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Vin Scully has finally agreed to get a Dodger Bobblehead!!

I came back from my Pilates class here at work to the wonderful news that Vin Scully has finally agreed to get a bobblehead!   With Sandy Koufax also getting a bobblehead, this is year is the best year for Dodger bobbleheads!   Mike Scioscia is also getting a BBH.  I think is right since he only played for the Dodgers.  He was a favorite of mine back when he played.  I loved watching him block homeplate.    This will be Fernando’s 4th BBH I believe.   I think Fernando already had enough bobbleheads but if the Dodgers want to give another one, I’ll take it!

Here is the list of Bobbleheads for 2012

  • April 28, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #1 – Don Drysdale and Maury Wills
  • May 15, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #2 – Orel Hershiser
  • May 29, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #3 – The Infield, Garvey, Cey, Russell and Lopes
  • June 12, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #4 – Mike Scioscia
  • June 28, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #5 – Eric Karros   (On my birthday!) 
  • July 14, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #6 – Tommy Lasorda and Walter Alston
  • July 31, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #7 – Kirk Gibson
  • August 7, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #8 – Sandy Koufax
  • August 21, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #9 – Fernando Valenzuela
  • August 30, 2012 – 2012 Bobblehead #10 – Vin Scully

My blog came in at #21 in 2011!  Thank you all that have visited my blog!  

When I think of #21,  I think of Roberto Clemente.  50th Anniversary

He signed with the Dodgers for $10,000, but never got to play a single game in Brooklyn or Los Angeles.   A rule back then in effect required that any player signed for more than $4000 had to stay on the parent club for a full season. The Dodgers attempted to keep Clemente’s profile low, but the keen eye of the Pittsburgh Pirates general manager knew Clemente and he was selected by the Pirates for $4,000 on Nov. 22, 1954.

ref:  Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB Blogsphere,  Dodgerbobble.com Latinosportslegends.com, http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com/category/latest-leaders/

Twas the Night Before Christmas at the MLB Blogs!

Twas the Night Before Christmas at the MLB Blogs!
“Twas the Night Before Christmas and in every house
All good MLB bloggers and readers were clicking their mouse

They hung all their stockings, decorated their trees
and now it was time to sit down and see
What everyone posted on this Christmas Eve.

A nice break to read a bunch of good bloggers
Was just what they needed, but Oh no! the buggers!

When they went to the MLB site, none could be found.
“Oh no, we’re afraid Mark went out of town
Is the server down the reason we cannot read?
How could he do this in our time of need?

The bloggers all panicked, they shivered in fright,
They pined for their read/write and settled in for the night.

“Did we  misspell the link? Did we hit the wrong key?
Did it go to LALA land?” Oh such misery!
And then in a flash, with a stroke of a key,
One by one, they discovered their Christmas Eve reads.

Their eyes how they twinkled, they laughed and smiled.
And they settled into the chair to read/write for a while.

Their hearts were delighted, they felt just like kids,
But it’s still such a mystery where the MLB links had hid.
Was it there all the time and they just didn’t see?
Or did Santa step in and do a good deed?

Good baseball fans are on Santa’s list
And good MLB bloggers and readers he vows never to miss.

It’s been a long night, time to climb into bed,
So they shut down their computers and laid down their heads.

But in a quiet of night, before things came to an end,
They heard “Thanks for reading and writing with me,
Its great to read and write with baseball friends!”

I wish you peace and joy!
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! Happy New Year!

Best Downtown LA Villain

While I was at Union Station in Downtown LA yesterday waiting for some friends, I was reading the Los Angeles Downtown News.  I look forward to the yearly feature of “Readers Choice The Best of Downtown.”  But a picture and another article caught my eye.  

Best Downtown Villain” by  Jon Regardie.    

 

As he drags the Los Angeles Dodgers through bankruptcy, Frank McCourt has done something rare: He has managed to unite Los Angeles. Just about everyone hates him and wants him to lose the team. Photo by Gary Leonard.

 

How Frank McCourt Became the Most Hated Man in Los Angeles, and Why That’s a Good Thing

by Jon Regardie
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – He’s Hannibal Lecter, eating the hearts of fans and seeming to enjoy every bite.He’s Bernie Madoff, squirreling away a fortune, and we didn’t realize it until it was far too late.He’s Lex Luthor, Superman’s arch-nemesis, apparently intent on destroying something — the Dodgers — that means so much to so many. We cringe, cry and seethe as he caroms into bankruptcy court, and he doesn’t care about what the rest of us hold dearly. We’re aghast that the greed of one mad man overwhelms the hopes and wishes of millions.He’s Frank McCourt.He’s the best villain in Los Angeles.No one else comes close. Not Charlie Sheen, who’s more of a nut job than a bad guy. Not Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who’s mainly a disappointment. Not Arnold Schwarzenegger, and come to think of it, is anyone actually surprised by Arnold?No, Frank McCourt is in a league of his own. His feats, if you can stand back and gape at them, are actually amazing. In the less than two years since he and Jamie split and opened Pandora’s Dodger-blue box, he managed to destroy the half century of fan dedication that the team built up. He’s managed to make the bad guy of the summer of 2010, the talents-taking LeBron James, look like Mother Teresa.

Great article Jon!  And yes, the Tribe has united and spoken!

To read the rest of the article go to  http://www.ladowntownnews.com/articles/2011/07/21/news/doc4e20cbaf5d54e298748127.txt

Andre Ethier, Dodgers Road Trip to New York and Pittsburgh

Congratulations to Andre on having a 30 game hitting streak. The hitting streak ended on the second game at Citi Field but Andre got back to hitting on Mother’s day when he belted his fourth homerun of the year. Andre also had a single so is nice that Andre is back to hitting. During the 30-game hitting streak, he had the other three homeruns.

The most important thing is that the Dodgers were able to salvage one game with the Mets. Is on to beautiful PNC Park now to play four with the Pirates. I’d like to go back to PNC again as the only time I was there, I was only able to watch one game, stay the night and fly back to LA the following morning. .

I have not been updating my blog as often and not visiting the blogs. We had a dead in the family. My dearest tia (aunt) Nena passed away with Cancer. May she rest in peace. Tia Nena was never a baseball fan. She would ask me how I had become such a fan when noone in my family was a baseball fan before. Another reason I have not updated my blog is I have not been feeling well but I am going to try to get back into the swing of things. I got to get ready for all the exciting upgrades to all the Fan MLB blogs. We have all seen it with the Pro blogs. Now is our turn!

During the last Dodgers homestand, I got to meet Steve Soboroff who is the Vice-Chairman of the Dodgers. . My friend Lorena had invited him to come and talk to season ticket holders in the Top Deck when she read that he was going to be viisting the Pavilions so he showed up with Drew McCourt.

In the picture, Drew, me, Gaby (Lore’s friend),David (we had a good laugh ’cause he snuck in the picture), Steve Soboroff and Lorena.

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Steve and Drew asked us for stadium suggestions so we offered some suggestions and since they had to go, they asked us to email them suggestions.

The following day, during batting practice, we noticed a white hair gentleman that Deuce’s dad _William thought it was Tom Schieffer. Currently, Schieffer oversees the operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers on behalf of the Commissioner of Baseball. Sure enough it was him. His security guy was close by. We talked to him briefly and snapped this picture.
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MLB Takes Over the Dodgers

I am stunned! I’ve been in meetings at work all day long when I started getting updates in my cellphone about MLB taking over the Dodgers. I know I should not be stunned when Frank McCourt had to take a 30 million loan to pay the payroll last week.

I’ve been super busy that I have not updated my blog since Jackie Robinson Day. I am sad because of the status of the Dodgers, once a proud organization, having to get reduced to this.

Well, heading to the stadium in hopefully 20 minutes.

Lots to talk about at the stadium. The crowds have been small. Lots of cops there and I expect lots of media today.

Tonight matchup: Garland versus Derrek Lowe.

Twas the Night Before Christmas at the MLB Blogs

Twas the Night Before Christmas and in every house
All good MLB bloggers and readers were clicking their mouse

They hung all their stockings, decorated their trees
and now it was time to sit down and see
What everyone posted on this Christmas Eve.

A nice break to read a bunch of good bloggers
Was just what they needed, but Oh no! the buggers!

When they went to the MLB site, none could be found.
“Oh no, we’re afraid Mark went out of town
Is the server down the reason we cannot read?
How could he do this in our time of need?

The bloggers all panicked, they shivered in fright,
They pined for their read/write and settled in for the night.

“Could we have misspelled the link? Did we hit the wrong key?
Did it go to LALA land?” Oh such misery!
And then in a flash, with a stroke of a key,
One by one, they discovered their Christmas Eve reads.

Their eyes how they twinkled, they laughed and smiled.
And they settled into the chair to read/write for a while.

Their hearts were delighted, they felt just like kids,
But it’s still such a mystery where the MLB links had hid.
Was it there all the time and they just didn’t see?
Or did Santa step in and do a good deed?

Good baseball fans are on Santa’s list
And good MLB bloggers and readers he vows never to miss.

It’s been a long night, time to climb into bed,
So they shut down their computers and laid down their heads.

But in a quiet of night, before things came to an end,
They heard “Thanks for reading and writing with me,
Its great to read and write with baseball friends!”

I wish you peace and joy!
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! 

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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!   

Billz comes thru and my Locos Azules are Blue!

Woohoo!   the pride of Defiance, Ohio, Chad Billingsley came thru with the first win of the season. 

But guys (Padillia, Kershaw, Billingsley) , we do need someone to go beyond 5 1/3 innings!   Let’s hope Kuroda can give us at least 7 innings to give the pen some rest.  

Belly (Belliard) went 3-5 with four RBIs’ and a Homerun.  

Reed Johnson who has an MLB Blog here Reed Between the Lines went 3-4 with two RBIs!    

Locos Azules, My MLBlog Fantasy Baseball team  

Thumbnail image for Dodger doll6.pngI joined the MLB Baseball fantasy team this year.  Thanks Julia!  Thanks Chris!

Among the players I have in my team Los Locos Azules are:

Albert Pujols!  Yeah!!!

Andre Ethier!  Woohoo!

Clayton Kershaw!   My baby will come back strong!

Vicente Padilla.   Tengo fe Nica! (I have faith in you Nica!) 

Jonathan Broxton!   Another one of my favorite Dodgers! 

Tulo!!!  Tulo!!!  

Because Kuo is on the DL, I got Monasterios!   I am excited about this Dodger rookie!  

Four days till Opening Day at Dodger Stadium!  In the meantime the Boys in Blue will play the Marlins starting tonight for a three game series! 

Lets go Dodgers!  Let’s go Locos Azules!

 

 

 

 

Dodger Pitchers and Catchers and then some have reported!

Happy New Season everyone!   Pitchers and Catchers have reported!!  Woohoo!!!

Now is a new count!   11 day and 20 hours before the first Spring Training game!

Yesterday I was going to go to MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton but I got sick :-(.   Southern University (Baton Rouge, La) was playing against my sister college Cal State Northridge.  And in the second game  Bethune-Cookman University was playing against UCLA.   Anyone catch the games on MLB Network? 

Rod Carew, Don Newcombe and Frank Robinson threw out the first pitches. 

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Today it will be

1 p.m.: Cal State Northridge vs. UCLA
2 p.m.: Southern University vs. Bethune-Cookman

Yesterday it was a beautiful day and today is still a beautiful day after rains last night and this morning.  

Here is a picture from Jon Soo Hoo.  His caption:  What awaits the Dodgers at the end of the rainbow this season?    

Here is another pic:   “Catchers and Catchers reporting”   Russell Martin and Brad Ausmus are looking good!!!!   I LOVE IT!!!!

Thank you Jon!  You are the best!!

 

So this transplanted Red Sox fan at work wanted to bet me that Manny will show up late to Spring Training.  Guess what?  He is already reported so come Monday I will collect on the bet!!

 

The pitcher that is late reporting is Ron Belisario as he again has trouble with his visa.    

Happy P&C Day!  Happy Sunday!  

Please Join MLB & UNICEF to Help Haiti ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Dodgers Avoid Arbitration!

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LIVE Friday, January 22nd, at 8 p.m. ET on MLB Network

 

Kudos to Ng!  You rock! 

Everyone of our arbitration cases have been settled! 

Here are the deals:

Andre Ethier – 2 years, $15.25m

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Jonathan Broxton – 2 years, $11m

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Russell Martin – 1 year, $5.05m


George Sherrill – 1 year, $4.5m

James Loney – 1 year, $3.1m
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Hong-Chih Kuo – 1 year, $0.95m

 I felt like

 

 Ok, next a pitcher!

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