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Getting to the stadium early for batting practice you meet a lot of fans. Last night on Sandy Koufax bobblehead night, after the 7th inning stretch we noticed Michael who we usually see during BP, was standing behind us. He was asking “Who did I miss during BP? We told him ”Maury Wills was signing” He has gotten Maury Wills autograph before. We also told him Sandy Koufax did not appear to be at the stadium that night. He then started telling us why he was late. Here is his story:
“I got to the stadium early today (8/7) because it was not just a bobble head game, but the Sandy Koufax bobble head game. The most popular bobble head, right up there with the upcoming Vin Scully bobble head.
I was able to park on Stadium Way in front of the Barlow Hospital, and around 4:40pm, walked over to wait with the other fans at the Elysian Park entrance, where we would be let in at 5:10pm.
I saw three boys petting and playing with a young kitten who was just laying on the sidewalk just inside the Dodger Stadium parking gate. I asked if it was their kitten and they said no, they had just found it there. One of the boys was able to pick the kitten up and it seemed pretty tame. I picked the kitten up, and it appeared to be a boy and about eight weeks old. I went to the front of the line with the kitten and told the security guard about it. I said I wanted to take the kitten home, but wondered if someone at Dodger Stadium could keep it somewhere until the end of the game. The security officer said probably not, and pointed me to the main parking hut, where the security guards let people into the stadium. I told them my story, and they said they couldn’t help, but did offer me some water for the kitten.
My options seemed to be to have security call animal services and pick up the kitten, or leave the kitten in my car until the game was over some five or six hours later.
Neither opinion seemed reasonable, as I didn’t want the kitten taken to the pound, nor did I want to leave it in a car for hours when it was about 90 degrees out. I also didn’t think leaving the kitten where it was found was very safe, as it was next to the 10 lanes of traffic where people drive in and out of Dodger Stadium.
While my daughter Dianna kept the kitten company in the car, I went to the Barlow Hospital but they couldn’t help either. I called the Dodger Fan Assistance line and they also could not help me.
I ended up calling my wife Donna, and she drove from Sherman Oaks, while I drove to back to Griffith Park, so we could meet half way at the zoo parking lot, and I passed the kitten over to her so she could take him home.
We ended up making it back to the game and getting our bobble heads, but missed batting practice and the chance to get autographs. A small price to pay for saving a life. The kitten is doing fine. We’re going to call him “Koufax.”
I thought the All-Star break would work wonders for the Dodgers. With Andre & Kemp back I thought things were going to start looking better. but I better stop looking thru this:
Like the LA Times pointed out, they have lost 18 of the last 24! They ended the first half
game in first place but now they are:
Two games back of the Giants.
I thought the Dodgers were happy to have me back at Dodger Stadium after I went to the SABR convention
they lost two out of three from the Padres. They lost the first game to the Phillies and tonight the kid Fife has been called from Albuquerque to replace Billingsley who has gone on the DL with elbow soreness. the 25 year old Fife will make his MLB debut against gulp…Halladay.
Let’s Go Dodgers!
Let’s Go Fife!
Yeah, I am still looking thru the colored glasses.
Is Beach Chair night tonight!
I anderstand we will get a voucher for the chair and we go pick it up after the game. For those that only come for the giveaway, they will turn around, pick up their giveaway and leave. Let’s see how this works picking up the giveaway AFTER the game. At least the giveaway are not bats or baseballs givin prior to the game.
With a combination of away and home games, the Dodgers are playing 20 consecutive games without a day off before the All-Star break.
It started with the Dodgers going to Oakland for three game where they got swept.
Then they headed to Anaheim where they lost two out of three.
After Sunday’s game they took a bus to Ontario to hop on the flight to San Francisco to play three there.
After the three in San Francisco they come home to play a four game series with the Mets starting Thursday.
Come Monday the Reds come to Dodger Stadium to play three. The Fourth of July game on Wednesday starts at 6:10.
After the Fireworks game, is off to the airport to start a four game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
WOW! a tough test ahead for Mattingly and the Dodgers. If they can turn it aorund and do well they can do this:
By then, Matt Kemp should be ready to come back and we can see him doing this:
Ever since some letters from the Think Blue sign got damaged from the wind, we have not seen the sign back.
Here is Rachel, who sits in front of us with her mom, dad & sister. I took the picture the same day we hiked to the Think Blue sign.
I hope they bring it back. I won’t talk about the Think Cure sign but I hope in time, the new Dodger ownership does a charity radiothon with auctions such as a chance to meet Vin Scully and other unique Dodgers experiences like we had before.
Anyway, since we don’t have a sign, I decided to post pictures of the time that a friend and I hiked to the Think Blue sign. It was after a playoff game that we had lost in 2009. We were at the right field restaurant after the game waiting for the traffic to slow down. We were looking at the fans hiking up the Think Cure sign since they open that area during playoff for extra parking. One friend said “Let’s walk up to the Think Blue” sign so two of us did.
The hard luck Eovaldi with a record of 0-2 and ERA of 1.82 goes against Milone Wednesday night.
Las year during Social Septiember I was watching batting practice when William read a twitter that said “The first person that goes upstairs by the Vin Scully Press box will get to do be on the field to say “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball” He thought it was too late to go upstairs, but I told him if you don’t want to go check I’ll check so I rushed up the stairs. Sure enought I was the first one! so I got to say what Vin Scully says at the beginning of each Dodger game, “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!”
I had not gotten the video until recently so I uploaded it.
Thank you to the Dodgers and to William! I love you William
Here are two pictures from that day that I got thanks to Jon SooHoo. Thank you Jon!
The White Sox with Robin Ventura are at Dodger Stadium starting tomorrow. Kershaw goes to the mound against Sale. Let’s Go Dodgers! It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!
Dodgers lost the first game with the Angels 3-2. Isringhausen won it and Kenley Jansen lost it. Kenley is in my baseball fantasy team, Los Locos Azules.
BUT! we know pitchers got to have a short memory. Kenley came back on Tuesday and won the game. Dodgers were trailing on this one but with the score 2-2 (after Ethier tying the game), ex-Angel Juan Rivera went Boom! with a 3-run homerun! We went crazy at the stadium!
It was also Mike Sciocia’s bobblehead night. I don’t think the bobblehead resembles him but I am glad to have it. Scioscia used to be a favorite of mine back when I started attending games. Always had a soft spot for catchers and pitchers.
Not a good day for honorees at the ballpark since Jaime Jarrin who was honored the night before did not get a win for his team. But it was a special night with all the tributes paid to Jaime Jarrin.
After throwing out the first pitch along with his son Jorge Jarrin and his grandson Stefan Jarrin, Jaime went to the mike to say “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball” but first he said it in Spanish “Es La Hora de el Beisbol de los Dodgers”
Monday was also the day the Kings won the Stanley Cup! 50,559 showed up at Dodger Stadium even with the Kings playing at Staple Center.
For tonight Dodger game, the Stanley Cup Champions Los Angeles Kings are bringing the Stanley Cup trophy and will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Congratulations Kings! Let’s Go Dodgers! Let’s Go!
Chris Capuano must love Dodger Stadium. He i 5-0 at Dodger Stadium. With Sunday’s win he improved his record to 7-1. Mateo Treanor, 36, hit a home run. Is Mateo Treanor Capuano’s personal catcher?
Dodgers improved to a record of 32-15, best record in baseball! Congratulations to Jerry Hairston Jr.,who had a career-high five hits with one double and four singles.
And what about Elian Herrera? He has a nine game hitting streak.
I LOVE LOVE this A.J. Ellis video with Clayton Kershaw
AJ can do it all! Vote for AJ to the All-Star! #AJ2KC
Happy Veterans Day everyone! Thank you all that have served our country!
I posted this two years ago on Memorial day about Poppy flowers and these two Memorial Day poems here http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2010/05/31/memorial-day-in-flanders-fields-we-shall-keep-the-faith/
I will be wearing a poppy flower to pay tribute to all those that have served our country.
I arrived at the first Dodger FanFest at noon. There were a lot of people there waiting for the gates to open. The first thing I did was have my baseball card made. This is my third baseball card but this one has the Dodger schedule in the back. The next thing I did was the Dodger flip book. Basically you put a glove on and pose for pictures pitching, catching while the camera rolls and they make that into a tiny book.
It was already hot so when I saw sosmeone with a paper fan with half of Matt Kemp’s face, I asked where they got it. It is KCAL CBS sponsored with their broadcast schedule in the back. They gave you three rubber baseballs and if you made it thru the big hole you got the fan. If you made it thru the smaller hole you got Dodger tickets. I wanted the fan but I only came close. Lucky for me my brother Victor was with me. He aimed for the big hole and got me my fan! How do I look?
When Mattingly was on stage, I went to the mike and asked him what Lilly had done to get tossed in Chicago. Also I said on the Mike while wearing my Vote for AJ Ellis button (I took the image from MikeSciosciatragicillness blog and glued it to one of my buttons. Mattingly said “yes, I am voting for AJ.
Here is Matt Kemp on stage being interviewed and taking questions.
The longest Dodger infield was missing the iron man Steve Garvey. He had an emergency so only Russell, Cey and Lopes were there. I thanked them for 1981 which was my first year as a season ticket holder and told Lopes that back in 1981 I had given Bobby Welch a greeting card to make him feel better because he was not doing well. He said something like “you don’t know how much we appreciate that when we are not doing well..” That year in December 1981 I received a postcard from Lopes thanking me for my support. I still have it.
Vin Scully also made it appearance! He talked and we listened only with the “WE Love you Vin!” “No, you are Great!”
Next it was Pepe Yniguez, Fernando Valenzuela & Jaime Jarrin. Pepe funny as usual and even Fernando. Jaime great as always.
Earlier I had gone to the section where the Dodgers had the Tommy Lasorda wine tasting. This section was only for season ticket holders. Later on Tommy was going to walk around talking to fans there posing for picures but I had a conflict since it was the same time Vin Scully was going to be on stage. Anyway, after Pepe, Fernando and Jaime appearace on stage, Tommy followed. He was funny, inspirational and full of Dodger Blue energy. He got the crowd going. I asked him “what kind of food I should have with two bottles of his wine I have at home. He said “Save it!” “And when the Dodgers win the World Series I will drink those bottles of wine with you!” Tommy: I got plenty of witnesses!
I left in time to watch some batting practice. Clayton Kershaw pitched a great game. He blanked out the Cardinals 6-0,
Saturday is the first Dodger FanFest at Dodger Stadium. Originally I was scheduled to go to the Baseball Reliquary Bill VeeckFest but I am going to the Dodger Fanfest and I will have someone tell me all about the Veeckfest and have them buy me the biography “Bill Veeck: Baseball Greatest Maverick” by Paul Dickson. The program include a panel discussion on the legacy of Bill Veeck, film screening & book signing.
Interleague starts today but not for the Dodgers. The St Louis Cardinals are in town. The Angels pay a visit to the Padres. Dodgers don’t start interleague until June 8th when they go to Seattle. I will be there with my friend Lorena and another friend that will join us is Rosie. We are so looking forward to that trip. Safeco Field will be a new stadium for the three of us. At the SABR conference in Long Beach, I met a Mariner fan. I saw her again at the SABR Fall League conference in Arizona. I am going to see if I can contact her.
The schedule for the FanFest event is as follows:
12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.: Autograph session with Scott Elbert, Elian Herrera, Adam Kennedy, Josh Lindblom, Jerry Sands, Matt Treanor, Scott Van Slyke.
12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m.: Autograph session with Chris Capuano, Matt Guerrier, Tony Gwynn, Jr., Justin Sellers, Jamey Wright.
12:45 p.m.-1:10 p.m.: Appearance and interview with Don Mattingly.
1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Autograph session with Ron Cey, Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell.
1:10 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Appearance and interview with Matt Kemp.
1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.: Appearance and interview with Cey, Garvey, Lopes, Russell.
2:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Appearance and interview with Steve Sax and Steve Yeager.
2:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Autograph session with Ronald Belisario, Todd Coffey, A.J. Ellis, Mark Ellis, Andre Ethier, Javy Guerra, Ted Lilly, James Loney.
2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: Autograph session with Bobby Abreu, Chad Billingsley, Dee Gordon, Jerry Hairston, Jr., Aaron Harang, Kenley Jansen.
3:00 p.m-3:30 p.m.: Appearance by Vin Scully.
3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.: Autograph session with Al “The Bull” Ferrara, Ken McMullen, Dennis Powell, Derrel Thomas.
3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.: Appearance and interview with Ned Colletti, Rick Monday, Charley Steiner.
4:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Autograph session with Billy Ashley, Lee Lacy, Kenny Landreaux, Wes Parker.
4:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Appearance and interview with Jaime Jarrin, Fernando Valenzuela, Pepe Yniguez.
4:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Autograph session with Jimmy Campanis, Tommy Davis, Chuck Essegian, “Sweet” Lou Johnson.
4:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Tommy Lasorda addresses fans.
5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Autograph session with Jaime Jarrin, Fernando Valenzuela, Pepe Yniguez.
5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.: Autograph session with Tommy Lasorda.
Entry to the event is free with your ticket to the evening’s contest against the Cardinals. There will also be a wine tasting of Tommy Lasorda’s wine for season ticket holders with their VIP card.
In the meantime is Fireworks Night to the 80′s music. Dodgers have been paying tribute to decades with the Fireworks and also having a highlight video from that decade. 80′s is a good one with two World Series & Fernandomania. I got my 1981 t-shirt on and my satin Dodger jacket.