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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/

Wes Parker 2nd video from SABR41

Ok, so it took me a while to upload and release the second video I taped of Wes Paker at SABR41 but here it is.  Wes talks about McCourt, Dodgers, World Series, Sandy Koufax, Drysdale and Clemente among other things. 

 

Honoring the Brooklyn Dodger Players Alive as of January 10th, 2011

Here is a fun video of Duke Snider in “What is my Line”

 

 

I started this list of Brooklyn Dodger players Alive.  We had ten Brooklyn Dodger players that passed away in 2010, so here is the updated list.    

no  Player                          Birthdate             Born in and other notes 

  1. Tony Malinosky          10/5/1909            Illinois.  Lives in Oxnard, CA
  2. Mike Sandlock           10/17/1915          Old Greenwich, CT.  Golfer
  3. Ray Hathaway            10/13/1916         Grinville, OH.  Minor league manager
  4. Cy Buker                     2/5/1919             Greenwood, WI.  Cyril was a pitcher
  5. Lee Pfund                   10/10/1919         ILL.  His son was MGR of Miami Heats
  6. Luis Olmo                   10/11/1919         PR.  Played for Mexico and Cuba.
  7. Cliff Dapper                1/2/1920             Los Angeles  Traded for Ernie Harwell.
  8. Boyd Bartley               2/11/1920           Chicago.  Played in nine games in 1949  
  9. Jean-Pierre Roy         6/26/1920           Canada.  Commentator for the Expos
  10. Pat McGlothin             10/20/1920         Coalfield, TN.  Ezra Mac was a pitcher
  11. Johnny Schmitz           11/27/1920        Wasau, WI.  Lefty pitcher. 
  12. Andy Pafko                  2/25/1921          Boiceville, IL.  Lives in Mount Prospect, IL
  13. Marv Rackley               7/25/1921          Seneca, SC.  Left fielder
  14. Chuck Kress                12/9/1921          Philadelphia.  Lefty first baseman.
  15. Eddie Masinksi           11/4/1922          Buffalo, NY.  Nickname:  The Fiddler, Bazzoka
  16. Don Lund                    1 5/8/1923          Detroit.  Also drafted by the Chicago Bears
  17. Tim Thompson            3/1/1924            Coalport, PA.  Lives in Lewinston, PA
  18. George Shuba            12/13/1924        Youngston, OH  http://www.georgeshuba.com/
  19. Ed Stevens                  1/12/1925          Gavelston, TX.  Coach for the Padres in 1981
  20. Johnny Rutherford       5/5/1925            Ontario, CN.  Pitcher. Nickname: Doc 
  21. Wayne Terwilliger       6/27/1925          Clare, Mi.  Coach under Ted Williams
  22. Chris Haughey            10/3/1925          Astoria, NY.  Pitcher.  Appeared in one game at 18  
  23. Ralph Branca              1/6/1926            Mount Vernon, NY. 
  24. Bob Borkowski           1/27/1926          Dayton, OH.  Traded for Joe Black
  25. Randy Jackson            2/10/1926         Little Rock, AR.  Nickname:  “Handsome Ransom”
  26. Dick Teed                    3/8/1926            Springfield, MA.  One at in 1953
  27. Elmer Sexauer            5/21/1926          St Louis County, MO.  Pitcher
  28. Don Newcombe          6/14/1926          Madison, NJ.  Still working for the Dodgers
  29. Bobby Morgan             6/29/1926         Oaklahoma City, OK.  Infielder
  30. Duke Snider                9/19/1926          Los Angeles, CA  HOF.  The Duke of Flatbush!
  31. Charlie Osgood           11/23/1926       Sommerville, MA  appeared in one game at 17
  32. Carl Erskine                 12/13/ 1926     Anderson, IN.  http://www.carlerskine.com/
  33. Preston Ward               7/24/1927        Columbia, MO.  APF Cubs, Indians, Pirates & A.
  34. Rocky Bridges              8/7/1927          Refugio, TX.  Infielder, coach & minor league mgr
  35. Tommy Lasorda          9/22/1927        Norristown, PA.  HOF.  61 years working for the Dodgers
  36. Tommy Brown              12/6/1927         Brooklyn, NY.  Also played for Phillies & Cubs
  37. Dick Williams                5/7/1928          St Louis, Mo.  Lf, 3B, coach & Manager
  38. Joe Landrum                 12/13/1928      Columbia, SC.  Pitcher  
  39. Joe Pignatano              8/4/1929           Brooklyn, NY.  Catcher and coach
  40. Gino Cimoli                   12/18/1929      San Francisco, CA.  Worked 21 years for UPS
  41. Roger Craig                  2/17/1930        Durham, NC.  Pitcher, coach and manager
  42. Ron Negray                   2/26/1930        Akron, OH.  Also played for the Phillies 
  43. Glenn Mickens              7/26/1930        Wilman, CA  Afterwards became coach for UCLA 
  44. Don Zimmer                  1/17/1931        Cincinnati, OH.  Currently working for the Rays
  45. Ed Roebuck                  7/3/1931          East Millboro, PA.  relief pitcher and scout
  46. Fred Kipp                     10/1/1931         Piqua, KS.  Also pitched for the Yankees       
  47. Bill Harris                      12/3/1931         Canada.  Pitched one game for Brooklyn & LA
  48. Chico Fernandez         3/2/1932           Cuba. SS.  APF Phillies, Tigers and Mets 
  49. Jim Gentile                   6/3/1934           San Francisco, CA.  Hitting coach for Flyers   
  50. Don Demeter               6/25/1935         Oaklahoma City.  CF.  Now a Baptist minister   
  51. Sandy Koufax             12/30/1935       Brooklyn, NY.  Greatest Lefhander Pitcher! 
  52. Bob Aspromonte          6/19/1938        Brooklyn, NY.  Resides in Houston, TX 
  53. Rod Miller                      1/16/1940        Portland, OR.  He played in one game in 1957.

ref: Baseball references, wikipedia, updated from my 2010 post in January. 

My thoughts and prayers go to the people killed in Tucson, Arizona and to their family.  Among the six killed was  third-grader Christina-Taylor Green, daughter of Dodgers scout John Greene, and granddaughter of former Phillies pitcher and manager Dallas Greene.

Ozzie Guillen Answered my Question! Happy 75th Birthday Sandy Koufax!

A while back when the Dodgers got Uribe, I posted a question on Ozzie Guillen’s blog.   He responded!  Thanks Ozzie!   

 

Q: Since the Dodgers have Juan Uribe and he played for the White Sox, what can you tell us about him?

A: Uribe is awesome. He may look like a little Buddha, but he is an amazing baseball player. I think he is so good because he is not afraid of the moment. He really is fearless, maybe because he has no idea how big the moments actually are! (haha) I only kid with him because that’s my boy, and he will be great for the Dodgers. 


As I always say, keep the questions coming!

Until next time …

– Ozzie

Haha.  Ozzie is funny.  If you want to sent Ozzie any question, go to his blog at http://ozzie.mlblogs.com/

 

Happy Birthday Sandy Koufax!  Our Sandy turns 75 today December 30th?  

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I have a friend who is a big Cardinal fan in town so I’ve been busy. 

Tuesday: We went to Portos in Burbank, Dodger Stadium, The San Antonio Winery, Philippes, Olvera Street, Union Station.  

Wednesday: The Equestrian Fest in Burbank, lunch at a Honduran restaurant (Lempiras) and the Griffith Observatory.

Thursday:  We are going to Santa Barbara with another Cardinal fan who has a blog here then coming back to Woodland Hills to go to Jeff Suppan’s restaurant “Soup’s Grill” 

Friday:   ???? Sandi:  What are we doing Friday?   Maybe help decorate a float and then ???     

Saturday:  The Rose Parade.    

 

Sparky Anderson, Bob Feller and Mickey Mantle

I started this post on November 3rd and left it on draft but was so busy when I was in NH and when I got back to LA I was so tired with lots to do so here I am Sunday November 7th.   Hey!  at least we got an hour back (I still need to change all my clocks at home).  

My post started with “get better Sparky” then I was so sadden when I heard the news on twitter while I was still in NH.    

I remember this picture that Jon SooHoo of the Dodgers took back in May when Sparky made an appearance at Dodger Stadium when the Tigers were in town.  

Rest in peace Sparky.  

 

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For more pictures of Sparky taken by Jon SooHoo, visit  his blog at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com/

 My original post had a happy Birthday to Bob Feller.  Happy belated Mr. Feller. 

Bob Feller turned 92 years young today last Wednesday.  I still regret that I did not get his autograph when he was at the FanFest this year.   Wasn’t he a cutie?

 

The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood,” by Jane Leavy

Several years back (Has it been that long?) I enjoyed reading  Sandy Koufax: “A Lefty Legacy” by Jane Leavy.   When I saw the book about Mickey Mantle is by Jane Leavy, I immediately thought that it should be a good read.   I also thought of Jane Heller 

I have never read any book about Mickey Mantle but after reading this review in the LA times by Zev Chafets, I could see me reading this book.   Here is the book review

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/oct/22/entertainment/la-et-book-20101022  

Currently I am reading Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.   A friend at work in NH brought a bag a books to donate to the bookcase of books that is kept in the cafeteria so I picked that book.   I am only 40 pages into the book, but I don’t think I want to see the movie.   It just doesn’t seem to be a book that would translate well into a movie but maybe it will be worth it just to see Javier Bardem.          

Ken Burns and more pictures from the day I got Sandy Koufax’s baseball

When I went to the stadium on Tuesday August 3rd, I found out that Kern Burns was throwing out the first pitch!    I was telling ushers and fans about it.   One usher I always talk to from the dugout section (me on the other side of the short wall) was saying “Tell J.D. (another usher), he was just telling me that he was watching his baseball films.”    J.D. and I were both excited to see Ken Burns there. 

Here is Ken Burns waiting to throw out the first pitch

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Not a good picture of him throwing out the first pitch

 

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Here he is posing with Brad Ausmus

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OK, so I could not get a picture with him so I said goodbye to friends in the field level and headed to my seat but to my surprise, as I was waiting for the elevator in the club level I ran into him!   I told him how much I love his baseball films and how I felt in love with Buck O’Neill because of him.   He was very nice and thanked me.   

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Here are some more pictures from August 4, 2010 with Joe Torre that Lorena sent me.    

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Afterwards Torre noticed I did not have my on the field pass correctly displayed.   He said “Here let me fix this for you before the picture…”  or something like that.     

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Ok, is my pass OK now?   OH, you can’t see it here.    

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I got my Sandy Koufax Baseball!

First of all, I’ve been on the DL for about three days with food poisoning.  I am feeling better now but my stomach muscles are still sore.   I think I lost five pounds but I rather take the pounds back than to go thru that.   Is a good thing this did not happen the night before I got my Sandy Koufax baseball.  

 So my friend Lore and I met Jeff Kliewer, the Director of Development of  Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation by the main office.   We were scheduled to meet him at 4:30 so we could go down the field and watch batting practice standing on the field!   We both were very excited for that opportunity!   

When we got there Joe Torre was having his daily meeting wiht the media where they gather around with their mikes and notebooks around the dugout.  

We set to checkout BP and all the view from there.  

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Afterwards Joe Torre came over and hand me my baseball! 

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Joe said that is one of the best signatures he’d seen on a baseball. 

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Chatting with the skipper.

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Afterwards Joe said he needed go get back to work so he headed to the cage. 

I got a picture with Andre:

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Next I got a picture with Matt Kemp and he signed the picture I have with him from the Bluetopia movie premier. 

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Jorge Bahaia who was there to throw out the first pitch, came from El Salvador wtih 50 of his family and friends.   Jorge and his wife Elsy have been attending a homestand since 1945 and have never missed a World Series at home or on the road.  WOW!  and impressive record.   I had thought I had taped an interview with him but I was very sorry that it did work.    I did not know that they were attending a whole homestand until I read it  afterwards in Jon Weisman’s blog.

SenorBahaia, if when you come back to Dodger Stadium, I would love to talk to you more about the old Dodgers that you got see play!  

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Jorge Bahaia showing the ceremonial baseball he was going to throw.  It reads “Los Angeles Dodgers Ceremonial First Pitch Dodger Stadium 2010.” 

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The shirt that the family and friends of the Jorge and Elsy Bahaia were sporting:

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Here is part of the Bahaia family:

 
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James Loney was signing for the Bahaia family when I told him I had something to show him. 

James said “OH wow!”  “You should get him to sign it.”   “Here let me sign it first.”   It is a picture of his dad and I at Fenway Park this year when I happen to see Mr. Loney  before he crossed the street to get into Fenway.   Lore happen to capture this picture.    

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Loney. 

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Here is Jeff of the Safe At Home Foundation

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Here is Lore enjoying being on field.   She has more pictures that she took.     

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Here is my pass to watch BP on the field.  

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Well, it was time now to leave and go to our seats.  

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We ended up sitting in the family section in the Loge area.  

Here is Mr. Jorge Bahaia throwing out the first pitch:

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I was excited because Padilla had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning. 

A friend of mine that knows I keep score had texted me that if it happened, he wanted a copy of my scoresheet.  I told him “Absolutely”   We did not mention what it was so we did not jinxed it.   

 

Padilla pitched a great game giving out two hits, striking out nine and getting two hits!  I love watching the “soap bubble” like Vin Scully calls that slow pitch Padilla throws.          

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August 4, 2010 was a very special day for me, one that I would never forget!  Thank you Joe Torre, Thank you Jeff Kleiwer, thank you Safe At Home Foundation and thank you Sandy Koufax!

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Leave it to the Dodgers.

The first inning looked promising with seven pitches given by Kuroda-san with the three outs being handled by the second baseman.  

Three consecutive hits by the Dodgers and you would think the Dodgers would have scored but no, like Vin Scully  said “Leave it to the Dodgers”.  

 

Vin was very encouraging in the first inning saying that no lead is safe in August.  He pointed out that in August of 1951, the Dodgers lead the pennant by 13 1/2 and lost it.    He sited 1964 when the Phillies lead the pennant by 6 1/2 games in September and it got away!  On August 23, 1942 the Dodgers led by 7.5 and lost it.   Vin made me feel much better but as the game progressed and Vin left me (he only does the first three inning), I felt despair watching the Dodgers out-hit  the Padres and lose the game. 

 

Yes, Kemp had a running blunder when he should have scored on the third hit.  He ended up going 5/5 short of a triple for the cycle.    He apologized after the game that he should have run faster.  I accept his apology and I believe he will not do it again.   I forgive Kemp because he admitted his mistake and as the saying goes “To err is human, to forgive is divine.”         

 

The pitching plus two errors gave up 10 runs with Weaver giving up five runs.  With the two errors last night, the Dodgers now have 77 to the Padres 44.  

 

Remember my post He Pitched a perfect game, I get a perfect ball?    Well, for one reason or another it had to be postponed but I finally get my baseball signed by Joe Torre and Sandy Koufax tomorrow night!   I am super excited!   Also in addition I and a guest get to watch BP ON THE FIELD!     My friend Lorena and I will be there early!   I can’t wait!  

 

Dodgers Yankees series.

I know I’ve been a little down with the Dodgers getting swept at Boston and that running blunders of game two against the Angels but we won last night in big fashion 10 -6!!   woohoo! 

And tonight my boys in blue are back at OLOCR _Our Lady of Chavez Ravine that is Dodger Stadium, our Blue Heaven on Earth! 

The LA Times has two wonderful pictures in the sport section:  One of  Joe DiMaggio with  Mickey Mantle and the other of our pair of aces, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale.  the title?  World Class.  check out the article hereWorld Class  Love this pic:

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The matchup for tonight’s game is:

CC Sabathia  against Vicente Padilla. 

Remember that homerun CC Sabathia hit at Dodger Stadium during that interleague game in  when  he was with Cleveland?     We were both at the game in 2008 but could not remember who he hit the HR off of?   Guess who?    

Chan Ho Park!  I am sure CC is looking forward to swinging the bat again. 

Padilla:   Make sure we don’t see this: 

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 I want to see this:

  

I am thinking “Maybe Sandy Koufax would be in attendance!    

It got to be a little weird for Joe Torre seeing the Yankees in town.   BTW, Torre and Jeff:  When am I getting my baseball?    Last time I received a text from Jeff from the Safe at Home Foundation, he said he had my baseball signed by Joe and Koufax in a safe place.  

Let’s go Dodgers Let’s Go!

Vin Scully:  We Love you!!  

 

 

 

He Pitched a Perfect Game, I Get a Perfect Ball!

First.

My heart skipped a beat when I got home late last night after a wonderful dinner with friends at El Torito and I openned Facebook to the news from Roberto of Vinscullyismyhomeboy that Vin was taken to the hospital. My heart settled after I heard that he was OK.

Josh Rawitch from the ITD (InsidetheDodgers) blog spoke to him. Vin wanted to assure everyone that he’s fine and that he expects to be at Camelback Ranch this weekend for the telecast on Sunday.

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Second.

Clayton Kershaw turns 22 today!   Happy 22nd birthday to Clayton!  We love you kid!  

 Torre is supposed to announce the Opening Day starter.  I hope is Kershaw!


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So I am in the back of the car, my friend Marika and her son in the front. We are crusing thru the diamond lane on the 10 Freeway when my phone rings. This guy says “Emma, this is Jeff…… Were you at the Safe At Home Foundation event at the Nokia?  

I said “Yes! I had a wonderful time there!” He then says “Well, I am calling you to tell you that you were selected as the winner of the baseball signed by Joe Torre and Sandy Koufax!”

I screamed “WHAT!? WOW! OMG! I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS!” WOW “You made my day! my week!  my season!  ..” “THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!! ” He  said ‘We knew we had the right person when we saw your email name crzblue”

Jeff said he did not have the ball but that he talked to Torre and it was decided that I will be presented with the ball at Dodger Stadium sometime in April. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!! WOOHOO!!

Thank you Safe At Home Foundation!   Thank you Mr. Torre! Thank you Sandy Koufax!   Thank you Jeff!  

Check  Joe Torre Safe Af Home Foundation  

thank you Erik for the title suggestion! 

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