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.
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.
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.
I leave tomorrow morning for New York! I am excited about my trip! I will be staying with my friend Abby who I met at the SABR41 convention in Long Beach, CA. Abby is a Yankee fan. Yankees are away so what she planned first is to watch a Brooklyn Cyclone game on Thursday evening.
The forecast while I am there is: Isolated thunder storms. Thunder storms is one thing that I am afraid of but I’ll try not to have it bother me *crosses fingers*
Saturday we will be going to Citi Field for a SABR/Baseball Prospectus event. Details here http://sabr.org/node/2339 then watch the Mets against the Brewers. Abby convinced me to go after she so nice to offer for me to stay with her. I don’t know what else she has made plans for but whatever it is I am looking forward to it all!
The Beer Road Trip for my Dodgers and some Dodger fans.
My boys are in Milwaukee until Thursday, then they fly to Colorado for a three game weekend series then is on to ST Louis. I was trying to workout my flight to maybe stop at Milwaukee first or St Louis at the end but too complicated. My friend William (Deuce’s dad) told me “Emma, I got tickets for you if you want to go to St Louis. He is on the road to St Louis. Last time I checked he was in Oklahoma, home of Matt Kemp. Here is Deuce:
I’ve taken a tour of Coors Brewery in Colorado and of Anheuser Bush when I was in St Louis but never been to Milwaukee. Friend Cindy (see her Dodgers tatoo) and her husband are driving to Colorado to see the Dodgers there.
Friend Cynthia who is an usher at Dodger Stadium is also going to Colorado but she is landing there then renting a car to go to Mount Rushmore. I never been there. I might run into her in Denver as I am making a stop there. She might be catching a game on her way back to Colorado. You all have a safe trip and see you all back at Dodger Stadium!
Start spreading the news….New York New York..
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
Ok, so it took me a while to upload and release the second video I taped of Wes Paker at SABR41 but here it is. Wes talks about McCourt, Dodgers, World Series, Sandy Koufax, Drysdale and Clemente among other things.
While I was at Union Station in Downtown LA yesterday waiting for some friends, I was reading the Los Angeles Downtown News. I look forward to the yearly feature of “Readers Choice The Best of Downtown.” But a picture and another article caught my eye.
As he drags the Los Angeles Dodgers through bankruptcy, Frank McCourt has done something rare: He has managed to unite Los Angeles. Just about everyone hates him and wants him to lose the team. Photo by Gary Leonard.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – He’s Hannibal Lecter, eating the hearts of fans and seeming to enjoy every bite.He’s Bernie Madoff, squirreling away a fortune, and we didn’t realize it until it was far too late.He’s Lex Luthor, Superman’s arch-nemesis, apparently intent on destroying something — the Dodgers — that means so much to so many. We cringe, cry and seethe as he caroms into bankruptcy court, and he doesn’t care about what the rest of us hold dearly. We’re aghast that the greed of one mad man overwhelms the hopes and wishes of millions.He’s Frank McCourt.He’s the best villain in Los Angeles.No one else comes close. Not Charlie Sheen, who’s more of a nut job than a bad guy. Not Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who’s mainly a disappointment. Not Arnold Schwarzenegger, and come to think of it, is anyone actually surprised by Arnold?No, Frank McCourt is in a league of his own. His feats, if you can stand back and gape at them, are actually amazing. In the less than two years since he and Jamie split and opened Pandora’s Dodger-blue box, he managed to destroy the half century of fan dedication that the team built up. He’s managed to make the bad guy of the summer of 2010, the talents-taking LeBron James, look like Mother Teresa.
Great article Jon! And yes, the Tribe has united and spoken!
To read the rest of the article go to http://www.ladowntownnews.com/articles/2011/07/21/news/doc4e20cbaf5d54e298748127.txt
Greetings everyone! I have not been able to load my pictures from my trip to Minnesota & also from the SABR41 convention. But I have this video of Wes Parker when we caught him outside one of the sessions. I love Wes Parker’s love for the game.
I had such a great time at the convention. Everyone was so nice and friendly. Love the fangraph group, loved talking to lots of people there. I bought some great books. I love the volunteering, going to the tour of old baseball ballparks in LA. Never knew that there was a ballpark in Vernon so close to where the Farmer John company is. Loved listening to Rob Neyer, Dennis Gilbert, Al Ferrara, Tommy Davis, Francisco Balderrama, oh just everyone!
Loved going back to Dodger Stadium with the group & going to my first trip to see the Storms against the Visalia Rawhides. Did you know that the Rawhides is locally-owned and operated by Tom and his cousin, Kevin O’Malley? Tom’s grandfather was the legendary Walter O’Malley.
SABR41 was a great experience and I made some wonderful friends like Abby& Kent in this picture:
I need to go to Minnesota next year where SABR42 will be held. Also SABR43 will be in Philadelphia!
Enjoy the video
7/25/11. It worked embedding the video!
Video by me. pic by Maxwell Kates
Greetings from the Twins City!
Like many of you, I woke to the news of the Frank McCourt filing for bankrupcy. It was filed in the state of Delaware.
From that link,:
The 13 creditors owed more than $1 million all involve payments to players, including six payments to players no longer with the team (Kaz Ishii last played for the Dodgers in 2004 and Marquis Grissom last played in 2002) and one to a player who has yet to make the team (Zach Lee, the Dodgers’ first-round draft choice last year).
The million-dollar creditors:
1. Ramirez ($21 million)
2. Andruw Jones ($11 million)
3. Hiroki Kuroda ($4.5 million)
4. Rafael Furcal ($3.7 million)
5. Chicago White Sox ($3.5 million, for Juan Pierre)
6. Ted Lilly ($3.4 million)
7. Zach Lee ($3.4 million)
8. Kaz Ishii ($3.3 million)
9. Juan Uribe ($3.2 million)
10. Matt Guerrier ($3.1 million)
11. Juan Pierre ($3.05 million)
12. Marquis Grissom ($2.7 million)
13. Jon Garland ($1.2 million)
My droid went crazy after I landed in Minneapolis. I lost all my contacts. and silly me I was not backing up my cell phone. Also noticed my computer screen after I landed in Minn. Other than that having a great time here. I met Randy of http://heirloom.mlblogs.com/ We will see each other at the game tomorrow.
Well got to head to the game! Go Dodgers! and vote for Matt Kemp! Our sign at the Twin stadium: