What a scare we all got this morning when news got around that Sandy Koufax got hit in the forehead by a line drive.
The line drive was hit by Andre Either. Oh, we know Andre feels terrible. He was quoted by Dylan Hernandez saying “Your heart kind of leaps out of your body right there for a second.”
Ken Gurnick reported that Sandy Koufax stopped by the Press Box to reassure them that he was OK. Sandy underwent a CT scan and everything is fine.
The always funny
@DodgerzGM said: “Andre Ethier apologized to Koufax for hitting him in the head with a line drive. Said he was aiming for one of the other three outfielders. ” LOL
My friend Kent Whittaker twitted me “I thought Andre can’t hit lefties.” Funny one Kent.
Dylan Hernandez reported that Koufax jokingly said he might test the new protective cap for pitchers tomorrow. Good idea Sandy. I hope you do wear one.
Glad you are feeling better Sandy. We hope to see you with the protective cap tomorrow.
I recorded these videos back in the Summer when I went to the Dream Center. You can see the post I did back in August here http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2013/09/10/dodgers-and-the-dream-center/
Looks like I had the camera upside down in the first video. haha.
Is that a pink underwear that you can see when Andre bents down? 🙂
Here is another video. This one is a little longer.
It took me a while to upload the second video.
Andre was in LA recently volunteering at the Union Rescue mission. From the Dodgers website:
This is the sixth consecutive year that Ethier has volunteered at the Union Rescue Mission. The Dodger outfielder has also served food to the homeless at the Weingart Center on skid row in Los Angeles and has been active in the local community since joining the club in 2006, having made annual visits to the Union Rescue Mission,
Saturday August 31, I went to the Dream Center in Los Angeles. The Dream Center is a Pentecostal Christian Church mission located at 2301 Bellevue Avenue in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.
From the Dreamcenter.org website:
Founded in 1994, The Dream Center is a volunteer driven organization that finds and fills the needs of over 50,000 individuals and families each month.
We do this through mobile hunger relief and medical programs, residential rehabilitation programs for teens and adults, a shelter for victims of human trafficking, transitional housing for homeless families, foster care intervention programs, job skills training, life skills counseling, basic education, Bible studies and more. We work to meet people where they are at, to bring them hope and a way off the streets.
We’re also equipping others to serve. The Dream Center’s record of success has attracted urban missionaries and Christian leaders from across the U.S. and the world. As they volunteer with us, they gain insight and skills that they can take back to their own communities.
In this way, more than 100 independent Dream Centers have been launched nationally, as well as internationally. Many more churches and ministries have become more effective as we teach those who give their time and talent to do what we do. Many who once needed our services also go on to help others.
– See more at: http://www.dreamcenter.org/about-us/#sthash.yLfuDfKC.dpuf
My friend Amanda who volunteers for the Dream Center has invited me several times, She started going back when Josh Lindblom was with the Dodgers. This time she told me that there was going to be a private kids baseball clinic conducted by some Dodgers. I went with my brother Victor and we stayed in the background taking some pictures.
Clayton Kershaw, Shumaker, Andre Ethier, Nick Punto & Mark Ellis. . On the left corner is Jonathan who Amanda introduced me to. Jonah has a lot of energy and it shows that he loves working for the Dream Center. Pastor Matthew Barnett is on the right side. Later on J.P. Howell joined the group.
Andre Ethier showing the kids how to hit.
J. P. Howell talking also about his foundation “Discover Your Path”
Pastor Matthew Barnett talking to J.P. Howell
A beautiful day while a little girl is swinging for the fences with Andre Ethier checking her swing
Another kid about to swing under Ethier’s watchful eye
Clayton Kershaw catching for the kids
Here I am looking looking at Andre work with one of the kids.
Kershaw and Shumaker
This last picture is for Amanda. Thanks Amanda. The Dreamcenter is a great cause. Go to the website and www.dreamcenter.org and check it out. Check out Pastor Matthew Barnett blog and check out his new book http://zachkeller.net/godsdream/index.html
Labor Day! What better place to spend the day than at Dodger Stadium! My friend Lorena was back after being sick for a couple of days! She brought her two nieces. Victor and I met them there for early batting practice. Rosie and her sister Blanca were also there early, as well as Renee and Desiree so we sat there watching batting practice and talking.
See what a beautiful day it was on Labor Day!
I keep seeing some search hits in my blog asking “what does Cochito means?” It means little pig. The actual name for little pig is “cochinito” but I guess that is a shorter name, Cochito.
Hanley Ramirez after he hit his homerun on a fly ball to center field on the first pitch. Note he is on his way to do the “I See You!”
Remember when Ethier had his walk-off walk on April 13, 2012? No walk up this time but he did tie the game in the 9th with a solo homerun!
The players applauding Cochito Luis Cruz getting another hit! and the fans chanting cruuuuuuuuuz!
Cochito gets the 4th hit of the night!
I asked Pepe Yniguez thru twitter if he could ask Cochito when is his dad going to come from Mexico to see him play. Pepe answered that Luis Crus will bring his dad as soon as he gets his dad’s passport in order. It could be before the month ends.
A.J. Ellis gets a walk-off single to right field to score Ethier!
I like this picture with Andre and Adrian. They look like they are dancing.
And for the second day in a row we have a Walk-off and Steve Lyons getting soaked with whoever is being interviewed. The night before it was Adrian Gonzalez. Labor Day it was A.J. Ellis.
So happy to keep on singing “I LOVE LA!”
Thank you Lorena for taking pictures for me!
Dodgers schedule for 2013:
The Red Sox are tentatively scheduled to play three games at Dodger Stadium in August and the Yankees for two games in July. The Dodgers are scheduled to play at Yankee Stadium in June! Let it not be the same days as the SABR convention please!
Extra Extra! The Dodgers finally beat the Diamond Backs! The monkey is off their back! Josh Becket got his first win with the Dodgers. Final score Dodgers 2, Diamond Backs 1. All three runs on solo homeruns off Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier and Justin Upton.
Congratulations Josh on your first win with the Dodgers!
Capuano goes today against Miley.
Dodgers have added Bobby Abreu to the roster by purchasing his contract from the Albuquerque Isotopes. bobby will wear #12.
With the Dodgers White Sox series tied 1-1 the Dodgers took Sunday’s game on Father’s day 2-1.
Saturday night we were complaining about umpire Jerry Meals behind homeplate. Well Meals was the 3rd base umpire on Sunday involved in a contraversial play. With catcher Treanor at third base, one out, Herrera hit a sac fly to right field. Treanor tagged and scored. The White Sox prostested that Treanor left the bag early. Jerry Meals ruled Treanor out. We kept hearing on Twitter and from the announcers that Treanor DID NOT leave the bag too early. In fact some said that Meals was not even looking at the play. Mattingly came out to protest.
Mattingly kept going at it with Jerry Meals and home plate umpire Darling, eventually getting tossed from the game. This was the fourth time this year that Mattingly gets tossed. One of those times was on Mother’s Day.
With as long as it took for Mattingly to complain with the umpires, we could have had a quick examination of the play if we had instant replay.
Both Capuano who struck out 12, and Quintana pitched well going eight innings. Capuano allowed one run and Quintana did not allow any runs. Belisario pitched the 9th for the Dodgers and Reed pitched for the White Sox. Abreu, coming in as a pinch hitter in the 9th, openned with a single. Dee Gordon struck out trying to bunt but Herrera’s single advanced Abreu to third. Rivera sac fly to right field scored Abreu. Game tied with Lorena’s rally cap on!
Belisario came back to pitch the 10th inning, He retired the White Sox in order or like Jaime Jarrin & Pepe Yniguez say “Se fueron a paso de Conga” “they went out doing the Conga
The bottom of the 10th, Loney batted for Belisario. Loney grounded out for the first out. Tony Gwynn tripled, Treanor grounded to the second baseman. Abreu was intentionally walked to face Dee Gordon. Dee responded with a walk-up single.
Dodgers win! Belisario worked a vulture win. His record is now 3-0 coming out of the pen.
Ethier K’d three times but he made three stellar defensive plays. Jaime Jarrin said “a corrido como un pura sangre” “He has run like a thoroughbred”
Quoting Vin Scully at the end of the game “They continue to pull the rabbit out of the hat”
Dodgers day off today. They start a three game series in Oakland.
rally cap picture mine, others by Jon Soo & Jill from http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com
What a nice thing for Andre to do! I was not sitting there but my friend Lorena got the text along with the picture. Thank you Andre!
Dodgers lost three consecutive games for the first time this year. On top of that, Matt Kemp reinjured his left hamstring scoring from first base on an Andre Ethier’s double. I noticed someone getting mad in the dugout but did not realize it was Matt until afterwards. Kemp is back on the DL. Good luck Matt.
Tonight is the fourth game with Chad Billingsley against Greinke. I will be sitting in the Left Field pavilion tonight. I am told the seat is above the milk sign. Looking forward to seeing Deuce, William, Dee, Joe, Ron, Pete and the rest of the fans that sit there.
The next bobblehead has been unveiled today. It is the Eric Karros bobblehead.
Nice! I like it! It is on my birthday June 28, but I will be out of town. Not to worry, brother Vic will collect for me.
Opening Day was a beautiful day. As is my tradition every year, Nancy Bea Cd played in the background while I got ready to go to Dodger Stadium. I drove to Union Station and hopped on the shuttle from there. My brother Vic and took the first shuttle at 9:45 AM. We got to Dodger Stadium at 10 AM. Game time was 1:10 PM. I heard of other people driving or taking the shuttle late and it took them an hour to get there from downtown. While waiting for the shuttle I heard about Vin Scully not being able to make it to the stadium.
I had seen Vin Scully in San Diego and he looked good there but those colds cn sneak up on you. When I ran into him I told him “Good to see you Vin!” He looked back, smiled and said “Good to see you too!” I did not want to bother him so I did not ask for autograph or a picture. He responding to me was good enough for me.
Back to Opening Day! I took out my brand new scorebook and started keeping score. One thing I don’t like about it, is it does not have the little squares to keep track of balls and strikes but I sneak them in there. My outfit for Opening Day was one that I wore in San Diego -The Magic Johnson yellow shirt with my #32 Sandy Koufax white jersey over it. They both wore #32. The only thing with the shirt is that is the same color as the Pirates.
Picture from the LA Times. Nice man to my right with the grey Clayton Kershaw jersey. He liked that I was keeping score. He wrote the name of my blog.
Dodger Stadium celebrating 50 years on its inagural day of April 10, 1962 had members of that year being honored. It would have been great for Vin Scully to introduce them as Opening Day has been the only day that Vin Scully addresses the crowd at the stadium. Pic by Jon SooHoo.
The Beach Boys , also celebrating 50 years, sang one song and the National Anthem. Pic by Jon SooHoo
Our lefty Clayton Kershaw went seven strong innings. He left with no decision. @Skinnyswag_ Dee Gordon continues making the games excting. I love this team! Pic by Jon SooHoo
Andre Ethier in his 30th birthday hit a homerun to right field! in the 8th. Kenley Jansen pitched the 8th and Javy in the 9th for the save! Did I say that I love this team? Pic byLa Times.
Dodgers celebrating the win on Opening Day!
Chad Billingsley pitched the second game. He had another great game and another win.
Dodgers going for the sweep tonight 30% chance of rain with those chances increasing into the night BUT It can’t rain. It never rains in Calfiornia. haha. Just in case, I got my raincoat. Go Dodgers!
Check Jon SooHoo’s MLB blog at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com
My friends Lorena, Rosie, Amanda and I are waking up pretty early on Saturday to head to the Dodgers White Sox Spring Training Fanfest March 3rd. Hmm, let’s see…gates open at 8;30, a six hour drive. Man! that is pretty early and this is a turnaround trip.
Here is the information
DODGERS/WHITE SOX SPRING TRAINING FAN FEST
Saturday, March 3, 2012, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
FREE ADMISSION!!! Batting practice & autograph sessions:
Chicago White Sox batting practice 9-10:30am
Chicago White Sox autograph session 10:30-11am
Los Angeles Dodgers autograph session 11-11:30am
Los Angeles Dodgers batting practice 11:30am-1pm
Activities & Promotions:
Concourse Activities include the Free Agent Sports Marketing Sports Card and Memorabilia Show, speed pitch, fan photos, kids’ inflatables, a Phoenix Coyotes booth featuring Howler, a Glendale fire truck, and a Cactus League book signing with Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry.
Promotional items include bobbleheads (first 250 children 12 and under), Coyotes ticket drawing for the March 3rd game at neighboring Jobing.com Arena, spring training raffles, and other sponsored giveaways.
Arizona Sports 620 Radio will broadcast from the stadium during the event.
Concession stands and the Clubhouse Store will be open.
The ticket office will be open from 8:30am-4pm for fans to purchase game tickets.
Event url: www.camelbackranchbaseball.com
Congratulations to Andre on having a 30 game hitting streak. The hitting streak ended on the second game at Citi Field but Andre got back to hitting on Mother’s day when he belted his fourth homerun of the year. Andre also had a single so is nice that Andre is back to hitting. During the 30-game hitting streak, he had the other three homeruns.
The most important thing is that the Dodgers were able to salvage one game with the Mets. Is on to beautiful PNC Park now to play four with the Pirates. I’d like to go back to PNC again as the only time I was there, I was only able to watch one game, stay the night and fly back to LA the following morning. .
I have not been updating my blog as often and not visiting the blogs. We had a dead in the family. My dearest tia (aunt) Nena passed away with Cancer. May she rest in peace. Tia Nena was never a baseball fan. She would ask me how I had become such a fan when noone in my family was a baseball fan before. Another reason I have not updated my blog is I have not been feeling well but I am going to try to get back into the swing of things. I got to get ready for all the exciting upgrades to all the Fan MLB blogs. We have all seen it with the Pro blogs. Now is our turn!
During the last Dodgers homestand, I got to meet Steve Soboroff who is the Vice-Chairman of the Dodgers. . My friend Lorena had invited him to come and talk to season ticket holders in the Top Deck when she read that he was going to be viisting the Pavilions so he showed up with Drew McCourt.
In the picture, Drew, me, Gaby (Lore’s friend),David (we had a good laugh ’cause he snuck in the picture), Steve Soboroff and Lorena.
Steve and Drew asked us for stadium suggestions so we offered some suggestions and since they had to go, they asked us to email them suggestions.
The following day, during batting practice, we noticed a white hair gentleman that Deuce’s dad _William thought it was Tom Schieffer. Currently, Schieffer oversees the operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers on behalf of the Commissioner of Baseball. Sure enough it was him. His security guy was close by. We talked to him briefly and snapped this picture.