Yasiel Puig made a special appearance at Viva Los Dodgers on June 1, 2014. Yasiel was there to support the Lou Costello Recreation Center in Boyle Heights. For a monetary donation, you could take a picture with him. The lines were long. Lucky, Lorena and I arrived early but we still waited close to 2 hours in line.
When I got to the front this is how our short conversation in Spanish went:
Me: “Do you still think the same of all the women?”
Puig: “What did I say?”
Me: You told us in San Diego that all the women are the same”
At this point he laughed and hugged me. Lorena was next and I said “Do you remember us?” Puig said “Yes! Where is the other one?” The other one being Rosie who was with us in San Diego when we had a nice little chat with Puig. We told Yasiel that Rosie could not make it but that we will see him in San Diego.
Here is the video that the Dodgers put online:
We had a great time with Puig at Viva and we donated to a good cause. Both times I have found Puig humble, playfull and eager to donate his time to help kids in need. Last year when we encountered him in San Diego, after our little chat, he was heading to a local hospital to cheer some kids.
Congratulations to Yasiel Puig on his first anniversary today June 3, 2014. It was a year ago today that he debuted with the Dodgers. And Congratulations Yasiel on moving from 5th to 1st in the All-Star Game balloting. Also Felicidades Yaseil on being named the MLB National League Player of the Month! Well deserved! VivaPuig! VotePuig!
Here is the Bobblehead. To me the actual Bobblehead looks like Chan Ho Park. Here is also a picture of Chsm Ho Psrk & Ryu.
This picture fron Billingsley is from yesterday. He was in the bullpen when I got to the stadium as soon as the gates were open.
I am at Dodger Stadium on this Memorial Day, May 26, 2014. A day after Josh Beckett threw his no-hitter at Citizen Bank Park. Josh threw 128 pitches, 80 of them for strikes.
It’s been 18 seasons since Hideo Nomo‘s no-hit game in 1996, the longest span between Dodger no-hitters, surpassing the 17 years between Nap Rucker (1908) and Dazzy Vance (1925).
Beckett becomes the third Dodger aged 34 or older with a no-hit game, following Dazzy Vance (1925) and Sal Maglie (1956), both of whom also defeated the Phillies. This marks the 5th time the Dodgers have no-hit the Phillies, the most of any Dodger opponent save for the 6 no-hitters thrown against the Giants.
Beckett says he feels like he got run over by a truck but he says he always feels that way a day after he pitches.
We will miss hearing Vin Scully on this Memorial Day. From the Dodgers: Vin Scully will miss today and tomorrow’s games due to a chest cold. I already miss Vin reciting part of the poem In Flanders Field.
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2010/05/31/memorial-day-in-flanders-fields-we-shall-keep-the-faith/I Will miss Vin talking about the poem In Flanders Field.
I am wearing my poppy Red flower
Post done on my iPhone. First time!
Early Saturday morning, Lorena, Rosie, Josie and I headed to Arizona to what else? Watch the Dodgers. For reading material I took the LA Times that luckily it had already been delivered. I also took the latest copy of the Baseball Research Journal (Spring 2014) Allan Roth is on the cover. One of the articles in the journal is titled “Was There a Seven Way Game? Several sources list more ways but Paul Hertz who wrote the article says in his family there are seven. I started going over them in my mind and I missed one. Hit, walk, error, fielder’s choice, hit by a pitch, dropped third strike, and defensive interference. Hertz refers to this seven ways “Ways.”
In Arizona, while keeping score, I was noting the different ways both teams were getting on base. In the Saturday game (5/17) where the Dodgers lost 18-7 there were four ways (hit, walk, FC and error). On Sunday where the Dodgers lost 5-3, there were five ways (hit, walk, FC, Error and HBP)
Paul Hertz examined the Retrosheet database and found that from 1945 to 2012, there have only been six major league games where batters reached first base by all seven Ways.
With the help of Retrosheet, Paul Hertz says that from 1945 to 2012 there have been only six games where batters reached first base by all seven Ways. Those six games are:
1. May 13, 1976: Texas Rangers at California Angels
2. July 9, 1979: Chicago Cubs at Atlanta Braves
3. May 1, 1988: Montreal Expos at Houston Astros
4. July 23, 1996: San Diego Padres at Houston Astros
5. May 23, 1999: Anaheim Angels at Tampa Bay Devil Rays
6. June 28, 2000. Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox
Only the Baltimore Orioles were able to accomplish all seven ways. The other teams were a combination of both teams. The Orioles did it in 11 innings so no single team has been able to accomplish that in nine innings.
Ref: The Baseball Research Journal from Spring 2014.
Early this year, I went to to one the monthly pizza projects that Hiccups Payaso puts together to feed the homeless. I have not updated my blog lately, but one of the posts I’ve been meaning to do is this about Hiccups project.
Hiccups Payaso along with all the volunteers _many of them Dodger fans meet at 6th and Gladys once a month. Members of Team Doryan were also there.
Below are some pictures I took that day.
Here is a video
Using public transportation to work, I do get to see a lot of homeless. I do notice the women that are homeless because it must be extra hard on them. There were these two particular women that I used to see at Union Station but I have not seen them lately. I remember some time ago, I went to use the women’s bathroom at Union Station and I found one woman there applying a wet cloth to her face. I could see bruises on her face. Sometimes I see women that probably have just arrived from somewhere, maybe a bus has brought them to Los Angeles. They don’t look homeless with the exception of carrying a lot of stuff but after seen them day in and day out, living on the streets start taking a toll on them
The next Hiccups Payaso pizza project is SUNDAY MAY 25h AT 1130 am 6 st and Gladys ave in downtown LA skid row.
From Hiccups Payaso’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/hiccupsclown?fref=ts
I always wonder what happened to this quiet homeless woman, i only saw her twice the first two times when we started the pizza project.She only whispered “thank you” and smiled gently.i wondered if she had children,or was someones aunt or …perhaps was a teacher.This was when i was just learning. Theres many women like this in skid row,forgotten human beings surviving the mean streets of a forgotten city in out city of angels. join us on Sunday May 25th for our next feed the homeless event,we will be serving 300 homeless friends a decent meal that includes hot pizza,cold bottled water,a banana,a frozen boli,cupcakes,and a new pair of socks,,,in addition honoring mothers day month this may,,we are collecting gently used or new women’s clothing (only blouses,tops,jackets or dresses that can be hanged on racks) we will distribute 100 tickets to all the women that line up this will allow them to shop and choose two garments and two pairs of shoes,,they will also get a large zipper bag were they will each have,other goodies,,basic women needs ,,including a new pair of summer shorts,sun hat,perfume,and roses,,,if you know someone that can add other basic needs let me know,,,,we will need 100 pieces,,,and also our goal is to gather at least 200 women’s clothing and 200 pairs of shoes so they can grab 2 each ,,,,,,,,,if you are planning to volunteer please bring a case or two of water,,they will be a large ice barrel to place them in,,thanks friends ,,,anything counts,,,everyone is welcomed.,,,,1130 am in skid row downtown LA wear blue,,,,,sunday may 25th
El Niño de Oro, Clayton Kershaw is off the disabled list and back on the mound today against the Nationals. It was 1:21 A.M. when the game was over this morning at the Capital where the Dodgers were shutout 4-0 in a long rain delay
Dodgers are 4-3 on this road trip and 5-5 in the last 10.
Then Nationals are sending Right Handed Treinen.
Good luck Kershaw!
the skipper Kevin Kennedy is doing the radio game with Rick Monday today and tomorrow.
And Kershaw starts with a K. He retires the Nationals on 12 pitches. I am listening to the game.
I miss my boys in blue. I miss Dodger Stadium but they return home on Thursday for a seven game homestand. I don’t particular like four game series but the Dodgers will host the Giants for four and then the fishes come to town.
Thursday is Inflatable chair giveaway. First time the Dodgers do this. Saturday is the Old-timers game. OMG! I just saw the Dodgers tweet that Koufax will be at the Old-Timers game. Also, Fernando, Orel Hershiser & Gagne.
Here is the info:
2014 Old-timers Game and Pennant
Join the Dodgers on Saturday, May 10th for the Old-Timers Game, presented by Security Benefit. Take in a day of baseball as the Dodgers play the Giants at 1:10pm and following the game, your favorite Dodger alumni will show off their timeless skills. The first 40,000 fans in attendance will also receive a throwback pennant, compliment of Security Benefit.
The Dodgers game will start at 1:10pm.Admission to the Old-Timers Game is free with a purchase of a ticket to the Dodgers game on May 10th. The game will take place shortly after the final out of the game.
Interested in bringing a group out to the game? Learn more about group tickets here or call 323-224-1421.
LIST OF PARTICIPANTS FOR OLD-TIMERS GAME*
- Dusty Baker OF
- Tim Wallach 3B
- Mickey Hatcher SS/OF
- Steve Sax 2B
- Mike Marshall 1B
- Reggie Smith OF/1B
- Steve Yeager C
- Raul Mondesi OF
- Davey Lopes 2B
- Darryl Strawberry 1B/OF
- Ron Cey 3B
- Eric Gagne P
- Fernando Valenzuela P
- Shawn Green OF
- Derrel Thomas 2B/C
- Bill Russell SS
- Ken Landreaux OF
- Eric Karros 1B
- Rick Monday OF
- Nomar Garciaparra 3B
- Maury Wills SS
- Steve Finley OF
- Orel Hershiser P
- Rick Honeycutt P
* Participants in Old-Timers game subject to change.
Initiated for the first time on April 15, 2004, Jackie Robinson Day is celebrated each year on that day. In 2004, The Dodgers were playing in San Diego. but starting in 2005, the Dodgers have been celebrating Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium. That tradition has been broken as the Dodgers will be in San Francisco on April 15, 2014.
I had taken it for granted that the Dodgers would always play at Dodger Stadium on April 15. Needless to say I am disappointed at the people who create the schedule and at the Dodgers that they did not push for this day to always be played at Dodger Stadium.
Just like many other Dodger fans, we will miss celebrating at Dodger Stadium. On that day, through Dodger Stadium, you could see fans sporting their Jackie Robison jerseys or t-shirts. One year I spotted the guy below wearing a Pasadena College jersey with Jackie’s number in the back. I also spotted a similar jersey from UCLA
We are very proud that Jackie Robinson went to Pasadena College and that he went to UCLA. Also that he broke the color barrier wearing a Brooklyn Dodger uniform.
I will wear my Jackie Robinson jersey at work since I won’t be going to San Francisco.
Greetings from San Diego! My beisbolera friends and I made the trip to San Diego for the Opening Series in San Diego. We lost the Opener on Sunday. Monday, a day off we went for a late breakfast close to Petco Park. We happen to be seated at the table next to where Yasiel Puig, his cousin and Paco Rodriguez were sitting. Yasiel was pointing at something in the USA Today special baseball section that appeared on Monday 3/31/14. The section has salaries for the 856 major league players on Opening-day rosters and disabled.
We could hear what they were talking and they could hear us but we did not bother them, my back was facing Paco’s back and Rosie’s back was facing Yasiel. Lorena was facing their back. When I heard Yasiel say “Todas las mujeres son iguales..” “All the women are alike..” I just had to turn around. He looked at me and said “Perdone senora.. but it is true..” “I I heard you talking in Spanish so you understood me..” From there we started talking. I introduced myself saying I was from Honduras. He said “oh, Hondurena..” I said “Lorena is a teacher..” He said “Oh you can teach me English.” I asked him how did he liked Australia. He said very pretty but the flight was too long even though he had a comfortable bed. then I don’t know how we were talking about water but he said “I don’t like to be near the ocean, I had enough of ocean when I came to the U.S.
We found Yasiel Puig very nice, personable, friendly, funny and witty. He introduced himself, then he said this is Paco and this is my cousin Federico. He laughed then saying that “we just call him Federico, you know for Federowicz,…” I said “oh yeah, Fed-Ex. They were glancing at the tv telling me a lot of teams are playing today their Opener. I said yes, and showed him the MLB At Bat scores where at the time they were a lot of ties. He said they were enjoying the day off and they needed it after the long flight to Australia. I said “You will face Ian Kennedy tomorrow” He touched his face and said “Don’t hit my face because he is going to make me ugly..” “Hit my ribs instead…” Then Lorena said “Did you see Chapman” He said “Oh yeah, he texted me in Australia saying “even getting hit, you are still uglier than me..” It was funny.
When he mentioned Fed-Ex, I said, yeah and Javy Guerra went to the White Sox. Yasiel said “yeah, Belisario is there.” I said “Oh yeah, the ugliest one from the team left.” Puig laughed and said to Paco and his cousin “Did you hear that? LOL”
Afterwards Yasiel was saying we should take some kids to the game. then he got up and extended his hand to me then to Rosie and Lorena. Yasiel walked to a table where they was a kid dressed in Dodger Blue. He said hi to the kid and family then took a picture with the kid.
Like I said, we found him to be very friendly, personable, funny and witty. We did not bother him asking him for a picture. We thought it was not appropriate but we loved the chat. Oh yeah, I forgot to say when he was talking about stadiums, he said to me “No me gusta Dodger Stadium.” He sounded serious but when I looked at him with a sad face he laughed and I knew he was joking. He said he couldn’t wait to be home playing for the home crowd, “his gente”. I mentioned other stadiums I like like the view from Pittsburgh. He said well we don’t see the view, we look at the field but still I said “You should look at Dodger Stadium from the Top Deck, look at the natural beauty, the mountains in front and the downtown in the back. Rosie mentioned you could see the Hollywood sign from there. I said “go after all the fans have gone home.” He said “I could go when I first get there.”
It was a great day. We like Yasiel Puig even more now.
picture from Lorena
It’s time for Dodger Baseball in Australia! I have been waiting all day Friday and will wait all night till Saturday at 1.am. when the game is due to start. Here are some quick haikus:
Outside is gloomy
but it is Opening Night
So my heart just see sunshine
Speaking of Mr. Sunshine
Kershaw will be on the mound
green grass all around
Opening Day Eve
My allergies in full bloom
Spring is in the air
I can’t wait to hear
It’s Time for Dodger Baseball
At one a.m. here
Australia so far
Start time there 7 p.m.
Crickets outside sing
I hope that in the near future I will see pitchers wearing the protective headgear that MLB has approved. The pitchers have been reluctant to use it. If it is too heavy, awkward, well, go back to the drawing board and improve upon it.
Who will have the guts to wear it? Who will be the first one?
On September 5, 2012, during an afternoon game, Brandon McCarthy, while pitching for the A’s, had a line drive hit him squarely in the head. He sustained an epidural hemorrhage, a brain contusion and a skull fracture on the play. He underwent brain surgery. Since Major League Baseball approved a padded-cap design for optional use this season, Brandon who is now with the Diamondbacks, declared he would not use it.
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ was hit in the side of the head by a scorching line drive off the bat of Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings in the second inning on September 5, 2013. Though Happ didn’t appear to lose consciousness, he was bleeding from the point of impact. The blow landed the 30-year-old Happ in the hospital and then the disabled list with a fractured skull.
Rays starter Alex Cobb exited Tropicana Field on a stretcher Saturday afternoon after a line drive off the bat of the Royals’ Eric Hosmer struck the pitcher in the right ear, knocking Cobb to the ground on a Saturday afternoon on June 15, 2013.
In 1955, Cleveland Indians rookie Pitcher, Herb Score set a rookie pitching record for strike outs with 245 whiffs. This record would stand till another young flamethrower, Dwight Gooden, topped it almost 30 years later. Score won Rookie of the Year, was on the cover of Sports Illustrated and was truly the talk of baseball.
No sophomore jinx for Cleveland Indian, Score either. He followed up his rookie season by winning 20 games, with even more strike outs and a lesser ERA.
He again, struck out more than a batter an inning
But on May 1957, Herb Score took a ball in the right eye. He returned the next season but never again had a winning record.
Bryce Florie MLB career was cut short after he suffered a horrific injury while pitching for the Boston Red Sox. Florie was struck by a line drive by Ryan Thompson in the ninth inning of New York’s 4-0 win Friday September 8, 200. Florie went down, then sat up after about a minute, blood streaming down his face.
on September 8, 2002, Dodgers rookie left-hander Kazuhisa Ishii left the game Sunday in an ambulance with a small skull fracture and a concussion after getting struck flush on the forehead by a line drive off the bat of Houston’s Brian Hunter. In the fourth inning of the Astros’ 6-2 victory, Hunter drove a 3-2 pitch so hard off the left side of Ishii’s head that it ricocheted all the way to the backstop behind home plate for an RBI double. If I remember correctly, that was a 4 p.m. a dangerous start with the shadows followed by twilight.
Now the latest victim is Reds closer Aroldis Chapman. Chapman was hit above the left eye by a line drive off the bat of the Royals’ Salvador Perez in the sixth inning of the game between Cincinnati and Kansas City in Surprise, Arizona on Wednesday night. He was diagnosed with fractures above his left eye and nose and held overnight for observation.
Aroldis Chapman shared pictures on Instagram with staples on his head.
How many times do we have to read “lucky to be alive” “lucky to escape major injury” before someone is not so lucky? Who will have the guts to wear the headgear so others can follow?