I hear from several fans that they will stop going to games because of status of the Dodgers concerning the ownership but for me…
I am not willing to miss seeing Kemp, Ethier, Loney, Kershaw, Billz, Broxton and Russell, my favorites! Nope, I am not going to miss hearing Vin Scully at the games.
There is no better sound than when I walk inside Dodger Stadium and I listen to Nancy Bea in the background while I walk over to the bullpen area and I hear the sound the ball is making as it hit the mitt. The boys in Blue on the field hitting BP and the pitchers in the outfield catching some baseballs.
Vin already made my day last Sunday by smiling and waiving at my friend Erik and I when we greeted him and wished him to have a happy Easter.
Nope, no matter what, I will be at the stadium, day in and day out. Is is my happy home, it is my home away from home.
There is Sandy Koufax on this picture walking to the field. He is also on the big screen.
When I am at Dodger Stadium and I look to the field and then take the rest of the view from there with the mountains in the background, all is right with the world.
Yeah, there will be some games that I will be cursing under my breath, but they will others that will be exhilarating and no better way to share those moments than with my friends at the stadium.
Let the second game begin in Pittsburgh! We got 22-year old Clayton Kershaw going this evening.
For those giving Joe Torre a hard time for starting Padilla for the Opener on the road, I say to them, did you hear what Vin Scully said ? If you did not, here it is:
“In Showbiz you would say you are opening a big musical and you would say “Padilla, you are singing the lead in Hartford, Connecticut. And you would say “Kershaw, you are singing the lead on Broadway.” “
I love my Dodgers!
Fist of all, congratulations to the Phillies and their fans! You are the better team. Good luck!
Now let the hot stove begin. Ned and company should start working on the 2010 team now. He got a lot of work to do.
I want pitchers that can go more than 4 innings. I want pitchers that can pound the strike zone.
I want a better option at 3rd base. Casey Blake did not deliver in the postseason. Can we undo this trade and get back Carlos Santana? and who else did we give there? Meloan I believe.
Which Rafael is the real deal, the one that played against the Cardinals or the Phillies.
Manny. Is Manny done? At times, he looked awful swinging.
Russell has not been the same since making the All-Star game a couple of years back. His production has been regressing.
Billingsley won 9 games to start the season. Was it his leg injury that stopped him in the second half?
Broxton will be fine. Even with his blown save, I’ll take him. He will get better but you do need a short memory.
Kemp and Ethier are progressing nicely but can Kemp learn to be more patient at the plate?
Who’s on second? I think we saw the last of Hudson so I am glad that he homered. So who plays second Hu?, DeWitt. BTW, how is Ivan DeJesus progressing? he had a bad break (leg) back in Spring Training.
Loney needs to step it up. We need more power from a first baseman.
We need an ACE starter who can go deep into a game.
Bullpen was great up until facing the Phillies but they were overworked.
Who do we bring back? Wolf, Garland or Padilla?
What is going to happen now that the McCourts are splitting? oh oh, what a way to start the hot stove with Frank McCourt firing the CEO, Jaime McCourt.
I am starting to get nervous. I get like that before big games and the closer it gets to Thursday, the more nervous I will be. I need to relax. Looking at our beautiful Dodger Stadium always relaxes me…(pic taken from my seat).
And also looking at the sunset from there (pic taken from Top Deck by me).
Ok, I am ready for the Dodgers facing the Phillies.
Who will start the first game?
will it be Chad Billinsley
Or will it be lefty Randy Wolf
Or will it be lefty Clayton Kershaw
Will Kuroda be activated
Or will it be Vicente Padilla
I laughed when I saw this pic that I found from MSTI’s blog.
Bring it on Phillies!!
Dodger Stadium will be rocking!
LET’S GO DODGERS!! LET’S GO!!!
I need this today
But no worries, sunny skies are predicted by Thursday and Friday.
All this TBA is driving me crazy!
Can you believe that the Dodgers record at Nationals Park is 1-4??? I still remember getting swept there last year. Around that time, my two traveling friends and I were talking about going to Arizona where the team was heading next to get them out of their funk. We steered the team in the right direction as the team started winning there 🙂
Dodgers lost in ugly fashion last night 5-4 but the loss was encouraging in that Billingsley pitched well taking a no hitter into the 6th inning until he had that costly hanging chad
that Zimmerman took into the Dodger bullpen. The score was tied in the 9th inning and lost by James McDonnalds. JMac has struggled this year. I don’t think he will be making the playoff roster.
Vicente Padilla takes the mound against J.D. Martin
Magic Number is
Joe Torre’s number
Let’s bring down that number!
The Dodger Giant Rivalry Event sponsored by the Baseball Reliquary
I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the event sponsored by the Baseball Reliquary. (did not know this organization existed!). It featured Arnold Hano representing the JINTs and Ross Porter representing the Dodgers. It was moderated by Jean Hastings Ardell.
Here is the not so good picture I took of Arnold Hano, Jean Ardell and Ross Porter
I got there a little early and was browsing the list of baseball books they had on display I was telling my friend Erik that my friend Linda had said that “The Echoeing Green” was an excellent read when this man overheard me and said that he wa discussing the book with vin Scully. I was like “who is this man?” Later on I realized that it was the author Arnold Hano.
Mr. Hano is 87 years old and he along with Ross Porter took their turns talking about each team and poking fun at the other team. We were treated to stories of the old days and at the end took questions from a crowded audience. I regretted that I did not have any cash on me to buy Hano’s book “A day in the Bleachers.”. I took pictures of the exhibition and went home wanting to read Mr Hano’s book. Here are two additional pics I took. The rest did not come out too well. .
I love what it says about Drysdale. “Don Drysdale is in charge of all clubhouse pets such as dogs, cats, white mice and hamsters. He was selected because he is very kind to animals and never hits them–only people (especially when they are in Giant uniforms).
When I left work yesterday on my way to the stadium, I went into my facebook and wrote “I am on my way to Dodger Stadium.” A friend that should know better responded “Manny is not going to play Goofy.”. She should know that Manny or no Manny, I go to the stadium. I have only missed 3 games this year and only because I was out on a business trip.
What a game! What a game! Like Manny said “Wow” You can’t scrip that better. Bases loaded and in comes Manny with the bases loaded. Bang!! first pitch into the area designated as “Mannywood”. I could see my friend Rosa and her daugther Ronny jumping up in down. They have season tickets in the first row of Mannywood next to the Dodgers bullpen.
We were all jumping up and down and the noise was deafening even with the headphones of my radio. This game reminded me of the Back to Back to Back to Back game against the Padres. Like that night, there we were high fiving everyone and reaching even further to high five more fans. Since we sit in the last row, a group congregates in back of us and when Manny comes to bat, well they multiply there!. We love our section and all the rest of the season ticket holders there or those with packaged tickets. We have even gotten to know the friends of the regulars there.
No Game today (Thursday) but as reported by Josh Rawitch in his thread titled “You got to be kidding me” at http://insidethedodgers.mlblogs.com/, Manny was at the stadium on an off day BEFORE 10AM taking batting practice. WOW! That is dedication! What a guy! What a team! What a Team!
Manny showing some love for the Left field pavilion (pic from MSTI’s blog)
Congratulations to Andre Ethier who hit his 20th homerun! and to Billingsley who finally got his #10 win!
The Marlins are in town and a group of my friends from the Metrolink train will be there. For one of them it will be her first trip to a baseball game.
Enjoy the off day boys! You got 17 days after today without a day off! My boys golfed today at the Dodgers Dream Foundation Golf Turnament. I hope you took it easy at the tournament! I can also use a night off. Working and going to the games every night can take a toll on you so I’ll recoup today/night and get ready for the Angels this weekend!
I love the matchup for Friday night! It will be our 21 year old Clayton Kershaw who is coming off his 1 hitter against Jerred Weaver. Hopefully we will be celebrating with the fireworks after the game.
Saturday is El Lobo(Wolf) against Lackey and I will be watching the game from baseline seats on the
left right field side! We also get to try out the baseline restaurant! My friend and I gave our Top Deck seats to one of the security guards in the Top Deck who will be bringing his family.
Sunday is our ace Chad Billingsley! We will try out the new area designated as “Bleacher Beach”. We both want the beach bag that comes with the tickets this Sunday. Check it out:
• All-you-can-eat BBQ Burgers and Chicken, as well as Dodger Dogs, Nachos, Peanuts, Popcorn,
Watermelon Slices and Soft Drinks (Beer available for purchase)
• Live DJ from 102.7 KISS-FM
• Private Beach Themed Party Area
• Free Dodgers Beach Item
Located in the Lower Reserve, sections 55 & 59, on the 3rd Base Side
• GROUP – $35.00
• INDIVIDUAL – $45.00
• DAY OF GAME – $50.00
I know my friend Ash at http://ashleymarshall.mlblogs.com/ is not having as much fun as I am but I loved reading your recap of the past two games Ash! Thanks!!
What a wacky wild game Monday was! I don’t like to see so many errors in a game even if it is the opposing team but I am so glad we won! Kudos to Mark Loretta for noticing that Church missed the bag at third!. Wild and Wacky game! First you have the Mets winning 3 -2 only to have the final score be Dodgers 3, Mets 2. Good job to El Lobo (Wolf) even though he did not get the win. Another cheap win for the bullpen.
On Tuesday’s game Billingsley struggled in the first few innings with a high pitch count but then he showed why he has a record of 6-1 now. Gutsy performance for the pride of Defiance, OH. Oh and what about the bearded one Casey Blake with his 9th homerun? Not bad for your number 8th batter. On to game 3 today with Hernandez for the Mets against Jeff Weaver. Good Luck Weaver!
Today is Casey Blake bobblehead night. I heard that the BBH resembles him a lot. Stay Thirsty my fiends: From the name that was given to Casey Blake at Dodgers.cc. TMIMITW (the most interesting man in the world) because of his beard. Still having problems adding youtube so here is the link to TMIMITW
Stay thirsty my friends.
What a ride we’ve been having at OLOCR (Dodger Stadium)!! We are a perfect 10-0 at home! and our young pitcher Billingsley is off to a great start with a perfect record of 5 wins, 0 losses!
Thursday, Jeff Weaver was called back from Triple-A! . He had to get to work right away as our young JMAC (James McDonalds) could not get out of the 2nd inning. Jeff had 4 scoreless innings with help of Matt Kemp great catches! He will take over JMAC in the rotation so Jeff will start on Tuesday. Welcome back and good luck guerito!!
Friday night I spent most of the game in the clubhouse restaurant/bar. Interesting watching the game from there. We met a season ticker holder that sits in the Reserved section. After the win and since it was Friday, we watched the fireworks from there. I think the best place to watch the fireworks though is from the Top Deck! It was Las Vegas Fireworks Night so all the music was with a Las Vegas flavor. Also during the game Nancy Bea_our organist, played Vegas related songs like “Luck Be the Lady Tonight”. I found this youtube of Nancy playing “When I am 64” Ok, so I forgot how to post youtubes so here is the link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bbhZP6FVfk
The video at the end reminded me that we no longer have the Trader Joe’s fan of the day. I was selcted once. They also used to give you this cool blue Hawaiian Dodger shirt and they used to send you the CD of the announcement.
Saturday night, Andre Ethier got a bases loaded single in the 10th inning! Dodgers won 2-1. Wolf pitched well but the win went to the bulpen.
Sunday Billingsley got his 5th win!!! Congratulations Billz!
Carne Asada with Andre: My friends and I headed downstairs to the terrace area in the Loge level where the event was taking place. They had Carne Asada tacos, rice beans, different cilantro with chopped onions, cheese quesadillas and different kinds of salsas. Yum!! There were mariaches and Andre Ethier posed for pictures. We also got a signed picture of Andre. Andre came with his wife Maggie, the baby and one of his brothers. Proceeds from the event benefited the Dodgers Dream foundation.
Sad News: Saturday night I found out we lost one of our “Top Deck family.” Wesley was only 36. I did not know he had a rare desease. I remember one time when they showed highlights of Kirk Gibson’s Homerun, he said “I still get goose bumps watching it” then he pointed to where he and his dad sat that day. My deepest condolences to his parents James & Uni who are also part of the “Top Deck Family.” R.I.P. Wesley.
What a busy Saturday! It all started with meeting at 9:am for breakfast at Barragans on Sunset, five minutes away from Dodger Stadium. Here is the restaurant’s breakfast sign outside.
Here is the regular menu and menu special with a Dodger hat we put there.
Here are the dishes we were having: Chilaquiles and huevos rancheros. Bloody Marys are $2.50 and they are good so are the dishes. For those that might not know Chilaquiles is a combo of crispy corn tortillas cooked with eggs,chopped tomatoes, onions and jalapenos serve with sour cream, rice and beans. yum. It was good!
After a hearty breakast we were ready to head to the stadium for photo day. Here is a picture of my friend Erik & I while we waited for the players. I found I heart Dodgers banner a couple of years back at a local antique.
Here is our James Loney! yeah, we sang to him.
I love Manny! He remembered us from Camelback Ranch! He was very friendly with everyone.
I look short (I am 5:7) next to our closer Jonathan Broxton.
Here is Andre! My tilley hat comes out.
Billingsley picked up his 3rd win even though the Rockies were getting him into deep counts. Manny along with Ethier went yard with two homeruns!
The day was topped by watching the Dodger premiere movie “Bluetopia”. Tim Marx did a wonderful job of capturing the fans love for our beloved Dodgers. I laughed, I cheered and got choked up watching it. James Loney, Billingsley, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Kershaw attended. I’ll say more later about the event. I am glad that I got to go and sit with my friends that I have made because of our love for our Dodgers.