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Trio #3 A Dark night, Ice Cream and Tears

From WordPress http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/trio-no-three/

Today you can write about anything, in whatever genre or form, but your post must mention a dark night, your fridge, and tears (of joy or sadness; your call).

The evening is quickly turning into a dark night

watching game seven of the World Series

It is down to the last out for the Royals with a runner on third

Salvador Perez pops out to third baseman Pablo Sandoval in foul territory

And just like that The Giants are World Champions

I think back to the Dodgers season and what could have been….

I cannot watch the celebration so I turn the TV off  and head to the fridge

Would a bowl of ice cream make me feel any better?

It does while I am eating it but then the sadness takes over.

The baseball season is really over

A knot builds on my throat and I cannot hold back the tears.

I feel like this tree I pass by in the fall missing its leaves

Tree fall

 

 

 

 

 

Brooklyn Royal Giants

I was googling something about a tweet when I ran into this:  Brooklyn Royal Giants.   I did not know this team existed.  Yeah, some might say I just crawled under a rock.  Well, that is where I said I wanted to be when the Giants made it to the World Series.   But Brooklyn Royal Giants sounds perfect for this World Series between the Giants and Royals which I hope the Royals win.

The Brooklyn Royal Gaints were a Negro League team.

 

I further found out that during a game against the Pirates on June 28 (my birthday), the Mets wore throwback uniforms which read ‘Royal Giants’ across the chest as a tribute to the Negro League team Brooklyn Royal Giants.

Who would have thought back in June that the Royals and Giants would be in the World Series.

From http://www.negroleaguebaseball.com

During the 1910s the Royal Giants reigned as one the nation’s most powerful black clubs, winning multiple championships in the East. The team fell into somewhat of a decline during the 1920s while under the ownership of Nat Strong, a white New York City booking agent, and made a dismal showing during its five seasons in the Eastern Colored League (1923-27). While competing in the Eastern Colored League the club played its home games at Dexter Park in Queens.

After returning to independent play in 1928 the team’s roster was rebuilt, but the quality of play never matched that of its early championship seasons. By the mid-1930s the team was of no better than minor league quality, and as the 1940s came around the team had fallen to a semi-professional status. The team disbanded in 1942.

The Mets can play in a Brooklyn Dodger uniform next year.

Go Royals!  World Series game 7 coming later on tonight.

World Series Game 6, 2011 & 1981

What a game!  The Redbirds were on oxygen about to expire when they came back alive!   They fought back deficits of  1-0,   3-2  4-3,   7 -4 and 9-7.     This game had everything!   I really thought Texas had won it when the score was 7-4 in the seventh but the Redbirds went on to win it in the 11th with a final score of 10-9!  What a game 6!   Bring on Game 7!  

How about a caption?  

 I was watching the World Series game in Spanish on FOX Deportes with Manny Mota as color analyst.   When the game ended, they switched to Soccer so I switched the channel only to find that ESPN Classics was showing game 6th of the 1981 World Series!  What a treat for me!    I had forgotten that Howard Cosell  broadcasted the game.   The guys in the booth could not make up their mind who the World Series MVP was going to be.  They were saying “Ron Cey” Then they were saying Pedro Guerrero.    Finally they said both Cey & Guerrero.  As we know there were three MVPs with Cey, Guerrero & Yeager.    It was nice and sad to see Steve Howe on the mound.   Steve had a cocaine problem.   He was given so many opportunities by the Dodgers.

Who is that person next to Pedro Guerrero?

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(Cardinal picture: Ezra shaw/getty Images. Pedro Guerrero picture from mblblogsbuzzblogs.files, 1981  MVP’s: Halloffamesports.com

Happy 50th Birthday Fernando!! Happy November!

Can you imagine Fernando Valenzuela turns 50 today November 1st?  50 years!   It does not seem like it was that long ago when I was watching him play.  I watched him pitched from his debut with the Dodgers in 1980.   

Oh how I wished Tommy Lasorda would have used Fernando instead of Dave Goltz that October 6th 1980 extra game to break a dead tied for the National League West against the Astros..  Yes, the Astros!  JoeNiekro and the Astros defeated my Dodgers 7-1

OK, back to 2010!   Happy 50th birthday Fernando!!   Ya te unistes al club de los cinquentones!! (you joined the 50’s club!) 

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Today is also All Saints Day and tomorow is

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS- DAY OF THE DEAD or ALL SOULS DAY when we celebrate the life of our dearly departed.      

For some wonderful colorful pictures from the weekend celebration in Los Angeles click on the LA Times link below

http://framework.latimes.com/2010/11/01/day-of-the-dead-dia-de-los-muertos-in-los-angeles/#/0

I am working in New Hampshire this week so I went from temperatures of 80’s LA to  30 to 40’s here.  But it is so beautiful here with all the wonderful colors of fall.   

Hard to get used to watching games so late but still I watched game 4 of the World Series hoping against hope that the Rangers would come back.     

AAUGH! Painful World Series for Dodger fans

Charlie_Brown_Aaugh.jpgThis is painful.   Haven’t we Dodger fans suffer enough with the dismal 2010 season the Dodgers had and the McCourt divorce?  

Now we have to put up with watching the Halloween team in the World Series.    Is painful, I tell you. 

Hopefully the hated Jints will play like the Charlie Brown team.    OK, OK, maybe it can be a little closer but with the Texas Rangers reigning supreme!  

 

 Does Bengie Molina have the inside scoop on the Giant pitching staff?   Well, read what he has to say in his MLB blog  htt://bengiemolina.mlbogs.com    This is part of what he wrote there on his blog post titled “Who Would have thought”   dated  10/23/10.  

Do I think my knowledge of the Giants will help me and the Rangers? I sure hope so. But I don’t think it will help to the degree people might think.

 I love that he keeps up with the blog.  His latest post entry was 10/26/10.  Here is how his lated post ends:

When we get back to Dallas, Yadier and Jose will be there. They’re in Puerto Rico right now but they’ll be there cheering me on for Games 3, 4 and, if we need it, 5. With me going to the World Series, now each of us Molina boys has been to two World Series each. Pretty amazing.

I’m going to try to post on the blog every day. So keep checking in!

 

Thanks Bengie!   Go Rangers!!

 

A Battle of the West for the 2010 World Series

 Who would have thought at the beginning of the season that we would be seeing the AL West against the NL West in the World Series.  After all, it supposed to be the weakest divisions according to the experts, right?  

I certainly would not have picked those two.   But let’s see what the experts at SI picked back in April 

 

San Francisco was picked 3rd and the Padres last.  

In the East, well just look at the cover and the title at the top that said  “The Yanks will Repeat in the AL East:   

Roy Halladay Cover - Sports Illustrated April 05, 2010
 
In the AL West, The Angels were picked to win the division. 

 

 

Thanks to poster Lny4Loney at the ITD blog that told us we can go back to the SI vault and read any story ever published by SI at:  http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/    I actually went back and read articles from 1955 that were written by Roger Kahn.  I even went back to 1954 to see who was favored at the start of the season.    

Congratulations to both teams.    The Rangers have never won in their existence and the Giants have never won in San Francisco.  The last time the Giants won was in 1954 when they swept the favored Cleveland Indians.  

No respected Dodger fan should root for the hated Jints, so

GO RANGERS!  

 

A Day in the Bleachers during the first game of the 1954 World Series

Last year  I attended an event sponsored by the Baseball Reliquary titled “The Dodger Giant Rivalry”    On one corner you had Arnold Hano and on the other Ross Porter.   Jean Ardell was the moderator.  

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  At that time I had not read Arnold Hano’s book “A Day in the Bleachers“.    Now that I am reading this book, I wish I had an opportunity to ask Mr. Hano some questions.

I had seen this book a few times before, but I never got the inclination to read it, the reason:  Well, because is about the Giants.  But is more than about the Giants.  Is about 1954, the Cleveland Indians.  Is about a different era, a ballpark that does not exist.   About a time that you did not have to pay so much money to see a World Series game.  A more innocent time.  Is about Baseball History.     

 

The book has a wonderful introduction by by Roger Kahn.    The game starts where Mr. Hano tells his wife he will go to the stadium early to stand in line to get a ticket in the bleachers.  Once he gets there, he has his doubts if he can get in after seeing the long line to get into the bleachers.   But his thinking is that if not, he will purchase a standing room only ticket.     He barely makes it in and once he is in, you feel like you have been transported to that era and that you are there at the Polo Grounds.    Mr. Hano is a wonderful story teller.        

I am half way thru the book (5th inning) and the score is tied 2-2.   Sal Maglio is pitching for the Giants and Bob Lemon for the Indians.   

Harold Cano tells this:

but not all the fans were on Maglie’s side.  As he mounted the stairs a woman in a red beret to my right and about five rows down shouted that he’d be getting an early shower.  I leaped into the fray and announced to all and sundry that she was an American-League bum.  

She stood up, turned around faced me “Who says I’m an American-League bum?” she yelled. 

I said,  “I say so.  You’re an American-League bum.”

she held up a banner and waved it at me.  It read”Brooklyn Dodgers.” 

Could she had been Hilda Chester?   

 

  

 

 

1981 World Series Program.

I was checking the scoresheet from my 1981 World Series program.  Fernando Valenzuela pitched that game!  it was game three at Dodger Stadium.   

I had Jaime Jarrin sign it. 

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btw, the back of my shirt  says Scully” and it has a mike.

 

 

 

The program cost me $3 back  then.   

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the scoresheet.  Jaime always signs with his HOF year (1998).  Fernando signed above. 

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The final score was Dodgers 5, Yankees 4.   I always note the attendance in my scoresheets.  That day It was 56,236.   .  

The 1981 Yankees.  Note the ‘staches and hair. 

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The 1981 Dodgers.  Dave Stewart is here.  He is now Matt Kemp’s agent.   

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The 1981 NL All-Stars.  I miss the Expos and the Pirates unis.   Very colorful picture.  i counted six Dodgers and only one Giant (Vida Blue).    

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1981 AL All-Stars.  

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I can’t believe next year it will be 30th anniversary of that World Series.   It was a nice trip down memory lane.  

Dodgers Off Season and World Series

First of all, congratulations to Andre Ethier!! Ethier has been named the 2009 Major League Baseball’s Clutch Performer of the Year!   Andre led the Majors with six walk-off hits, including four homers. Congrats Andre! A Well deserved award for you!!

Andre Ethier

I was watching Game 5 of the 1969 Mets-Orioles series on MLB TV. I love to watch old games and take a look at the suroundings like fans in suits, ties and hats. I noticed a sign for Royal Crown Cola. I think it was back in the 80’s that I used to work for this company. I remember Lee Majors used to advertise Diet Rite, a product of RC Cola.   Remember him playing the bionic man in The Six Million Dollar Man. Here is a commercial I found of Lee Majors and his son from back in 1986

 

Talking about the bionic man, Mariano Rivera sure is some tough hombre.   He is the only closer in the postseason that has not had a meltdown inning.   

Did you know that during Charlie Manuel playing days in Japan, he took a fastball in the chops which took out a large portion of his teeth and shattered his jaw?

Well, is the battle of the P’s for game six of the World Series.  Two old vets in Pedro and Pettit  I think I want the W.S. to go seven so that I watch more “beisbol.”.  

Meanwhile between the McCourt’s divorce (see this blog for updates http://www.dodgerdivorce.com/ ) and now that Padilla shot himself on the leg, is never a dull off season for the Dodgers.      

I went to the LaPrensa,com from Nicaragua and read the report in Spanish.    He got there on his own and he said “it was a light accident.   The dimwit is OK and back in his ranch.  Actually, the way our countries in Central America are, who knows what really happened there. 

And because I never get tired of watching Gibby’s walk-off homerun in the 1988 World Series and listening to Vin Scully, here it is:

 

A Trivia, 1950 and World Series

I was counting how many current Phillies played for the Dodgers.  I counted six, can you name them?  Actually, Sue of

Rants, Raves and Random Thoughts counted eight!  wow!

My friend LTD23 was reminding me of this incident:

In Spring Training of 2005, Jayson Werth was hit on the wrist by an A.Burnett pitch and although the wrist was broken, he came back to play 102 games.  His numbers suffered considerably and after the year he was diagnosed with two torn ligaments in the wrist, causing him to miss the entire 2005 season.   

Around this time I like to go back and read or re-read about World Series of the past so I took out this large coffee table book from the library.  

The first World Series was played in 1903 when the Pittsburgh Pirates played against the Boston Americans.  Boston won that series 5 games to 3. 

Did you know that in 1904, there was no game because the New York Giants thought that their team was too good to play anyone?   They considered the American League a minor league! 

In World Series games, the Yankees have swept the opposition EIGHT times!    wow!   The teams that the Yankees have swept are the Cubs (2x), the Cardinals, the Reds, the Atlanta Braves, the Pirates and the Padres.  

Yankees have been swept THREE times by the L.A. Dodgers, NY Giants, and the Reds.  

The Phillies and the Yankees have only met once in a World Series.   That happened in 1950 when the Yankees swept the Phillies.    That year, the Phillies won the N.L. pennant on the last day of the season.   In the top of the 10th inning, with two on and one out, in a 1-1 tied, Dick Sisler hit a walk-off homerun against Brooklyn Dodger Don Newcombe  to clinch the first N.L. pennant in 35 years.  Robins Roberts, the starter for the Phillies, who had lead off the 10th with a single,  held the lead in the bottom of the inning and the Philadelphia Phillies were National League champions for the first time since 1915.

The World Series started three days later.   Roberts, who pitched three times in the last five days of the regular season, was unavailable for a Game 1 start.  Although the Phillies were swept, the series was close as three of the games were lost by one run.   The only two homeruns in the series were by Joe Dimaggio and Yogi Berra.  

Now let’s see what history is made in the 2009 World Series.  This time the Phillies are well rested.  Let the games begin! 

 

 

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