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Stan Kasten Q&A with LA Times Bill Dwyre video. Vin Scully Day!

Last night I went to the Q&A with Stan Kasten moderated by Bill Dwyre.  I had tape recorded the whole event but my brother Vic erased it by mistake.  But here is a little video.   I should have been standing to record  it as I did not have a good view from where I was sitting.

 

Thank you Stan Kasten, LA Times, Bill Dwyre! Thank you Lorena for inviting me!

Vin Scully Day!
Today is finally Vin Scully Day! It is extra special because Vin Scully will come down from the Vin Scully Press Box and throw out the first pitch!

Clayton Kershaw is pitching for the Dodgers against Ian Kennedy of the Diamond Backs.
The lineup for the Dodgers:
Punto 2B
Victorino CF
Gonzalez 1B
Ramirez SS
Ethier RF
Luis Cochito Cruuuuuz 3B
Rivera LF
AJ Ellis C
Kershaw P

Let’s win for Vin! Let’s go Dodgers!

Vin Scully we love you!

Dodgers for Lunch on Getaway Day. Please don’t get swept

Dodgers for Lunch on Getaway Day at Coors Field.  Please do not get swept!

I ‘ve been so busy today that I forgot the game started early on Getaway day.  Oh I so hope the Dodgers don’t get swept by the Rockies.   You never know what can happen at Coors Field.

 The record of the Dodgers sweeping and getting swept stands at:

Dodgers Have Swept Gotten Swept
At Dodger Stadium Pirates, Padres, Rockies, Cardinals, cubs Brewers, Diamond Backs Giants
Away Phillies, Mets, Giants Giants, Athletics

Dodgers lost the first game 10-0  Beckett gave up three runs.   Second game Dodgers lost to the Rockes by the score of 8-2.  

In this 3rd game, I See You Hanley Ramirez hits a two run blast!   Dodgers leading the 3rd game 6-0   !!   Dylan Hernandez, LA Times Dodger beat writer,  had reported after two innings that Drew Pomeranz had a perfect game thorugh two innings.  Thanks Dylan for breaking it! ;-)  Blanton is enjoying this bouquet of runs.

LA Times in Sports with Stan Kasten -Event

A big thank you to my friend Lorena for inviting me to this event: Times in Sports with Stan Kasten.  The event is at Dodger Stadium today August 29, 2012 at 7:p.m.  

The event will feature a live Q & A with new Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten, moderated by Bill Dwyre of the Los Angeles Times, largely driven by questions that were submitted earlier but  questions can also be submitted during the Q & A on twitter, using the hashtag #timesinsports.

Stan Kasten with Vin Scully

Reminder:  Tomorrow is Vin Scully bobblehead!

Get to Dodger Stadium early!!     is going to be a busy day tomorrow with Vin Scully bobblehead.

Adrian Gonzales debut as a Dodger, Vin Scully will be back next year! Yankees & Red Sox in 2013

Adrian Gonzalez Debut as a Dodger

“Looks like a another perfect day!  I love LA!”   That is how Saturday 8/25/2012 turned out to be!   Adrian Gonzalez was at the game in time to be in the lineup.  Adrian comes to his  first at bat as a Dodger with Mark Ellis and El Cochito Luis Cruz on.  Next thing you know Adrian goes

A three run homerun!   Welcome to Hollywood!  Welcome to LA Adrian! 

 

There were four BOOMS at the stadium:    Giancarlo Stanton for the Marlins.  Adrian Gonzalez, Mark Ellis and Andre Ethier for the Dodgers.  

Andre Ethier breaks record of Consecutive Hits  with 10 STRAIGHT HITS

Andre tied the LA record for Consecutive Hits of  nine set by Ron Cey.  Andre then broke that record with his 10 consecutive hit in the seventh inning.  He tied a Dodger record set in 1919 by first baseman Ed Konetchy.   In addition, Andre also was a triple short of a cycle.  Mark Ellis also was short of a cycle. 

KERSHAW gets win #12

Kershaw pitched a three hitter giving up two runs and striking out eight for his 12th win.  Final score:  Dodgers 8, Marlins 2. 

VIN SCULLY WE LOVE YOU!  WE LOVE YOU MORE FOR COMING BACK NEXT YEAR!

Could Saturday night get any better?   Well yes!   Vin Scully announced that he is coming back in 2013! 

It is Vin Scully Bobblehead Thursday August 30th when the Dodgers face the Arizona D’Backs. 

And come 2013, the Dodgers finally will go to Yankee Stadium!   The Red Sox will be coming to Dodger Stadium in August of 2013.

Dodgers Take two out of three from the White Sox

With the Dodgers White Sox series tied 1-1 the Dodgers took Sunday’s game on Father’s day 2-1.

Saturday night we were complaining about umpire Jerry Meals behind homeplate. Well Meals was the 3rd base umpire on Sunday involved in a contraversial play. With catcher Treanor at third base, one out, Herrera hit a sac fly to right field. Treanor tagged and scored. The White Sox prostested that Treanor left the bag early. Jerry Meals ruled Treanor out. We kept hearing on Twitter and from the announcers that Treanor DID NOT leave the bag too early. In fact some said that Meals was not even looking at the play. Mattingly came out to protest.

Mattingly kept going at it with Jerry Meals and home plate umpire Darling, eventually getting tossed from the game. This was the fourth time this year that Mattingly gets tossed. One of those times was on Mother’s Day.

With as long as it took for Mattingly to complain with the umpires, we could have had a quick examination of the play if we had instant replay.

Both Capuano who struck out 12, and Quintana pitched well going eight innings. Capuano allowed one run and Quintana did not allow any runs. Belisario pitched the 9th for the Dodgers and Reed pitched for the White Sox. Abreu, coming in as a pinch hitter in the 9th, openned with a single. Dee Gordon struck out trying to bunt but Herrera’s single advanced Abreu to third. Rivera sac fly to right field scored Abreu. Game tied with Lorena’s rally cap on!

Rally Cap!

Belisario came back to pitch the 10th inning, He retired the White Sox in order or like Jaime Jarrin & Pepe Yniguez say “Se fueron a paso de Conga” “they went out doing the Conga

dance

The bottom of the 10th, Loney batted for Belisario. Loney grounded out for the first out. Tony Gwynn tripled, Treanor grounded to the second baseman. Abreu was intentionally walked to face Dee Gordon. Dee responded with a walk-up single.

Dodgers win! Belisario worked a vulture win. His record is now 3-0 coming out of the pen.

Ethier K’d three times but he made three stellar defensive plays. Jaime Jarrin said “a corrido como un pura sangre” “‎He has run like a thoroughbred”

Quoting Vin Scully at the end of the game “They continue to pull the rabbit out of the hat”

Dodgers day off today. They start a three game series in Oakland.

rally cap picture mine, others by Jon Soo & Jill from http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com

The video where I got to say “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!” at Dodger Stadium

Las year during Social Septiember I was watching batting practice when William read a twitter that said “The first person that goes upstairs by the Vin Scully Press box will get to do be on the field to say “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball” He thought it was too late to go upstairs, but I told him if you don’t want to go check I’ll check so I rushed up the stairs. Sure enought I was the first one! so I got to say what Vin Scully says at the beginning of each Dodger game, “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!”

I had not gotten the video until recently so I uploaded it. :-)

Thank you to the Dodgers and to William! I love you William :-)

Here are two pictures from that day that I got thanks to Jon SooHoo. Thank you Jon!

The White Sox with Robin Ventura are at Dodger Stadium starting tomorrow. Kershaw goes to the mound against Sale. Let’s Go Dodgers! It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!

Take a look at Vin Scully Bobblehead. Matt Kemp Returns. Infield Bobblehead giveaway tonight

Thursday August 30, 2012 is Vin Scully Bobblehead Day! The bobblehead will be given to the first 50,000 valid tickets. Here is the picture the Dodgers posted today:

From email from the Dodgers:
The only way to guarantee tickets to this game, and the Sandy Koufax Bobblehead game on Tuesday, August 7, is with a season ticket plan or the 10-game Flex Plan. Individual tickets will not be made available to the general public. The Flex Plan allows you to pick the games you want to attend during the remaining Dodgers home schedule, with tickets starting at just $11.

Dodgers dropped the first game with the Brewers 3-2. Harang took the loss and Marcum the win.

Is the Infield bobblehead tonight! looking forward to seeing the whole infield of Lopes, Garvey, Cey & Russell all together.

Fiers (0-0) goes against Eovaldi (0-0). Eovaldi was brought over because of Lilly going to the 15 day DL.

It is also the return of Matt Kemp! You can be sure Dodger fans will be chanting louder “MVP”

Pictures from the first Dodger Stadium FanFest

I arrived at the first Dodger FanFest at noon. There were a lot of people there waiting for the gates to open. The first thing I did was have my baseball card made. This is my third baseball card but this one has the Dodger schedule in the back. The next thing I did was the Dodger flip book. Basically you put a glove on and pose for pictures pitching, catching while the camera rolls and they make that into a tiny book.

It was already hot so when I saw sosmeone with a paper fan with half of Matt Kemp’s face, I asked where they got it. It is KCAL CBS sponsored with their broadcast schedule in the back. They gave you three rubber baseballs and if you made it thru the big hole you got the fan. If you made it thru the smaller hole you got Dodger tickets. I wanted the fan but I only came close. Lucky for me my brother Victor was with me. He aimed for the big hole and got me my fan! How do I look?

When Mattingly was on stage, I went to the mike and asked him what Lilly had done to get tossed in Chicago. Also I said on the Mike while wearing my Vote for AJ Ellis button (I took the image from MikeSciosciatragicillness blog and glued it to one of my buttons. Mattingly said “yes, I am voting for AJ.

Here is Matt Kemp on stage being interviewed and taking questions.

The longest Dodger infield was missing the iron man Steve Garvey. He had an emergency so only Russell, Cey and Lopes were there. I thanked them for 1981 which was my first year as a season ticket holder and told Lopes that back in 1981 I had given Bobby Welch a greeting card to make him feel better because he was not doing well. He said something like “you don’t know how much we appreciate that when we are not doing well..” That year in December 1981 I received a postcard from Lopes thanking me for my support. I still have it.

Vin Scully also made it appearance! He talked and we listened only with the “WE Love you Vin!” “No, you are Great!”

Next it was Pepe Yniguez, Fernando Valenzuela & Jaime Jarrin. Pepe funny as usual and even Fernando. Jaime great as always.

Earlier I had gone to the section where the Dodgers had the Tommy Lasorda wine tasting. This section was only for season ticket holders. Later on Tommy was going to walk around talking to fans there posing for picures but I had a conflict since it was the same time Vin Scully was going to be on stage. Anyway, after Pepe, Fernando and Jaime appearace on stage, Tommy followed. He was funny, inspirational and full of Dodger Blue energy. He got the crowd going. I asked him “what kind of food I should have with two bottles of his wine I have at home. He said “Save it!” “And when the Dodgers win the World Series I will drink those bottles of wine with you!” :-) Tommy: I got plenty of witnesses!

I left in time to watch some batting practice. Clayton Kershaw pitched a great game. He blanked out the Cardinals 6-0,

Tim Welke missed call, Matt Kemp NLPM, Weaver No-hitter, Dodgers New Owners

>><Tim Welke missed that call at Coor's Field by a mile, well at least by four feet. Take a look:

Congratulations Matt Kemp! April National League Player of the Month!

Prior to Jered Weaver pitching a no-hitter, I was thinking “what a bad day for pitchers” when Kershaw went 7/ 1/3 innings and gave up 5 earned runs. Halladay went 5 1/3 and gave up 8 earned runs. Harrison went 3 1/3 and gave up 8 runs & AJ Burnett went 2 2/3 innings and gave up 12 earned runs! WOW!

Congratulations Jered Weaver on your no-hitter. Jered is a local boy that grew up a Dodger fan and he was a Long Beach DirtBag.

Vin Scully said during yesterday’s Dodger new owners conference that the kids might describe yesterday’s weather as “yucky” but the Irish would say “Is a soft day” To me, t was a glorious day!


New Dodgers owners, the Guggenheim Baseball Management group, Left to right are Bobby Patton, Stan Kasten, Mark Walter, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Peter Guber and Todd Boehly

After work, I went home to watch the Dodgers owner conference that I DVRed then after I finished, I switched to the no-hitter when someone on Twitter alerted me, then I watched “Before the Bigs” with Mike Scioscia. I had started this blog post on 5/2 but did not finish it until today 5/3. So much happened in between. Watching Mike Scioscia in Before the Bigs, he had some great catchers to guide him in Roy Campanella, Roseboro & Del Crandall. He credits Del Crandall in pushing him to become a manager.

Dodgers are off today then start a series with the Cubs. Monday is back to Dodger Stadium to play with the Giants for the first time. I can’t wait! During the conference it was announced that parking went down from $15 to $10. Also to welcome communication with the fans, fan suggestions could be emailed to a new address, fanbox@ladodgers.com. Next in my agenda: send a couple of emails. Go Dodgers!

pic ref: InsideSouthercal, scpr.org, fangraphs, Detroitnew, LATimes

Happy Jackie Robinson Day! Dodgers 8-1 to start 2012. Vin Scully is back Today!!

Happy Jackie Robinson Day everyone!   Heading to Dodger Stadium soon.   Dodgers are 8-1 to start the 2012 season and I have not missed a game!   Dodgers are going on the road next (no, I am not going) to Milwaukee and Houston.  

Here is a Jackie Robinson picture when he was at Pasadena Junior College late 1930’s. 

And here is another one from Pasadena Junior College

Jackie Robinson at Pasadena City College

JAckie Robinon at UCLA.jpg

Jackie Robinson at UCLA

Extra special day as Vin Scully is due to go back to Dodger Stadium!   Welcome back Vin!!

Vin Scully& Crzblue

Quick post as I am heading to the Ravine where the Dodgers are going for the

Dodgers going for the sweep.

Love the Dodgers are now letting season ticket holders into the stadium earlier than the rest of the fans just like in some other stadiums. 

This is what you see as my footer when you receive an email from me

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” – Jack Roosevelt Robinson.

 

 

Opening Week 2012 at Dodger Stadium

Opening Day was a  beautiful day.   As is my  tradition every year, Nancy Bea Cd played in the background while I got ready to go to Dodger Stadium.   I drove to Union Station and hopped on the shuttle from there.   My brother Vic and  took the first shuttle at 9:45 AM.  We got to Dodger Stadium at 10 AM.  Game time was 1:10 PM.   I heard of other people driving or taking the shuttle late and it took them an hour to get there from downtown.  While waiting for the shuttle I heard about Vin Scully not being able to make it to the stadium.  

Get well Vin Scully!   We Love you!! 

I had seen Vin Scully in San Diego and he looked good there but those colds cn sneak up on you.  When I ran into him I told him “Good to see you Vin!”  He looked back, smiled and said “Good to see you too!”   I did not want to bother him so I did not ask for autograph or a picture.  He responding to me was good enough for me.  

Back to Opening Day!   I took out my brand new scorebook and started keeping score.  One thing I don’t like about it, is it does not have the little squares to keep track of balls and strikes but I sneak them in there.    My outfit for Opening Day was one that I wore in San Diego -The Magic Johnson yellow shirt with my #32 Sandy Koufax white jersey over it.  They both wore #32.  The only thing with the shirt is that is the same color as the Pirates.

Picture from the LA Times.  Nice man to my right with the grey Clayton Kershaw jersey.   He liked that I was keeping score.  He wrote the name of my blog. 

Dodger Stadium celebrating 50 years on its inagural day of April 10, 1962 had members of that year being honored.  It would have been great for Vin Scully to introduce them as Opening Day has been the only day that Vin Scully addresses the crowd at the stadium.   Pic by Jon SooHoo.

The Beach Boys , also celebrating 50 years, sang one song and the National Anthem.  Pic by Jon SooHoo

Our lefty Clayton Kershaw went seven strong innings.  He left with no decision.    @Skinnyswag_  Dee Gordon continues making the games excting.     I love this team!  Pic by Jon SooHoo

Andre Ethier in his 30th birthday hit a homerun to right field!  in the 8th.  Kenley Jansen pitched the 8th and Javy in the 9th for the save!   Did I say that I love this team?   Pic byLa Times.

Dodgers celebrating the win on Opening Day!

 Chad Billingsley pitched the second game.  He had another great game and another win.  

Dodgers going for the sweep tonight   30% chance of rain with those chances increasing into the night BUT It can’t rain.   It never rains in Calfiornia.  haha.   Just in case, I got my raincoat.  Go Dodgers!  

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