If you know me, you know I am a little forgetful. Tuesday evening I realized that my season tickets were due last Friday January 10. Right away I tried to log on and pay online but I could not get my password and username to work. I selected “forgot password” to get an email but that did not work. I never got an email. Anyway, I fired an email Tuesday night to PLEASE CALL ME. The following day I called the STH number. I heard Vin Scully and Charlie Steiner call a play so many times that I kept call it along with them. I was afraid that because I had not paid my tickets on time, I had lost my two seats in the Top Deck. Needless to say I was relieved when the Dodgers confirmed my seats for another season.
The day only got better when it was announced that Kershaw and the Dodgers had come to an agreement! YES! Mr. Sunshine will continue to be a Dodger. The seven-year contract is worth $215 million.
I was reading Bill Shaikin this morning in the LA Times. BTW, I don’t read the paper on-line, my paper gets delivered before I leave the house so I read it on the train on my way to work but here is the link to the article http://www.latimes.com/sports/baseball/mlb/dodgers/la-sp-dodgers-kershaw-shaikin-20140116,0,3972240.story#ixzz2qaGvF5r7
I like this from the article:
Walter declined to confirm the $215-million deal — the Dodgers are expected to make an announcement Friday — but he was succinct in explaining why he would even consider approving it.
“Greg Maddux,” Walter said.
In the 21 years since they let Maddux go, the Cubs have won one postseason series. In Walter’s first full year of ownership, the Dodgers won one postseason series.
Kershaw is coming off his second Cy Young Award, the first pitcher since Maddux to lead the major leagues in earned-run average in three consecutive years. Kershaw would have hit free agency next fall, at 26.
Great points by Bill Shaikin and the Silver Fox, Mark Walter.
For Throwback Thursday, here is Kershaw with the Loons in 2007, Photo courtesy of the Great Lakes Loons
23 days until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training
65 days until Opening Day in Australia
74 days until the first Dodger regular season game in the US. (Padres Opening Night)
79 days until Opening Day in LA
I am ready for “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball”
Estoy lista para mirar a Los Dodgers.
p.s. This is my 600th post! February 13, it will be my five-year blog anniversary!
I barely uploaded all my pictures from the Rose Parade. With Vin Scully being the Grand Marshall in 2014, I made sure to get up early to go to the parade. The last time Vin had been to the parade was in 2008 when the Dodgers had this float:
Remember it? Vin Scully, Tommy Lasorda, Don Newcombe, Carl Erskine, Nancy Bea, Fernando, Garvey, Nomah, Saito, Eric Karros, James Loney were on the parade. I remember it so well spending a few days and nights working on the parade. I was worry that it was not going to be done on time that after spending the day working on it, I went home for dinner and went back to work on it the night before on the 31st. I went back a few hours later to see it leave the place to the parade. Afterwards when It was going by on Colorado, I took off running next to it saying hi to the guys on the parade that were on my side of it. I did it without thinking until I could not go by any further due to the people on the side. When I stopped I realized I should not have done that. We had a good laugh about it with the two friends that followed me running along the float.
Here are the pictures of the parade. This time I stayed put watching all the floats and taking pictures until my battery went dead.
Vin Scully, Grand Marshal 2014
Jon Soo Hoo walking taking pictures.
A tribute to teachers!
One of the two cars carrying Vin Scully’s family.
Rosie the Riveter did not come out as clear. Note part of my Dodger crazy hat showing and my arm up in a fist.
I hope your dreams come true in 2014!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 36,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
The first Dodger game in the US has been changed from Monday March 31, to Sunday March 30. I am so glad that my hotel reservations start on Sunday. Details of the changes from Jon Weisman here http://dodgers.mlblogs.com/2014/01/09/dodgers-first-u-s-game-of-2014-season-march-30-in-san-diego/
From the link:
So to clarify the schedule:
- March 16 (1:05 p.m.) — final Cactus League game vs. Rockies at Camelback Ranch
- March 17-21 — off
- March 22 (1 a.m. in Los Angeles, 7 p.m. in Sydney) — opening game vs. Diamondbacks in Sydney
- March 22 (7 p.m. in Los Angeles, 1 p.m. March 23 in Sydney)—game two vs. Diamondbacks in Sydney
- March 23-26—off
- March 27 (7:10 p.m.) — exhibition game vs. Angels at Dodger Stadium
- March 28 (7:10 p.m.) — exhibition game vs. Angels at Dodger Stadium
- March 29 (6:05 p.m.) — exhibition game vs. Angels at Anaheim
- March 30 (5:05 p.m.) — regular season game vs. Padres at San Diego
- March 31 — off
- April 1 (TBD) — regular-season game vs. Padres at San Diego
- April 2 (7:10 p.m.) — regular-season game vs. Padres at San Diego
- April 3 — off
- April 4 (1:10 p.m.) — home opener vs. Giants at Dodger Stadium
I like that ESPN is showing some love for the Dodgers. The only thing is we won’t have Vin Scully on the call but since I have the best of both worlds listening to the best Dodger Broadcaster in English, Vin Scully and the best in Spanish with el maestro Jaime Jarrin and the loquacious Pepe Yniguez. Fernando Valenzuela does some analysis.
No, I am not going to Sydney but I will be listening starting at 1. a.m. on Saturday March 22 and at 7:p.m. Sounds weird saying that.
Lorena and I in San Diego for Opening Day with the Dodgers. San Diego is always fun and we get to see our good friend, the big Padre fan, Mike.
I started doing this last year. You can see last year’s pictures here:http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2012/12/17/2012-a-year-in-pictures-bleeding-dodger-blue/
Here is 2013:
Vin Scully at the first FanFest at Dodger Stadium in January 2013
Gary Cypres who has a huge great baseball collection. Dodger historian, Mark Langill in the middle. Picture at the Dodgers FanFest.
Sandy Koufax at Camelback Ranch! Shimada, the ever young Jim Hill and Sandy Koufax having a good laugh
Rosie, Lorena and I at Camelback Ranch
St Patrick Day at Camelback Ranch
Lorena & Amanda at the first 2013 game at Dodger Stadium. Exhibition game with the Angels.
Sandy Koufax throwing out the first pitch at Opening Day
Kershaw taking a curtain call after his Major League Home run in the 8th to take the lead 1-0.
Josie, Elisa, Lorena, Rosie, Amanda and I at the “42″ movie premiere in Pasadena
Dodger fans at Yankee Stadium
Visiting Jackie Robinson’s grave
At Cooperstown visiting Hilda Chester
Lorena and I at the statue of Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese
Vin Scully bobblehead and Jaime Jarrin
My Hilda Chester award from the Baseball Reliquary! Yes! I was the 2013 recipient of the Hilda award
With Manny Mota, who was inducted into the Baseball Reliquary Shrine.
celebrating my birthday at Dodger Stadium
El barbudo de Brian Wilson made his debut in Dodger Blue! Picture from MSTI blog.
at SABR43 attending the Phillie game with Kansas City. Norm and Abby. We missed you Kent!
Pool celebration! Dodgers own the West!
Greg Sands and I sporting our Mickey Mouse ears. A gift from Greg in 2010 when the Angels hosted the All Star game.
Super fan Rachel and my brother Victor after NLCS game three where Ryu shutout the Cardinals 3-0
Meeting with friends at Dodger Stadium in the offseason. Even in the offseason, candyman James brought us candy.
I can’t wait to make more memories in 2014. Have a healthy 2014 full of wonderful memories with family and friends.
It was a Night before Christmas
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and in every house
All baseball fans were clicking their mouse
They hung all their stockings, decorated their trees
And now it was time to sit down and see what everyone posted on this Christmas Eve.
A nice break to read what friends had posted was just what they needed but they frowned!
When they went to click on the websites, none could be found!
Oh no! we’re afraid everyone is out of town!
Is the internet down the reason we cannot read?
How could this happen in our time of need?
The users all panicked, they shivered in fright,
They pined for their read/write and settled in for the night.
“Did we misspell the links? Did we hit the wrong key? Did it go to LALA land?” Oh such misery!
And then in a flash, with a stroke of a key, One by one, they discovered their Christmas Eve reads.
Their eyes how they twinkled, they laughed and smiled. And they settled into the chair to read/write for a while.
Their hearts were delighted, they felt just like kids, But it’s still such a mystery where all links had hid.
Was it there all the time and they just didn’t see? Or did Santa step in and do a good deed?
Good baseball fans are on Santa’s list
And good bloggers and posters he vows never to miss.
It’s been a long night, time to climb into bed,
So they shut down their computers and laid down their heads.
But in a quiet of night, before things came to an end, They heard
“HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!”
I wish you all a Merry Christmas!!
A yearly tradition to post this (3rd year with a slight variation)
I recorded these videos back in the Summer when I went to the Dream Center. You can see the post I did back in August here http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2013/09/10/dodgers-and-the-dream-center/
Looks like I had the camera upside down in the first video. haha.
Is that a pink underwear that you can see when Andre bents down?
Here is another video. This one is a little longer.
It took me a while to upload the second video.
Andre was in LA recently volunteering at the Union Rescue mission. From the Dodgers website:
This is the sixth consecutive year that Ethier has volunteered at the Union Rescue Mission. The Dodger outfielder has also served food to the homeless at the Weingart Center on skid row in Los Angeles and has been active in the local community since joining the club in 2006, having made annual visits to the Union Rescue Mission,
What a treat for Christmas to have Vin Scully take over the Dodger account on Monday.
As everyone knows, Vin Scully will be the Grand Marshall at the 2014 Rose Parade.
Here are the questions that Vin Scully answered:
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! A pleasure to be tweeting with you this morning. #AskVin
@weber_virginia yes, the Grand Marshal tosses the coin to start the game! No, I’ll be busy with the entire family who will be there #AskVin @LADodgerFans I called http://santascall.org and the grandkids are in for a big surprise with a call from Santa. #AskVin
@vincebase5 probably the ’55 World Series. That was the only one the #Dodgers ever won in Brooklyn. That was probably the most momentous. #AskVin what was your most memorable year
@clariceann__27 Certainly the 42-8 stretch was bordering on the miraculous. That was really amazing. #AskVin
@21AGM Clayton is on his way to joining the top 5. He just needs some more seasons. #AskVin
- On naming Public Enemy No. 1: It was the most electrifying curveball we had seen in some time.
Vin, do you have an iPhone and what apps do you use?
@Ruy24 I have a whole bunch — a dictionary, a history one, the stock market and a newspaper app. Those are a couple that I use. #AskVin @Dodgers Hi Vin. Merry Christmas! Do you have a favorite childhood memory from the holidays? The best gift you ever received as a boy?
@TBrownYahoo the best gift I ever received was a bicycle. I was about 8 years old. As a small boy we never had a Christmas tree. I’d go to bed and there would be no sign of Christmas in the apartment. I would wake up and rush into the living room and there would be a Christmas tree fully decorated. #AskVin
@LBthrowbackDUDE I did work on a movie, “For Love of the Game.” Perhaps because I was so involved in it. They built a press box in the studio and they showed the game on a huge screen. I broadcast what I saw. There was no script. #AskVin
@Geeman1026 It would be hard for me to leave the gathering at our house with 16 grandchildren. It will be quite a group. #AskVin #AskVin Where and when did “Pull up a chair…” originate?
@DJLBroker I don’t really know. It was just something that came out of my mouth some sixty odd years ago. I just picked it up. #AskVin
@jaredkaufer Enter the website, answer the questionnaire, and Santa gives three choices for times to call. #AskVin
@ErnieMontano It was at the Polo Grounds. Dodgers and the Giants. I would say it was 1939. In the bleachers and cost 55 cents. #AskVin
- I started calling games in my head when I was playing stickball with the boys. Then would holler a little play-by-play from my apartment.
@LAKingsSCC2012 Walter O’Malley introduced me to General Douglas MacArthur. He was a typical General — strong, quiet, austere. I lived in Ronald Reagan’s neighborhood and went to the White House for his 1st inauguration with my wife.That was really one in a million.
@sanjosegarber Babe Ruth. Great hitter, great pitcher. #AskVin
- Vin Scully on if he heard the
#Dodgers are doing a Babe Ruth bobblehead this season: No, but I want one. #AskVin
And to conclude:
- A heartfelt thanks to all, and as Tiny Tim said, “God bless us, every one!” -Vin Scully
Thank you Vin for taking the time to answer questions on Twitter. See you at the Rose Parade! My question was favored by the Dodgers but it was not asked. I wanted to know what is Vin Scully reading in the offseason.
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.
Originally posted on Our Game:
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. But we come to the Baseball Hall of Fame to see, to see the instruments of glory, the stuff of legend, the tangible remains of departed heroes and forgotten fields. This is a museum like no other because it is about baseball, that singular American institution by which we mark our days. Not simply historical relics, these artifacts spur us to recall to life an image dormant in our brains for decades. They connect us…
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