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The video where I got to say “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!” at Dodger Stadium

Las year during Social Septiember I was watching batting practice when William read a twitter that said “The first person that goes upstairs by the Vin Scully Press box will get to do be on the field to say “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball” He thought it was too late to go upstairs, but I told him if you don’t want to go check I’ll check so I rushed up the stairs. Sure enought I was the first one! so I got to say what Vin Scully says at the beginning of each Dodger game, “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!”

I had not gotten the video until recently so I uploaded it. :-)

Thank you to the Dodgers and to William! I love you William :-)

Here are two pictures from that day that I got thanks to Jon SooHoo. Thank you Jon!

The White Sox with Robin Ventura are at Dodger Stadium starting tomorrow. Kershaw goes to the mound against Sale. Let’s Go Dodgers! It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!

Dodger Stadium: Home Sweet Home. Great AJ Ellis video about Kerhsaw. Memorial Day

Chris Capuano must love Dodger Stadium. He i 5-0 at Dodger Stadium. With Sunday’s win he improved his record to 7-1. Mateo Treanor, 36, hit a home run. Is Mateo Treanor Capuano’s personal catcher?

Dodgers improved to a record of 32-15, best record in baseball! Congratulations to Jerry Hairston Jr.,who had a career-high five hits with one double and four singles.

And what about Elian Herrera? He has a nine game hitting streak.

I LOVE LOVE this A.J. Ellis video with Clayton Kershaw

AJ can do it all! Vote for AJ to the All-Star! #AJ2KC

Happy Veterans Day everyone! Thank you all that have served our country!
I posted this two years ago on Memorial day about Poppy flowers and these two Memorial Day poems here http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2010/05/31/memorial-day-in-flanders-fields-we-shall-keep-the-faith/

I will be wearing a poppy flower to pay tribute to all those that have served our country.

A Baseball Poem by Jim “Mudcat” Grant

Off day for the Dodgers today. They return to Dodger Stadium to take on the Astros for a three game series starting Friday. Memorial Day starts a four game series with the Milwaukee Brewers. Yep! Ryan Braun and company will be here at Dodger Stadium.

Since we have a day off, I decided to post this Baseball poem by Jim “Mudcat” Grant. I got to meet Mudcat during the 60’s team reunion done in the Loge section at Dodger Stadium in 2008.

“LIFE”
A BASEBALL POEM BY JIM “MUDCAT” GRANT

LIFE IS LIKE A GAME OF BASEBALL
AND YOU PLAY IT EVERYDAY
IT ISN’T JUST THE BREAKS YOU GET
BUT THE KIND OF GAME YOU PLAY

STOP AND LOOK THE WHOLE TEAM OVER
YOU’VE GOT DEDICATION THERE
YOU’RE BOUND TO BE A WINNER
WITH MEN WHO REALLY CARE

AT FIRST BASE THERE’S RELIGION
YOU’VE STOOD THE TEST OF TIME
AT THIRD BASE THERE’S BROTHERHOOD
THE STALWART OF THE NINE

YOUR LEFT FIELDER IS AMBITION
DON’T EVER LET HIM SHIRK
RIGHT FIELDER IS A HUSKY MAN
YOU’LL FIND HIS NAME IS WORK

YOUR CENTER FIELDER IS VERY FAST
THOUGH SMALL AND HARD TO SEE
SO WATCH WHEN HE GETS THE BALL
HE’S OPPORTUNITY

YOUR PITCHER’S NAME IS COURAGE
YOU NEED HIM IN THIS GAME
FOR TRUTH AND FAITH YOUR KEYSTONE MEN
THE GROUND THAT THEY WILL TAME

YOUR CATCHER’S NAME IS HUMOR
HE’S IMPORTANT TO THE SCHEME
WHILE HONOR IS PITCHING FROM THE BULLPEN
YOUR GAME IS ALWAYS CLEAN

WITH LOVE ON YOUR BENCH
YOU’RE PERFECTION NO LESS
AND A WINNING TEAM
WITH JOY AND HAPPINESS

NOW THE OTHER TEAM IS STRONG
GREED, ENVY, HATRED AND DEFEAT
ARE FOUR STRONG INFIELDERS YOU’LL HAVE TO BUCK
TO MAKE YOUR GAME COMPLETE

DISCOURAGEMENT AND FALSEHOOD
ARE THE BIG BOYS IN THE PEN
YOU’LL HAVE TO SWING HARD
WHEN YOU MEET UP WITH THESE MEN

CARELESSNESS AND A MAN CALLED WASTE
YOU’LL FIND THEM PLAYING HARD
AND SELFISHNESS AND JEALOUSY
NONE CAN DISREGARD

THERE IS ONE MORE MAN YOU’LL HAVE TO WATCH
HE’S ALWAYS VERY NEAR
HE’S THE PITCHER FOR THIS TEAM
I’M TOLD HIS NAME IS FEAR

THIS GAME WILL NOT BE EASY
THERE’LL BE STRUGGLES AND THERE’LL BE STRIFE
TO MAKE THE WINNING RUNS
IT’S PLAYED ON THE FIELD OF LIFE

SO STAND BEHIND THE GOOD TEAM
THERE’LL BE MANY WHO’LL APPLAUD
JUST REMEMBER YOU ARE THE PLAYERS
BUT THE UMPIRE THERE IS GOD

Kershaw, Dodgers, Kings, Coyotes and Snakes oh my!

Congratulations to Kershaw for winning the National League Player of the Week honors! Kershaw took the mound twice last week against the DiamondBacks on Monday and on Saturday against the Cardinals. He pitched 7 scoreless innings against the Snakes and a complete game 9 inning shutout agains the Cardinals. The shutout extended Kershaws scoreless innings streak to 22, dating back to his May 8 start vs. the Giants.

Dodgers are in Phoenix playing the Snakes. With Capuano on the mound, the Dodgers defeated Corbin and the Snakes by the score of 6-1. Capuano’s record is the same as yesterday’s score 6-1. Harang takes the mound tonight against Kahill.

When Treanor hit the homerun yesterday I was thinking to myself “Boy, this team reminds me of the 1988 team” I was listening to the first innings on the radio on my way home. When I got home my brother Victor made the same comment. I am sure is in a lot of Dodger fans that this team resembles 1988. I want to be cautious but I love how the replacement players are stepping up.

Is scary to think that Mark Ellis could have lost his leg. Vin Scully said that the doctors said that Six more hours and they would hae had to amputate if it wasn’t for the Dodger trainer’s decision to send him to the hospital. Get better Mark Ellis.

The Kings are also in Phoenix! They lead the series 3-1 against the Coyotes. Get it done Kings! I LOVE LA! Go Kings! Go Dodgers!

I will see the games on delay when I get home. I am heading to Pasadena to have dinner and see Howie Levine sing. Some of you might know Howie. He works at Dodger Stadium and occasionally sings the National Anthem and God Bless America.

Below is the information:
May 22 Howie Sings “JAZZNATRA” withe the Mike Saul Quartet
Big Mama’s Rib Shack 1453 North Lake Ave. Pasadena
Two Long Sets beginning at 6:30; 626 797-1792 for reservations

Pictures from the first Dodger Stadium FanFest

I arrived at the first Dodger FanFest at noon. There were a lot of people there waiting for the gates to open. The first thing I did was have my baseball card made. This is my third baseball card but this one has the Dodger schedule in the back. The next thing I did was the Dodger flip book. Basically you put a glove on and pose for pictures pitching, catching while the camera rolls and they make that into a tiny book.

It was already hot so when I saw sosmeone with a paper fan with half of Matt Kemp’s face, I asked where they got it. It is KCAL CBS sponsored with their broadcast schedule in the back. They gave you three rubber baseballs and if you made it thru the big hole you got the fan. If you made it thru the smaller hole you got Dodger tickets. I wanted the fan but I only came close. Lucky for me my brother Victor was with me. He aimed for the big hole and got me my fan! How do I look?

When Mattingly was on stage, I went to the mike and asked him what Lilly had done to get tossed in Chicago. Also I said on the Mike while wearing my Vote for AJ Ellis button (I took the image from MikeSciosciatragicillness blog and glued it to one of my buttons. Mattingly said “yes, I am voting for AJ.

Here is Matt Kemp on stage being interviewed and taking questions.

The longest Dodger infield was missing the iron man Steve Garvey. He had an emergency so only Russell, Cey and Lopes were there. I thanked them for 1981 which was my first year as a season ticket holder and told Lopes that back in 1981 I had given Bobby Welch a greeting card to make him feel better because he was not doing well. He said something like “you don’t know how much we appreciate that when we are not doing well..” That year in December 1981 I received a postcard from Lopes thanking me for my support. I still have it.

Vin Scully also made it appearance! He talked and we listened only with the “WE Love you Vin!” “No, you are Great!”

Next it was Pepe Yniguez, Fernando Valenzuela & Jaime Jarrin. Pepe funny as usual and even Fernando. Jaime great as always.

Earlier I had gone to the section where the Dodgers had the Tommy Lasorda wine tasting. This section was only for season ticket holders. Later on Tommy was going to walk around talking to fans there posing for picures but I had a conflict since it was the same time Vin Scully was going to be on stage. Anyway, after Pepe, Fernando and Jaime appearace on stage, Tommy followed. He was funny, inspirational and full of Dodger Blue energy. He got the crowd going. I asked him “what kind of food I should have with two bottles of his wine I have at home. He said “Save it!” “And when the Dodgers win the World Series I will drink those bottles of wine with you!” :-) Tommy: I got plenty of witnesses!

I left in time to watch some batting practice. Clayton Kershaw pitched a great game. He blanked out the Cardinals 6-0,

Tim Welke missed call, Matt Kemp NLPM, Weaver No-hitter, Dodgers New Owners

>><Tim Welke missed that call at Coor's Field by a mile, well at least by four feet. Take a look:

Congratulations Matt Kemp! April National League Player of the Month!

Prior to Jered Weaver pitching a no-hitter, I was thinking “what a bad day for pitchers” when Kershaw went 7/ 1/3 innings and gave up 5 earned runs. Halladay went 5 1/3 and gave up 8 earned runs. Harrison went 3 1/3 and gave up 8 runs & AJ Burnett went 2 2/3 innings and gave up 12 earned runs! WOW!

Congratulations Jered Weaver on your no-hitter. Jered is a local boy that grew up a Dodger fan and he was a Long Beach DirtBag.

Vin Scully said during yesterday’s Dodger new owners conference that the kids might describe yesterday’s weather as “yucky” but the Irish would say “Is a soft day” To me, t was a glorious day!


New Dodgers owners, the Guggenheim Baseball Management group, Left to right are Bobby Patton, Stan Kasten, Mark Walter, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Peter Guber and Todd Boehly

After work, I went home to watch the Dodgers owner conference that I DVRed then after I finished, I switched to the no-hitter when someone on Twitter alerted me, then I watched “Before the Bigs” with Mike Scioscia. I had started this blog post on 5/2 but did not finish it until today 5/3. So much happened in between. Watching Mike Scioscia in Before the Bigs, he had some great catchers to guide him in Roy Campanella, Roseboro & Del Crandall. He credits Del Crandall in pushing him to become a manager.

Dodgers are off today then start a series with the Cubs. Monday is back to Dodger Stadium to play with the Giants for the first time. I can’t wait! During the conference it was announced that parking went down from $15 to $10. Also to welcome communication with the fans, fan suggestions could be emailed to a new address, fanbox@ladodgers.com. Next in my agenda: send a couple of emails. Go Dodgers!

pic ref: InsideSouthercal, scpr.org, fangraphs, Detroitnew, LATimes

Dodgers vs the Nationals at Dodger Stadium

Friday night Kershaw went eight strong inning giving up two runs in the 6th from a walk to Werth and a homerun to LaRoche. He just left that pitch too high. Kenley Jansen pitched the 9th but he gave us a scare when Espinosa sent a ball that came within inches of not being foul.
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Earlier in the day during batting practice, while talking to Rosa and Ronnie by the Dodgers bullpen, a BP ball landed in back of me. I was so happy to get it as it has the 50th anniversary logo

Also during BP, I heard a mom tell her kid that she forgot her phone so she could not take his picture. I offered to take a picture and I would send it to her. I was sitting in the field level during the game. This same kid kept coming down to ask for a baseball between innings. I told him if he wanted he could sit next to me. He went and asked his who gave him permission so I watched the game with him. He brought over his uncle’s Dodger hat to use to catch a baseball since he did not have a glove.

Little john told me he plays baseball and his team is undefeated 14-0. His mom had told me earlier that they were at the game to pay tribute to her dad who was a Dodger fan. Talking with the boy he told me they live up North. I asked if he was a Giant fan and he said yes but that he would not wear any Giant gear cause he did not want to get beat up. Sad. I told him he would not get beat up then I saw a guy with a Giant jacket and later a lady with a Giant shirt. I said “see, they are wearing Giant gear”
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When I was seeing that he was not going to get a third out ball, I suggested to try at the end of the games with the umpires but to move a couple seats over the next aisle. He was only a few feets from me and I was keeping an eye on him. Well his mom comes down and she panicked not seeing him there, she said “WHERE IS MY SON?” I pointed to him (we were in the same row) and said that he had a better chance there to get a ball from the umps. Well, too many kids were in the dugout seat area so he did not get a ball. I reached in my bag for the batting practice ball I had gotten and gave it to him. He and his family thanked me. they did stay for the fireworks as they had an early flight back home.

I took a picture of little John with Hiccups payaso.

I had to ask little John his favorite players. For the Giants: Buster Posey and for the Dodgers: Matt Kemp.
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Looking at Jon SooHoo pictures blogs, I noticed he included a picture he took as he was going by during batting practice! I was sitting with June. Thanks Jon!

And here is another one. I think this is when I was going to take a picture of little John.

It was also Fireworks night. Here is another picture from Jon SooHoo.

Check out Jon SooHoo’s great pictures at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com/

OK, got to get ready to head to Dodger Stadium! Strasburg against Billingsley. Also Bryce Harper will make his major league debut at Dodger Stadium. Both the Dodgers and Nationals have identical records of 14-6. Let’s go Dodgers!

Baseball Reliquary Exhibition -Bill Veeck- Now to May 24. “Veeckfest” May 19.

I am excited that this exhibition is close to me at the Arcadia library. This is from the Arcadia library:
Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, an exhibition which utilizes photographs, artworks, artifacts, and documents to chronicle the life and times of one of the most influential figures in baseball history. The owner of four teams – the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns, and Chicago White Sox (twice) – Veeck was a baseball impresario and innovator, an unflinching advocate of racial equality, and a visionary who spent a lifetime challenging baseball’s and society’s well-entrenched status quo.

“VeeckFest” — Saturday, May 19 – 1pm-5pm
http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/images/veeck__2.jpg&gt; In conjunction with its exhibition, Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, the Baseball Reliquary presents “VeeckFest,” an in-depth look at Bill Veeck, the transformational, visionary figure, whose life and imagination helped define the several eras he encompassed. This free event will include a film screening; book signing; and panel discussion featuring, among others, Paul Dickson, author of Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick; sportswriters John Schulian and Ron Rapoport, who covered Veeck for the Chicago Sun-Times and other publications; and screenwriter/filmmaker Ken Solarz, who owns the movie rights to Veeck’s 1962 autobiography, Veeck—as in Wreck. This will be a popular event so please come early. Space is limited to the first 150 people. Free admission. Further information, phone (626) 791-7647; for directions, phone (626) 821-5567 during library hours.

There is a Dodger game on 5/19 but I am heading to the “Veeckfest” then head to Dodger Stadium. Oh oh, this is the same day for the Dodger fanfest. Is going to be a busy day.

It did not rain enough last night at the game. It should have rained prior to the 9th inning when everything fell apart. Dodgers were leading 2-1 when Javy Guerra came in the 9th. He was getting hit then he got hit by a line drive that hit him on jaw. Mattingly should have taken him out then. Instead the Braves scored 3.

Off day today for the Dodgers so I am heading to the Arcadia library to take a look at the exhibition. Washington Nationals in town tomorrow with Clayton Kershaw on the mound!

ref: http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/home/index.asp?page=763#veeck

Sunday Dodgers Cornucopia. Rest in peace Joyce Terry.

Dodgers lost today 12-0. It was one of those games, no hitting, no pitching, no fielding. There were three errors in the game including one given to Dee Gordon who was celebrating his 24th birthday. I don’t know what the official scorer was looking at because Dee Should not had gotten that error. It should have gone to Billingsley. I like Billz but how could Dee catch that throw? Anyway, let’s put that game behind us.

Dodgers are back in town! They play three with the Braves. The matchups are:
Monday: Jurrjens against Capuano
Tuesday: minors against Harang
Wednesday: Beachy against Lily.

I was showing my brother Vic that Lily is 2-0. He was saying “Lily is 2-0? He just came off the DL!” Then he said in Spanish “Que suerte tienen los que no se bañan” LOL. That means lierary “How lucky are those that don’t take a shower”, It applies to those that without having much “qualities”, Lucky Lady smiles at them and they do well. LOL. Vic said it laughing.

Thursday is an off day and I need one as I have a problem with my car driver’s side window. Friday’s matchup was supposed to be Kershaw against Strasburg but because of the Nationals rain delay, this is what MLB At Bat is showing for the matchups:

Friday: Detwiler against DBD (Why is it showing this?, I thought it was Kershaw)
Saturday: Strasburg against DBD (again, why? Maybe Kershaw has been moved here? )
Sunday: DBD, against TBD. Busy pitcher this TBD ;-)

Rest in peace Joyce Terry.
I was very sad to find out during Opening Week that Joyce Terry, a member of the Top Deck family passed away. My deepest condolences to Carl. Carl and Terry celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary at Dodger Stadium last year on June 20, 2011.

Carl & Joyce Terry at Dodger Stadium celebrating their 62nd Anniversary

The picture is a picture I took of Carl’s pictures. The inscription says June 20, 2011. LA Dodgers 4, Tigers 0. Clayton Kershaw pitched a 2 hit shutout striking out 11.

I will miss seeing Joyce with her pink baseball hat. She was battling cancer but you could not tell seeing her walking down those stairs to her seat.

The first time I met Carl and Joyce was at Vero Beach in 2008. We were in the long line at the gift shop when Terry asked me if I had been to the Cardinals Dodger game the day before at Roger Dean Stadium. I said Yes! Then he said “Were you waiving a Dodger towel?’ Again I said Yes! We started talking about the Dodgers, where we sit at the Stadium. When I said “I have season tickets in the Top Deck. He said “So do we!” It is a small world.

Here is a picture of Carl and Joyce back in their younger days:
New York, AZ Summer fall 2011 and 2012 Caravan 002

Here is a picture of their plane. They used to travel everywhere. Carl said they had another trip scheduled to Europe this year. It was such a joy watching them together. I can’t flip this picture so is going that way.
New York, AZ Summer fall 2011 and 2012 Caravan 003

Rest in peace Joyce. Carl mentioned that Joyce name fitted her because she brought him and everyone else joy.

Dodgers take 3 out of 4 in San Diego starting with Opening Day!

Jake Ross of  Gaslampball.com took this picture.

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Apr 7 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers fan Emma Amaya wears a shirt in honor of former Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Magic Johnson before a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

I kept getting texts that I was on TV. 

 My cousin Edgar’s wife Jeannie tagged me on this picture that she took of the TV screen

 

Magic was at Opening Day in San Diego along with Frank McCourt & his GF.  This picture taken by my friend Lorena (LuvtheDodgers23).   Notice Frank’s GF eyeing Matt Kemp

I was having a hard time with my camera.  Jon SooHoo of Dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com told me I bounced the camera too many times.  Actually it started working better after I had him look at it.   Still, I did not take good pictures from afar but luckly my friend Lorena  did so I am sharing  her pictures:

Opening Day at Petco.  Second time Lorena and I go to Petco Park Opening Day against the Dodgers.  First time was in 2009. 

SkinnySwag!   Dee Gordon.  I saw him after the game and I told him I have him in my fantasy Baseball team.  He said “I am not doing too well”   I said that is OK, to early.  Lorena pointed to her heart and said “We Love you!”   The following day I saw him again after the game and he had done so good that I stopped him and excitedly I told  him “You did great today Dee!”  He in turned gave me a hug and told me “Thank you ma’am”   that so cute of him. 

Clayton Kershaw was fighting the stomach flu but he insisted to Mattingly that he still wanted to pitch on Opening Day.  He could only go three innings because of the stomach flu.    He also collected the first hit for the Dodgers with a double.   his ERA:  0.00 and his batting average:  1.000. 

Because of the day off today, Kershaw is starting the Home Openner tomorrow afternoon.  

Josh Lindblom came in after Kershaw and collected the win.  Javy Guerra got the save.  Thanks Lorena for the pictures. 

 

This picture from Jon Soohoo of Dodger fans making the trip from LA to Petco Park.  This is before Friday’s game. 

Lorena and I.  ‘yeah, I did not noticed before that I closed my eyes. 

Reaction of Dodger fans after @skinnyswag Dee Gordon terrories the Padres.  

Having a good time in San Having a good time in San Diego with friends.  From Top to bottom;  Blanca, Lorena, Emma, Rosie and Amanda.

Happy Opening Day Eve!  Happy Opening Day Eve!  Happy Opening Day Eve!   Can’t wait to be at Dodger Stadium tomorrow!

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