Twas the Night Before Christmas at the MLB Blogs!
“Twas the Night Before Christmas and in every house
All good MLB bloggers and readers 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 a bunch of good bloggers
Was just what they needed, but Oh no! the buggers!
When they went to the MLB site, none could be found.
“Oh no, we’re afraid Mark went out of town
Is the server down the reason we cannot read?
How could he do this in our time of need?
The bloggers all panicked, they shivered in fright,
They pined for their read/write and settled in for the night.
“Did we misspell the link? 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 the MLB 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 MLB bloggers and readers 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 “Thanks for reading and writing with me,
Its great to read and write with baseball friends!”
I wish you peace and joy!
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! Happy New Year!
For Ned Colletti to the tune of Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuTHxMjVivg
Neddy Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Neddy got runned over by a reindeer
Walking from the bar one Winter Eve.
You can say there’s no such thing as Santa
But as for me and Dodger fans, we believe
He’d been overpaying too much dough
And we begged him to please forgo
but he likes them long in the tooth
so he was booted out the door into the snow
When they found him Christmas nornin
after he had his food and wine
he had hoof prints on his forehead
and incriminatin’ Claus marks on his behind.
Neddy got runned over by a reindeer
Walking from the bar one Winter Eve.
You can say there’s no such thing as Santa
But as for me and Dodger fans we believe.
Now we’re all so proud of Dodger fans
They been taking this so well
See them in there watching reruns
drinking beer and playin games with cousin Guido
It’s not Christmas without Neddy
All the Dodgers dressed in black
And we just can’t help but wonder
Should we keep his acquisitions or send them back?
SEND THEM BACK SEND THEM BACK!
Now the squirrel is on the table
and the pudding made of fig
and a blue and grey candle
that would have just matched the hair in Neddy’s wig
I’ve warned all the MLB owners
“Better watch out for yourselves
They should never give a checkbook
To a man who wears boots and a toupee”
What a great day in Los Angeles for us Dodger Fans! First we get the news that Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier win Gold Gloves! Congratulations guys!
Dodger fans are celebrating everywhere!
I am off to the SABR AFL conference in Arizona early tomorrow morning! details here http://sabr.org/latest/exciting-schedule-deck-sabr-arizona-fall-league-conference I am excited about attending and also to see Dustin Pedroia there. Maybe Ethier will also be there….
Love what John Thorn has to say about SABR here http://sabr.org/content/john-thorn-why-im-sabr-member That is the way I felt when I attended my first SABR convention this year. John just says so well. I was thrilled to meet him this year. Take a look at this baseball card from John Thorn. I got the set of Major League Writers from Terry Cannon of the Baseball Reliquary:
What a game! The Redbirds were on oxygen about to expire when they came back alive! They fought back deficits of 1-0, 3-2 4-3, 7 -4 and 9-7. This game had everything! I really thought Texas had won it when the score was 7-4 in the seventh but the Redbirds went on to win it in the 11th with a final score of 10-9! What a game 6! Bring on Game 7!
How about a caption?
I was watching the World Series game in Spanish on FOX Deportes with Manny Mota as color analyst. When the game ended, they switched to Soccer so I switched the channel only to find that ESPN Classics was showing game 6th of the 1981 World Series! What a treat for me! I had forgotten that Howard Cosell broadcasted the game. The guys in the booth could not make up their mind who the World Series MVP was going to be. They were saying “Ron Cey” Then they were saying Pedro Guerrero. Finally they said both Cey & Guerrero. As we know there were three MVPs with Cey, Guerrero & Yeager. It was nice and sad to see Steve Howe on the mound. Steve had a cocaine problem. He was given so many opportunities by the Dodgers.
Who is that person next to Pedro Guerrero?
(Cardinal picture: Ezra shaw/getty Images. Pedro Guerrero picture from mblblogsbuzzblogs.files, 1981 MVP’s: Halloffamesports.com
People ask me all the time “Emma, what do you do when the baseball season is over?” or “What do you now that the Dodgers are not playing?” I tell them there is still baseball being played in the Fall League and there are baseball related events going on. For example I went to SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) meeting on Saturday October 1st. We had Wes Parker as our speaker. Afterwards a new president was elected and at the end we had a baseball books auction.
Saturday October 8, 2011, Thanks to the Baseball Reliquary, I found out about Greg Jezewski “High Ball” exhibition in Santa Monica. Take a look at this piece. I understand that Lasorda has not seen it
You see Greg is a Giant fan. He was sporting a Seals jersey at his exhibition. What he doesn’t know is that God IS a Dodger fan. Tommy always talks about the BIG Dodger in the sky. But despise Greg being a Giant fan, he has a nice baseball-themed kinetic sculptures and multi-media paintings at the exhibition in Santa Monica at Frank Pictures Gallery at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica.
The next Baseball Reliquary event I am attending is this coming Saturday October 15, 2011 at the La Pintoresca Branch library, 1355 N. Raymond ave., Pasadena. The “Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles,” book signing and film screening is taking place from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. The event is held in conjunction with the 13th Annual Latino Heritage parade and jamaica. I can’t wait for the event and I can’t wait to finally meet Richard Santillan co-author of the book. Richard and I have talked to each other on the phone and have emailed each other. Looking forward to meeting him and his wife. BTW, Richard is a Dodger fan and a season ticket holder. I am also looking forward to meeting some of the players from that era like Armando Perez. Here is a link to the event:
The following is the copy of the latest Dodger Magazine:
In it, it shows Dodger fans that have had their season tickets for 30 years or more. Although I started 30 years ago as a season ticket holder, my total years do not equal that. I do have friends in that picture.
The September magazine saluted us fans as the 10th player! Is nice to have a magazine dedicated to us fans. In addition to a salute to the long time season ticket holders, the Dodgers took the time to interview a lot of Dodger fans for the magazine like the Aisle 2 Crew in the Reserved and yours truly.
Jorge Martin approached me in the last Viva Los Dodgers event when he spotted me wearing a Javy Guerra batting practice jersey. I had spotted the jersey in the club level and although it fits me big, I just had to buy it. Here is the article in the magazine with the pictures
EMMA IS HERE . Emma Amaya shows her loyalty is True Blue By Jorge Martin & Cary Osborne
WHEN EMMA AMAYA calls Dodger Stadium “my second home, my second family,” she’s not kidding. Amaya is a fixture in the Top Deck in her season seats, but when the Dodgers are away from home or out of season, her passion for the team remains strong.
She Flew to Minnesota this year to catch the Dodgers during an interleague series. She is a regular at autograph signings around the southland. Often camping out for hours to assure herself a great spot. She even visited Citi Field in New York to see the Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia, especially the Jackie Robinson exhibit. Amaya even gave Dodger Reliever Javy Guerra a book about the history of Mexican baseball players who have played in Los Angeles, something that Guerra had started to read.
You see, Amaya takes this “Dodger family” stuff really seriously. Amaya said she grew up a football fan. A boyfriend took her to Dodger Stadium one time and she was hooked. Before long Amaya began coming regularly to games with a friend who educated her on the Brooklyn Dodgers, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale.
Now it’s her doing the educating. During the Brooklyn days, the biggest superfan was Hilda Chester. Chester was a regular at Ebbets Field, but achieved fame by banging a frying pan with an iron ladle from her seat in the bleachers. people took notice.
(Left) Amaya posed with Duke Snider’s half of Fame plaque.
Including Dodger players who in the 1930’s presented her with a cowbell. After suffering a second heart attach, it is said that former Dodger manager Leo Durocher visited her in the hospital. She returned to the bleaches with her Brooklyn accent and cowbell to cheer sounding as strong as ever. A sign near her seat would proclaim, “Hilda is Here!”
Amaya doesn’t fashion herself exactly as a 21st Century Hilda Chester, but she did come to Opening Day last season dressed as the legendary fan. a curious usher asked about her costume.
“Look her up,” Amaya told the usher. “When I come here tomorrow, you tell me something that tells me you did look it up.”
The Next Day, the usher saw Amaya and yelled out one of Chester’s favorite lines, “EAT YOUR HEART OUT, YOU BUMS!”
Amaya speaks affectionately and nostalgically about the Dodgers, pointing out that the first year that she had season tickets was 1981–The year of Fernandomania and the World Series against the New York Yankees. A computer programmer from El Monte, Amaya has also helped build communities both in and around Dodger Stadium. sh has developed bonds with Dodger fans on Twitter and the regulars at her Top Deck seats at Dodger Stadium, and has even gone to Dodger related events with the people she sits with at games.
One of those events led to a memorable exchange with a Dodger player. After Matt Kemp hit a 10th inning walk-off single on August 12, Amaya and a friend immediately left from Dodger Stadium and headed down to Redondo Beach. They They camped out outside of a store where Kemp was to sign autographs the following morning. amaya finally made her way to the front of the line and met Kemp, who after hearing about her coming striahgt from the game asked Amaya, “Did you eat?”
Kemp might have been thinking about theat interaction when he did another autograph signing on Aug. 26. On that day, Kemp ordered pizza for everyone in line.
Amaya smiles easily when she talks about the team she has pent more than three decades following closely. she summed up so much of what keeps brning her back day after day, year after year when she said: “I love watching a triple, I love watching a pitcher’s duel. I love watching a well-executed double play. I love the game, and I love the Dodgers”
Thank you Dodgers! Thank you Jorge Martin & Cary Osborne and all that contributed to the article. I am humble by it all.
Here is a picture of Jayv Guerra holding the book I gave him:
What a great day it was Friday night when Vin Scully announced that he is coming back next year for his 63rd year with the Dodgers! At the time of the announcement the Dodgers were losing 1-0. Next inning the Dodgers like if they knew, stared hitting.
Dodgers score 6 runs in the 7th with Matt Kemp launching his 30th home run to join Raul Mondesi as the only members of the 30-30 club. Matt Kemp now has 31 stolen bases.
After the game I just had to go tell Vin Scully thank you for making the decision to come back for one more season. We Dodger fans are blessed to have Vin Scully with us for 62+ years. Here is the short video that my friend Lorena taped:
Thank you Lorena!
Here is another video telling Vin we Love him.
Well I am off to Dodger Stadium early today as I am a volunteer for SABR today to recruit new members. Come stop by in the Reserved section.
I leave tomorrow morning for New York! I am excited about my trip! I will be staying with my friend Abby who I met at the SABR41 convention in Long Beach, CA. Abby is a Yankee fan. Yankees are away so what she planned first is to watch a Brooklyn Cyclone game on Thursday evening.
The forecast while I am there is: Isolated thunder storms. Thunder storms is one thing that I am afraid of but I’ll try not to have it bother me *crosses fingers*
Saturday we will be going to Citi Field for a SABR/Baseball Prospectus event. Details here http://sabr.org/node/2339 then watch the Mets against the Brewers. Abby convinced me to go after she so nice to offer for me to stay with her. I don’t know what else she has made plans for but whatever it is I am looking forward to it all!
The Beer Road Trip for my Dodgers and some Dodger fans.
My boys are in Milwaukee until Thursday, then they fly to Colorado for a three game weekend series then is on to ST Louis. I was trying to workout my flight to maybe stop at Milwaukee first or St Louis at the end but too complicated. My friend William (Deuce’s dad) told me “Emma, I got tickets for you if you want to go to St Louis. He is on the road to St Louis. Last time I checked he was in Oklahoma, home of Matt Kemp. Here is Deuce:
I’ve taken a tour of Coors Brewery in Colorado and of Anheuser Bush when I was in St Louis but never been to Milwaukee. Friend Cindy (see her Dodgers tatoo) and her husband are driving to Colorado to see the Dodgers there.
Friend Cynthia who is an usher at Dodger Stadium is also going to Colorado but she is landing there then renting a car to go to Mount Rushmore. I never been there. I might run into her in Denver as I am making a stop there. She might be catching a game on her way back to Colorado. You all have a safe trip and see you all back at Dodger Stadium!
Start spreading the news….New York New York..
Saturday August 8th, the Dodgers held a special Scavenger hunt throughout Los Angeles. I decided to participate but I was not as prepared as some other fans. Some anticipated locations. A father and son decided to start at the LA Coliseum so they guessed one of the locations. Another one decided to already start at the Universal City Walk where there is a Dodger Store but that was not one of the locations.
At 10:00 a.m. the Dodgers sent a tweet with the locations where five special Dodger Items were “hidden” throughout Los Angeles. the locations were:
Dodger Stadium, parking lot P by the Top of the Park where Kenny Landreaux was with the 1981 World Series trophy.
A strip of grass from Dodger Stadium located at the Angel’s Flight railway station in Downtown LA
Los Angeles Boys and Girls Dreamfield had the Dodgers Kids Backpack
Duke Snider Bobblehead was located at Vin Scully’s star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame
a 1944 throwback Brooklyn jersey and hat that was located at the Los Angeles Coliseum
All participants got a pair of tickets that we selected from the list. Tickets will be on Will Call on day of game. I had fun doing this and will do it again if the Dodgers offer it again.
The top five winners received two field-level tickets to each game during the club’s upcoming six-game homestand (Aug 8-14) and will be brought down onto the field prior to a designated game to meet Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and watch batting practice.
Team Penguino took first place and Steve Chai’s team took second. Another winner was team Attamiamo and Ayala.
ref; Dodgers.co, Ben Platt
Ok, so it took me a while to upload and release the second video I taped of Wes Paker at SABR41 but here it is. Wes talks about McCourt, Dodgers, World Series, Sandy Koufax, Drysdale and Clemente among other things.