It has been a while since I have updated my blog. I got the Hilda award from the Baseball Reliquary since then. I still got to post about that and then there was the trip to the SABR convention in Philadelphia. That was so much fun that I am ready for the next convention in Houston.
I was telling myself “I should post today before I return to Dodger Stadium” when I received email of Mark Newman’s latest blog post http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com/2013/08/09/what-are-you-waiting-for/ He titled it “Baseball Dreams: One fan’s ultimate wish list” He listed all he is waiting for then asked us ‘What are we waiting for?”
Apparently I was waiting for Mark so here goes.
On this Friday, after the Dodgers last road trip of 7-1, I am waiting for their return! I am waiting to see my boys against the Rays! I am waiting to see Dodger Stadium again, my home away from home. I am waiting to applaud my beloved Dodgers for a job well done on road.
I am waiting to hear Nancy Bea at the organ. I am waiting to hear el locuaz Pepe Yniguez, Fernando Valenzuela and el Maestro Jaime Jarrin who will be a grand marshal at the Ecuadorian parade on Sunday that will end at Olvera Street.
I am waiting for the clock to say 4 p.m. so that I can leave work and head to Dodger Stadium.
I am waiting to see Tony Jackson return today to cover the Dodgers. He no longer has the long hair.
I am waiting to see the ushers like Burnie, Cynthia, Raissa, JD, Margarita, Ernest, Leonard, Valerie and so many more. I am waiting to see Loui to see if we are still going to go see Howie sing Jazzsinatra songs next Friday night.
I am waiting to see my friends at OLOCR (Our Lady of Chavez Ravine) I am waiting to see my friend Lorena!. I am waiting to meet Tom Jackson who is making a trip to Dodger Stadium with his teenage daughters and his girlfriend.
I am waiting to see Jon SooHoo, Jill, Juan, Jessica, Polo. I am waiting to see my other boys in Blue that no longer play the game but still work for the Dodgers.
I am waiting to hear Adrian’s Gonzalez’s at bat song “El Mariachi Loco” so that Alan, Marta and any other friends around us can dance along. We believe it helps Adrian bat better 😉
I am waiting to see more sunsets at Dodger Stadium.
I am waiting to see Vin Scully and wish him a good night. I am waiting for him to waive back and say in that so familiar tone “Good night”
I am waiting for the Think Cure weekend at Dodger Stadium and see what they have on the auction to help this great cause for the research of Cancer at City of Hope.
I am waiting for another road trip, this time to San Diego for the last Dodger games. It is always a lot of fun to go see the Dodgers in San Diego. I am waiting to see Ryu and Puig in their rookie hazing outfits.
I am waiting for October and playoffs. It has been a while since we have seen the Dodgers in playoff games. It has been longer (25 years) since we have seen them in a World Series.
It is a great time for Baseball for a lot of us fans with the Pirates playing well and in first place. The Tigers and the Braves with a 10 game winning streak. The Dodgers 8-2 in the last 10 games. The Rangers 9-1 in the last 10 and going neck in neck with the Oakland A’s.
I am waiting for a fun October!
OK, so I have a confession to make.
Back when Rosie and Lorena were texting me asking me If was going to the Hoedown, I did not know what a hoedown was. I was thinking “I know a hoe is some gardening tool and I know a hoe is a slang for ….you know… . ” Then they started talking about BBQ and Lore said something about a cowgirl outfit and cute cowboy boots. That is when I realized this hoedown must be a cowboy BBQ event with country dancing.
Back then, I had not seen the flyer that Kershaw was hosting this Hoedown for charity. I have since blogged about the event. You can find the flyer in a prior post.
Hope the boys are not thinking of no hoedown. They lost three out of four from the Cardinals. Did I ask before why do the Dodgers always play four against the Cardinals?
So far the Dodger road trip record is 4-3. Now they are in San Francisco where they have their work cuout facing Cain. Dodgers are sending rookie Fife who is starting his second game (0-0 1.50) *checking MLB At Bat* Good! scoreless game bottom of the 2nd inning.
I have not been to San Francisco in forever. Maybe I will make it the weekend in September. I miss my boys and I miss our Blue Heaven on Earth. But the boys will be back to Dodger Stadium on Monday 7/30. In the meantime try your hardest to beat the Giants.
Giant fan Greg Jezewski and I shaking hands. See? A Dodger fan and a Giant fan can get along.
I saw Greg at the Shrine of the Eternals. This was a great event. Afterwards about 20 of us went out to dinner. I was out numbered at the restaurant as there were quite a few Giant fans there. They were all very nice fans including Arnold Hano (A Day in the Bleachers) who got the Hilda Chester award. I am behind posting pictures but they are coming.
Let’s Go Dodgers!
Greetings everyone! I have not been able to load my pictures from my trip to Minnesota & also from the SABR41 convention. But I have this video of Wes Parker when we caught him outside one of the sessions. I love Wes Parker’s love for the game.
I had such a great time at the convention. Everyone was so nice and friendly. Love the fangraph group, loved talking to lots of people there. I bought some great books. I love the volunteering, going to the tour of old baseball ballparks in LA. Never knew that there was a ballpark in Vernon so close to where the Farmer John company is. Loved listening to Rob Neyer, Dennis Gilbert, Al Ferrara, Tommy Davis, Francisco Balderrama, oh just everyone!
Loved going back to Dodger Stadium with the group & going to my first trip to see the Storms against the Visalia Rawhides. Did you know that the Rawhides is locally-owned and operated by Tom and his cousin, Kevin O’Malley? Tom’s grandfather was the legendary Walter O’Malley.
SABR41 was a great experience and I made some wonderful friends like Abby& Kent in this picture:
I need to go to Minnesota next year where SABR42 will be held. Also SABR43 will be in Philadelphia!
Enjoy the video
7/25/11. It worked embedding the video!
Video by me. pic by Maxwell Kates
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!
It was freezing and oh so windy at OLOCR. You could see some snow in the San Gabriel mountains. Davey Johnson waited too long to get Oswald who was not in top form. .
Soon I’ll be heading back to OLOCR for the matchup between Japan & Korea.
Here are some pics courtesy of my good friend in the Top Deck.
players exchange hats