I did not have my blog back in 2006 but I had a draft email that I think I sent to a friend back then. What a great Dodger day September 18, 2006 was! Here is what I wrote back then:
I was at the game on 9/18/06 and no freaking way I am using my tickets to get Hooter’s hot wings! I already wrote on my tix what happened and put it away. I am saving my blankets that we got to commemorate that day! I stayed for the entire game on Saturday so there was no way I was leaving until the last out on Monday. Many people in our top deck section also stayed but there were those that gave up and left. Two of those guys came back to watch the 10th innings! they were in their car listening and hurried back in. It as so sweeeet. some of us were going down the aisle hugging and hi-fiving!
I always keep score and at the end of the 9th inning when the score was 9 -5, after I recorded the last out of the Padres I put a #$%@%$ in the next square down out of frustration. I wanted to curse but there was this 3 year old cute girl that comes with her parents. She loves to hi-five! Anyway, I moved to the last row where my friend Lorena sits and there were these three Padre fans standing in the back. They were saying that probably they were going to miss their train back to SD, but that now that Hoffman was coming to the game, it was over. I turned around and told them “remember what happened in the All-Star game” They reminded me of what Hoffman has done against the Dodgers. They could not freaking believe what happened afterwards! When I was Hi-fiving everyone I was also doing it to them and they went along. They also said they had not seen anything like that.
When Nomar came to bat, they were saying “here comes the rally killer, is over now.” I was yelling “C’mon Nomah…. I believe in you!! “Hit one out for the Ravines (My baseball fantasy team)! It was unbelievable the atmosphere! I along with other fans were going down the aisles hi-fiving and hugging those that I see day in and day out! We stayed and watch all the highlights! When I walked out of the stadium, everyone was going crazy honking their horns everywhere! having their windows down and yelling! Unbelievable!
Oh, yeah while I was walking to my car, I noticed Linda (SDDodger) had left me a message. I called her back and left her a message and let her listen to all the noise, the honks, the noise people were making as they were heading out of the park. I got home and watched the entire replay and taped it. I dozed off during Russell’s Homerun but that is OK, I watched the highlights this morning on ESPN. Did not get many hours of sleep but I’ll be at the stadium again tonight.
Go Dodgers!!! Oh yeah,,,, for those that might want to chat with Nomah, he will be on-line at 2PM today. Got a meeting at that time, but I’ll read later on what he and others had to say. Now, better get some work done.
Another thing, what was up with Peavy!? Was he yelling at Piazza? something about “that was a fastball” IF that is so, you don’t disrespect your catcher. punk. Don’t know what was up with him and Mariano also but I like the way the boys in blue came out ready to rumble!
Happy birthday to my Padre fan friend Mike Egan! Have a wonderful day! I love that this anniversary of 9/18/2006 happened on your birthday! Thanks for being a great friend and see you in San Diego this weekend!
We will never see another day like this in our lifetime. It’s the century’s last sequential date.
In honor of LA Dodgers wearing # 12.
Tommy is always very nice at the Stadium or anywhere he is representing the Dodgers.
I used to sit in “Bakersfield” back in Dusty’s playing days. We used to throw gum to him when he took his spot in Left Field. Dusty and a bat boy would pick up the gum. Dusty would pick up the gums and acknoledge us fans. Fun days.
For us women that took the Women Baseball clinics with Jeff Kent, we got to know what a nice guy he was. He just put a grouchy face with the media but to us fans he was nice. He was very patience during -what was it 5 years of Women Baseball clinics_ teaching us how to pick up ground balls, teaching us baseball terms, catching us in the bullpen and giving us suggestions how to throw the ball and overall clowning around there.
So enjoy the date 12/12/12. We wont see it in our lifetime again.
When I review my Dodger pictures, what I remember from the 00 decades are the thrill of victories, the friends that I have made because of baseball and or the Dodgers, the friends that I continue to have, the sadness for departed players, the pain by the beloved players that have used PEDs, the way I have learned to accept that we can’t win every game but still the frustration of some of those winnable games, my beloved Dodger Stadium, the road trips, Vero Beach, Camelback Ranch, the game at the Coliseum, the Dodger float at the Rose Parade, the Bluetopia movie, the Dodger Star in Hollywood Walk of fame, my family and non-baseball friends accepting and understanding for my love for the Dodgers.
Dodgers Most Remembered during this 00 Decade.
Vin Scully. Hearing Vin Scully on the radio or TV or when I ride the elevator at the stadium brings a big smile to my face. He is the reason I carry a radio to the stadium.
Adrian Beltre. My first and last player’s jersey. After his departure, I vowed not to get a current player’s jersey. My next jersey was a Jackie Robinson jersey.
Paul Lo Duca. He lingered in the minor league for a while. From 2001 to 2004, he hit .288 and hit 55 homers and 286 RBIs. I cried when I heard him crying when he found out he got traded to the Marlins.
Eric Gagne. Oh, how electrifying it was to listen to “Welcome to the Jungle” when he exit the bullpen gate. There was such energy from the entire stadium with the anticipation of him coming into the game.
Paul Lo Duca and Eric Gagne: How dissapointed I was when I read the Mitchell report.
Shawn Green He hit 91 homers in a two-year span, including four of them in a single game at Milwaukee on May 23, 2002. Shawn just went quietly about his business. He was such a nice guy.
Here is a picture of Shawn Green with Sandy Koufax:
Jeff Kent. He was the Dodgers’ best offensive player for the bulk of his four seasons with the club. He got a raw deal with a writer from the L.A. Times. I am glad that he got to host the WIN Baseball clinic for four years so that we, the fans that attended those events and others he attended got to see a more approachable and friendly Jeff Kent.
Derek Lowe. Reliable, never been on the disabled list. At times, I felt bad for the lack of run support. I made it a point to go by the bullpen after his starts to praise his starts when he lost. He was nice and friendly with the fans. He helped Jeff Kent at one of the WIN baseball games
Manny Ramirez. He energized the team when he was traded during the July 2008 tradeline. His production dropped off after his return from his suspension but one must also remember that he got hit on the wrist after coming back. Likable and friendly when my friends and I met him by coincidence in the parking lot during Spring Training.
Andre Ethier. There was no other player I’d like to see when the game was on the line than Andre. He lead the majors with six walk-off hits in 2009 and a total of nine walk-off hits in 2008 and 2009 combined, with five of those hits home runs. What an incredible year he had in 2009.
Today walking around Dodger Stadium I noticed some fans wtih t-shirts saying “Free Manny” or “I Support Manny” Someone asked where they got the t-shirts and they said someone outside the stadium was selling them for $5. I was left wondering if those people bought the t-shirts because it was $5 or because they think is OK to cheat with steioids. I don’t condone steroid use, to condone it would be to say “is OK to cheat.” Is it OK for kids to cheat on their exam? No! Is unfair for those that have worked hard to take those exams.
It is unfair for those players that have stayed clean and continue to stay clean even with all the steroids being used around them. It reminded me of what Jeff Kent said during his retirement speech when asked what he thought about this whole steroid issue. He said “The integrity of the game has been jeopardized for so many years, and I’m embarrassed about the steroid era.” He also said “I saw it around me what could I do but work harder to compete.”
If you have read my post you know that I met Manny and found him to be so nice. But just because he was nice to my friends and I does not mean he gets a pass with me. It also bothers me that he has not addressed his teammates. If he needs more time for that, Ok take it but do address your teammates.
I gave Barry Bonds and all involved with steroids a hard time and Manny is not getting a free pass with me just because he is a Dodger. I also hate that only after players get caught using steroids is when they apologize and they say how sorry they are. Are they truly sorry or sorry that they got caught? I am disgusted with all the players that have cheated this great game but especially with those that already had great abilities.
Is a sad day in baseball but like Vin Scully said today in his broacast “no one man stops baseball.”
for those that missed Jeff conference, here is a small part of what he said as he took deep breaths and long pauses, but the tears flowed anyway: .
“The integrity of the game has been jeopardized for so many years, and I’m embarrassed about the steroid era,” .
After saying that he was originally drafted in the 20th round, he said:
“And for the kids who might want to be a baseball player some day (sniff. pause ) there is a chance that you can play this great game (his voice breaking down) if you are not the biggest guy if you are not the fastest guy (sniff) even if you are not the smartest guy there is a chance (pause) that you can still play this game”.
I will miss you Jeff!
For the last couple of years, when baseball season starts, I’ve been telling my brother “This is the year I will start writing letters to the editors. I want one of my letters published!” But I have only written one in two years. This year, it was not the beginning of the baseball season but when Jeff Kent_ one of my favorite players retired, I wanted to convey that the guy that was at the press conference was the player that I have seen for the last 4 years. Like he said on his press conference, “he rather talk to 100,000 fans than to the media”.
I cried along with Jeff watching his press conference. I remembered also that Jeff had cried at the press conference when he became a Dodger. I reminded him of this when I saw him at the last WIN baseball clinic. He smiled and said “Well, I took a look at my mother and there she was crying”.
I wrote my letter in the hopes that maybe, just maybe it would be published. Just in case, I also sent it to the Fanfeed Dodgers email address. Saturday morning I picked up the paper and started with the Sport section as I always do. All was quiet in my house but when I started reading the letters and got to MY letter, I was “OMG!” “OMG!” , I just had to wake up my brother and show it to him. He was ‘mm, ok….zzzz”.
That Saturday I headed to the stadium for “Select a Seat day”. I wanted to move my seats two seats over but they were not available. They had free Dodger Dogs, soda, peanuts & cracker jacks. Needless to say, I took the sport section with me and was telling several people there that my letter got published. One of the young Dodger embassadors said ‘was that the letter you sent us?”. She started telling some of her co-workers. I headed to the restaurant wearing my Jeff Kent jersey ready to enjoy a Dodger dog when a fan approached me saying “are you sad that he retired?”. I told him yes and I showed him my letter.my brother just rolled his eyes.
Here is my letter and the link to “letters to the editor” from the L.A. times. Skip the negatives :-).
That is the Jeff Kent I saw at WIN baseball clinics for the last four years, the guy I saw signing autographs for kids under a hot sun and advising them at Dodger Stadium. The one who looked up at me when I asked him when he was going to be reactivated so that I could reactivate him in my fantasy baseball team and apologized for being injured. The one with the wonderful smile at the baseball clinics joking with us, catching us in the bullpen, patiently taking pictures and signing autographs. The only player that has asked me for my name by saying “I am sorry, what is your name?”
I am proudly wearing my Jeff Kent jersey today.