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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.
A strip of grass from Dodger Stadium located at the Angel’s Flight railway station in Downtown LA
Los Angeles Boys and Girls Dreamfield had the Dodgers Kids Backpack
Duke Snider Bobblehead was located at Vin Scully’s star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame
a 1944 throwback Brooklyn jersey and hat that was located at the Los Angeles Coliseum
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
My friend Erik is hosting my blog again! I love the post! I love Andre!
Take it away Erik!
I 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.
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.
Thank you Erik!
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.
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 …..
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.
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
But 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!
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.
ref: MLB.com, Baseball-fever.
Very sad that we lost another Brooklyn player. That is two already this year. Last year we lost 10. Cliff Dapper was born January 2, 1920. He served our country in World War II.
Dapper was a Los Angeles native who appeared in 18 games with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1942. He was best known for being the only ballplayer in history to be traded for a broadcaster. When Dodger Hall of Fame broadcaster Red Barber went on a medical leave during the 1948 season, team president Branch Rickey called Earl Mann, the owner of the minor league Atlanta Crackers, and asked for permission to sign Harwell. Mann wanted compensation for his popular broadcaster and said his team needed a catcher.
Rickey sent Dapper from the Dodgers’ Triple-A Montreal affiliate to the Crackers to complete the deal. Dapper continued his minor league career as a player and manager through 1957. Harwell left the Dodgers after the 1949 season, he was replaced by Fordham University graduate Vin Scully. Harwell became a Hall of Fame broadcaster, primarily with the Detroit Tigers. Despite the famous trade, Harwell and Dapper did not meet for more than a half a century until the dedication ceremonies for Harwell’s statue at Detroit’s Comerica Park in 2002.
Rest in peace Mr. Dapper. Thank you for serving our country. Say hello to Ernie Harwell.
the list of living Brooklyn Dodger Major Leaguers is down to 51.
“Building Dreams, Friends and Memories” is the theme of the Rose Parade for 2011.
Congratulations to CPompe1 (Carol) for knowing that trivia in my prior post: What do Gregory Peck, Lorne Greene, Arnold Palmer, Dr. William H. Pickering, E.L. Bob Barlett and Earl Warren have in common?
They all served as GMs (Grand Marshals) of the Rose Parade. The years in order of names above: 1988, 1981, 1965, 1963, 1959 and 1955. Those are the years the Dodgers won the World Series.
Paula Deen was named the Grand Marshal for 2011 ya’ll I wonder if she was the first choice.
From the www.examiner.com:
Peck wasn’t the first choice, but he was a terrific one. The first choice that year, was Walter Cronkite. Perfect, but Cronkite had a previous engagement. The second, unnamed choice, bowed out at the last minute, just the before the programs went to press.
Despite being third in line, Peck was one of the most enthusiastic Grand Marshals ever. He had been attending Rose Parades with his father since he was a boy, and was thrilled to be riding along Colorado Blvd. in a vintage car. He pulled some strings and got on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the first Grand Marshal to appear in that bastion of late-night celebrities.
Baseball players as GMs:
1999 Jackie Robinson (posthumously)
1975 Henry L. “Hank” Aaron.
Anyone seen the add on the internet for the ’67 Rose parade hosted by Vin Scully with Elizabeth Montgomery from Bewitched?
For a list of other Rose Parade grand marshals go to http://www.tournamentofroses.com/the-rose-parade/history/grand-marshals
Here is to building dreams, friendship and memories!
OK, this trivia is way out there but I was looking for some information then I was wondering here and there.. ..
What do these people have in common?
Gregory Peck Actor. Born in La Jolla, CA. President Lyndon Johnson honored Peck with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969 for his lifetime humanitarian efforts.
Lorne Greene. Canadian actor. Television roles include Bonanza.
Arnold Palmer. World famous Golfer
Dr. William H. Pickering. Scientist who headed Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for 22 years.
E.L. Bob Barlett. Alaska’s Territorial Delegate to Congress from 1945-59 and senator until 1968.
Earl Warren. 14th Chief Justice of the United States. Born in Los Angeles.
This I don’t know so would appreciate some help.
I took this picture at Dodger Stadium. It is hanging on the dining area of Vin Scully Press Box but it had no name tag. Who is this Brooklyn Dodger in this picture that is attempting to knit?
Vin Scully! We love you! Have a wonderful 83rd birthday! I can’t wait till I hear you again saying “Is time for Dodger Baseball!”
God bless you Vin and thank you so much for all that you have given us Dodger and Baseball fans.
Here is Erik and I wishing Vin Scully a good night on a cold night at Dodger Stadium.
Happy Birthday also to Ross Porter who shares a birthday with Vin. Ross broadcasted with Vin Scully for 28 years.
The good: Chad Billingsley pitched seven great innings. He struck out 13 D’backs and went out winning the game 4-1.
The Bad: The Sherril and Broxton. Again, they let it get away. Sherrill gave up a two run homer. That was Tony Abreau’s first homerun. In came Broxton who gave away another two-run homerun.
I have said this many times, they should have shutdown Broxton some time ago. I dropped him from my baseball fantasy a long time ago. This loss was tipical of other losses this year.
This morning I was reading Jonathan Shapiro’s review in the LA Times about Michael Connelly book “The Reversal.” It starts with:
Los Angeles has much to lament, Our Dodgers, victims of a broken marriage, are the neglected boys of summer. the Trojans are on probation, the Bruins are bad and the NFL has abandoned us entirely…
Thank God for Michael Connelly. Without him, Los Angeles would just be Houston without humidity, Phoenix with the sea..
It concludes with:
We’ve still got Vin Scully, at least for another year, Huell Howser, the Lakers. And we’ve got Connelly. To quote another L.A. luminary, Randy Newman: I love L.A.
Talking about books, I found three more books that a local library discarded. I got lots to read this off-season.
Here are more of the pictures I took from the InsidetheDodgers tour.
Here is me being Joe. I even tried to put my hat on like Joe.
The Dodger bullpen. Josh Rawitch in the picture.
Carol and a fan wearing Ethier’s NL All-Star jersey walking to the seats behind homeplate. Did you know that those seats are closer to homeplate than the pitcher is?
Vin Scully picture inside the Vin Scully Press Box.
In the media area. The one in the white jersey is ITD (InsidetheDodgers) poster Khali.
ITD poster Perumike and his beautiful wife
Josh Rawitch is showing us Dodger organist Nancy Bea’s area. She receives flowers from fans including those orchids to the right. See the plaque to the left says in the next picture.
Here is what the plaque reads. This is one thing I did not read on prior tours.
The View from Vin Scully’s booth. The shades is drawn down a bit so you can’t see the mountains that he so poetically talks about during the broadcast.
Did not notice this board in Vin Scully’s booth before. There is a Babe Ruth cartoon from a newspaper at the top that reads “$#$$$ cheaters”, Brooklyn Dodger announcer Red Barber advertising Schaefer beer, Tommy Lasorda on a camel (poor camel you say?) , old pictures of the old Dodgertown in Vero Beach and other pictures.
Fans looking at the view of the stadium from one of the suites
Inside the suite, The pool table there was used for the 60′s Rat Pack black and white poster with all the Dodger coaches.
Frank Sinatra’s seats (4) and a mural of him in this suite.
I will end this here. I do have more pictures but the next post will be of black and white pictures of Brooklyn Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Hope you all enjoyed the virtual tour.