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Wes Parker 2nd video from SABR41

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. 

 

Best Downtown LA Villain

While I was at Union Station in Downtown LA yesterday waiting for some friends, I was reading the Los Angeles Downtown News.  I look forward to the yearly feature of “Readers Choice The Best of Downtown.”  But a picture and another article caught my eye.  

Best Downtown Villain” by  Jon Regardie.    

 

As he drags the Los Angeles Dodgers through bankruptcy, Frank McCourt has done something rare: He has managed to unite Los Angeles. Just about everyone hates him and wants him to lose the team. Photo by Gary Leonard.

 

How Frank McCourt Became the Most Hated Man in Los Angeles, and Why That’s a Good Thing

by Jon Regardie
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – He’s Hannibal Lecter, eating the hearts of fans and seeming to enjoy every bite.He’s Bernie Madoff, squirreling away a fortune, and we didn’t realize it until it was far too late.He’s Lex Luthor, Superman’s arch-nemesis, apparently intent on destroying something — the Dodgers — that means so much to so many. We cringe, cry and seethe as he caroms into bankruptcy court, and he doesn’t care about what the rest of us hold dearly. We’re aghast that the greed of one mad man overwhelms the hopes and wishes of millions.He’s Frank McCourt.He’s the best villain in Los Angeles.No one else comes close. Not Charlie Sheen, who’s more of a nut job than a bad guy. Not Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who’s mainly a disappointment. Not Arnold Schwarzenegger, and come to think of it, is anyone actually surprised by Arnold?No, Frank McCourt is in a league of his own. His feats, if you can stand back and gape at them, are actually amazing. In the less than two years since he and Jamie split and opened Pandora’s Dodger-blue box, he managed to destroy the half century of fan dedication that the team built up. He’s managed to make the bad guy of the summer of 2010, the talents-taking LeBron James, look like Mother Teresa.

Great article Jon!  And yes, the Tribe has united and spoken!

To read the rest of the article go to  http://www.ladowntownnews.com/articles/2011/07/21/news/doc4e20cbaf5d54e298748127.txt

Wes Parker Video at SABR 41 in Long Beach, CA

Greetings everyone!   I have not been able to load my pictures from my trip to Minnesota & also from the SABR41 convention.  But I have this video of Wes Parker when we caught him outside one of the sessions.    I love Wes Parker’s   love for the game. 

I had such a great time at the convention.   Everyone was so nice and friendly.   Love the fangraph group, loved talking to lots of people there.   I bought some great books.   I love the volunteering, going to the tour of old baseball ballparks in LA.   Never knew that there was a ballpark in Vernon so close to where the Farmer John company is.   Loved listening to Rob Neyer, Dennis Gilbert, Al Ferrara, Tommy Davis,  Francisco Balderrama, oh just everyone! 

Loved going back to Dodger Stadium with the group & going to my first trip to see the Storms against the Visalia Rawhides.  Did you know that  the Rawhides is locally-owned and operated by Tom and his cousin, Kevin O’Malley?   Tom’s grandfather was the legendary Walter O’Malley. 

SABR41 was a great experience and I made some  wonderful friends like Abby& Kent in this picture:

 

 I need to go to Minnesota next year where SABR42 will be held.   Also SABR43 will be in Philadelphia!  

Enjoy the video 

7/25/11.  It worked embedding the video!   

Video by me.  pic by Maxwell Kates

Dodgers file for bankrupcy

Greetings from the Twins City! 

Like many of you, I woke to the news of the Frank McCourt filing for bankrupcy.  It was filed in the state of Delaware. 

From the LA Times   http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dodgers/2011/06/manny-ramirez-dodgers-frank-mccourt-bankruptcy.html

From that link,:

The 13 creditors owed more than $1 million all involve payments to players, including six payments to players no longer with the team (Kaz Ishii last played for the Dodgers in 2004 and Marquis Grissom last played in 2002) and one to a player who has yet to make the team (Zach Lee, the Dodgers’ first-round draft choice last year).

The million-dollar creditors:

1. Ramirez ($21 million)

2. Andruw Jones ($11 million)

3. Hiroki Kuroda ($4.5 million)

4. Rafael Furcal ($3.7 million)

5. Chicago White Sox ($3.5 million, for Juan Pierre)

6. Ted Lilly ($3.4 million)

7. Zach Lee ($3.4 million)

8. Kaz Ishii ($3.3 million)

9. Juan Uribe ($3.2 million)

10. Matt Guerrier ($3.1 million)

11. Juan Pierre ($3.05 million)

12. Marquis Grissom ($2.7 million)

13. Jon Garland ($1.2 million)

 My droid went crazy after I landed in Minneapolis.  I  lost all my contacts. and  silly me I was not backing up my cell phone.  Also noticed  my computer screen after I landed in Minn.  Other than that having a great time here.  I met Randy of http://heirloom.mlblogs.com/  We will see each other at the game tomorrow.  

Well got to head to the game!  Go Dodgers!  and vote for Matt Kemp!  Our sign at the Twin stadium:

Dodgers score 5 runs, we can score too!

Johnny Rockets has a special “When the Boys in Blue Score, We Score”   I like it!  The Dodgers score 5 runs and we can go to Johnny Rockets and score with a $5 Hamburger combo.    Here is the flyer:

For me, the closest one is at the Arcadia, Pasadena, Alhambra or Monterey Park.   Among other locations, there is also Burbank, Long Beach, Farmer Market area, Universal City Walk, TO, etc. 

Dodgers lost yesterday to the Tigers but they did score 5 runs.   Today Is an off day for the Dodgers so I think I am heading to Johnny Rockets after work.   Dodgers play the Angels starting Friday night.   Go Dodgers!  

ref: http://www.johnnyrockets.com/promotions/promotions-dodgers.php 

Vote for Matt Kemp!   Vote for Andre Ethier!

Current Dodgers home trip and Road trip to see the Dodgers at Minnesota!

In this current homestand, the Dodgers are 1-5.  Terrible homestand so far.  They got swept by the Reds and they were on the verge of being swept by the Astros!  Imagine that!  The Astros who have the worst record in baseball.   They avoided the sweep by winning 1-0 on Sunday.    We tried going to play catch on the field after the game but the lines to get to the stadium were huge so we left. 

Now Dodgers start inter-league with the Detroit Tigers, then the Angels come to town.  I believe Kristen from http://mlblogsblithescribe.wordpress.com/ will come to Dodger Stadium for one of those games.  I hope to meet her.   I will miss the game on Sunday since  my friend LuvtheDodgers23 and I will take the red eye on Saturday night.   Saturday is Photo Day at Dodger Stadium.   

But first The Tigers are in town.   Tonight Bill Slayback will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America.  I talked to Bill during one of the SABR www.sabr.com meetings where he was a speaker.  He said he was a little nervous to sing at Dodger Stadium and that he might change his mind.  I hope he did not.  I am looking forward to hearing him sing.  Bill Slayback autographed 8x10 Photo (Detroit Tigers)

From http://www.atlantatimemachine.com/misc/records.htm 

 In late 1973, as Hank Aaron was closing in on Babe Ruth’s home run record, Detroit Tigers pitcher Bill Slayback released this tribute to Hammering Hank.   Slayback wrote the music and the lyrics were penned by legendary Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell, a one-time Atlantan who, in the 1940s, had announced Atlanta Crackers games on WSB radio.

Wednesday is another Throwback weekday game.   Sadly I won’t be making this one.  My boss is on vacation so I’ll listen to the game while working.   I’ll miss the throwback uniforms that the Tigers will wear but I’ll catch the wonderful pictures that Jon SooHoo or Juan OCampo take at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com/

So Saturday night we head to Minnesota to watch the Dodgers!  Hope they can beat the Twins.   We are excited about the trip.  I also want to go see the statue from the Mary Tyler Moore Show.  I want to go there and take a picture while I also toss my hat.  I don’t have a hat like in the picture but I’ll toss my Dodger hat or this blue hat that LuvtheDodgers23 got me!   I know…a lot of fans of that show have done that but I want to do it too!   

I just learned that the type of hat that Mary Tyler Moore used is called a Tam or a Tammy.  From wikipedia:A Tam o’ Shanter (often abbreviated Tam or TOS) is a Scottish style hat originally worn by men. The hat is named after a character in a poem written by Robert Burns in 1790.

I hope to meet Randy from http://heirloom.mlblogs.com/ in Minnesota.  

Let’s go Dodgers!   Let’s Go!!!

Now I got that theme song from the Mary Tyler Moore show in my head   “Who can turn the world on with her smile?…..

Happy Memorial Day! Thank You to those that have served Our Country

A year ago on Memorial Day I posted this post:   http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2010/05/31/memorial-day-in-flanders-fields-we-shall-keep-the-faith/.  It contains the two poems “In Flanders Field” by Lieutenant-Colonel John Mc Crae and “We Shall Keep the Faith” from Mona Michael.    They are two powerful poems.     

To all those that have served our country and specially those that paid with their lives, a big thank you!    Like the poem “WeShall Keep the Faith” says “The blood of heores never dies.”  

I found this list of Brooklyn Dodger players in service during WW11:

Rex Barney
Boyd Bartley
Jack Bolling
Bobby Bragan
Les Burge (minor league player on Dodgers roster)
Al Campanis
Hugh Casey
Claude Corbitt
Cliff Dapper
Lloyd “Dutch” Dietz
John Douglas
Red Durrett
Al Falzone (minor league player on Dodgers roster)
Herman Franks
Larry French
Roland Gladu
Jack Graham (minor league player on Dodgers roster)
Ray Hathaway
Joe Hatten (minor league player on Dodgers roster)
Chris Haughey
Ed Head
Billy Herman
Gene Hermanski
Kirby Higbe
Gil Hodges
Chet Kehn
Frank Laga (minor league player on Dodgers roster)
Cookie Lavagetto
Vic Lombardi
Cal McLish
Gene Mauch
Rube Melton
Eddie Miksis
Mickey Owen
Don Padgett
Pee Wee Reese
Pete Reiser
Lew Riggs
Johnny Rizzo 
Stan Rojek
Bill Sayles
Joe Soskovic (minor league player on Dodgers roster)

In addition from the Los Angeles Dodgers, we have Roy Gleason

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Roy Gleason at Dodger Stadium during a Camera Day. 

Roy Gleason

ref: 

 www.baseballinwartime.com

http://www.bensakoguchi.com/

22-28 record for the Dodgers after 50 games

After 50 games, the Dodgers are 22-28.  Needless to say it has been tough from the injuries, the state of the Dodgers and the beating of Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium.  As all have heard by now the family of Bryan Stow is suing the Dodgers for 30 million.   It was expected.   This is just another nail on the McCourts.   Wish all this was just a nightmare and we can wake up and go back to when the O’Malleys owned the team.   

After the nightmare of the game where the the Dodgers and Kershaw were winning 3-1 in the 9th inning and Kenley Jensen let it get away, it was a relief to have a game where everything went better on Tuesday night.   Billingsley went out winning 5-4.   Rubby De La Rosa made his MLB debut in the 8th inning getting all three outs.  Rookie Javy Guerra came in the 9th and got the save.   Rookie Jerry Sands blasted a grand slam in the third inning.       

It was a rookielecious win!

We are back! The fan MLB Blogs have been updated!

Thank you to Mark and all the MLB helpers that worked on the transition.  Working in IT, I know how migrations can take long,long  hours.  

Dodgers have been in a rut.  They lost two out of three from the D’backs.   Now they lost the first game against the Brewers.   Is rare that we get two two-game series back to back.  The first two with the Brewers and the second two game series with the Giants.  

Talking about the Giants, I was happy to hear that Bryan Stow was able to be moved closer to home.   I always keep him in my prayers that he will recover.   it must have been so hard on his family living out of a hotel in order to be close to him.   Get well Bryan.  

Today was the Dodgers home game #22.  I have been to all the home games so far.  It was a cold night at the Ravine and the Dodgers bats have been even colder.  

Rain is expected for tomorrow but hopefully the game gets underway.  So far this season there has been more cancelled games due to the weather than all season last year. 

Kuroda-san matches up against ex Dodger Randy Wolf Tuesday night.   Go Dodgers!

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