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It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!!

It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!!

Ahhh.  I’ve been waiting for this day!   The first Dodger Spring Training game!  So

like the apron says “The Heck with housework!   Let’s see the Dodgers Play!”

Yesterday was also the launch of the Dodgers new TV Network: SportNetLA

When I got home from work, I spent all the evening watching  SportNetLA until past midnight.  While watching the station.

I also renewed my subscription to MLB at Bat so that I can listen to the game  while I work, at Dodger Stadium and on the road.

Today is 24 days till the Dodgers Opening Day in Australia.  When I think of #24, I think of

Walter Alston went on to manage the Dodgers on one-year contracts for 23 seasons (1954-1976).

Walter Alston, Baseball, Brooklyn Dodgers

Welcome back Baseball!  I missed you!!

Lunch and Baseball!   Baseball and food, my two favorite things!

Dodgers Spring Training St Patrick’s Day & Traditions

Last year I went to Camelback Ranch for the St Patrick’s weekend with friends Lorena and Elisa.

This year the three of us headed that way again.   Lore and I talked that we should make it a tradition to spend St Patrick’s Day watching the Dodgers every year.

  We ran into Dee!

After we ran into Pat and Norma.   I seem like I always ran into them on the road.

We ran into Cochito!  haha, a different cochito

After we ran into Pat and Norma.   I seem like I always ran into them on the road.

Looking for a pic of the birthday girl Margie  but I could not find one.  Also of Randy from Let’s Talk Dodgers and Mary and Art from our Top Deck family.

Relaxing at the game

Elisa’s beautiful panoramic pictures.  She showed me how to take them too.  That is me walking with my Trayvon Robinson green jersey and my floppy hat

I like this picture with Lore and I walking

Elisa titled this picture “the person behind the  hat, Crzblue”  Yeah, me and my floppy hats.  I forgot the blue one that I purchased a year ago on St Patrick’s Day so I took that one that I purchased a month before when we were in Arizona for the Dodgers workouts.

Speaking of traditions, I was disappointed that Jaime Jarrin, Pepe Yniguez & Fernando Valenzuela were not broadcasting the game in Spanish for St Patrick’s Day.  Our Irish poet Vin Scully was there so why not our Spanish poet Jaime?   I asked Mr. Jarrin when was the last time he missed a St Patrick’s game.  He said:

@crzblue Emmita: nunca perdí un S.Patricio desde 59 hasta el 2008. En ùltimos 6 años he perdido uno en camelback Ranch. Abrazos.

translation:  “emmita: I never missed a St Patrick since 59 to 2008.  In the last six years I have missed one at Camelback Ranch.  Hugs”
Is a shame that this year the broadcasting transmissions are less.

ref;  Dee’s picture, Elisa’s panoramic pictures,  Lorena’s pictures and mines.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

LOS ANGELES DODGERS WORKOUT

These are Dodgers minor leaguers running during Spring Training.  I like this picture because it depicts the minor leaguers fighting to make it to the Majors. 

Like Cristina Saralegui says in that Cuban expression “Pa’lante, pa’lante, pa’tras ni pa’ coger impulso”   which means “Forward,  don’t step back, not even to gain momentum (coud also be understood as “to get a running start”.)   

That is my advice to the minor leaguers.  Pa’lante muchachos! Spring forward!

First Spring Training game for the Dodgers today!   Baseball is back!  Pa’lante todos mis muchachos!   Good luck to all the guys new ones, old ones and those struggling to make the team!  Pa’lante!  

Spring forward!

My first time participating in the Weekly Photo Challenge with a theme.  This week’s challenge is a picture that says  FORWARD 

photo by Jon SooHoo, Dodgers great photographer

Sandy Koufax is back with the Dodgers!

Best news ever this morning!! Sandy Koufax is back with the Dodgers!!!

Welcome back Sandy!

MLB@MLB

Ace up their sleeves: @Dodgers to be joined by Sandy Koufax at #SpringTraining: http://atmlb.com/XwT4pO

 

 

 

Tommy Lasorda giving hitting instructions at Spring Training

Here is a short video I shot of Tommy Lasorda dressed in his batting practice jersey giving instructions to the minor leaguers on how to hit. :-)   “You got an ax in your hand”  “you are chopping the tree down”  “como esta la republica?”   

Tommy Lasorda giving hitting instructions during Spring Training

Tommy is so funny

Some pictures from my second trip to Camelback Ranch:

Kershaw signing autographs!  Javy Guerra!  Truck with Dodger licence, Margie and Fam, Lorena & Margie,  

Margie and Fam, Lorena & Margie.  Deuce & I enjoying a lemonade!

Lore, Margie, Elisa.  

We love running into our Dodger friends.  Here is Dee, Deuce and William.  Also Jon SooHoo.

 

and we love our boys in Blue.  Here is Andre Ethier, James Loney and Matt Kemp.  These pics taken by Elisa.  

 

 

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.

Dodgers White Sox First Spring Training Fan Fest

My friends Lorena, Rosie, Amanda and I are waking up pretty early on Saturday to head to the Dodgers White Sox Spring Training Fanfest March 3rd.   Hmm, let’s see…gates open at 8;30, a six hour drive.  Man!  that is pretty early and this is a turnaround trip.  

Here is the information

DODGERS/WHITE SOX SPRING TRAINING FAN FEST

Saturday, March 3, 2012, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

FREE ADMISSION!!! Batting practice & autograph sessions:
Chicago White Sox batting practice 9-10:30am
Chicago White Sox autograph session 10:30-11am
Los Angeles Dodgers autograph session 11-11:30am
Los Angeles Dodgers batting practice 11:30am-1pm

Activities & Promotions:
Concourse Activities include the Free Agent Sports Marketing Sports Card and Memorabilia Show, speed pitch, fan photos, kids’ inflatables, a Phoenix Coyotes booth featuring Howler, a Glendale fire truck, and a Cactus League book signing with Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry.
Promotional items include bobbleheads (first 250 children 12 and under), Coyotes ticket drawing for the March 3rd game at neighboring Jobing.com Arena, spring training raffles, and other sponsored giveaways.
Arizona Sports 620 Radio will broadcast from the stadium during the event.
Concession stands and the Clubhouse Store will be open.
The ticket office will be open from 8:30am-4pm for fans to purchase game tickets.

 Phone: (623) 302-5000
Event url: www.camelbackranchbaseball.com
Here is a picture from last March at Camelback Ranch.  Andre Ethier, Margie, Lorena and I.  
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Had a great time at the Baseball Reliquary event last Saturday.  I purchased the book “Strrr-ike!! Emmett Ashford, Major League Umpire” by Adrienne Cherie Ashford, daughter of Emmett.   I checked out two  books from the library, one on the Negro League and the other is  “A Strong Right Arm”  the story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson.” 
 
I also won another book.  “Bat Boy: My True Life Adventures Coming of Age with the New York Yankees by Matthew McGough.  Matthew was in the audience so he signed my book.  He was there with his two beautiful young kids.  Even though I have the book I will attend the Baseball Reliquary when he will be speaking about his book and having a book signing.   My friend Abby who is a huge Yankee fan, said is a fun read.   Thank you Abby for the two Dodger books you have sent me!   Let me know if there is anything I can send your way.  
 
I plan on getting the Gaylord Perry book too.  So many books to read, so little time.  I plan on reading on my way to Camelback Ranch. 
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ref:  http://events.kpho.com/?404

Spring Training Camelback Ranch, part two


Let’s start the pictures with El Guapo de Andre Ethier.  

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 Margie getting her baseball autograph by Tommy Lasorda

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Chad Billinsgley!

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Kenley Jansen

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Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times. 

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The X man, Xavier Paul

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Lorena and Tommy Lasorda

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Tommy Lasorda greeting the umpires.  He then went inside the dugout, spend a few innings there then went slowly up the stairs.  Next thing I knew he was upstairs in the booth being interviewed

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Matt Kemp, DeJesus next to him while Trayvon Robinson is at bat 

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 Kershaw pitching while Juan Pierre is on third base

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Welcome back home Davey Lopes!

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Jerry Sands

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Jerry Sands

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Spring Training 2011 Camelback Ranch Pictures. Part One.

On Sunday February 27th, Camelback was opened around 10:30 A.M.  Usually they open at 9 AM.  

When we went in the boys were exercising

 
 

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I ran into Jose Mota of the Angels talking to his dad Manny Mota of the Dodgers.   Jose was on the outside of the fence. 


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Camelback Ranch Scoreboard advertising the Dodgers against the Angels

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Emma, Margie, Lorena & Roberto of VinScullyismyhomeboy prior to the game

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I spotted Mike Scioscia signing autographs so I headed to the visitor’s dugout.  He signed my Union 76 giveaway pictures from back in his playing days.  

 
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Jason:  It was great that you got to serve as the bat boy!      

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Andre Ethier!  

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As bat boy Jason was getting back to the dugout after giving the umpire some baseballs we yelled “LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BAT BOY!”   Jason  turned around and waived.   Some fans behind the Dodger dugout turned to see who was yelling that.   

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After the game  with another lemonade wtih watermelon flavor for the road. 
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“Lemonade, lemonade, just like grandma used to make!”  Yum yum!   Also try the Island noodles with vegetables and Teriyaki Chicken.    

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Dodgers defeated the Angels 5-0.   We spotted Efrain with this t-shirt.  Here is the front

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Here is the back of Efrain’s shirt:

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We had a great first day.  

next post:  Spring Training 2011 Pictures, Part Two    

Spring Training or Bust and Dodgers Opening Day Update

Camelback Ranch or Bust

Spring Training here we come!   We drive Saturday night from the LA area bound to Glendale, AZ or Bust!   We’ll see if we get stopped because we are Hispanics J    We’ll report from Arizona.    Countdown:  Five days!

37 days till Opening Day

When I first heard that ESPN wanted to broadcast Opening Day for The Dodgers against the Giants, I was not happy.   My first thought was “Oh NO!”  No Vin Scully!”   That is sacrilegious!    Vin  is entering his 62nd season as voice of the Dodgers and this will be his 54th home opener in Los Angeles



Thumbnail image for Vin Scully 2.jpgBut serenity has been restored!   It has been announced that Vin will be covering the game on the radio doing innings one to three and seven to nine.   Ah!   I feel much better.     Listening to Vin Scully makes TV unnessary but I’ll be at the game!


I am also glad that the Dodgers held their ground because if it was up to ESPN, the game would have been moved to Frisco!   Still I am not happy that it got moved to an evening to accommodate TV.  

Opening Day was supposed to be Friday April 1‘st but because of ESPN, it will be Thursday March 31st at 5.P.M Pacific Time.    Unlike some, I was able to change my vacation day.  BTW, I argued with my boss that it should be a holiday since I call Dodger Stadium, Our Lady of Chavez Ravine but he would not buy it.  

To hold us up until we get to hear Vin Scully again, here is  Bill Buckner 1986 game   or  9th Inning of Sandy Koufax”s Perfect Game

 

ref:  MLB.com, Baseball-fever. 

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