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It has been a while since I have updated my blog. I got the Hilda award from the Baseball Reliquary since then. I still got to post about that and then there was the trip to the SABR convention in Philadelphia. That was so much fun that I am ready for the next convention in Houston.
I was telling myself “I should post today before I return to Dodger Stadium” when I received email of Mark Newman’s latest blog post http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com/2013/08/09/what-are-you-waiting-for/ He titled it ”Baseball Dreams: One fan’s ultimate wish list” He listed all he is waiting for then asked us ‘What are we waiting for?”
Apparently I was waiting for Mark so here goes.
On this Friday, after the Dodgers last road trip of 7-1, I am waiting for their return! I am waiting to see my boys against the Rays! I am waiting to see Dodger Stadium again, my home away from home. I am waiting to applaud my beloved Dodgers for a job well done on road.
I am waiting to hear Nancy Bea at the organ. I am waiting to hear el locuaz Pepe Yniguez, Fernando Valenzuela and el Maestro Jaime Jarrin who will be a grand marshal at the Ecuadorian parade on Sunday that will end at Olvera Street.
I am waiting for the clock to say 4 p.m. so that I can leave work and head to Dodger Stadium.
I am waiting to see Tony Jackson return today to cover the Dodgers. He no longer has the long hair.
I am waiting to see the ushers like Burnie, Cynthia, Raissa, JD, Margarita, Ernest, Leonard, Valerie and so many more. I am waiting to see Loui to see if we are still going to go see Howie sing Jazzsinatra songs next Friday night.
I am waiting to see my friends at OLOCR (Our Lady of Chavez Ravine) I am waiting to see my friend Lorena!. I am waiting to meet Tom Jackson who is making a trip to Dodger Stadium with his teenage daughters and his girlfriend.
I am waiting to see Jon SooHoo, Jill, Juan, Jessica, Polo. I am waiting to see my other boys in Blue that no longer play the game but still work for the Dodgers.
I am waiting to hear Adrian’s Gonzalez’s at bat song “El Mariachi Loco” so that Alan, Marta and any other friends around us can dance along. We believe it helps Adrian bat better
I am waiting to see more sunsets at Dodger Stadium.
I am waiting to see Vin Scully and wish him a good night. I am waiting for him to waive back and say in that so familiar tone “Good night”
I am waiting for the Think Cure weekend at Dodger Stadium and see what they have on the auction to help this great cause for the research of Cancer at City of Hope.
I am waiting for another road trip, this time to San Diego for the last Dodger games. It is always a lot of fun to go see the Dodgers in San Diego. I am waiting to see Ryu and Puig in their rookie hazing outfits.
I am waiting for October and playoffs. It has been a while since we have seen the Dodgers in playoff games. It has been longer (25 years) since we have seen them in a World Series.
It is a great time for Baseball for a lot of us fans with the Pirates playing well and in first place. The Tigers and the Braves with a 10 game winning streak. The Dodgers 8-2 in the last 10 games. The Rangers 9-1 in the last 10 and going neck in neck with the Oakland A’s.
I am waiting for a fun October!
I have been so busy lately that I have not updated my blog. I still need to upload the pictures from the Baseball Reliquary Induction Day. What an AWESOME day that was but first let’s get back to the Dodgers!
WOW!! They have won six in a row sweeping the Nationals and the Toronto Blue Jays! They scored 47 runs in those six games while giving up 22 runs.
The Dodgers were 9.5 games back June 22 and in 1st place July 22. Sixth team since 1969 to go from 9.5 back to 1st in 30 days.
They have gone from being in last place on June 22nd to first place by 1.5 games!
In the tradition of Walter O’Malley, Ice Cream for everyone!
The Dodgers arrived at LAX today about 3:45 a.m. Both Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez were tweeing when they landed at LAX. Why do they schedule night games like that on Getaway day when the team has a game the following day?
Tonight the Dodgers (53-47) start the homestand with the Cincinnati Reds (58-44)
Tonight is also Vin Scully bobblehead night! Naturally, the game is sold out.
Since is Throwback Thursday, the Dodgers posted this picture of a young Vin Scully.
Here how the bobblehead for tonight looks like:
I can’t wait to be back at OLOCR, Our Lady of Chavez Ravine!
The Boys are back in town! The Boys are back in town!!!!
The matchup: Latos 9-3 3.53 ERA against Greinke 8-2 3.36 ERA.
I know this is old but I still would like to put it here. The video where Vin Scully interviews Sandy Koufax is a classic!
Besides, Mark our fearless leaders here at the MLB Blogsphere reminded us that we can post videos here. I keep forgetting that so Mark, I am listening to you. Let’s see if this works
Vin Scully interviewing Sandy Koufax.
Yes! it works!
Unfortunately Sandy was only at Camelback Ranch for 10 days. He will return to the team in June.
I have been very busy at work and I am dying to go back to Camelback Ranch. Not sure if I will go back but if not, there are 25 days till Opening Day! Counting the days.
My boss is going on vacation for a week and a day starting tomorrow. When I asked him where he was going he said “Arizona” :-( Is OK, listening to the games and pictures from JonSooHoo I can wait till the boys come home.
Vin Scully is back ~
is going to be AWESOME ~
Watch out for those quotes!
the Dodger family is complete with Sandy Koufax and now Vin Scully at Camelback!
Welcome back Vin!
Like Hilda Chester used to tell you
VIN SCULLY I LOVE YOU!
Dodgers against the Cubs at Camelback Ranch! Wish I was there.
Billingsley starts against Barney.
I am skipping my Pilates class at noon (we have classes at work at noon Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) to listen to the game.
Vin Scully quote about Billinglsey giving out already a single, a home run and two doubles ”Sure, you hate to be lather…”
Juan Uribe is the first baseman for this game.
Mike Piazza is at Camelback Ranch. DylanHearnandez reported that Mike said of Vin Scully: ”I’d love to see him” I hope to apologize.
So since I already had the book I decided to go to the Mike Piazza signing. I drove to work so that I could start work earlier and get out earlier. I told my boss before I left that if I did not show up on Thursday is because I might be in jail. haha.
I found Cindy and her husband were the first two people in line in letter. I don’t know how far the letters went but I saw the group for D. I was probably the 10th person in line for letter A. When I got there I think there were about 50 people there.
I waited until Mike signed my book.
Then I leaned over and told him “Maybe you were misunderstood in the book, but I think you should apologize to Vin Scully”
He listened to me and he said “oh… It wasn’t bad” I wished that Mike would have elaborated but by this time, I already had to move. There was this big guy to my left there making sure the people were moving right after they signed the book.
I do collect baseball books. I ordered them online, or buy them from SABR, at bookstores, thrift stores or at Friends of the Library bookstores. I do need another bookshelf.
Back to taking the train tomorrow. I do prefer to take the train than to drive to work. It also gives me a chance to do some reading.
Did Mike Piazza actually see the so-called “Crushing” video?
If he did not, he should have. Here is the link to the video that I have seen a few times:
If he has barely seen it recently, he should apologize to Vin Scully while he is in the Los Angeles area today for the signing of his book. I hope is not a long shot that he will apologize.
Yes, today is Mike Piazza’s book signing at Vroman’s in Pasadena (the one on Colorado, not the one at the Hasting Ranch).
I bought the book before knowing Mike Piazza slammed Vin Scully in the book. Would I have bought the book had I known about this? Most likely not. But since I did, I did go to the index and read everything he had to say about our beloved Vin.
Here is part of what Mike said in the book:
“He wasn’t happy about it. And Scully’s voice carried a great deal of authority in Los Angeles…The way the whole contract drama looked to them (the fans) — many of whom were taking their cue from Scully — was that, by setting a deadline and insisting on so much money, I was demonstrating a conspicuous lack of loyalty to the ball club. I understood that.”
Mike also says that as he started the season poorly “Vin Scully was crushing me” Did someone else tell him this? because he was playing so he could not hear Vin. As we know, Vin does not talk poorly about another player, he reports on what goes on the field and makes the game more enjoyable giving us anecdotes and some statistics. He paints beautiful poetry broadcasting the game. Mike just sounds paranoid about Vin Scully and Dodger fans.
Here is part of what Vin says in the video from Vero Beach:
“We’re visiting with Mike Piazza, and I’m sure neither one of us would like to talk about it, and yet the millions of people out there watching are interested in it, it is a big story, so consequently we have to address it. And that is, you’re down here, playing out the last year of your contract, coming up hopefully for you will be a multi-year multi-million dollar contract. Is that on your mind?”
Vin Scully in the interview gives Mike a chance to say something like “This is not an ultimatum” but Mike accepts it and so it goes.
When the LA Times asked Vin about what Mike said, Vin responded with ””As God is my judge, I don’t get involved in these things,” I can’t imagine I would ever put my toe in the water as far as a player and his negotiations”
Mike: If you would apologize to Vin Scully, I might forgive you and maybe so would many Dodger fans and Baseball fans.
February 13, is my fourth blogging anniversary. Yes, it was four years ago, a day before Valentine’s Day that I decided to start a blog. Four years later and 500+ blog posts, I am still here learning and blogging.
I have never tried before to write haikus but I decided to read about them and attempt to write some so here are three
Players report back to camp
Spring sure is coming!
Pitchers and Catchers
A sure sign of Spring Training
Warms my heart alright!
Vin Scully will say
It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!
I can hardly wait
Dodgers reported to Spring Training.
Chad Billingsley looks good!
the kid Kershaw speaking to the media.
Good to see Belisario is already at Camelback Ranch. Here he is with Cochito Luis Cruz.
In addition to Pitchers and Catchers, other players are already in camp like Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford. Happy training boys! See you this coming weekend!
Love is Blue song:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9FYD1dlw4E
Happy Pitchers and Catchers! Happy Valentines to all my boys and to all my friends and family
pictures from Camelback Ranch by Jon SooHoo at http://Dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com
February 13 is my MLB Fan Blog 4th anniversary. During these four years my blog has ranked between #16 to #52 in the monthly ranking. I was surprised that I came in at #14 for the month of January 2013!
Thank you everyone that visits my blog and if you just happen to stumbled up on it well welcome!
I dedicate my blog coming in at #14 to Gil Hodges
Hodges was the Major League premier first baseman making eight career All-Star teams.
He had 370 career home runs, which by 1962 ranked second all-time for right-handed hitters behind Jimmie Foxx.
From 1949 to 1959 he averaged 30 homeruns and 101 RBI’s
The only players in his time to drive in 100 runs in seven straight season.
He had five straight season with 30 homeruns and eleven straight with 20 homers tying a league record.
He had at least 23 doubles and 23 homeruns for nine straight years.
For the 1950s, he ranked second in the majors in homers and RBIs behind Duke Snider, and third in total bases behind Snider and Stan Musial.
Hodges was the recipient of the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award in 1959, the perfect credential for a Hall of Fame member.
He ranked in the top 10 in runs, hits, and walks
He also received the first three Gold Glove awards given to a first baseman
he helped the Dodgers capture seven pennants and two world titles.
Hodges’ managed the Miracle Mets and in 1969, led them all the way to the World Series Championship.
His managerial career was prematurely cut short when, while golfing in Florida, he suffered a massive heart attack two days before his 48th birthday.
Vin Scully said this about Gil Hodges:
“I can’t understand why Gil Hodges isn’t in the Hall of Fame.”
From Mark Langill, Dodger historian: http://dodgershistory.mlblogs.com/2012/07/18/gil-hodges-and-the-hall-of-fame/comment-page-1/
The first thing I noticed when I got to Dodger Stadium were the incredible long lines. I said “If that is the line I need to get in I am leaving” but I was told there was another line to get into the Fanfest. That line was much smaller. I got in line and started talking to the fans around me when one told me that if you are a season ticket holder you can walk right in, “Ahhh”, I thought “much better” Still the lines inside to get autograph were already long so I walked around chit chatting with friends
Afterwards I looked for the food trucks. I ordered a
a pupusa stuffed with chicken, cheese and spinach that was very good. I washed that down with a mango drink with boba (tapioca balls).
I had not heard from Lorena and I could not find Rosie so I was contemplating leaving to SABR day at the La Habra library. I was actually mapping how to get there when I heard from Lorena. I was so glad to see her! I had not seen her since our last game where Lorena, Rosie and I sat in the dugout seats for the last game at Dodger Stadium. Afterwards Amanda showed up then I ran into Char who is also a member of the Baseball Reliquary. She is a big fan of Wes Parker so I turned around and said “look at this”
Char was telling me about the baseball exhibition at the end so we all walked there. I had seen Gary Cypres exhibition at the Folk Art museum twice before so I left them there to go see and listen to Vin Scully.
They caught up with me and we listened to Matt Kemp. I told them that I was going back to the baseball exhibition. I started taking some pictures when I saw Dodgers Historian Mark Langill. He introduced to the two men he was talking to, Randy Tivens of Let’s talk Dodgers and Gary Cypres, owner Sports Museum of Los Angeles.
Randy Tivens, Mark Langill and Gary Cypres.
These three gentlemen made the day more enjoyable talking baseball and a little football was mixed in there too. It was such a long chat that Mark was afraid he was going to faint. I offered Mark one of the rice crispies they had at the Fanfest with the JCPenney logo made of sugar with sprinkles. He was eating that when Jorge Martin stopped to say Hi. I told Jorge “I almost did not recognize Jorge, you look like a regular fan. Mark said “he is!”
Jorge Martin, Emma and Mark Langilll. pic by Randy.
From there Mark went to get something to eat and Randy and I went to have our first Cool-A-Coo of 2013!
From Gary Cypres collection:
1910 Chicago Cubs field sweater
1920′s New York Yankees field sweater
1920′s St Luis outer jacket
Movie 42 at Dodger Stadium
Randy, Mark, Gary and I were talking about the upcoming movie 42, Jackie Robinson, Harrison Ford and Branch Rickey. I told Mark “they should show the movie at Dodger Stadium” to which he responded “We are” :-) Randy said “there you go Emma, exclusive!. haha.
Here are Vin Scully’s tweets from today when he took over the @Dodgers from 9:30 to 10 a.m. PST.
Hi this is Vin Scully, delighted to spend time with you. We’ll be tweeting for a little while & I look forward to that opportunity. #AskVin
I was deeply touched by all of the birthday wishes. Thank you. #AskVin
All of them. #AskVin RT @TheTonyLee: #AskVin What is your favorite Nancy Bea Hefley tune?
Favorite moment: I was much younger, more impressionable when the Dodgers won in 1955. That last game was the most emotional for me. #AskVin
Red Barber was like my father, he cared that I would succeed. He taught me preparation. #AskVin
The biggest clubhouse personality was a bat boy named Charlie di Giovanni. He was a character, and we called him the brow. #AskVin
On trending in the United States: “Oh my lord, it’s a slow day.” #AskVin
Maybe this was in response to my question or similar questions on his favorite stadium besides Dodger Stadium.
Outside of DS, Wrigley. Colorful fans and the game always in doubt. A special moment was broadcasting the first night game there. #AskVin
My favorite baseball book, “Three Nights in August.” My current book that I’m reading is called “Unbroken.” #AskVin
I’ve been hooked on a television show called “Homeland.” They do that show so well. #AskVin
.@craigary Don’t get too involved in new stats. There isn’t any feeling for them. I’ll have to be reeducated like with the Twitter. #AskVin
We used to have a Gordon Windhorn. I used to say Gordon Widhorn and his orchestra. Also Clayton Dalrymple, a WW officer. #AskVin
What a great morning! This is the picture the Dodgers used to advertise Vin taking over the @Dodgers for 30 minutes:
It is an old picture! Look at the old monitor!