Dodgers losing streak
is at gulp… seven, really??
Let’s stop it tonight!
Are the Dodgers cursed?
If so let’s reverse
and work toward first
Marlins are in town
their record 10-25
Time to beat them down
Magill on the mound
Fernandez for the Marlins
Bums don’t make us frown
Dodgers we beg you
Please start your winnings tonight
We are feeling Blue
I want to hear cheers
Want to hear I LOVE LA
Want to celebrate
tonight be the night
to stop Dodgers losing streak
and start winning feast
But really, is there some kind of curse on the Dodgers? Did it start when Manny Mota stopped being part of the coaching staff? no matter, I hope it stops tonight!
Herrera has been optioned back to the minors and Van Slyke is back! Van Slyke was crushing the Pacific Coast League with a .397 batting average, 9 Homeruns.
Gonzalez, I B YAY! He is back!
This is a great article on Clayton Kershaw:
So in honor of the article and Kershaw pitching tonight here are some more haikus for today:
Kershaw and Ryu
Then what do the Dodgers do?
I don’t know, do you?
Nino de Oro
he reminds us of Koufax
and of El Toro
The basement is cold
The losing streak is at six
but Kershaw is gold!
13 and 19
The Dodgers current record
Let’s get to 14!
attendance last night
was only 33K
with shirt giveaway
My bet for tonigh
attendance will be higher
With Kershaw all right!
Let’s go Dodgers! Let’s start a winning streak tonight!
Happy birthday to El Titan Adrian Gonzalez! He turns 31 tonight! @Dodgers, Make sure you play “El Mariachi Loco” for all his at bats! We like to dance to his at bat song.
Dodger news: Justin Sellers has been sent down and Tim Federowicz has been called up!
By now everyone has seen the video of Matt Kemp giveaway gifts to a cancer striken young Dodger fan. I have seen it many times since yesterday. If you have not here it is
So in honor of Matt Kemp here are some humbling haikus
Swept by the Giants
Kemp comes up big with a kid
He Hit a Grand Slam
Cancer striken kid
Received jersey, ball and cleats
from goodwill Matt Kemp
Kemp could have walked out
After Dodgers lost series
But Kemp made us proud!
Stripped of self-pity
“Life is bigger than Baseball”
Said Kemp afterwards
We love you Matty!
At Kershaw Cy Young Award press conference, Kemp taking the time to pose with me.
Here is Kemp with Alyssa, a beautiful little girl that passed away with Cancer. Since that happened, Kemp updated his twitter profile picture with a picture with Alyssa.
Kemp stopped by to take a picture with me at the Bluetopia movie premier in 2008.
Here is Kemp again posing with me one day I was on the field prior to a game.
The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is “From Above” http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/weekly-photo-challenge-from-above/#comments A picture taken from above.
With the theme in mind I reviewed some of my pictures. I found this one that I took from above, the last row of the Top Deck (the last level) of Dodger Stadium.
From above to below the field, Matt Kemp at the plate on a Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. Note the shadows, the location of the ball as it makes a hole on his shadow, the umpire in position and the catcher ready to catch the ball.
That game was Sunday, September 9, 2012. Dodgers lost the game against the Cardinals in 12 inning with the score of 5-2. Kemp went 1 for 5 with a groundball in the first inning, a strikeout in the 3rd, a double in the 6th, a strikeout in the 8th and in the 10th inning with the bases full and two outs, Kemp flied out out to center field.
Here is a recent panoramic picture I took from my seats in the Top Deck
It is a long way down but I like the view from above. I see the game, I see the mountains, I get a panoramic view of the game.
Today Tuesday, May 7, 2013, the Dodgers find themselves way below in last place in their division. They need to crawl out and rise above.
I am late to the party like always! But I still wanted to do the Weekly Photo Challenge on Culture. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/photo-challenge-culture/
I like the diversity of cultures in Los Angeles so with that in mind I am posting these pictures:
At one of the Viva Los Dodgers festivals at Dodger Stadium.
Korean pop star Psy performing at Dodger Stadium.
Our friend James with his two sons
With amigos at Dodger Stadium all decked out in our Dodgers ponchos.
I have been so busy that I have not updated my blog in a long time. I had part of this short review of the movie “42″ in draft so I finally had a chance to finish it
A group of us (Lorena, Amanda Rosie, Josie, Elisa, my brother Vic and I) went to see the movie “42″ on Saturday April 13. We went to a theater in Pasadena . I loved the movie but I was left with “is that the end?” It could have been longer as far as I was concern. It was too short.
Harrison Ford does an excellent job of portraying Branch Rickey. Ben Chapman got under my skin so he was doing his part acting. Chadwick Boseman portrays a quiet dignity like his character, Jackie while at the same time showing that he is controlling his anger. Nicole Behaire was delightful as Rachel Robinson. Boseman and Behaire played a cute on-screen couple.
If the movie makes you read more about this era, about Jackie Robinson who died so young, about Baseball pioneer, Branch Rickey then is doing its job. I for one, pulled two books I had purchased from libraries that were marked “discarded” They are “Opening Day the story of Jackie Robinson first season”
and “The Story of Branch Rickey”
Another book is
from Branch Rickey’s Little Blue Book:
Luck Is the Residue of Design – Branch Rickey.
I took my brother to see the plaque in front where Jackie Robinson’s mom moved with her kids in Pasadena. The house is no longer there but there is a plaque there.
I also took my brother to see the sculptures in front of the Pasadena City Hall of Jackie and his brother.
Jackie Robinson sculpture in front of the Pasadena City Hall. You can see Mack Robinson sculpture in the picture too. Mack is facing the City Hall, while Jackie is facing Brooklyn.
I hope that you too went out to the library or bookstore to read more about Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey and about this era in Baseball history.
I have not had a chance to update my blog so I am starting with this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: UP. For more information and other post on the Weekly Photo Challenge theme of the week go here http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/weekly-photo-challenge-up-2/
For this photo challenge I headed to the Los Angeles Central library in downtown after work.
I was looking at my pictures for inspiration to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Change. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/weekly-photo-challenge-change/ When I saw a photo of Jackie Robinson, I said Yes! what better picture for me to represent Change than Jackie Robinson
This picture where Jackie Robinson is agreeing to the terms of then Brooklyn Dodgers president and general Manager Branch Rickey signifies not only a change in Baseball but a change in America.
Branch Rickey had a long conversation with Jackie wanting to know if he would be able to take the racial abuse he was sure to be subjected to without fighting back. “Are you looking for a Negro who is afraid to fight back?” Jackie asked. Rickey replied that he was looking for someone “with guts enough not to fight back.” Jackie agreed and Rickey signed him to a contract for $600 a month.
“There’s not an American in this country free until every one of us is free.” -Jackie Robinson
After his baseball career ended Robinson continued to work as a civil rights activist working tirelessly for equality. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said that Jackie was “a legend and a symbol in his own time”, and that he “challenged the dark skies of intolerance and frustration.” (Dr. King was still a college student when Jackie took the field on April 15, 1947).
“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” -Jackie Robinson
The Baseball Reliquary: The Shrine of the Eternals, The Tony Salin Memorial and the Hilda Chester Award
I got my ballot package in the mail to vote for the Baseball Reliquary Shrine of the Eternals for the 2013 Election! Each year, the Reliquary’s members elect three candidates from a field of 50 nominees. We can vote for up to nine from the list.
The Shrine of the Eternals 2013 Induction Day will be held on Sunday afternoon, July 21, 2013.
From 2011, here Maury Wills spenidng a few minutes with me before his induction into the Shrine in 2011.
Last year Dr. Frank Jobe, Mudcat Grant & Luis Tiant were inducted into the Shrine of the Eternals.
Tommy John who introduced Dr. Frank Jobe
Gentlemen: You look marvelous!
The Tony Salin Memorial Award. In addition to the Shrine of the Eternals inductees, the Tony Salin Memorial Award (presented annually to an individual dedicated to the preservation of baseball history) is given on this day. Among the past recipients have been Peter Golenbock, Richard Beverage , Mike Shannon, Stew Thornley, Paul Dickson and Dave Kelly in 2012.
Richard Beverage accepting the Tony Salin Memorial award in 2007.
Master of ceremonies Terry Cannon greets Paul Dickson as he comes to the stage to accept the 2011 Tony Salin Memorial Award for his commitment to the preservation of baseball history.
Hilda Award. Another award given is the Hilda Award (named in memory of Hilda Chester and honoring a baseball fans exceptional devotion to the game) is given on this day.
From the Baseball Reliquary website, among the past recipients of the Hilda Chester award have been :
2001. Rea Wilson. In the Summer of 2000, at the age of 77, Rea Wilson of Seal Beach, California made a pilgrimage to all thirty MLB ballparks traveling alone in her van.
Hilda Award. Cowbell awarded to Rea Wilson.
2003: Ruth Roberts. In 1963, she wrote “Meet the Mets,” which is played before every Mets home game. In fact, the song is such a staple among generations of New York baseball enthusiasts that some diehard Mets fans have requested that, upon their death, “Meet the Mets” be sung at their funeral before their casket is closed.
2006. Bill Murray. Comedian and actor Bill Murray, the first “celebrity fan” to receive the Hilda, is a Chicago Cubs fan extraordinaire and part owner of the St. Paul Saints (a franchise in the American Association, an independent professional baseball league), for whom he also serves in the capacity of team psychologist.
2007. Cass Sapir. In 2006, documentary filmmaker Cass Sapir crisscrossed the nation in an old Honda, traveling to every Minor League and Major League ballpark, a total of 189 stadiums, in an astounding 157 days. The Cambridge, Massachusetts resident used his self-financed road trip as a means of raising money and awareness for the Jimmy Fund, a Boston-based charity that raises funds for cancer research.
2008. John Adams. John Adams of Brecksville, Ohio was celebrating in 2008 his 35th consecutive year of pounding his bass drum in the bleachers at Cleveland Indians games, come rain or shine. Adams has twice thrown out a ceremonial first pitch at Jacobs Field and was honored in 2007 with his own bobblehead night (naturally, it was designed so that his arms could be bobbled up and down to bang on a toy drum).
2010: Sister Mary Assumptazaba. Sister Mary’s passion for baseball has been focused largely on her beloved Cleveland Indians. She wrote and edited her own segment, “Tribe Habit,” for the ABC television news affiliate in Cleveland. Baking cookies for the Indians players since 1984 eventually led to a small business operation called “Nun Better” Cookies, with the profits helping support her religious community. She also had two cameo appearances in the 1989 film, Major League, and even has her own baseball card (made by Upper Deck in 1997).
2011: Chris Erskine. Chris Erskine’s weekly columns in the Los Angeles Times, “Man of the House” and “Fan of the House,” have been widely lauded for their wry insights and (often) tongue-in-cheek celebrations of fatherhood, life in the suburbs, and sports as a way of establishing relationships with children and sharing a distinct sense of belonging with others in his community. Whether ruminating on the experience of being a volunteer coach for Little League baseball or rhapsodizing about a Chicago-style hot dog at an Angels game, he examines the myriad ways that baseball allows fans to pass time and to connect with their personal histories.
2012: Arnold Hano. Arnold Hano attended his first baseball game in New York in 1926 as a child, and saw all the greats of that era from his seat in the bleachers. Memorable moments he witnessed in baseball history include the last game Babe Ruth pitched for the New York Yankees (1933), Don Larsen’s perfect game in the World Series (1956), and Sandy Koufax’s first no-hitter (1962). His account of the first game of the 1954 World Series between his beloved New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians,A Day in the Bleachers, is a classic of baseball literature and one of the most enduring expressions of the meaning of fanhood, especially of those who sit in the bleacher seats.
Arnold Hano accepting the Hilda Award in 2012.
And the recipient of the 2013 Hilda Chester award: Emma Amaya. Yes! that is me! :-)
Terry Cannon was at the Dodger game against the Pirates on Friday night. He said “I got something for you” I thought he was going to lend me the book (Baseball) Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend that I could not check out from the Burbank library. I was shocked when I read the letter. I am also so honored. Those are giant shoes I am following.
Thank you so much Terry and Mary Cannon, the board of directors and the membership of the Baseball Reliquary. I’ve been grinning from ear to ear since I found out the news!
It all went down hill for the Dodgers after the Home Opener. They lost 2 out of three to the hated Giants. Here are a few sudokus I came up with after the loss.
walks seven Dodgers in five
just two unearned runs
One for 14 Ugh!
worst: two for 27
in series with RISP
Bases loaded Yes!
3-4-5 hitters no outs
scored only one run
Seven double plays
by the Giants, Did Blue win?
no, Tim was lucky
Dodgers lose again
Only win game with Kershaw
of three game series
Leaving stadium late
Listening to Dodger Talk
on the long drive home
Today is day off
Dodgers reflect on mistakes
be sharp for weekend!
Yasiel Puig will make debut
Lookouts for the kid
ref: photo by Jon SooHoo at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com/