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Vin Scully has finally agreed to get a Dodger Bobblehead!!

I came back from my Pilates class here at work to the wonderful news that Vin Scully has finally agreed to get a bobblehead!   With Sandy Koufax also getting a bobblehead, this is year is the best year for Dodger bobbleheads!   Mike Scioscia is also getting a BBH.  I think is right since he only played for the Dodgers.  He was a favorite of mine back when he played.  I loved watching him block homeplate.    This will be Fernando’s 4th BBH I believe.   I think Fernando already had enough bobbleheads but if the Dodgers want to give another one, I’ll take it!

Here is the list of Bobbleheads for 2012

  • April 28, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #1 – Don Drysdale and Maury Wills
  • May 15, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #2 – Orel Hershiser
  • May 29, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #3 – The Infield, Garvey, Cey, Russell and Lopes
  • June 12, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #4 – Mike Scioscia
  • June 28, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #5 – Eric Karros   (On my birthday!) 
  • July 14, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #6 – Tommy Lasorda and Walter Alston
  • July 31, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #7 – Kirk Gibson
  • August 7, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #8 – Sandy Koufax
  • August 21, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #9 – Fernando Valenzuela
  • August 30, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #10 – Vin Scully

My blog came in at #21 in 2011!  Thank you all that have visited my blog!  

When I think of #21,  I think of Roberto Clemente.  50th Anniversary

He signed with the Dodgers for $10,000, but never got to play a single game in Brooklyn or Los Angeles.   A rule back then in effect required that any player signed for more than $4000 had to stay on the parent club for a full season. The Dodgers attempted to keep Clemente’s profile low, but the keen eye of the Pittsburgh Pirates general manager knew Clemente and he was selected by the Pirates for $4,000 on Nov. 22, 1954.

ref:  Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB Blogsphere,  Dodgerbobble.com Latinosportslegends.com, http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com/category/latest-leaders/

2011 Cy Young Award Winner: Dodgers Clayton Kershaw

I have not created a new post since November 2nd when I posted about our three Dodgers -Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Clayton Kershaw winning Gold gloves.

What a happy day in Los Angeles yesterday when it was announced that Clayton Kershaw had won the NL Cy Young Award! I was anxiously waiting for the results on Thursday. I was busy with a Webinar at work with phone and computer busy but I was keeping an eye on my droid.  Sure enough it started beeping with the good news. But in addition to the good news there was an email from the Dodgers inviting us season ticket holders to attend the conference on the field of Dodger Stadium. What was I to do when I had taken the train to work and I was still in the middle of the webinar?  Good thing it ended promptly at noon and there were no further questions.

the email said the conference was to start promptly at 1:30 p.m and that fans could start arriving at 12:30 p.m. I called to see if the company car was available. I was lucky! It was available!  I then headed to see my boss and told him I had an emergency and had to leave but would be back later on.

What a great day being back at Dodger Stadium! Clayton Kershaw was there with his wife Ellen. Matt Kemp and James Loney were also there.  Maury Wills was also there.  Prior CY Young award winners Don Newcombe & Fernando Valenzuela were also there.    Dodgers who have won the Cy Young:   Don Newcombe (1986) Don Drysdale (1962), Sandy Koufax (1963, ’65. ’66), Mike Marshall (1974), Fernando Valenzuel (1981), Orel Hershiser (1988), Eric Gagne (2003) and Clayton Kershaw (2011).

  Congratulations Clayton Kershaw!

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Think Blue and Act Green: Heal The Bay

I am little late posting. 

Day two of the Dodgers Community Caravan for the Think Blue, act Green location was Santa Monica for “Heal the Bay” Day.   Notice the Dodgers 2011 Caravan bus in the background.  

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In attendance were Shawn Green, Steve Garvey, Matt Kemp, Rafael Furcal, Jay Gibbons, Gabe Kapler, Tony Gwynn, Fernando Valenzuela, Sweet Lou Johnson, Darryl Thomas and Charlie Steiner. 

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Gabe Kapler and Sweet Lou Johnson were in our team.   Gabe was the nicest guy and Sweet Lou, he is just always so sweet.   Our team (Team5) trashed the competition by collecting 30 pounds of trash :-)  

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Matt Kemp sure had an alot of followers.  When I told him he looked thinner, he said  “Yeah?,  I’ve been working out”.    

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Tonny Gwynn Jr. said his dad is doing better recovering slowly from his bout with cancer.  

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Shawn Green is back!   When asked about his book, he said it comes out in June.

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We caught a little rain in Santa Monica but everyone’s spirit was high!   I commend the Dodgers for this year caravan!   The Think Blue and Act Green theme was a great idea. 

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On a sad note, we lost another Dodgers player.   Gino Cimoli died last Saturday of kidney and heart complications.   He was 81.   

Gino played for both the Brooklyn Dodgers and the LA Dodgers.    He was the first batter on the West Coast.  He also scored the final run at Ebbets Field.   Rest in peace Gino Cimoli.  Obituary hereLA Times Obiturary 

The number of living-Brooklyn Major Leaguers is down to 50.  

    

Happy 50th Birthday Fernando!! Happy November!

Can you imagine Fernando Valenzuela turns 50 today November 1st?  50 years!   It does not seem like it was that long ago when I was watching him play.  I watched him pitched from his debut with the Dodgers in 1980.   

Oh how I wished Tommy Lasorda would have used Fernando instead of Dave Goltz that October 6th 1980 extra game to break a dead tied for the National League West against the Astros..  Yes, the Astros!  JoeNiekro and the Astros defeated my Dodgers 7-1

OK, back to 2010!   Happy 50th birthday Fernando!!   Ya te unistes al club de los cinquentones!! (you joined the 50’s club!) 

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Today is also All Saints Day and tomorow is

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS- DAY OF THE DEAD or ALL SOULS DAY when we celebrate the life of our dearly departed.      

For some wonderful colorful pictures from the weekend celebration in Los Angeles click on the LA Times link below

http://framework.latimes.com/2010/11/01/day-of-the-dead-dia-de-los-muertos-in-los-angeles/#/0

I am working in New Hampshire this week so I went from temperatures of 80’s LA to  30 to 40’s here.  But it is so beautiful here with all the wonderful colors of fall.   

Hard to get used to watching games so late but still I watched game 4 of the World Series hoping against hope that the Rangers would come back.     

1981 World Series Program.

I was checking the scoresheet from my 1981 World Series program.  Fernando Valenzuela pitched that game!  it was game three at Dodger Stadium.   

I had Jaime Jarrin sign it. 

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btw, the back of my shirt  says Scully” and it has a mike.

 

 

 

The program cost me $3 back  then.   

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the scoresheet.  Jaime always signs with his HOF year (1998).  Fernando signed above. 

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The final score was Dodgers 5, Yankees 4.   I always note the attendance in my scoresheets.  That day It was 56,236.   .  

The 1981 Yankees.  Note the ‘staches and hair. 

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The 1981 Dodgers.  Dave Stewart is here.  He is now Matt Kemp’s agent.   

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The 1981 NL All-Stars.  I miss the Expos and the Pirates unis.   Very colorful picture.  i counted six Dodgers and only one Giant (Vida Blue).    

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1981 AL All-Stars.  

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I can’t believe next year it will be 30th anniversary of that World Series.   It was a nice trip down memory lane.  

Remembering the First Opening Day I Attended!

 

I was remembering the first Opening Day I attended. It was 1981 and I had become a season ticket holder for the first time. Before that I would go to quite a few weekend games.

The final games of 1980 where the Dodgers tied with Houston to force an extra game that they lost left me desolated but with hunger for more baseball.  That November of 1980 I made the decision to be a season ticket holder so I showed up at Dodger Stadium where a young guy showed this then shy young woman a seat in the Loge level.  Aisle 103 row N seat 3 became my seat. I would get to my seat early, watch the game enthusiastically and go home right after the game ended.

Because I was going by myself I thought myself how to keep score by following the program examples, something that I still do to this day.  Another thing that I did back then and continue to do is carry a radio.

Opening Day Thursday April 9, 1981, Jerry Reuss was supposed to be the starter but he had a strained calf muscle.  Burt Hooton was sidelined with an ingrown toe nail.  Bobby Welch was out with bone spurs in his elbow and Dave Goltz had a pulled groin.  Tommy Lasorda turned to Fernando who at age 20 was simply sensational in his Opening Day start!

Fernando tossed a complete game, five-hit shutout as Los Angeles beat the Houston Astros, 2-0, before a crowd of 50,510 plus this fan who was there for this electrifying Opening Day and the start of Fernandomania.

Here is a photo of my ticket from Opening Day 1981 Thursday april 9. Game time 1.05 PM.  I placed the ticket with a giveway picture that Union 76 used to give out.   I would only go to Union 76 gas stations so that I could get the pictures.  
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Here is Pepe Yniguez, me & Fernando at Camelback Ranch Sunday 3/29/09.  Pepe is a great person!  Thank you Pepe!  Thank you Fernando!  Pepe along with HOF Jaime Jarrin and Fernando are the Spanish broadcasters for the Dodgers.  They do a great job!    Thank you guys! 

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 P.S.  Alyson:  My prayers are with you today during your surgery.  I hope to see you  soon back at Dodger Stadium!     

 

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