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Tough road trip but the boys are back in town!

Dodgers have played 21 games.  Two road trips and one home stand.  This last road trip was a tough one where they went 2-7 against the Reds, Nationals and the Mets.   They got swept by the Mets.   

I felt bad for the Dodger fans that went to see them on the road.   My new neighbors to the right of me in the Top Deck went to see them to Washington DC.   ITD (InsidetheDodgers) blogmates Oldbrooklynfan and Truebluewill who live in New York, went to see the doubleheader.

Thanks Brian for the picture and for letting me know how to put them together!  Truebluewill, crzblue and oldbrooklynfan. 

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Say hello to our Dodger fans in New York if you run into them. 

Let’s Go Dodgers, Let’s Go!  Maybe some home cooking will do you good and being back at Our Magic Castle that is Our Lady of Chavez Ravine, Dodger Stadium!

Young Clayton Kershaw (1-0 3:13)on the mound against Pirate Brian Burres (0-1 9.31).     

USC Night and hat giveway tonight to the first 20K fans 

UCLA Night and hat giveway Friday night to the first 20K fans.   

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Oh and Matt Kemp:   You know we Dodger fans love you!  You have been great with us.  My friends and I appreciate your hussle, how the kids that run the bases imitate you as you are jumping up and down while waiting to take the field.  It looks like you can’t wait for the game to start.  You have been nice to us during BP, at events like Caravans, the Bluetopia premiere.   We LOVE YOU!!!   

 

 

First 2010 Homestand record: 4 wins, 2 losses

I’ll take winning homestand!   Dodgers took 2 out of three from the D’backs and from the hated Jints.   

The Freak shut out my boys in Blue on Saturday 9 to 0.   But we took Friday and Sunday’s game.  

 Congratulations to Andre on his first grandslam of his career! 

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Sunday was a great pitching dual between Barry Zito and Clayton Kershaw.   Kershaw was losing the game 1-0 when in the 9th inning, Garrett Anderson got an important walk, then Bochy lifted Ziro to go with the percentages.  In came Romo  to pitch to el Maniaco, who went yard for a walk-off!    Final score Dodgers 2, Jints 1.

El Maniaco rounding thrid after his 2-run walk-off.

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 And Dodger fan Troyfromwestvirginia is back with a new version of “We are the LA Dodgers 2010.”  Some of you might remember I posted the 2009 version last year in March. Anothr hilarious video from Troy! 

Let’s Get the W with Kershaw on the Mound!

I hear from several fans that they will stop going to games because of status of the Dodgers concerning the ownership but for me…

I am not willing to miss seeing Kemp, Ethier, Loney, Kershaw, Billz, Broxton and Russell, my favorites! Nope, I am not going to miss hearing Vin Scully at the games.

There is no better sound than when I walk inside Dodger Stadium and I listen to Nancy Bea in the background while I walk over to the bullpen area and I hear the sound the ball is making as it hit the mitt. The boys in Blue on the field hitting BP and the pitchers in the outfield catching some baseballs.

Vin already made my day last Sunday by smiling and waiving at my friend Erik and I when we greeted him and wished him to have a happy Easter.

Nope, no matter what, I will be at the stadium, day in and day out. Is is my happy home, it is my home away from home.

There is Sandy Koufax on this picture walking to the field. He is also on the big screen.



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When I am at Dodger Stadium and I look to the field and then take the rest of the view from there with the mountains in the background, all is right with the world.

Yeah, there will be some games that I will be cursing under my breath, but they will others that will be exhilarating and no better way to share those moments than with my friends at the stadium.

Let the second game begin in Pittsburgh! We got 22-year old Clayton Kershaw going this evening.



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For those giving Joe Torre a hard time for starting Padilla for the Opener on the road, I say to them, did you hear what Vin Scully said ? If you did not, here it is:

“In Showbiz you would say you are opening a big musical and you would say “Padilla, you are singing the lead in Hartford, Connecticut.  And you would say “Kershaw, you are singing the lead on Broadway.” “

Play Ball!

I love my Dodgers!

Spring Training 2010: More Pictures

Congratulations to Andre Ethier who had his number (#14) retired by his alma mater, Saint Mary’s High School, Wednesday at Phoenix.   Tommy Lasorda was there in addition to Rick Monday who emceed the event.  

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 My friend took this picture of me with my Andre shirt.  

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Too many people here, let’s walk to the Dodgers Minor league area:

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Here is Elisa and I walking where the minor leaguers practice.

And no Bailey!  I am not willing to trade Ethier from my baseball fantasy team “Locos Azules”!     

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I love my Shape-up shoes!    

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Game underway and Kemp little fans waiting to see if they can get a baseball

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Maybe this guy drove all night to get to Camelback Ranch.  We nicknamed him Sleeping Beauty.  People kept coming by taking pictures with him or thowing peanuts aming for his mouth. 

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But Sleeping Beauty was wide awake the following day with this sign, except he was blocking our view. I yelled “Hey!  you are blocking home plate”   “Go back to sleep instead”  to which the fans around laughed and applauded.   Everyone remember the guy from the day before.  

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Speaking of signs, here is the familiar sign Dodgers see at other ballparks
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I like this sign better and I love the rainbow!  Sign reads “is not about how you start.  It is about how you finish.”  picture taken while we were driving.   

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Here is another picture of the rainbow taken over the window of the car.  There was a double rainbow but is hard to see here. 

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Padilla has been named the starter for the Opener at Pittsburgh and Kershaw the Opener at Dodger Stadium!   Congratulations guys!  I can’t wait to watch you pitch! 

I laughed when I saw a poster posted this comment in mikesciosciatragicillness blog when Padilla was announced as the Opening Day starter. 

jay_jaffe    Why, did he shoot Kershaw and Billingsley?

 

A Night to remember with Sandy Koufax !





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I don’t know where to start!  That was a once in a lifetime event and I loved every minute of the event!  

The event was put together to benefit the Torre’s Safe At Home Foundation to combat domestic abuse. 

I will never forget this night!   Thank you Sandy!  Thank you Torre, Thank you Simers and all that made the event posible!

I got home after the event and throughly enjoyed watching the playback!  

 

“It gave me goosebumps,” Torre said of the sold-out crowd of 7,100 at Nokia Theater, which included the likes of Ron Howard, Billy Crystal, Penny Marshall and Jon Lovitz and raised more than $750,000.

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LA Times sportwriter T.J. Simers started his questions with “Where’d you go,” “I went home,” Koufax said, later explaining that it was something his grandfather taught him that has kept him out of the limelight.

“Your most precious asset is time,” Koufax said. “Spend your money foolishly, spend your time wisely.” 

And the reason he came back?

“Joe Torre,” Koufax said.

“It’s about friendship, a very special friendship,” said Torre, 69, of Koufax, even though the two were never teammates

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Simers finally asked if it bugged Koufax that people perceived him as “soft.”

“Oh … no,” said Koufax. “That didn’t bug me at all.”

“Then what did bug you?” asked Simers.

“Sportswriters like you,” replied Koufax to a thunderous ovation

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At the John Wooden and Vin Scully, a kid was picked so that John Wooden would show him how to put his socks.  Mr. Wooden was very particular that no creases should be left from his players put on their socks before the shoes.  Well Simers wanted something similar to be done with Koufax.  So he said the crowd had been scanned and a tall skinny kid was spotted so he was summond to go up the podium. 

The Kid?  21 year old Clayton Kershaw! 

Here is Koufax  showing Kershaw how to throw the curball.  Kershaw said “OK, I’ll give it a try.”  

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Simers said “If you are good, I’ll get you a tryout with Arte Moreno.   Yep! Arte was in the audience.

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Look at the size of Koufax’s hand in comparison to Kershaw!

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Here is Mattingly after Simers said Donnie Baseball showed up because he thought Torre was announcing his reti
rement.

 
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Tommy Davis and Sweet Lou Johnson.  Sweet Lou got the only hit in Koufax perfecto. and got two homeruns in the  1965 World Series.  Koufax said Sweet Lou was a breath of fresh air.  

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Peter O’Malley got the biggest standing ovation after Koufax and Torre. 

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When Simers asked Koufax about the two homeruns that Torre hit off of him.  His response was “We Brooklyn kids stick together.” 
 

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“This man has been very special to me,” said Torre about Koufax. “We have never been teammates. We have played together on All-Star teams, but my first World Series, in 1996, when I walked into my office at Yankee Stadium, his was the first message on top, wishing me luck.”

“When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he was just about the first guy who called me.

When I got off the plane after saying goodbye to the Yankees, he was the first guy to call. It has been a very special relationship and one that we don’t have to talk to each other every day.

“It’s something that I treasure, and I’m so touched, and my wife, Ali, is very touched, and our foundation certainly thanks you for being here.”

With that, the two friends for almost 50 years walked off the stage together to another ovation.


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There I am in wearing blue and with my White and Blue Dodger bag(third row from the left).  In the next aisle to my left is my friend Amber who is a ticket checker at Dodger stadium.          

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Irony for NLCS game 2: Dodgers’ Padilla against Phillie’s Martinez

I’ve been so busy between work,home getting to the game as soon as the gates are open and leaving very late attending Dodger Talk.   I have not posted in forever!

For those of you that do not know the Dodger Talk hosts, here is Josh Sushon and Ken Levine.  Oh, forgot about that Penny’s bbh that a fan brought and smashed there. 

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We’ve seen two good games at Dodger Stadium.   But wouldn’t you say that both games were left open to criticize the managers? 

I know the first game many of us Dodger fans were saying “Why oh why did Torre leave Kershaw there too long?   

Kershaw cruised along for the first 4 innings but the wheels fell off in the 5th where he allowed a single to Ibanez, a walk to Feliz, a homerun to Ruiz (can’t we get this guy out?) and a walk to none other than the pitcher!   This is where Torre should have removed the kid.  But NOOOO.  Kershaw followed with two wild pitches, another walk(3 in the inning) and a double by Howard.  That is when Torre decided to remove him and bring in Troncoso, who got Wearth to fly out to LF.   

A friend was texting me afterwards telling me  “let it go Emma, we’ll get them tomorrow.”  So I stopped feeling blue and started thinking BLUE!

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 Game 2.   It was so freaking hot for the 1:07 game time.  Heck it was so hot the night before when I had taken my Dodger poncho.  What was I thinking!   Anyway, even in the Top Deck where you usually feel a breeze, there was none so you can imagine how it was sitting in the sun and on the field.  

Remember the picture of the Dodger buckle I posted here.  Well, Mike who sits to the left of me in the front row brought me more Dodger memorabillia that he wanted me to see.   There is from right to left.  A 1988 W.S. ring,  1988 money clip, belt buckle with snake skin, a 1988 W.S. belt buckle, Dodgers pin, 1988 W.S. pin, and another ring that lists all the Dodgers World Series the Dodgers have won.

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Here is a clearer picture of the rings!

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 Thanks Mike for showing me your fabulous collection!   Can you imagine Mike paid $6 a ticket for field level in aisle 15?   Those might go for $100 now. 

What a pitchers dual we were seeing on the field!   An ex-Phillie and an ex-Dodger were putting a great performance on the field.  The only score in 7 innings, was a home-run by Howard in the 4th.   

In the eighth inning, Charlie Manuel batted for Martinez even though Martinez had given up two hits in 87 pitches.  Dodgers could not have more thrilled to get Pedro off the mound. 

What an eighth inning that was!  Charlie Manuel used FIVE pitchers!    

This is how it was(looking at my scorecard)

Single by Blake off Parks.  Pierre (PR)

Single by Belliard

E4 on Martin (Utley airmailed the throw)  Beliard out

Thome singles to right off Eyre, Martin to third.

Furcal walks off Madson

Kemp K’s on three pitches.  Ugh!  

Ethier works the count for a walk off Happ

The FIFTH pitcher, Durbin, quickly retires Manny on a pop to third.  

In comes Big Bad John for the save!!
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And we happily sing “I LOVE LA!”  

I don’t care what Jeff of RedStateBlueState say, Padilla is beautiful!!

Now on to Chilly Philly brrrr.  

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:

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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!!! 

Dodgers rally for 2-0 series lead against the Cardinals!

I along wtih many Dodger fans, took a vacation day to be at Dodger Stadium, our magic castle!   Some probably took a “sick” day but there is NO WAY they would believe that I was at home sick.  

 My day did not start well because right after I started walking on the parking lot, I noticed I had no wallet and no tickets.  Hoping that I just left it in the car, I went back but noooo!,  I drove 14 miles back to retrieve it from home.  

 Since I was at the stadium as soon as the gates opened, I was able to go back and come in plenty of time to meet with friend Carol from the ITD blog and Will who came all the way from New York for the games:

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George Lopez threw  out the first pitch.  George was sporting a Dodger jersey with number 34 and the words “LOPEZUELA”  in the back.   Watch the video where Tommy coaches George Lopez to throw a strike on the mound (could not embed the code

 

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What a game!   what a 9th inning!  

Wainwright only gave up three hits and one run in 8th innings of work.  

Clayton Kershaw was great giving up only two runs in 6 2/3 innings.  

There was Loney nailing a runner at third by cutting off a relay toss after a run-scoring double.  

There was Closer Jonathan Broxton shutting down the hard of the lineup in the 8th.  

And then the 9th inning with two outs, nobody on, unfolded:

“I lost it in the lights….I could not see the ball.”  Holliday said. 

Vin Scully’s remark: “It hit him right in the groin.  Hopefully he’s wearing a cup.  You talk about a painful error.” 

One poster at sonsofstevegarvey said ” I was watching the replay of the Shot Felt Around the Nuts” 

Loney said he was in shock but he made it to second base.  He was replaced with Juan Pierre. 

Up came Casey Blake.   At one pitch that was called a strike, Casey gestured with his hands that he did not agree and he said “Bull-fertilizer”

Well, that is not the word he used but that is what Vin Scully uses when he reads lips.

My friend Steve started chanting “Umpire Sucks!”

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 Speaking of Franklyn and Casey, Vin Scully called it “the battle of the beards.”

 

 

Then as Blake continued to foul off pitches, Vin said, “One more twist on the tension machine.”

Blake walked on nine pitches.  

Next Belliard single up the middle on the first pitch to drive Pierre and tie the score 2-2. 

 Blake advanced to third and Belliard to second on a passed ball.

Wtih first base open, Franklin pitched around Martin who was batting 8th, to load the bases. Up came Mark Loretta.  

Mark Loretta was hitless in 15 career at-bats against Franklin.

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Loretta did his best imitation of Kirk Gibson running the bases, Blake scored and clumsly slipped  trying to get to Mark Loretta but Matt Kemp got there first as the bison said  afterwards “No one was going to beat there. 

 

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Loretta who is a local boy from Arcadia, CA said in one post game interview “What did Vin Scully say about me?”   Ahh our hometown hero!!!

    

The score of the first game was;      5-3       Don Drysdale number:53 

The score of the 2nd game was;      3-2.      Sandy Koufax number: 32

LET’S GO DODGERS!!!

The Dodgers are the heart of L.A.! 

Finally! The Dodgers are the NL West Champions!

I am a little late with this post but..  got to do it. 

Woohoo!  Finally!   The Great Big Dodger in the sky has answered the prayers of the faithfull Dodger fans!!!  

The Dodgers are the NL West Champions!  I think it tasted much sweeeter with all the waiting   

During the 8th inning of Saturday’s game with a confortable lead and while in my seat in the Top Deck, I told my friends and my brother  “I want to go to the field level”   My friend LTD23 just looked a me like saying “No,” but then said  “Ok, Emma, go if they let you.”.  Well, I did make it to the field level! 


 


Thumbnail image for oct 09 003.jpgI watched the final out from there and got a little chocked up watching it.  Andre made the final out

After moving several times, I made it to the seats close enough that I got sprayed with champagne on my face, glasses and on my jacket.  When I looked who was around me, I found friends of mine so we hugged, we high-fived!  It was AWESOME!!!  

 

Here are some pictures from the celebration 

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Players with the NL West Championship shirts!

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 Kershaw who was the moral winner in the NL West clincher.   What a job this kid did.   Shades of Koufax, I kept hearing from my friends.   You can see Kemp to the left.    

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Andre Ethier and his cute baby shown on Dodger Diamond vision.  See part of the retired numbers under the overhang of the left side Pavilion where my friends Erik, Gary, Tony and Jose have season tickets.  

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Matt Kemp celebratin in the clubhouse.  My camera’s batteries went dead so I only took this with my cellphone from the postgame celebration that I watched on tv  when I got home. 

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the Dynamic Duo of Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.  Notice how Matt is carrying Andre!

Juan Pierre, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier!

 

I’ve been recharging my body’s batteries to get ready for Wednesday!!!!  

Let’s go Dodgers!!!!  Let’s go!!! 

I am ready for October Baseball!!! 

 

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My boys golfed today.

Enjoy the off day boys!  You got 17 days after today without a day off!   My boys golfed today at the Dodgers Dream Foundation Golf Turnament.  I hope you took it easy at the tournament!   I can also use a night off.  Working and going to the games every night can take a toll on you so I’ll recoup today/night and get ready for the Angels this weekend!  

I love the matchup for Friday night!  It will be our 21 year old Clayton Kershaw who is coming off his 1 hitter against Jerred Weaver.  Hopefully we will be celebrating with the fireworks after the game.  

Saturday is El Lobo(Wolf) against Lackey and I will be watching the game from baseline seats on the left  right field side!   We also get to try out the baseline restaurant!   My friend and I gave our Top Deck seats to one of the security guards in the Top Deck who will be bringing his family.  

Sunday is our ace Chad Billingsley!  We will try out the new area designated as “Bleacher Beach”.   We both want the beach bag that comes with the tickets this Sunday.   Check it out:  

BLEACHER BEACH BENEFITS:
     • All-you-can-eat BBQ Burgers and Chicken, as well as Dodger Dogs, Nachos, Peanuts, Popcorn,Beach Items
       Watermelon Slices and Soft Drinks (Beer available for purchase)
     • Live DJ from 102.7 KISS-FM
     • Private Beach Themed Party Area
     • Free Dodgers Beach Item

LOCATION:
Located in the Lower Reserve, sections 55 & 59, on the 3rd Base Side

PRICING:
     • GROUP – $35.00
     • INDIVIDUAL – $45.00
     • DAY OF GAME – $50.00

 
LET’S GO DODGERS!  LET’S GO!!!
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