It was a great weekend for Los Angeles! Lakers, Clippers & Dodgers win! The Dodgers swept the Rockies. The last game did not start well with Lilly on the mound. Then when Matt Kemp had to come out of the game with a sore hammy and then Ethier got kicked out of the game, things did not look good, but AJ Ellis said “no worries” Here I am! Boom! Homerun by AJ Ellis to clear the bases. BTW, Abreau is doing great since joining the Dodgers from the Angels. I believe he has three doubles now. I saw him at second base with a big smile :-).
Now here are the Snakes and Dodgers ex-Dodgers VP of Communications, Josh Rawtich returns to Dodger Stadium with his new team the D-Backs. I miss you Josh!
Matt Kemp is out of the lineup today. Rest and Get betterMatt!
Dodgers are in first place and so are my fantasy baseball team, Los Locos Azules.
No batting practice for me today but I am now leaving work and heading to the Ravine. Clayton Kershaw faces Ian Kennedy.
Tomorrow I will be sure to leave early since is Orel Hershiser Bobblehead. BTW, I saw fans get mad yesterday because they did not get an Andre Ethier bag. It said the first 20,000 fans so Dodgers ran out before the game. Get there early for giveaways especially when the number of giveaways is limited.
Spring is in the air! Check out the flowers outside where I work. They are called Magnolia Alexandria.
The Dodgers Caravan will be February 14th to the 15th! This year is full of community work where the fans get to join in!.
My friend Lorena, Erik and I are thrilled that we were able to signed up for both days. February 14th it will be Cleanup our LA river and February 15th, cleanup the Bay (Santa Monica). I can’t wait!
The Dodger current and past players along with Dodger announcers will also visit hospitals and schools as part of giving back to the community. I think getting the fans involved is a great idea. Details here
Dodgers will also be at the Lopez Tonight show in Burbank on Valentines Day but I could not get tickets to that. Can anyone get us at the Warner Bros studios on that day? I used to know someone that used to get me VIP tickets but that person moved out of state.
My friend Lorena and started talking Spring Training games when we met at the Laker game last night. Yeah, Lakers lost to the Spurs but we had a good time.
We along with friend Margie decided on the first two games at Camelback Ranch. The first game is Sunday February 27th against the Angels and Monday against the White Sox. We might get there on Saturday or early Sunday. I can’t wait!
February is looking pretty good! that is Andre Ethier jumping up with Joaquin
from the adoption site at www.heartgalleryla.org.
PLEASE click on the link above, then the video of the Dodgers salute to the Heart Gallery of Los Angeles in their pursuit to find homes for children.
In the video you can see Russell Martin, Andre Ethier and James Loney with children from the Heart Gallery of Los Angeles,
This is the second year the Dodgers team up with the Heart Gallery of Los Angeles doing the Calendar. According to Josh Rawitch, Dodgers Vice President of Communications, the Gallery has had a high rate of success since the kids have been featured on the Team calendar.
When I left work yesterday on my way to the stadium, I went into my facebook and wrote “I am on my way to Dodger Stadium.” A friend that should know better responded “Manny is not going to play Goofy.”. She should know that Manny or no Manny, I go to the stadium. I have only missed 3 games this year and only because I was out on a business trip.
What a game! What a game! Like Manny said “Wow” You can’t scrip that better. Bases loaded and in comes Manny with the bases loaded. Bang!! first pitch into the area designated as “Mannywood”. I could see my friend Rosa and her daugther Ronny jumping up in down. They have season tickets in the first row of Mannywood next to the Dodgers bullpen.
We were all jumping up and down and the noise was deafening even with the headphones of my radio. This game reminded me of the Back to Back to Back to Back game against the Padres. Like that night, there we were high fiving everyone and reaching even further to high five more fans. Since we sit in the last row, a group congregates in back of us and when Manny comes to bat, well they multiply there!. We love our section and all the rest of the season ticket holders there or those with packaged tickets. We have even gotten to know the friends of the regulars there.
No Game today (Thursday) but as reported by Josh Rawitch in his thread titled “You got to be kidding me” at http://insidethedodgers.mlblogs.com/, Manny was at the stadium on an off day BEFORE 10AM taking batting practice. WOW! That is dedication! What a guy! What a team! What a Team!
Manny showing some love for the Left field pavilion (pic from MSTI’s blog)
Congratulations to Andre Ethier who hit his 20th homerun! and to Billingsley who finally got his #10 win!
The Marlins are in town and a group of my friends from the Metrolink train will be there. For one of them it will be her first trip to a baseball game.
Without having a blog like http://insidethedodgers.mlblogs.com/where we from all parts of the country can share our passion for our beloved Dodgers, this story would not have taken place. Please take a moment to read this touching story well written by Rhett Bollinger /MLB.
I could not help get all teary reading it. I was happy to be part of this and to finally meet many of the “blogmates” (term used by Sparkleplenty from the ITD blog).
Mr. McCourt showed up Saturday night half way thru the game and sat there with Joe Pierre. All thru Friday and Saturday, oldbrooklynfan(Joe Pierre) kept saying “I can’t believe this is happening to me.”
To Mr. Frank McCourt and Josh Rawitch:
This goes to show how classy the Dodgers are.
Meanwhile back at the Ranch…..Lore and I made it from the L.A. area to Glendale, AZ in 5 hours. The first thing we saw when we were approaching Camelback Ranch was a digital sign from CVS drugstore that read “Welcome Dodgers fans to the Cactus League”. We both pointed to the sign excitedly. We got more excited when we saw that to our right we could see a field with a whole bunch of White Sox players exercising! Ooooh we could hardly wait to park the car!
As we approached the gate, we were told that there was mockup game that day. (The team was in Tucson playing the Rockies.) We parked and started toward the gate but noticed that we needed tickets. I went to the ticket window but I was told that it was only for family and friends. I thanked the lady and we were about to walk away when this very nice guy gave us two tickets! We thanked him profusely and we went inside and took in all of the sites from the inside. The grass looked so green and the whole place looked magnificent. They were practicing all the festivities for the pregame. We sat where the ticket said we could sit which was behind home plate after getting our free food. We both tried the Chicago dogs. I never had one before and I really liked it. They gave us the first item free plus a drink and any additional items were a dollar. Beer was regular price.
After enjoying our lunch and realizing that there was not going to an actual mock game but only a few ladies throwing on the field, we walked through the whole stadium taking in the beautiful view, talking to ushers and taking pictures. We noticed two workers with drills still working on some seats. We were all decked out in Dodger blue! One of the ushers told us “I think I saw Vin Scully upstairs” so up we went to check out the suites and see if we could see our beloved Vin but he was no longer there. The only one I saw was Josh Rawich (Dodgers VP of Communication) who was walking by with some people heading to get some food. I yelled “JOSH”. He looked around who was calling him. I yelled “UP HERE.” He said “Hi Emma, you guys are everywhere”. lol. The next day I read Josh post at ITD (Insidethedodgers.mlblogs) saying that he had given Vin a tour of the place so we had just missed him.
We left to check in at the Springhill suites hotel . Later on our friend Erik called us that he had arrived in Glendale and if we could pick him up so afterwards, the three of us headed to find a place for dinner. We were close to this shopping center that had several restaurants. We ask what the wait was at the Yard House and they said between 45 minutes to 1 hour. Ran into 2 Dodgers photographers there and Jon told me the wait was going to be like that everywhere.. We went to a place called Joe’s Grill for drinks and food. Later on we headed to Scottsdale blasting the CD playing “I Love L.A” and singing along to get ready for the season. By the time we came back it was 3:30 in the morning. It did not help that we got lost on our way back and that the gas station where we got off was not open.
To be continue with the Grand Opening day!