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.
Getting to the stadium early for batting practice you meet a lot of fans. Last night on Sandy Koufax bobblehead night, after the 7th inning stretch we noticed Michael who we usually see during BP, was standing behind us. He was asking “Who did I miss during BP? We told him ”Maury Wills was signing” He has gotten Maury Wills autograph before. We also told him Sandy Koufax did not appear to be at the stadium that night. He then started telling us why he was late. Here is his story:
“I got to the stadium early today (8/7) because it was not just a bobble head game, but the Sandy Koufax bobble head game. The most popular bobble head, right up there with the upcoming Vin Scully bobble head.
I was able to park on Stadium Way in front of the Barlow Hospital, and around 4:40pm, walked over to wait with the other fans at the Elysian Park entrance, where we would be let in at 5:10pm.
I saw three boys petting and playing with a young kitten who was just laying on the sidewalk just inside the Dodger Stadium parking gate. I asked if it was their kitten and they said no, they had just found it there. One of the boys was able to pick the kitten up and it seemed pretty tame. I picked the kitten up, and it appeared to be a boy and about eight weeks old. I went to the front of the line with the kitten and told the security guard about it. I said I wanted to take the kitten home, but wondered if someone at Dodger Stadium could keep it somewhere until the end of the game. The security officer said probably not, and pointed me to the main parking hut, where the security guards let people into the stadium. I told them my story, and they said they couldn’t help, but did offer me some water for the kitten.
My options seemed to be to have security call animal services and pick up the kitten, or leave the kitten in my car until the game was over some five or six hours later.
Neither opinion seemed reasonable, as I didn’t want the kitten taken to the pound, nor did I want to leave it in a car for hours when it was about 90 degrees out. I also didn’t think leaving the kitten where it was found was very safe, as it was next to the 10 lanes of traffic where people drive in and out of Dodger Stadium.
While my daughter Dianna kept the kitten company in the car, I went to the Barlow Hospital but they couldn’t help either. I called the Dodger Fan Assistance line and they also could not help me.
I ended up calling my wife Donna, and she drove from Sherman Oaks, while I drove to back to Griffith Park, so we could meet half way at the zoo parking lot, and I passed the kitten over to her so she could take him home.
We ended up making it back to the game and getting our bobble heads, but missed batting practice and the chance to get autographs. A small price to pay for saving a life. The kitten is doing fine. We’re going to call him “Koufax.”
Las year during Social Septiember I was watching batting practice when William read a twitter that said “The first person that goes upstairs by the Vin Scully Press box will get to do be on the field to say “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball” He thought it was too late to go upstairs, but I told him if you don’t want to go check I’ll check so I rushed up the stairs. Sure enought I was the first one! so I got to say what Vin Scully says at the beginning of each Dodger game, “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!”
I had not gotten the video until recently so I uploaded it.
Thank you to the Dodgers and to William! I love you William
Here are two pictures from that day that I got thanks to Jon SooHoo. Thank you Jon!
The White Sox with Robin Ventura are at Dodger Stadium starting tomorrow. Kershaw goes to the mound against Sale. Let’s Go Dodgers! It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!
Checking back at the Dodger Open House last year http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2011/01/27/dodgers-select-a-seat-open-house-and-sabr-day/ it coincided with SABR Day. This year again Dodgers Open House coincides with SABR day (Saturday 1/28/2012) so why not have it at Dodger Stadium?
The Dodgers annual Select a Seat, an event for season ticket holders, started Thursday 1/26/2012 and it will conclude with the Open House on Saturday 1/28/2012. It is our first chance to have a Dodger dog at the stadium. Don’t they just taste better at the Stadium. The Dodgers sent us this picture of the sunrise at Dodger Stadium:
Although I was not feeling well, It was great seeing my Dodger fan friends there like William (Deuce’s dad), Dee, Sylvia and Jeanine to name a few. Also Darryl and Leslie who recently became season ticket holders. Jeanine and I met Darryl at the SABR Fall AFL conference. Darryl said that we convinced him to get season tickets. Welcome to the Dodger fan family Darryl & Leslie. Other friends like Lorena, Rosie and Rene will go to tomorrow. Will miss them.
SABR Day Saturday 1/28/2012. I was going to the SABR website at http://sabr.org/ when I ran into this picture! haha, that is me chatting with yes, SABR members, the most knowledgeable baseball fans. Down below in a Tiger hat is Max, another very knowledgeable fan.
If you can make it go SABR Day. There are many locations that are hosting SABR Day from Washington to Vermont to Toronto, to Puerto Rico. For more information go to http://sabr.org/sabrday:
SABR Day is an annual event that brings together SABR members and friends on the same day, regardless of where they live. The third annual SABR Day will be held on January 28, 2012. 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.
In Seattle, SABR Day will be held in conjuction with the Mariners FanFest. In Minneapolis, the chapter will participate with the TwinsFest. in Arizona it will be at Tempe Diablo Stadium, in New York at the New York Public library. Check the site for more information. I counted 39 locations.
Looking forward to the event at La Habra library. I have never been to this library and I love visiting new libraries! From SABR:
Former Milwaukee Braves All-Star catcher Del Crandall will be joining us for SABR Day at the La Habra Library. High school coach Eddie Alvarez will speak and Eric Dearborn will present photographs of final games at various ballparks. Authors Daryl Grigsby (“Celebrating Ourselves: African-Americans and the Promise of Baseball”) and Ron Selter (on .400 hitters) will also speak.
(note to me: grr…second time Ido this post as I lost my original post).
I came back from my Pilates class here at work to the wonderful news that Vin Scully has finally agreed to get a bobblehead! With Sandy Koufax also getting a bobblehead, this is year is the best year for Dodger bobbleheads! Mike Scioscia is also getting a BBH. I think is right since he only played for the Dodgers. He was a favorite of mine back when he played. I loved watching him block homeplate. This will be Fernando’s 4th BBH I believe. I think Fernando already had enough bobbleheads but if the Dodgers want to give another one, I’ll take it!
Here is the list of Bobbleheads for 2012
- April 28, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #1 – Don Drysdale and Maury Wills
- May 15, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #2 – Orel Hershiser
- May 29, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #3 – The Infield, Garvey, Cey, Russell and Lopes
- June 12, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #4 – Mike Scioscia
- June 28, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #5 – Eric Karros (On my birthday!)
- July 14, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #6 – Tommy Lasorda and Walter Alston
- July 31, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #7 – Kirk Gibson
- August 7, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #8 – Sandy Koufax
- August 21, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #9 – Fernando Valenzuela
- August 30, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #10 – Vin Scully
When I think of #21, I think of Roberto Clemente.
He signed with the Dodgers for $10,000, but never got to play a single game in Brooklyn or Los Angeles. A rule back then in effect required that any player signed for more than $4000 had to stay on the parent club for a full season. The Dodgers attempted to keep Clemente’s profile low, but the keen eye of the Pittsburgh Pirates general manager knew Clemente and he was selected by the Pirates for $4,000 on Nov. 22, 1954.
ref: Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB Blogsphere, Dodgerbobble.com Latinosportslegends.com, http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com/category/latest-leaders/
I have not created a new post since November 2nd when I posted about our three Dodgers -Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Clayton Kershaw winning Gold gloves.
What a happy day in Los Angeles yesterday when it was announced that Clayton Kershaw had won the NL Cy Young Award! I was anxiously waiting for the results on Thursday. I was busy with a Webinar at work with phone and computer busy but I was keeping an eye on my droid. Sure enough it started beeping with the good news. But in addition to the good news there was an email from the Dodgers inviting us season ticket holders to attend the conference on the field of Dodger Stadium. What was I to do when I had taken the train to work and I was still in the middle of the webinar? Good thing it ended promptly at noon and there were no further questions.
the email said the conference was to start promptly at 1:30 p.m and that fans could start arriving at 12:30 p.m. I called to see if the company car was available. I was lucky! It was available! I then headed to see my boss and told him I had an emergency and had to leave but would be back later on.
What a great day being back at Dodger Stadium! Clayton Kershaw was there with his wife Ellen. Matt Kemp and James Loney were also there. Maury Wills was also there. Prior CY Young award winners Don Newcombe & Fernando Valenzuela were also there. Dodgers who have won the Cy Young: Don Newcombe (1986) Don Drysdale (1962), Sandy Koufax (1963, ’65. ’66), Mike Marshall (1974), Fernando Valenzuel (1981), Orel Hershiser (1988), Eric Gagne (2003) and Clayton Kershaw (2011).
Congratulations Clayton Kershaw!
What a busy Saturday! It all started with meeting at 9:am for breakfast at Barragans on Sunset, five minutes away from Dodger Stadium. Here is the restaurant’s breakfast sign outside.
Here is the regular menu and menu special with a Dodger hat we put there.
Here are the dishes we were having: Chilaquiles and huevos rancheros. Bloody Marys are $2.50 and they are good so are the dishes. For those that might not know Chilaquiles is a combo of crispy corn tortillas cooked with eggs,chopped tomatoes, onions and jalapenos serve with sour cream, rice and beans. yum. It was good!
After a hearty breakast we were ready to head to the stadium for photo day. Here is a picture of my friend Erik & I while we waited for the players. I found I heart Dodgers banner a couple of years back at a local antique.
Here is our James Loney! yeah, we sang to him.
I love Manny! He remembered us from Camelback Ranch! He was very friendly with everyone.
I look short (I am 5:7) next to our closer Jonathan Broxton.
Here is Andre! My tilley hat comes out.
Billingsley picked up his 3rd win even though the Rockies were getting him into deep counts. Manny along with Ethier went yard with two homeruns!
The day was topped by watching the Dodger premiere movie “Bluetopia”. Tim Marx did a wonderful job of capturing the fans love for our beloved Dodgers. I laughed, I cheered and got choked up watching it. James Loney, Billingsley, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Kershaw attended. I’ll say more later about the event. I am glad that I got to go and sit with my friends that I have made because of our love for our Dodgers.