Tagged: ESPN

Nomar Garciaparra Comes Back to the Dodgers!

Nomar Garciaparra joins the Dodgers Broadcasting crew!   The local boy from Whittier, California returns to the Dodgers!

Nomar is expected to do pre-and post-game commentary and be utilized on both the television and radio broadcasts.

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Congratulations Nomah!

the Dodgers are also pursuing ex-Dodger Orel Hershiser to be an announcer and the future broadcasting face of the team, according to USA Today.   Hershiser is also currently with ESPn, though is contract will soon expire.


Ref:  La Times, USA Today.

Spring Training or Bust and Dodgers Opening Day Update

Camelback Ranch or Bust

Spring Training here we come!   We drive Saturday night from the LA area bound to Glendale, AZ or Bust!   We’ll see if we get stopped because we are Hispanics J    We’ll report from Arizona.    Countdown:  Five days!

37 days till Opening Day

When I first heard that ESPN wanted to broadcast Opening Day for The Dodgers against the Giants, I was not happy.   My first thought was “Oh NO!”  No Vin Scully!”   That is sacrilegious!    Vin  is entering his 62nd season as voice of the Dodgers and this will be his 54th home opener in Los Angeles

Thumbnail image for Vin Scully 2.jpgBut serenity has been restored!   It has been announced that Vin will be covering the game on the radio doing innings one to three and seven to nine.   Ah!   I feel much better.     Listening to Vin Scully makes TV unnessary but I’ll be at the game!

I am also glad that the Dodgers held their ground because if it was up to ESPN, the game would have been moved to Frisco!   Still I am not happy that it got moved to an evening to accommodate TV.  

Opening Day was supposed to be Friday April 1‘st but because of ESPN, it will be Thursday March 31st at 5.P.M Pacific Time.    Unlike some, I was able to change my vacation day.  BTW, I argued with my boss that it should be a holiday since I call Dodger Stadium, Our Lady of Chavez Ravine but he would not buy it.  

To hold us up until we get to hear Vin Scully again, here is  Bill Buckner 1986 game   or  9th Inning of Sandy Koufax”s Perfect Game


ref:  MLB.com, Baseball-fever. 

Third base has been very very cold to the Dodgers

Jon Weisman of ESPN posted in his blog Dodger Thought This:

Last time the Dodgers won a Gold Glove at the following positions:

C – Russell Martin, 2007

1B – Steve Garvey, 1977

2B – Orlando Hudson, 2009

SS – Cesar Izturis, 2004

3B – None

OF – Matt Kemp, 2009

OF – Steve Finley, 2004

OF – Raul Mondesi, 1997

P – Greg Maddux, 2008

Third Base, none!!?? I went back to look at all the NL Gold glove winners

1957 Frank Malzone Red Sox (AL)

1958 – 1961 Ken Boyer Cardinals.

1962 Jim Davenport Giants

1963 Ken Boyer Cardinals

1964 – 1968 Ron Santo Cubs

1969 Clete Boyer Atlanta Braves

1970 – 1974 Doug Rader Houston Astros

1975 Ken Reitz Cardinals

1976 – 1984 Mike Schmidt. Phillies. Too bad for Ron Cey.

1985 Tim Wallach Expos

1986 Mike Schmidt Phillies

1987 Terry Pendleton Cardinals

1988 Tim Wallach Expos

1989 Terry Pendleton Cardinals

1990 Tim Wallach Expos

1991 Matt Williams Giants

1992 Terry Pendleton Cardinals

1993 Matt Williams Giants

1994 Terry Pendleton Cardinals

1995 -1997 Ken Caminiti Padres 

1998 Scott Rollen Phillies

1999 Robyn Ventura Mets

2000 – 2001 Scott Rollen Phillies

2002 Scott Rollen Phillies/Cardinals

2003-2004 Scott Rollen Cardinals

2005 Mike Lowell Marlins

2006 Scott Rollen Cardinals

2007 – 2008 David Wright Mets

2009  Brian Zimmerman  Nationals 

2010 Scott Rollen Reds

If Mike Schmidt had not cornered the 3rd base corner for 10 years, Ron Cey might have had a chance. Also had Adrian Beltre not abandoned the Dodgers, he would have had a good chance of getting that first gold glove with the Dodgers.  I know…IF. That hot corner has been very cold to the Dodgers.

Also, It has been 36 years since the last time a Dodger won a GG at first when Steve Garvey won it last. Although James Loney is a good defensive 1st baseman, he got heavy competition with With Jeff’s boy (Pujols) and Adrian Gonzales.

BTW, Gil Hodges was the first 1st base Gold Gloves (Both Leagues) in 1957. He went on to have another in 58 and 59. Wes Parker had six gold gloves at first (1967 – 1972) and Garvey with four (1974-1977)

So that is 13 gold gloves for the Dodgers at First and none at Third.   


Second ITD (InsidetheDodgers) Tour

Last year I  included the story about Joe Pierre that Rhett Bollinger of MLB wrote in this post
the Power of a Blog   Joe was invited by the Dodgers to join the first ITD tour.  

This year the ITD attendance (like the regular attendance) was smaller but we had a great time!   Several people (Including Josh Suchon of Dodger Talk) asked me why attend the tour when I’am always at the stadium and have taken the tour before (quite a few times).      I think it was mainly to meet up with friends and I can’t pass an opportunity to be at my Blue Heaven on Earth.   
Do you find that when re-watching a favorite movie that you notice things that you missed before?  Well, the same thing with taking the tour.   They all have brought something different and heck I don’t get tired of doing it.    A friend of mine who is a Cardinal fan will be visiting in December.   If she wants to do it,  we’ll take the tour.  
Thank you so much Josh Rawitch for taking the time to be our tour guide!    One usher that works in the dugout said to me “Why was Josh guiding the tour?  He does not do that.”   I said “because we are special!”    
Here are some pictures. 
Carol and her husband along other fans sitting in the Dodger dugout
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MLB required camera.    
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The closest toilet to the Dodgers dugout.  LOL. 

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To the right is the cage where Kirk Gibson hit the most dramatic homerun in Dodger history.  This image of Kirk Gibson pumping his fist along with Mel Didie’s quote was added afterwards.    Kirk Gibson was pleased when he saw it. 

 I am glad we ran into Manny Mota so that I could tell him what a wonderful job he and Pepe Yniguez are doing on the Spanish TV station.  Thank you so much Manny for spending time with us.  Muchisimas gracias Manny!   

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I am taking a picture of the mirror image.    Look at the guy with Kershaw’s number 22!  I like how that came out.  Number 22 by the way is the number I came in at in the latest MLB fan blog ranking!    Thank you all that visit my humble blog! 

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Kuo going by as we were in the batting cage by the Dodger Bullpen

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Here is Mike (PeruMike)  

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Chad Billingsley doing his running.

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Ok, I am going to have to put some of the other pictures including Mike’s beautiful wife on another post.    I am hungry!  and I need to get ready for the ballgame.   

Game on ESPN today.  No Vinny 😦  

Go Dodgers!   Sanchez against Kuroda-san!