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!
I divided the video recording into
three four videos so here are the final three.
This one is 5.59 minutes
This one is 2:30 minutes. This is the one where Pensando Azul asks Vinny “what ring is he wearing”. He was wearing 1988 and he said it has been a long time.
And this is the last one. Here is where I asked Vinny if he is going to New York. It is more like I blurted it out.
Vin is right (he is always right) that the Dodgers playing in New York the night before and then the following night in San Diego is …well a little rough. Why is the schedule that way where the Dodgers play Tuesday and Wednesday at Yankee Stadium (why only two games?) and then Thursday thru Sunday at San Diego. Why not a day off on Thursday. I do hope something is changed where Vin can make the game but I understand if he does not.
WE LOVE YOU VIN!!
Thank you Baseball Gods for Cochito Cruuuuuuuuuuz ! Dodger Stadium went crazy when Cruuuuuuuuuz sent the three run homerun deep into the Dodger bullpen. The chant started again “CRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUZ” and an exuberant Cruz came out of the Dodger dugout to acknowledge the fans.
The night started with Andre Ethier hitting a two run homerun. After the game was over I was able to wish “good night” to Vin Scully who answered me back with a “Good Night” :-)
The fireworks were extra special with the win and the music set to Mexican music. Lorena and I were singing along.
Saturday: Baseball Prospectus event with Vin Scully!
I am heading to the stadium for this special event!
Today September 15, is Honduras Independence! Felicidades la patria que me vio nacer! Yes, I was born in Honduras.
Dodgers lost to the Cardinals. It was another frustrating night at Dodger Stadium with the team lack of hitting.
The highlight of the game on Thursday: the Cool-A-Coo! It hit the spot and brought back so many memories back when I used to watch Fernando pitch, back when Scioscia was behind home plate, back when the team was known as “The Big Blue Wrecking Crew”
Another highlight last night: Hanging out with friends especially Lore and little Rachel
Here is Rachel again. She is a cutie. She and her sister Elizabeth and her parents are season ticket holders. I’ve been seeing since they were babies.
Jaime Jarrin’s Hollywood Star Anniversary.
On this day, September 14, 1998 – Jaime Jarrin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
You can find the star on the north side of the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard. Happy anniversary sr. Jaime!
Feliz Dia de El Locutor
Hoy Septiember 14, es El Dia de El Locutor en Mexico. Today is Day of the Broadcaster in Mexico.
Felicidades a Jaime Jarrin, Pepe Yniguez y a Fernando Valenzuela! Ojala que celebren con una victoria de los Dodgers. Let’s hope you celebrate with a Dodger victory. Feliciadades muchachos!
Baseball Prospectus event at Dodger Stadium
Saturday I am looking forward to attending the Baseball Prospectus event at Dodger Stadium. In addition to meeting many of Baseball Prospectus personalities, Vin Scully will also make a special appearance!
There will also be a question and answer session with industry guests including Los Angeles Dodgers Assistant GM, Amateur and International Scouting Logan White.
The private event is sold out so I am glad that I signed up!
So I was remembering reading about the time Hilda Chester colored her hair red to change the Dodgers luck. They went on to win that day.
I have not had time to post here and after the Dodgers performance, I was a little frustrated.
Dodgers lost the two game series with the Diamond Backs at Arizona. Now they are back at Dodger Stadium but they have not played well at home! Well, they have not play well on the road either but the home record is worst.
Something got to give since The Cardinals have not done well either. They got swept by the Padres! The Padres are playing very well.
Somebody got to score starting tonight! I was telling a friend at work “The Dodgers can’t score even with pockets full of bills in a whorehouse” haha can I say that here?
I love my Cardinal fan friends but I hope your team goes down tonight!
I wonder if Cardinal girl is going to any of the games.
Let’s Go Dodgers Let’s Go!
I am heading to the stadium soon! It is Blanket night although is hot here in the Southland.
Josh Becket faces Lynn.
EXTRA EXTRA! The Cool -A Coo’s are back at Dodger Stadium! That can cool me off!
Cool-A-Coo picture from LA Times .
p.s. I am excited about the Baseball Prospectus event at Dodger Stadium on Saturday!
Labor Day! What better place to spend the day than at Dodger Stadium! My friend Lorena was back after being sick for a couple of days! She brought her two nieces. Victor and I met them there for early batting practice. Rosie and her sister Blanca were also there early, as well as Renee and Desiree so we sat there watching batting practice and talking.
See what a beautiful day it was on Labor Day!
I keep seeing some search hits in my blog asking “what does Cochito means?” It means little pig. The actual name for little pig is “cochinito” but I guess that is a shorter name, Cochito.
Hanley Ramirez after he hit his homerun on a fly ball to center field on the first pitch. Note he is on his way to do the “I See You!”
Remember when Ethier had his walk-off walk on April 13, 2012? No walk up this time but he did tie the game in the 9th with a solo homerun!
The players applauding Cochito Luis Cruz getting another hit! and the fans chanting cruuuuuuuuuz!
Cochito gets the 4th hit of the night!
I asked Pepe Yniguez thru twitter if he could ask Cochito when is his dad going to come from Mexico to see him play. Pepe answered that Luis Crus will bring his dad as soon as he gets his dad’s passport in order. It could be before the month ends.
A.J. Ellis gets a walk-off single to right field to score Ethier!
I like this picture with Andre and Adrian. They look like they are dancing.
And for the second day in a row we have a Walk-off and Steve Lyons getting soaked with whoever is being interviewed. The night before it was Adrian Gonzalez. Labor Day it was A.J. Ellis.
So happy to keep on singing “I LOVE LA!”
Thank you Lorena for taking pictures for me!
Dodgers schedule for 2013:
The Red Sox are tentatively scheduled to play three games at Dodger Stadium in August and the Yankees for two games in July. The Dodgers are scheduled to play at Yankee Stadium in June! Let it not be the same days as the SABR convention please!
What a great win on Sunday! Adrian Gonzales had struck out twice against the Diamond Backs. He got lucky in the 7th inning when the baseball gods smiled when Young lost the ball in the sun. BUT in the 9th inning he came thru with a clean double scoring Mark Ellis and Shane Victorino!
Belisario got the win! Today Padres sent Werner and the Dodgers will send Blanton.
I ended the night by meeting up with Natalie and Charlie who are visiting from Chicago. They have been here since Vin Scully night. Natalie is a long time Dodger fan while her husband Charlie is a Cubs fans.
I finally got to meet Andrew. He sang “The Boys of Summer” Natalie did a great job too singing. Have a nice trip Natalie & Charlie. See you in Cincinnati!
Happy Labor Day! $1 Dodger dogs at Dodger Stadium today! Game at 5:10 p.m.
Last night I went to the Q&A with Stan Kasten moderated by Bill Dwyre. I had tape recorded the whole event but my brother Vic erased it by mistake. But here is a little video. I should have been standing to record it as I did not have a good view from where I was sitting.
Thank you Stan Kasten, LA Times, Bill Dwyre! Thank you Lorena for inviting me!
Vin Scully Day!
Today is finally Vin Scully Day! It is extra special because Vin Scully will come down from the Vin Scully Press Box and throw out the first pitch!
Clayton Kershaw is pitching for the Dodgers against Ian Kennedy of the Diamond Backs.
The lineup for the Dodgers:
Luis Cochito Cruuuuuz 3B
AJ Ellis C
Let’s win for Vin! Let’s go Dodgers!
Vin Scully we love you!
Adrian Gonzalez Debut as a Dodger
“Looks like a another perfect day! I love LA!” That is how Saturday 8/25/2012 turned out to be! Adrian Gonzalez was at the game in time to be in the lineup. Adrian comes to his first at bat as a Dodger with Mark Ellis and El Cochito Luis Cruz on. Next thing you know Adrian goes
A three run homerun! Welcome to Hollywood! Welcome to LA Adrian!
There were four BOOMS at the stadium: Giancarlo Stanton for the Marlins. Adrian Gonzalez, Mark Ellis and Andre Ethier for the Dodgers.
Andre Ethier breaks record of Consecutive Hits with 10 STRAIGHT HITS
Andre tied the LA record for Consecutive Hits of nine set by Ron Cey. Andre then broke that record with his 10 consecutive hit in the seventh inning. He tied a Dodger record set in 1919 by first baseman Ed Konetchy. In addition, Andre also was a triple short of a cycle. Mark Ellis also was short of a cycle.
KERSHAW gets win #12
Kershaw pitched a three hitter giving up two runs and striking out eight for his 12th win. Final score: Dodgers 8, Marlins 2.
VIN SCULLY WE LOVE YOU! WE LOVE YOU MORE FOR COMING BACK NEXT YEAR!
Could Saturday night get any better? Well yes! Vin Scully announced that he is coming back in 2013!
It is Vin Scully Bobblehead Thursday August 30th when the Dodgers face the Arizona D’Backs.
And come 2013, the Dodgers finally will go to Yankee Stadium! The Red Sox will be coming to Dodger Stadium in August of 2013.