Five days till Opening Day!
From Tony Cuccinello 2 Cookie Lavagetto 2 Carl Furillo 2 Sandy Amoros 2 Lefebvre 2 Hee-Seop Choi 2 Nomah and yes, to Juan Uribe have put on uniform #5. Five more days to wait till Opening Day but I get to see Dodger Stadium this Friday when the Dodgers play the Angels. I can’t wait!
I don’t know about everyone else but this Spring Training seems like it has dragged longer. Is time for the Boys in Blue to come back to Our Lady of Chavez Ravine _Dodger Stadium. There are a whole lot of changes there that I am looking forward to seeing it all.
It’s a whole new blue!
5 ft tall Retired numbers going somewhere in the Top Deck concourse
Very large autographed baseballs featuring Dodger greats going to their new home on the Reserved level concourse.
Janet Marie Smith begins a tour for Antonio Villaraigosa
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa testing the playground
A tribute to the Dodgers past. One of the many new murals at Dodger Stadium. I love it!
Large size bobbleheads have arrived!
Vin Scully! Was he put to work?
From Gil Hodges to Clayton Kershaw the Gold gloves are showcased in the Dugout club.
A whole New Blue!
Ref: Dodger pictures
The first thing I noticed when I got to Dodger Stadium were the incredible long lines. I said “If that is the line I need to get in I am leaving” but I was told there was another line to get into the Fanfest. That line was much smaller. I got in line and started talking to the fans around me when one told me that if you are a season ticket holder you can walk right in, “Ahhh”, I thought “much better” Still the lines inside to get autograph were already long so I walked around chit chatting with friends
Afterwards I looked for the food trucks. I ordered a
a pupusa stuffed with chicken, cheese and spinach that was very good. I washed that down with a mango drink with boba (tapioca balls).
I had not heard from Lorena and I could not find Rosie so I was contemplating leaving to SABR day at the La Habra library. I was actually mapping how to get there when I heard from Lorena. I was so glad to see her! I had not seen her since our last game where Lorena, Rosie and I sat in the dugout seats for the last game at Dodger Stadium. Afterwards Amanda showed up then I ran into Char who is also a member of the Baseball Reliquary. She is a big fan of Wes Parker so I turned around and said “look at this”
Char was telling me about the baseball exhibition at the end so we all walked there. I had seen Gary Cypres exhibition at the Folk Art museum twice before so I left them there to go see and listen to Vin Scully.
They caught up with me and we listened to Matt Kemp. I told them that I was going back to the baseball exhibition. I started taking some pictures when I saw Dodgers Historian Mark Langill. He introduced to the two men he was talking to, Randy Tivens of Let’s talk Dodgers and Gary Cypres, owner Sports Museum of Los Angeles.
Randy Tivens, Mark Langill and Gary Cypres.
These three gentlemen made the day more enjoyable talking baseball and a little football was mixed in there too. It was such a long chat that Mark was afraid he was going to faint. I offered Mark one of the rice crispies they had at the Fanfest with the JCPenney logo made of sugar with sprinkles. He was eating that when Jorge Martin stopped to say Hi. I told Jorge “I almost did not recognize Jorge, you look like a regular fan. Mark said “he is!” 🙂
Jorge Martin, Emma and Mark Langilll. pic by Randy.
From there Mark went to get something to eat and Randy and I went to have our first Cool-A-Coo of 2013!
From Gary Cypres collection:
1910 Chicago Cubs field sweater
1920’s New York Yankees field sweater
1920’s St Luis outer jacket
Movie 42 at Dodger Stadium
Randy, Mark, Gary and I were talking about the upcoming movie 42, Jackie Robinson, Harrison Ford and Branch Rickey. I told Mark “they should show the movie at Dodger Stadium” to which he responded “We are” 🙂 Randy said “there you go Emma, exclusive!. haha.
Here is the video the Dodgers posted of Jenni Rivera when she was at Dodger Stadium on Sunday August26, 2012. She performed at the Viva Los Dodgers festival that Sunday then she sang the National Anthem. I love that she said she grew up a Dodger fan and that she and her brother collected aluminum cans so that they could get money to go to Dodger Stadium.
Rest in peace Jenni.
What a difference a year makes! Last year the Dodgers were shopping in
Now they are shopping in
What a weekend! My prior post said that it was going to be a busy weekend but I had no idea how busy!
Welcome Zach Greinke!
Rest in peace Jenni Rivera and all that were aboard the plane. Condolences to all the families.
Dodgers are breaking our hearts and our season ticket family my removing the last two rows (R& P) of the Top Deck. I felt like they served me an eviction noticed when I got the call on Wednesday
I think instead of a call the day before they opened Select A Seat meetings for Season ticket holders, we should have been notified way before. The Dodgers said that they were holding rows O & N for the displaced fans yet when I went yesterday the only open seats in my section (3) on what will now be the last row (O) were three seats.
I will miss having my season ticket family together. I will miss having my friend Lorena next to me watching the game while we make plans for our road games. I will miss Ray and Ray Junior asking them “what happened in that play” since they also keep score.
I will miss Steve & Rhonda and their two little girls. Rhonda emailed me wondering what everyone is doing about the seats. She tells me “The girls will miss their best friends!!” Rachel likes to sit with Lorena and I and dance with us during Adrian Gonzales att Bat music. She also likes to sing with us Take me out to the Ball Game and “God Bless America”
I will miss Martha & her husband and kid. I will miss Todd and wife and their two sons. I will miss Chuck and Robin. I will miss Mary & Art. I will miss Joe and his girlfriend. Where is our Candy Man James with his dad and his two kids going to sit? Sad day for the displaced season ticket holders in the last two rows of the Top Deck. How far apart are all of us going to end up?
I was told that the removal of the seats is to expand the handicap area but that the sections with the wall will be Standing Room only. I feel like the casual fans that will take the “Standing Room only” are more important than the faithful season ticket holders. Another reason that I liked my last row is that is in the shade and I can watch the game standing up if I like without anyone in back of me.
Other season ticket holders are also moving because now instead of only the first row having a higher price, rows A thru H will have a higher price. Between those season ticket holders moving beyond H and the ones from the last two rows there are not many choices left.
I ended up with seats in section 3, the new last row. Ray ended up in Section 5. Rene in section 2. Margie in section 2 but moving to the handicap when those are built. Lore has an appointment on Monday, the earliest she can meet them. Jeanine and two other friends moved from row B in section 3 to row L. I have not heard from the rest.
ref: cartoon from funny or die.
The NLCS goes to game 7. I do like watching more baseball but not to the extent of letting the Giants back in the race. But the Cardinals have been so generous giving up runs. They have given 10 unearned runs in the postseason. Anything can happen now. Matt Cain will square off against Kyle Lohse.
What is happening in the Dodger World? Well after the Dodgers released Dave Hansen as hitting coach, the Mariners have just hired him as hitting coach. Funny tweet from Jon Weisman: “How many times has Team A no-hit Team B and then hired Team B as hitting coach after the season? ”
No news yet who will be the Dodgers hitting coach. There is Mickey Hatcher or ??
Select a Seat this week at Dodger Stadium.
I rather the Dodgers be playing October baseball at Dodger Stadium but they decided to do “Select A Seat” earlier this time. I believe it was in January before. I got my email so my date is Thursday but I might wait until Saturday to go. We get to take a guest and go on the field to play catch. Also the left field gift shop will have 50% off merchandise.