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Dodgers Haikus for Good Luck.

Dodgers losing streak
is at gulp… seven, really??
Let’s stop it tonight!

Are the Dodgers cursed?
If so let’s reverse
and work toward first

Marlins are in town
their record 10-25
Time to beat them down

Magill on the mound
Fernandez for the Marlins
Bums don’t make us frown

Dodgers we beg you
Please start your winnings tonight
We are feeling Blue

I want to hear cheers
Want to hear I LOVE LA
Want to celebrate

tonight be the night
to stop Dodgers losing streak
and start winning feast

But really, is there some kind of curse on the Dodgers? Did it start when Manny Mota stopped being part of the coaching staff? no matter, I hope it stops tonight!

Go Dodgers!

Herrera has been optioned back to the minors and Van Slyke is back!  Van Slyke was crushing the Pacific Coast League with a .397 batting average, 9 Homeruns.

Dodgers lineup:

Crawford, LF
Punto 3B
Gonzalez, I B   YAY!  He is back!
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Ellis C
Schumaker 2B
Gordon SS
Magill P

Marlins lineup:
Pierre LF
Hechavarria Ss
Polanco 3B
Ruggiano CF
Dobbs 1
Ozuna RF
Dietrich 2B
Brantly C
Fernandez P

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: FROM ABOVE

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is “From Above” http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/weekly-photo-challenge-from-above/#comments    A picture taken from above.

With the theme in mind I reviewed some of my pictures.  I found this one that I took from above, the  last row of the Top Deck (the last level) of Dodger Stadium.

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From above to below the field, Matt Kemp at the plate on a Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.  Note the  shadows, the location of the ball as it makes a hole on his shadow, the umpire in position and the catcher ready to catch the ball.

That game was Sunday,  September 9, 2012.  Dodgers lost the game against the Cardinals in 12 inning with the score of 5-2.  Kemp went 1 for 5 with a groundball in the first inning, a strikeout in the 3rd, a double in the 6th, a strikeout in the 8th and in the 10th inning with the bases full and two outs, Kemp flied out out to center field.

Here is a recent panoramic picture I took from my seats in the Top Deck

It is a long way down but I like the view from above.  I see the game, I see the mountains, I get a panoramic view of the game.

Today Tuesday,  May 7, 2013,  the Dodgers find themselves way below in last place in their division.  They need to crawl out and rise above.

Dodgers bats are cold against the Giants. More Haikus

It all went down hill for the Dodgers after the Home Opener.  They lost 2 out of three to the hated Giants.   Here are a few sudokus I came up with after the loss.

Lincecum pitching
walks seven Dodgers in five
just two unearned runs :-(

One for 14 Ugh!
worst: two for 27
in series with RISP :-(

Bases loaded Yes!
3-4-5 hitters no outs
scored only one run :-(

Seven double plays
by the Giants, Did Blue win?
no, Tim was lucky

Dodgers lose again
Only win game with Kershaw
of three game series

Leaving stadium late
Listening to Dodger Talk
on the long drive home

Today is day off
Dodgers reflect on mistakes
be sharp for weekend!

In Chattanooga
Yasiel Puig will make debut
Lookouts for the kid

www.lookouts.comPittsburgh comes to town
Dodgers need to beat Pirates
so wake up those bats!

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

ref:  photo by Jon SooHoo at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com/

From Koufax to Kershaw: What an Opening Day at Dodger Stadium

What an Opening Day at Dodger Stadium!  All Opening Days are special.  We await them with so much anticipation.  What an Opening act with Sandy Koufax throwing out the first pitch and Orel Hershiser catching him.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Magic walks to the mound to throw out the first pitch

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

But wait!  Here comes Mattingly to lift Magic for Sandy Koufax

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Sandy koufax

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

A beautiful view of Sandy on the mound

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Orel Hershiser said on Twitter:  “What a day!  To have Sandy throw the first pitch.  To catch it and Thank him for all he taught me, was a moment I will never forget”

Sandy into his windup, here is the pitch….

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Got to say Vin Scully still enjoys baseball.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Standing room only

El nino de oro after rounding the bases

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

El nino de Oro taking a curtain call after his Major League Home run in the 8th to take the lead 1-0.   Kershaw hit the first pitch of reliever George Kontos.

Final score Dodgers 4, Giants 0.  Kerhsaw with a complete game.

We went into Dodger Stadium with big smiles.  We came out still smiling after that incredible Opening game.   I did not even mind the long wait for the shuttle after the game.

Icing on the cake:   I have Clayton Kershaw in my Baseball Fantasy team :-)   Los Locos Azules play in the TwitterMaffiaLeague.

Ref: pictures from Jon SooHoo.  check out his blog at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com

Dodgers Opening Day Haikus

It feels like Christmas
Opening Day the reason
Let’s Hear it “Play Ball!”

Kershaw for LA
Matt Cain for San Francisco
Love Opening Day!

Dodger Stadium
So stunning before
More beautiful now!

Fans so excited
Opening Day is Today
Gates open at 10

Nino de Oro
Is our golden boy Kershaw
Watch out for the Curve!

Total giddiness
Countdown to Baseball season
only hours to go

Vin Scully will say
It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!
I can hardly wait!

Jaime Jarrin too
Y se canta el Play Ball
Con sus sequaces

Heading to the stadium soon!

With Lorena and Amanda in the Reserved section

With Lorena and el maestro Jaime Jarrin

Clayton Kershaw on the cover of Sport Illustrated

Clayton Kershaw is on the cover of Sport Illustrated! Good thing the local newstand had the correct cover :-)

Our Niño de Oro” Golden Boy, Clayton Kershaw will be on the mound for the Dodger Opener on Monday!  I can’t wait for that but in the meantime the Freeway Series will continue tonight at Dodger Stadium.   Dodgers won the first game at Anaheim 3-0. Excited to see all the changes at Dodger Stadium. Let’s Go Dodgers! Let’s Go!!

 

Dodger Stadium: A Whole New Blue

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

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Very large  autographed baseballs featuring Dodger greats going to their new home on the Reserved level concourse.
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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

Mike Piazza: Please apologize to Vin Scully

Did Mike Piazza actually see the so-called “Crushing” video?

Vin Scully and MIke Piazza

If he did not, he should have.   Here is the link to the video that I have seen a few times:

http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=69016&sitesection=ktla&VID=24403591

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.

Dodgers FanFest and 42 at Dodger Stadium

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”

Wes Parker jersey

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.FANFEST AT DODGER STADIUM

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. 

Photo: Great talking Dodger history with Randy Tivens, @Marklangill and Gary Cypres. Thank you gentlemen!

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 Langill

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:

 Photo

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.

Dodgers FanFest & SABR Day is Saturday January 26, 2013

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.

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