Nomar Garciaparra joins the Dodgers Broadcasting crew! The local boy from Whittier, California returns to the Dodgers!
Nomar is expected to do pre-and post-game commentary and be utilized on both the television and radio broadcasts.
the Dodgers are also pursuing ex-Dodger Orel Hershiser to be an announcer and the future broadcasting face of the team, according to USA Today. Hershiser is also currently with ESPn, though is contract will soon expire.
Ref: La Times, USA Today.
The 1880s trade card to the left came up on eBay this week. I placed a bid but do not hold out much hope of snagging it. More important, it cast light on an old mystery that I referenced fifteen years ago in Treasures of the Baseball Hall of Fame. I wrote:
We have heard the stories all our lives, and we share them warmly with our children.
I love this interview! Hanley Ramirez being interviewed by Manny Mota. It happened early in the season. It is in Spanish so below the video I will put the translation.
Manny: When you were doing the stretching exercises, tell me how did you feel with the way the fans welcome you?
Hanley: Great, Great. One is here because of the organization and the fans. It fills me with great emotion and it gives me great energy to play this game.
Manny: Your first at bat was an out. Tell me about the second at bat, the homerun, that swing. It was the same swing that you connected in the Classic playing for the Dominican Republic.
Hanley: Well you know this game is of adjustments, of bettering each bad at bat. The 2nd time it was in my zone. If it is in my zone, I am going to swing.
Manny: Were you a little impatient, a little nervous in the first at bat?
Hanley: No, I don’t think it was nerves. It was the happiness I felt of being on the field.
Manny: There predictions when you would return but you came back earlier than anticipated. Why did you do it?
Hanley: That is what they said but we put an extra effort. The doctors and all involved did a great job. I thank God for that.
Manny: how did feel with the bobblehead giveaway and the homerun?
Hanley: Very happy. the fans since Spring Training have been telling me on Twitter that they were waiting with much anticipation this night. I was not looking for a homerun but it came out that way. It is a God blessing.
Jaime Jarrin (narrating the homerun) “La pelota se va se va, y despidala con un beso”
Manny: You used all the field and you went with the pitch. The double was to right field. When you doall that, you become the best hitter.
Hanley: You thought me that of using the whole field. It was the type of player you are. (this was said in such a respectful way using the “Usted.” The way Hanley was looking at Manny too was with such respect. Love it!)
eso me lo enseno usted de usar todo el terreno y con el tipo de pelotero que es us
Manny: You helped the DR team win. You will also help the Dodgers get to the World Series?
Hanley: That is the main thing. The was very nice helping the D.R. but the most important thing is here with the Dodgers.
Manny: How do you feel how the fans have treated you?
Hanley: Great, Great. I was talking with my agent that I want to stay here. The fans are incredible & I feel at home.
Manny: Ready to play everyday?
Hanley: Thanks to God, that is the mentality that we have and to help the team.
Manny: Thank you very much for the interview. Good luck. It is a pleasure having you here.
Hanley: Thank you so much.
Polo: Gracias a Manny and “I See You” Hanley Ramirez.
ref: Time Warner
Woo-Hoo! The Dodger promotional schedule is out!
Sun April 6 vs Giants Kids’ Yasiel Puig Fathead^
Tue April 8 vs Tigers zip-Up Hooded Sweatshirt++
Sat April 19 vs D-Backs Welcome mat++
Tue April 22 vs Phillies Fleece Blanket++
Thu April 24 vs Phillies Clayton Kershaw “Cy Young” Bobblehead
Sun April 27 vs Rockies Kids’ Replica Jersey^
Thu May 8 vs Giants Inflatable Chair++
Sat May 10 vs Giants Pennant++
Sun May 11 vs Giants Mother’s Day Clutch++
Tue May 13 vs Marlins Yasiel Puig Bobblehead
Mon May 26 vs Reds Memorial Day BBQ Apron++
Tue May 27 vs Reds Hyun-Jin Ryu Bobblehead
Thu May 29 vs Pirates Fan vote T-Shirt++
Sun Jun 1 vs Pirates Kids’ Batting Helment^
Tue Jun 3 vs White Sox Hello Kitty Mini Bobblehead
Sat Jun 14 vs D-Backs Tommy Lasorda Bobblehead
Sun Jun 15 vs D-Backs Father’s Day Sports Bag++
Tue Jun 17 vs Rockies Autograph Baseball++
Thu Jun 26 vs Cardinals Fan Vote Bobblehead
Sun Jun 29 vs Cardinals kids’ Replica Jersey^
Tue July 1 vs Indians Adult Don Newcombe Replica Brooklyn jersey++
Thu Jul 10 vs Padres Hello Kitty Item
Sat Jul 12 vs Padres Pee Wee Reese & Roy Campanella Bobblhead
Sun Jul 13 vs Padres Portable Speaker++
Tue Jul 29 vs Braves Vin Scully 65th Anniv. Commemmorative item++
Thu Jul 31 vs Braves 30 HR Same Season Bobblehead
Sun Aug 3 vs Cubs Kids’ Back to School Backpack^
Mon Aug 4 vs Angels Cap+
Tue Aug 5 vs Angels Cap+
Sun Aug 17 vs Brewers Kids’ Lunch Box^
Wed Aug 20 vs Padres Zack Greinke Bobblehead
Sun Aug 24 vs Mets Figurine++
Tue Sep 2 vs Nationals Magic Johnson Bobblehead
Sat Sep 6 vs D-Backs Headphones++
Tue Sep 9 vs Padres Babe Ruth Bobblehead
Tue Sep 23 vs Giants Sleeved Blanket++
Sat Sep 27 vs Rockies La Gran Fiesta -Viva Los Dodgers
Sun Sep 28 vs Rockies Fan Appreciation Day
- ++ First 40,000 fans
- + First 20,000 fans
- ^ First 15,000 ticketed kids 14 & under in attendance
Looking forward to this bobblead of Pee Wee Reese & Roy Campanella, the Babe Ruth one too and I wonder who will get “the Fan vote bobblehead.” on June 26, two days before my birthday. the All Times’ Game will be on Saturday May 10
The 30 club of Garvey, Reggie Smith, Baker and Cey get a bobblehead.
Remember back in March of this year when Clayton Kershaw was on the cover of Sports illustrated this year?
some fans thought it would be bad luck. I remember back in March hunting down for the magazine. Some had a different cover but I found copies in Northridge for myself, Lorena and Rosie. Well it was not bad luck for Kershaw to be on the cover. With a record of 16-9, and an ERA of 1.83, he won the National League Cy Young Award. Congratulations Mr. Sunshine.
When Kershaw won the award in 2011, he had a record of 21-5 with an ERA of 2.28. After the announcement in 2011, the Dodgers invited Season Ticket holders to join in the celebration on the field. I had taken the train to work but when I got the email, I borrowed the work company car and I went to the event. What a fun day at the stadium that was! Don Newcombe & Fernando Valenzuela were also there.
Only Sandy Koufax and Kershaw have won more than one Cy Young award with the Dodgers. Sandy did it in 1963, 1965 & 1966.
The first recipient of the Cy Young award was Don Newcombe in 1956. For the first eleven years (1956 – 1966) only one winner from Major League Baseball was selected.
Don Newcombe went 27-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 1956 to capture the Cy Young
Ref: MLB, Dodgers, LA Times, ESPN, SABR
I have been very busy that I have not updated my blog lately. I hope to get back on track. I may not be posting as often but I am always thinking Blue and following any baseball news. I am currently reading the book “It Pays to Steal” by Mauy Wills.
I drove to work Monday because the traffic was going to be lighter on Veterans Day and because I had made an appointment to cut my hair and color it. Since I was going to be there a little longer than just getting a haircut, I took the book with me. Well, I forgot the book there. I had rented the book from the Los Angeles Central library. I had to drive the following day (I usually take the train to work) to go pick up the book.
On my way home I was thinking… They don’t know I am a big Dodger fan and a baseball fan. I don’t think they follow the game. What did they think when they read the book title “It Pays to Steal.” I know I had the bookmark on chapter 9 “Formula for success”…. Maybe when I go back I will ask Carmen what they thought when they read the title.
The Dodgers Holiday tour starts Saturday November 16! Woohoo! The closest locations to me are the Santa Anita mall & the West Covina mall.
Here is the Dodgers Press Release:
The Los Angeles Dodgers Holiday Tour starts Saturday, November 16 at Westfield Culver City with Steve Yeager and Maury Wills
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers Holiday Tour will be visiting Southern California malls for the second consecutive year in order to encourage fans to give the gift of Dodger baseball. Starting Saturday, November 16 at Westfield Culver City, Dodger alumni Steve Yeager (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) and Maury Wills (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) will be on hand for a meet-and-greet and autograph session. Westfield Culver City is located at 6000 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, 90230. Complete details and the most up to date information on the Los Angeles Dodgers Holiday Tour can be found by visiting http://www.dodgers.com/malltour.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Holiday Tour featuring Dodger alumni, will continue on Black Friday, November 29 (Westfield Promenade Woodland Hills), November 30 (Westfield West Covina), December 7 (Westfield Santa Anita), December 14 (Westfield Century City) and December 21 (Del Amo). Dodger alumni scheduled to participate: Steve Sax (November 29), Steve Garvey (November 29, November 30, December 7) and Fernando Valenzuela (December 7).
The Dodgers will be on site at each location from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Autograph session timings will vary and will be announced prior to each stop. All appearances are subject to change. There will also be crafts for kids and other family friendly activities.
Holiday gifts including 2014 mini plans and season tickets starting at just $5 per seat per game will be available for purchase. Information can be found at http://www.dodgers.com/seasontickets or by calling 323-DODGERS. Fans that purchase a mini plan or season tickets will receive a gift with purchase
Here are more pictures from my visit to the Los Angeles Sport museum where the SABR local chapter had a meeting:
1981 World Series Tri-MVP’s Ron Cey, Steve Yeager & Pedro Guerrero
Fernando Valenzuela with a mustache. Jijiji.
Who remembers when we used to get a TV guide in the newspaper? This from the Los Angeles Daily News in 1981.
movie poster Whistling in Brooklyn.
I never knew these records existed from Union 76.
Sandy Koufax, Fernando Valenzuela & Orel Hershiser
Orel Hershiser memorabilia
Dodgers Mini World Series trophies.
I love this picture. the fan’s shirt says “LA Fan Support”
Union 76 pins. I used to collect these. Other Dodger memorabilia.
Duke Snider wall.
Ebbets Field ticket prices. bench made of bats.
Another view of Brooklyn Dodger memorabilia & Jackie.
I love this scorecard. The Dodgers used to sell individual scorecards. Now they don’t but see them at other stadiums. I wish they would bring this back.
Dodger Stadium and the retired Dodger numbers. Oops! sorry Drysdale, I cut out part of your 53 number.
Isn;t this Dodger apron great? It says “The Heck with Housework. Let’s see the Dodgers Play!” Yep, that is what I say…;-)
Dodger Stadium replica. A Red Sox jacket to the right.
I love this picture. On top it says “The proverbial Brideman”
Dodgers band Sym-Phony. Jackie Robinson signing his contract. Leo Durocher in the picture.
Dodgers Take me Out to the Ballgame.
The Dodger collection wall going up the stairs.
The other side of the above Dodger collection wall.
Joe’s final uni and the Babe pointing
Jay Johnston SABR speaker that Saturday.
Jay Johnston speaking with a Yankees memorabilia in the background.
It was a great event. Jay Johnstone made us laugh. He had his book signed available for $20 including a picture of him signed and authenticated. Funds went to a charity . I already had his book but I bought another copy.
Andy McCue had a great presentation that day on the history of the Angels and Dodgers when the Angels were the Dodgers tenants at Dodger Stadium.
Rick followed with a presentation of his top baseball movies and also Barry’s top 10. Also a comparison of actors and the baseball players they were portraying on how close they resembled the players. After both presentation we only had an additional 30 minutes to view the museum. I had a great time that day. I only wished I had more time to spend at the museum. If you have chance, check it out but it is a private museum. For more info go to http://www.sportsmuseumla.com/ For more information on SABR go to http://sabr.org/
What a great opportunity to visit the Sport Museum in Los Angeles when the SABR Allan Roth Chapter scheduled the October 26 meeting there! I invited Lorena and Rosie to come along. The first words I heard Lorena say was “WOW!” Yeah, my sentiments too. What a great museum! I had seen part of Gary Cypres collection at Dodger Stadium and also at the Folks museum when both the SABR local chapter and the Baseball Reliquary had meeting events there last year, but to see the 30,000 square foot warehouse that is home to the is amazing.
Gary Cypres. I did not see him at the museum but I had met him at the Dodger FanFest back in January when Mark Langill, Dodger Historian introduced me to him.
Gary Cypres, Mark Langill & Emma Amaya
I did not have time to completely see all the collection but here are a small portion of pictures from the Sport Museum:
Jackie Robinson collection
Part of the Babe collection. There was way more than I took pictures
Babe Ruth’s 1938 uniform
I think I will do a 2nd part of this post. Still got more pictures and I have run out of time. I also want to talk about our speaker Jay Johnson and the two presentations we had that day. I had a great time at the SABR meeting and checking out the museuum.
Vin Scully has called Dodger Stadium, the Magic Castle. That is what it was on Wednesday, The Magic Castle, The happiest place on Earth.
Greinke loaded the bases in the first inning with no outs but for some reason, I was not nervous. Greinke got out of it with no runs scored by the Cardinals. Greinke ended up giving up two runs in the third but that was all in his seven innings of game 5 of the NLCS. The bearded one, Brian Wilson was lights out in his 8th. Kenley Jansen in the 9th gave ME palpitations. The Cardinals scored two more runs but Kenley got out of it. Dodgers had four homeruns in the game: Adrian Gonzales off Kelly, Crawford off Kelly, A.J. Ellis off Mojica and Adrian with his second one off Oxford. Final score: Dodgers 6, Cardinals 4.
After game 3 on Monday, Waingwright said that Adrian’s celebratory gestures were Mickey Mouse. I wore my Dodgers Mickey Mouse ears for game 4 and 5. I lost track of how many fans asked me “Where did you get the Mickey Mouse ears?” They wore selling them back in 2010 at Disneyland when the MLB All-Star game was in Anaheim. My friend Greg and Linda who have yearly passes wore able to get them for me back then.
After Adrian’s first homer-run he did this:
Adrian was asked about it afterwards and he said he was just having fun. when he hit his 2nd home-run, he was all business. Adrian likes Mikey Mouse! Anyone remember when he came from Boston to the Dodgers? He was wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt.
Adrian Gonzalez with his Mickey Mouse t-shirt when he came to the Dodgers from Boston. In the picture, HOF Jaime Jarrin and Pepe Yniguez, Spanish broadcasters for the Dodgers.
We were all having fun with Waingwright’s comment and that is the reason I wore my Mickey Mouse ears.
My friend Greg also wore his for Tuesday’s game
Ok, enough Mickey Mouse stuff. haha. OK, one more picture that Hector Becerra of the LA Times took when he snuck in behind me.
Several people at work approached the following day “Were you wearing Mickey Mouse ears at the game?” “I saw you on TV”
Yep that is me! It is a good thing I asked for a day vacation instead of “calling in sick” As it was I was in a little trouble at work for forgetting about a meeting on Wednesday but hey! my vacation day got approved.
OK so the Dodgers are back in St Louis for game 6. Clayton Kershaw against Michael Macha. Game time at 5:30 Let’s go Dodgers!
Let’s give Kershaw some run support
What a great game by the Dodgers at the Ravine! What a brilliant performance by rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu! Ryu shutout the Cardinals 3-0. He scattered three hits in the seven innings he pitched.
The game started with the unveiling of the flag on the field
the 30 home run team of Steve Garvey, Reggie Smith, Dusty Baker and Ron Cey threw out the first pitch
Super fan Rachel and my brother Victor after the victory
Don Mattingly was all smiles
Hanley was all smiles too! I love Hanley Ramirez! I love the Dodgers and I love LA!