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Trio #3 A Dark night, Ice Cream and Tears

From WordPress http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/trio-no-three/

Today you can write about anything, in whatever genre or form, but your post must mention a dark night, your fridge, and tears (of joy or sadness; your call).

The evening is quickly turning into a dark night

watching game seven of the World Series

It is down to the last out for the Royals with a runner on third

Salvador Perez pops out to third baseman Pablo Sandoval in foul territory

And just like that The Giants are World Champions

I think back to the Dodgers season and what could have been….

I cannot watch the celebration so I turn the TV off  and head to the fridge

Would a bowl of ice cream make me feel any better?

It does while I am eating it but then the sadness takes over.

The baseball season is really over

A knot builds on my throat and I cannot hold back the tears.

I feel like this tree I pass by in the fall missing its leaves

Tree fall

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Dodger Schedule. Where will it take me?

The Dodger schedule came out September 8 and I went over it making plans already but I like to have it here in my blog handy for quick reference.   God willing I will continue to go to Spring Training, my usual road trips to San Diego and the annual SABR convention.  This year’s SABR convention is in Chicago and it starts as the Dodgers play in Chicago on Getaway day.  I am working on where else 2015 will take me.

Here is is the preliminary schedule that MLB  released on September 8, 2014:

2015 schedule months

APRIL

April 6 Monday SD

April 7 Tuesday SD

April 8 Wednesday SD

April 10 Friday @ ARI

April 11 Saturday @ ARI

April 12 Sunday @ ARI

April 13 Monday SEA

April 14 Tuesday SEA

April 15 Wednesday SEA

April 17 Friday COL

April 18 Saturday COL

April 19 Sunday COL

April 21 Tuesday @ SF

April 22 Wednesday @ SF

April 23 Thursday @ SF

April 24 Friday @ SD

April 25 Saturday @ SD

April 26 Sunday @ SD

April 27 Monday SF

April 28 Tuesday SF

April 29 Wednesday SF

MAY

May 1 Friday ARI

May 2 Saturday ARI

May 3 Sunday ARI

May 4 Monday @ MIL

May 5 Tuesday @ MIL

May 6 Wednesday @ MIL

May 7 Thursday @ MIL

May 8 Friday @ COL

May 9 Saturday @ COL

May 10 Sunday @ COL

May 11 Monday MIA

May 12 Tuesday MIA

May 13 Wednesday MIA

May 14 Thursday COL

May 15 Friday COL

May 16 Saturday COL

May 17 Sunday COL

May 19 Tuesday @ SF

May 20 Wednesday @ SF

May 21 Thursday @ SF

May 22 Friday SD

May 23 Saturday SD

May 24 Sunday SD

May 25 Monday ATL

May 26 Tuesday ATL

May 27 Wednesday ATL

May 29 Friday @ STL

May 30 Saturday @ STL

May 31 Sunday @ STL

JUNE

June 1 Monday @ COL

June 2 Tuesday @ COL

June 3 Wednesday @ COL

June 4 Thursday STL

June 5 Friday STL

June 6 Saturday STL

June 7 Sunday STL

June 8 Monday ARI

June 9 Tuesday ARI

June 10 Wednesday ARI

June 12 Friday @ SD

June 13 Saturday @ SD

June 14 Sunday @ SD

June 15 Monday @ TEX

June 16 Tuesday @ TEX

June 17 Wednesday TEX

June 18 Thursday TEX

June 19 Friday SF

June 20 Saturday SF

June 21 Sunday SF

June 22 Monday @ CHC

June 23 Tuesday @ CHC

June 24 Wednesday @ CHC

June 25 Thursday @ CHC

June 26 Friday @ MIA

June 27 Saturday @ MIA

June 28 Sunday @ MIA

June 29 Monday @ ARI

June 30 Tuesday @ ARI

JULY

July 1 Wednesday @ ARI

July 3 Friday NYM

July 4 Saturday NYM

July 5 Sunday NYM

July 6 Monday PHI

July 7 Tuesday PHI

July 8 Wednesday PHI

July 9 Thursday PHI

July 10 Friday MIL

July 11 Saturday MIL

July 12 Sunday MIL

July 14 Tuesday ASG @ CIN

July 17 Friday @ WSH

July 18 Saturday @ WSH

July 19 Sunday @ WSH

July 20 Monday @ ATL

July 21 Tuesday @ ATL

July 22 Wednesday @ ATL

July 23 Thursday @ NYM

July 24 Friday @ NYM

July 25 Saturday @ NYM

July 26 Sunday @ NYM

July 28 Tuesday OAK

July 29 Wednesday OAK

July 31 Friday LAA

AUGUST

August 1 Saturday LAA

August 2 Sunday LAA

August 4 Tuesday @ PHI

August 5 Wednesday @ PHI

August 6 Thursday @ PHI

August 7 Friday @ PIT

August 8 Saturday @ PIT

August 9 Sunday @ PIT

August 10 Monday WSH

August 11 Tuesday WSH

August 12 Wednesday WSH

August 13 Thursday CIN

August 14 Friday CIN

August 15 Saturday CIN

August 16 Sunday CIN

August 18 Tuesday @ OAK

August 19 Wednesday @ OAK

August 21 Friday @ HOU

August 22 Saturday @ HOU

August 23 Sunday @ HOU

August 25 Tuesday @ CIN

August 26 Wednesday @ CIN

August 27 Thursday @ CIN

August 28 Friday CHC

August 29 Saturday CHC

August 30 Sunday CHC

August 31 Monday SF

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 1 Tuesday SF

Sept. 2 Wednesday SF

Sept. 3 Thursday @ SD

Sept. 4 Friday @ SD

Sept. 5 Saturday @ SD

Sept. 6 Sunday @ SD

Sept. 7 Monday @ LAA

Sept. 8 Tuesday @ LAA

Sept. 9 Wednesday @ LAA

Sept. 11 Friday @ ARI

Sept. 12 Saturday @ ARI

Sept. 13 Sunday @ ARI

Sept. 14 Monday COL

Sept. 15 Tuesday COL

Sept. 16 Wednesday COL

Sept. 18 Friday PIT

Sept. 19 Saturday PIT

Sept. 20 Sunday PIT

Sept. 21 Monday ARI

Sept. 22 Tuesday ARI

Sept. 23 Wednesday ARI

Sept. 24 Thursday ARI

Sept. 25 Friday @ COL

Sept. 26 Saturday @ COL

Sept. 27 Sunday @ COL

Sept. 28 Monday @ SF

Sept. 29 Tuesday @ SF

Sept. 30 Wednesday @ SF

OCTOBER

Oct. 1 Thursday @ SF

Oct. 2 Friday SD

Oct. 3 Saturday SD

Oct. 4 Sunday SD

Baseball Reliquary: Induction Day 2014

Today is the day of the Baseball Reliquary Hope of the Eternals Induction Day!  I am heading that way soon!

“Bleacher Preacher” Jerry Pritikin who is flying from Chicago will receive the Hilda Award

Pritikin on Harry Caray's 10th Inning show, 1985.Jerry Pritikin has said that "the everyday fan here in Chicago has turned into an endangered species! For 25 years, I became part of the lore of the fabled fans in the cheap seats of the bleachers at the 'Friendly Confines.' However, there are no more cheap seats. In 1991, I boycotted Wrigley when they raised the price of a bleacher seat from 4 to 6 bucks. Today you almost have to file for bankruptcy at the price printed on the ticket ($75 for a kid or adult on a Saturday)."

Bleacher Preacher

Jerry Cohen, recipient of the 2014 Tony Salin Memorial Award, presented annually by the Baseball Reliquary.

The recipient of the 2014 Salin Award is Jerry Cohen, who founded Ebbets Field Flannels in 1988, a Seattle, Washington-based company which manufactures historically-inspired athletic apparel, ranging from handmade reproductions of vintage flannel baseball jerseys to T-shirts, baseball caps, and even grounds crew jackets and sweatshirts, all made with a high level of craftsmanship and respect for authenticity.

John Schulian

Dizzy Dean

Our talented  John Schulian will usher in Dizzy Dean into the Baseball Reliquary Shiren of the Eternals.

Rachel Robinson’s induction will be accepted by her sister-in-law Delano Robinson

Don Zimmer’s induction into the Shrine of the Eternals will be accepted by his wife “Zoot”

 

Los Angeles Sport Museum: More pictures

Here are more pictures from my visit to the Los Angeles Sport museum where the SABR local chapter had a meeting:

Tri-MVP 81

1981 World Series Tri-MVP’s Ron Cey, Steve Yeager & Pedro Guerrero

Fernando mustache

Fernando Valenzuela with a mustache.  Jijiji.

strike 81 daily news tvweek

Who remembers when we used to get a TV guide in the newspaper?  This from the Los Angeles Daily News in 1981.

Brooklyn movie poster

movie poster Whistling in Brooklyn.

Records u76

I never knew these records existed from Union 76.

Sandy Fernando & Orel

Sandy Koufax, Fernando Valenzuela & Orel Hershiser

Orel

Orel Hershiser memorabilia

Mini W.S. throphies

Dodgers Mini World Series trophies.

program & fan support

I love this picture.  the fan’s shirt says “LA Fan Support”

Dodger memorabilia U76

Union 76 pins.  I used to collect these.  Other Dodger memorabilia.

Duke

Duke Snider wall.

Ebbets ticket prices Seat made of bats quilt

Ebbets Field ticket prices.   bench made of bats.

JRroom

Another view of Brooklyn Dodger memorabilia & Jackie.

Sizemore Scorecard

I love this scorecard.  The Dodgers used to sell individual scorecards.  Now they don’t but see them at other stadiums.  I wish they would bring this back.

IDS & Retired #

Dodger Stadium and the retired Dodger numbers.  Oops! sorry Drysdale, I cut out part of your 53 number.

Dodger apron

Isn;t this Dodger apron great?  It says “The Heck with Housework.  Let’s see the Dodgers Play!”  Yep, that is what I say…;-)

DS & penants Red Sox sweater

Dodger Stadium replica.  A Red Sox jacket to the right.

Broklyn Bum the provervial brideman

I love this picture.  On top it says “The proverbial Brideman”

Dodger Sym-phony Jackie signing

Dodgers band Sym-Phony.   Jackie Robinson signing his contract.  Leo Durocher in the picture.

TOTTB

Dodgers Take me Out to the Ballgame.

Ebbet wall

The Dodger collection wall going up the stairs.

Roogies Bump movie poster

The other side of the above Dodger collection wall.

Joe Final uni & Babe pointing

Joe’s final uni and the Babe pointing

Jay Johnstone

Jay Johnston SABR speaker that Saturday.

Jay Johnstone speaker

Jay Johnston speaking with a Yankees memorabilia in the background.

It was a great event.  Jay Johnstone made us laugh.  He had his book signed available for $20 including a picture of him signed and authenticated.  Funds went to a charity .  I already had his book but I bought another copy.

Andy McCue had a great presentation that day on the history of the Angels and Dodgers when the Angels were the Dodgers tenants at Dodger Stadium.

Rick followed with a presentation of his top baseball movies and also Barry’s top 10.  Also a comparison of actors and the baseball players they were portraying on how close they resembled the players.  After both presentation we only had an additional 30 minutes to view the museum.   I had a great time that day.  I only wished I had more time to spend at the museum.   If you have chance, check it out but it is a private museum.  For more info go to http://www.sportsmuseumla.com/  For more information on SABR go to http://sabr.org/

Brawl at the WBC game between Mexico & Canada

I was watching the Spanish broadcasting of the WBC game between Mexico & Canada when the nasty brawl broke out.  Here is the video I took:

 

Is unfortunate that this happened. Someone could have gotten injured real bad. Poor Aceves was used as a punching bag or as a pinata. You know when the pinata is low on candy and someone holds it from the string while a kid just knocks all the candy out.

I am watching USA against Italy right now. USA is leading 6-2 after a grand slam by David Wright. Seeing Joe Torre walk to the mound to take the pitcher out, I thought I was back to watching a Dodger game.

United States Presidents and Baseball

United States Presidents and Baseball

Happy Election Day!

To commemorate the election,  SABR member Rick Smith prepared the trivia below and gave it to us at the SABR meeting November 3, 2012.   Thanks Rick!

Each President listed below is an answer to a question, except Eisenhower, who is the answer to two.

A)William Taft, B) Woodrow Wilson, C) Calvin Coolidge, D) Herbert Hoover, E) Franklin Roosevelt, F) Harry Truman, G) Dwight Eisenhower, H) John F. Kennedy, I) Lyndon Johnson, J) Richard Nixon, K)Gerald Ford, L) Jimmy Carter, M) Ronald Reagan, N) George Bush, O) Bill Clinton, P) George W. Bush, Q) Barack Obama, (Fill in the blank on #18). \

1.  This president only attended four games while in office, but he stayed nine innings each time.  His brother has a stadium named after him ___

2.  Upon meeting this president, babe Ruth said, “Hot as hell, ain’t it Pres.” ___

3.  This president was not much of a baseball fan, but he enjoyed pitching slow pitch softball.  In 1995 he said, “It’s time to forgive Pete Rose.” ___

4.  Name the president who is credited with starting the tradition of standing for the seventh inning stretch? ___

5.  This president holds the record of attending 16 games while in office.  He is the first president to attend a night game, and a game on the Fourth of July.  ___

6.  Which pres. Threw out the first pitch at Cleveland’s brand new Jacob’s Field, and was in attendance when Cal Ripken played his 2,131st game. ___

7.  Name the president who wrote the “Green Light” letter. ___

8.  Babe Ruth grounded out as a pinch hitter in his first ever World Series appearance.  Name the president who was in attendance that day.  ___

9.  This future president served as the team captain of the Yale Bulldogs.  They made it to the final round of the very first College World Series. ___

10.  Which president said?  “when I was a boy growing up in Kansas, a friend of mine and I went fishing.  As we sat there in the warmth of a summer afternoon on a river bank, we talked about what we wanted to do when we grew up.  I told him I wanted to be a real major league baseball player like Honus Wagner.  My friend said that he’d like to be President of the United States.  Neither of us got our wish. ___

11.  A reporter once asked this president to name his favorite players and he rattled off his favorite stars.  A few days later he named four all teams; a team for each league, both before and after World War II. ___

12.  HE was the first president to have played Little League Baseball.  ___

13.  This pres. Signed a bill allowing girls to play Little League Baseball.  ___

14.  This future president was employed to produce studio broadcasts of Cubs games, based on telegraph reports. ___

15.  This president  attended the first game ever played in the Astro Dome. ___

16.  Which president said “Baseball is the greatest of American sports”  ___

17.  Name the president who sent a Secret Service agent to intercept Mickey Vernon on his way back to the dugout after he hit a walk off homerun to beat the Yankees.  He simply wanted to congratulate him. ___

18.  President Obama threw out the first pitch at the 2009 All Star Game.  Which team jacket was he wearing?  ______

update:  Oops!  I forgot to include the answers.

1 H,  2 C,  3 L,  4 A,  5 F,  6 O,  7 E,  8 B,  9 N,  10 G,  11 J,  12 P,  13 K,  14 M,  15 I,  16 D,  17 G,  18 White Sox.

Dodgers with the best record in baseball (23-11) face the Diamond Backs at Dodger Stadium

It was a great weekend for Los Angeles! Lakers, Clippers & Dodgers win! The Dodgers swept the Rockies. The last game did not start well with Lilly on the mound. Then when Matt Kemp had to come out of the game with a sore hammy and then Ethier got kicked out of the game, things did not look good, but AJ Ellis said “no worries” Here I am! Boom! Homerun by AJ Ellis to clear the bases. BTW, Abreau is doing great since joining the Dodgers from the Angels. I believe he has three doubles now. I saw him at second base with a big smile :-).
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Now here are the Snakes and Dodgers ex-Dodgers VP of Communications, Josh Rawtich returns to Dodger Stadium with his new team the D-Backs. I miss you Josh!

Matt Kemp is out of the lineup today. Rest and Get betterMatt!

Dodgers are in first place and so are my fantasy baseball team, Los Locos Azules.

No batting practice for me today but I am now leaving work and heading to the Ravine. Clayton Kershaw faces Ian Kennedy.

Tomorrow I will be sure to leave early since is Orel Hershiser Bobblehead. BTW, I saw fans get mad yesterday because they did not get an Andre Ethier bag. It said the first 20,000 fans so Dodgers ran out before the game. Get there early for giveaways especially when the number of giveaways is limited.
Go Dodgers!

Meet Baseball Dreamin Robert “RJ” Breisacher

Meet RJ Breishaer

Breishaer is a United State Army veteran who had a dream to travel to all 30 ballparks. Here is part of what he says in his blog:
“My dream is rather simple. I want to see every major league baseball park in the US and Toronto. I want to drive from park to park experiencing all that the US has to offer. I want to see the country I’ve spent two years of my life defending. I come from a small town on Michigan Ohio border and haven’t really seen too much of the US.”

To read more of his blog and the parks he has already visited go to
http://baseballdreamin.blogspot.com/

Breishaer had posted in Baseball-fever asking in as many team’s forums who wanted to be a “tour guide” in their own city. I checked the date (May 9, 2012), checked his blog, found him on Twitter and told him that if he did not have anyone for Dodger Stadium that I could be his “tour guide” He twitted back “the job is yours”

I am looking forward to meeting RJ Breisacher. His dream is ambitious of visiting all 30 stadiums in 2 months! Breishaer is a huge baseball fan and a Tiger fan. His trip started at Comerica Park on Opening Day and will end there. Last time I checked he was in Arizona. He got a speeding ticket. Should have warn him about AZ as some of you know that I got 4 tickets there during Spring Training a couple of years back.

Here is a picture of Breisacher at Cleveland (from DTTWLN)

update: fixed link. Don’t know why it was not working before.

Patron Saint of Baseball

Recently I was asked  “is there a Patron saint of Baseball?”   Hmmm.  Interesting question.  I found the reference to

Saint Rita of Cascia (1381 – May 22, 1457)  Italian Augustinian saint.

From www.answers.yahoo.com I found this:

“If there has been a run on St. Rita medals and holy cards at Catholic shops over the past few weeks, blame it on a family film released in April entitled “The Rookie.” Based on a true story, and starring Dennis Quaid, it’s a baseball tale that opens with a couple of nuns sprinkling rose petals from a basket while praying to St. Rita over the site of an oil well near the little town of Big Lake in west Texas in the 1920s.

According to the story’s narrator, the nuns invested money in an oil well scheme that started to turn sour. When the nuns couldn’t get their money back a Catholic priest advised them to pray to St. Rita, the patron St. of the impossible, and sprinkle rose petals on the well site. The Santa Rita well, named for its patron, not only produced oil but also (according to the film) a couple of major league baseball players. During the 21 months it took for the well to start spouting oil the Santa Rita crew built a baseball field near the well, and played baseball to while away the hours. Some of the crew got to be very good ball players.

  

Funny that I have seen the movie “The Rookie” and I own it but I had to watch the beginning of the movie to remind of this.   Saint Rita is also the saint of impossible dreams.   Dodgers could use saint Rita’s help.  

Here is the medal:

Happy 83rd Birthday Vin Scully!

Vin Scully!  We love you!   Have a wonderful 83rd birthday!   I can’t wait till I hear you again saying “Is time for Dodger Baseball!”  

 

God bless you Vin and thank you so much for all that you have given us Dodger and Baseball fans.

 

Here is Erik and I wishing Vin Scully a good night on a cold night at Dodger Stadium.  

Happy Birthday also to Ross Porter who shares a birthday with Vin.  Ross broadcasted with Vin Scully for 28 years.  

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