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See you next Spring my Beloved Dodger Stadium

My Spring and Summer home is officially closed for the season but I’ll stop by a couple of times during the off-season to keep an eye on it.  

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This year’s Fan Appreciation was sadder saying goodbye to more friends that I made at the stadium and saying goodbye to
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Joe Torre and Brad Ausmus.  Good luck to two classy guys!

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last pic by Jon Soo Hoo.

Friday and Saturday’s game Kirk Gibson was so nice signing alot of autographs.   I got my baseball signed by him.  I hope he is back as the D’Backs manager if not back in Dodger Blue!  I can dream…   

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I’ll miss alot of people from the stadium including the batting practice group that includes Deuce, William (Deuce’s dad), Syliva, Dee, Cari, Kristin, Gordon, Pat, Norma,  Rosa, Ronnie and of course my Top Deck Friends!  that includes you Erik!

Deuce also signed my Dodger program where he was featured 

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And here is Deuce and Devon Ethier who was drafted by the Dodgers

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good luck to everyone in the postseason.  I am looking forward to watching some good baseball.   Let’s go D.Lowe!  Beat those Jints!

 

Let me know if anyone wants a Dodger Calendar.   I have a couple of extras.   

Fan Appreciation, Traditions and the Postseason

Fan Appreciation Day came and went so now is preparation to the Postseason but first I’d like to write about two traditions that were carried over on Sunday during Fan Appreciation Day.  

The first tradition:   Robyn and Chuck have been season ticket holders in the Top Deck for a few years now.   They started a tradition of bringing a cake or two in appreciation of all the Dodger employees in the Top Deck, the elevator and any other employee that we come into contact during the season.   chuck and Robyn start cutting the cake during the 3rd innings and thanking each employee that shows up.  slices of cakes are also shared with other fellow season ticket holders and if there is any leftover, with other fans in the area.

Take a look at the cakes below.   The first one reads “Thank you Dodger Stadium Employees.”  the second one reads “Western Division Champs.”    

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The second tradition is one that Yankee fans are familiar with. 

Joe Torre has a tradition of letting a player manage the last game of the year if it has no bearing on the standings.

Nomar Garciaparra managed the team last year in the Dodgers season finale.

Brad Ausmus said  “Joe came up to me when we were celebrating on the field last night and said, ‘You want to manage tomorrow night?’ I said, ‘I’ll be here,’ and he said, “All right, you’re managing.”

On Sunday , one Dodger poster jokingly posted in the Game Thread  “What a lousy lineup!  Fire the manager!”.  

Ausmus was  assisted by “bench coach” Mark Loretta , “hitting coach” Jim Thome and “bullpen coach” Jeff Weaver who was kept busy with all the pitchers coming out of the pen.  

Ausmus went to the mound to make a pitching change in the eighth to replace Ronald Belisario with Scott Elbert, then put himself in as a pinch runner for Thome in the bottom half after his hitting coach singled.

“I’m turning the reins right back over to Joe — if he ever shows up again,” Ausmus joked.  Ausmus is 1-0 as a manager! 

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On to the Postseason!!   

I am super excited about tomorrow’s game at our beloved Dodger Stadium or as Vin Scully called it  when we started the season on a long winning streak at home,  “The Magic Castle.”  

We are ready to rock that place!   Bring on the Cardinals!  

I really think our two lefties Randy Wolf and Clayton Kershaw can take on the Cardinals.  Aside from Pujols, Cardinals don’t do well against lefties.   

The Dodgers are coming off a  two game winning streak off the hot Rockies.  The Cardinals are coming with a three game losing streak.   

 I think our lefties can hold the Cardinal hitters from scoring if we can hold prince Albert to singles or walks. Same with Holliday.   Dodger hitters have done well against Waingwright.  Our hitters just need to soak in the Magic Castle to wake up those bats. 

I expect that our dynamic duo of Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier will continue to have success and if Manny and Loney start hitting, watch out! 

If we can win one at home and one at St Louis (I know the Dodgers record in St Louis) and bring it back to the Magic Castle, I think we can do it!     

LET’S GO DODGERS!!!  LET’S GO!!

 

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