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
Saturday August 31, I went to the Dream Center in Los Angeles. The Dream Center is a Pentecostal Christian Church mission located at 2301 Bellevue Avenue in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.
From the Dreamcenter.org website:
Founded in 1994, The Dream Center is a volunteer driven organization that finds and fills the needs of over 50,000 individuals and families each month.
We do this through mobile hunger relief and medical programs, residential rehabilitation programs for teens and adults, a shelter for victims of human trafficking, transitional housing for homeless families, foster care intervention programs, job skills training, life skills counseling, basic education, Bible studies and more. We work to meet people where they are at, to bring them hope and a way off the streets.
We’re also equipping others to serve. The Dream Center’s record of success has attracted urban missionaries and Christian leaders from across the U.S. and the world. As they volunteer with us, they gain insight and skills that they can take back to their own communities.
In this way, more than 100 independent Dream Centers have been launched nationally, as well as internationally. Many more churches and ministries have become more effective as we teach those who give their time and talent to do what we do. Many who once needed our services also go on to help others.
- See more at: http://www.dreamcenter.org/about-us/#sthash.yLfuDfKC.dpuf
My friend Amanda who volunteers for the Dream Center has invited me several times, She started going back when Josh Lindblom was with the Dodgers. This time she told me that there was going to be a private kids baseball clinic conducted by some Dodgers. I went with my brother Victor and we stayed in the background taking some pictures.
Clayton Kershaw, Shumaker, Andre Ethier, Nick Punto & Mark Ellis. . On the left corner is Jonathan who Amanda introduced me to. Jonah has a lot of energy and it shows that he loves working for the Dream Center. Pastor Matthew Barnett is on the right side. Later on J.P. Howell joined the group.
Andre Ethier showing the kids how to hit.
J. P. Howell talking also about his foundation “Discover Your Path”
Pastor Matthew Barnett talking to J.P. Howell
A beautiful day while a little girl is swinging for the fences with Andre Ethier checking her swing
Another kid about to swing under Ethier’s watchful eye
Clayton Kershaw catching for the kids
Here I am looking looking at Andre work with one of the kids.
Kershaw and Shumaker
This last picture is for Amanda. Thanks Amanda. The Dreamcenter is a great cause. Go to the website and www.dreamcenter.org and check it out. Check out Pastor Matthew Barnett blog and check out his new book http://zachkeller.net/godsdream/index.html
It is going to be a busy year of traveling for the Dodgers. The team will open the season in Sydney, Australia, against the Arizona Diamondbacks for a historic series on Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23. Will I go to Australia? I am not sure yet…
The Dodgers return to the U.S. and play at San Diego Monday, March 31 through Wednesday, April 2. Yes! I will be in San Diego for the Dodgers second Opening Day on the road.
From the Dodgers Press release:
The Dodgers’ home opener is Friday, April 4 against the San Francisco Giants and the club concludes the regular season at home against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, Sept. 28. American League teams that will visit Los Angeles throughout the 81-game schedule are the Detroit Tigers from April 8-9, the Chicago White Sox from June 2-4, the Cleveland Indians from June 30-July 2 and the rival Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from Aug. 4-5.
Interleague road dates for the Dodgers in 2014 include travel to Minnesota (April 28-May 1), Kansas City (June 23-25 and Detroit (July 8-9). The Dodgers will head to Anaheim for a two-game Freeway Series Aug. 6-7. The Dodgers play a two-game series against Anaheim both at home and on the road as well as a two-game series against Detroit both home and away.
The holiday schedule for the Dodgers has them at home on Easter Sunday (Sunday, April 20 vs. ARI), Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 11 vs. SF), Memorial Day (Monday, May 26 vs. CIN) and Father’s Day (Sunday, June 15 vs. ARI).
I have never been to Kansas City and Detroit. Both of those road trips are mid-week. Then there is the SABR convention that will be held in Houston next year.
Dodgers will play the Cubs in September? Ok.. It is a four game series starting Thursday 7/18 to Sunday 7/21. Maybe it is time to go back to Chicago.
One thing about the schedule I am not liking is that the Dodgers will play in San Francisco on Jackie Robinson’s Day. I thought there was an agreement that the Dodgers will always be at home on Jackie’s Day. I hope that since this is a tentative schedule, this will changed.
The Dodgers Magic Number is
Magic equals 12
Dodgers with 83 wins
13 and a half
Dodgers are in front of pack
Kershaw Ryu and Zack
Dodgers won 7 to 4
with Nolasco on the mound
Punto with four hits
Tonight is Volquez
Dodgers going for the sweep
Congrats to Greinke!
NL Pitcher of the Month!
5 wins in August
In 5 starts Greinke
Had 123 ERA
Striking Out 30
Back to Back awards
For Kershaw and Zack
Kershaw won July
Last time we had back to back
Pitcher of the month
Dodger fans are smug
We have waited a long time
soaking every game
Ralph Branca then
Ralph Theodore Joseph Branca was born on January 6, 1926 in Mount Vernon. He was the fifteenth of seventeen children. He was signed by the Dodgers after a local tryout.
Ralph’s father, John Branca, came to America from Italy. Ralph’s mother, Katherine Berger, was born in Hungary. Ralph married Ann Mulvey in 1951. Her parents owned a share of the Dodgers, and her maternal grandfather had been president of the Brooklyn Club.
The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Branca out of the New York University in 1943, when he was just seventeen years old.
In 1947 the twenty-one-year-old Branca became the second-youngest National Leaguer to win 20 games.
Branca was involved in two of the biggest moments in baseball history. One was the integration of baseball by Jackie Robinson in 1947, and the other was as the man who threw the pitch hit for a home run by Bobby Thompson that won the 1951 National League pennant for the New York Giants.
In January 2001, joshua Praeger, a reporter for the Wall Street journal published the details of a sign-stealing scheme the Giants rigged in the Polo Grounds. The scheme involved a telescope from windows in the center-field clubhouse, a buzzer rigged under dirt in the bullpen, and a reserve catcher positioning his body and equipment to tip-off the batter as to which pitch was coming.
Branca said his friendship with Jackie Robinson continued after baseball. They played golf together when they worked in Manhattan and saw each other a lot while Jackie was with Chock Full of Nuts.
Ralph Branca now
Check out Ralph’s website at http://www.ralphbranca.com/ and his book:
Ref: SABR.org, book: ‘The Team that forever Changed Baseball and America The 1947 Brooklyn dodgers” Note: I am loving this book!
Dodgers reel in the Marlins with Clayton Kershaw on the mound today on an early game on Getaway day. I am so glad that for a change the Dodgers played early today as the schedule has not been nice to them on getaway days.
Kershaw pitched eight scoreless innings striking out six. Kershaw improved his record to 13-7 and lowered his ERA to 1.72! Kershaw also lined a single to left field to bring in Yasiel Puig for the first run.
El barbudo de Brian Wilson made his Dodger debut in the ninth inning.
Funny picture from Mike Scioscia Tragic Illness blog. I like the barba Azul.
With the Dodgers win and the D’Backs loss, the Dodgers magic number is
Among the Dodgers that have worn #27 are Pete Reiser, Clyde King, Carl Furillo, Gene Mauch, Tommy Lasorda, Bob Borkoswki, Don Demeter, Jim Gentile, Mike Sharperson, Kevin Brown, Jose Lima, James Loney, Matt Kemp.
The boys should be getting home later on tonight to start the three game series with the Red Sox. The Red Sox did not play today. Tomorrow’s matchup is Lackey against Ricky Nolasko.
Here’s to you Dodgers! See you at OLOCR (Our Lady of Chavez Ravine)!!!
Reggie Smith will throw out a ceremonial first pitch on Friday.
I have been missing in action. I’ve busy as a bee but I want to catch up here before the Dodgers return home.
Dodgers have lost two in a row with the last one in Philadelphia and then the first in Miami when they faced rookie Jose Fernandez. but with Arizona losing to Cincinnati the Dodgers magic number is..
The second game is Capuano against Turner. Go Capuano! Happy belated birthday! Go Dodgers!
It has been a while since I have updated my blog. I got the Hilda award from the Baseball Reliquary since then. I still got to post about that and then there was the trip to the SABR convention in Philadelphia. That was so much fun that I am ready for the next convention in Houston.
I was telling myself “I should post today before I return to Dodger Stadium” when I received email of Mark Newman’s latest blog post http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com/2013/08/09/what-are-you-waiting-for/ He titled it ”Baseball Dreams: One fan’s ultimate wish list” He listed all he is waiting for then asked us ‘What are we waiting for?”
Apparently I was waiting for Mark so here goes.
On this Friday, after the Dodgers last road trip of 7-1, I am waiting for their return! I am waiting to see my boys against the Rays! I am waiting to see Dodger Stadium again, my home away from home. I am waiting to applaud my beloved Dodgers for a job well done on road.
I am waiting to hear Nancy Bea at the organ. I am waiting to hear el locuaz Pepe Yniguez, Fernando Valenzuela and el Maestro Jaime Jarrin who will be a grand marshal at the Ecuadorian parade on Sunday that will end at Olvera Street.
I am waiting for the clock to say 4 p.m. so that I can leave work and head to Dodger Stadium.
I am waiting to see Tony Jackson return today to cover the Dodgers. He no longer has the long hair.
I am waiting to see the ushers like Burnie, Cynthia, Raissa, JD, Margarita, Ernest, Leonard, Valerie and so many more. I am waiting to see Loui to see if we are still going to go see Howie sing Jazzsinatra songs next Friday night.
I am waiting to see my friends at OLOCR (Our Lady of Chavez Ravine) I am waiting to see my friend Lorena!. I am waiting to meet Tom Jackson who is making a trip to Dodger Stadium with his teenage daughters and his girlfriend.
I am waiting to see Jon SooHoo, Jill, Juan, Jessica, Polo. I am waiting to see my other boys in Blue that no longer play the game but still work for the Dodgers.
I am waiting to hear Adrian’s Gonzalez’s at bat song “El Mariachi Loco” so that Alan, Marta and any other friends around us can dance along. We believe it helps Adrian bat better
I am waiting to see more sunsets at Dodger Stadium.
I am waiting to see Vin Scully and wish him a good night. I am waiting for him to waive back and say in that so familiar tone “Good night”
I am waiting for the Think Cure weekend at Dodger Stadium and see what they have on the auction to help this great cause for the research of Cancer at City of Hope.
I am waiting for another road trip, this time to San Diego for the last Dodger games. It is always a lot of fun to go see the Dodgers in San Diego. I am waiting to see Ryu and Puig in their rookie hazing outfits.
I am waiting for October and playoffs. It has been a while since we have seen the Dodgers in playoff games. It has been longer (25 years) since we have seen them in a World Series.
It is a great time for Baseball for a lot of us fans with the Pirates playing well and in first place. The Tigers and the Braves with a 10 game winning streak. The Dodgers 8-2 in the last 10 games. The Rangers 9-1 in the last 10 and going neck in neck with the Oakland A’s.
I am waiting for a fun October!