Results tagged ‘ Kershaw ’

Happy 24th Birthday Kershaw and I dedicate the post to my dad.

Clayton Kershaw turns 24 today!  Happy birthday Kershaw!

Here is Kershaw with Sandy Koufax this year.  I had already posted this picture but I can look at it every day!   Picture from Jon SooHoo.  Take a look at his blog with his terrific Dodger pictures at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com/   Jon came in at #12 in the February MLB Blog Pro blog but Giant photographer blog came in at #2 so keep going to Jon’s blog on a daily basis and give him credit if you post his pictures.  image

Today is also Father’s day in Honduras so I dedicate this post to my papito Pedro.   He passed away in 2005 on June 29th, a day after my birthday.   Miss you dad!  Wish I would have spent more time with you.  Still remember that day as a 13 year old kid leaving Honduras and crying like a baby when I had to say goodbye to you.    Happy times when I went back to Honduras to see you even when you were sick. 

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portrait of mom and dad.  Mom died when I was two, sad I don’t remember her.

I dedicate this song to you papi.  “Ese que me dio vida”  “That one that gave me life”  de Alejandro Saenz. 

http://letras.terra.com.br/alejandro-sanz/90568/#

Here are some lyrics:

Con tu sonrisa de medio lao cuántos te quiero te habras callao.
Con tu eterno cigarrillo Con tu ojera y tu descuido La más bella de las danzas Es tu cojera al caminar….

How many “I love you” you must have quiet down…..With your eternal cigarette, with your dark eye shadows and your carelessness The most beautiful dance is your limp as you walk…

Happy Father’s Day to all that celebrate today and happy birthday to my cousin Mina.

Note:  I found my phone.  the poor thing slept the night under the car rental at the hotel in Arizona.  Good thing it was the night before it rained.   Forgot my camera between New Hampshire airport, taxi and hotel.  Was found at airport so need to make a trip there to pick it up.   When I described  the bag (a little Victoria Secret bag) the guy said “Oh yeah, we have it”   Crazy trip from CA to AZ for Spring Training games with friends Lorena & Elisa, then flight delayed in Phoenix.  80 of us were making connection flights in Philadelphia.   Guy next to me was going to Manchester, England and I to Manchester, NH.  The other lady was on her way to Israel.    Fun times in AZ and now working here in NH this week.

Happy St Patrick’s Day

Happy ST Patrick Day everyone!  We are in Arizona.  Going to the first game at Talking Stick for the Dodger game  against Colorado.  Then is back to Camelback Ranch for the game against the hated Jints.  I am wearing my green jersey.  Lost my phone.  So fricking mad at myself but “que se la hacer”  what can you do?  I’ll just try to enjoy the rest of trip.

 

St Patrick video with Kershaw, Mattingly, Kemp, Loney, Ethier

Happy St. Patrick Day

Matt Kemp’s days till Opening Day at Dodger Stadium & Clayton Kershaw’s day till Opening Day at Petco Park

Our Double K of trouble for the opposition!   There are Matt Kemp (27) days till the Dodgers Opening Day at Dodger Stadium

and Clayton Kershaw (22) days till Opening Day at Petco Park 

WOOHOOO!!!   Can’t wait.  In the meantime I went to see UCLA play USC at Dodger Stadium last night.  Here are the 2012 pocket schedules we picked last night at Dodger Stadium. 

Look at the upcoming promotion for Mother’s Day!  An Andre Ethier bag

I had a great time sitting with Dee, Kevin, Ernest & Arturo.  Arturo in the USC sweatshirt. Kevin is the one behind the green hat & Ernest with his Dodger hat. 

Part Two of Six Women and a Men

Before I head back to CamelbackRanch this weekend, I wanted to post more pictures from my first trip so here they are:

The seven of us with Manny Mota.  Too bad the kid taking the picture did not get us all in the picture.   Good thing Rosie had another picture.  

Sneaking in with Tommy Lasorda.  Tommy had signed a ball for me back in 2010 but the ink was getting lighter (no, I did not originally use a blue  pen)  so he signed it again.  He also signed my Mark Langill book.  He started looking at the pictures in the book commenting about the rookies of the year on the opposite page where he signed.   Thanks Tommy!   Love you! 

Everyone stopped to watch Kershaw pitch in the intersquad game. 

Kershaw had a good outing.

It was time for us to head out but before that we spotted Pepe Yniguez with Bill DeLury.  Mr. DeLury has been with the Dodgers since 1950, mostly as Traveling Secretary.   He started with the Dodgers as a 17-year- old office boy.  Evan of Opinion of Kingman’s Performance did a wonderful job in interviewing  Mr. DeLury.  Here is the link  http://opinionofkingmansperformance.blogspot.com/2011/06/second-longest-tenured-dodger-employee.html

Lorena with Pepe Yniguez.  Pepe has been broadcasting Dodger games en Espanol since 1999.  

Pepe also teams up with Manny Mota calling some games on TV on Time  Warner cable channel 858

Javy Guerra got a kick of Rosie bringing the Rookie Hazing picture of Javy dressed as a Taco.  

Javy when he saw me that I sporting my Javy batting practice jersey, he turned me around to show another player  and said “See?  she is my number ONE fan!”   :-)

I was playing photographer.   Here is Priscy with Javy

Here is Amanda with Javy

Here is Tony Jackson, Beat Writer for ESPN Los Angeles.   I like his long hair. 

Taking a well deserved rest before we go inside Margaritaville

After food and drinks we headed next door to Saddle Ranch for some tequila shots and to ride the mechanical bull

The bull kicks Rene

Priscy is next

She gets knocked out but she gets back on the bull

She is having a bull, I mean a ball  lol

Nice going Desiree!  Even falling, you fall with grace. 

Time to head back to LA.  I am going going  back to Cali Cali…..  

Next Trip:  Leaving Thursday night  with Lorena and her niece Elisa.  Lorena will be driving.  They will drive back to Cali.  I on the other hand need to head to NH to work there the following week so I will miss Sunday’s game as my flight leaves at noon.   I can’t wait for Thursday night!

Six Women and a Men Went to Camelback Ranch to see the Dodgers in a Dodger Blue Minivan

When Lorena and I found out that there was going to be a Spring Traning Fanfest 3/3/12,  we said “Let’s go!”  Rosie, who we met on Twitter last year said “I want to go!”  The original plan was to go for the day.   We already had a Spring Training road trip planned for the St Patrick weekend so we thought a turnaround trip would be OK.  

On  Saturday 2/25 I get a text from Lorena that Amanda was joining.   A few days later Lorena tells us her friend Priscila is also joining us.   Our group had grown to FIVE.

After thinking it over, we thought the original plan was kinda crazy to drive from LA to AZ and come back the same night so we changed it stay Saturday night.

The buz at Camelback Ranch the day before we were to leave was that Sandy Koufax was there!   Dodger fans were giddy with excitment.  

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Kershaw, Sandy Koufax and Don Mattingly.  Picture taken by Jon SooHoo.

Because of Sandy Koufax was at Camelback Ranch, our group grew to seven a few hours  before we were scheduled to take off.  Needless to say some of us hardly got any sleep or none at all.  

The minivan arrived at my house about 2 AM.   A few minutes later Rosie was dropped off at my house.  Because of a mixup, Rosie did not bring anything but her purse.  She thought we had changed back to making the trip a turnaround trip.   She wanted to stay but we said “There is a Target,  close by…. ”  So off we went six women and a men in a Blue Minivan. 

Here is Rene practicing hitchhiking just in case we left them behind.  The perfect place would have been here

We arrived safely and it was off to taking pictures.   The first one I took was with Gaylord Perry 

The second one was with Javy!

Here is Rene and I talking with Jon SooHoo

This picture taken by Dodger main photographer Jon SooHoo, appeared in the Dodgers Photo Gallery.  Thanks Jon!   .  Check out his MLB blog at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com

With Manny Mota on his bicycle

Plenty of pictures were taking especially at Sattle Ranch where 3 of the group rode the mechanical bull but I’ll leave the pictures for another post or maybe I should check with the group if is OK to post.  

I had a wonderful time on this trip.  Can’t wait to be back at Camelback Ranch for St Patrick weekend.  The only thing is I won’t be able to watch the game on Sunday as I am scheduled to work in NH the following week so I am taking a flight at noon.

#22 Clayton Kershaw and Dodger Caravan 2012 Community Service

I dedicate my post and ranking #22 in the January MLB Fan blog to #22 Clayton Kershaw!   Congratulations also to Kershaw for signing his two year deal with the Dodgers!   How did Kershaw celebrate his contract?  By joining the Caravan to pack food bins at the Los Angeles Food Bank where Dodger players and season ticket holders congragated to help. 

Kershaw, Shawn Green, Troncoso, Dee Gordon, Tommy Davis, Josh Lindblom, Kenley Jansen, Al Ferrara, Tony Gwynn Jr.

Kershaw loading gallons of tomato  juice for the giveaway bags. 

Clayton Kershaw and Shawn Green

Josh Lindblom

Thank you all that visit my blog.  I know I have been missing in action sometimes. 

Saturday I will be playing in the Dodgers Bloggers Softball game in West Covina with Evan’s Team from his blog Kingman’s Performance.   details here: http://opinionofkingmansperformance.blogspot.com/2012/02/blogger-softball-tournament-adventures.html

Bring a bag of food to donate to the Los Angeles Food bank and watch us play.

Details here http://www.thelfp.com/blog/2012/02/dodger-bloggers-softball-tournament/
From theLFP webite:
Where – Big League Dreams in West Covina

Time – Gates open at 7AM First games start at 8AM Championship game starts around 5:30 PM

Benefits LA Regional Food bank

Admission to the park is $3.00 with a token for a soda or drink

Participating Blogs
The Left Field Pavilion
Vin Scully is my homeboy
Dodger Thoughts
True Blue LA
Sons of Steve Garvey
Fansmanship.com
Mike Scioscia’s tragic illness
Opinion of Kingmans performance
Save the Dodgers
Dodger Bobble
Dodger Diaries

So come on out and support your favorite blog. I’m asking that all players and fans bring along a box or bag of food to donate to the LA regional food bank.

Below is a list of the items that are most needed.
Canned Goods
Beef Stew
Ravioli
Cannelloni
Canned Tuna
Peanut Butter
Yams
Canned Chicken
Canned Beef
Assorted Canned Fruits
Assorted Canned Vegetables

Packaged Items
Hot Cereal (Grits, Oatmeal, Malt-O-Meal, etc.)
Mashed Potatoes
Stuffing Mix
Powdered Eggs

Drinks
Coffee
Juices in aseptic (non-breakable) containers
Ensure (or other Supplemental drinks)
Baby Formula

Personal Products
Bar and Liquid Soap
Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
Laundry Detergent
Shaving Supplies
Feminine Hygiene Products
Deodorant and Perfume
Toilet and/or Facial Tissue
Assorted Cosmetics

They will also accept gift cards for grocery stores and fuel cards. Just mark the value on the card.

Thanks everyone and I hope to see you there!

pics by Jon SooHoo except second picture by me. I have more pics but will upload on next post.

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!

More pictures:

Dodgers get some Gold and the McCourts are Out of Here! Woohoo!

What a great day in Los Angeles for us Dodger Fans!  First we get the news that Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier win  Gold Gloves!  Congratulations guys!

The next news I received yesterday was that Frank McCourt agreed to sell the Dodgers! 

 Dodger fans are celebrating everywhere!

I am off to the SABR AFL conference in Arizona early tomorrow morning!  details here http://sabr.org/latest/exciting-schedule-deck-sabr-arizona-fall-league-conference  I am excited about attending and also to see Dustin Pedroia there.  Maybe Ethier will also be there….

Love what John Thorn has to say about SABR here http://sabr.org/content/john-thorn-why-im-sabr-member  That is the way I felt when I attended my first SABR convention this year.  John just says so well.  I was thrilled to meet him this year.  Take a look at this  baseball card from John Thorn.  I got the set of Major League Writers from Terry Cannon of the Baseball Reliquary:

Snow expected in the LA Area? One more day to head to the Ranch

Is raining here in the LA area and the news are full of snow forecast at 1000 feet.   With the Academy Awards coming Sunday, they are talking that there might be snow at the Hollywood sign which is 899 feet.   So tonight is the biggie IF it happens.   My Droid is showing 45/34 for Saturday with a picture of light snow. 

What I am might miss in LA on Sunday is not the Academy Awards (On TV) but this event:

Vin Scully to be honored at Beverly Hills Wine Fest    I would much prefer to hear Vin Scully than any speech from the Academy Awards.  

 Looking at the weather here in the LA area and in Arizona with thunderstorms, I am thinking of the song “Riders On the Storm”  which made me think of “LA Woman”    Three LA women will be heading on the road early Saturday morning, hopefully no snow on the road but most likely rain.  

 Remember Camelback Ranch Grand Opening in 2009?   I had taken the Southern California Auto club magazine Westways with me.   They have a section in the magazine titled “Picture This”  where they feature travelers showing the magazine at their vacation destination.  That year I took the magazine, submitted the picture and it made the magazine in 2009.   

 

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Dodgers Flashback Uniform.  

Fans were given an option to vote for their favorite Brooklyn Uniforn out of three so that the winner uniform could be worn at the Dodgers Flashback days.    The votes were counted and the winner is …..  

 
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My choice was the 1911 jersey, but the guys (Andre Either, Clayton Kershaw & Matt Kemp) make any uniform look good!   I like the 1940’s uniforms!    The uniforms will be worn for six midweek games with half price food & drinks.   Also there will be half price tickets.        

 

Flashback uniform picture from Jon SooHoo.   

From 22 year old Kershaw to 22 year old Kenley Jansen

A year ago Kenley Jansen was in the minor league catching.   Seeing his arm was better throwing fastballs than catching them, he was converted to a pitcher.   I actually went and pitcked him up in my MLB Fantasy team (Los Locos Azules)   but ESPN still has him as a catcher.   

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 In the dugout with a big grin on his face, Clayton Kershaw was watching Kensley who had come in the 9th inning to save the game for Kershaw who had pitched 8 shutout innings.  

The kid Kensley looked calm on the mound.  I on the other hand was nervous.  Kensley had made his major league debut the night before when the Dodgers used nine pitchers in the 13 inning game.    

Kensley was going to face the 4th, 5th and 6th batters, of

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Here is the video I recorded:

 

Beltran     P6

Bay          K

Davis.       K

Kershaw came out and gave him a big hug.  See, when Kershaw was in the Gulf Coast league, Kensley Jansen was his catcher.  “He had an incredible arm back then”  kershaw said. 

Dodgers WIN!   and take the series against the Mets 3 games to 1.  

Here is the post game interview with Kenley Jansen:

   
 

Dodgers are off today and start a three game series with the first place Padres.  Go Dodgers!  

Len who I baptised “crazy Mets fan” came from San Diego to watch the game.  He sat in the right field pavilion for the AYCE (All you can eat).  I caught with him before the game and after the game.  This is after the game when the kids were allowed to run the bases.   Afterwards the Media softball game started.     

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Update:  I uploaded the videos.  Also ESPN has updated Kenley from a catcher to a relief pitcher! 

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