I was coming out of work when I heard Dee Gordon hit a homerun. I stopped to double check that on MLB At Bat 12. Yep! is true! he hit one out! Of course I had to watch it too. He put it a few rows up. Congratulations @skinnyswag! Dee is in my baseball fantasy team. This time Dee could take his time running around the bases.
pic by Jon SooHoo
Those two are not the only ones that had a bet going. About a month ago I was having dinner with friends Terry of http://www.baseballreliquary.org/ and Steve Seemayer of http://labluebum.com/. Terry bet Steve that Dee Gordon would hit a homerun this year. The bet: the big sum of $1. 🙂
Dodgers were leading 4-0 in the first inning but as we all know, no lead is safe in Colorado. The score ended up being 7-6. Javy Guerra, yes, Javy Guerra saved the game! The snuggie curse on Javy has been lifted. Not posting another picture with the snuggie. I don’t want to upset the baseball gods or Santa Rita, the Baseball saint.
I felt asleep adding this post. hit post before I was done so update below.
#20 MLB Fan ranking for April 2012. Don Sutton.
Thank you all that visit my blog! It came in at #20 for the MLB Fan blogs. #20 is Don Sutton retired number. I saw him briefly When Atlanta was at Dodger Stadium. I asked Don if I could have a picture with him. He asked for what. I said for my blog and he said no, something about a bad experience. I was OK with it so I told him “Have a great day!”
OK, so I don’t know what made me check this but did you know that Don Sutton never had a homerun?
With the bases loaded and one out in the 10th inning, Ryan Braun hit a shallow flyball. Kemp could have thrown the baseball better as it bounced twice. BUT
Nyjer Morgan was out.
Guerrier took the loss. Kameron Loes earns the win.
Dodgers now need to avoid the sweep. Early game tomorrow at 10:10 AM Pacific Time. Aaron Harang goes for the Dodgers against Ex Dodger Randy Wolf. I hope the Dodgers play better against the Brewers.
Dodgers then head to Houston for the weekend.
The next Dodger homestand brings the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals. Tuesday 4/24 will be
Sleeved Blanket night. Javy Guerra doing the commercial.
Saturday 4/28 will be Don Drysdale and Maury Wills bobblehead.
Sunday 4/29 will be Kids Clayton Kershaw replica jersey. Wish I could get one. I could get into the XL.
Ran into this billboard close to my house, one of many Dodger billboards this year with Dodgers celebrating 50 years.
Una Tradicion de LA solo en KTNQ (Fernando Valenzuela, Jaime Jarrin & Pepe Yniguez)
Twitter: Tomorrow at 2pm is the 1st #DodgersChat! Use #DodgerChats to ask Dodgers Team Historian Mark Langill any questions about Dodgers history at Dodger Stadium. Hmmm… what am I going to ask???
Jake Ross of Gaslampball.com took this picture.
Apr 7 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers fan Emma Amaya wears a shirt in honor of former Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Magic Johnson before a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
I kept getting texts that I was on TV.
My cousin Edgar’s wife Jeannie tagged me on this picture that she took of the TV screen
Magic was at Opening Day in San Diego along with Frank McCourt & his GF. This picture taken by my friend Lorena (LuvtheDodgers23). Notice Frank’s GF eyeing Matt Kemp
I was having a hard time with my camera. Jon SooHoo of Dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com told me I bounced the camera too many times. Actually it started working better after I had him look at it. Still, I did not take good pictures from afar but luckly my friend Lorena did so I am sharing her pictures:
Opening Day at Petco. Second time Lorena and I go to Petco Park Opening Day against the Dodgers. First time was in 2009.
SkinnySwag! Dee Gordon. I saw him after the game and I told him I have him in my fantasy Baseball team. He said “I am not doing too well” I said that is OK, to early. Lorena pointed to her heart and said “We Love you!” The following day I saw him again after the game and he had done so good that I stopped him and excitedly I told him “You did great today Dee!” He in turned gave me a hug and told me “Thank you ma’am” that so cute of him.
Clayton Kershaw was fighting the stomach flu but he insisted to Mattingly that he still wanted to pitch on Opening Day. He could only go three innings because of the stomach flu. He also collected the first hit for the Dodgers with a double. his ERA: 0.00 and his batting average: 1.000.
Because of the day off today, Kershaw is starting the Home Openner tomorrow afternoon.
Josh Lindblom came in after Kershaw and collected the win. Javy Guerra got the save. Thanks Lorena for the pictures.
This picture from Jon Soohoo of Dodger fans making the trip from LA to Petco Park. This is before Friday’s game.
Lorena and I. ‘yeah, I did not noticed before that I closed my eyes.
Reaction of Dodger fans after @skinnyswag Dee Gordon terrories the Padres.
Having a good time in San Having a good time in San Diego with friends. From Top to bottom; Blanca, Lorena, Emma, Rosie and Amanda.
Happy Opening Day Eve! Happy Opening Day Eve! Happy Opening Day Eve! Can’t wait to be at Dodger Stadium tomorrow!
Before I head back to CamelbackRanch this weekend, I wanted to post more pictures from my first trip so here they are:
The seven of us with Manny Mota. Too bad the kid taking the picture did not get us all in the picture. Good thing Rosie had another picture.
Sneaking in with Tommy Lasorda. Tommy had signed a ball for me back in 2010 but the ink was getting lighter (no, I did not originally use a blue pen) so he signed it again. He also signed my Mark Langill book. He started looking at the pictures in the book commenting about the rookies of the year on the opposite page where he signed. Thanks Tommy! Love you!
Everyone stopped to watch Kershaw pitch in the intersquad game.
Kershaw had a good outing.
It was time for us to head out but before that we spotted Pepe Yniguez with Bill DeLury. Mr. DeLury has been with the Dodgers since 1950, mostly as Traveling Secretary. He started with the Dodgers as a 17-year- old office boy. Evan of Opinion of Kingman’s Performance did a wonderful job in interviewing Mr. DeLury. Here is the link http://opinionofkingmansperformance.blogspot.com/2011/06/second-longest-tenured-dodger-employee.html
Lorena with Pepe Yniguez. Pepe has been broadcasting Dodger games en Espanol since 1999.
Pepe also teams up with Manny Mota calling some games on TV on Time Warner cable channel 858
Javy Guerra got a kick of Rosie bringing the Rookie Hazing picture of Javy dressed as a Taco.
Javy when he saw me that I sporting my Javy batting practice jersey, he turned me around to show another player and said “See? she is my number ONE fan!” 🙂
I was playing photographer. Here is Priscy with Javy
Here is Amanda with Javy
Here is Tony Jackson, Beat Writer for ESPN Los Angeles. I like his long hair.
Taking a well deserved rest before we go inside Margaritaville
After food and drinks we headed next door to Saddle Ranch for some tequila shots and to ride the mechanical bull
The bull kicks Rene
Priscy is next
She gets knocked out but she gets back on the bull
She is having a bull, I mean a ball lol
Nice going Desiree! Even falling, you fall with grace.
Time to head back to LA. I am going going back to Cali Cali…..
Next Trip: Leaving Thursday night with Lorena and her niece Elisa. Lorena will be driving. They will drive back to Cali. I on the other hand need to head to NH to work there the following week so I will miss Sunday’s game as my flight leaves at noon. I can’t wait for Thursday night!
When Lorena and I found out that there was going to be a Spring Traning Fanfest 3/3/12, we said “Let’s go!” Rosie, who we met on Twitter last year said “I want to go!” The original plan was to go for the day. We already had a Spring Training road trip planned for the St Patrick weekend so we thought a turnaround trip would be OK.
On Saturday 2/25 I get a text from Lorena that Amanda was joining. A few days later Lorena tells us her friend Priscila is also joining us. Our group had grown to FIVE.
After thinking it over, we thought the original plan was kinda crazy to drive from LA to AZ and come back the same night so we changed it stay Saturday night.
The buz at Camelback Ranch the day before we were to leave was that Sandy Koufax was there! Dodger fans were giddy with excitment.
Kershaw, Sandy Koufax and Don Mattingly. Picture taken by Jon SooHoo.
Because of Sandy Koufax was at Camelback Ranch, our group grew to seven a few hours before we were scheduled to take off. Needless to say some of us hardly got any sleep or none at all.
The minivan arrived at my house about 2 AM. A few minutes later Rosie was dropped off at my house. Because of a mixup, Rosie did not bring anything but her purse. She thought we had changed back to making the trip a turnaround trip. She wanted to stay but we said “There is a Target, close by…. ” So off we went six women and a men in a Blue Minivan.
We arrived safely and it was off to taking pictures. The first one I took was with Gaylord Perry
The second one was with Javy!
Here is Rene and I talking with Jon SooHoo
This picture taken by Dodger main photographer Jon SooHoo, appeared in the Dodgers Photo Gallery. Thanks Jon! . Check out his MLB blog at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com
With Manny Mota on his bicycle
Plenty of pictures were taking especially at Sattle Ranch where 3 of the group rode the mechanical bull but I’ll leave the pictures for another post or maybe I should check with the group if is OK to post.
I had a wonderful time on this trip. Can’t wait to be back at Camelback Ranch for St Patrick weekend. The only thing is I won’t be able to watch the game on Sunday as I am scheduled to work in NH the following week so I am taking a flight at noon.
The following is the copy of the latest Dodger Magazine:
In it, it shows Dodger fans that have had their season tickets for 30 years or more. Although I started 30 years ago as a season ticket holder, my total years do not equal that. I do have friends in that picture.
The September magazine saluted us fans as the 10th player! Is nice to have a magazine dedicated to us fans. In addition to a salute to the long time season ticket holders, the Dodgers took the time to interview a lot of Dodger fans for the magazine like the Aisle 2 Crew in the Reserved and yours truly.
Jorge Martin approached me in the last Viva Los Dodgers event when he spotted me wearing a Javy Guerra batting practice jersey. I had spotted the jersey in the club level and although it fits me big, I just had to buy it. Here is the article in the magazine with the pictures
EMMA IS HERE . Emma Amaya shows her loyalty is True Blue By Jorge Martin & Cary Osborne
WHEN EMMA AMAYA calls Dodger Stadium “my second home, my second family,” she’s not kidding. Amaya is a fixture in the Top Deck in her season seats, but when the Dodgers are away from home or out of season, her passion for the team remains strong.
She Flew to Minnesota this year to catch the Dodgers during an interleague series. She is a regular at autograph signings around the southland. Often camping out for hours to assure herself a great spot. She even visited Citi Field in New York to see the Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia, especially the Jackie Robinson exhibit. Amaya even gave Dodger Reliever Javy Guerra a book about the history of Mexican baseball players who have played in Los Angeles, something that Guerra had started to read.
You see, Amaya takes this “Dodger family” stuff really seriously. Amaya said she grew up a football fan. A boyfriend took her to Dodger Stadium one time and she was hooked. Before long Amaya began coming regularly to games with a friend who educated her on the Brooklyn Dodgers, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale.
Now it’s her doing the educating. During the Brooklyn days, the biggest superfan was Hilda Chester. Chester was a regular at Ebbets Field, but achieved fame by banging a frying pan with an iron ladle from her seat in the bleachers. people took notice.
(Left) Amaya posed with Duke Snider’s half of Fame plaque.
Including Dodger players who in the 1930’s presented her with a cowbell. After suffering a second heart attach, it is said that former Dodger manager Leo Durocher visited her in the hospital. She returned to the bleaches with her Brooklyn accent and cowbell to cheer sounding as strong as ever. A sign near her seat would proclaim, “Hilda is Here!”
Amaya doesn’t fashion herself exactly as a 21st Century Hilda Chester, but she did come to Opening Day last season dressed as the legendary fan. a curious usher asked about her costume.
“Look her up,” Amaya told the usher. “When I come here tomorrow, you tell me something that tells me you did look it up.”
The Next Day, the usher saw Amaya and yelled out one of Chester’s favorite lines, “EAT YOUR HEART OUT, YOU BUMS!”
Amaya speaks affectionately and nostalgically about the Dodgers, pointing out that the first year that she had season tickets was 1981–The year of Fernandomania and the World Series against the New York Yankees. A computer programmer from El Monte, Amaya has also helped build communities both in and around Dodger Stadium. sh has developed bonds with Dodger fans on Twitter and the regulars at her Top Deck seats at Dodger Stadium, and has even gone to Dodger related events with the people she sits with at games.
One of those events led to a memorable exchange with a Dodger player. After Matt Kemp hit a 10th inning walk-off single on August 12, Amaya and a friend immediately left from Dodger Stadium and headed down to Redondo Beach. They They camped out outside of a store where Kemp was to sign autographs the following morning. amaya finally made her way to the front of the line and met Kemp, who after hearing about her coming striahgt from the game asked Amaya, “Did you eat?”
Kemp might have been thinking about theat interaction when he did another autograph signing on Aug. 26. On that day, Kemp ordered pizza for everyone in line.
Amaya smiles easily when she talks about the team she has pent more than three decades following closely. she summed up so much of what keeps brning her back day after day, year after year when she said: “I love watching a triple, I love watching a pitcher’s duel. I love watching a well-executed double play. I love the game, and I love the Dodgers”
Thank you Dodgers! Thank you Jorge Martin & Cary Osborne and all that contributed to the article. I am humble by it all.
Here is a picture of Jayv Guerra holding the book I gave him: