures from the last game at Dodger Stadium. I want to post this one from the night before. This is Rachel and Lorena. Rachel is four years old.
Rachel asked me “What are you doing?” I showed her my book and she says “Oh! you are keeping score!” Smart girl!
For the last game at Dodger Stadium, my friends Rosie, Iilda, Lorena and I splurged and sat in the dugout seats.
The only thing is that we sat behind the visiting dugout but that gave us also a nice view
Ethier and Capuano. Ethier having a little snack
Cochito Luis Cruz
Taking a picture of a Relay for Life piggy bank with Cochito Cruz in the background. My boss who is one of the leaders for the Relay for Life in Simi Valley puts one by the cafeteria cashier box so employees can donate their change to the cause.
Here is Cochito on first
A friend emailed me this picture telling me “those don’t look like Top Deck seats!’
Good night Vin Scully! We Love you!
A friend of mine sent me a PM saying “Emma I was worry about you after the Dodgers got eliminated but not after googleing “Emma Dodger blue” and saw Crzblue” LOL.
I am getting sad that is the next to the last game at Dodger Stadium. No matter what like Frank Sinatra’s song said “It was a good year” Dodgers have new owners and will put a good product on the field.
This year my friends and I went to Spring Training for the first FanFest there. It was six women and a guy in a van. What fun hat trip was!
pictures from that trip here: http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/?s=six+women+and+a+man
Three of us returned to Spring Training to watch a few games. We went to the four game series in San Diego that started with Opening Day there. San Diego is always a lot of fun.
Lorena, Rosie and I headed to Seattle. We saw the Dodgers get no hit by six pitchers but the Dodgers took the series. Rosie and I went to see our Bums at Cincinnati, a new stadium for the two of us. In between I went to the SABR convention in
Philadelphia, haha I am thinking of next year. I meant Minnesota where I met up with more friends there and made some new ones.
There were some frustrating losses but win or lose, we love our Boys in Blue! Last night Rosie, Lorena Pricilla and I were reminiscing about our road trips and hanging out at Dodger Stadium. There were more good times than bad times. Maybe I am just remembering the good times.
What a fun game last night! Boys played like they are capable of playing but now they are running out of time. Here are some of my pictures from last night’s game. Some of the pictures Lorena took. Some days she just says “Give me your camera Emma” She knows I get busy keeping score and miss some pictures opportunities.
I have not met Cochito Cruz yet. I don’t have his autograph or a picture with him but maybe tomorrow! Today I will be at the stadium by game time. (I hope I hope).
Bottom of the 9th, Herrera batting for the pitcher.
Herrera at the plate
Herrera came with this record:
Cochito left him without a shirt? that is Ok, Cochito gives him his jersey
Boys celebrating the victory over the Giants
Cochito eyeing Herrera being interviewed
Bam! got you!
Fun fun game!
Oh and prior to the game, I got interviewed by Ben Platt of MLB :-) for the MLB Blogs. I was a tiny little nervous. The interview took place of the Dodger Dugout. Thanks Ben!! Thanks Mark!!
Let’s Go Reds! Letg’s go Dodgers!
Splurging on Dugout seats for Wednesday’s game.
Tomorrow Lore, Rosie, Ilda and I splurged buying dugout seats. We are going to be behind enemy lines but we will be there. Our friend Jeanine suggested we try some Santeria, voodoo dolls to bring bad luck to the Giants. haha.
Dodgers sweep the Rockies! Is so good to be seeing the Boys in Blue playing well! Now the Giants come to town starting tomorrow but before the game…
I am just waiting for Monday.
A few years back I went on a Dodger road trip to Phoenix. All decked in Dodger blue, my friend Erik and I were having having lunch at the Cheesecake Factory The waitress asked us if were going to the Dodger game. We said yes and she said “I am just waiting for Monday”
She came back with our drinks and starts talking about being a Cubs fan, about the Cubs in town starting Monday and having tickets for Monday’s game. After she left, Erik says “I thought she was talking about Rick Monday” I tell him “Mee too!” and we started laughing.
It was an inside joke for us. We would drop the “Iam just waiting for Monday” and we would start laughing
So why am I saying “I am just waiting for Monday!’ Ben Platts of MLB will interview me for the MLB Blogs! Is going to be a video interview.
Bobby Castillo back at Dodger Stadium!
I was glad to see Bobby Castillo back at Dodger Stadium! He had suffered a stroke back in May and had been recuperating.
Bobby threw out the first pictch on Saturday
and Fernando Caught him
Manny Mota also threw out the first pitch on Saturday \
Is Adrian showing Herrera some signals?
Thanks Jill for this picture!
pictures by photographers Jon SooHoo and Jill Weisleder of Dodgers.com. visist the Dodgers photo blog at http://Dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com
La Gran Fiesta: Viva Los Dodgers
The Gran fiesta at Dodger Stadium was so crowded and a little disorganized. Maybe the Dodgers were not expecting that many people. They need to expand the area to accommodate the larger crowds. The lines to get in were extremely long. They checked your bags and checked that you had a ticket to the game. After you got in you had to get in line for the autographs. The lines for Cochito Cruz and Adrian Gonzales were unbelievable long. They spilled way outside. The problem was fans that were parking were just getting in line there. The security guards were not noticing that. Also I don’t understand how when we were in line outside before 1:30 at the gates by the Pasadena Freeway entrance, by the time we got out of the car the line to get in into La Gran Fiesta, the line circled around! There were also some regular fans while we were closer to get in that their bags got checked and they let them get in right away.
There should have been a special line for Season Ticket holders. For us that support the team all year around. My friends and I (all of us season ticket holders) never made it to get Cochito Cruz or Adrian Gonzales. By the time we got to the table, there was someone else there. Fans were asking me who he was. It was joe Moeller. Later on someone asked me who were at the other tables. I know fans should know but you had some fairly new fans, fans that is their first time doing that. Maybe the Dodgers should have had large name tags made on the computer explaining who were sitting at the tables.
I did see Pepe Yniguez. Jessica Rosales took this picture where Kenny Landreaux and Pepe were signing. Thanks Jessica! I also got Manny Mota and I showed him his picture when he was with the Houston Colts 45′s organization. Picture posted in prior blog post.
and this picture taken by Jill, Dodger photographer
Dodgers win consecutive game with another shutout.
Dodgers won against the Rockies on Friday 8-0 with a great performance by Clayton Kershaw. Blanton pitched a shutout on Saturday with the score of 3-0. Can the Dodgers pitch another shutout? TrublueLa, Eric Stephen said that the last time the Dodgers had a shutout sweep of 3+ games was 1966, a 4-game series against the Astros. Bob Timmermann followed my question of “was this at home or on the road” with “It was at home. Osteen and Koufax had shutouts and the other two were combined efforts” Awesome! I love these two with all their knowledge!
I settle for a win today no matter the score. Is amazing how many players hurt the Rockies have. I have not looked at the records but Dodgers don’t do well on day games so like I said I just want the W. Go Dodgers!
Fan Appreciation Day
Is Fan Appreciation Day. Among the prizes are a one year lease on a car. It used to be that they gave you the car. Also there are the two season tickets. The only thing I have won thru all the years I have attended Fan Appreciation Day was a voucher for Panda Express.
I am just waiting for Monday.
I will explain that in my next post, but I am really excited and a little nervous about this so yes, I am just waiting for Monday! In the meantime I need to head to the stadium! Running late so no pictures until my next post.
Today is like Jaime Jarrin says “La mamacita de las fiestas” The mother of all the Viva Los Dodgers fiestas. Gates open at 1:30. There are lots of autograph opportunities at La Gran Fiesta. The autograph will start at 2 p.m. with Adrian Gonzalez, Luis Cruz and Hanley Ramirez. I am aiming to be there at 1:30. Hopefully I get to talk to El Cochito
Fernando Valenzuela, Pepe Yniguez and Jaime Jarrin will also be signing I hope Fernando signs something for me like maybe my ticket from Opening Day in 1981 or this picture
Manny Mota being honored for his 50 years in MLB
Manny Mota began his career with the Giants in 1957 out of his native Dominican Republic, and made his major league debut with the Giants in 1962. Before joining the Dodgers, he played for Pittsburgh and Montreal.
In june, 1969, Dodger Vice President Al Campanis pulled of of his greatest deals when he traded for Manny Mota and Maury Wills, giving up Ron Fairly and Paul Popovich in exchange. In late July of that year, Mota delivered his fist pinch hit in a Dodger uniform.
Felicidades Sr. Manuel Jeronimo Mota por sus 50 años en MLB!
From the Cactus League book above. Manny Mota, a rookie with the Houston Colt 45s, poses in front of Geronimo Park in Apache Junction. Looking forward to the Gran Fiesta and Manny Mota being honored!