Results tagged ‘ Vin Scully ’

Vin Scully is back at Camelback Ranch for first game of 2013

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.

Mike Piazza’s signing at Vroman’s

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.

Mike Piazza: Please apologize to Vin Scully

Did Mike Piazza actually see the so-called “Crushing” video?

Vin Scully and MIke Piazza

If he did not, he should have.   Here is the link to the video that I have seen a few times:

http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=69016&sitesection=ktla&VID=24403591

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.

4th Blogging Anniversary. Haikus to my Dodgers and Baseball

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

Baseball giddiness
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.   LOS ANGELES DODGERS REPORTING DAY FOR PITCHERS AND CATCHERS

Chad Billingsley looks good!

LOS ANGELES DODGERS REPORTING DAY FOR PITCHERS AND CATCHERS

the kid Kershaw speaking to the media.

LOS ANGELES DODGERS REPORTING DAY FOR PITCHERS AND CATCHERS

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

MLB Blog Latest Leaders for January 2013. #14 Dedicated to Gil Hodges

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.”

Ref:  http://www.thirteen.org/metrofocus/2012/10/gil-hodges-and-the-elusive-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/

Dodgers FanFest and 42 at Dodger Stadium

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”

Wes Parker jersey

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.FANFEST AT DODGER STADIUM

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. 

Photo: Great talking Dodger history with Randy Tivens, @Marklangill and Gary Cypres. Thank you gentlemen!

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 Langill

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:

 Photo

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.

Vin Scully Tweets from 12/3/2012 #AskVin

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!

Vin Scully will be on Twitter on Monday December 3, 2012

I can’t wait till Monday at 9:30 a.m. PST when Vin Scully takes over the @Dodgers twitter account  for 30 minutes to answer questions from fans.   You must use the hashtag #AskVin to post questions.  

Mr. Scully celebrated his 85th birthday on Thursday. Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times checked in on Scully to see what he was doing for the occasion, to which Scully replied: “It’s quiet and peaceful, and I’m reading a good book — ‘Unbroken,’ by Laura Hillenbrand — on this soft day”.  

When I read that quote above from Vin, I could hear him in my mind saying it.  

Here is a favorite picture of Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin taken by Jon SooHoo.     Mr. Scully has covered the Dodgers for the last 63 years.   Senor Jaime has covered the Dodgers for last 54 years.   We are truly blessed  listening to these two treasures.

 Now what can I ask Vin?    I did ask a question when Vin  was a guest at the Baseball Prospectus Dodger Stadium event.    

Here are some of the questions that have been submitted to @Dodgers #AskVin :

What is your favorite Fernando Valenzuela moment? And what baseball book would you recommend?

How many hours of prep work do u do before a game & do u prefer to work alone in the booth or with a color commentator?

From my friend Arturo: “Which Dodger Championship team would be your most memorable one?  

In Field of Dreams did you have a script or ad-lib?

As an aspiring broadcaster what can I do to make it big time?  I’d like to just like you and do play by play my whole life.

Should questionable players from the steroid era be voted into Cooperstown? 

I am sure that by tomorrow there will be plenty of more questions submitted, mines included.  

 

 

Let’s  see if we can get Vin Scully trending tomorrow.

Happy 85th Birthday Vin Scully Cool Black and White Pictures

Happy 85th birthday Vin Scully!

Last year my friend Abby, who I met two years ago at the SABR convention in Long Beach sent me this cool book

the photos are  from Barney Stein the Dodgers Team photographer

Here is Vin with Barney.

Vin with Terry O’Malley

this is what Vin says about Terry:

Vin with aviator glasses

This is what Vin says about the aviator glasses

Vin in the radio booth.  the hand holding papers and writing is Allan Roth

This is what Vin says about Allan Roth who was his “computer” for all information.  This is part of what it says in there:

As far as Allan (Roth) was concerned, Allan had a briefcase which equated with Mary Poppins’s bag.  You’d turn and say something like, “how many double plays have they turned?’ or whatever, and he’d reach in and pull out something and come up with the answer.  we were not as statistically minded as we are today.  and of course, Allan was a hockey statistician who sold his ideas to Branch Rickey, who then hired him in Brooklyn.”    

I love all the black and white pictures in this book.

In the words of Hilda Chester:

VIN SCULLY!  I LOVE YOU!

Dodgers FanFest & SABR Day is Saturday January 26, 2013

I knew that the Annual SABR Day is scheduled for January 26, 2013.  Now I am finding out that the Dodgers will have their first Winter FanFest on the same Saturday!

My first reaction was “Awe shucks!”  but then I started thinking  “Why not have SABR at Dodger Stadium?”   It would be a great opportunity to pass the word around and see if more people want to sign up to be a member of SABR.

I was told at the last meeting that the location had not been determined.   Last year it was at the LA Habra library.     It was a great event with Del Crandall in attendance and High School coach Eddie Alvarez.  Daryl Gribsby talked about his book “Celebrating Ourserves:  African-Americans and the Promise of Baseball”.

Last year the Dodgers were having Open House at Dodger Stadium.  I went a day before so I would not miss SABR Day.   Last year I said the same thing “Why not have SABR DAY at Dodger Stadium.

From the SABR website at  http://sabr.org, this is what i says:

SABR Day is an annual event that brings together SABR members and friends on the same day, regardless of where they live. The fourth annual SABR Day will be held on January 26, 2013. Check back on this page soon as we update our calendar with SABR Day events in your area!

Regional SABR meetings are open to all baseball fans — though we encourage you to join SABR if you like what you find — and are usually free to attend. Guest speakers often include current and former baseball players, managers, umpires, executives, scouts, writers and authors.

This will be the Dodgers first Fanrfest in the Winter.  In the past two years we had events where we can volunteer along the players at places like  cleanup the ocean and the La River and donating time at the La Food Bank.

I hope that they will still have events like these in addition to the FanFest.   Look for more information to the Dodgers FanFest at http://dodgers.com

Update:  Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin will also be at the FanFest!!  Also lots of food trucks.

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