Rosie, Lorena and I had a great time at Arizona. Thank ladies! Thank you Lore for driving!
Here are some pictures!
Cochito Luiz Cruz
Andre Ethier looking happy
Clayton Kershaw! Javy Guerra!
Niño De Oro
Cuidado con su curva
Es Clayton Kershaw
Tommy Lasorda in uniform
Me taking a picture of the reflection with the Mafia girls in the back.
Broke up when Koufax showed up
At Camelback Ranch!
Sandy Koufax. Came close to getting his autograph. Lots of pushing and shoving.
At Summit Mountain
The Mafia ladies
Update: Se me olvido la foto de Summit Mountain. I had forgotten the picture from Summit Mountain. The sunset from there is beautiful.
February 13, is my fourth blogging anniversary. Yes, it was four years ago, a day before Valentine’s Day that I decided to start a blog. Four years later and 500+ blog posts, I am still here learning and blogging.
I have never tried before to write haikus but I decided to read about them and attempt to write some so here are three
Players report back to camp
Spring sure is coming!
Pitchers and Catchers
A sure sign of Spring Training
Warms my heart alright!
Vin Scully will say
It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!
I can hardly wait
Dodgers reported to Spring Training.
Chad Billingsley looks good!
the kid Kershaw speaking to the media.
Good to see Belisario is already at Camelback Ranch. Here he is with Cochito Luis Cruz.
In addition to Pitchers and Catchers, other players are already in camp like Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford. Happy training boys! See you this coming weekend!
Love is Blue song:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9FYD1dlw4E
Happy Pitchers and Catchers! Happy Valentines to all my boys and to all my friends and family
pictures from Camelback Ranch by Jon SooHoo at http://Dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com
Dodgers have had a busy December signing Zack Greinke and Ryu, having press conferences for both, renovations at Dodger Stadium, Holiday autograph tours. January will also be busy with the first Winter Fanfest but first this Press Release from the Dodgers.com:
12/10/2012 3:22 PM ET
Tickets on sale now for a Night of Entertainment with Don Mattingly, hosted by George Lopez, January 24
Dodger manager Don Mattingly’s event at the Sports Museum of Los Angeles will benefit Mattingly Charities and the Dodgers Dream Foundation
LOS ANGELES – Dodger manager Don Mattingly’s “A Night of Entertainment with Don Mattingly hosted by George Lopez” is set for January 24, 6:30 to 10:00 p.m., at the Sports Museum of Los Angeles. This charitable event’s proceeds will benefit Mattingly Charities and the Dodgers Dream Foundation (DDF). Tickets are on sale now. Hosted by George Lopez, the night features entertainment by several comedians and a tour of the museum’s collection of Dodger artifacts dating to the franchise’s infancy in Brooklyn. The night concludes with a Q&A session with Mattingly. Dodgers scheduled to attend include Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw.
“I’m really excited with the night that we’ve put together to assist both Mattingly Charities and the Dodgers Dream Foundation,” said Mattingly. “I hope all Dodger fans, sports fans and comedy fans will come together on January 24 for these great causes.”
Tickets to “A Night of Entertainment with Don Mattingly hosted by George Lopez” are $195 and include access to the cocktail reception, with hosted food and beverages, and silent auction (6:30 p.m.), opening remarks by George Lopez (8:00 p.m.), comedic performances (8:15 p.m.), Q&A with Mattingly (9:00 p.m.) and an autographed Mattingly photograph. Fans can visit http://www.dodgers.com/mattingly or call (323) 224-1413 for complete details and to purchase tickets. VIP sponsor packages are also available.
Silent auction items for “A Night of Entertainment with Don Mattingly hosted by George Lopez” include a Dodger game experience for two with Dodger owner Earvin “Magic” Johnson, a Yankees VIP game day experience at Yankee Stadium for four and items featuring Hall of Famers, unique sports experiences and items from some of country music’s biggest stars. A full listing of silent auction items can be found at http://www.dodgers.com/mattingly.
Mattingly Charities was created to serve disadvantaged youth by supporting programs which promote baseball and softball participation in conjunction with other developmentally related activities. Mattingly Charities will provide funding, services and equipment for baseball, softball and ultimately other sports, and related youth development activities, for the benefit of disadvantaged youth, youth leagues and social welfare and related organizations. All efforts of the organization will be focused on these activities. More information can be found by visiting http://www.mattinglycharities.org.
Founded in 1998, DDF was created to provide educational, athletic and recreational opportunities for the youth of the Greater Los Angeles community. The Foundation places special emphasis on helping traditionally under-served youth. The DDF Community Diamond is divided into four bases: youth sports and recreation, literacy and education, health and environment. More information can be found by visiting http://www.dodgers.com/DDF.
It was a beautiful night at Dodger Stadium with an almost full moon also taking in the game on Saturday.
Kershaw pitched seven strong innings giving up one run on three hits. Belisario pitched a perfect eighth and Kenley Jansen did the same in the nine to record his 21st save. Matt Kemp hit his 16th homerun.
Final score Dodgers 3 Cubs 1. Hard luck Volstad, who gave up two runs, took the loss.
Dodgers go for the sweep today when Joe Blanton makes his first start with the Dodgers. Germano will start for the Cubs.
Welcome to the Dodgers Blanton!
With the Dodgers going for the sweep today at Dodger Stadium, I was thinking “how many sweeps have they been involved in?”
Dodgers have swept at Dodger Stadium four times (Pirates, Padres, Rockies & Cardinals).
Dodgers have been swept two times at Dodger Stadium (Brewers & D’Backs).
Dodgers have swept on the road three times (Phillies, Mets & Giants)
Dodgers have been swept on the road times two times (Giants & A’s)
So the totals are: Sweeps = 7 , Swept = 4
Let’s make it five sweeps at Dodger Stadium for a total of eight sweeps overall.
This Dodger team is very excited to watch. Dodgers came from behind last night to win 8-7 with a different hero in Ivan De Jesus Jr. I started jumping up and down in my living room!
Ted Lilly goes to the mound tonight with his 5-0 record against Diamond-Backs Lefty Saunders. Dodgers going for the sweep
I saw the cover of Sports Illustrated with Magic and Kemp online
So I walked to the corner liquor store to see if they had the SI magazine.
me: Do you have any magazines?
Liquor Store owner: What are you looking for?
me: Sports Illustrated
Liquor Store owner: *grins* No.
I guess they only had other magazine behind the counter. No worries, I will stop at Vroman's bookstore in Pasadena on my way home.
Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings! They are going to the STanley Cup finals! GO Dodgers! GO KIngs! I LOVE LA!
>><Tim Welke missed that call at Coor's Field by a mile, well at least by four feet. Take a look:
Congratulations Matt Kemp! April National League Player of the Month!
Prior to Jered Weaver pitching a no-hitter, I was thinking “what a bad day for pitchers” when Kershaw went 7/ 1/3 innings and gave up 5 earned runs. Halladay went 5 1/3 and gave up 8 earned runs. Harrison went 3 1/3 and gave up 8 runs & AJ Burnett went 2 2/3 innings and gave up 12 earned runs! WOW!
Congratulations Jered Weaver on your no-hitter. Jered is a local boy that grew up a Dodger fan and he was a Long Beach DirtBag.
Vin Scully said during yesterday’s Dodger new owners conference that the kids might describe yesterday’s weather as “yucky” but the Irish would say “Is a soft day” To me, t was a glorious day!
New Dodgers owners, the Guggenheim Baseball Management group, Left to right are Bobby Patton, Stan Kasten, Mark Walter, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Peter Guber and Todd Boehly
After work, I went home to watch the Dodgers owner conference that I DVRed then after I finished, I switched to the no-hitter when someone on Twitter alerted me, then I watched “Before the Bigs” with Mike Scioscia. I had started this blog post on 5/2 but did not finish it until today 5/3. So much happened in between. Watching Mike Scioscia in Before the Bigs, he had some great catchers to guide him in Roy Campanella, Roseboro & Del Crandall. He credits Del Crandall in pushing him to become a manager.
Dodgers are off today then start a series with the Cubs. Monday is back to Dodger Stadium to play with the Giants for the first time. I can’t wait! During the conference it was announced that parking went down from $15 to $10. Also to welcome communication with the fans, fan suggestions could be emailed to a new address, email@example.com. Next in my agenda: send a couple of emails. Go Dodgers!
pic ref: InsideSouthercal, scpr.org, fangraphs, Detroitnew, LATimes
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???