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Our fearless leader Mark was a month late sending us the October MLB Blog ranking. That is OK, Mark, we waited patiently, right? December 4th, Mark posted two blog posts with the latest MLB Blog leaders, one for October and one for November. I came in at #20 for both months!
The 20/20 rule is an easy way to remember:
- Chill White Wine in the the refrigerator and pull it out 20 minutes before serving.
- Put your Red Wine in the the refrigerator 20 minutes before serving.
I also found this
Haha, OK, enough of wine, let’s dedicate this post to two Dodgers that wore #20
#20 Don Sutton!
My! What big hears you have Mr. Sutton!
Don Sutton had 12 seasons with 15 or more wins, 20 seasons with 200+ innings, and 21 seasons with 100+ strikeouts. He was elected to the HOF in 1998 in his fifth year of eligibility.
#20 Charles Benjamin Osgood
Charles Osgood was born in Massachusetts on November 23, 1926. At the age of 17, he debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers on June 18, 1944 in a road doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies. He pitched three innings of relief in one of the games, allowing six baserunners but only one earned run.
OK, I have searched high and low for a picture of Charles Benjamin Osgood but I came up empty! Nada! I only find the other Charles Osgood.
Here are Vin Scully’s tweets from today when he took over the @Dodgers from 9:30 to 10 a.m. PST.
Hi this is Vin Scully, delighted to spend time with you. We’ll be tweeting for a little while & I look forward to that opportunity. #AskVin
I was deeply touched by all of the birthday wishes. Thank you. #AskVin
All of them. #AskVin RT @TheTonyLee: #AskVin What is your favorite Nancy Bea Hefley tune?
Favorite moment: I was much younger, more impressionable when the Dodgers won in 1955. That last game was the most emotional for me. #AskVin
Red Barber was like my father, he cared that I would succeed. He taught me preparation. #AskVin
The biggest clubhouse personality was a bat boy named Charlie di Giovanni. He was a character, and we called him the brow. #AskVin
On trending in the United States: “Oh my lord, it’s a slow day.” #AskVin
Maybe this was in response to my question or similar questions on his favorite stadium besides Dodger Stadium.
Outside of DS, Wrigley. Colorful fans and the game always in doubt. A special moment was broadcasting the first night game there. #AskVin
My favorite baseball book, “Three Nights in August.” My current book that I’m reading is called “Unbroken.” #AskVin
I’ve been hooked on a television show called “Homeland.” They do that show so well. #AskVin
.@craigary Don’t get too involved in new stats. There isn’t any feeling for them. I’ll have to be reeducated like with the Twitter. #AskVin
We used to have a Gordon Windhorn. I used to say Gordon Widhorn and his orchestra. Also Clayton Dalrymple, a WW officer. #AskVin
What a great morning! This is the picture the Dodgers used to advertise Vin taking over the @Dodgers for 30 minutes:
It is an old picture! Look at the old monitor!
I can’t wait till Monday at 9:30 a.m. PST when Vin Scully takes over the @Dodgers twitter account for 30 minutes to answer questions from fans. You must use the hashtag #AskVin to post questions.
Mr. Scully celebrated his 85th birthday on Thursday. Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times checked in on Scully to see what he was doing for the occasion, to which Scully replied: “It’s quiet and peaceful, and I’m reading a good book — ‘Unbroken,’ by Laura Hillenbrand — on this soft day”.
When I read that quote above from Vin, I could hear him in my mind saying it.
Here is a favorite picture of Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin taken by Jon SooHoo. Mr. Scully has covered the Dodgers for the last 63 years. Senor Jaime has covered the Dodgers for last 54 years. We are truly blessed listening to these two treasures.
Now what can I ask Vin? I did ask a question when Vin was a guest at the Baseball Prospectus Dodger Stadium event.
Here are some of the questions that have been submitted to @Dodgers #AskVin :
What is your favorite Fernando Valenzuela moment? And what baseball book would you recommend?
How many hours of prep work do u do before a game & do u prefer to work alone in the booth or with a color commentator?
From my friend Arturo: “Which Dodger Championship team would be your most memorable one?
In Field of Dreams did you have a script or ad-lib?
As an aspiring broadcaster what can I do to make it big time? I’d like to just like you and do play by play my whole life.
Should questionable players from the steroid era be voted into Cooperstown?
I am sure that by tomorrow there will be plenty of more questions submitted, mines included.
Let’s see if we can get Vin Scully trending tomorrow.
Megabus returns to Los Angeles! Woohoo!!
The first time I took Megabus was with friend Erik and brother Vic. Here is what Erik said about that trip:
The first road-trip I ever went on with CrzBlue was to see the Dodgers on September 8 in Frisco. CrzBlue, Brother Vic, and I took Megabus, we left L.A. at 11:30pm on Friday and got to Frisco at about 5:30am on Saturday. I don’t think we slept more than 15 minutes the whole way. David Wells pitched for the Dodgers, he pushed a perfect game through 5 1/3 innings. Way to shut those jints down Boomer! His performance and the Dodgers’ win had me and CrzBlue singing “I Love L.A.” at the phone booth–T’was great. It was exciting, it was uncomfortable, it is unforgettable!
The second time I took Megabus was to go to San Diego. And yes, it was Dodger related. I can’t believe that was four years ago! I do hope this time the Megabus is a success. I could take it to watch Dodgers on the road to San Diego & San Francisco. Maybe I can also go see Oakland A’s. Maybe they will add Arizona. I know Las Vegas is also one of their destinations.
Megabus will start December 12 with rates as low as $1. Wow! I hope more people take advantage of these deals.
The company hopes to provide an alternative transportation method for West Coast customers looking to avoid the high gas prices. The bus line will offer free onboard WiFi, power outlets, bathrooms, heating and air conditioning.
Customers can begin to purchase tickets on Wednesday at megabus.com and the first trips will begin on Dec. 12. Ticket prices range from $1 to around $25, but most seats are priced between $5 to $9.
As an opening promotion, the company will offer $1 trips for all seats and all trips in California during its first week of service.
Passengers can get on the express bus at its arrival and departure location at L.A. Union Station’s Patsaouras Transit Plaza.
The express bus runs four schedules each day to and from Las Vegas; the trip takes about six hours. There are six scheduled trips to and from San Francisco, which take about eight hours, and four schedule trips from Sacramento going different directions to San Francisco and Reno. The bus runs seven days a week.
Megabus will run 22 buses in California and is a subsidiary of Coach USA. The double-decker buses have a capacity of 81 passengers.
For more information go to http://us.megabus.com/
There are so many changes with the Dodgers that I need a scorecard to keep track.
Meet the Scouts:
The Dodgers essentially acquired the international scouting staff from the Seattle Martiners
Bob Engle as vice president of international scouting. Pedro Avila, Gene Grimaldi, Patrick Guerrero, Pat Kelly, Jamey Storvick and Mike Tosar.
Also professional scouts: Willie Fraser and Scott Groot
Former Dodgers third baseman Bill Mueller, who served as special assistant, player personnel, will become a full-time professional scout.
senior advisor Gerry Hunsicker, special assistant Pat Corrales
Josh Bard as special assistant, player personnel
hitting coach Mark McGwire.
John Valentin will be promoted from Triple-A hitting coach to assistant big league hitting coach
bullpen coach Ken Howell will become assistant pitching coach to Rick Honeycutt
Double-A pitching coach Chuck Crim will be promoted to Major League bullpen coach.
The current Managers and Coaches:
|The Current Managers and Coaches|
|Mark McGwire||Batting Coach|
|John Valentin||Assistant Hitting Coach|
|40||Rick Honeycutt||Pitching Coach|
|Ken Howell||Assistant Pitching Coach|
|15||Davey Lopes||First Base Coach|
|26||Tim Wallach||Third Base Coach|
|45||Trey Hillman||Bench Coach|
|Chuck Crim||Bullpen Coach|
|85||Rob Flippo||Bullpen Catcher|
|7||Steve Yeager||Catching Coach|
|Josh Bard||Special Assistant|
|Mickey Hatcher||Special Assistant|
|Pat Corrales||Special Assistant to the General Manager|
|Sue Falsone||Head Athletic Trainer|
|Bruce Hines||Field Director|
|Travis Barbary||Coordinator, Catching|
|Rafael Chaves||Coordinator, Pitching|
|Damon Mashore||Coordinator, Baserunning|
|Eric Owens||Coordinator, Hitting|
|Jody Reed||Coordinator, Defensive|
|Stan Conte||Director of Medical Services|
Dodgers also won the bid for Korean left-handed pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin.
The roster is going to be interesting.
USC & UCLA Football game:
I like this picture of Mark McGwire and Eric Karros that Jon SooHoo took. Mark went to USC (so did Jon SooHoo) and Eric went to UCLA
Tomorrow is the annual USC & UCLA game. May the best team win!
I love going to baseball events during the offseason! Last Saturday I went to the SABR meeting. Richard Santillan was there to show us the documentary on “Mexican American Baseball in California. I was running a little late to the meeting so I walked in while the film was in progress. I had gone to Olvera Street night before for Dia de Los Muertos so I got up a little late.
Richard was promoting his two books that he co-wrote “Baseball American Baseball in Los Angeles” and “Baseball American Baseball in the Inland Empire.” The next book “Mexican American Baseball in Orange County” is due to come out March 2013. I love the books! and like Richard and Terry Cannon say “It is a community project.”
The next guest was Tim Leary! We had been asked to take baseball artifacts and Barry and others showed some real original ones. I like the 1900 baseball cards
and the poster titled “World Championship Series” of the second game series played at the Polo Grounds.
Tim Leary brought his 1988 Silver Slugger award!
He also brought his 1988 World Series ring!
I really enjoyed listening to Tim Leary. He is a very knowledgeable baseball person. The Dodgers should have him as one of the instructors at the next Winter workouts at Dodger Stadium to talk to the future Dodgers. Leary works part-time for the Dodgers as part of the community speakers but the Dodgers should be fully utilizing his skills.
I am glad to be a member of SABR giving me the opportunity to be among SABR members that blow me away with their knowledge and to attend events where we get speakers like Tim Leary, giving us a chance to hear the person speak and ask questions. I prefer this more personal meeting than a crowded autograph signing where you are rushed thru the line.
Eddie Frierson in “Matty” An Eveving with Christy Mathewson
I am glad also that SABR member Rick told me about the play “Matty” an evening with Christy Mathewson. It was playing at the Fremont Centre Theatre. I went to see it Monday night. I loved it! Eddie Frierson plays Matty. National Public Radio called it “One of the year’s ten best plays!’ the Fremont Centre is a cute little cozy theatre that says it sits 50.
Next event: “Not Exactly Cooperstown”
Friday November 9 at 7:00 p.m. at South Pasadena Library for the screening of “Not Exactly Cooperstown” by filmaker Jon Leonoudakis.
I have seen the screening but I am going back! This program is presented by the South Pasadena Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Library and the Baseball Reliquary. Audience members are asked to “dress Baseball” and a trivia contest with prizes will start the event. The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. It is just around the corner of the Fremont Centre Theatre.
I know everyone will have the list but I like to have it handy here so I know where to find it.
The Dodgers Promotional Schedule for 2013 has been released! I am loving the Old Timers Game! and that Jaime Jarrin will finally get a bobblehead! I love the t-shirt last year too with his iconic homerun saying “La Pelota se va se va y despidala con un beso” “The ball is going going and you can kiss it goodbye!”
Sandy koufax & Vin Scully will get another bobblehead! I just hope this time Sandy Koufax will acknowledge the fans at least from the Vin Scully Press Box if not the field throwing out the first pitch.
I see we will also get a Magic Johnson bobblehead and a t-shirt.
Here is the list:
|Mon, Apr 1 TBD||Giants|
|Wed, Apr 3 TBD||Giants|
|Fri, Apr 5 TBD||Pirates|
|Sun, Apr 7 TBD||Pirates|
|Mon, Apr 15 TBD||Padres|
|Wed, Apr 17 TBD||Padres|
|Fri, Apr 26 TBD||Brewers|
|Sat, Apr 27 TBD||Brewers|
|Sun, Apr 28 TBD||Brewers|
|Tue, Apr 30 TBD||Rockies|
|Tue, May 7 TBD||D-backs|
|Fri, May 10 TBD||Marlins|
|Sat, May 11 TBD||Marlins|
|Sun, May 12 TBD||Marlins|
|Tue, May 14 TBD||Nationals|
|Fri, May 24 TBD||Cardinals|
|Sat, May 25 TBD||Cardinals|
|Sun, May 26 TBD||Cardinals|
|Mon, May 27 TBD||Angels|
|Tue, May 28 TBD||Angels|
|Tue, Jun 4 TBD||Padres|
|Thu, Jun 6 TBD||Braves|
|Fri, Jun 7 TBD||Braves|
|Sat, Jun 8 TBD||Braves|
|Sun, Jun 9 TBD||Braves|
|Tue, Jun 11 TBD||D-backs|
|Tue, Jun 25 TBD||Giants|
|Thu, Jun 27 TBD||Phillies|
|Fri, Jun 28 TBD||Phillies|
|Sat, Jun 29 TBD||Phillies|
|Sun, Jun 30 TBD||Phillies|
|Thu, Jul 11 TBD||Rockies|
|Fri, Jul 12 TBD||Rockies|
|Sun, Jul 14 TBD||Rockies|
|Thu, Jul 25 TBD||Reds|
|Fri, Jul 26 TBD||Reds|
|Sun, Jul 28 TBD||Reds|
|Mon, Sep 9 TBD||D-backs|
|Thu, Sep 12 TBD||Giants|
|Fri, Sep 13 TBD||Giants|
|Sat, Sep 14 TBD||Giants|
|Sun, Sep 15 TBD||Giants|
|Fri, Sep 27 TBD||Rockies|
|Sat, Sep 28 TBD||Rockies|
|Sun, Sep 29 TBD||Rockies|
So I just got a call from the Dodgers that my Top Deck row seats are being taken out at Dodger Stadium. They say they will move me to a comparable location. Section 1 or 5. Yeah, I need to go to Select A Seat. I don’t think I can take off time at work for my scheduled appointment on Thursday. Maybe Friday but for sure Saturday. I need to see what my friend Lorena is doing. Is she moving? Who else is moving? They are disrupting our Top Deck family! They are expanding the handicap area so we will see how it looks after. NOTE: I like my seats that are in the shade!
World Series: Giants and Tigers oh My!
I am still excited about the World Series! Yeah, even if the Giants are in it. Of course I am rooting for the Detroit Tigers!! No respecting Dodger fan would root for the Giants. Just like I expect no self respecting Giant fan to root for the Dodgers. Go Tigers!! Beat the Halloween team!
A well rested Justin Verlander takes the mound at San Francisco against Barry Zito.
Dodgers will go to Australia in 2014!?
Wow! I got the message from my friend Rosie that the Dodgers might open 2014 in Australia! Start saving those dollars and vacation days.
Jackie Robinson died 40 years ago today.
It was 40 years ago today that our beloved Jackie Robinson passed away. I was reading in the LA Times everything related to baseball. The only non-baseball article I read was the one from Chris Erskine “Golden moment for Wooden in bronze” The bronze statue will be unveiled on Friday at UCLA. Erskine notes some of the other notable sports statues around Southern California. I noticed the Jackie Robinson at UCLA
and at the Pasadena Civic Center where the sculptures of Mack and Jackie Robinson overlook the City Hall building.
Like Erskine says in the article “It’ll be interesting to see what the new Dodger owners do up the hill, though Vinny and Koufax seem like the surest of things.
Remembering how Jackie Robinson decided to retire instead of going to the Giants! Go TIGERS!!
Tim Wallach will be interviewing for the manager position with the Red Sox.
Joo SooHoo picture
If Wallach leaves how about the Dodgers offering Alex Cora the third base coaching position?
I think Alex Cora would make a great third base coach. He has a great baseball
From this article from Jonathan Mayo:
Other players in his position, nearing the end of a robust career and working to win a roster spot, might take a more me-first approach to Spring Training. Yet Cora has been tireless in his efforts to mentor young infielders like Jackson throughout the spring. It’s a pay-it-forward attitude that is very much appreciated by the mentees.
Having a coach on the field like Cora is a good thing for any manager, and perhaps an even bigger bonus for a rookie skipper like Matheny. In the short time they’ve been together this spring, Matheny already sees a future path for the veteran, one Cora’s older brother has already taken.
“That’s Alex’s makeup,” Matheny said. “I know it’s something our veterans have a desire to do, to help out our younger players and figure out how they can pass on some of the things they know. You can see he’s wired, he can be in this game for a long time instructing and teaching if he desires to do so once he’s done.”
Cora appreciates the kind words, but he doesn’t want to dwell on his coaching bona fides just yet. Perhaps it’s something that will come down the road, but it’s clear he’s not ready to talk about career changes just yet.
“I appreciate that, but the less I talk about [coaching], the better it is for Alex, the player,” Cora said. “I take it as a compliment, but I really don’t want to cross that line yet. I still want to play baseball. I still feel I can contribute.”
Is Alex Cora ready now?
LET’S PLAY FOUR AGAIN!
Wow! I thought the Oakland A’s were done but they hit a walk-off to force another game so again tomorrow we will have four game! I love baseball! Let’s play four tomorrow again! Loving the MLB PLAYOFFS!
I am getting sad that is the next to the last game at Dodger Stadium. No matter what like Frank Sinatra’s song said “It was a good year” Dodgers have new owners and will put a good product on the field.
This year my friends and I went to Spring Training for the first FanFest there. It was six women and a guy in a van. What fun hat trip was!
pictures from that trip here: http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/?s=six+women+and+a+man
Three of us returned to Spring Training to watch a few games. We went to the four game series in San Diego that started with Opening Day there. San Diego is always a lot of fun.
Lorena, Rosie and I headed to Seattle. We saw the Dodgers get no hit by six pitchers but the Dodgers took the series. Rosie and I went to see our Bums at Cincinnati, a new stadium for the two of us. In between I went to the SABR convention in
Philadelphia, haha I am thinking of next year. I meant Minnesota where I met up with more friends there and made some new ones.
There were some frustrating losses but win or lose, we love our Boys in Blue! Last night Rosie, Lorena Pricilla and I were reminiscing about our road trips and hanging out at Dodger Stadium. There were more good times than bad times. Maybe I am just remembering the good times.
What a fun game last night! Boys played like they are capable of playing but now they are running out of time. Here are some of my pictures from last night’s game. Some of the pictures Lorena took. Some days she just says “Give me your camera Emma” She knows I get busy keeping score and miss some pictures opportunities.
I have not met Cochito Cruz yet. I don’t have his autograph or a picture with him but maybe tomorrow! Today I will be at the stadium by game time. (I hope I hope).
Bottom of the 9th, Herrera batting for the pitcher.
Herrera at the plate
Herrera came with this record:
Cochito left him without a shirt? that is Ok, Cochito gives him his jersey
Boys celebrating the victory over the Giants
Cochito eyeing Herrera being interviewed
Bam! got you!
Fun fun game!
Oh and prior to the game, I got interviewed by Ben Platt of MLB :-) for the MLB Blogs. I was a tiny little nervous. The interview took place of the Dodger Dugout. Thanks Ben!! Thanks Mark!!
Let’s Go Reds! Letg’s go Dodgers!
Splurging on Dugout seats for Wednesday’s game.
Tomorrow Lore, Rosie, Ilda and I splurged buying dugout seats. We are going to be behind enemy lines but we will be there. Our friend Jeanine suggested we try some Santeria, voodoo dolls to bring bad luck to the Giants. haha.