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AAUGH! Painful World Series for Dodger fans

Charlie_Brown_Aaugh.jpgThis is painful.   Haven’t we Dodger fans suffer enough with the dismal 2010 season the Dodgers had and the McCourt divorce?  

Now we have to put up with watching the Halloween team in the World Series.    Is painful, I tell you. 

Hopefully the hated Jints will play like the Charlie Brown team.    OK, OK, maybe it can be a little closer but with the Texas Rangers reigning supreme!  

 

 Does Bengie Molina have the inside scoop on the Giant pitching staff?   Well, read what he has to say in his MLB blog  htt://bengiemolina.mlbogs.com    This is part of what he wrote there on his blog post titled “Who Would have thought”   dated  10/23/10.  

Do I think my knowledge of the Giants will help me and the Rangers? I sure hope so. But I don’t think it will help to the degree people might think.

 I love that he keeps up with the blog.  His latest post entry was 10/26/10.  Here is how his lated post ends:

When we get back to Dallas, Yadier and Jose will be there. They’re in Puerto Rico right now but they’ll be there cheering me on for Games 3, 4 and, if we need it, 5. With me going to the World Series, now each of us Molina boys has been to two World Series each. Pretty amazing.

I’m going to try to post on the blog every day. So keep checking in!

 

Thanks Bengie!   Go Rangers!!

 

A Battle of the West for the 2010 World Series

 Who would have thought at the beginning of the season that we would be seeing the AL West against the NL West in the World Series.  After all, it supposed to be the weakest divisions according to the experts, right?  

I certainly would not have picked those two.   But let’s see what the experts at SI picked back in April 

 

San Francisco was picked 3rd and the Padres last.  

In the East, well just look at the cover and the title at the top that said  “The Yanks will Repeat in the AL East:   

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In the AL West, The Angels were picked to win the division. 

 

 

Thanks to poster Lny4Loney at the ITD blog that told us we can go back to the SI vault and read any story ever published by SI at:  http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/    I actually went back and read articles from 1955 that were written by Roger Kahn.  I even went back to 1954 to see who was favored at the start of the season.    

Congratulations to both teams.    The Rangers have never won in their existence and the Giants have never won in San Francisco.  The last time the Giants won was in 1954 when they swept the favored Cleveland Indians.  

No respected Dodger fan should root for the hated Jints, so

GO RANGERS!  

 

A Day in the Bleachers during the first game of the 1954 World Series

Last year  I attended an event sponsored by the Baseball Reliquary titled “The Dodger Giant Rivalry”    On one corner you had Arnold Hano and on the other Ross Porter.   Jean Ardell was the moderator.  

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  At that time I had not read Arnold Hano’s book “A Day in the Bleachers“.    Now that I am reading this book, I wish I had an opportunity to ask Mr. Hano some questions.

I had seen this book a few times before, but I never got the inclination to read it, the reason:  Well, because is about the Giants.  But is more than about the Giants.  Is about 1954, the Cleveland Indians.  Is about a different era, a ballpark that does not exist.   About a time that you did not have to pay so much money to see a World Series game.  A more innocent time.  Is about Baseball History.     

 

The book has a wonderful introduction by by Roger Kahn.    The game starts where Mr. Hano tells his wife he will go to the stadium early to stand in line to get a ticket in the bleachers.  Once he gets there, he has his doubts if he can get in after seeing the long line to get into the bleachers.   But his thinking is that if not, he will purchase a standing room only ticket.     He barely makes it in and once he is in, you feel like you have been transported to that era and that you are there at the Polo Grounds.    Mr. Hano is a wonderful story teller.        

I am half way thru the book (5th inning) and the score is tied 2-2.   Sal Maglio is pitching for the Giants and Bob Lemon for the Indians.   

Harold Cano tells this:

but not all the fans were on Maglie’s side.  As he mounted the stairs a woman in a red beret to my right and about five rows down shouted that he’d be getting an early shower.  I leaped into the fray and announced to all and sundry that she was an American-League bum.  

She stood up, turned around faced me “Who says I’m an American-League bum?” she yelled. 

I said,  “I say so.  You’re an American-League bum.”

she held up a banner and waved it at me.  It read”Brooklyn Dodgers.” 

Could she had been Hilda Chester?   

 

  

 

 

Dodgers Lose, Dodgers Win. Check out this MLB All-Star FanFest Special!

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I did not want to blog after the Dodgers lost that heartbreaker in the 9th to the Yankees.   We all left the stadium so demoralized

Hey Torre:  Did you fall asleep in the 9th?  

But we won last night against the hated ones on my birthday!!   YEAH!!

Young John Ely goes tonight against Cain.  Let’s see what this game brings us.   Truebluewill was reminding me of the Dodgers record against the NL West!  19-5!    We swept the Padres earlier in the year so yeah let’s play the NL West!

 

MLB All-Star FanFest  Special courtesy of Pepsi!


MLB Fan-Fest Special from Pepsi.jpgI went to the Vons and noticed this special last Sunday.   Checkout the voucher!

If you spend $20 in qualifying Pepsi products, you can earn two free tickets to the MLB All-Star FanFest.    The tickets cost $30 each so this is a pretty good deal.   Thanks Pepsi!

I don’t care for Pepsi, but I bought products made by Pepsi like Gatorade and Aquafina water If they don’t call me to volunteer for the Fan-Fest, then I already have a voucher for tickets.   

Woohoo!!  I just got the email that says “Congratulations!’  You have been accepted to the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star  FanFest Volunteer Team!   

The Cactus League and AMY (Arizona Museum of Youth)

When we went to Mesa to watch the Cubs play against the Dodgers, the game got rainout. 

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so what did we do?  We headed to the American Museum of Youth (AMY)  a few blocks away (Although we did not know it at the time so we took the long way there.  I think we took the freeway there :-)).

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The Cleveland Indians and the NY Giants were the first ones to set camp in Arizona.  Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck convinced NY Giants owner Horace Stoneham to also bring his team to Arizona.  Sounds kinda of Deja vu 

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Did you know that in 1951 the New York Giants and the New York Yankees exchanged Spring Training facilities?   

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The Red Sox also played in the Cactus League.  The price of the program in 1964?  50 cents.

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 Women Softball teams in the 40′s.  Why was this team called the Cantaloupes Queens?  Because they were sponsored by a Cantaloupe growers.  A young woman named  Rose played with the Queens.  Rose Mofford later became Arizona’s governor!

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 Wish I had that 1988 World Series yellow  button when the Oakland A’s faced the Dodgers! Spring 2010 AMY museum .jpg 

The Cubbies who used to play Spring Training in Catalina Island before Mesa, Arizona

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Grapefruit signed by Sammy Sosa in 2007 and then freeze dried. 

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Chicago Cubs 1954 Spring Training program.  Cost: 15 Cents.  

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Kids making baseball banners

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We were glad that we found this museum close to Hohokam Stadium in Mesa!

Dodgers Damaged Goods… Spring Training plans! Get Well Roberto.

Took this picture back in December when we went to Dodger Stadium to do a little Christmas shopping.   We thought it was funny finding these two t-shirts in the box.  

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Spring Training plans this year:   

My friend LTD23 and I settled on the dates we will be at Camelback Ranch!  We will be there the first weekend in March and the last weekend of March.   YIPPY!!!   I can’t wait! 

We will see our beloved Dodgers against the White Sox on 3/6 and 3/7 and Monday at Scottsdale against the hated Giants.    On 3/27, we will see our bums against Seattle at Camelback Ranch and Sunday we will travel to see them against Cincinnati and Monday travel to see them against Cleveland.   I hope, I hope I hope I will see Bob Feller!  

 Get well Roberto.

Just found out that Roberto of from Vin Scully is my Homeboy  is battling some health problems.  He said he had about 6 blood tranfusions and the doctors don’t know what it is.   My thoughs and prayers are wtih you Roberto.   Hopefully the doctors will find what is wrong and you can get off the D.L.     

9/11, Southern Cal Fires updates, Andre Ethier, Giant vs. Dodgers!

On this day 9/11, I want to give a big thanks to all firemen in this great country! to the police department, to the ones that were and are in the military, and to the many people that do volunteer work.    Thank you!!!  

Is hard to believe that this happened 8 years ago.  

 

This morning I heard that the fires here in Southern California were 70% contained.  that is great news!   Our firemen  and all the ones that came down here have done an excellent job.   I am glad I got to tell that to a few firemen the other night as I was coming out of Dodger Stadium (there was a small fire outside the stadium).  Their response was “Thank you Ma’m”  “Did the Dodgers win?”  They did win that night!.  

Driving on the Foothill freeway you can still see some smoke from the lingering fires.  We are so due for rain here.  

 

A friend sent me this link from Boston.com   They have some incredible pictures here

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/09/wildfires_in_southern_californ.html

 

 

I went to Virginia’s blog  and saw her final list of the N.L. West Cuties!  It reminded me of this photo of Andre.  What do you think Ethierholics?   

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This picture was taken at the Carne Asada event last  this year by my good friend LuvtheDodgers23.  thanks LTD23! 

Andre is leading the team in homeruns with 28, Doubles with 39 and is tied with James Loney with 60 walks.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hiroki Kuroda is on the mound tonight in San Francisco!  He faces Matt Cain.  

Good luck Kuroda-san!!  

Let’s Go Dodgers! Let’s Go!!

 I got a question:   Why do pitchers shag baseballs in the outfield?   I am asking because last week Kershaw hurt his right shoulder during BP going after he hit the scoreboard.   He had to skip his turn and is still up in the air for his next start.   What is the point of them shagging baseballs in the outfield?  Thanks

 

 

 

 

I am a happy Camper!

My Dodgers swept the Giants!   Billingsley was lights out!  Kershaw struck out 13 while giving up only 1 hit (a homerun).  Stults got out of trouble and got the win!  Life is good.   Now the Rockies are in town and our blogger Tom should also be here.  I am looking forward to meeting him.   Tom:  Email me!   

tonight is 70′s celebration at OLOCR (Dodger Stadium) so I am dressing like the 70′s.  I needed some earrings so I went to this beauty supply store close to work that carries some other stuff like earrings.  I have been there before when I went to pickup a rental in the same shopping center for one of my trips to Camelback Ranch.   the owners are a charming older couple that when they saw my Dodger bagpack they told me that they are big Giant fans.  We started talking that day about our respective teams and old players.  They even offered me a ticket to a weekday game at Scottsdale but I ould not go during the week.  

Anyway today I returned to look for a pair of earrings!  I found a blue pair of hoops with matching necklace and bracelet.     The man kidding around told me he did not want to talk about his Giants!  but we still  talked about our team and no I did not get on his case for losing the series.  He told me he was at the Home Opener.  I wish I would have known!   I gave him a Giant hat I had from a game I had gone to San Francisco last year.   I was saving it to give it to a friend of mine that is a Giant fan but she moved away.   

Tomorrow the game is  at 12:40 p.m. pacific time.   Tom:  If you go to the game don’t forget the time change!  . FOX Sport picked up the game.  Also before the game is Photo Day so I will be there at 11:AM to go on the field and take pictures of my boys in Blue!!   At night is the premiere of the movie   “Bluetopia”  which I have an invitation to watch the screening!      busy, busy weekend!    Sunday’s game is regular time (1:10 p.m.).  Monday is a day off and then my boys in Blue head to Houston, Colorado and then San Francisco.    KingofCali:  Are you going to any of the games? 

I’ll post pictures over the weekend!    If I find Tom I’ll take pictures of him!  

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