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2013 in review

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.

Click here to see the complete report.

ESPN showing some love to the Dodgers

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.

2013 A Year in Pictures

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:

FANFEST AT DODGER STADIUM

Vin Scully at the first FanFest at Dodger Stadium in January 2013

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Gary Cypres who has a huge great baseball collection.  Dodger historian, Mark Langill in the middle.  Picture at the Dodgers FanFest.

LOS ANGELES DODGERS WORKOUT

Sandy Koufax at Camelback Ranch!  Shimada, the ever young Jim Hill and Sandy Koufax having a good laugh

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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.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Sandy Koufax throwing out the first pitch at Opening Day

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

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

Yasiel Puig

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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!

my tweet back in August: @Dodgers #whiffing our fans while watching Ryu #whiff the Padres. #Dodgers

 

Pool celebration! Dodgers own the West!

Photo: They've both been offered big bucks for the ears.

Greg Sands and I sporting our Mickey Mouse ears.  A gift from Greg in 2010 when the Angels hosted the All Star game.

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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.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

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!”

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I wish you all a Merry Christmas!!

A yearly tradition to post this (3rd year with a slight variation)

Andre Ethier at the Dream Center

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.

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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,

Vin Scully on Twitter 12/16/13 #AskVin

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.

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Here are the questions that Vin Scully answered:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! A pleasure to be tweeting with you this morning.

@Dodgers  #AskVin Are you going to the football game after the Rose Bowl parade? Maybe call a little of the game with @KirkHerbstreit ?

  • @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

@Dodgers any special plans with the family for the holidays? #AskVin

No question but @Dodgers vin you are truly a great man and it’s been an honor to have listened to you all these years #AskVin #VinIsTheMan

  • @MannyF10 I am extremely grateful and humbled for the opportunity to do the job. #AskVin

@Dodgers Vin, after many many years with the Dodgers, what play and game do you hold closest to your heart..#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
Making jury duty bearable. RT @Dodgers: Pull up a chair — Vin Scully is now in the tweet seat! #AskVin

@Dodgers hey Vin, you have seen many great dodger pitchers. Where would you rank Kershaw among them? #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. #AskVin

Vin, do you have an iPhone and what apps do you use? #askVin

  • .@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

@Dodgers favorite baseball movie? #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

@Dodgers  Vin, I would be honored if you and your lovely wife would join us for Christmas dinner. #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

@Dodgers Mr.Scully #AskVin is now trending, your thoughts? pic.twitter.com/gcnV9ibrEe

@Dodgers Have you ever met Mariano Rivera personally? #AskVin

  • .@davidsDOINit Yes, he is an amazing charitable man. I didn’t know that until I met him. #AskVin

@Dodgers How did you arrange to have http://Santascall.org call your grandkids?

  • .@jaredkaufer Enter the website, answer the questionnaire, and Santa gives three choices for times to call. #AskVin

@Dodgers #AskVin Do you remember the first baseball game you attended?

  • .@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.

@Dodgers Good morning, is there a particular celebrity memory that is a favorite?  Presidents?  Thrilled you’re on twitter. Thanks!  #AskVin

  • .@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.

@Dodgers who is the greatest baseball player of all time? #AskVin

And to conclude:

  • A heartfelt thanks to all, and as Tiny Tim said, “God bless us, every one!” -Vin Scully #AskVin

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 Comes Back to the Dodgers!

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.

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Congratulations Nomah!

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.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Ref:  La Times, USA Today.

The Spur to Memory

crzblue:

Great article!

Originally posted on Our Game:

The Scorer: Old Style New Style (H804-13)

The Scorer: Old Style New Style (H804-13)

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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Hanley Ramirez interview by Manny Mota

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

Dodgers Promotional Schedule for 2014

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

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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

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The 30 club of Garvey, Reggie Smith, Baker and Cey get a bobblehead.

 

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