It’s time for Dodger Baseball in Australia! I have been waiting all day Friday and will wait all night till Saturday at 1.am. when the game is due to start. Here are some quick haikus:
Outside is gloomy
but it is Opening Night
So my heart just see sunshine
Speaking of Mr. Sunshine
Kershaw will be on the mound
green grass all around
Opening Day Eve
My allergies in full bloom
Spring is in the air
I can’t wait to hear
It’s Time for Dodger Baseball
At one a.m. here
Australia so far
Start time there 7 p.m.
Crickets outside sing
So which is it? Arruebarruena or Arruebarrena? I asked the Dodgers when I started seeing it spelled Arruebarrena. The response yesterday was “Arruebarruena.” but when the Dodgers first signed Erisbel, you kept seeing Arruebarruena everywhere.
Jesus Padilla saw the Dodgers response to me so he twitted this picture
Jesus said ” Jesus Padilla
Once Erisbel arrived at Camelback Ranch, the Dodgers announced him as Erisbel Arruebarrena
Either way, Welcome Erisbel! I see that both in Cuba and with the Dodgers you are wearing Manny Mota’s number. Great choice!
‘Arruebarrena’ actually only has one ‘u,’ slips into tie for MLB’s second-longest name
By Matt Monagan | Follow @Mono11
Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena officially reported to Dodgers Spring Training on Thursday. Along with comparing his playing style to Yasiel Puig, the 23-year-old confirmed that his last name is actually spelled with 12 (Arruebarrena) and not 13 (Arruebarruena) letters. See his Cactus League jersey below:
It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!!
Ahhh. I’ve been waiting for this day! The first Dodger Spring Training game! So
like the apron says “The Heck with housework! Let’s see the Dodgers Play!”
Yesterday was also the launch of the Dodgers new TV Network: SportNetLA
When I got home from work, I spent all the evening watching SportNetLA until past midnight. While watching the station.
I also renewed my subscription to MLB at Bat so that I can listen to the game while I work, at Dodger Stadium and on the road.
Today is 24 days till the Dodgers Opening Day in Australia. When I think of #24, I think of
Walter Alston went on to manage the Dodgers on one-year contracts for 23 seasons (1954-1976).
Welcome back Baseball! I missed you!!
Lunch and Baseball! Baseball and food, my two favorite things!
It is going to be a busy year of traveling for the Dodgers. The team will open the season in Sydney, Australia, against the Arizona Diamondbacks for a historic series on Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23. Will I go to Australia? I am not sure yet…
The Dodgers return to the U.S. and play at San Diego Monday, March 31 through Wednesday, April 2. Yes! I will be in San Diego for the Dodgers second Opening Day on the road.
From the Dodgers Press release:
The Dodgers’ home opener is Friday, April 4 against the San Francisco Giants and the club concludes the regular season at home against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, Sept. 28. American League teams that will visit Los Angeles throughout the 81-game schedule are the Detroit Tigers from April 8-9, the Chicago White Sox from June 2-4, the Cleveland Indians from June 30-July 2 and the rival Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from Aug. 4-5.
Interleague road dates for the Dodgers in 2014 include travel to Minnesota (April 28-May 1), Kansas City (June 23-25 and Detroit (July 8-9). The Dodgers will head to Anaheim for a two-game Freeway Series Aug. 6-7. The Dodgers play a two-game series against Anaheim both at home and on the road as well as a two-game series against Detroit both home and away.
The holiday schedule for the Dodgers has them at home on Easter Sunday (Sunday, April 20 vs. ARI), Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 11 vs. SF), Memorial Day (Monday, May 26 vs. CIN) and Father’s Day (Sunday, June 15 vs. ARI).
I have never been to Kansas City and Detroit. Both of those road trips are mid-week. Then there is the SABR convention that will be held in Houston next year.
Dodgers will play the Cubs in September? Ok.. It is a four game series starting Thursday 7/18 to Sunday 7/21. Maybe it is time to go back to Chicago.
One thing about the schedule I am not liking is that the Dodgers will play in San Francisco on Jackie Robinson’s Day. I thought there was an agreement that the Dodgers will always be at home on Jackie’s Day. I hope that since this is a tentative schedule, this will changed.
So I just got a call from the Dodgers that my Top Deck row seats are being taken out at Dodger Stadium. They say they will move me to a comparable location. Section 1 or 5. Yeah, I need to go to Select A Seat. I don’t think I can take off time at work for my scheduled appointment on Thursday. Maybe Friday but for sure Saturday. I need to see what my friend Lorena is doing. Is she moving? Who else is moving? They are disrupting our Top Deck family! They are expanding the handicap area so we will see how it looks after. NOTE: I like my seats that are in the shade!
World Series: Giants and Tigers oh My!
I am still excited about the World Series! Yeah, even if the Giants are in it. Of course I am rooting for the Detroit Tigers!! No respecting Dodger fan would root for the Giants. Just like I expect no self respecting Giant fan to root for the Dodgers. Go Tigers!! Beat the Halloween team!
A well rested Justin Verlander takes the mound at San Francisco against Barry Zito.
Dodgers will go to Australia in 2014!?
Wow! I got the message from my friend Rosie that the Dodgers might open 2014 in Australia! Start saving those dollars and vacation days.
Jackie Robinson died 40 years ago today.
It was 40 years ago today that our beloved Jackie Robinson passed away. I was reading in the LA Times everything related to baseball. The only non-baseball article I read was the one from Chris Erskine “Golden moment for Wooden in bronze” The bronze statue will be unveiled on Friday at UCLA. Erskine notes some of the other notable sports statues around Southern California. I noticed the Jackie Robinson at UCLA
and at the Pasadena Civic Center where the sculptures of Mack and Jackie Robinson overlook the City Hall building.
Like Erskine says in the article “It’ll be interesting to see what the new Dodger owners do up the hill, though Vinny and Koufax seem like the surest of things.
Remembering how Jackie Robinson decided to retire instead of going to the Giants! Go TIGERS!!