I am little late posting.
Day two of the Dodgers Community Caravan for the Think Blue, act Green location was Santa Monica for “Heal the Bay” Day. Notice the Dodgers 2011 Caravan bus in the background.
In attendance were Shawn Green, Steve Garvey, Matt Kemp, Rafael Furcal, Jay Gibbons, Gabe Kapler, Tony Gwynn, Fernando Valenzuela, Sweet Lou Johnson, Darryl Thomas and Charlie Steiner.
Gabe Kapler and Sweet Lou Johnson were in our team. Gabe was the nicest guy and Sweet Lou, he is just always so sweet. Our team (Team5) trashed the competition by collecting 30 pounds of trash 🙂
Matt Kemp sure had an alot of followers. When I told him he looked thinner, he said “Yeah?, I’ve been working out”.
Tonny Gwynn Jr. said his dad is doing better recovering slowly from his bout with cancer.
Shawn Green is back! When asked about his book, he said it comes out in June.
We caught a little rain in Santa Monica but everyone’s spirit was high! I commend the Dodgers for this year caravan! The Think Blue and Act Green theme was a great idea.
On a sad note, we lost another Dodgers player. Gino Cimoli died last Saturday of kidney and heart complications. He was 81.
Gino played for both the Brooklyn Dodgers and the LA Dodgers. He was the first batter on the West Coast. He also scored the final run at Ebbets Field. Rest in peace Gino Cimoli. Obituary hereLA Times Obiturary
The number of living-Brooklyn Major Leaguers is down to 50.
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!
Spring is in the air! Check out the flowers outside where I work. They are called Magnolia Alexandria.
The Dodgers Caravan will be February 14th to the 15th! This year is full of community work where the fans get to join in!.
My friend Lorena, Erik and I are thrilled that we were able to signed up for both days. February 14th it will be Cleanup our LA river and February 15th, cleanup the Bay (Santa Monica). I can’t wait!
The Dodger current and past players along with Dodger announcers will also visit hospitals and schools as part of giving back to the community. I think getting the fans involved is a great idea. Details here
Dodgers will also be at the Lopez Tonight show in Burbank on Valentines Day but I could not get tickets to that. Can anyone get us at the Warner Bros studios on that day? I used to know someone that used to get me VIP tickets but that person moved out of state.
My friend Lorena and started talking Spring Training games when we met at the Laker game last night. Yeah, Lakers lost to the Spurs but we had a good time.
We along with friend Margie decided on the first two games at Camelback Ranch. The first game is Sunday February 27th against the Angels and Monday against the White Sox. We might get there on Saturday or early Sunday. I can’t wait!
February is looking pretty good! that is Andre Ethier jumping up with Joaquin
from the adoption site at www.heartgalleryla.org.
PLEASE click on the link above, then the video of the Dodgers salute to the Heart Gallery of Los Angeles in their pursuit to find homes for children.
In the video you can see Russell Martin, Andre Ethier and James Loney with children from the Heart Gallery of Los Angeles,
This is the second year the Dodgers team up with the Heart Gallery of Los Angeles doing the Calendar. According to Josh Rawitch, Dodgers Vice President of Communications, the Gallery has had a high rate of success since the kids have been featured on the Team calendar.
First of all I want to give a BIG THANK YOU to all that participated in the Dodger Caravan and to all those that helped put the event together and those that worked the long hours from the morning event at the Children’s hospital event, to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles luncheon, to Best Buys to play video games with the fans and sign autographs to going to Olvera Street in the evening! I could see how tired some of you look so THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your hard work!
Ok, on to some more pictures!
El Senor Jaime Jarrin, the voice of the Dodgers in Spanish! He is just a class act! This will be his 51st year with the Dodgers!
Matt Kemp at Best Buys playing games with a young fan. We made quite an impression on Matt Kemp that he said at Best Buys “”Hey, you guys made it here too!”. We had an unforgettable day!
Jaime Jarrin taking the mike en la Plaza de Olvera Street.
Dylan Hernandez, Dodgers Beat writer for the LA Times
I asked Dylan if he wanted to ring the Bell at Olvera Street
Update: I did not know the significance of the Bell but I found this (Thanks Greg!)
Bell of Dolores
Text from plaque:
This replica of the “Bell of Dolores” was presented to the City of Los Angeles by the Republic of Mexico in 1968. This cherished relic of Mexican history represents not only Mexico’s bid for freedom, but also the beginning of democracy here in California. This bid for freedom began not in Mexico City, but in the little village of Dolores. And it was here that Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla was assigned as parish priest, where he became active in politics and sided with the less fortunate of Mexican society. On the night of September 15, 1810, at 11 p.m., Father Hidalgo rang the parish church bell, now known as the “Bell of Dolores” to summon patriots to fight for their independence from Spain. Every year on September 15, the President of Mexico tolls the original “Bell of Dolores” now hung at the National Palace in Mexico City, and cries out “Viva la independencia…Viva America…”, Father Hidalgo’s call to arms beginning the Mexican War of Independence
Matt Kemp at the tables signing autographs. Notice the 55 since ’55 patch. All of the players were sporting the patch on their jersey
Here is the patch
That is all folks!
Football prediction on this Super Sunday:
Everyone have a wonderful Sunday. I am heading to the hospital to visit tia Marina for her birthday celebration with a Mexican trio singing to her in the lobby.
Thank you to my friends Erik, Lore (LTD23) and Elisa for contributing to a great day!
Originally James Loney was supposed to be part of the Caravan but he was a late scratch.
The Dodgers that attended on Wednesday were: Matt Kemp, Fernando Valenzuela, James McDonalds, Ramon Troncoso, Jim Campanis and Steve Yeager and Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrin, the voice of the Dodgers in Spanish!.
It was great to meet up with my friends Erik, Lorena and her niece Elisa.
Matt Kemp is adorable!
Guess who crashed the party at Roscoes Chicken and Wafles?
That is Barry Bond! My friend Lore was able to take this picture. Someone was saying that while we were waiting to get in that Lady Gaga was inside Roscoes.
Here is Lore with Matt Kemp. I love this picture!
My complain about Roscoes Chicken and Wafles was that once the fans finished eating they were waiting for the players to come around. It was taking a little longer but the waiters/waitresses were telling them they needed the tables! That was not right! They did not tell us anything but just in case we ordered a slice of sweet potatoe pie that was delicious
Meet Jon Soo Hoo, the Dodgers great photographer!
The boys are playing games at Best Buys. Matt Kemp said to us: “Hey you guys are here too “. He also greeted us at Olvera Street.
the 2010 Dodgers Caravan bus. :
At the Plaza of Olvera Street in Downtown L.A. The lines were huge when we got there but we had already talked to the guys at Roscoes so it was OK with us. We justed wanted to be there to support our Boys in Blue!
From Left to right, Jim Campanis, James McDonals, Ramon Troncoso (Tron), Matt Kemp, Steve Yeager, Jaime Jarrin and Fernando.
Ran into Josh Rawitch there! When I yelled his name he came over and gave me a hug. I suggested Philippes for next year’s luncheon. He said “that is a good idea, Emma.”
We watched all the boys sign and took more pictures. Ran into Pat,Jo, Roberto, Jack and other Dodger fans there.
Afterwards we went to El Paseo for dinner. Pat, Jo and a friend of them came in later and had the table next to us. Since Pat had told me at Olvera Street that it was her birthday, I called the trio that was singing there and had them sing “Las Mananitas” to her. Las Mananitas is the tipical song sang on your birthday, right after singing it they went into the Happy Birthday song.
After dinner, Erik and I walked Lore and her niece Elisa to their car. Mine was across the street but both Erik and I were craving a cup of coffee so we walked across to Philippe’s. Philippes has been around for 102 years! http://www.philippes.com/ The coffee tasted so good! and the price, can you believe it costs 10 cents !
I had a wonderful time at the Dodgers Caravan and I put a post in the ITD blog to let Josh Rawich know. Everyone from the current to the past Dodger players in attendance to Jaime Jarrin to the Dodger workers that were there helping the event were wonderful. They had a long day since their day started with a trip in the morning to the Children’s hospital and it did not end until very late at night at Olvera Street. You could see the fatigue on some of their faces from the long day but they were being troopers still smiling. A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL !!!!!!
A big THANK YOU also to my friends Erik, LTD23(Lore) and Elisa! I miss you all during the offeseason so it was great seeing you again! This is the third year we do this! Let’s do it again next year!
Dodger Caravan has been announced!
Caravans are great! The best one was in 2008 at Panda Inn where James Loney and Andre Ethier were our waiters! It was AWESOME having them say to us “Is there anything else I can get you?’