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Baseball Players are Soccer Fans Too

I love this! Alanna Rizzo tweeted this:

Then Yasiel Puig posted this on IG:
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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.

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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:

 

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Rosie talking to Puig.

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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.  

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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

Haikus: It’s Time for Dodger Baseball in Australia

It’s time for Dodger Baseball in Australia!   I have been waiting all day Friday and will wait all night till Saturday at 1.am. when the game is due to start. Here are some quick haikus:

Outside is gloomy

but it is Opening Night

So my heart just see sunshine

Speaking of Mr. Sunshine

Kershaw will be on the mound

green grass all around

Los Angeles Dodgers Workout

Opening Day Eve

My allergies in full bloom

Spring is in the air

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Australia

I can’t wait to hear

It’s Time for Dodger Baseball

At one a.m. here

Australia so far

Start time there 7 p.m.

Crickets outside sing

Play ball!

Arruebarruena or Arruebarrena

So which is it?  Arruebarruena or Arruebarrena?  I asked the Dodgers when I started seeing it spelled  Arruebarrena.   The response yesterday was “Arruebarruena.”  but when the Dodgers first signed Erisbel, you kept seeing Arruebarruena everywhere.

Jesus Padilla saw the Dodgers response to me so he twitted this picture

Jesus said ” Jesus Padilla@Jay_P822h

@Dodgers @crzblue I sort of follow Cuban baseball and the Cuban Ntnl Team, and have always seen it as Arruebarruena.

Once Erisbel arrived at Camelback Ranch, the Dodgers announced him as Erisbel Arruebarrena

 

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Either way, Welcome Erisbel!   I see that both in Cuba and with the Dodgers you are wearing Manny Mota’s number.   Great choice!

‘Arruebarrena’ actually only has one ‘u,’ slips into tie for MLB’s second-longest name

By Matt Monagan | Follow @Mono11

Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena officially reported to Dodgers Spring Training on Thursday. Along with comparing his playing style to Yasiel Puig, the 23-year-old confirmed that his last name is actually spelled with 12 (Arruebarrena) and not 13 (Arruebarruena) letters. See his Cactus League jersey below:

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Rest in Peace Dr. Frank Jobe

As a member of the Baseball Reliquary, I am proud that I voted for Dr. Frank Jobe in 2012.  He was elected to the Baseball Reliquary Shrine of the Eternals that year on July 15, 2012.   The day before, Dr. Frank Jobe was at Dodger Stadium with Tommy John throwing out the first pitch

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pictures at Dodger Stadium taken by me. 

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Mudcat Grant was also inducted into the Baseball Reliquary Shrine of the Eternals. 

Tommy John introduced Dr. Frank Jobe.

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Rest in peace Dr. Frank Jobe.  I think The Hall of Fame should have done something for Dr Jobe a long time ago.  Dr. Jobe was the  greatest  man of Sport medicine.  Nobody else has contributed as much to the sport as he has.   Thank you Dr. Jobe.

Trader Joe’s Dodger Fearless Fan of the Day

Who remembers when Trader Joe’s and the Dodgers had the “Fearless Fan of the Day” At Dodger stadium?   I remember that day during batting practice I was walking with a Trader Joe’s bag in the field level when a lady stopped me and asked me if I wanted to be the “Fearless fan of the day”.  she said “you get to go on the field, but  you have to wear this”. The this was a Dodger Hawaiian shirt. She had me at “you get to go on the field”.  What I can’t remember is what year that was.

Here is the video from that day;

 

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