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Congratulations to Clayton Kershaw: 2013 Cy Young Award Winner

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.

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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.

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Dodgers 2013 Holiday Tour

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

Los Angeles Sport Museum: More pictures

Here are more pictures from my visit to the Los Angeles Sport museum where the SABR local chapter had a meeting:

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1981 World Series Tri-MVP’s Ron Cey, Steve Yeager & Pedro Guerrero

Fernando mustache

Fernando Valenzuela with a mustache.  Jijiji.

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Who remembers when we used to get a TV guide in the newspaper?  This from the Los Angeles Daily News in 1981.

Brooklyn movie poster

movie poster Whistling in Brooklyn.

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I never knew these records existed from Union 76.

Sandy Fernando & Orel

Sandy Koufax, Fernando Valenzuela & Orel Hershiser

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Orel Hershiser memorabilia

Mini W.S. throphies

Dodgers Mini World Series trophies.

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I love this picture.  the fan’s shirt says “LA Fan Support”

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Union 76 pins.  I used to collect these.  Other Dodger memorabilia.

Duke

Duke Snider wall.

Ebbets ticket prices Seat made of bats quilt

Ebbets Field ticket prices.   bench made of bats.

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Another view of Brooklyn Dodger memorabilia & Jackie.

Sizemore Scorecard

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.

IDS & Retired #

Dodger Stadium and the retired Dodger numbers.  Oops! sorry Drysdale, I cut out part of your 53 number.

Dodger apron

Isn;t this Dodger apron great?  It says “The Heck with Housework.  Let’s see the Dodgers Play!”  Yep, that is what I say…;-)

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Dodger Stadium replica.  A Red Sox jacket to the right.

Broklyn Bum the provervial brideman

I love this picture.  On top it says “The proverbial Brideman”

Dodger Sym-phony Jackie signing

Dodgers band Sym-Phony.   Jackie Robinson signing his contract.  Leo Durocher in the picture.

TOTTB

Dodgers Take me Out to the Ballgame.

Ebbet wall

The Dodger collection wall going up the stairs.

Roogies Bump movie poster

The other side of the above Dodger collection wall.

Joe Final uni & Babe pointing

Joe’s final uni and the Babe pointing

Jay Johnstone

Jay Johnston SABR speaker that Saturday.

Jay Johnstone speaker

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/

SABR Allan Roth Chapter meeting at the Sport Museum

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.

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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:

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Jackie Robinson collection

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More Jackie

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Part of the Babe collection.  There was way more than I took pictures

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Ruth’s coat

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Fenway Park

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Ebbets Field

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Babe Ruth’s 1938 uniform

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Yankee Stadium

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.

Dodger Stadium: The Happiest Place on Earth, The Magic Castle

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

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

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

Dodgers Win NLCS game 3! I Love LA

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.

ST.LOUIS CARDINALS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

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The game started with the unveiling of the flag on the field

ST. LOUIS CADRDINALS AT LOS ANGELES DODGERS

the 30 home run team of Steve Garvey, Reggie Smith, Dusty Baker and Ron Cey threw out the first pitch

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30 Club

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Dodgers Win!

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Super fan Rachel and my brother Victor after the victory

 

LOS ANGELES DODGERS AT ST.LOUIS CARDINALS

Don Mattingly was all smiles

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Hanley was all smiles too!  I love Hanley Ramirez!   I love the Dodgers and I love LA!

NLCS game 3 at Dodger Stadium. St. Rita, Saint of Baseball

I am at work today but only for half a day.  I am taking half day vacation today and  heading to OLOCR, Our Lady of Chavez Ravine for game 3 of the NLCS.

Things look dire for the Dodgers trailing the series 2 games to none to the Cardinals.

According to @GrandesenlosDeportes from the Dominican Republic Hanley Ramirez has two broken Ribs. As of the time I am writing this, Dodgers have not confirmed this. I am praying the results are still negative.

Talking about praying, yesterday I googled St Rita church.  As some will remember a while back I did a post on St. Rita being the patriot Saint of Baseball http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2011/06/03/patron-saint-of-baseball/

I was looking to see if I had a St Rita church close to me.   I found her!  St Rita of Cascia church is located at 318 N. Baldiwn Avenue in the city of Sierra Madre in California.

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Saint Rita’s Catholic church sign

St Rita is the saint of the Impossible

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Needless to say I went there to pray for a friend, for my family, the Dodgers and me.

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May the Dodgers  bat come alive

May the Dodgers health improve

May the Dodgers defense be brilliant

May the Dodgers pitching continue to be superb

May the Dodgers beat the Cardinals!

Go Dodgers!  Heading to our Magic Castle, Dodger Stadium also known as OLOCR.

NLDS game 4 Haikus. On to NLCS! Let’s Go Dodger Blue!

I had left these haikus in a draft and since we just loved game four, here they are:

Kershaw, takes the ball
on three days rest for game four
He goes six *applause

Garcia was good too
gives two homeruns to CC
the score tied two-two

Braves runs are unearned
Adrian tagged with two errors
Dodger fans restless

On to the seventh
Belly comes in gives up run
three to two Braves lead

That dreaded seventh
Howell replaces Belly
gets the last two outs

Puig with a double
in the eight, the kid can fly!
Vin says “Wild Horse Loose”

Uribe cant bunt
So he goes Boom! Fans go nuts!
Dodgers now in front.

final game four score
Dodgers four, Braves three WOO-HOO!
Next NLCS

The Beard gets the win
Kenley Jansen with the save
Love LA & VIN

Dodgers Cardinals
The series start Friday
Skunks versus Squirrels :-)
squirrels and skunk

Greinke and Kelly
the matchup at Bush Stadium
Get the win Greinke!

Let’s go Dodger Blue!
IT’s Time for Dodger Baseball!
Ready to Woo-Hoo!!

Heading to OLOCR for NLDS Game 3. Let’s Go Dodgers!

I am dressed and ready to head to OLOCR (Our Lady of Chavez Ravine)   I got my Mission October shirt, my Sandy Koufax jersey and I will take my Dodger poncho to wear later.   I can’t wait to be there! 

  Julio Teheran goes for the Braves,

LOS ANGELES DODGERS WORKOUT

Dodgers sent rookie  Hyun-jin Ryu.  Game

LOS ANGELES DODGERS AT ATLANTA BRAVES

Fernando Valenzuela will be thrown out the first pitch and Sandy Koufax is scheduled to be there tonight and tomorrow night. 

LOS ANGELES DODGERS WORKOUT

The calm before the storm at Dodger Stadium  

Take a look at Stephen Seemayer’s  painting for today

Photo: 'We Brandish Our Torches!'<br />
Painting by The L.A. Blue Bum<br />
Acrylic on cardboard (Oct. 2013)</p>
<p>We brandish our torches!<br />
Ilumina los valientes!<br />
(Let blue balls fly.)</p>
<p>For more paintings, go to <a href=http://www.labluebum.com”; src=”https://scontent-b-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/p480x480/537894_458272440952365_607516044_n.jpg&#8221; width=”504″ height=”501″ />

‘We Brandish Our Torches!’ Painting by The L.A. Blue Bum Acrylic on cardboard (Oct. 2013)
We brandish our torches! Ilumina los valientes!… (Let blue balls fly.)
For more paintings, go to www.labluebum.com
 
Here is his prior painting
Photo: 'Ha Sido Una Tremenda Jornada'<br />
Painting by The L.A. Blue Bum<br />
Acrylic on cardboard (Sept. 2013)</p>
<p>Ha sido una tremenda jornada.<br />
World Series bound!<br />
(It’s me and Miss Hilda forever!)</p>
<p>For more paintings, go to <a href=http://www.labluebum.com”; src=”https://scontent-a-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/p480x480/1380842_454402811339328_1295322148_n.jpg&#8221; width=”504″ height=”499″ />

 
Steve and I were featured in an article in the La Times today by Hector Becerra. 
Photo: Braves in 5 games?!?
 

2013 NLDS: Dodgers vs Braves. Let’s Go Dodgers!

I am super excited for this series! The day is finally here! Thursday at 5:30 PM PT at Turner Field. Kershaw 16-9 1.83 ERA will face Medien 15-12 3.11 ERA.

I leave work via Metrolink train so when I leave I will have my headphones listening to the game. I should have a “Do Not Disturb” sign. As I am typing this, this co-worker that is a Giant fan is talking to another co-worker telling him “I’ll be rooting for the Braves” then he looks at me doing the tomahawk chant. UGRR I hate that.

This morning on the train I open the LA Times and went thru the whole sport section seeing no mention of the Dodgers. Then I kept looking thru the paper until I found this special Dodger Section!

LA Times special Dodger playoff section!

Last night I stopped at the Olvera Street church. La Placita to light a candle for the Dodgers

Afterwards, Lorena noticed that the candle that I lid (right), is the one for Saint Judas Tadeo, el santo de las causas desesperadas The saint of difficult causes.

While taking the train home I picked up the Downtown News.  Take a look at this cartoon by

Cartoon by Doug Davis.  Amen Mr. Davis.

Let’s go Dodgers! Let’s Go!  Is it 5:30 yet?   I am sporting my Clayton Kershaw t-shirt (women size) underneath a cardigan sweater at work.  I have a pair of Dodger earrings on too.

 

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