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Arruebarruena or Arruebarrena

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@Jay_P822h

@Dodgers @crzblue I sort of follow Cuban baseball and the Cuban Ntnl Team, and have always seen it as Arruebarruena.

Once Erisbel arrived at Camelback Ranch, the Dodgers announced him as Erisbel Arruebarrena

 

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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:

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Sandy Koufax drilled by line drive is OK.

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.

Dodgers Spring Training St Patrick’s Day & Traditions

Last year I went to Camelback Ranch for the St Patrick’s weekend with friends Lorena and Elisa.

This year the three of us headed that way again.   Lore and I talked that we should make it a tradition to spend St Patrick’s Day watching the Dodgers every year.

  We ran into Dee!

After we ran into Pat and Norma.   I seem like I always ran into them on the road.

We ran into Cochito!  haha, a different cochito

After we ran into Pat and Norma.   I seem like I always ran into them on the road.

Looking for a pic of the birthday girl Margie  but I could not find one.  Also of Randy from Let’s Talk Dodgers and Mary and Art from our Top Deck family.

Relaxing at the game

Elisa’s beautiful panoramic pictures.  She showed me how to take them too.  That is me walking with my Trayvon Robinson green jersey and my floppy hat

I like this picture with Lore and I walking

Elisa titled this picture “the person behind the  hat, Crzblue”  Yeah, me and my floppy hats.  I forgot the blue one that I purchased a year ago on St Patrick’s Day so I took that one that I purchased a month before when we were in Arizona for the Dodgers workouts.

Speaking of traditions, I was disappointed that Jaime Jarrin, Pepe Yniguez & Fernando Valenzuela were not broadcasting the game in Spanish for St Patrick’s Day.  Our Irish poet Vin Scully was there so why not our Spanish poet Jaime?   I asked Mr. Jarrin when was the last time he missed a St Patrick’s game.  He said:

@crzblue Emmita: nunca perdí un S.Patricio desde 59 hasta el 2008. En ùltimos 6 años he perdido uno en camelback Ranch. Abrazos.

translation:  “emmita: I never missed a St Patrick since 59 to 2008.  In the last six years I have missed one at Camelback Ranch.  Hugs”
Is a shame that this year the broadcasting transmissions are less.

ref;  Dee’s picture, Elisa’s panoramic pictures,  Lorena’s pictures and mines.

Movie 42. Play 42 Baseball

As I was looking for a hotel at Camelback Ranch I saw this

https://www.marriottrewards42.com/

You Could Win a Trip to LA for the 42 Premiere Screening!

And step up to the plate every day for a chance to win tickets to 42!

Each swing of the bat gives you one or more chances to see 42: The True Story of an American Legend. Each day, we’ll give away a pair of movie tickets, and one lucky player will win the grand prize—a trip to L.A. for the premiere screening! Click below to connect to Facebook and get started!Play ball!

naturally I entered the contest.

Afterwards I saw the preview of the movie.

Man! I am going to need some kleenex when I go see the movie!

We can never thank Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey enough.

Go Dodgers!  Heading to Camelback Ranch this weekend.

Pictures from Camelback Ranch 2013. Koufax Sighting

Rosie, Lorena and I had a great time at Arizona. Thank ladies! Thank you Lore for driving!

Here are some pictures!

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Cochito Luiz Cruz

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Kemp

Feb 16, Feb 17, 2013 at Camelback Ranch 003

Andre Ethier looking happy

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Clayton Kershaw!  Javy Guerra!

Niño De Oro

Cuidado con su curva

Es Clayton Kershaw

Tommy Lasorda in uniform

Me taking a picture of the reflection with the Mafia girls in the back.

Pandemonium

Broke up when Koufax showed up

At Camelback Ranch!

Sandy Koufax.  Came close to getting his autograph.  Lots of pushing and shoving.

At Summit Mountain

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The Mafia ladies

Update:  Se me olvido la foto de Summit Mountain.  I had forgotten the picture from Summit Mountain.  The sunset from there is beautiful.

Tommy Lasorda giving hitting instructions at Spring Training

Here is a short video I shot of Tommy Lasorda dressed in his batting practice jersey giving instructions to the minor leaguers on how to hit. 🙂   “You got an ax in your hand”  “you are chopping the tree down”  “como esta la republica?”   

Tommy Lasorda giving hitting instructions during Spring Training

Tommy is so funny

Some pictures from my second trip to Camelback Ranch:

Kershaw signing autographs!  Javy Guerra!  Truck with Dodger licence, Margie and Fam, Lorena & Margie,  

Margie and Fam, Lorena & Margie.  Deuce & I enjoying a lemonade!

Lore, Margie, Elisa.  

We love running into our Dodger friends.  Here is Dee, Deuce and William.  Also Jon SooHoo.

 

and we love our boys in Blue.  Here is Andre Ethier, James Loney and Matt Kemp.  These pics taken by Elisa.  

 

 

Part Two of Six Women and a Men

Before I head back to CamelbackRanch this weekend, I wanted to post more pictures from my first trip so here they are:

The seven of us with Manny Mota.  Too bad the kid taking the picture did not get us all in the picture.   Good thing Rosie had another picture.  

Sneaking in with Tommy Lasorda.  Tommy had signed a ball for me back in 2010 but the ink was getting lighter (no, I did not originally use a blue  pen)  so he signed it again.  He also signed my Mark Langill book.  He started looking at the pictures in the book commenting about the rookies of the year on the opposite page where he signed.   Thanks Tommy!   Love you! 

Everyone stopped to watch Kershaw pitch in the intersquad game. 

Kershaw had a good outing.

It was time for us to head out but before that we spotted Pepe Yniguez with Bill DeLury.  Mr. DeLury has been with the Dodgers since 1950, mostly as Traveling Secretary.   He started with the Dodgers as a 17-year- old office boy.  Evan of Opinion of Kingman’s Performance did a wonderful job in interviewing  Mr. DeLury.  Here is the link  http://opinionofkingmansperformance.blogspot.com/2011/06/second-longest-tenured-dodger-employee.html

Lorena with Pepe Yniguez.  Pepe has been broadcasting Dodger games en Espanol since 1999.  

Pepe also teams up with Manny Mota calling some games on TV on Time  Warner cable channel 858

Javy Guerra got a kick of Rosie bringing the Rookie Hazing picture of Javy dressed as a Taco.  

Javy when he saw me that I sporting my Javy batting practice jersey, he turned me around to show another player  and said “See?  she is my number ONE fan!”   🙂

I was playing photographer.   Here is Priscy with Javy

Here is Amanda with Javy

Here is Tony Jackson, Beat Writer for ESPN Los Angeles.   I like his long hair. 

Taking a well deserved rest before we go inside Margaritaville

After food and drinks we headed next door to Saddle Ranch for some tequila shots and to ride the mechanical bull

The bull kicks Rene

Priscy is next

She gets knocked out but she gets back on the bull

She is having a bull, I mean a ball  lol

Nice going Desiree!  Even falling, you fall with grace. 

Time to head back to LA.  I am going going  back to Cali Cali…..  

Next Trip:  Leaving Thursday night  with Lorena and her niece Elisa.  Lorena will be driving.  They will drive back to Cali.  I on the other hand need to head to NH to work there the following week so I will miss Sunday’s game as my flight leaves at noon.   I can’t wait for Thursday night!