Tagged: Kemp

Two out of Three from the Rockies. Here come the Reds!

Dodgers took two out of three from the Rockies losing the one where Octavio Dotel was so wild in the 10th inning that he had three wild pitches.  Pirate fans:  Has Dotel always been this wild?  

Ted Lilly on the hand pitched a complete two hit shutout game on Thursday giving the bullpen much needed rest and us fans a relief. 

 I took this picture at the end of the game.    

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Tonight is 90’s night with an Andre Ethier poster night giveaway.   Tonight is also “Take the jersey off their back” night and player baskets will also be auctioned!    

Homer Bailey is on the mound against Monasterios.   Don’t you just love the name Homer Bailey?    Originally Padilla was supposed to be on the mound but he is going on the injured list.   I was looking forward to seeing the “Soap Bubble” pitch or like Padilla calls it “Curvita Suave.”   Que te mejores Vicente! 

Here are some pictures from Dodger Stadium taken by me or brother Vic.

It was Matt Kemp’s bobblehead on Tuesday.   OK, so I went a little beyond centerfield when I tried to position Kemp’s bbh.  .  Just think like he is jumping the fence to catch the ball.  

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 I took a picture of Loney’s bbh too.  Now, I did positioned him right on first base! 

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The Deuce is Loose dancing before the 9th inning!

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the view of the sunset from the Top Deck:

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The birthday girl on Wednesday.  Too bad the Dodgers did not give her a win but she’ll take two out of three.  

 
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A view of downtown from one corner of the Top Deck

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Here is season ticket holder Gilbert surounded by four FIVE of his little neighbors that he brought to the game on Wednesday.   Every once in a while he brings them.    They are very nice kids! 

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Thinking Blue for Upcoming Dodger Homestand August 17-22.

Billingsley will close off the four game series with Atlanta.   How odd that the fourth game is on a Monday and that the game will be played at the regular time of 7:10 ET time.    By the time the Dodgers get back it will early Tuesday morning.  

Tuesday

Tuesday it will be Matt Kemp’s bobblehead night. with the Colorado Rockies in town.   

Wenesday

Is Lorena’s birthday!

Andre-Food-Serving-2.jpgAndre Ethier will visit the Union rescue Mission from 11:30 am – 1 pm to serve food and Dodger Dogs to the homeless.  Dodger partner Farmer John’s tailgate truck will provide 500 Dodger Dogs for the people that th mission serves on a daily basis.  This will be Ethier’s third visit to the mission.  

Taking public transportation thru downtown LA, I have noticed the increase in homeless people.   I am glad that Andre, the Dodgers and Farmer John are part of this.

 

 

Pro Football Hall of Famer and Los Angeles native Warren Moon will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

 

Thursday

Ryan Theriot will take kids on a back-to-school shopping spree at the Staples store in El Monte from 11:20 am – 100 pm courtesy of the Dodgers Dream Foundation and Staples.    

Friday

With the Reds in town, Friday is 90’s night.   The first 20,000 fans will receive Andre Ethier posters in honor of the 90’s

Friday is the annual Shirts off Their Backs auction.  All of the Dodgerss’ game-worn, autographed jerseys from the team’s victory over the Yankees on Saturday, June 26 will be auctioned off on the club level outside of the Vin Scully press box from 5:10 – 8:45 p.m. Goodie baskets made by Dodger wives that include their husband’s favorite things will also be up for bid.  I’ve bid on a couple of baskets in the past.   Is always very interesting what is included in the baskets.   One of the most elaborate baskets was Grady Little that included a ride on his motorcycle.   Broxton has included a nice handmade wooden box.   Inside the baskets you can find candy, a glove, batting gloves, shirts, movies, certificates, popcorn, spikes, a bat, etc.    

Saturday

The first “Bark in the Park at Dodger Stadium” will take place on Saturday presented by Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc.    Fans that purchase an AYCE (All You Can Eat) ticket in the right field pavillion for $25 per human can bring their dog.  I’ve never been to one of these events at other parks but why are the Dogers charging $25 per dog?    

Sunday

Sunday is the usual Viva Los Dodgers Sunday.     

God willing, I’ll try to make it to all the games.   Go Blue! 

 

 

 

photo from the Union Rescue mission.    

I got my Sandy Koufax Baseball!

First of all, I’ve been on the DL for about three days with food poisoning.  I am feeling better now but my stomach muscles are still sore.   I think I lost five pounds but I rather take the pounds back than to go thru that.   Is a good thing this did not happen the night before I got my Sandy Koufax baseball.  

 So my friend Lore and I met Jeff Kliewer, the Director of Development of  Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation by the main office.   We were scheduled to meet him at 4:30 so we could go down the field and watch batting practice standing on the field!   We both were very excited for that opportunity!   

When we got there Joe Torre was having his daily meeting wiht the media where they gather around with their mikes and notebooks around the dugout.  

We set to checkout BP and all the view from there.  

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Afterwards Joe Torre came over and hand me my baseball! 

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Joe said that is one of the best signatures he’d seen on a baseball. 

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Chatting with the skipper.

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Afterwards Joe said he needed go get back to work so he headed to the cage. 

I got a picture with Andre:

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Next I got a picture with Matt Kemp and he signed the picture I have with him from the Bluetopia movie premier. 

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Jorge Bahaia who was there to throw out the first pitch, came from El Salvador wtih 50 of his family and friends.   Jorge and his wife Elsy have been attending a homestand since 1945 and have never missed a World Series at home or on the road.  WOW!  and impressive record.   I had thought I had taped an interview with him but I was very sorry that it did work.    I did not know that they were attending a whole homestand until I read it  afterwards in Jon Weisman’s blog.

SenorBahaia, if when you come back to Dodger Stadium, I would love to talk to you more about the old Dodgers that you got see play!  

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Jorge Bahaia showing the ceremonial baseball he was going to throw.  It reads “Los Angeles Dodgers Ceremonial First Pitch Dodger Stadium 2010.” 

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The shirt that the family and friends of the Jorge and Elsy Bahaia were sporting:

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Here is part of the Bahaia family:

 
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James Loney was signing for the Bahaia family when I told him I had something to show him. 

James said “OH wow!”  “You should get him to sign it.”   “Here let me sign it first.”   It is a picture of his dad and I at Fenway Park this year when I happen to see Mr. Loney  before he crossed the street to get into Fenway.   Lore happen to capture this picture.    

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Loney. 

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Here is Jeff of the Safe At Home Foundation

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Here is Lore enjoying being on field.   She has more pictures that she took.     

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Here is my pass to watch BP on the field.  

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Well, it was time now to leave and go to our seats.  

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We ended up sitting in the family section in the Loge area.  

Here is Mr. Jorge Bahaia throwing out the first pitch:

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I was excited because Padilla had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning. 

A friend of mine that knows I keep score had texted me that if it happened, he wanted a copy of my scoresheet.  I told him “Absolutely”   We did not mention what it was so we did not jinxed it.   

 

Padilla pitched a great game giving out two hits, striking out nine and getting two hits!  I love watching the “soap bubble” like Vin Scully calls that slow pitch Padilla throws.          

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August 4, 2010 was a very special day for me, one that I would never forget!  Thank you Joe Torre, Thank you Jeff Kleiwer, thank you Safe At Home Foundation and thank you Sandy Koufax!

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Pictures from the 70’s night at Dodger Stadium

OK I barely had time today to post the pictures from the 70’s night at Dodger Stadium.  Lots of pictures for lots of laughs.

Brady Bunch actor Barry Williams.  He said “That looks like my hair in the 70’s. 

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The famous Roberto of Vinscullyismyhomeboy took this picture.  Jon Soo Hoo had asked me to pose with his poster.   I did not noticed I had buttoned the shirt wrong until an usher in the club level pointed it out to me! 
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Later on these two guys showed up for batting practice
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Not many people dressed up but I found this guy in the Top Deck.  He was sporting the fake chest hair. 
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The Torre Bunch
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The Torre Bunch but it came out blurry  Love the old television
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Kiss – In Beard We Trust
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Manny
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James Loney.  
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Russell Martin
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Jonathan Springsteen.  
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Jamie Carroll
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Matt Kemp
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Andre Ethier did not come out as clear
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Loney Comes Alive!!!  
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The Ramones.  The second one is Raffy then Belliard.  Don’t know about the other ones
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The Rolling Stones, Ethier, Manny and Kemp
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Big Bad John!  
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OK, that was a lot of work.  Hope all enjoyed the 70’s pics!

Part of the Game Thread from April 21, 2010

I can’t watch or listen to early games since I am at work and by the time I get home is over but I love reading the game threads from the BIg Blue Wrecking Crew forum (I have a linkie to the right) Here is part of the game thread:

 FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CAN’T ANYBODY PITCH ON THIS DAMNED TEAM?!?

Runs come fast and furious in Cincinnati … let’s give Kuroda a chance to settle down before we declare the season over.

can anyone pitch or play d?!?!? WTF

Argue Joe! Do something! Does the man have any passion at all?! We just got screwed. That’s a judgement call, they can’t just arbitrarily assume where to place the runners.

Nice recovery by Kuroda. Still steamed that Torre can’t go out and argue with the umpires. Lasagna would have burst a carotid artery over that call.

It doesn’t matter much anyway. The way things are going, we’ll need about 12 runs to win this thing.

im thinkin more like 15

manny!!!!! 5-4 good guys

Manny is absolute nails!

Loney isn’t

Well, at least Joe can get emotional about his freaking horse… Nice to know he has passion about something

Career RBI #1800 for Manram!

ANDRE WITH THE CANNON FOR AN ARM!!!

AWOL is warming up.(Bellisario_who’s VISA problem because of a DUI last year caused him to miss Spring Training)

raffy with an rbi triple….. holy crap hes on fire

KEMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2 RUN HOMER!!!!!!!!!!

Joe says that’s one of the few things he still gets emotional about. Dammit, I’m pretty emotional about how placidly he manages my team. He acts like he doesn’t give a ****, and manages like the outcome is of no consequence. Meanwhile he’s misting up watching his nag run around in circles.

I’m confused. Is Torre speaking of his pony or his wife? SamAdams, you said he was watching his nag run…! Most guys would be happy to get their nagging wife to run…! Be glad to be so fortunate, Joe…!

Apparently tonight, the discussion has gone from Torre’s pony to beating a dead horse.

AWOL on the mound.

KEMP = MVP…! The only thing that may prevent it is Andre…! Nice problem to have…

I hope you are right and think there’s a reasonable chance but it is hard to forget about Puljos.

I really can’t believe this is the Dodgers. Over the years they’ve usually been a terrific pitching, weak hitting team. I feel like the world is upside down. Kemp is an absolute ANIMAL.

AWOL is still inducing the grounders. The Bowler is back!

Say goodbye to first place Gnats. The Madres just swept ’em.

23 runs in 2 days but only one win. Oh well, we’ll take it.

According to the Dodgers site, Weaver tweaked his back. Torre denied Stoner’s “workload” had any bearing on the injury.

Yeah, I believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Great Pumpkin. Let’s face it, Torre has zero clue on how to handle a bullpen, do a double switch or spell cat. I hope Donny is taking notes and learning what not to do as a manager.

I’ll buy that Weaver’s injury may not be directly related to workload, but what I can’t get over was how stupid it was to bring him into the game. It’s a 7 run lead in the 8th inning, and Monasterios hadn’t pitched in 4 days. I get that he’s a Rule 5 guy, but he’s shown that he’s at least usable (he did get through the last 2 innings with no issue, after Weaver left). Why bring in a guy you count on like Weaver, when it’s a perfect situation to let your Rule 5 guy soak up some innings? Killed me.

Thanks Big Blue Wrecking Crew!

Thank you Dodgers!!

Final score Dodgers 14, Reds 6.

Let’s Get the W with Kershaw on the Mound!

I hear from several fans that they will stop going to games because of status of the Dodgers concerning the ownership but for me…

I am not willing to miss seeing Kemp, Ethier, Loney, Kershaw, Billz, Broxton and Russell, my favorites! Nope, I am not going to miss hearing Vin Scully at the games.

There is no better sound than when I walk inside Dodger Stadium and I listen to Nancy Bea in the background while I walk over to the bullpen area and I hear the sound the ball is making as it hit the mitt. The boys in Blue on the field hitting BP and the pitchers in the outfield catching some baseballs.

Vin already made my day last Sunday by smiling and waiving at my friend Erik and I when we greeted him and wished him to have a happy Easter.

Nope, no matter what, I will be at the stadium, day in and day out. Is is my happy home, it is my home away from home.

There is Sandy Koufax on this picture walking to the field. He is also on the big screen.



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When I am at Dodger Stadium and I look to the field and then take the rest of the view from there with the mountains in the background, all is right with the world.

Yeah, there will be some games that I will be cursing under my breath, but they will others that will be exhilarating and no better way to share those moments than with my friends at the stadium.

Let the second game begin in Pittsburgh! We got 22-year old Clayton Kershaw going this evening.



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For those giving Joe Torre a hard time for starting Padilla for the Opener on the road, I say to them, did you hear what Vin Scully said ? If you did not, here it is:

“In Showbiz you would say you are opening a big musical and you would say “Padilla, you are singing the lead in Hartford, Connecticut.  And you would say “Kershaw, you are singing the lead on Broadway.” “

Play Ball!

I love my Dodgers!

Spring Training 2010: More Pictures

Congratulations to Andre Ethier who had his number (#14) retired by his alma mater, Saint Mary’s High School, Wednesday at Phoenix.   Tommy Lasorda was there in addition to Rick Monday who emceed the event.  

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 My friend took this picture of me with my Andre shirt.  

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Too many people here, let’s walk to the Dodgers Minor league area:

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Here is Elisa and I walking where the minor leaguers practice.

And no Bailey!  I am not willing to trade Ethier from my baseball fantasy team “Locos Azules”!     

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I love my Shape-up shoes!    

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Game underway and Kemp little fans waiting to see if they can get a baseball

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Maybe this guy drove all night to get to Camelback Ranch.  We nicknamed him Sleeping Beauty.  People kept coming by taking pictures with him or thowing peanuts aming for his mouth. 

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But Sleeping Beauty was wide awake the following day with this sign, except he was blocking our view. I yelled “Hey!  you are blocking home plate”   “Go back to sleep instead”  to which the fans around laughed and applauded.   Everyone remember the guy from the day before.  

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Speaking of signs, here is the familiar sign Dodgers see at other ballparks
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I like this sign better and I love the rainbow!  Sign reads “is not about how you start.  It is about how you finish.”  picture taken while we were driving.   

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Here is another picture of the rainbow taken over the window of the car.  There was a double rainbow but is hard to see here. 

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Padilla has been named the starter for the Opener at Pittsburgh and Kershaw the Opener at Dodger Stadium!   Congratulations guys!  I can’t wait to watch you pitch! 

I laughed when I saw a poster posted this comment in mikesciosciatragicillness blog when Padilla was announced as the Opening Day starter. 

jay_jaffe    Why, did he shoot Kershaw and Billingsley?