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Dodger Rubber game at San Pancho. Happy Perfecto Anniversary Sandy Koufax. Crisis! Kershaw scratched

Happy 47th  Perfecto Anniversary to Sandy Koufax!

Today September 9, 2012 is the 47th anniversary of Sandy Koufax Perfect game at Dodger Stadium against the Cubs. 

Happy anniversary to Sandy and the Dodgers!

Dodger Rubber game at San Pancho

Great win and much needed by the boys in Blue yesterday.    I go thru so many emotions with this team from frustration to relief  that they tied the series.    I called San Francisco Pancho because that is one of the nicknames for the name Francisco.  Another nickname is Chico, that is what they used to call my grandfather on my mother’s side.  Chico Giants sounds like an oximoron as chico means small.  So Rubber game at San Pancho.

 Two lefties to the mound:  Clayton Kershaw (12-8 2.79)  against Barry Zito (10-8, 4.51)  I hope Kershaw gets better run support. 

OH NO!   PANIC!   CRISIS!  Clayton Kershaw has been scratched!   

  Does that baseball Rubber ducky stress reliever work????

Good luck Kerhsaw

And good luck Joe Blanton! May the Dodgers give you some runs

OK, like my friend Rosie said, at least is not Kershaw’s arm.  Dylan Hernandez just posted that Kershaw is scheduled to pitch at Arizona.  I feel a little better.  

Let’s Go Blanton!  Let’s go Dodgers!  

Dodgers Five Game Winning Streak in the Cards

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

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Let’s make it Six boys in Blue!

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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!

Dodgers were robbed at Milwaukee

With the bases loaded and one out in the 10th inning, Ryan Braun hit a shallow flyball.  Kemp could have thrown the baseball better as it bounced twice. BUT    

Nyjer Morgan was out. 

Guerrier took the loss.  Kameron Loes earns the  win.   

Dodgers now need to avoid the sweep.   Early game tomorrow at 10:10 AM Pacific Time.  Aaron Harang goes for the Dodgers against Ex Dodger Randy Wolf.   I hope the Dodgers play better against the Brewers.  

Dodgers then head to Houston for the weekend.  

The next Dodger homestand brings the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals.   Tuesday 4/24 will be

 Sleeved Blanket night.  Javy Guerra doing the commercial. 

Saturday 4/28 will be Don Drysdale and Maury Wills bobblehead.

Sunday 4/29 will be Kids Clayton Kershaw replica jersey.  Wish I could get one.  I could get into the XL. 

Ran into this billboard close to my house, one of many Dodger billboards this year with Dodgers celebrating 50 years.

Una Tradicion de LA solo en KTNQ (Fernando Valenzuela, Jaime Jarrin & Pepe Yniguez)

Twitter:  Tomorrow at 2pm is the 1st #DodgersChat!  Use #DodgerChats to ask Dodgers Team Historian Mark Langill any questions about Dodgers history at Dodger Stadium.   Hmmm…  what am I going to ask???

Opening Week 2012 at Dodger Stadium

Opening Day was a  beautiful day.   As is my  tradition every year, Nancy Bea Cd played in the background while I got ready to go to Dodger Stadium.   I drove to Union Station and hopped on the shuttle from there.   My brother Vic and  took the first shuttle at 9:45 AM.  We got to Dodger Stadium at 10 AM.  Game time was 1:10 PM.   I heard of other people driving or taking the shuttle late and it took them an hour to get there from downtown.  While waiting for the shuttle I heard about Vin Scully not being able to make it to the stadium.  

Get well Vin Scully!   We Love you!! 

I had seen Vin Scully in San Diego and he looked good there but those colds cn sneak up on you.  When I ran into him I told him “Good to see you Vin!”  He looked back, smiled and said “Good to see you too!”   I did not want to bother him so I did not ask for autograph or a picture.  He responding to me was good enough for me.  

Back to Opening Day!   I took out my brand new scorebook and started keeping score.  One thing I don’t like about it, is it does not have the little squares to keep track of balls and strikes but I sneak them in there.    My outfit for Opening Day was one that I wore in San Diego -The Magic Johnson yellow shirt with my #32 Sandy Koufax white jersey over it.  They both wore #32.  The only thing with the shirt is that is the same color as the Pirates.

Picture from the LA Times.  Nice man to my right with the grey Clayton Kershaw jersey.   He liked that I was keeping score.  He wrote the name of my blog. 

Dodger Stadium celebrating 50 years on its inagural day of April 10, 1962 had members of that year being honored.  It would have been great for Vin Scully to introduce them as Opening Day has been the only day that Vin Scully addresses the crowd at the stadium.   Pic by Jon SooHoo.

The Beach Boys , also celebrating 50 years, sang one song and the National Anthem.  Pic by Jon SooHoo

Our lefty Clayton Kershaw went seven strong innings.  He left with no decision.    @Skinnyswag_  Dee Gordon continues making the games excting.     I love this team!  Pic by Jon SooHoo

Andre Ethier in his 30th birthday hit a homerun to right field!  in the 8th.  Kenley Jansen pitched the 8th and Javy in the 9th for the save!   Did I say that I love this team?   Pic byLa Times.

Dodgers celebrating the win on Opening Day!

 Chad Billingsley pitched the second game.  He had another great game and another win.  

Dodgers going for the sweep tonight   30% chance of rain with those chances increasing into the night BUT It can’t rain.   It never rains in Calfiornia.  haha.   Just in case, I got my raincoat.  Go Dodgers!  

Check Jon SooHoo’s MLB  blog at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com

‘ITwas the Night Before Opening Day

‘Twas the night before Opening Day, when all through the park
not a creature was stirring, not even a lark
The bats were hung by the helmets with care,
In hopes that the Dodgers soon would be there
The fans were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of a parade danced in their heads;

While Lorena had tweeted that she was loading the MLB At Bat App
I settled down to take a short nap
When out on the field there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

Away to Petco Park we flew like a flash,
Drove up I-5 almost near crashed.
The MLB Bloggers were blogging like there was no tomorrow
While Padre fans drank Coronas; drowning their sorrows,
When, my wondering eyes saw the mound and the bases
It was Clayton Kershaw, the CY Young of 2011 aces,

With a smooth young coach acting so calmly
I knew in a moment it must have been Mattingly.

More rapid than the Eagles his courses they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
“Now Kemp! now, Ethier! now, Dee Gordon and Loney!
On, Javy, on Jansen! and hopefully Billingsley!

Can’t wait till Thursday; Opening Day is the reason
“Good luck to my Dodgers and to the fans a great-season.”

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IT’S TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL!!

10 Days till Dodgers Opening Day at Petco Park!

10 days till Dodgers Opening Day at Petco Park!  Also 10 days till I take vacation!   Yes! I will be in San Diego for the four game series.   The Dodger schedule works perfect with a four game series, followed by a day off on Monday then Opening Day at Dodger Stadium so Clayton Kershaw gets to pitch both Opening Days!  

10 days.  Hall of Famers that wore # 10 and they have had their number retired are :  Sparky Anderson, Phil Rizzuto, Andre Dawson & Ron Santo.  

I was listening to Jaime Jarrin and Pepe Yniguez broadcasting the Dodger game on Sunday.   It was odd that there was no English transmission.   Anyway, Pepe mentioned that Ron Santo never saw a no hitter.   Pepe also mentioned that he has never seen a no-hitter.  Neither have I.  I have seen them on TV but never in person.  

As I was going thru the retired numbers per team, I noticed that Seattle and Colorado are the only teams that have never retired a number.   Both teams have numbers out of circulations like #24 Ken Griffey Jr. and #14 Lou Piniella.  For The Rockies, no one has worn Larry Walker’s #33, but probably  #17 Todd Helton will be the first number retired for the Rockies.

P.S.  After a year in hiatus, I am back to playing Fantasy baseball!   So my team, Los Locos Azules are back!!   I drafted last but I am happy with my team. Here is what I have:

C Carlos Santana,  1B Joey Votto,   2B Howie Kendrick,   3B Aramis Ramirez,   SS Dee Gordon,   OF Jacoby Ellsbury,   OF Emilio Bonifacio,   PF Yoenis Cespedes,   Util Alex Rios,   Util Adam Dunn,   BN Ryan Howard,   BN Paul Goldschmidt,   BN Jason Bay,   BN Chase Utley.    SP Zach Greinke,   SP James Shields,   RP Craig Kimbrel ,   RP Heith Bell,   P Brandom Morrow,   P Kenley Jansen,   P Francisco Liriano,   P Brandom McCarthy,   BN Jonathan Broxton.

He Pitched a Perfect Game, I Get a Perfect Ball!

First.

My heart skipped a beat when I got home late last night after a wonderful dinner with friends at El Torito and I openned Facebook to the news from Roberto of Vinscullyismyhomeboy that Vin was taken to the hospital. My heart settled after I heard that he was OK.

Josh Rawitch from the ITD (InsidetheDodgers) blog spoke to him. Vin wanted to assure everyone that he’s fine and that he expects to be at Camelback Ranch this weekend for the telecast on Sunday.

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Second.

Clayton Kershaw turns 22 today!   Happy 22nd birthday to Clayton!  We love you kid!  

 Torre is supposed to announce the Opening Day starter.  I hope is Kershaw!


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So I am in the back of the car, my friend Marika and her son in the front. We are crusing thru the diamond lane on the 10 Freeway when my phone rings. This guy says “Emma, this is Jeff…… Were you at the Safe At Home Foundation event at the Nokia?  

I said “Yes! I had a wonderful time there!” He then says “Well, I am calling you to tell you that you were selected as the winner of the baseball signed by Joe Torre and Sandy Koufax!”

I screamed “WHAT!? WOW! OMG! I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS!” WOW “You made my day! my week!  my season!  ..” “THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!! ” He  said ‘We knew we had the right person when we saw your email name crzblue”

Jeff said he did not have the ball but that he talked to Torre and it was decided that I will be presented with the ball at Dodger Stadium sometime in April. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!! WOOHOO!!

Thank you Safe At Home Foundation!   Thank you Mr. Torre! Thank you Sandy Koufax!   Thank you Jeff!  

Check  Joe Torre Safe Af Home Foundation  

thank you Erik for the title suggestion! 

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!!

 

How the West was Won or Lost: Dodgers vs Rockies Take two!

My Friday evening started very nice with Tommy Lasorda being honored.  Before I went to the field level I ran into Nancy Bea (Dodger organist)  and her husband.  They are so sweet.  I run into them every once in a while in the club level.   I have a picture with her from a while back this time I wanted a picture with both of them. Nancy Bea and Husband.jpg\

 Here is a picture of the Tommy Lasorda plaque giveaway: 

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Isn’t this a nice plaque?  this one is #5271 of 60K. 

The Tommy celebration was wonderful.  Lots of filmage of his manager years.  There was this film of the Phillie Phanatic making fun of Tommy with a look-like Tommy inflatable doll where the Phllie Phanatic starts beating it up  

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Lots of players that played for Tommy in attendance like Steve Sax, Leary, Karros, Monday, Landreaux, Charlie Hugh, etc.  All were wearing their jerseys. 

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As everyone knows, Dodgers are still looking for that illusive win.  They have lost five in a row for the first time.   Manny struck out FOUR TIMES, all with runners in scoring position.   Casey Blake, who returned to the lineup also struck out FOUR TIMES.   

The Dodgers 3-6 hitters were 0-14 with 9 strickouts.  Ouch! 

Here is hoping and praying that  the Dodger bats wake up from their long long slumber zzz.    

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Can they do it? Tomorrow will be the best chance with Clayton Kershaw going for the Dodgers. Can Manny bounce back after a miserable week which has seen him go 0/10 with 8 strikeouts including his last six time at bat.

C’mon Keshaw!  I want to see that public enemy number pitch working!

Go Dodgers!!!

They may be bums, but they are my bums!!  Go Dodgers!!

 

Dodgers seeing Snakes. Kemp and Vin Scully Videos!

Dodgers seeing Snakes.  

A good matchup with Clayton Kershaw and Dan Haran turned the Snake way.   Kershaw was  so wild  in the 2nd inning with a 35-pitch four-run inning that included three walks, two wild pitches and three hits including one an RBI single by pitcher Dan Haren. He did struck out nine in 4 1/3 innings.  

HBP:  Reynolds got hit by Bellisario. Ethier got hit by Haran.  Both clubs were warned. 

Torre:  Why is Kemp hitting 7th??.   If you had Kemp and Manny back to back we could have had more runs.   Why is Russell hitting 2nd??   You just got to bat Russell and Loney lower.  

Donny:   Are you working with these guys (Russ and Loney)?   These two need to step it up and start hitting!  

Manny got 2 singles and a double while Matt Kemp got a HR and a double!  Way to go boys!  Speaking of Matt Kemp, here is a picture I spotted at Union Station:  

 

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 Check out Lil Matt cool video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc9ug7FAWrM

Check out Vin Scully in this vintage commercial in the 60’s in the popular show back then of Bewitched  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkNWsY3eMGo

 

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