We checked out from our Presidential suite which we loved! and headed to Camelback Ranch to watch our boys in Blue practice.
Andre having a snack. Manny Mota’s bicycle in the background.
We could hear Davey Lopes chewing the guys for some of their running blunders.
Trayvon Robinson. I remember when I went to to an Inland Empire game at San Bernardino, he made a great catch.
Andre Ethier posing with us. He was so nice that he waited for Lorena to join us in the picture.
On to Goodyear Ballpark.
Caption: “Something stinks here”
I love this banner at Goodyear Ballpark remembering Bob Feller.
They were selling Bob Feller baseball cards with proceeds going to the Bob Feller Museum so I bought this one:
And Randy of http://heirloom.mlblogs.com/ send this signed photo of Bob Feller! Thank you Randy!
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!
Margie getting her baseball autograph by Tommy Lasorda
Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.
The X man, Xavier Paul
Lorena and Tommy Lasorda
Tommy Lasorda greeting the umpires. He then went inside the dugout, spend a few innings there then went slowly up the stairs. Next thing I knew he was upstairs in the booth being interviewed
Matt Kemp, DeJesus next to him while Trayvon Robinson is at bat
Kershaw pitching while Juan Pierre is on third base
Welcome back home Davey Lopes!
When we went in the boys were exercising
I ran into Jose Mota of the Angels talking to his dad Manny Mota of the Dodgers. Jose was on the outside of the fence.
Camelback Ranch Scoreboard advertising the Dodgers against the Angels
Emma, Margie, Lorena & Roberto of VinScullyismyhomeboy prior to the game
I spotted Mike Scioscia signing autographs so I headed to the visitor’s dugout. He signed my Union 76 giveaway pictures from back in his playing days.
Jason: It was great that you got to serve as the bat boy!
As bat boy Jason was getting back to the dugout after giving the umpire some baseballs we yelled “LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BAT BOY!” Jason turned around and waived. Some fans behind the Dodger dugout turned to see who was yelling that.
“Lemonade, lemonade, just like grandma used to make!” Yum yum! Also try the Island noodles with vegetables and Teriyaki Chicken.
Dodgers defeated the Angels 5-0. We spotted Efrain with this t-shirt. Here is the front
Here is the back of Efrain’s shirt:
We had a great first day.
next post: Spring Training 2011 Pictures, Part Two
What a great idea this year for the Dodger Caravan to make it a community event where the fans get to contribute along the Dodger current and past players! Today on Valentines Day, the first stop was the LA River cleanup.
Here are some of the current and past Dodger players waiting to get dirty. Rudy Law, Bobby Castillo, Kenny Landreaux, Tommy Davis, James Loney and Don Mattingly. In the background you can see the train tracks, where my commuter train goes by.
Andre Ethier was not there yet but he arrived a little later. He was coming straight from the airport.
Andre getting dirty
I am ready to work.
I had a pink wristband so I belonged to Don Mattingly’s group
Lorena & Erik. Erik gave us beautiful handmade Dodgers pins. Thanks Erik!
The trash bags collected
Afterwards, Tommy Lasorda giving some advice to Don Mattingly and James Loney.
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 everyday and if you ask me why I’ll say… ’cause Loney has a way with H I T T I N G. That is what is in the back of Erik and my shirt. Loney was pointing it out to a sportscaster from Fox Sports so the guy was singing it as he read it.
I scraped my leg trying to pull a shopping cart that had some sharp wires, Christmas lights and whole bunch of stuff. I had rain boots but it happened above the rain boot.
When we left, we heard a “clump clump”. Erik asked me if I had someone in my trunk. It ended up that was my cellphone I had left on top of my trunk.
Even with scraping myself, alergies acting up and losing my cellphone, I enjoyed my day helping cleanup the LA river with Dodger players and Dodger fans.
It was great sharing this day with friends on Valentines Day! Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines Day. I can’t wait to go to Santa Monica tomorrow to continue cleaning up with our Dodgers!
SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) 2011 Conference.
The 2011 SABR conference (#41) will be in Long Beach, California next year! the dates are July 6 to 10, 2011.
I went my first SABR meeting last Saturday with the purpose of volunteering . There were 15 guys at the meeting and me.
Anyway, I found out that Scott Boras will be one of the speakers Also Arte Moreno for the Angels and THE speaker from the Dodgers is still pending. The player speakers will be announced at a later date.
The Dodgers and Angels are in town so the Dodger game that we will be attending from the conference will be Thursday July 7th when the Dodgers play the Mets. This is also Andre Ethier Bobblehead night so It will be a popular night. The Angel game will be on Saturday against the Mariners. There will be much more added to the conference. In the meantime,
Make Your Room Reservation for SABR 41 Now
SABR 41 is starting to take shape. The Long Beach Hilton is accepting reservations at the convention rate of $119/night.
For more information visit the SABR website at http://www.sabr.org/
Hot Stove and Winter Meetings
Don’t you just love all the Hot Stove trade rumors coming out of the 2010 Winter Meetings? My head spins on one direction then another with all the rumors. Are the Dodgers going after a left fielder or Prince Fielder?
In the meantime the Dodgers have signed Vicente Padilla for 2 Million. I like this signing at this price. Padilla must like it here in LA.
Note also that SABR will be at booth #1907 during the Baseball Trade Show at the Winter Meetings, December 6-8.
The McCourt divorce.
And just to make things more …..interesting for the Dodgers, the judge has ruled in favor of Jaime McCourt so she owns 50% of the team. These two have not played nice since the divorce started so what now? Do we move into appeal hell now? Does she get her office back? Do they sell the team? What does Selig have to say? Stay tune for more of “As The Dodgers turns”
Best wishes to Dave Roberts who is being treated for lymphoma. Roberts was diagnosed in mid-March and he says the cancer was detected early. He says the prognosis is “good.” He has undergone two rounds of chemotherapy so far.
Roberts played center field in Los Angeles from 2002-04. The former UCLA Bruin hit .262 with 273 hits and 164 runs for the Dodgers. He totaled 118 stolen bases, ranking third in the National League with 45 in 2002 and 40 in 2003.
I still remember this matchup with the Yankees a few years back at Dodger Stadium when Dave Roberts doubled and sped all the way home when Matsui misplayed the ball in left field for a two-base error, giving the Dodgers a 5-3 lead in the bottom half. The ball bounced past Matsui on the rubber warning track and he chased it down near the Dodgers’ bullpen.
“I was thinking two. I saw the ball get by him and at that point, I was thinking four,” Roberts said. “There was a lot of silence when I was running and then an eruption when I got to home plate.”
That was exciting watching Roberts get all the way home on that double and error play. I was at that three game series against the Yankees. I will be there come June for all three games.
Get well Roberts!
A big congratulations to Blake DeWitt for going 4 for 4 yesterday and Andre Ethier for belting two homeruns!
Los Cerveceros (Brewers) de Milwaukee will be at Dodger Stadium starting tomorrow.
Fantasy baseball update: Los Locos Azules are in second place in their division. Did I mention that Andre also plays for the Locos Azules?
I’ll take winning homestand! Dodgers took 2 out of three from the D’backs and from the hated Jints.
The Freak shut out my boys in Blue on Saturday 9 to 0. But we took Friday and Sunday’s game.
Congratulations to Andre on his first grandslam of his career!
Sunday was a great pitching dual between Barry Zito and Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw was losing the game 1-0 when in the 9th inning, Garrett Anderson got an important walk, then Bochy lifted Ziro to go with the percentages. In came Romo to pitch to el Maniaco, who went yard for a walk-off! Final score Dodgers 2, Jints 1.
El Maniaco rounding thrid after his 2-run walk-off.
And Dodger fan Troyfromwestvirginia is back with a new version of “We are the LA Dodgers 2010.” Some of you might remember I posted the 2009 version last year in March. Anothr hilarious video from Troy!
Congratulations to Andre Ethier on his first grand slam!
Boy, first the Dodgers are winning 10-3 and then the final score ended up 10-8. Russ Ortiz could not finish the game. Wish we still had Eric Stults. We get chicken wings from Claim Jumper when the Dodgers score 10 runs but as much as I would love the chicken wings, I rather keep the ticket.
Ok, so finally got the video that my brother Vic took of Erik and I dressed as the Brooklyn Bum and Hilda Chetster. The was the first and only take so stumble thru it. My brother ran into a car while walking and recording the video.
Apologies for the singing. We should have been given a chance to redo it!
Wish you could see the Brooklyn Bum flower. It has a petal marked with each year since 1988.
Congratulations to Andre Ethier who had his number (#14) retired by his alma mater, Saint Mary’s High School, Wednesday at Phoenix. Tommy Lasorda was there in addition to Rick Monday who emceed the event.
My friend took this picture of me with my Andre shirt.
Too many people here, let’s walk to the Dodgers Minor league area:
Here is Elisa and I walking where the minor leaguers practice.
And no Bailey! I am not willing to trade Ethier from my baseball fantasy team “Locos Azules”!
I love my Shape-up shoes!
Game underway and Kemp little fans waiting to see if they can get a baseball
Maybe this guy drove all night to get to Camelback Ranch. We nicknamed him Sleeping Beauty. People kept coming by taking pictures with him or thowing peanuts aming for his mouth.
But Sleeping Beauty was wide awake the following day with this sign, except he was blocking our view. I yelled “Hey! you are blocking home plate” “Go back to sleep instead” to which the fans around laughed and applauded. Everyone remember the guy from the day before.
I like this sign better and I love the rainbow! Sign reads “is not about how you start. It is about how you finish.” picture taken while we were driving.
Here is another picture of the rainbow taken over the window of the car. There was a double rainbow but is hard to see here.
Padilla has been named the starter for the Opener at Pittsburgh and Kershaw the Opener at Dodger Stadium! Congratulations guys! I can’t wait to watch you pitch!
I laughed when I saw a poster posted this comment in mikesciosciatragicillness blog when Padilla was announced as the Opening Day starter.
jay_jaffe Why, did he shoot Kershaw and Billingsley?