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.
Seeing all the pictures from Spring training at Camelback Ranch
brings a BIG SMILE to my face
I can’t wait to be there Saturday!!
hearing that beautiful sound of the ball going by and hitting the glove.
Looking at those crispy Dodger Blue and White uniforms.
Even Don Mattingly looks slim. I wish I too can report to Spring Training all skinny.
Fans turn into kids. Watching the morning workouts. Across chain link fence.
See you this weekend Dodgers!
photos by Jon SooHoo.
One of the things I looked forward to every year is getting that special box from the Dodgers in the mail with my season tickets. I was always giddy with anticipation when I got that call from home that a package had arrived from the Dodgers. I would wonder “How do the tickets look like this year?” Would they have current players pictures or past player pictures, pictures of Dodger past history? No matter what the Dodgers picked, I liked them. They were my special tickets! One of the many themes I like are “Great Moments in Dodger History.”
The minute I got home I would grab the box look at it some more, shake it and hastily opened it. Once the box was opened, I would smell the tickets just like in the movie “Fever Pitch” “They smell like World Series to me” I would tell my brother Victor year after year.
Before I became a season ticket holder for a second time, I had a mini plan package with my friend Stephanie. Once the tickets arrived, we would get together for dinner and spread the tickets on the table. If she could not attend some games, I would give her a choice of another date.
Prior to home stands, my brother Victor would separate the tickets for the upcoming home stand. He would hold a set in each hand and ask me ‘left or right?” I always ended up with tickets with my favorite players either by choosing right or by bullying him.
Afterwards the tickets went into our handy holder that the Dodgers would sell at Dodger Stadium.
With this no paper season, I need to either print my tickets or show my phone so the Dodgers can scan this virtual ticket. I don’t like it. I don’t have a printer at home. All my printing I do it at work or at a library. My brother does not have a phone so he needs to print the ticket.
I am old fashion, I like having actual tickets. I like writing in back of them recording special occasions. Every once in a while, for special occasions, I like having that ticket signed if the opportunity arises. I like to record a player’s debut, his first hit, his first home run.
One of the things I don’t like when I go on road trips is having to print my own tickets or scan them from my phone. I was in Seattle when the Dodgers got no-hit. I saved my printout but as I was leaving the stadium I noticed two tickets on the floor. I was thinking “Why would anyone not want to keep such a special ticket to commemorate the no-hitter? I picked up the tickets.
Below is my ticket from Opening Day 1981 when Fernando had to step in and replace Jerry Reuss as the Opening Day pitcher. It is not on this picture, but Fernando signed it for me.
Another thing I do with the tickets is attach them to my scoresheet.
It is not going to be the same having to scan the ticket from my phone or printing those generic papers.
I was going to post some pictures of my tickets but they are at home and i am having a hard time uploading pictures.
Update: Bill Roebuck has created a petition and a facebook page. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/224152067777733/
When the Dodgers announced their new Sport Network, I was wondering why the name did not have the word “Dodgers”
The new SportsNet LA channel will use the Dodgers’ interlocking “LA” logo, team co-owner Todd Boehly said. He said the Dodgers agreed to leave the team name out of a channel name that is similar to TWC’s other local sports network, Time Warner Cable Sportsnet.
“The decision was a Time Warner decision,” Boehly said. “That was something they thought was really valuable to their brand. We have the flexibility to sit down and evolve the name over time.”
Kasten said the Dodgers and TWC plan to air 75 games in Spanish this season — on a separate channel — with the goal of airing all games in Spanish in future seasons.
The Dodgers officially announced yesterday that the new Sport Network for the Dodgers called SportsNet LA will launch on February 25. You can follow the account @sportnetLA
From left to right. Orel Hershiser, Pepe Yniguez, Fernando Valenzuela, Charlie Steiner, Jaime Jarrin, Vin Scully, Alanna Rizzo, Nomar Garciaparra, Rick Monday, Jorge Jarrin. Missing in the picture are Jerry Hairston, John Hartung and Manny Mota.
From the Dodgers Press Release:
LOS ANGELES, CA – SportsNet LA, the exclusive new local TV home of the Los Angeles Dodgers, officially announced today that the network will launch on February 25, the night before the Dodgers’ first Spring Training game.
SportsNet LA will take fans behind-the-scenes and offer in-depth access into the Dodger organization, providing an immersive experience with never-before-seen content, and thousands of hours of comprehensive Dodger programming. SportsNet LA will televise 24/7 Dodger content, including live and classic games, live studio shows, numerous original programs, all with expert commentary led by the network’s on-air talent team of Orel Hershiser, Nomar Garciaparra, Charley Steiner, Jerry Hairston, Alanna Rizzo and John Hartung.
16 days till Pitchers and Catchers report (2/8/2014)
21 days till first Full squad workout (2/13/2014)
34 days till 1st ST game (2/26/2014)
59 days till Opening Day in Australia (3/22/2014)
66 days till Opening Night at Petco Park. (3/30/2014)
72 days till Opening Day at Dodger Stadium (4/4/2014)
SABR Day is an annual event that brings together SABR members and friends on the same day, regardless of where they live. The fifth annual SABR Day is scheduled for January 25, 2014.
I know I missed last year”s SABR Day because the date was same date as the Dodgers first FanFest at Dodger Stadium. This year the date coincides with the King s and Ducks breaking the ice at Dodger Stadium. Update: I am going to SABR day but now realized I could have gone to both events. The hockey game is not until 6:30 but I did not get a ticket 😦
Here is a map from www.sabr.org on the locations where they are having SABR Day:
The red marks (Seattle and San Francisco) are holding theirs on Sunday January 26. In addition, some chapters are holding their SABR Day meetings on other days because of conflicts with team FanFests or availability of preferred venues.
The Allan Roth Chapter in Los Angeles will hold SABR day at the La Habra library.
Below are prior year highlights found at the SABR.org page for the Allan Roth Chapter:
Los Angeles, California (Allan Roth Chapter): 24 members and guests convened at the La Habra Library for SABR Day. Ed Hart discussed his brief career as the general manager of the Fullerton Flyers of the Golden League. He mentioned the difficulty and expense of starting a team from scratch and gave us nine rules for success. Finding players was the easy part. He enjoyed working in baseball and maintains a continuing friendship with manager Garry Templeton. Dick Beverage auctioned off a box of Bob McConnell’s books, raising $70 for the chapter. Rick Smith presented a challenging trivia quiz entitled “Little Known Facts About Hall of Famers.” Don Zminda had the high score. We each filled out a Hall of Fame ballot, and there were no blank ballots. Mike Piazza and Craig Biggo were “elected”, and no one else came close. Ron Selter presented a detailed talk about Negro League Ballparks. Barry Mednick reviewed 2012 Outliers. — Barry Mednick
2012 LOS ANGELES, California (Allan Roth Chapter): 46 members and guests convened at the La Habra Library as Milwaukee Braves All-Star catcher Del Crandall (see picture at right) entertained for an hour with stories about his teammates and his career. We heard about spitballs, managerial moves, how Crandall aided Robin Yount’s career, and Crandall’s home run in Game 7 of the 1957 World Series. Crandall was a most engaging and delightful speaker. Chuck Polizzi described “The Big Game”, a movie he is working on, about the actual 1929 confrontation between the 12 Fredrickson brothers of Eidswold, Minnesota, and the House of David touring team. Daryl Grigsby challenged us with trivia from his book, Celebrating Ourselves: African Americans and the Promise of Baseball. High school coach Eddie Alvarez talked about the problems he faced trying to implement sabermetric concepts into the staid world of high school baseball.
2011. LOS ANGELES, California (Allan Roth Chapter): 1969 Mets outfielder Rod Gaspar spoke to about 30 people at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Orange County, and host Robert Wright recorded members talking about their most memorable baseball moments. (note to me: I never did hear the recording . I remember I got a little emotional while Robert recorded me. Having problem accessing the link)
1969 Mets outfield Rod Gaspar talks to SABR members at the Allan Roth Chapter’s SABR Day gathering at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County (California) on January 29.
I was looking for pictures from pior SABR Days I have attended but I got to dig further. I did find these pictures from a meeting last year in June.
june 2013 meeting George Genovese, the scout who first recommended Donnels, discussed his brief major league career with the Senators and his preference for the Pacific Coast League. He talked about how he had saved the careers of Jesus Alou and Bobby Bonds by assuring the Giants that these players had the talent to play.
Check out the SABR website and try to attend a SABR Day.
If you know me, you know I am a little forgetful. Tuesday evening I realized that my season tickets were due last Friday January 10. Right away I tried to log on and pay online but I could not get my password and username to work. I selected “forgot password” to get an email but that did not work. I never got an email. Anyway, I fired an email Tuesday night to PLEASE CALL ME. The following day I called the STH number. I heard Vin Scully and Charlie Steiner call a play so many times that I kept call it along with them. I was afraid that because I had not paid my tickets on time, I had lost my two seats in the Top Deck. Needless to say I was relieved when the Dodgers confirmed my seats for another season.
The day only got better when it was announced that Kershaw and the Dodgers had come to an agreement! YES! Mr. Sunshine will continue to be a Dodger. The seven-year contract is worth $215 million.
I was reading Bill Shaikin this morning in the LA Times. BTW, I don’t read the paper on-line, my paper gets delivered before I leave the house so I read it on the train on my way to work but here is the link to the article http://www.latimes.com/sports/baseball/mlb/dodgers/la-sp-dodgers-kershaw-shaikin-20140116,0,3972240.story#ixzz2qaGvF5r7
I like this from the article:
Walter declined to confirm the $215-million deal — the Dodgers are expected to make an announcement Friday — but he was succinct in explaining why he would even consider approving it.
“Greg Maddux,” Walter said.
In the 21 years since they let Maddux go, the Cubs have won one postseason series. In Walter’s first full year of ownership, the Dodgers won one postseason series.
Kershaw is coming off his second Cy Young Award, the first pitcher since Maddux to lead the major leagues in earned-run average in three consecutive years. Kershaw would have hit free agency next fall, at 26.
Great points by Bill Shaikin and the Silver Fox, Mark Walter.
For Throwback Thursday, here is Kershaw with the Loons in 2007, Photo courtesy of the Great Lakes Loons
23 days until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training
65 days until Opening Day in Australia
74 days until the first Dodger regular season game in the US. (Padres Opening Night)
79 days until Opening Day in LA
I am ready for “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball”
Estoy lista para mirar a Los Dodgers.
p.s. This is my 600th post! February 13, it will be my five-year blog anniversary!