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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;

 

It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!!

It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!!

Ahhh.  I’ve been waiting for this day!   The first Dodger Spring Training game!  So

like the apron says “The Heck with housework!   Let’s see the Dodgers Play!”

Yesterday was also the launch of the Dodgers new TV Network: SportNetLA

When I got home from work, I spent all the evening watching  SportNetLA until past midnight.  While watching the station.

I also renewed my subscription to MLB at Bat so that I can listen to the game  while I work, at Dodger Stadium and on the road.

Today is 24 days till the Dodgers Opening Day in Australia.  When I think of #24, I think of

Walter Alston went on to manage the Dodgers on one-year contracts for 23 seasons (1954-1976).

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Welcome back Baseball!  I missed you!!

Lunch and Baseball!   Baseball and food, my two favorite things!

Sandy Koufax drilled by line drive is OK.

What a scare we all got this morning when news got around that Sandy Koufax  got hit in the forehead by a line drive.

The line drive was hit by Andre Either.  Oh, we know Andre feels terrible.  He was quoted by Dylan Hernandez saying “Your heart kind of leaps out of your body right there for a second.”

Ken Gurnick reported that Sandy Koufax stopped by the Press Box to reassure them that he was OK.  Sandy underwent a CT scan and everything is fine.

The always funny @DodgerzGM said: “Andre Ethier apologized to Koufax for hitting him in the head with a line drive. Said he was aiming for one of the other three outfielders. ”   LOL

My friend Kent Whittaker twitted me “I thought Andre can’t hit lefties.”   Funny one Kent.

Dylan Hernandez reported that Koufax jokingly said he might test the new protective cap for pitchers tomorrow.     Good idea Sandy.  I hope you do wear one.

Glad you are feeling better Sandy.   We hope to see you with the protective cap tomorrow.

Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World turns 5

February 13, 2009, I decided to start my blog.  I picked the day before Valentine’s Day to pay tribute to my beloved Dodgers.  Yes, today is my

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So here is a look at pictures from the last five years.  These are only pictures that are saved in the blog.

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Dodger Baseball is Back!

Seeing all the pictures from Spring training at Camelback Ranch

Los Angeles Dodgers first workout for pitchers and catchers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale

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brings a BIG SMILE to my face

I can’t wait to be there Saturday!!

Los Angeles Dodgers first workout for pitchers and catchers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale

hearing that beautiful  sound of the ball going by and hitting the glove.

Los Angeles Dodgers first workout for pitchers and catchers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale

Looking at those crispy Dodger Blue and White uniforms.

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Even Don Mattingly looks slim.  I wish I too can report to Spring Training all skinny.

Los Angeles Dodgers first workout for pitchers and catchers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale

Fans turn into kids.  Watching the morning workouts.  Across chain link fence.

See you this weekend Dodgers!

photos by Jon SooHoo.

Dodgers: Please bring back our Paper Season Tickets

One of the things I looked forward to every year is getting that special box from the Dodgers in the mail with my season tickets. I was always giddy with  anticipation when I got that call from home that a package had arrived from the Dodgers.  I would wonder “How do the tickets look like this year?”   Would they have current players pictures or past player pictures, pictures of Dodger past history?  No matter what the Dodgers picked, I liked them.  They were my special tickets!   One of the many themes I like are “Great Moments in Dodger History.”

The minute I got home I would grab the box look at it some more, shake it and hastily  opened it. Once the box was opened, I would smell the tickets just like in the movie “Fever Pitch”    “They smell like World Series to me” I would tell my brother Victor year after year.

Before I became a season ticket holder for a second time, I had a mini plan package with my friend Stephanie.  Once the tickets arrived, we would get together for dinner and spread the tickets on the table.  If she could not attend some games, I would give her a choice of another date.

Prior to home stands, my brother Victor would separate the tickets for the upcoming home stand.  He would hold a set in each hand and ask me ‘left or right?”   I always ended up with tickets with my favorite players either by choosing right or by bullying him.

Afterwards the tickets went  into our handy holder that the Dodgers would sell at Dodger Stadium.

With this no paper season, I need to either print my tickets or show my phone so the Dodgers can scan this virtual ticket.  I don’t like it.  I don’t have a printer at home.  All my printing I do it at work or at a library.   My brother does not have a phone so he needs to print the ticket.

I am old fashion, I like having actual tickets.  I like writing in back of them recording special occasions.  Every once in a while, for special occasions, I like having that ticket signed if the opportunity arises. I like to record a player’s debut, his first hit, his first home run.

One of the things I don’t like when I go on road trips is having to print my own tickets or scan them from my phone.   I was in Seattle when the Dodgers got no-hit.  I saved my printout but as I was leaving the stadium I noticed two tickets on the floor.  I was thinking “Why would anyone not want to keep such a special ticket to commemorate the no-hitter?   I picked up the tickets.

Below is my ticket from Opening Day 1981 when Fernando had to step in and replace Jerry Reuss as the Opening Day pitcher.    It is not on this picture, but Fernando signed it for me.

I also have my postseason season tickets from 1981.   I have my two season tickets from the Back to Back to Back to Back historical game on September 18, 2006.  Like that I have other ones saved separate from my other season tickets.    A long time ago, I used to toss them.  I wish I would have kept some of those tickets.

Another thing I do with the tickets is attach them to my scoresheet.

It is not going to be the same having to scan the ticket from my phone or printing those generic papers.

I was going to post some pictures of my tickets but they are at home and i am having a hard time uploading pictures.

Update:  Bill Roebuck has created a petition and a facebook page.  Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/224152067777733/

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