James Loney Appreciation Post

Lorena was reminding me of the time we went to see a Dodgers Spring Training game then after the game we headed to Las Vegas to watch the Dodgers play the next day against the Chicago Cubs.  At Holman Stadium, there was this Cubs fan  guy sitting in back of us saying “I hate Loney!”  He is a Cubs killer!”  

James Loney hit a grand slam off Ryan Dempster in the fifth inning. It gave the Dodgers a 4-2 lead.

Cubs center fielder Jim Edmonds watching James Loney’s grand slam in the fifth. It gave the Dodgers a 4-2 lead in Game 1 of their series

Video of signing the Loney song to Loney here  http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2011/03/21/follow-the-dodgers-from-la-to-az-to-nv/

My Loney has a first name is J A M E S  

My Loney has a second name is L O N E Y

Oh I love to see him every day and if you ask me why I say…

Cause Loney has a way with H I T T I N G

I was watching the first game with the Marlins from the Field level when a friend alerted me that James ‘s dad was sitting in our row in the late innings.  I headed upstairs to say hello to him and wish James Loney good luck thru him.  I had a little chat with him.  I am not going to repeat everything he said but basically he said that James probably needed a change.   Raissa is in the picture.  She used to be in the Loge area where the Dodger family sit. 

We saw James go out on the field at the conclusion of the game to celebrate with the team the win.  Afterwards his hand went to his face.  Got a little emotional then. 

I have followed these kids careers since the minor leagues.  I remember seeing James Loney at Vero Beach.   When a couple of guys from the ITD (InsidetheDodgers) blog (blog is no longer being updated) came up with the Loney Song, my friend Erik and I started signing it to him at Dodger events, at Dodger Stadium, at Spring Training, on road trips. 

showing James a picture Lorena took of James Loney’s dad and I in Fenway Park.

One of the best Dodger Caravans was at Panda Inn in Pasadena where the Dodgers were our waiters.   Lorena, Erik, a friend of Lorena and I had James Loney and Pepe Yniguez as our waiters although the person that brought us our food was Andre Ethier.   This was in 2008.  I remember James Loney asking us “Is there anything I can bring you guys?’  “Do you guys want a photograph, an autograph?”   We were just so happy to be there and having him as our waiter.  My picures ae stored elsewhere but here is a picture I found online

  Loney Friday night 8/24/2012.

Farewell James, thanks for the memories and being nice to us fans.  Play well, give your best!  No slacking off.

At  a Photo Day

At one of the Dodgers caravans

Thank you for your work in the community James!  Be good! 

Ref:  NewYorkTimes, Jon SooHoo.


  1. Kristin Dell

    Your blog made me cry Emma. As much as us fans might have been frustrated with James’ play this season, he was always one of my favorites. What a glove! He will be missed!

  2. northstateblues

    Amid all the excitement of the last 24 hours, I’m sad to see James go.

    Hopefully he does better with the change of scenery, and does well enough offensively in the smaller Fenway to get paid on his next contract.

    Loving the upswing of the deal, but losing James makes it bittersweet.

  3. crzblue

    Oh thanks Brian!
    Kristin, James made Lore and cry last night when we saw him come put of the dugout to celebrate the win ith the team.
    Yes, in the smaller Fenway, Loney could do better. That is what his dad was saying. DS much as I was sad yesterday, it was so much at the Ravine tonight. Let’s go for the sweep tomorrow.

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