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Magic Johnson, Dodgers, Vin Scully, Sandy Koufax, & Jackie Robinson Legacy

The LA Times Sport section has an article this morning titled “Icon to Icon”   by Steve Dilbeck.  This brought a smile to my face knowing that Magic Johnson reached out to Vin Scully.  Quoting article “It was interesting,” Scully said.  “When the phone rang and I picked it up, I recognized that voice.  And, as I told him “If  it’s possible, I can hear your smile.”   Johnson tweeted on Thursday “Last night I reached out to Vin Scully & acted like an excited little kid speaking to the LA Icon.”    

Future team president Stan Kasten also called Vin Scully.   The next day Magic also tweeted this “Just spoke to legend & HOF Sandy Koufax.  Thank you so mch fo taking the time to share some of your vast baseball knowledge.”   IF I was part of a team buying the Dodgers, those two would have been on my list to call.  

Look at this cake that Magic Johnson posted on hisWhoSay page  on thursday 3/29/2012  saying “Thank you to AEG, Staples Center & the Lakers for this incredible Dodgers cake they made for me,” Magic Johnson

More good news as reported by Bill Shaikin of the LA Times:

Johnson has reached out to Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson. He has invited her to take an active role with the Dodgers’ new ownership group, a person familiar with the discussions said Friday. The details of how Rachel Robinson — and the Jackie Robinson Foundation — would be involved with the Dodgers remain under discussion, the person said.

This is a quick post as I am getting ready to go to Ventura.  I am meeting with friends  for a Girls night out.  We are staying Saturday night and coming back Sunday.  These are some of my non-baseball friends, well with one of them I used to have a Dodger mini package in the field level for two years.  In fact, after we stopped having the mini package and I started having season tickets, I would always invite her for Opening Day.  Last two years she has not been able to to go.  Anyway, they are understanding that once baseball starts I am not available.  I tell them “look at a Dodger schedule to see if I am available”  Even then, I might be on a road trip.   The last time they invited me to a get together for “Poker night” back in January, it happened to be the Saturday for “National SABR Day”   Looking forward to this trip and then get ready for the road trip to San Diego for the four game series!  

Nomar Garciaparra (5) days till Dodgers Opening Day in San Diego!

Ron Cey(10) days till Opening Day at Dodger Stadium!

 

 

 

Happy 64th Birthday Ron Cey

Today February 15th is Ron Cey’s 64th birthday.   I was looking for a picture of the Penguin and I but I could not find any.  I’ve taken pictures of him with other players but not of him by himself and I could not find one with me.  I know somewhere I do have some.  I need to organize my pictures.  

Here is a picture of Ron Cey with his kids. 

 

And here he is two years ago with Vin Scully and Tommy Lasorda:

DODGER LEGENDS CEY, SCULLY, LASORDA IN '08

Here is a picture I took July 2010 at the Steve Garvey Celebrity Softball game.  I was invited by Mike who also has season tickets in my section.  

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a while ago here http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2010/11/11/third-base-has-been-very-very-cold-to-the-dodgers/ I wrote a post saying that Ron Cey never won a gold glove, not because he did not deserve one but he played during Mike Schmidt tenure.  So here is a glove for you Ron!  Is not gold but is chocolate!

Happy Birthday Penguin!  

note:  MLB TV announced they will televise for the first time, two Urban League baseball games this Saturday.

Vin Scully in Movies

My aunt Nora calls me from Texas to tell me “I saw a young Vin Scully in the movie “Bachelor in Paradise,”   I started googleing the movie.  It was made in 1961 and It was shot in Woodland Hills, CA.  Not too long from where I work.   I love the picure above with the 50’s decor and the clothing.  I can’t wait to see it.  I also started gogleing what other movies Vin Scully has made appearances.  I knew of “For the Love of the Game” but not many of the other ones.   Here is the trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SinofLeYpU

Here is the list of movies where Vin Scully makes an appearance:

1.  Wake me when is Over (1960) Ernie Kovacks, Don Knotts, Dick Shawn, Don Knotts.   

2.   Bachelor in Paradise (1961).   Bob Hope, Lana Turner.  With Bob Hope you know is a romantic comedy.

3.  Experiment in Terror (1962)  Glen Ford, Lee Remick, Stefanie Powers, Don Drysdale., Wally Moon

4.  Zebra in the Kitchen (1965)  Jay North, Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel.

5.   Fireball 500 (1966)   Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Fabian

6.  The Party (1968)  Peter Sellers, Gavin MacLeod

7.  For Love of the Game (1999)  Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, Steve Lyon.  Jose Mota, Jim Colborn.

8.  Game 6 (2005)  Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Roger Clemens

9.  The Bucket List (2007) Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman portray two terminally ill men  on their road trip with a wish list of things to do before they “kick the bucket.” 

I have only seen “For Love of the Game”, so I have a mission to see these movies in 2012.

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/

Feliz cumpleaños maestro Jaime Jarrin

Vin Scully is the Voice of the Dodgers and Jaime Jarrin es la Voz de Los Dodgers.  Jaime has been covering the Dodgers for the last 53 years!

Jaime Jarrin was born on December 10th, 1935 in  Ecuador.   Jaime Jarrin studied philosophy, letters, journalism and broadcasting at Central University of Ecuador in Quito in Ecuador.  He had been the announcer for the No. 1 program on HCJB, the ‘Voice of the Andes.’   Jaime recalls leaving for the U.S. in 1955 on a cargo boat loaded with 100,000 bunches of bananas.  When he came to Los Angeles on June 24, 1955, he had no job and he did not speak the language.   His first job was working putting together chain link fences.   He latched on at the only Spanish-language radio station in Los Angeles,  KWKW. He worked in a fence factory all day, then broadcasted boxing matches at the Olympic Auditorium at night.

At the time, he had never seen a baseball game but he was intrigued by the game seeing fans watching the World Series on TV and hearing it on the radio that he said ‘This must be a great sport.”   So over the next two years,  he attended as many Triple-A games as he could, seeing the Los Angeles Angels at old Wrigley Field in South L.A., or the Hollywood Stars at Gilmore Field, on the site of what is now Farmer’s Market and the Grove.

When the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn to L.A., KWKW became the team’s Spanish-language station. Jarrin spent a year learning the game, then signed on as the play-by-play announcer in 1959. The Dodgers won the World Series that year and Jarrin has been in the team’s employ ever since. He never missed a game from 1962 to 1984, more than 4,000 in a row, and was the 1998 recipient of the Ford Frick award by the Hall of Fame.

To me, like Vin Scully, Jaime’s voice soothes me .  All is well listening to these two gentlemen.

Feliz Cumpleanos a nuestro maestro el senor Jaime Jarrin.  Que cumpla muchos pero muchos mas y que Dios nos lo conceda con mucha salud.   Muchas gracias por ser tan lindo con todos nosotros los aficionados!

Happy Birthday to our teacher Mr. Jaime Jarrin.  May you have many many birthdays and that God grant you plenty of health.  Thank you so much for always being so nice to us fans!

Happy 84th Birthday Vin Scully! WE LOVE YOU!!!

Happy 84th birthday Mr. Vin Scully!   Thank you for continuing to broadcast Dodger games!   I can’t to wait to hear you say  “Is Time for Dodger Baseball!”  and “Hi everybody & a very pleasant good evening (or good afternoon) to you where ever you may be…”

Love this quote from  Bloggingaboutbaseball.com :

“Scully doesn’t announce, he paints. Announcers sway, announcers yell, announcers do play-by-play. Scully uses smooth strokes to create a picture of a game that is unfolding before your eyes. Everything flows seemlessly, and if it won’t, Scully’s not afraid to be silent for a moment.”

Back in 2006 a thread was started in the Dodger forum titled ” Vin Scully’isms”

Here are some of those Vin  Scully’isms: 

As long as you live keep smiling because it brightens everybody’s day. Vin Scully (one of my favorites!) 

Good is not good when better is expected.

Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination.

It’s a mere moment in a man’s life between the All-Star Game and an old timer’s game.

Football is to baseball as blackjack is to bridge. One is the quick jolt. The other the deliberate, slow-paced game of skill, but never was a sport more ideally suited to television than baseball.

The Dodgers are such a .500 team that if there was a way to split a three-game series, they’d find it.

Aaron Cook coming out of the game; the Dodgers hit him with four jabs, two to the left and two to the right side.

Jason takes his lead off second base, Sele’s pitch is a ground ball to Saenz. He looks the runner back. I guess you could say that’s keeping him at Bay. [Player was Jason Bay, of course]

The weather today is so humid that your roll-on would roll off.

That’s the kind of breaking ball you can throw around a corner. Whoa!

Earlier in the year, he had everybody talking. Now that he’s not hitting, he’s talking to himself.

Lugo is so thin that when he wears a black suit he looks like twelve o’clock.

Repko came by way of Pasadena and can’t make the play.

Matt Holiday takes a curve ball and straightens it out…you could’ve watched a movie on that flight.

Six innings are in the books, and so far Greg Maddux is the author.

It’s pretty hard to hit when a pitch looks like a Polaris missile coming up out of the ground.

The amazing Livan [Hernandez], throwing soap bubbles and he gets away with it.

They’re going to have to put an ad in the paper to get a run.

It was a change like a balloon, and Ethier hit it where the string broke.

Prince Fielder has two long home runs, but chop them up and they’re about 90 singles.

Andre Ethier draws the Dodgers even, and calling to the bullpen is Sweet Lou, who is bordering on the vinegar.

Chien-Ming Wang, who was the winning pitcher for the Yankees, was a high school buddy of Hong-Chih Kuo. Hong-Chih Kuo grew up playing with Chin-Hui Tsao, who’s on the D.L. Chin-Hui Tsao became the third player from Taiwan to appear in a game for the Dodgers, joining Hong-Chih Kuo and outfielder Chin-Feng Chen. But don’t ask me to read all that again. I can’t handle it.”

Bud Black is out to argue and to calm down his pitcher. The Dodgers have already stolen his wallet and are working on his watch.

That thing died of exhaustion on the way to short. I mean, you could lose a poodle in that stuff.

Juan Pierre is going steady with the left field pole.

Rowand fought the wall, and the wall won.

To oldtimers during the 2008  Opening Day ceremony: “There are three stages in life — youth, maturity, and ‘you-look-wonderful.’ Gentlemen, may I just say, you look wonderful.

Slow curve– I’m not sure if they had a speed gun or an egg timer on that one.

[Playoffs in 09] “Eighth inning, a 1-1 tie, 56,000 fans on their feet, and the deuces are as wild as they ever will be!

This is a heck of a time for me to be reading this one. The Dodgers invite you to hit, throw, run and swing for the fences–in other words, all the things the Dodgers are not doing tonight.

Short Video telling Vin Scully “Thank you!” and “We Love you!”

What  a great day it was Friday night when Vin Scully announced that he is coming back next year for his 63rd year with the Dodgers! At the time of the announcement the Dodgers were losing 1-0. Next inning the Dodgers like if they knew, stared hitting.
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Dodgers score 6 runs in the 7th with Matt Kemp launching his 30th home run to join Raul Mondesi as the only members of the 30-30 club.  Matt Kemp  now has 31 stolen bases.
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After the game I just had to go tell Vin Scully thank you for making the decision to come back for one more season. We Dodger fans are blessed to have Vin Scully with us for 62+ years.   Here is the short video that my friend Lorena taped:  

Thank you Lorena!

Here is another video telling Vin we Love him. 

 

Well I am off to Dodger Stadium early today as I am a volunteer for SABR today to recruit new members.   Come stop by in the Reserved section.

Dodger “Think Clue” Scavenger Hunt

Saturday August 8th, the Dodgers held a special Scavenger hunt throughout Los Angeles.   I decided to participate but I was not as prepared as some other fans.  Some anticipated locations.  A father and son decided to start at the LA Coliseum so they guessed one of the locations.  Another one decided to already start at the Universal City Walk where there is a Dodger Store but that was not one of the locations.   

At 10:00 a.m. the Dodgers sent a tweet with the locations where five special Dodger Items were “hidden” throughout Los Angeles.  the locations were:  

Dodger Stadium, parking lot P by the Top of the Park where Kenny Landreaux was with the 1981 World Series trophy. 

@Dodgers #thinkclue 

  A strip of grass from Dodger Stadium located at the Angel’s Flight railway station in Downtown LA @Dodgers   #thinkclue

Los Angeles Boys and Girls Dreamfield had the Dodgers Kids Backpack

@DODGERS #THINKCLUE

Duke Snider Bobblehead was located at Vin Scully’s star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame

@DODGERS #THINKCLUE

a 1944 throwback Brooklyn jersey and hat that was located at the Los Angeles Coliseum@Dodgers #thinkclue

All participants got a pair of tickets that we selected from the list.  Tickets will be on Will Call on day of game.    I had fun doing this and will do it again if the Dodgers offer it again.  

The top five winners received two field-level tickets to each game during the club’s upcoming six-game homestand (Aug 8-14) and will be brought down onto the field prior to a designated game to meet Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and watch batting practice.  

Team Penguino took first place and Steve Chai’s team took second.  Another winner was team Attamiamo and Ayala.

ref;  Dodgers.co, Ben Platt

I Love Andre (We Love Him)

My friend Erik is hosting my blog again!   I love the post!  I love Andre! 

Take it away Erik!

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dodgers april through may 3 2.JPGI was watching a rerun of Inning 5 of Ken Burns’ great documentary, Baseball, and I started wondering where the days went when baseball players would have song written about them? Think about it, that’s not done anymore.

Those are some great songs about some great players. Some include Less Brown’s song “Joltin’ Joe”, and perhaps the best of all, “Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball ” by Buddy Johnson and Count Basie. It reminded me that I wrote (or modified) a song about my favorite player, Andre Ethier. It was penned during the fervor surrounding his home run-hitting prowess early last season. Yeah, I know, he didn’t keep it up, but, G-d willing, I have faith that he’ll get things back on track this season. At which point we’ll all be signing the song I offer. Well, maybe not you, but I’ll be belting it out, and I bet Crzblue will be right there with me. Here it is, sing along, you’ll recognize the tune. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBOQiMxwk1o&feature=related

I Love Andre (We Love Him)

 
Runnin’ down the 3rd base line
Big nasty homer out the right field side
Maggie Ethier looking hot in the Lodge
She is full of pride

Mow down the pitcher, put da Blue on top.
Crank up Vin Scully, baby
Don’t let the hitting stop
We’re gonna cheer him ’til we just can’t cheer him no more

From the Top Deck to the Pavilion
From the Stadium Club to the Dugout Club,
Everybody’s very happy
‘Cause the man is hitting all the time
Looks like another homer’s on the way

I love Andre (We love him)
I love Andre (We love him)

Look at that homer
Look at those doubles
Look at that catch out there, man
He’s down on his knees.
Look at those walk-offs
There ain’t nothin’ like ‘em nowhere.
St. Mary’s High School (We love him)
Chandler-Gilbert College (We love him)
Arizona State University (We love him)
Dodgertown (We love him, we love him)
We love him!
We love him!
We love Andre!

 

By Erik C.D. Belmal,
Adapted from Randy Newman. “I Love L.A. (We Love it).” 1983.

So, there!  Trust me, I know it doesn’t come close to the genius of the other songs I mentioned, but I hope you recognize the same spirit…the spirit of devotion to a player, and a game.  

 

Thanks again for the opportunity to post Crzblue.

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Thank you Erik! 

Snow expected in the LA Area? One more day to head to the Ranch

Is raining here in the LA area and the news are full of snow forecast at 1000 feet.   With the Academy Awards coming Sunday, they are talking that there might be snow at the Hollywood sign which is 899 feet.   So tonight is the biggie IF it happens.   My Droid is showing 45/34 for Saturday with a picture of light snow. 

What I am might miss in LA on Sunday is not the Academy Awards (On TV) but this event:

Vin Scully to be honored at Beverly Hills Wine Fest    I would much prefer to hear Vin Scully than any speech from the Academy Awards.  

 Looking at the weather here in the LA area and in Arizona with thunderstorms, I am thinking of the song “Riders On the Storm”  which made me think of “LA Woman”    Three LA women will be heading on the road early Saturday morning, hopefully no snow on the road but most likely rain.  

 Remember Camelback Ranch Grand Opening in 2009?   I had taken the Southern California Auto club magazine Westways with me.   They have a section in the magazine titled “Picture This”  where they feature travelers showing the magazine at their vacation destination.  That year I took the magazine, submitted the picture and it made the magazine in 2009.   

 

Thumbnail image for Camelback Ranch, picture from the Westway mag.jpg 

 

Dodgers Flashback Uniform.  

Fans were given an option to vote for their favorite Brooklyn Uniforn out of three so that the winner uniform could be worn at the Dodgers Flashback days.    The votes were counted and the winner is …..  

 
Dodgers throwback jersey for 2011.jpg 

My choice was the 1911 jersey, but the guys (Andre Either, Clayton Kershaw & Matt Kemp) make any uniform look good!   I like the 1940’s uniforms!    The uniforms will be worn for six midweek games with half price food & drinks.   Also there will be half price tickets.        

 

Flashback uniform picture from Jon SooHoo.   

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