To follow the tradition of other bloggers, I dedicate my #34 ranking to Fernando Valenzuela! Fernando brings back so many memories when I first became a season ticket holder. What a year 1981 was from Fernando taking over on Opening Day for an injured Jerry Reuss to the Dodgers winning the World Series against the Yankees! How sweeeet that was!
I remember watching Fernando playing with a baseball but using it as a soccer ball. He was very playfull.
This is my favorite picture of Fernando.
At the peak of Fernandomania there was a song sang at the then Dodger flag station which again became the Dodger station last year. It went like this
Fernando the great Valenzuela
Supreme matador of them all .
………………………………………….. (this line I forgot )
But by throwing a little baseball.
Don’t know why I still remember that portion and not the other.
Another song that brings so many memories is Abba’s song “Fernando”
There was something in the air that night Fernando…..the stars were bright Fernando…Though we tthought we never lose, there is no regrets….
Abba’s songs reminds me of my first boyfriend.
I can still hear Vin Scully say “If you have a sombrero, throw it into the sky!”
Que viva el toro!! OLE!!! Ahua!!!
Thank you all that contribute to my rankings! xoxoxo
My name is Emma. I was born in Honduras and came to the LA when I was 13. No one in my family followed baseball so my first boyfriend introduced me to the game when I was 20 (long time ago) . He took me to my first game and I remember that he would listen to Vin Scully on the radio. I did not pay much attention as I would argue with him that Football was better than baseball. He would explain baseball to me and I would explain Football. I was a big Ram Fan then. He was born in Maine so his baseball team was the Red Sox but he was also a fan of the Dodgers.
After we went our separate ways, I started attending some games with a very nice older Jewish lady from Brooklyn that used to talk about Sandy Koufax. I started getting into the game more and more.
The last games of 1980 had left me elated and devastated when The Dodgers pushed for an extra playoff game with the Astros. that was an incredible last 3 games of the season in 1980 where one game would have eliminated the Dodgers but they kept fighting back. I remember Bud Furillo playing “Another one Bites the Dust” on Dodger Talk.
Dodgers won in incredible fashion Friday, Saturday and Sunday. After it was official that the Dodgers had won Sunday’s game, I got in line to buy a ticket for the extra playoff game on Monday.
I remember I made sure to show up at working very early that Monday. I walked into my boss’s office to tell him I was only working half a day. His response was “I am surprise you are even here.”
Monday’s game was such a letdown with a lot of second guessing Lasorda. He should have used Fernando in that game! I sat in my car for quite a while all depressed. When I went home I did not want anyone talking to me.
But that November in 1980, I decided to purchase a season ticket. I remember they took me to see a Loge seat (aisle 103 N 3) and that became my seat for 1981 and 1982.
What a year 1981 was with the start of Fernandomaniaand culminating with the Dodgers beating the Yankees in the World Series!!
I had the season ticket for one more year and afterwards I still attended games but not so much as I wanted to go back to school. I started attending less and less games until I would only watch some on TV or just playoffs. Things like free agency, strikes started turning me off. I have a gap of many years that I’ve been catching up. Back in 2000 this guy from work had 3 extra tickets to a game and he invited me along with two other women from work, then someone else invited me to another game and before long my addiction, my love for the Dodgers & baseball was back in full force 🙂