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4th Blogging Anniversary. Haikus to my Dodgers and Baseball

February 13, is my fourth blogging anniversary.   Yes, it was four years ago, a day before Valentine’s Day that I decided to start a blog.   Four years later and 500+ blog posts, I am still here learning and blogging.

I have never tried before to write haikus but I decided to read about them and attempt to write some so here are three

Baseball giddiness
Players report back to camp
Spring sure is coming!

Pitchers and Catchers
A sure sign of Spring Training
Warms my heart alright!

Vin Scully will say
It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!
I can hardly wait

Dodgers reported to Spring Training.   LOS ANGELES DODGERS REPORTING DAY FOR PITCHERS AND CATCHERS

Chad Billingsley looks good!

LOS ANGELES DODGERS REPORTING DAY FOR PITCHERS AND CATCHERS

the kid Kershaw speaking to the media.

LOS ANGELES DODGERS REPORTING DAY FOR PITCHERS AND CATCHERS

Good to see Belisario is already at Camelback Ranch.  Here he is with Cochito Luis Cruz.

In addition to Pitchers and Catchers, other players are already in camp like Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford.  Happy training boys!  See you this coming weekend!

Love is Blue song:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9FYD1dlw4E

Happy Pitchers and Catchers!  Happy Valentines to all my boys and to all my friends and family

pictures from Camelback Ranch by Jon SooHoo at http://Dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com

Hot Stove. La Estufa Caliente. Scott Rolen & Chad Billingsley

I forgot to post this. My friend called me late last night and told me that the Dodgers offered Scott Rolen a one year contract. Scott wants two.

Interesting fact: Scort Rolen and Don Mattingly were both born in the same town of Evansville, Indiana. Here is another interesting fact that my friend told me. Scott Rolen step dad was a freshman at Van Nuys high school while Don Drysdale was a Senior.

Chad Billingley
Todd of http://cookandsonbats.mlblogs.com/ sent me this tweet and picture:


He twitted this to me:
@crzblue Tim had a baseball clinic today for his little league. See the guy standing in Blue? That’s #ChadBillingsley. pic.twitter.com/3Icu6hhv

Todd also said this: C&S ‏@cookandsonbats
@crzblue FYI, he said this complex is where he does his offseason workouts.

Wish Todd would have asked how his progress is going.

Rest in peace Stan the Man! You were the man Mr. Stan Musial.

He was married to his wife Lillian for nearly 72 years before she passed away in May of 2012.  

 
Rest in peace the Earl of Baltimore, Mr Earl Weaver.

Sad day in baseball with the passing of these two men.

Hi Five Fife! Hanley you are the man! Dodgers Winning at AT&T Park

Listening to Dodger Talk last night reminded me that yeah, Steven Fife and Federowicz were the two players that the Dodgers got in the three team trade where the Dodgers sent Trayvon Robinson to Seattle. 

In his major league debut he had to face Halladay.  He went six inning winning the game 2-1 but the Dodger bullpen gave it away.   

He did great but had to be sent back to the minors. 

First game at AT&T Park.  Steven Fife against Matt Cain

Scott Elbert went on the DL and Steven Fife was callled back again to face another Perfecto pitcher in Matt Cain.  No problem, Fife again  rose to the occasion.   He had no decision but the Dodgers won the game with Hanley Ramirez hitting his first homerun as a Dodger.  The  two run homerun came in the 10th against Romo. 

Final score Dodgers 5, Giants 3.  Rookie Tolleson with the win.  Fife got his first major league hit, a double off Matt Cain. 

High Five Fife!

2nd Game at At&T Park:  Billingsley against Zito.

You are the man Billingsley!   Like Jaime Jarrin said “Billingsley ha estado pitchando una jolla de juego”  “Billingsley is pitching a jewel of a game”.  

Cochito Luis Cruz extended his hitting streak to 11.  This is the longest hitting streak for a Dodger this year. 

The revenge is sweet in Sports.  Dodgers win 10 -0 and now are going for

the sweep tomorrow with Clayton Kershaw

ref:  pictures froom Jon SooHoo at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com

Dodgers Five Game Winning Streak in the Cards

Chad Billingley got the W yesterday extending the Dodgers winning streak to

Blue Handprint

Let’s make it Six boys in Blue!

Picture of Number Six - Free Pictures - FreeFoto.com

The kid, Mr: Sunshine Clayton Kershaw goes on the mound facing Adam Wainwright. 

When Kershaw returns to Dodger Stadium, he will be hosting a Texas BBQ Hoedown on August 2nd.  

Let’s go Dodgers!

LOST DODGER OFFENSE! IF FOUND PLEASE RETURN TO @DODGERS

LOST DODGER OFFENSE! IF FOUND, PLEASE RETURN TO @DODGERS BEFORE DODGERS FACE THE ANGELS!!!

Dodgers got swept by the Oakland A’s. Below are the results of the offense during the three game series:

1st game: Athletics 3, Dodgers 0. >> 29 AB, 2 hits, 3 BB, 7 SO
2nd game: Athletics 4, Dodgers 1. >> 31 AB 3 hits, 1 BB, 2 SO
3rd game: Athletics 4, Dodgers 1. >> 28 AB 3 hits, 1 BB, 7 SO

Total: 8 for 88. Average: .091.

Dodger offense = Pathetic, anemic, offensive, raquitica (puny).

Andre Ethier is batting .171 for the month of June. The rest of the offense is in the low low .200’s. Hitters need to work the count. Make those pitchers work. Don’t make them look like future Cy Young winners.

Can the bats come alive tonight against the Angels? I hope so! Here is little baseball shrine with candle for good luck

Here the pitchers for the Dodgers Angels series:
Friday: Billingsley (4-5, 3.75) against Haren (4-7, 3.97) >> 7:05 PT TV: Prime
Saturday: Capuano (8-2, 2.71) againt Santana (4-7, 5.16) >> 4:15 PT TV: Fox
Sunday: Harang (5-4, 3.76) against Richards (2-0, 0.86) >> 1:05 PT TV: FS-W

I hope James Loney is feeling better as pepe Yniguez reported Thursday that Loney was throwing up.

Let’s Go Dodgers! Let’s Go!

ref: LA times.

A nice gesture by Andre Ethier and Eric Karros Bobblehead Unveiled

The fans sitting in the first seven rows of the Right field seats got a nice surprise on Tuesday night when they received free Dodger dogs on Tuesday wrapped like this:

What a nice thing for Andre to do! I was not sitting there but my friend Lorena got the text along with the picture. Thank you Andre!

Dodgers lost three consecutive games for the first time this year. On top of that, Matt Kemp reinjured his left hamstring scoring from first base on an Andre Ethier’s double. I noticed someone getting mad in the dugout but did not realize it was Matt until afterwards. Kemp is back on the DL. Good luck Matt.

Tonight is the fourth game with Chad Billingsley against Greinke. I will be sitting in the Left Field pavilion tonight. I am told the seat is above the milk sign. Looking forward to seeing Deuce, William, Dee, Joe, Ron, Pete and the rest of the fans that sit there.

The next bobblehead has been unveiled today. It is the Eric Karros bobblehead.

Nice! I like it! It is on my birthday June 28, but I will be out of town. Not to worry, brother Vic will collect for me.

Dodgers defeat Lincecum again

It sure did not look like the Dodgers would defeat Lincecum on Wednesday May 9, with Billinsley's shaky start. But defeat they did. Dodgers trailing 2-0 came back with four runs in the fourth. Lincecum went five innings and Billinsley only four so Jamey Wright picked up the win.

Earlier during batting Deuce was playing catch with Jamey Wright.
Hey Jamey, you should always play catch with Deuce!

This was the day I was meeting Army veteran RJ R.J. Breisasher. The Dodgers had given us two tickets for the game. RJ underestimated the LA traffic so he was running late. We made it to our seats during the first inning. Here was our view from the seats:
Lincecum facing Ethier

Lincecum facing Ethier
Lincecum facing Ethier
Another picure of Lincecum facing Ethier.

RJ & Rachelle
RJ and Rachelle

Dodger dugout during Giant game
Dodger dugout. One of the reactions from Scott Van Slyke’s major league hit.

Scott Van Slyke major league hit
Congratulations Scott Van Slyke on your major league hit!

There were three triples in the game. One by Dodger catcher AJ Ellis. I love watching triples! AJ also had an infield single! :-) What were the odds that a catcher would end up with a triple and an infield single? I love this game!

RJ Breisasher of Baseball Dreamin
RJ Breisasher and I after the game.

RJ Breisasher
We went back to the top deck after the game. Only the cleaning crew were there.

RJ and Rachelle

RJ, on behalf of the Dodgers and myself, thank you for serving our country.
Rachelle: Pleasure meeting you.

The Good: Billingsley, The Bad: The bullpen, The Ugly: The Divorce

The good:  Chad Billingsley pitched seven great innings.  He struck out 13 D’backs and went out winning the game 4-1.  

The Bad:  The Sherril and Broxton.     Again, they let it get away.  Sherrill gave up a two run homer.  That was Tony Abreau’s first homerun.   In came Broxton who gave away another two-run homerun.  

I have said this many times, they should have shutdown Broxton some time ago.    I dropped him from my baseball fantasy a long time ago.  This loss was tipical of other losses this year.     

The ugly:  The McCourt’s divorce.   I had forgotten I had taken this picture in the Summer.
Dodger fan with t-shirt.jpg 

 

This morning I was reading Jonathan Shapiro’s review  in the LA Times about Michael Connelly book “The Reversal.”   It starts with:  

 Los Angeles has much to lament, Our Dodgers, victims of a broken marriage, are the neglected boys of summer.  the Trojans are on probation, the Bruins are bad and the NFL has abandoned us entirely…

Thank God for Michael Connelly.  Without him, Los Angeles would just be Houston without humidity, Phoenix with the sea..

It concludes with:

We’ve still got Vin Scully, at least for another year, Huell Howser, the Lakers.  And we’ve got Connelly.  To quote another L.A. luminary, Randy Newman: I love L.A. 

Talking about books, I found three more books that a local library discarded.   I got lots to read this off-season.    

baseball books.jpg

Society for American Baseball (SABR) Convention

Dodgers lost 1-0.  Billingsley pitched well.  We lost the series with the Nats,  Weaver, Manny and Padilla went on the DL on this trip.  Dodgers go to to New York where the Mets are playing well.  

I am a little depressed so I need to write about something else

In January, I became a member of the society for American Baseball Research (SABR).   Reading the Spring 2010 Newsletter I see the annual convention will be in Atlanta.  I never been to Atlanta. atlanta2.jpg

 This convention (their 40th) sounds like a lot of fun.   Here are some highlights

SABR 40 Events


Wednesday, August 4

Turner Field Ballpark Tour – time TBD

Tour cost is $6 per person. This is the only day we will host group tours of Turner Field. Limited availability


Thursday, August 5

1:00 p.m. Ballparks of the Southern Association I

An impressive lineup of panelists will offer a series of presentations on the history, evolution, and demise/preservation of various Southern Association ballparks. These include Russwood Field in Memphis; Rickwood Field in Birmingham, and Pelican Field in New Orleans.

2:30-7:30 p.m. Visit to Ty Cobb Museum and Gravesite, Royston, GA

(pending sufficient pre-registration)
Event fee is $19 and includes round-trip bus transportation and museum admission.  The museum is located approximately a 75-minute drive from metro Atlanta. The mission of the Ty Cobb Museum is to foster education and understanding to the broadest possible audience of Tyrus Raymond Cobb. The museum fosters education and understanding of baseball and Ty Cobb by providing art and memorabilia, film, video, books, and historical archives. The museum also houses the Franklin County Sports Hall of Fame. Charter inductees are Cobb, 1943 A.L. MVP Spud Chandler, Pro Bowl lineman Tony Jones, and All-American quarterback Dee Dowis

Ty Cobb is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Royston, GA.

8:00 p.m. Signs of the Time (2009)

Screening of the documentary Signs of the Time including discussion and commentary with producer Ray Manard. This one-hour documentary discusses the origination of umpire hand signals, with significant emphasis on the careers of Dummy Hoy and Bill Klem.


Friday, August 6

9:00 a.m. Presentation by National Archives & Records Administration, Morrow, GA

10:00 a.m. 1990s Braves .Worst to First. Era Panel

Moderated by former Braves play-by-play man Pete Van Wieren. Potential guests include Bobby Cox, Mark Lemke, Ron Gant, and Tom Glavine.

1:00 p.m. Ballparks of the Southern Association II

Includes presentations on the history, evolution, and demise/preservation of Sulphur Dell in Nashville, Engel Field in Chattanooga, and Ponce de Leon Park in Atlanta.

7:35 p.m. Braves vs. Giants, Turner Field

Round-trip bus to Turner Field is $15. The stadium is approximately two miles from the hotel. Public buses, taxis, and walking are also viable options.

You have two ticket options:

  • Center field pavilion seats are $48 each. Cost includes game ticket and unlimited hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, French fries, nachos, frozen treats, soda, Coca-Cola, and water.
  • Field reserve seats (third base side) are $33 each. Cost includes $10 coupon to spend on concessions or merchandise.

We will have more information online on getting to the game soon.


Saturday, August 7

9:30 a.m. Discussion of Shoeless Joe Jackson with sportswriter Furman Bisher

Furman Bisher is a retired sports columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he once served as sports editor, and a columnist for The Sporting News. Bisher wrote for Sports Illustrated, The Saturday Evening Post, and many other national publications. His final column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was published in the print version of the October 11, 2009, Sunday paper.

12-3:00 p.m. Awards luncheon, Keynote Speaker John Schuerholz

Luncheon cost is $33 (choice of blackened chicken or tilapia) John Schuerholz is president of the Atlanta Braves. Before joining the Braves in 1990, he spent 22 years with the Kansas City Royals, where he was farm director, Scouting Director, Assistant GM, and General Manager. He was the Braves GM until 2007, when he left the post to become team president. Schuerholz has a reputation for building strong farm systems and championship teams. Among the teams he has built are the world champion 1985 Royals and 1995 Braves. His teams have won their division 15 times. Schuerholz shared the inside life of a GM in his 2006 book Built to Win. He is the only General Manager in baseball to win a World Series championship in both leagues.

The luncheon honors the winners of the McFarland-SABR Award, the Sporting News-SABR Award, and SABR’s highest honor, the Bob Davids Award.

2:45 p.m. Visit to Joe Jackson Museum and Greenville Drive baseball game, Greenville, SC

(pending sufficient registration)
Cost is $29 and includes round-trip bus transportation, admission to the Joe Jackson Museum, and one ticket to the Rome Braves at Greenville Drive minor league game. (Class A, South Atlantic League. Rome Braves are Atlanta Braves Class A affiliate. Greenville Drive are Boston Red Sox Class A affiliate.)

In 2006, the home of Joe Jackson was dismantled, moved three miles, and reassembled in the historic west end of Greenville, South Carolina. The house was deeded to the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and Library Foundation in July 2007. The museum held its grand opening and dedication on June 21, 2008. The new house number is 356 – also Jackson’s lifetime batting average.

3:00 p.m. New Technologies in Baseball, panel moderated by Alan Nathan

Learn more about Pitch/Hit/Field FX and Trackman

7:30 p.m. Ty Cobb, a one-man play by Norm Coleman


Sunday, August 8

9:00 a.m. The Research Process: Seymour Medal Winners Panel

Dorothy Seymour Mills and local member Ken Fenster will co-moderate .Trials and Tribulations of the Research Process: A Panel Discussion with Recent Recipients of the Seymour Medal.. This panel will focus on the creative processes and problems involved in seeing a research project all the way through from conception to execution to publishing a final product. Participants will draw on their experiences with their award-winning works and their current research.

9:00 a.m. Visit to Rickwood Field, Birmingham, AL

(pending sufficient registration)
Cost is $27 and includes round-trip bus transportation and ballpark admission/tour. Rickwood Field is the oldest surviving professional baseball park in the United States. It was built for the Birmingham Barons in 1910 by industrialist and team owner Rick Woodward and has served as the home park for the Birmingham barons and the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro Leagues. The field has been used for minor league affiliates, spring training, and football games.  Since 1992, the ballpark has been under the care of the Friends of Rickwood, who are trying to restore the facility to its former glory. The field now hosts frequent amateur, police and semi-pro games and is open to visitors and tours.

 More information here http://convention.sabr.org/schedule/events 

Dodgers are home but I am seriously thinking about attending my first SABR convention.  Registration for members is $119 and $149 for non-members before July 4th.  Registration, under 18 is free with registered adults.   Also SABR has a negotiated rate of $129/nite plus tax  with Sheraton Atlanta.     

Billz comes thru and my Locos Azules are Blue!

Woohoo!   the pride of Defiance, Ohio, Chad Billingsley came thru with the first win of the season. 

But guys (Padillia, Kershaw, Billingsley) , we do need someone to go beyond 5 1/3 innings!   Let’s hope Kuroda can give us at least 7 innings to give the pen some rest.  

Belly (Belliard) went 3-5 with four RBIs’ and a Homerun.  

Reed Johnson who has an MLB Blog here Reed Between the Lines went 3-4 with two RBIs!    

Locos Azules, My MLBlog Fantasy Baseball team  

Thumbnail image for Dodger doll6.pngI joined the MLB Baseball fantasy team this year.  Thanks Julia!  Thanks Chris!

Among the players I have in my team Los Locos Azules are:

Albert Pujols!  Yeah!!!

Andre Ethier!  Woohoo!

Clayton Kershaw!   My baby will come back strong!

Vicente Padilla.   Tengo fe Nica! (I have faith in you Nica!) 

Jonathan Broxton!   Another one of my favorite Dodgers! 

Tulo!!!  Tulo!!!  

Because Kuo is on the DL, I got Monasterios!   I am excited about this Dodger rookie!  

Four days till Opening Day at Dodger Stadium!  In the meantime the Boys in Blue will play the Marlins starting tonight for a three game series! 

Lets go Dodgers!  Let’s go Locos Azules!

 

 

 

 

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