I was disappointed that Yasiel Puig was late getting to the game yesterday. I don’t know whose fault that was. his driver? but Yasiel is also to blame. Ok, but that is not why I started this post.
I forgot some of the conversation in my prior post. After Wednesday’s Dodger win in San Diego, my friend Lorena reminded me of something I left out from my first post.
While at the café in San Diego on Monday, I told Yasiel we were there Sunday for the Opener and we were going to be there for the next two games. Rosie then said “except for me, I leave tonight because I have to go back to work” Yasiel then said “Oh, if we win the next two games, then I am going to blame you for the loss yesterday (Sunday).” Rosie said “OMG!” and we all laughed. Yasiel then said “I am going to post your picture at the entrances so they won’t let you in.” When the game was over on Wednesday night at Petco Park, Lorena said “Rosie can’t come to the game.” Well, Rosie was at yesterday’s home opener and the Dodgers lost so here is a picture of Rosie:
Rosie talking to Puig.
Rosie, Emma and Lorena. picture by Jon SooHoo. Las Beisboleras!
You are welcome Rosie! What are friends for 😉 Dodger wins come first! You can come back if I give you a “limpia” with ruda. We will give you a cleansing with Rue (that hierba is very odorous) or we send you to a brujo.
Greetings from San Diego! My beisbolera friends and I made the trip to San Diego for the Opening Series in San Diego. We lost the Opener on Sunday. Monday, a day off we went for a late breakfast close to Petco Park. We happen to be seated at the table next to where Yasiel Puig, his cousin and Paco Rodriguez were sitting. Yasiel was pointing at something in the USA Today special baseball section that appeared on Monday 3/31/14. The section has salaries for the 856 major league players on Opening-day rosters and disabled.
We could hear what they were talking and they could hear us but we did not bother them, my back was facing Paco’s back and Rosie’s back was facing Yasiel. Lorena was facing their back. When I heard Yasiel say “Todas las mujeres son iguales..” “All the women are alike..” I just had to turn around. He looked at me and said “Perdone senora.. but it is true..” “I I heard you talking in Spanish so you understood me..” From there we started talking. I introduced myself saying I was from Honduras. He said “oh, Hondurena..” I said “Lorena is a teacher..” He said “Oh you can teach me English.” I asked him how did he liked Australia. He said very pretty but the flight was too long even though he had a comfortable bed. then I don’t know how we were talking about water but he said “I don’t like to be near the ocean, I had enough of ocean when I came to the U.S.
We found Yasiel Puig very nice, personable, friendly, funny and witty. He introduced himself, then he said this is Paco and this is my cousin Federico. He laughed then saying that “we just call him Federico, you know for Federowicz,…” I said “oh yeah, Fed-Ex. They were glancing at the tv telling me a lot of teams are playing today their Opener. I said yes, and showed him the MLB At Bat scores where at the time they were a lot of ties. He said they were enjoying the day off and they needed it after the long flight to Australia. I said “You will face Ian Kennedy tomorrow” He touched his face and said “Don’t hit my face because he is going to make me ugly..” “Hit my ribs instead…” Then Lorena said “Did you see Chapman” He said “Oh yeah, he texted me in Australia saying “even getting hit, you are still uglier than me..” It was funny.
When he mentioned Fed-Ex, I said, yeah and Javy Guerra went to the White Sox. Yasiel said “yeah, Belisario is there.” I said “Oh yeah, the ugliest one from the team left.” Puig laughed and said to Paco and his cousin “Did you hear that? LOL”
Afterwards Yasiel was saying we should take some kids to the game. then he got up and extended his hand to me then to Rosie and Lorena. Yasiel walked to a table where they was a kid dressed in Dodger Blue. He said hi to the kid and family then took a picture with the kid.
Like I said, we found him to be very friendly, personable, funny and witty. We did not bother him asking him for a picture. We thought it was not appropriate but we loved the chat. Oh yeah, I forgot to say when he was talking about stadiums, he said to me “No me gusta Dodger Stadium.” He sounded serious but when I looked at him with a sad face he laughed and I knew he was joking. He said he couldn’t wait to be home playing for the home crowd, “his gente”. I mentioned other stadiums I like like the view from Pittsburgh. He said well we don’t see the view, we look at the field but still I said “You should look at Dodger Stadium from the Top Deck, look at the natural beauty, the mountains in front and the downtown in the back. Rosie mentioned you could see the Hollywood sign from there. I said “go after all the fans have gone home.” He said “I could go when I first get there.”
It was a great day. We like Yasiel Puig even more now.
picture from Lorena
It’s time for Dodger Baseball in Australia! I have been waiting all day Friday and will wait all night till Saturday at 1.am. when the game is due to start. Here are some quick haikus:
Outside is gloomy
but it is Opening Night
So my heart just see sunshine
Speaking of Mr. Sunshine
Kershaw will be on the mound
green grass all around
Opening Day Eve
My allergies in full bloom
Spring is in the air
I can’t wait to hear
It’s Time for Dodger Baseball
At one a.m. here
Australia so far
Start time there 7 p.m.
Crickets outside sing
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
Once Erisbel arrived at Camelback Ranch, the Dodgers announced him as Erisbel Arruebarrena
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:
As a member of the Baseball Reliquary, I am proud that I voted for Dr. Frank Jobe in 2012. He was elected to the Baseball Reliquary Shrine of the Eternals that year on July 15, 2012. The day before, Dr. Frank Jobe was at Dodger Stadium with Tommy John throwing out the first pitch
pictures at Dodger Stadium taken by me.
At the Baseball Reliquary Induction Day July 15, 2012
Mudcat Grant was also inducted into the Baseball Reliquary Shrine of the Eternals.
Tommy John introduced Dr. Frank Jobe.
Rest in peace Dr. Frank Jobe. I think The Hall of Fame should have done something for Dr Jobe a long time ago. Dr. Jobe was the greatest man of Sport medicine. Nobody else has contributed as much to the sport as he has. Thank you Dr. Jobe.
Who remembers when Trader Joe’s and the Dodgers had the “Fearless Fan of the Day” At Dodger stadium? I remember that day during batting practice I was walking with a Trader Joe’s bag in the field level when a lady stopped me and asked me if I wanted to be the “Fearless fan of the day”. she said “you get to go on the field, but you have to wear this”. The this was a Dodger Hawaiian shirt. She had me at “you get to go on the field”. What I can’t remember is what year that was.
Here is the video from that day;
It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!!
Ahhh. I’ve been waiting for this day! The first Dodger Spring Training game! So
like the apron says “The Heck with housework! Let’s see the Dodgers Play!”
Yesterday was also the launch of the Dodgers new TV Network: SportNetLA
When I got home from work, I spent all the evening watching SportNetLA until past midnight. While watching the station.
I also renewed my subscription to MLB at Bat so that I can listen to the game while I work, at Dodger Stadium and on the road.
Today is 24 days till the Dodgers Opening Day in Australia. When I think of #24, I think of
Walter Alston went on to manage the Dodgers on one-year contracts for 23 seasons (1954-1976).
Welcome back Baseball! I missed you!!
Lunch and Baseball! Baseball and food, my two favorite things!