February 13, is my fourth blogging anniversary. Yes, it was four years ago, a day before Valentine’s Day that I decided to start a blog. Four years later and 500+ blog posts, I am still here learning and blogging.
I have never tried before to write haikus but I decided to read about them and attempt to write some so here are three
Players report back to camp
Spring sure is coming!
Pitchers and Catchers
A sure sign of Spring Training
Warms my heart alright!
Vin Scully will say
It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!
I can hardly wait
Dodgers reported to Spring Training.
Chad Billingsley looks good!
the kid Kershaw speaking to the media.
Good to see Belisario is already at Camelback Ranch. Here he is with Cochito Luis Cruz.
In addition to Pitchers and Catchers, other players are already in camp like Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford. Happy training boys! See you this coming weekend!
Love is Blue song:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9FYD1dlw4E
Happy Pitchers and Catchers! Happy Valentines to all my boys and to all my friends and family
pictures from Camelback Ranch by Jon SooHoo at http://Dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com
I forgot to post this. My friend called me late last night and told me that the Dodgers offered Scott Rolen a one year contract. Scott wants two.
Interesting fact: Scort Rolen and Don Mattingly were both born in the same town of Evansville, Indiana. Here is another interesting fact that my friend told me. Scott Rolen step dad was a freshman at Van Nuys high school while Don Drysdale was a Senior.
Todd of http://cookandsonbats.mlblogs.com/ sent me this tweet and picture:
He twitted this to me:
@crzblue Tim had a baseball clinic today for his little league. See the guy standing in Blue? That’s #ChadBillingsley. pic.twitter.com/3Icu6hhv
Todd also said this: C&S @cookandsonbats
@crzblue FYI, he said this complex is where he does his offseason workouts.
Wish Todd would have asked how his progress is going.
Rest in peace Stan the Man! You were the man Mr. Stan Musial.
He was married to his wife Lillian for nearly 72 years before she passed away in May of 2012.
Rest in peace the Earl of Baltimore, Mr Earl Weaver.
Sad day in baseball with the passing of these two men.
Listening to Dodger Talk last night reminded me that yeah, Steven Fife and Federowicz were the two players that the Dodgers got in the three team trade where the Dodgers sent Trayvon Robinson to Seattle.
In his major league debut he had to face Halladay. He went six inning winning the game 2-1 but the Dodger bullpen gave it away.
He did great but had to be sent back to the minors.
First game at AT&T Park. Steven Fife against Matt Cain
Scott Elbert went on the DL and Steven Fife was callled back again to face another Perfecto pitcher in Matt Cain. No problem, Fife again rose to the occasion. He had no decision but the Dodgers won the game with Hanley Ramirez hitting his first homerun as a Dodger. The two run homerun came in the 10th against Romo.
Final score Dodgers 5, Giants 3. Rookie Tolleson with the win. Fife got his first major league hit, a double off Matt Cain.
High Five Fife!
2nd Game at At&T Park: Billingsley against Zito.
You are the man Billingsley! Like Jaime Jarrin said “Billingsley ha estado pitchando una jolla de juego” “Billingsley is pitching a jewel of a game”.
Cochito Luis Cruz extended his hitting streak to 11. This is the longest hitting streak for a Dodger this year.
The revenge is sweet in Sports. Dodgers win 10 -0 and now are going for
the sweep tomorrow with Clayton Kershaw
ref: pictures froom Jon SooHoo at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com
LOST DODGER OFFENSE! IF FOUND, PLEASE RETURN TO @DODGERS BEFORE DODGERS FACE THE ANGELS!!!
Dodgers got swept by the Oakland A’s. Below are the results of the offense during the three game series:
1st game: Athletics 3, Dodgers 0. >> 29 AB, 2 hits, 3 BB, 7 SO
2nd game: Athletics 4, Dodgers 1. >> 31 AB 3 hits, 1 BB, 2 SO
3rd game: Athletics 4, Dodgers 1. >> 28 AB 3 hits, 1 BB, 7 SO
Total: 8 for 88. Average: .091.
Dodger offense = Pathetic, anemic, offensive, raquitica (puny).
Andre Ethier is batting .171 for the month of June. The rest of the offense is in the low low .200’s. Hitters need to work the count. Make those pitchers work. Don’t make them look like future Cy Young winners.
Can the bats come alive tonight against the Angels? I hope so! Here is little baseball shrine with candle for good luck
Here the pitchers for the Dodgers Angels series:
Friday: Billingsley (4-5, 3.75) against Haren (4-7, 3.97) >> 7:05 PT TV: Prime
Saturday: Capuano (8-2, 2.71) againt Santana (4-7, 5.16) >> 4:15 PT TV: Fox
Sunday: Harang (5-4, 3.76) against Richards (2-0, 0.86) >> 1:05 PT TV: FS-W
I hope James Loney is feeling better as pepe Yniguez reported Thursday that Loney was throwing up.
Let’s Go Dodgers! Let’s Go!
ref: LA times.
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.
It sure did not look like the Dodgers would defeat Lincecum on Wednesday May 9, with Billinsley's shaky start. But defeat they did. Dodgers trailing 2-0 came back with four runs in the fourth. Lincecum went five innings and Billinsley only four so Jamey Wright picked up the win.
Earlier during batting Deuce was playing catch with Jamey Wright.
Hey Jamey, you should always play catch with Deuce!
This was the day I was meeting Army veteran RJ R.J. Breisasher. The Dodgers had given us two tickets for the game. RJ underestimated the LA traffic so he was running late. We made it to our seats during the first inning. Here was our view from the seats:
There were three triples in the game. One by Dodger catcher AJ Ellis. I love watching triples! AJ also had an infield single! 🙂 What were the odds that a catcher would end up with a triple and an infield single? I love this game!
RJ, on behalf of the Dodgers and myself, thank you for serving our country.
Rachelle: Pleasure meeting you.
The good: Chad Billingsley pitched seven great innings. He struck out 13 D’backs and went out winning the game 4-1.
The Bad: The Sherril and Broxton. Again, they let it get away. Sherrill gave up a two run homer. That was Tony Abreau’s first homerun. In came Broxton who gave away another two-run homerun.
I have said this many times, they should have shutdown Broxton some time ago. I dropped him from my baseball fantasy a long time ago. This loss was tipical of other losses this year.
This morning I was reading Jonathan Shapiro’s review in the LA Times about Michael Connelly book “The Reversal.” It starts with:
Los Angeles has much to lament, Our Dodgers, victims of a broken marriage, are the neglected boys of summer. the Trojans are on probation, the Bruins are bad and the NFL has abandoned us entirely…
Thank God for Michael Connelly. Without him, Los Angeles would just be Houston without humidity, Phoenix with the sea..
It concludes with:
We’ve still got Vin Scully, at least for another year, Huell Howser, the Lakers. And we’ve got Connelly. To quote another L.A. luminary, Randy Newman: I love L.A.
Talking about books, I found three more books that a local library discarded. I got lots to read this off-season.
Dodgers lost 1-0. Billingsley pitched well. We lost the series with the Nats, Weaver, Manny and Padilla went on the DL on this trip. Dodgers go to to New York where the Mets are playing well.
I am a little depressed so I need to write about something else
In January, I became a member of the society for American Baseball Research (SABR). Reading the Spring 2010 Newsletter I see the annual convention will be in Atlanta. I never been to Atlanta.
This convention (their 40th) sounds like a lot of fun. Here are some highlights
|SABR 40 Events|
Wednesday, August 4
Turner Field Ballpark Tour – time TBD
Thursday, August 5
1:00 p.m. Ballparks of the Southern Association I
An impressive lineup of panelists will offer a series of presentations on the history, evolution, and demise/preservation of various Southern Association ballparks. These include Russwood Field in Memphis; Rickwood Field in Birmingham, and Pelican Field in New Orleans.
2:30-7:30 p.m. Visit to Ty Cobb Museum and Gravesite, Royston, GA
(pending sufficient pre-registration)
Ty Cobb is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Royston, GA.
8:00 p.m. Signs of the Time (2009)
Screening of the documentary Signs of the Time including discussion and commentary with producer Ray Manard. This one-hour documentary discusses the origination of umpire hand signals, with significant emphasis on the careers of Dummy Hoy and Bill Klem.
Friday, August 6
9:00 a.m. Presentation by National Archives & Records Administration, Morrow, GA
10:00 a.m. 1990s Braves .Worst to First. Era Panel
Moderated by former Braves play-by-play man Pete Van Wieren. Potential guests include Bobby Cox, Mark Lemke, Ron Gant, and Tom Glavine.
1:00 p.m. Ballparks of the Southern Association II
Includes presentations on the history, evolution, and demise/preservation of Sulphur Dell in Nashville, Engel Field in Chattanooga, and Ponce de Leon Park in Atlanta.
7:35 p.m. Braves vs. Giants, Turner Field
Round-trip bus to Turner Field is $15. The stadium is approximately two miles from the hotel. Public buses, taxis, and walking are also viable options.
You have two ticket options:
Saturday, August 7
9:30 a.m. Discussion of Shoeless Joe Jackson with sportswriter Furman Bisher
Furman Bisher is a retired sports columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he once served as sports editor, and a columnist for The Sporting News. Bisher wrote for Sports Illustrated, The Saturday Evening Post, and many other national publications. His final column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was published in the print version of the October 11, 2009, Sunday paper.
12-3:00 p.m. Awards luncheon, Keynote Speaker John Schuerholz
Luncheon cost is $33 (choice of blackened chicken or tilapia) John Schuerholz is president of the Atlanta Braves. Before joining the Braves in 1990, he spent 22 years with the Kansas City Royals, where he was farm director, Scouting Director, Assistant GM, and General Manager. He was the Braves GM until 2007, when he left the post to become team president. Schuerholz has a reputation for building strong farm systems and championship teams. Among the teams he has built are the world champion 1985 Royals and 1995 Braves. His teams have won their division 15 times. Schuerholz shared the inside life of a GM in his 2006 book Built to Win. He is the only General Manager in baseball to win a World Series championship in both leagues.
The luncheon honors the winners of the McFarland-SABR Award, the Sporting News-SABR Award, and SABR’s highest honor, the Bob Davids Award.
2:45 p.m. Visit to Joe Jackson Museum and Greenville Drive baseball game, Greenville, SC
(pending sufficient registration)
In 2006, the home of Joe Jackson was dismantled, moved three miles, and reassembled in the historic west end of Greenville, South Carolina. The house was deeded to the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and Library Foundation in July 2007. The museum held its grand opening and dedication on June 21, 2008. The new house number is 356 – also Jackson’s lifetime batting average.
3:00 p.m. New Technologies in Baseball, panel moderated by Alan Nathan
7:30 p.m. Ty Cobb, a one-man play by Norm Coleman
Sunday, August 8
9:00 a.m. The Research Process: Seymour Medal Winners Panel
Dorothy Seymour Mills and local member Ken Fenster will co-moderate .Trials and Tribulations of the Research Process: A Panel Discussion with Recent Recipients of the Seymour Medal.. This panel will focus on the creative processes and problems involved in seeing a research project all the way through from conception to execution to publishing a final product. Participants will draw on their experiences with their award-winning works and their current research.
9:00 a.m. Visit to Rickwood Field, Birmingham, AL
(pending sufficient registration)
More information here http://convention.sabr.org/schedule/events
Dodgers are home but I am seriously thinking about attending my first SABR convention. Registration for members is $119 and $149 for non-members before July 4th. Registration, under 18 is free with registered adults. Also SABR has a negotiated rate of $129/nite plus tax with Sheraton Atlanta.
Woohoo! the pride of Defiance, Ohio, Chad Billingsley came thru with the first win of the season.
But guys (Padillia, Kershaw, Billingsley) , we do need someone to go beyond 5 1/3 innings! Let’s hope Kuroda can give us at least 7 innings to give the pen some rest.
Belly (Belliard) went 3-5 with four RBIs’ and a Homerun.
Reed Johnson who has an MLB Blog here Reed Between the Lines went 3-4 with two RBIs!
Locos Azules, My MLBlog Fantasy Baseball team
I joined the MLB Baseball fantasy team this year. Thanks Julia! Thanks Chris!
Among the players I have in my team Los Locos Azules are:
Albert Pujols! Yeah!!!
Andre Ethier! Woohoo!
Clayton Kershaw! My baby will come back strong!
Vicente Padilla. Tengo fe Nica! (I have faith in you Nica!)
Jonathan Broxton! Another one of my favorite Dodgers!
Because Kuo is on the DL, I got Monasterios! I am excited about this Dodger rookie!
Four days till Opening Day at Dodger Stadium! In the meantime the Boys in Blue will play the Marlins starting tonight for a three game series!
Lets go Dodgers! Let’s go Locos Azules!