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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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

This week’s WordPress photo challenge is Endurance. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/endurance/

I started scanning the pictures in my iphone to see what I could use.  I came across a picture and a little video I took of an oldtimer Dodger fan  with a very old Dodger baseball cap.   I heard him talking with an usher about his hat  so I asked if I could take a picture.

hat old

His name is Paul.   I caught him just before the elevator in the Top Deck of Dodger Stadium came.    I knew I had a short window to do a quick little video.

Dave got the hat on August 31, 1959.  This is the second year the Dodgers played at the Coliseum. He says in the Video that Sandy Koufax piched that day against the Giants. He had gone with his future father in law. At that time, the lady with him was his girlfriend. They were to marry the following week.

Dave could not remember who pitched for the Giants but I looked it up. http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/LAN/LAN195908310.shtml
Jack Sanford pitched for the Giants. The Dodgers with Sandy Koufax on the mound won the game 5-2.

Dave did remember that Wally Moon hit one of his famous moonshots. Dave also remembers Willie McCovey hitting a homerun off Koufax.

Some endurance that LA Dodgers hat has withstood!The hat is 55 years old and he still wears to Dodger Stadium.

Dave’s hat, marraige and his his love lasting 55 years years and still going.

Game Tankas 09/02/14 Dodgers 4, Nationals 1

I have done haikus in the past but did not know about Tankas.  Haikus are a three-line poem of 5/7/5 syllables.   Tankas have two additional lines of 7 syllables so they are 5/7/5/7/7.   I was reading the WordPress Monday writing challenge for this week to write a tanka or a set of tankas https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_writing_challenge/full-tanka/

Here it is what I came up with during Clayton Kershaw masterpiece performance yesterday at Dodger Dodger Stadium.
WASHINGTON NATIONALS AT LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Kershaw on the mound
Pederson playing center
Good omen this night
First Major League hit for Joc
A single in the second!

WASHINGTON NATIONALS AT LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The crowd is roaring
Kershaw wheeling and dealing
Cy Young performance
reached 200 K’s tonight
5th straight time in his career

Kershaw can hit too
With a single in the fifth
Daring base running
after a single by Dee
broke open the scoreless game

WASHINGTON NATIONALS AT LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Home-run Uribe!
With Crawford on base Woo-Hoo!
score four to zero
but in the fifth Bryce homered
Only run Kershaw allowed

Kershaw 8 innings
3 hits, 1 earned run allowed
2 walks, 8 strikeouts
Kershaw wins his 17
ERA 1.7

 

pictures by Jon SooHoo

Rene Cardenas interviews Dodger Catcher Mike Scioscia in Spanish

I love this old  interview!  Long time Spanish broadcaster Rene Cardenas interviews Mike Scioscia in Spanish.   I love hearing Mike talk in Spanish.   Mike Scioscia used to be one of my favorite players.  I loved how he blocked the plate.   I used to sit behind homeplate in the Loge level.   There was an older lady sitting behind me that like me, used to go to the games by herself.   Whenever she was not at the game because she also had tickets to the Lakers, I used to buy her ticket so that I could take one of my little cousins to the game.  

 

I did not know how well Mike speaks Spanish.   Unlike now, back then I only used to listen to the games in English.

Here is the interview:

Baseball Players are Soccer Fans Too

I love this! Alanna Rizzo tweeted this:

Then Yasiel Puig posted this on IG:
PUIG Y ADRIAN SOCCER

I love these two guys!

On Saturday  when we saw Yasiel Puig as he was going one way and us another, I called his name, Yasiel turned around and recognized me.  He came over to give me a hug then I told him this time Rosie was with us (If you read the post from Viva Los Dodgers he asked “where is the 3rd one?” :-)) .  He said he looked for us.  he then asked us if we had eaten _We had just had a big breakfast so we told him we did and that we were on our way to a church. He said “I can’t pray on an empty stomach” lol.

Yesterday after the game we went to say goodbye to the players as they boarded the bus that took them to the airport.  Some fans got Adrian’s attention that they had a Mexican flag in support of Mexico playing on Monday in the World Cup.  Adrian opened his backpack showing us that he was carrying his Mexico jersey.

 

Mexico won 3-1.  Now Boys in Blue go take care of the Royals!

Greinke on the mound against Guthrie at Kauffman Stadium.

Rest in Peace Bobby Welch, 1956 – 2014

It is a sad day today hearing that Bobby Welch passed away.

I did see Bobby strike out Reggie Jackson but it was not until the Summer of 1981 that I became a big Bobby Welch fan.

1981 was the first year I had season tickets. I had my ticket in the Loge level, aisle 3, row N, seat 3. I never collected autographs or took pictures with players. I just went to my seat, watch the game and left when the last out was recorded. Back then I was very shy. I was teaching myself how to follow the game and I thought myself how to keep score by looking at the sample in the Dodger magazine.

That Summer, Davey Lopes was not doing well and he was being booed at the stadium. I felt bad for Davey that he was being booed in his own stadium.

As Camera Day was a few days away, I decided to go and see if I could find a greeting card with some encouraging words to give to Davey Lopes. The day before camera day I went to a local Hallmark store and read many greeting cards trying to find some that had some encouraging words for Davey. Some I found too mushy, not appropriate. I finally found one that I thought was respectful and appropriate.

Camera Day had arrived so I headed to Dodger Stadium with my Kodak camera and a greeting card in my bag. I took a spot close to the dugout on the field behind the roped area. I was taking pictures and waiting for Davey Lopes to come out. But the last players were coming out so I realized he was not going to come out. When I spotted Jerry Reuss, I asked him if he could give Davey a card. Reuss said No, can’t do it…not allowed or something like that. The last guy coming out of the dugout was Bobby Welch. I asked him and he looked at me and said “I sure will” From that day on, I was a big Bobby Welch fan!

The Dodgers won the World Series in 1981. Some time in November of 1981, I received a postcard signed by Davey Lopes thanking me for my support. I still have that postcard.

I followed Bobby’s career, I was sad when he was traded to Oakland and also when I read that the was battling alcoholism. I was happy when he was doing well on the field and off the field. The next time I saw him was in 2008 when Dodgers were celebrating Dodger decades with luncheons with players speakers at Dodger Stadium. I attended the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Bobby was part of the 80’s group (he could have been on the 70’s) The 80’s luncheon was in the Dodger Club level restaurant. It is too bad that when talking about 1988, Bobby Welch was with Oakland.

The next time I saw him was at Camelback Ranch. I believe it was 2009 when the Dodgers had a Women Baseball clinic. I took this picture with Bobby.

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The next time I saw him he was at Dodger Stadium. I was already in my seats in the Top Deck when I saw him as part of alumni players on the field prior to the game. I made my way down all the way to the field level and caught up with him as he was coming back to the field level. I talked to him and told him again that he was my favorite player. He signed my baseball.

My friend Kent who I met in 2012 at the SABR convention in Long Beach is a Dodger fan and a Red Sox fan. I started talking to him about Bobby Welch. He told he had his book “Five O’Clock Comes Early” I told him that I had heard of the book but that I never read it. He sent it to me in the mail. I read it but I kept it a little longer hoping to see Bobby so he could sign it and send it back to Kent. I did not have the book with me last time I saw Bobby at Dodger Stadium. Rest in peace Bobby!

 

 

Clayton Kershaw is Back. Old-Timers game list released

El Niño de Oro, Clayton Kershaw is off the disabled list and back on the mound today against the Nationals.  It was 1:21 A.M.  when the game was over this morning at the Capital where the Dodgers were shutout 4-0  in a long rain delay

Dodgers are 4-3 on this road trip and 5-5 in the last 10.

Then Nationals are sending Right Handed Treinen.

Good luck Kershaw!

the skipper Kevin Kennedy is doing the radio game with Rick Monday today and tomorrow.

And Kershaw starts with a K.  He retires the Nationals on 12 pitches.   I am listening to the game.

I miss my boys in blue.  I miss Dodger Stadium but they return home on Thursday for a seven game homestand.  I don’t particular like four game series but the Dodgers will host the Giants for four and then the fishes come to town.

Thursday is Inflatable chair giveaway.  First time the Dodgers do this.  Saturday is the Old-timers game.  OMG!  I just saw the Dodgers tweet that Koufax will be at the Old-Timers game.  Also, Fernando, Orel Hershiser & Gagne.

Here is the info:

2014 Old-timers Game and Pennant

Join the Dodgers on Saturday, May 10th for the Old-Timers Game, presented by Security Benefit. Take in a day of baseball as the Dodgers play the Giants at 1:10pm and following the game, your favorite Dodger alumni will show off their timeless skills. The first 40,000 fans in attendance will also receive a throwback pennant, compliment of Security Benefit.

The Dodgers game will start at 1:10pm.Admission to the Old-Timers Game is free with a purchase of a ticket to the Dodgers game on May 10th. The game will take place shortly after the final out of the game.

Buy Tickets

Interested in bringing a group out to the game? Learn more about group tickets here or call 323-224-1421.

Old-Timers' GamePennant

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS FOR OLD-TIMERS GAME*

Team 1
  • Dusty Baker OF
  • Tim Wallach 3B
  • Mickey Hatcher SS/OF
  • Steve Sax 2B
  • Mike Marshall 1B
  • Reggie Smith OF/1B
  • Steve Yeager C
  • Raul Mondesi OF
  • Davey Lopes 2B
  • Darryl Strawberry 1B/OF
  • Ron Cey 3B
  • Eric Gagne P
  • Fernando Valenzuela P
Team 2
  • Shawn Green OF
  • Derrel Thomas 2B/C
  • Bill Russell SS
  • Ken Landreaux OF
  • Eric Karros 1B
  • Rick Monday OF
  • Nomar Garciaparra 3B
  • Maury Wills SS
  • Steve Finley OF
  • Orel Hershiser P
  • Rick Honeycutt P

* Participants in Old-Timers game subject to change.

No Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium for 2014

Initiated for the first time on April 15, 2004, Jackie Robinson Day is celebrated each year on that day.  In 2004, The Dodgers were playing in San Diego. but starting in 2005, the Dodgers have been celebrating Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium.   That tradition has been broken as the Dodgers will be in San Francisco on April 15, 2014.

I had taken it for granted that the Dodgers would always play at Dodger Stadium on April 15.  Needless to say I am disappointed at the people who create the schedule and at the Dodgers that they did not push for this day to always be played at Dodger Stadium.

Just like many other Dodger fans, we will miss celebrating at Dodger Stadium.   On that day, through Dodger Stadium, you could see fans sporting their Jackie Robison jerseys or t-shirts.  One year I spotted the guy below wearing a Pasadena College jersey with Jackie’s number in the back.   I also spotted a similar jersey from UCLA

Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium

We are very proud that Jackie Robinson went to Pasadena College and that he went to UCLA.   Also that he broke the color barrier wearing a Brooklyn Dodger uniform.

 

I will wear my Jackie Robinson jersey at work since I won’t be going to San Francisco.

 

Chat with Yasiel Puig. Part two

I was disappointed that Yasiel Puig was late getting to the game yesterday.  I don’t know whose fault that was.   his driver?  but  Yasiel is also to blame.  Ok, but that is not why I started this post.

I forgot some of the conversation in my prior post.   After Wednesday’s Dodger win in San Diego, my friend Lorena reminded me of something I left out from my first post.

While at the café in San Diego on Monday, I told Yasiel we were there Sunday for the Opener and we were going to be there for the next two games.  Rosie then said “except for me, I leave tonight because I have to go back to work”   Yasiel then said “Oh, if we win the next two games, then I am going to blame you for the loss yesterday (Sunday).”    Rosie said “OMG!”  and we all laughed. Yasiel   then said “I am going to post your picture at the entrances so they won’t let you in.”    When the game was over on Wednesday night at Petco Park, Lorena said “Rosie can’t come to the game.”   Well, Rosie was at yesterday’s home opener and the Dodgers lost so here is a picture of Rosie:

 

Yasiel Puig

Rosie talking to Puig.

Los Angeles Dodgers first full squad workout

Rosie, Emma and Lorena.  picture by Jon SooHoo.   Las Beisboleras!

You are welcome Rosie!  What are friends for ;-)    Dodger wins come first!   You can come back if I give you a “limpia”  with ruda.   We will give you a cleansing with Rue (that hierba is very odorous)  or we send you to a brujo.

Nice chat with Yasiel Puig

Greetings from San Diego!  My beisbolera friends and I  made the trip to San Diego for the Opening Series in San Diego.   We lost the Opener on Sunday.   Monday, a day off we went for a late breakfast close to Petco Park.  We happen to be seated at the table next to where Yasiel Puig, his cousin and Paco Rodriguez were sitting.    Yasiel was pointing at something in the  USA Today special baseball section that appeared on  Monday 3/31/14.    The section has salaries for the 856 major league players on Opening-day rosters and disabled.

We could hear what they were talking and they could hear us but we did not bother them, my back was facing Paco’s back and Rosie’s back was facing Yasiel.  Lorena was facing their back.   When I heard Yasiel say “Todas las mujeres son iguales..”  “All the women are alike..”  I just had to turn around.  He looked at me and said “Perdone senora.. but it is true..”  “I I heard you talking in Spanish so you understood me..”  From there we started talking.   I introduced myself saying I was from Honduras.  He said “oh, Hondurena..”   I said “Lorena is a teacher..”  He said “Oh you can teach me English.”   I asked him how did he liked Australia.  He said very pretty but the flight was too long even though he had a comfortable bed.   then I don’t know how we were talking about water but he said “I don’t like to be near the ocean, I had enough of ocean when I came to the U.S.  

Yasiel Puig

We found Yasiel Puig very nice, personable, friendly, funny and witty.   He introduced himself, then he said this is Paco and this is my cousin Federico.  He laughed then saying that “we just call him Federico, you know for Federowicz,…”  I said “oh yeah, Fed-Ex.   They were glancing at the tv telling me a lot of teams are playing today their Opener.  I said yes, and showed him the MLB At Bat scores where at the time they were a lot of ties.   He said they were enjoying the day off and they needed it after the long flight to Australia.   I said “You will face Ian Kennedy tomorrow”  He touched his face and said “Don’t hit my face because he is going to make me ugly..”  “Hit my ribs instead…”   Then Lorena said “Did you see Chapman”   He said “Oh yeah, he texted me in Australia saying “even getting hit, you are still uglier than me..”    It was funny.  

When he mentioned Fed-Ex, I said, yeah and Javy Guerra went to the White Sox.   Yasiel said “yeah, Belisario is there.”  I said “Oh yeah, the ugliest one from the team left.”   Puig laughed and said to Paco and his cousin  “Did you hear that?  LOL”   

Afterwards Yasiel was saying we should take some kids to the game. then he got up and extended his hand to me then to Rosie and Lorena.   Yasiel walked to a table  where they was a kid dressed in Dodger Blue.  He said hi to the kid and family then took a picture with the kid.  

Like I said, we found him to be very friendly, personable, funny and witty.  We did not bother him asking him for a picture.  We thought it was not appropriate but we loved the chat.    Oh yeah, I forgot to say when he was talking about stadiums, he said to me “No me gusta Dodger Stadium.”   He sounded serious but when I looked at him with a sad face he laughed and I knew he was joking. He said he couldn’t wait to be home playing for the home crowd, “his gente”.   I mentioned other stadiums I like like the view from Pittsburgh.  He said well we don’t see the view, we look at the field but still I said “You should look at Dodger Stadium from the Top Deck, look at the natural beauty, the mountains in front and the downtown in the back.  Rosie mentioned you could see the Hollywood sign from there.    I said “go after all the fans have gone home.”  He said “I could go when I first get there.”  

It was a great day.   We like Yasiel Puig even more now. 

 picture from Lorena

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