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Remembering John Wooden and Kirk Gibson’s Famous Homerun.

John Wooden would have turned 100 October 14th 2010.   When he left us in June of this year, I immediately thought of my good friend Craig who used to tell me of the days when he and his dad used to go  to the Pauley Pavilion.    He sent me the following email

I remember meeting Mr Wooden.

The first time was a UCLA-USC bball game in 1970 or 1971. The game was part of the miracle 88 game win streak. I still have the ticket stub and program in a box somewhere.

My dad took me to 5 of those 88 games, and I still have the old tickets saved.

The attached picture is the program and ticket stub from victory #71 of the 88.

Paul Westphal, the USC guard, dove for a loose ball heading out of bounds and ended up knocking me backwards from my front row student section seat under the basket at Pauley Pavilion. It was near the end of the first half.

When the teams took the court to warm up for the 2nd half, Mr Wooden came over to check on me.

“Young man, are you OK?” he asked.

All eyes in our immediate area were now on me.

I fell speechless and could only look at my dad.

“It looked like you took a took quite a fall” he half told me and half told my dad.

I mumbled that I was fine, and I asked Mr Wooden to please beat USC for me.

“With great pleasure!” he assured me, tipped his rolled up program/notes at us, and headed back to his coaching seat.

I did get Paul Westphals autograph on my program when he was done with 2nd half warmups. He remembered clobbering me.

I should have got Mr Woodens autograph too.

 

 I remember seeing Mr. Wooden at Dodger Stadium.   He used to call Joe Torre.  Wish he was still around so he could call Don Mattingly. 

Today October 15th is the 22nd anniversary of Kirk Gibson’s homerun in the 1988 World Series.   That is what I should have taken to Dodger Stadium to have Kirk Gibson signed!   My World Series program!   Why couldn’t I think of this before!?    OK, God willing, I will have an opportunity to have Gibby sign this next year. 

   

 

 

Dodgers Win! Furcal Web Gem! I met Jane Heller!

When we were down 3-0 in the first inning, I was saying”Oh boy here we go again, having a bad first inning.”   but the boys came back and Kuroda-san settle down.   Kuo was NASTY!  Was that really a 98 MPH fastball he threw?!?!   

The game ended with a great play by Furcal.  It was the #1 Webgem for Saturday:

 

Let me say this again,  “(insert team) suck” has to be the most immature, stupid chant I’ve ever heard.   You don’t hear it with the regular season ticket holders around me and I imagine with true Dodger fans and Baseball fans.    I also don’t boo great players. 

On his birthday, Derek Jeter struckout three times.  Kuroda, Kuo and Broxton struck him out.  Joe Torre was quoted as saying “Well, it was my present to him”    

Earlier in the day, Joe Torre and Derek Jeter had gone to the John Wooden public memorial at the the UCLA Pauley Pavilion.  

Did  I say that Kuo has been NASTY lately.  This guy has gone thru so many T.J. operations and is basically an out away from ending his career but he keeps on pitching!   My Dodger hat off to you Kuo!

And my boy James Loney drove in four runs!  Here is Loney with my friend Erik who is celebrating his birthday today.  Happy birthday Erik!  May the Dodgers bring us a win!

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I finally got to meet the famous Jane Heller!     Too bad I just spent a little time with her.   I also got to meet her husband and LadyJane who posts in  Jane Heller’s blog.   Wish I would have gotten a second chance to take the pic as this came out a little blurry and to spend more time with you and your husband Jane.      

 
Jane Heller and LadyJane.jpg 

A battle of lefties for the rubber matchup today:  The tough Veteran Andy Pettitte against 22 year old Kershaw.   Kershaw needs to control those walks.  He has given up 48 walks, the most in the NL and the Yankees lead the Majors in OBP.

 With Fox doing the game yesterday and today ESPN,  I MISS VIN SCULLY!   

 

Oh I forgot to mention that after his running, Padilla came over to the rail in the left field side and signed alot for fans in that side then the center field side.   Quite a few Yankee fans were there too getting his autograph.  I and many congratulated him on his outing the day before.  He signed my scorebook.    I asked him in Spanish who he was rooting for in the World Cup after USA was already out.  He looked at me, smiled and said “Is going to be tough but I am rooting for Mexico.  

LET’S GO DODGERS! 

LET’S GO MEXICO        

Rest in peace coach. John Wooden (October 14, 1910 - June 4, 2010

 

Friday night, the great coach John Wooden passed away.   He was taken to the hospital Thursday night.    Vin Scully paid tribute to him during the TV broadcast.  We can only hear Vin on the radio during the first three innings but the tribute was played back in the Diamondvision.  Vin made me cry watching this tribute.   Here is the youtube: 

 

 

I wish I had this blog two years ago when I went to the John Wooden Vin Scully event and I would have written about.  Is time like this that I like having the blog.   Here is what I said last October a day after his birthday:

Happy belated birthday to John Wooden!  He turned 99 yesterday!

I have seen John Wooden at Dodger Stadium catching a game and visiting with Vin Scully. 

I was also lucky that I went to see John Wooden and Vin Scully last year at the “Scully & Wooden For The Kids” event.    It was an unforgetable night hearing Vin and Coach share their many stories.  

Coach conversations always include  inspiring poems he recites from memory. Here is one example:

“No written word nor spoken plea
Can teach our youth what they should be,
Nor all the books on all the shelves.
It’s what the teachers are themselves.”

 

I will never forget when coach Wooden recited this poem that wonderful night at the John Wooden Vin Scully event:

Once I was afraid of dying.

Terrified of ever-lying.

Petrified of leaving family, home and friends.

Thoughts of absence from my dear ones,

Drew a melancholy tear once.

And a lonely, dreadful fear of when life ends.

But those days are long behind me;

Fear of leaving does not bind me.

And departure does not host a single care.

Peace does comfort as I ponder,

A reunion in the Yonder,

With my dearest who is waiting for me there.”

 

The poem was written by one of his former players, Swen Nater who was so moved by coach devotion to his departed wife Nellie.   

Rest in peace coach.  We will never forget you!   Now you can be together with your beloved Nellie.

 

OMG! Sandy Koufax at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live

 



Thumbnail image for Honoree-Sandy-Koufax.jpgA friend on the train was reading the L.A. Times sport section before me and he tells me “Emma, did you know that Sandy Koufax will be at the Nokia Theatre?”    I was like “OMG! OMG!”   Yeah.. they looked at me weird.  Well, I told them, you could get excited about a concert.  I can get excited about this! 

18 months ago (before I started this blog), there was similar  event at the Nokia Threatre put together by T.J. Simers of the L.A. Times to benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA.  The speakers were Vin Scully and John Wooden.   The minute I found out about it, I purchased my ticket for that event!   It was a night that I will never forget.    

Once again, T.J. Simers will moderate a conversation, this time with Sandy Koufax and Joe Torre.   

 As soon as  I got to work, I ordered my ticket for this event on Saturday February 27.   Actually, there was an email waiting for me  that I could purchase tickets prior to the general public sale because I had purchased the the Scully/Wooden event.

Sandy Koufax!  OMG!    The money raised will go to Safe At Home, Torre’s foundation to end the cycle of domestic abuse.    Ticket prices go from $25 to $200.  

Joe Torre who is in shock that Sandy accepted said “I didn’t think he would,”   “This really is a friend indeed.  He said he would do it for me and I’ touched.”

I am so looking forward to this! 

p.s.  I was preparing to blog about something else, but it can wait, besides is taking a little longer to prepare that cause I have to look into a lot of MLB players bio. 

 Sandy Koufax!   OMG!  

article from T.J. Simers

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-simers13-2010jan13,0,3541072.column 

Kershaw gets to start game 1 of the NLCS

An a Little Child Shall Lead Them.   I heard Vin Scully say that of players like Fernando Valenzuela.       

Lefty 21 years old, Clayton Kershaw gets to start the first game of the NLCS.   

Congratulations Kershaw!

The rest of the rotation is surprising.   I was expecting another lefty in the second game. 

Game 2  is Vicente Padilla.

Game 3.  Hiroki Kuroda

Game 4.  Randy Wolf.  

 

I am having trouble with my laptop so I could not post this yesterday:

Happy belated birthday to John Wooden!  He turned 99 yesterday!

I have seen John Wooden at Dodger Stadium catching a game and visiting with Vin Scully. 

I was also lucky that I went to see John Wooden and Vin Scully last year at the “Scully & Wooden For The Kids” event.    It was an unforgetable night hearing Vin and Coach share their many stories.  

Coach conversations always include  inspiring poems he recites from memory. Here is one example:

“No written word nor spoken plea
Can teach our youth what they should be,
Nor all the books on all the shelves.
It’s what the teachers are themselves.”

Here is Vin Scully talking about John Wooden:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMUtbDf1Lgg 

 

It is with great sadness that I heard the news of the McCourts separating.   Timing is not good.   The Dodgers have been a family owned team except for the Fox Sports era that was a fiasco.  

Well, we got a game to play in less than 7 hours so let’s concentrate on the NLCS and beating the Phillies! 

LET’S GO DODGERS!  LET’S GO!

LET’S GO KERSHAW!!! 

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