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Rose Parade 2014: Dreams Come True

I barely uploaded all my pictures from the Rose Parade.   With Vin Scully being the Grand Marshall in 2014, I made sure to get up early to go to the parade.  The last time Vin had been to the parade was in 2008 when the Dodgers had this float:

Remember it?   Vin Scully, Tommy Lasorda, Don Newcombe, Carl Erskine, Nancy Bea, Fernando, Garvey, Nomah, Saito, Eric Karros, James Loney were on the parade.   I remember it so well spending a few days and nights working on the parade.  I was worry that it was not going to be done on time that after spending the day working on it, I went home for dinner and went back to work on it the night before on the 31st.  I went back a few hours later to see it leave the place to the parade.  Afterwards when It was going by on Colorado, I took off running next to it saying hi to the guys on the parade that were on my side of it.  I did it without thinking until I could not go by any further due to the people on the side.   When I stopped I realized I should not have done that.   We had a good laugh about it with the two friends that followed me running along the float.

Here are the pictures of the parade.  This time I stayed put watching all the floats and taking pictures until my battery went dead.

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Vin Scully, Grand Marshal 2014

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Burbank float.

Jon Soo Hoo walking taking pictures.

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IRP2014 Kiwanies

Kiwanis float

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Vin Scully

RP2014 teachers

A tribute to teachers!

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One of the two cars carrying Vin Scully’s family.

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RP2014 Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter did not come out as clear.  Note part of my Dodger crazy hat showing and my arm up in a fist.

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I hope your dreams come true in 2014!

ESPN showing some love to the Dodgers

The first Dodger game in the US has been changed from Monday March 31, to Sunday March 30.   I am so glad that my hotel reservations start on Sunday.   Details of the changes from Jon Weisman here http://dodgers.mlblogs.com/2014/01/09/dodgers-first-u-s-game-of-2014-season-march-30-in-san-diego/

From the link:

So to clarify the schedule:

  • March 16 (1:05 p.m.) — final Cactus League game vs. Rockies at Camelback Ranch
  • March 17-21 — off
  • March 22 (1 a.m. in Los Angeles, 7 p.m. in Sydney) — opening game vs. Diamondbacks in Sydney
  • March 22 (7 p.m. in Los Angeles, 1 p.m. March 23 in Sydney)—game two vs. Diamondbacks in Sydney
  • March 23-26—off
  • March 27 (7:10 p.m.) — exhibition game vs. Angels at Dodger Stadium
  • March 28 (7:10 p.m.) — exhibition game vs. Angels at Dodger Stadium
  • March 29 (6:05 p.m.) — exhibition game vs. Angels at Anaheim
  • March 30 (5:05 p.m.) — regular season game vs. Padres at San Diego
  • March 31 — off
  • April 1 (TBD) — regular-season game vs. Padres at San Diego
  • April 2 (7:10 p.m.) — regular-season game vs. Padres at San Diego
  • April 3 — off
  • April 4 (1:10 p.m.) — home opener vs. Giants at Dodger Stadium

I like that ESPN is showing some love for the Dodgers.  The only thing is we won’t have Vin Scully on the call but since I have the best of both worlds listening to the best Dodger Broadcaster in English, Vin Scully and the best in Spanish with el maestro Jaime Jarrin and the loquacious Pepe Yniguez.  Fernando Valenzuela does some analysis.

No, I am not going to Sydney but I will be listening starting at 1. a.m. on Saturday March 22 and at 7:p.m.  Sounds weird saying that.

Lorena and I in San Diego for Opening Day with the Dodgers.  San Diego is always fun and we get to see our good friend, the big Padre fan, Mike.

Honoring the Brooklyn Dodgers Players Alive as of January 6, 2014

Here is my annual post of updating this list of the Brooklyn Dodgers players alive.   From the Brooklyn Dodger players, we lost Andy Pafko, Don Lund, Preston Ward and the youngest one, Don Miller.

We now have 38 surviving Broklyn Dodger players with Mike Sandlock who continues to be the oldest one.  Mr. Sandlock will turn 99 on October 17.  The youngest one is now Bob Aspromonte who will turn 75 on June 19.

Happy birthday to Ralph Branca who turns 88 today January 6, Dia de Los Reyes, Day of the Kings.

I wish you all a healthy 2014.
Name Birthplace.   Born Uni#
Mike Sandlock Old Greenwich, CT 10/17/1915 1, 4
Ray Hathaway Grinville, OH 10/13/1916 22
Lee Pfund Oakpark, IL 10/10/1919 14
Luis   Olmo Puerto Rico 10/11/1919 21
Jean-Pierre Roy Canada. 6/26/1920 34
Pat McGlothin Coalfield, TN 10/20/1920 23
Marv   Rackley Seneca, SC 7/25/1921 35
Chuck   Kress Philadelphia, PA 12/9/1921 5
Eddie   Basinksi  Buffalo, NY 11/4/1922 3
Tim Thompson Coalport, PA 3/1/1924 21
George Shuba Youngstown, OH 12/13/1924 8
Johnny Rutherford Ontario, CN. 5/5/1925 15
 Wayne Terwilliger Clare, Mi. 6/27/1925 34
Chris Haughey Astoria, NY. 10/3/1925 14
 Ralph Branca Mount Vernon, NY 1/6/1926 13,20,28
Bob Borkowski Dayton, OH 1/27/1926 27
Randy Jackson Little Rock, AR 2/10/1926 2
 Dick Teed Springfield, MA 3/8/1926 37
Don Newcombe Madison, NJ 6/14/1926 36
 Bobby Morgan Oklahoma city.  OK 6/29/1926 2
Charlie Osgood Sommerville, MA 11/23/1926 20
Carl Erskine Anderson, IN 12/13/1926 17
Rocky Bridges   Refugio, TX 8/7/1927 9
 Tommy Lasorda   Norristown, PA 9/22/1927 2,27,29
 Tommy Brown    Brooklyn, NY 12/6/1927 9
 Joe Landrum    Columbia, SC 12/13/1928 19
 Joe Pignatano    Brooklyn, NY 8/4/1929 58
Roger   Craig    Durham, NC 2/17/1930 38
 Ron   Negray    Akron, OH 2/26/1930 38
Glenn   Mickens    Wilman, CA 7/26/1930 46
 Don   Zimmer    Cincinnati, OH 1/17/1931 23
 Ed   Roebuck    East Millboro, PA. 7/3/1931 37
 Fred   Kipp     Iqua, KS 10/1/1931 26
 Chico Fernandez    Cuba 3/2/1932 3
Jim Gentile    San Francisco, CA 6/3/1934 38
 Don Demeter    Oklahoma City.  OK 6/25/1935 2
Sandy Koufax      Brooklyn, NY 12/30/1935 32
Bob Aspromonte    Brooklyn, NY 6/19/1938 28. 34
Update:
Rest in peace to the following Brooklyn Dodgers:
Charlie Osgood.   November 23, 1926 – January 23, 2014.
Chuck Kress.    December 9, 1921 – March 4, 2014.
Don Zimmer.   January 17, 1931 – June 4, 2014

A Tribute to the Dodgers that passed away in 2013

A tradition in my blog on December 31 to pay tribute to the Dodgers that left us during the year to go with the big Dodger in the sky.

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Rest in peace, Justin Miller, Dick Gray, Don Lund, Preston Ward, Andy Pafko and  Rod Miller
ref:  Baseball-almanac

Andre Ethier at the Dream Center

I recorded these videos back in the Summer when I went to the Dream Center.  You can see the post I did back in August here http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2013/09/10/dodgers-and-the-dream-center/

Looks like I had the camera upside down in the first video.  haha.

Is that a pink underwear that you can see when Andre bents down?  :-)

Here is another video.  This one is a little longer.

It took me a while to upload the second video.

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Andre was in LA recently volunteering at the Union Rescue mission.  From the Dodgers website:

This is the sixth consecutive year that Ethier has volunteered at the Union Rescue Mission. The Dodger outfielder has also served food to the homeless at the Weingart Center on skid row in Los Angeles and has been active in the local community since joining the club in 2006, having made annual visits to the Union Rescue Mission,

Vin Scully on Twitter 12/16/13 #AskVin

What a treat for Christmas to have Vin Scully take over the Dodger account  on Monday.

As everyone knows, Vin Scully will be the Grand Marshall at the 2014 Rose Parade.

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Here are the questions that Vin Scully answered:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! A pleasure to be tweeting with you this morning.

@Dodgers  #AskVin Are you going to the football game after the Rose Bowl parade? Maybe call a little of the game with @KirkHerbstreit ?

  • @weber_virginia yes, the Grand Marshal tosses the coin to start the game! No, I’ll be busy with the entire family who will be there #AskVin

@Dodgers any special plans with the family for the holidays? #AskVin

No question but @Dodgers vin you are truly a great man and it’s been an honor to have listened to you all these years #AskVin #VinIsTheMan

  • @MannyF10 I am extremely grateful and humbled for the opportunity to do the job. #AskVin

@Dodgers Vin, after many many years with the Dodgers, what play and game do you hold closest to your heart..#askvin

  • .@vincebase5 probably the ’55 World Series. That was the only one the #Dodgers ever won in Brooklyn. That was probably the most momentous.

#AskVin what was your most memorable year

  • .@clariceann__27 Certainly the 42-8 stretch was bordering on the miraculous. That was really amazing. #AskVin
Making jury duty bearable. RT @Dodgers: Pull up a chair — Vin Scully is now in the tweet seat! #AskVin

@Dodgers hey Vin, you have seen many great dodger pitchers. Where would you rank Kershaw among them? #AskVin

  • .@21AGM Clayton is on his way to joining the top 5. He just needs some more seasons. #AskVin
  • On naming Public Enemy No. 1: It was the most electrifying curveball we had seen in some time. #AskVin

Vin, do you have an iPhone and what apps do you use? #askVin

  • .@Ruy24 I have a whole bunch — a dictionary, a history one, the stock market and a newspaper app. Those are a couple that I use. #AskVin

@Dodgers Hi Vin. Merry Christmas! Do you have a favorite childhood memory from the holidays? The best gift you ever received as a boy?

  • .@TBrownYahoo the best gift I ever received was a bicycle. I was about 8 years old.  As a small boy we never had a Christmas tree. I’d go to bed and there would be no sign of Christmas in the apartment.  I would wake up and rush into the living room and there would be a Christmas tree fully decorated. #AskVin

@Dodgers favorite baseball movie? #AskVin

  • .@LBthrowbackDUDE I did work on a movie, “For Love of the Game.” Perhaps because I was so involved in it.  They built a press box in the studio and they showed the game on a huge screen. I broadcast what I saw. There was no script. #AskVin

@Dodgers  Vin, I would be honored if you and your lovely wife would join us for Christmas dinner. #AskVin

  • .@Geeman1026 It would be hard for me to leave the gathering at our house with 16 grandchildren. It will be quite a group. #AskVin

#AskVin Where  and when did “Pull up a chair…” originate?

  • .@DJLBroker I don’t really know. It was just something that came out of my mouth some sixty odd years ago. I just picked it up. #AskVin

@Dodgers Mr.Scully #AskVin is now trending, your thoughts? pic.twitter.com/gcnV9ibrEe

@Dodgers Have you ever met Mariano Rivera personally? #AskVin

  • .@davidsDOINit Yes, he is an amazing charitable man. I didn’t know that until I met him. #AskVin

@Dodgers How did you arrange to have http://Santascall.org call your grandkids?

  • .@jaredkaufer Enter the website, answer the questionnaire, and Santa gives three choices for times to call. #AskVin

@Dodgers #AskVin Do you remember the first baseball game you attended?

  • .@ErnieMontano It was at the Polo Grounds. Dodgers and the Giants. I would say it was 1939. In the bleachers and cost 55 cents. #AskVin
  • I started calling games in my head when I was playing stickball with the boys. Then would holler a little play-by-play from my apartment.

@Dodgers Good morning, is there a particular celebrity memory that is a favorite?  Presidents?  Thrilled you’re on twitter. Thanks!  #AskVin

  • .@LAKingsSCC2012 Walter O’Malley introduced me to General Douglas MacArthur. He was a typical General — strong, quiet, austere.  I lived in Ronald Reagan’s neighborhood and went to the White House for his 1st inauguration with my wife.That was really one in a million.

@Dodgers who is the greatest baseball player of all time? #AskVin

And to conclude:

  • A heartfelt thanks to all, and as Tiny Tim said, “God bless us, every one!” -Vin Scully #AskVin

Thank you Vin for taking the time to answer questions on Twitter.  See you at the Rose Parade!   My question was favored by the Dodgers but it was not asked.  I wanted to know what is Vin Scully reading in the offseason.

Nomar Garciaparra Comes Back to the Dodgers!

Nomar Garciaparra joins the Dodgers Broadcasting crew!   The local boy from Whittier, California returns to the Dodgers!

Nomar is expected to do pre-and post-game commentary and be utilized on both the television and radio broadcasts.

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Congratulations Nomah!

the Dodgers are also pursuing ex-Dodger Orel Hershiser to be an announcer and the future broadcasting face of the team, according to USA Today.   Hershiser is also currently with ESPn, though is contract will soon expire.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Ref:  La Times, USA Today.

Rod Miller (January 16, 1940 – November 8, 2013)

Reading the LA Times newspaper this morning on the train, the obituary  of  Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt Disney.caught my attention.  She played a major  role in the completion of the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.  RIP Diane.

I noticed Diane’s husband’s name is Ron Miller.  This made me think of Rod Miller, the Brooklyn Dodger that had only one at bat with the Dodgers.  Also I thought , the youngest Brooklyn Dodger alive.   After reading the newspaper, I moved to my Iphone to catch up with more news.   That is when I ran into the obituary of Rod Miller.  Rod passed away on November 8, 2013, he was 73.   Rest in peace Mr. Miller.

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Here is the obituary http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/rgj/obituary.aspx?n=Rod-Miller&pid=168087199#

The 17 year-old Miller was signed by the Dodgers out of Lynwood HS in SoCal on June 26, 1957.  He was brought up to Brooklyn in September.  He appeared in only one game facing the Philadelphia Phillies on September 28. Rodney Carter “Rod” Miller went swinging on his only major league at bat in 1957.

Walter Alston was the classiest human being I’ve ever known giving me a chance to bat. That one at-bat opened more doors for me than I could ever have imagined.” – Miller in “Once Around the Bases”

Rest in peace Mr. Rodney Miller

With the passing of Rod Miller, the youngest Brooklyn Dodger alive is Bob Aspromonte at 75, followed by Sandy Koufax who will be 78 on December 30.

Ref:  Baseball Reference.

Dodgers Promotional Schedule for 2014

Woo-Hoo! The Dodger promotional schedule is out!

Sun April 6 vs Giants Kids’ Yasiel Puig Fathead^
Tue April 8 vs Tigers zip-Up Hooded Sweatshirt++
Sat April 19 vs D-Backs Welcome mat++
Tue April 22 vs Phillies Fleece Blanket++
Thu April 24 vs Phillies Clayton Kershaw “Cy Young” Bobblehead
Sun April 27 vs Rockies Kids’ Replica Jersey^
Thu May 8 vs Giants Inflatable Chair++
Sat May 10 vs Giants Pennant++
Sun May 11 vs Giants Mother’s Day Clutch++
Tue May 13 vs Marlins Yasiel Puig Bobblehead
Mon May 26 vs Reds Memorial Day BBQ Apron++
Tue May 27 vs Reds Hyun-Jin Ryu Bobblehead
Thu May 29 vs Pirates Fan vote T-Shirt++
Sun Jun 1 vs Pirates Kids’ Batting Helment^
Tue Jun 3 vs White Sox Hello Kitty Mini Bobblehead
Sat Jun 14 vs D-Backs Tommy Lasorda Bobblehead
Sun Jun 15 vs D-Backs Father’s Day Sports Bag++
Tue Jun 17 vs Rockies Autograph Baseball++
Thu Jun 26 vs Cardinals Fan Vote Bobblehead
Sun Jun 29 vs Cardinals kids’ Replica Jersey^
Tue July 1 vs Indians Adult Don Newcombe Replica Brooklyn jersey++
Thu Jul 10 vs Padres Hello Kitty Item
Sat Jul 12 vs Padres Pee Wee Reese & Roy Campanella Bobblhead
Sun Jul 13 vs Padres Portable Speaker++
Tue Jul 29 vs Braves Vin Scully 65th Anniv. Commemmorative item++
Thu Jul 31 vs Braves 30 HR Same Season Bobblehead
Sun Aug 3 vs Cubs Kids’ Back to School Backpack^
Mon Aug 4 vs Angels Cap+
Tue Aug 5 vs Angels Cap+
Sun Aug 17 vs Brewers Kids’ Lunch Box^
Wed Aug 20 vs Padres Zack Greinke Bobblehead
Sun Aug 24 vs Mets Figurine++
Tue Sep 2 vs Nationals Magic Johnson Bobblehead
Sat Sep 6 vs D-Backs Headphones++
Tue Sep 9 vs Padres Babe Ruth Bobblehead
Tue Sep 23 vs Giants Sleeved Blanket++
Sat Sep 27 vs Rockies La Gran Fiesta -Viva Los Dodgers
Sun Sep 28 vs Rockies Fan Appreciation Day

  • ++ First 40,000 fans
  • + First 20,000 fans
  • ^ First 15,000 ticketed kids 14 & under in attendance

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Looking forward to this bobblead of Pee Wee Reese & Roy Campanella, the Babe Ruth one too and I wonder who will get  “the Fan vote bobblehead.” on June 26, two days before my birthday.    the All Times’ Game will be on Saturday May 10

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The 30 club of Garvey, Reggie Smith, Baker and Cey get a bobblehead.

 

Congratulations to Clayton Kershaw: 2013 Cy Young Award Winner

Remember back in March of this year when Clayton Kershaw was on the cover of Sports illustrated this year?

some fans thought it would be bad luck.  I remember back in March hunting down for the magazine.  Some had a different cover but I found copies in Northridge for myself, Lorena and Rosie.  Well it was not bad luck for Kershaw to be on the cover.   With a record of 16-9, and an ERA of 1.83, he won the National League Cy Young Award.  Congratulations Mr. Sunshine.

When Kershaw won the award in 2011, he had a record of 21-5 with an ERA of 2.28.  After the announcement in 2011, the Dodgers invited Season Ticket holders to join in the celebration on the field.  I had taken the train to work but when I got the email, I borrowed the work company car and I went to the event.  What a fun day at the stadium that was!  Don Newcombe & Fernando Valenzuela were also there.

Only Sandy Koufax and Kershaw have won more than one Cy Young award with the Dodgers.   Sandy did it in 1963, 1965 & 1966.

The first recipient of the Cy Young award was Don Newcombe in 1956.  For the first eleven years (1956 – 1966) only one winner from Major League Baseball was selected.

Don Newcombe

Don Newcombe went 27-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 1956 to capture the Cy Young

Ref:  MLB, Dodgers, LA Times, ESPN,  SABR

I have been very busy that I have not updated my blog lately.  I hope to get back on track.   I may not be posting as often but I am always thinking Blue and following any baseball news.  I am currently reading the book “It Pays to Steal”  by Mauy Wills.

I drove to work Monday because the traffic was going to be lighter on Veterans Day and because I had made an appointment to cut my hair and color it.   Since I was going to be there a little longer than just getting a haircut, I took the book with me.   Well, I forgot the book there.  I had rented the book from the Los Angeles Central library.  I had to drive the following day (I usually take the train to work)  to go pick up the book.

On my way home I was thinking… They don’t know I am a big Dodger fan and a baseball fan.   I don’t think they follow the game. What did they think when they read the book title  “It Pays to Steal.”    I  know I had the bookmark  on chapter 9 “Formula for success”…. Maybe when I go back I will ask Carmen what they thought when they read the title.

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