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
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
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.
The game started with the unveiling of the flag on the field
the 30 home run team of Steve Garvey, Reggie Smith, Dusty Baker and Ron Cey threw out the first pitch
Super fan Rachel and my brother Victor after the victory
Don Mattingly was all smiles
Hanley was all smiles too! I love Hanley Ramirez! I love the Dodgers and I love LA!
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.
Saint Rita’s Catholic church sign
St Rita is the saint of the Impossible
Needless to say I went there to pray for a friend, for my family, the Dodgers and me.
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.
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!
The Beard gets the win
Kenley Jansen with the save
Love LA & VIN
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!!
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,
Dodgers sent rookie Hyun-jin Ryu. Game
Fernando Valenzuela will be thrown out the first pitch and Sandy Koufax is scheduled to be there tonight and tomorrow night.
The calm before the storm at Dodger Stadium
Take a look at Stephen Seemayer’s painting for today
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We brandish our torches! Ilumina los valientes!… (Let blue balls fly.)
For more paintings, go to www.labluebum.com
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.
My friends have been posting that they already got their Dodger postseason tickets. Me? I have been checking my email, nagging my aunt at home to see if they have arrived. I got the email yesterday that they had been shipped and this morning, finally my aunt called me that she received them! Finally!! She also told me “you know that little Kershaw pillow you have?” “Well, tell Kershaw that in addition to going to the pool (my only mention of the poolgate), he went into the washing machine so he is very clean”
Here is the Divisional and Wild Card Standings
MLB Divisional Standings as of 9/25/13 at 2: p.m. Pacific Time.
MLB Wild Card Standings as of 9/25/13
Cleveland has one more game with the White Sox tonight and four with the Twins starting Thursday. Texas has one more game with the Astros tonight and four game with the Angels starting Thursday. If the Astros are not in the American League, Texas would not be in the Wild Card running. Rangers won 16 of the 18 games they played with the Astros. I hope the Cleveland Indians take the other Wild Card.
Here is the official schedule
2013 MLB postseason schedule
|NL Wild Card Game||Tuesday, October 1||TBS||TBA|
|AL Wild Card Game||Wednesday, October 2||TBS||TBA|
|ALDS A, Game 1||Friday, October 4||TBS or MLBN***||TBA|
|ALDS B, Game 1||Friday, October 4||TBS or MLBN***||TBA|
|ALDS A, Game 2||Saturday, October 5||TBS||TBA|
|ALDS B, Game 2||Saturday, October 5||TBS||TBA|
|ALDS A, Game 3||Monday, October 7||TBS or MLBN***||TBA|
|ALDS B, Game 3||Monday, October 7||TBS or MLBN***||TBA|
|ALDS A, Game 4*||Tuesday, October 8||TBS||TBA|
|ALDS B, Game 4*||Tuesday, October 8||TBS||TBA|
|ALDS A, Game 5*||Thursday, October 10||TBS||TBA|
|ALDS B, Game 5*||Thursday, October 10||TBS||TBA|
|NLDS A, Game 1||Thursday, October 3||TBS||TBA|
|NLDS B, Game 1||Thursday, October 3||TBS||TBA|
|NLDS A, Game 2||Friday, October 4||TBS or MLBN***||TBA|
|NLDS B, Game 2||Friday, October 4||TBS or MLBN***||TBA|
|NLDS A, Game 3||Sunday, October 6||TBS||TBA|
|NLDS B, Game 3||Sunday, October 6||TBS||TBA|
|NLDS A, Game 4*||Monday, October 7||TBS or MLBN***||TBA|
|NLDS B, Game 4*||Monday, October 7||TBS or MLBN***||TBA|
|NLDS A, Game 5*||Wednesday, October 9||TBS||TBA|
|NLDS B, Game 5*||Wednesday, October 9||TBS||TBA|
|ALCS Game 1||Saturday, October 12||FOX||TBA|
|ALCS Game 2||Sunday, October 13||FOX||TBA|
|ALCS Game 3||Tuesday, October 15||FOX||TBA|
|ALCS Game 4||Wednesday, October 16||FOX||TBA|
|ALCS Game 5*||Thursday, October 17||FOX||TBA|
|ALCS Game 6*||Saturday, October 19||FOX||TBA|
|ALCS Game 7*||Sunday, October 20||FOX||TBA|
|NLCS Game 1||Friday, October 11||TBS||TBA|
|NLCS Game 2||Saturday, October 12||TBS||TBA|
|NLCS Game 3||Monday, October 14||TBS||TBA|
|NLCS Game 4||Tuesday, October 15||TBS||TBA|
|NLCS Game 5*||Wednesday, October 16||TBS||TBA|
|NLCS Game 6*||Friday, October 18||TBS||TBA|
|NLCS Game 7*||Saturday, October 19||TBS||TBA|
|World Series Game 1 (at AL)||Wednesday, October 23||FOX||TBA|
|World Series Game 2 (at AL)||Thursday, October 24||FOX||TBA|
|World Series Game 3 (at NL)||Saturday, October 26||FOX||TBA|
|World Series Game 4 (at NL)||Sunday, October 27||FOX||TBA|
|World Series Game 5* (at NL)||Monday, October 28||FOX||TBA|
|World Series Game 6* (at AL)||Wednesday, October 30||FOX||TBA|
|World Series Game 7* (at AL)||Thursday, October 31||FOX||TBA|
* if necessary
*** TBS will air three of the four Division Series games on Friday, October 4, and up to three games on Monday, October 7. MLB Network will air one Division Series game on both of those dates. TBS will air 18 of the 20 Division Series games.
On the Dodger flag radio station in English, we can listen to Vin Scully for the first and last three innings. Rick Monday and Charlie Steiner for the middle innings. On the Dodger flag radio station in Spanish we can listen to the same format of Jaime Jarrin for the first three innings, Pepe Yniguez for innings 4,5, 6 and Jaime back for the 7, 8 &9. Fernando Valenzuela doing the analyst part. I am not sure if this follows the same format he has of starting in the 2nd inning to the 7th innings.
I was following the game while I worked using the handy MLB At Bat. Working on the computer and listening to the game on my phone, my hand would go up doing a soft “YAY!” “WOO-HOO!” every time the Dodgers would score. In the 3rd inning when Hanley Ramirez hit the three-run homerun I said “OK, they are going to wrap it up in AZ”, but the D’Bakcs came back with six in the bottom of the 3rd. At this time I am saying “OK, they will wrap it up in San Diego.” But the fighting Dodgers kept pecking away. Hanley Ramirez hit his second homerun of the game in the 7th tying the game at 6-6. In the 8th inning, A.J. Ellis put the team in front with a solo homerun making the final score Dodgers 7, D’Backs 6. Tears of joy ran down my face listening to the final score and reading some Dodger tweets.
On my way to take the train, no one could wipe the smile off my face. I talked about the game with another regular train rider. We talked about the Dodgers running to use the D’backs pool. I told Wayne, the D’Backs never said anything about not using the pool.
When I got home I watched the game that my brother Victor had taped. It was funny watching Adrian Gonzalez running to the pool. He is the slowest Dodger. Afterwards it was funny how Paco was helping Ryu jump over the fence to get to the pool. Dodger photographer, Jon SooHoo was going here and there to get the best pictures. Jon already had his gogles and a protector for his camera.
Seeing Jon Soo Hoo’s pictures http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com/, It was nice to see that all the Dodger bat boys were invited to go to Arizona. Some of the Dodger staff was invited by Matt Kemp
I recognize some of the Dodger bat boys.
Also looking at this picture of Hanley Ramirez all taped up, I just got to say “what a guy!” Get well Hanley! The team needs you! Que te recuperes pront.
Congratulations Dodgers! I want that shirt “WE Own the West”
Lorena, Rosie,Margie and I will head to San Diego later on today.
Here a picture during Spring Training 2011 with Lorena , Margie and Roberto Baly is at the end.
Here is Lorena and Rosie. Cheers Ladies! We will celebrate in San Diego! Go Dodgers!
I did not have my blog back in 2006 but I had a draft email that I think I sent to a friend back then. What a great Dodger day September 18, 2006 was! Here is what I wrote back then:
I was at the game on 9/18/06 and no freaking way I am using my tickets to get Hooter’s hot wings! I already wrote on my tix what happened and put it away. I am saving my blankets that we got to commemorate that day! I stayed for the entire game on Saturday so there was no way I was leaving until the last out on Monday. Many people in our top deck section also stayed but there were those that gave up and left. Two of those guys came back to watch the 10th innings! they were in their car listening and hurried back in. It as so sweeeet. some of us were going down the aisle hugging and hi-fiving!
I always keep score and at the end of the 9th inning when the score was 9 -5, after I recorded the last out of the Padres I put a #$%@%$ in the next square down out of frustration. I wanted to curse but there was this 3 year old cute girl that comes with her parents. She loves to hi-five! Anyway, I moved to the last row where my friend Lorena sits and there were these three Padre fans standing in the back. They were saying that probably they were going to miss their train back to SD, but that now that Hoffman was coming to the game, it was over. I turned around and told them “remember what happened in the All-Star game” They reminded me of what Hoffman has done against the Dodgers. They could not freaking believe what happened afterwards! When I was Hi-fiving everyone I was also doing it to them and they went along. They also said they had not seen anything like that.
When Nomar came to bat, they were saying “here comes the rally killer, is over now.” I was yelling “C’mon Nomah…. I believe in you!! “Hit one out for the Ravines (My baseball fantasy team)! It was unbelievable the atmosphere! I along with other fans were going down the aisles hi-fiving and hugging those that I see day in and day out! We stayed and watch all the highlights! When I walked out of the stadium, everyone was going crazy honking their horns everywhere! having their windows down and yelling! Unbelievable!
Oh, yeah while I was walking to my car, I noticed Linda (SDDodger) had left me a message. I called her back and left her a message and let her listen to all the noise, the honks, the noise people were making as they were heading out of the park. I got home and watched the entire replay and taped it. I dozed off during Russell’s Homerun but that is OK, I watched the highlights this morning on ESPN. Did not get many hours of sleep but I’ll be at the stadium again tonight.
Go Dodgers!!! Oh yeah,,,, for those that might want to chat with Nomah, he will be on-line at 2PM today. Got a meeting at that time, but I’ll read later on what he and others had to say. Now, better get some work done.
Another thing, what was up with Peavy!? Was he yelling at Piazza? something about “that was a fastball” IF that is so, you don’t disrespect your catcher. punk. Don’t know what was up with him and Mariano also but I like the way the boys in blue came out ready to rumble!
Happy birthday to my Padre fan friend Mike Egan! Have a wonderful day! I love that this anniversary of 9/18/2006 happened on your birthday! Thanks for being a great friend and see you in San Diego this weekend!
Dodgers magic number is Six! Will the Dodgers clinch at home? I checked the D’Backs schedule and they are off on Thursday. for the Dodgers, Thursday is the start of a four game series with the Giants. The D’Backs return home to receive the Colorado Rockies.
I had to explain to a friend how the magic number gets calculated so I decided to put it here.
The short method:
(# of games yet to be played + 1) – (# of games ahead in the loss column of the standings from the closest opponent)
Dodgers example as of 9/11/13:
(18+ 1) – (13) = 6
(# of games in a season +1) – (team in 1st place Wins) – (losses by 2nd place team)
Dodgers example as of 9/11/13:
163 – 85 – 72 = 6
Let’s hope the number goes down again tonight. I am in a pool to guess when the Dodgers will clinch but I don’t think I will win. I ended up with 9/17 and hopefully it will be before.
From Lefty O’Doul
To this year Jerry Hairston
All wore number six
Joe Medwick, Hal Peck
Charlie Dressen, Sam Leslie
Carl Furillo SKOON!
Iron man Garvey
Represented number six
So did Ron Fairly