What a great game by the Dodgers at the Ravine! What a brilliant performance by rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu! Ryu shutout the Cardinals 3-0. He scattered three hits in the seven innings he pitched.
The game started with the unveiling of the flag on the field
the 30 home run team of Steve Garvey, Reggie Smith, Dusty Baker and Ron Cey threw out the first pitch
Super fan Rachel and my brother Victor after the victory
Don Mattingly was all smiles
Hanley was all smiles too! I love Hanley Ramirez! I love the Dodgers and I love LA!
I am at work today but only for half a day. I am taking half day vacation today and heading to OLOCR, Our Lady of Chavez Ravine for game 3 of the NLCS.
Things look dire for the Dodgers trailing the series 2 games to none to the Cardinals.
According to @GrandesenlosDeportes from the Dominican Republic Hanley Ramirez has two broken Ribs. As of the time I am writing this, Dodgers have not confirmed this. I am praying the results are still negative.
Talking about praying, yesterday I googled St Rita church. As some will remember a while back I did a post on St. Rita being the patriot Saint of Baseball http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2011/06/03/patron-saint-of-baseball/
I was looking to see if I had a St Rita church close to me. I found her! St Rita of Cascia church is located at 318 N. Baldiwn Avenue in the city of Sierra Madre in California.
Saint Rita’s Catholic church sign
St Rita is the saint of the Impossible
Needless to say I went there to pray for a friend, for my family, the Dodgers and me.
May the Dodgers bat come alive
May the Dodgers health improve
May the Dodgers defense be brilliant
May the Dodgers pitching continue to be superb
May the Dodgers beat the Cardinals!
Go Dodgers! Heading to our Magic Castle, Dodger Stadium also known as OLOCR.
Labor Day! What better place to spend the day than at Dodger Stadium! My friend Lorena was back after being sick for a couple of days! She brought her two nieces. Victor and I met them there for early batting practice. Rosie and her sister Blanca were also there early, as well as Renee and Desiree so we sat there watching batting practice and talking.
See what a beautiful day it was on Labor Day!
I keep seeing some search hits in my blog asking “what does Cochito means?” It means little pig. The actual name for little pig is “cochinito” but I guess that is a shorter name, Cochito.
Hanley Ramirez after he hit his homerun on a fly ball to center field on the first pitch. Note he is on his way to do the “I See You!”
Remember when Ethier had his walk-off walk on April 13, 2012? No walk up this time but he did tie the game in the 9th with a solo homerun!
The players applauding Cochito Luis Cruz getting another hit! and the fans chanting cruuuuuuuuuz!
Cochito gets the 4th hit of the night!
I asked Pepe Yniguez thru twitter if he could ask Cochito when is his dad going to come from Mexico to see him play. Pepe answered that Luis Crus will bring his dad as soon as he gets his dad’s passport in order. It could be before the month ends.
A.J. Ellis gets a walk-off single to right field to score Ethier!
I like this picture with Andre and Adrian. They look like they are dancing.
And for the second day in a row we have a Walk-off and Steve Lyons getting soaked with whoever is being interviewed. The night before it was Adrian Gonzalez. Labor Day it was A.J. Ellis.
So happy to keep on singing “I LOVE LA!”
Thank you Lorena for taking pictures for me!
Dodgers schedule for 2013:
The Red Sox are tentatively scheduled to play three games at Dodger Stadium in August and the Yankees for two games in July. The Dodgers are scheduled to play at Yankee Stadium in June! Let it not be the same days as the SABR convention please!
Extra Extra! The Dodgers finally beat the Diamond Backs! The monkey is off their back! Josh Becket got his first win with the Dodgers. Final score Dodgers 2, Diamond Backs 1. All three runs on solo homeruns off Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier and Justin Upton.
Congratulations Josh on your first win with the Dodgers!
Capuano goes today against Miley.
Dodgers have added Bobby Abreu to the roster by purchasing his contract from the Albuquerque Isotopes. bobby will wear #12.
Barbarroja Chad Billingsley
Jaime Jarrin has nicknamed Chad Billingsley Barbarroja because his beard is coming out red. Jaime said during one of his transmission that he told Billingsley that he calls him that. Billz said he likes it.
There is a Barbarroja beer in Argentina.
Billingsley record with the beard is is 5-0 in his last five games with a 1.56 ERA
El Cochito Luis Cruz
Jaime Jarrin and Pepe Yniguez report that El Cochito Cruz talks to his dad every day about how he is doing. His dad watches him on the internet. He tells him “you did this right, you should open this way, you did this wrong. Cochito cruz Sr. used to play in the Mexican League. As I edit this Cochito Cruz just hit a homerun!
The Nickname: Cochito
The nickname “Cochito” refers to “el Cochinito” which means a little pig. Luis Cruz Sr. was known by that last name so his son inherited the nickname.
Back to Back to Back Homeruns
Congratulatios to the guys that hit the back to back to back Hanley Ramirez, Loney and CochitoCruz. If someone had told you that there were four homeruns in the Dodger game you would have figured that Kemp and Ethier were included in there but no. There were four hits in the game and all four were homeruns.
The Baseball Reliquary and “Not Exactly Cooperstown”
Watching the game and later I am heading to the the Pasadena Library for the screening of “Not Exactly Cooperstown” Tom Hoffarth has a Q&A with the filmmaker Jon Leonoudakis hhttp://www.dailynews.com/sports/ci_21347428/sunday-q-tom-hoffarth-filmmaker-happy-reliquary-is
Jon is a Giant fan but I don’t hold that against him but I want to see what he has to say about Melky. Oh yeah, fans are encouraged to show up dressed in their baseball gear. I think I will dress as Hilda Chester. Still looking for my bag that says “Hilda is Here!”
Get away game for the Dodgers with the Braves then home to play three with the Giants. Go Dodgers!
Listening to Dodger Talk last night reminded me that yeah, Steven Fife and Federowicz were the two players that the Dodgers got in the three team trade where the Dodgers sent Trayvon Robinson to Seattle.
In his major league debut he had to face Halladay. He went six inning winning the game 2-1 but the Dodger bullpen gave it away.
He did great but had to be sent back to the minors.
First game at AT&T Park. Steven Fife against Matt Cain
Scott Elbert went on the DL and Steven Fife was callled back again to face another Perfecto pitcher in Matt Cain. No problem, Fife again rose to the occasion. He had no decision but the Dodgers won the game with Hanley Ramirez hitting his first homerun as a Dodger. The two run homerun came in the 10th against Romo.
Final score Dodgers 5, Giants 3. Rookie Tolleson with the win. Fife got his first major league hit, a double off Matt Cain.
High Five Fife!
2nd Game at At&T Park: Billingsley against Zito.
You are the man Billingsley! Like Jaime Jarrin said “Billingsley ha estado pitchando una jolla de juego” “Billingsley is pitching a jewel of a game”.
Cochito Luis Cruz extended his hitting streak to 11. This is the longest hitting streak for a Dodger this year.
The revenge is sweet in Sports. Dodgers win 10 -0 and now are going for
the sweep tomorrow with Clayton Kershaw
ref: pictures froom Jon SooHoo at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com
Yesterday’s Dodgers loss to the Cardinals was frustrating. After Kershaw was leading 2-0, he ended up giving up 8 runs 😦
BUT this morning I woke up to the news that the Dodgers had acquired Hanley Ramirez and Lefty reliever Randy Choate from the Marlins 🙂
Dodgers sent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and minor leaguer Scott McCough. Eovaldi had tough luck with the Dodgers. He should have a better record had he gotten some run support. good luck Eovaldi! Pitcher McCough was at Rancho. Good luck McCough.
Welcome to the Dodgers Hanley Ramirez & Randy Choate. Welcome To Our Team!
Hanley will be wearing #13. I heard that he is going to ask Tommy for #2. Don’t even go there Hanley! Keep #13 or go for #99 like the other Ramirez had.
Great! Jon SooHoo just posted a picture of Hanley in his blog http://Dodgerphotog.mlblogs.com
Great job Stan Kasten and the rest of the Dodger owners!
Now, let’s start another winning streak. Harang is on the mound against Lohse.
Giants are losing to the Padres 5-1 in the
5th! 8th! YAY!