Rose Parade 2014: Dreams Come True

I barely uploaded all my pictures from the Rose Parade.   With Vin Scully being the Grand Marshall in 2014, I made sure to get up early to go to the parade.  The last time Vin had been to the parade was in 2008 when the Dodgers had this float:

Remember it?   Vin Scully, Tommy Lasorda, Don Newcombe, Carl Erskine, Nancy Bea, Fernando, Garvey, Nomah, Saito, Eric Karros, James Loney were on the parade.   I remember it so well spending a few days and nights working on the parade.  I was worry that it was not going to be done on time that after spending the day working on it, I went home for dinner and went back to work on it the night before on the 31st.  I went back a few hours later to see it leave the place to the parade.  Afterwards when It was going by on Colorado, I took off running next to it saying hi to the guys on the parade that were on my side of it.  I did it without thinking until I could not go by any further due to the people on the side.   When I stopped I realized I should not have done that.   We had a good laugh about it with the two friends that followed me running along the float.

Here are the pictures of the parade.  This time I stayed put watching all the floats and taking pictures until my battery went dead.

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Vin Scully, Grand Marshal 2014

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RP2014 GM SooHoo

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Burbank float.

Jon Soo Hoo walking taking pictures.

RP2014 WF DCT

IRP2014 Kiwanies

Kiwanis float

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Vin Scully

RP2014 teachers

A tribute to teachers!

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RP2014 GMF

One of the two cars carrying Vin Scully’s family.

RC2014 LTTR

RS2014 PS3

RP2014 Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter did not come out as clear.  Note part of my Dodger crazy hat showing and my arm up in a fist.

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I hope your dreams come true in 2014!

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 36,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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ESPN showing some love to the Dodgers

The first Dodger game in the US has been changed from Monday March 31, to Sunday March 30.   I am so glad that my hotel reservations start on Sunday.   Details of the changes from Jon Weisman here http://dodgers.mlblogs.com/2014/01/09/dodgers-first-u-s-game-of-2014-season-march-30-in-san-diego/

From the link:

So to clarify the schedule:

  • March 16 (1:05 p.m.) — final Cactus League game vs. Rockies at Camelback Ranch
  • March 17-21 — off
  • March 22 (1 a.m. in Los Angeles, 7 p.m. in Sydney) — opening game vs. Diamondbacks in Sydney
  • March 22 (7 p.m. in Los Angeles, 1 p.m. March 23 in Sydney)—game two vs. Diamondbacks in Sydney
  • March 23-26—off
  • March 27 (7:10 p.m.) — exhibition game vs. Angels at Dodger Stadium
  • March 28 (7:10 p.m.) — exhibition game vs. Angels at Dodger Stadium
  • March 29 (6:05 p.m.) — exhibition game vs. Angels at Anaheim
  • March 30 (5:05 p.m.) — regular season game vs. Padres at San Diego
  • March 31 — off
  • April 1 (TBD) — regular-season game vs. Padres at San Diego
  • April 2 (7:10 p.m.) — regular-season game vs. Padres at San Diego
  • April 3 — off
  • April 4 (1:10 p.m.) — home opener vs. Giants at Dodger Stadium

I like that ESPN is showing some love for the Dodgers.  The only thing is we won’t have Vin Scully on the call but since I have the best of both worlds listening to the best Dodger Broadcaster in English, Vin Scully and the best in Spanish with el maestro Jaime Jarrin and the loquacious Pepe Yniguez.  Fernando Valenzuela does some analysis.

No, I am not going to Sydney but I will be listening starting at 1. a.m. on Saturday March 22 and at 7:p.m.  Sounds weird saying that.

Lorena and I in San Diego for Opening Day with the Dodgers.  San Diego is always fun and we get to see our good friend, the big Padre fan, Mike.

Honoring the Brooklyn Dodgers Players Alive as of January 6, 2014

Here is my annual post of updating this list of the Brooklyn Dodgers players alive.   From the Brooklyn Dodger players, we lost Andy Pafko, Don Lund, Preston Ward and the youngest one, Don Miller.

We now have 38 surviving Broklyn Dodger players with Mike Sandlock who continues to be the oldest one.  Mr. Sandlock will turn 99 on October 17.  The youngest one is now Bob Aspromonte who will turn 75 on June 19.

Happy birthday to Ralph Branca who turns 88 today January 6, Dia de Los Reyes, Day of the Kings.

I wish you all a healthy 2014.
Name Birthplace.   Born Uni#
Mike Sandlock Old Greenwich, CT 10/17/1915 1, 4
Ray Hathaway Grinville, OH 10/13/1916 22
Lee Pfund Oakpark, IL 10/10/1919 14
Luis   Olmo Puerto Rico 10/11/1919 21
Jean-Pierre Roy Canada. 6/26/1920 34
Pat McGlothin Coalfield, TN 10/20/1920 23
Marv   Rackley Seneca, SC 7/25/1921 35
Chuck   Kress Philadelphia, PA 12/9/1921 5
Eddie   Basinksi  Buffalo, NY 11/4/1922 3
Tim Thompson Coalport, PA 3/1/1924 21
George Shuba Youngstown, OH 12/13/1924 8
Johnny Rutherford Ontario, CN. 5/5/1925 15
 Wayne Terwilliger Clare, Mi. 6/27/1925 34
Chris Haughey Astoria, NY. 10/3/1925 14
 Ralph Branca Mount Vernon, NY 1/6/1926 13,20,28
Bob Borkowski Dayton, OH 1/27/1926 27
Randy Jackson Little Rock, AR 2/10/1926 2
 Dick Teed Springfield, MA 3/8/1926 37
Don Newcombe Madison, NJ 6/14/1926 36
 Bobby Morgan Oklahoma city.  OK 6/29/1926 2
Charlie Osgood Sommerville, MA 11/23/1926 20
Carl Erskine Anderson, IN 12/13/1926 17
Rocky Bridges   Refugio, TX 8/7/1927 9
 Tommy Lasorda   Norristown, PA 9/22/1927 2,27,29
 Tommy Brown    Brooklyn, NY 12/6/1927 9
 Joe Landrum    Columbia, SC 12/13/1928 19
 Joe Pignatano    Brooklyn, NY 8/4/1929 58
Roger   Craig    Durham, NC 2/17/1930 38
 Ron   Negray    Akron, OH 2/26/1930 38
Glenn   Mickens    Wilman, CA 7/26/1930 46
 Don   Zimmer    Cincinnati, OH 1/17/1931 23
 Ed   Roebuck    East Millboro, PA. 7/3/1931 37
 Fred   Kipp     Iqua, KS 10/1/1931 26
 Chico Fernandez    Cuba 3/2/1932 3
Jim Gentile    San Francisco, CA 6/3/1934 38
 Don Demeter    Oklahoma City.  OK 6/25/1935 2
Sandy Koufax      Brooklyn, NY 12/30/1935 32
Bob Aspromonte    Brooklyn, NY 6/19/1938 28. 34
Update:
Rest in peace to the following Brooklyn Dodgers:
Charlie Osgood.   November 23, 1926 – January 23, 2014.
Chuck Kress.    December 9, 1921 – March 4, 2014.
Don Zimmer.   January 17, 1931 – June 4, 2014

A Tribute to the Dodgers that passed away in 2013

A tradition in my blog on December 31 to pay tribute to the Dodgers that left us during the year to go with the big Dodger in the sky.

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Rest in peace, Justin Miller, Dick Gray, Don Lund, Preston Ward, Andy Pafko and  Rod Miller
ref:  Baseball-almanac

Manny Mota videos of Induction into the Baseball Reliquary

Here are two videos that I recorded in the Summer but barely uploaded.   They are from Manny Mota’s induction into the Baseball Reliquary.

Here is Jose Mota paying a great tribute to his dad:

Here is Manny Mota accepting the award

2013 A Year in Pictures

I started doing this last year.  You can see last year’s pictures here:http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2012/12/17/2012-a-year-in-pictures-bleeding-dodger-blue/

Here is 2013:

FANFEST AT DODGER STADIUM

Vin Scully at the first FanFest at Dodger Stadium in January 2013

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Gary Cypres who has a huge great baseball collection.  Dodger historian, Mark Langill in the middle.  Picture at the Dodgers FanFest.

LOS ANGELES DODGERS WORKOUT

Sandy Koufax at Camelback Ranch!  Shimada, the ever young Jim Hill and Sandy Koufax having a good laugh

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Rosie, Lorena and I at Camelback Ranch

St Patrick Day at Camelback Ranch

Lorena & Amanda at the first 2013 game at Dodger Stadium.  Exhibition game with the Angels.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Sandy Koufax throwing out the first pitch at Opening Day

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Kershaw taking a curtain call after his Major League Home run in the 8th to take the lead 1-0.

Josie, Elisa, Lorena, Rosie, Amanda and I at the “42” movie premiere in Pasadena

Dodger fans at Yankee Stadium

Visiting Jackie Robinson’s grave

At Cooperstown visiting Hilda Chester

Lorena and I at the statue of Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese

Yasiel Puig

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Vin Scully bobblehead and Jaime Jarrin

My Hilda Chester award from the Baseball Reliquary!   Yes!  I was the 2013 recipient of the Hilda award

With Manny Mota, who was inducted into the Baseball Reliquary Shrine.

celebrating my birthday at Dodger Stadium

El barbudo de Brian Wilson made his debut in Dodger Blue!  Picture from MSTI blog.

at SABR43 attending the Phillie game with Kansas City.  Norm and Abby.  We missed you Kent!

my tweet back in August: @Dodgers #whiffing our fans while watching Ryu #whiff the Padres. #Dodgers

 

Pool celebration! Dodgers own the West!

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

Greg Sands and I sporting our Mickey Mouse ears.  A gift from Greg in 2010 when the Angels hosted the All Star game.

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Super fan Rachel and my brother Victor after  NLCS game three where Ryu shutout the Cardinals 3-0

Meeting with friends at Dodger Stadium in the offseason.   Even in the offseason, candyman James brought us candy.

I can’t wait to make more memories in 2014.  Have a healthy 2014 full of wonderful memories with family and friends.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

It was a Night before Christmas

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and in every house

All baseball fans 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 what friends had posted was just what they needed but they frowned!

When they went to click on the websites, none could be found!

Oh no! we’re afraid everyone is out of town!

Is the internet down the reason we cannot read?

How could this happen in our time of need?

The users all panicked, they shivered in fright,

They pined for their read/write and settled in for the night.

“Did we  misspell the links? 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 all 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 bloggers and posters 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

“HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!”

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I wish you all a Merry Christmas!!

A yearly tradition to post this (3rd year with a slight variation)

Andre Ethier at the Dream Center

I recorded these videos back in the Summer when I went to the Dream Center.  You can see the post I did back in August here http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2013/09/10/dodgers-and-the-dream-center/

Looks like I had the camera upside down in the first video.  haha.

Is that a pink underwear that you can see when Andre bents down?  :-)

Here is another video.  This one is a little longer.

It took me a while to upload the second video.

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Andre was in LA recently volunteering at the Union Rescue mission.  From the Dodgers website:

This is the sixth consecutive year that Ethier has volunteered at the Union Rescue Mission. The Dodger outfielder has also served food to the homeless at the Weingart Center on skid row in Los Angeles and has been active in the local community since joining the club in 2006, having made annual visits to the Union Rescue Mission,

Vin Scully on Twitter 12/16/13 #AskVin

What a treat for Christmas to have Vin Scully take over the Dodger account  on Monday.

As everyone knows, Vin Scully will be the Grand Marshall at the 2014 Rose Parade.

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Here are the questions that Vin Scully answered:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! A pleasure to be tweeting with you this morning.

@Dodgers  #AskVin Are you going to the football game after the Rose Bowl parade? Maybe call a little of the game with @KirkHerbstreit ?

  • @weber_virginia yes, the Grand Marshal tosses the coin to start the game! No, I’ll be busy with the entire family who will be there #AskVin

@Dodgers any special plans with the family for the holidays? #AskVin

No question but @Dodgers vin you are truly a great man and it’s been an honor to have listened to you all these years #AskVin #VinIsTheMan

  • @MannyF10 I am extremely grateful and humbled for the opportunity to do the job. #AskVin

@Dodgers Vin, after many many years with the Dodgers, what play and game do you hold closest to your heart..#askvin

  • .@vincebase5 probably the ’55 World Series. That was the only one the #Dodgers ever won in Brooklyn. That was probably the most momentous.

#AskVin what was your most memorable year

  • .@clariceann__27 Certainly the 42-8 stretch was bordering on the miraculous. That was really amazing. #AskVin
Making jury duty bearable. RT @Dodgers: Pull up a chair — Vin Scully is now in the tweet seat! #AskVin

@Dodgers hey Vin, you have seen many great dodger pitchers. Where would you rank Kershaw among them? #AskVin

  • .@21AGM Clayton is on his way to joining the top 5. He just needs some more seasons. #AskVin
  • On naming Public Enemy No. 1: It was the most electrifying curveball we had seen in some time. #AskVin

Vin, do you have an iPhone and what apps do you use? #askVin

  • .@Ruy24 I have a whole bunch — a dictionary, a history one, the stock market and a newspaper app. Those are a couple that I use. #AskVin

@Dodgers Hi Vin. Merry Christmas! Do you have a favorite childhood memory from the holidays? The best gift you ever received as a boy?

  • .@TBrownYahoo the best gift I ever received was a bicycle. I was about 8 years old.  As a small boy we never had a Christmas tree. I’d go to bed and there would be no sign of Christmas in the apartment.  I would wake up and rush into the living room and there would be a Christmas tree fully decorated. #AskVin

@Dodgers favorite baseball movie? #AskVin

  • .@LBthrowbackDUDE I did work on a movie, “For Love of the Game.” Perhaps because I was so involved in it.  They built a press box in the studio and they showed the game on a huge screen. I broadcast what I saw. There was no script. #AskVin

@Dodgers  Vin, I would be honored if you and your lovely wife would join us for Christmas dinner. #AskVin

  • .@Geeman1026 It would be hard for me to leave the gathering at our house with 16 grandchildren. It will be quite a group. #AskVin

#AskVin Where  and when did “Pull up a chair…” originate?

  • .@DJLBroker I don’t really know. It was just something that came out of my mouth some sixty odd years ago. I just picked it up. #AskVin

@Dodgers Mr.Scully #AskVin is now trending, your thoughts? pic.twitter.com/gcnV9ibrEe

@Dodgers Have you ever met Mariano Rivera personally? #AskVin

  • .@davidsDOINit Yes, he is an amazing charitable man. I didn’t know that until I met him. #AskVin

@Dodgers How did you arrange to have http://Santascall.org call your grandkids?

  • .@jaredkaufer Enter the website, answer the questionnaire, and Santa gives three choices for times to call. #AskVin

@Dodgers #AskVin Do you remember the first baseball game you attended?

  • .@ErnieMontano It was at the Polo Grounds. Dodgers and the Giants. I would say it was 1939. In the bleachers and cost 55 cents. #AskVin
  • I started calling games in my head when I was playing stickball with the boys. Then would holler a little play-by-play from my apartment.

@Dodgers Good morning, is there a particular celebrity memory that is a favorite?  Presidents?  Thrilled you’re on twitter. Thanks!  #AskVin

  • .@LAKingsSCC2012 Walter O’Malley introduced me to General Douglas MacArthur. He was a typical General — strong, quiet, austere.  I lived in Ronald Reagan’s neighborhood and went to the White House for his 1st inauguration with my wife.That was really one in a million.

@Dodgers who is the greatest baseball player of all time? #AskVin

And to conclude:

  • A heartfelt thanks to all, and as Tiny Tim said, “God bless us, every one!” -Vin Scully #AskVin

Thank you Vin for taking the time to answer questions on Twitter.  See you at the Rose Parade!   My question was favored by the Dodgers but it was not asked.  I wanted to know what is Vin Scully reading in the offseason.

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