Twas the Night before Opening Day and all through Dodger town
Dodger fans anxiously waited for the final countdown
At the stadium the awnings were hung with much care
in hope that in October they will again be there
The fans all sleepy snuggled in their bed
while visions of World Series danced in their heads
after finishing blogging and loading the MLB at Bat
I went upstairs to take a long nap
when my alarm kept making such a clatter
I sprang out my bed to see what was the matter
Away to Dodger Stadium we left in a dash
drove up I-10 but had to stop for some cash
On the mound, Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw,
Goes against James Shield for the Opening Day show
On Kershaw, on Adrian, On Uribe, on Puig, on Rollins, on Ellis
Give us a win fellas!
Giddiness! Opening Day is the reason
Good luck to my Dodgers and to all fans a good season!
I have done haikus in the past but did not know about Tankas. Haikus are a three-line poem of 5/7/5 syllables. Tankas have two additional lines of 7 syllables so they are 5/7/5/7/7. I was reading the WordPress Monday writing challenge for this week to write a tanka or a set of tankas https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_writing_challenge/full-tanka/
Here it is what I came up with during Clayton Kershaw masterpiece performance yesterday at Dodger Dodger Stadium.
Kershaw on the mound
Pederson playing center
Good omen this night
First Major League hit for Joc
A single in the second!
The crowd is roaring
Kershaw wheeling and dealing
Cy Young performance
reached 200 K’s tonight
5th straight time in his career
Kershaw can hit too
With a single in the fifth
Daring base running
after a single by Dee
broke open the scoreless game
With Crawford on base Woo-Hoo!
score four to zero
but in the fifth Bryce homered
Only run Kershaw allowed
Kershaw 8 innings
3 hits, 1 earned run allowed
2 walks, 8 strikeouts
Kershaw wins his 17
pictures by Jon SooHoo
Monday 9/1, Labor Day josh Beckett no-hitter pin will be given out. The Washington Nationals will be in town. The no-hitter was 5/25 against the Phillies at Philadelphia.
Josh Beckett no-hitter pin
Monday September 22 against the Giants we will get the Clayton Kershaw no-hitter pin. The no-hitter was at Dodger Stadium June 13 against the Rockies. Yes! I was at the stadium.
Clayton Kershaw no-hitter pin
Post done on my iphone from Dodger Stadium. It is not too easy to do that on your phone. Maybe with practice I can get better doing this on my phone.
It’s time for Dodger Baseball in Australia! I have been waiting all day Friday and will wait all night till Saturday at 1.am. when the game is due to start. Here are some quick haikus:
Outside is gloomy
but it is Opening Night
So my heart just see sunshine
Speaking of Mr. Sunshine
Kershaw will be on the mound
green grass all around
Opening Day Eve
My allergies in full bloom
Spring is in the air
I can’t wait to hear
It’s Time for Dodger Baseball
At one a.m. here
Australia so far
Start time there 7 p.m.
Crickets outside sing
If you know me, you know I am a little forgetful. Tuesday evening I realized that my season tickets were due last Friday January 10. Right away I tried to log on and pay online but I could not get my password and username to work. I selected “forgot password” to get an email but that did not work. I never got an email. Anyway, I fired an email Tuesday night to PLEASE CALL ME. The following day I called the STH number. I heard Vin Scully and Charlie Steiner call a play so many times that I kept call it along with them. I was afraid that because I had not paid my tickets on time, I had lost my two seats in the Top Deck. Needless to say I was relieved when the Dodgers confirmed my seats for another season.
The day only got better when it was announced that Kershaw and the Dodgers had come to an agreement! YES! Mr. Sunshine will continue to be a Dodger. The seven-year contract is worth $215 million.
I was reading Bill Shaikin this morning in the LA Times. BTW, I don’t read the paper on-line, my paper gets delivered before I leave the house so I read it on the train on my way to work but here is the link to the article http://www.latimes.com/sports/baseball/mlb/dodgers/la-sp-dodgers-kershaw-shaikin-20140116,0,3972240.story#ixzz2qaGvF5r7
I like this from the article:
Walter declined to confirm the $215-million deal — the Dodgers are expected to make an announcement Friday — but he was succinct in explaining why he would even consider approving it.
“Greg Maddux,” Walter said.
In the 21 years since they let Maddux go, the Cubs have won one postseason series. In Walter’s first full year of ownership, the Dodgers won one postseason series.
Kershaw is coming off his second Cy Young Award, the first pitcher since Maddux to lead the major leagues in earned-run average in three consecutive years. Kershaw would have hit free agency next fall, at 26.
Great points by Bill Shaikin and the Silver Fox, Mark Walter.
For Throwback Thursday, here is Kershaw with the Loons in 2007, Photo courtesy of the Great Lakes Loons
23 days until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training
65 days until Opening Day in Australia
74 days until the first Dodger regular season game in the US. (Padres Opening Night)
79 days until Opening Day in LA
I am ready for “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball”
Estoy lista para mirar a Los Dodgers.
p.s. This is my 600th post! February 13, it will be my five-year blog anniversary!
Remember back in March of this year when Clayton Kershaw was on the cover of Sports illustrated this year?
some fans thought it would be bad luck. I remember back in March hunting down for the magazine. Some had a different cover but I found copies in Northridge for myself, Lorena and Rosie. Well it was not bad luck for Kershaw to be on the cover. With a record of 16-9, and an ERA of 1.83, he won the National League Cy Young Award. Congratulations Mr. Sunshine.
When Kershaw won the award in 2011, he had a record of 21-5 with an ERA of 2.28. After the announcement in 2011, the Dodgers invited Season Ticket holders to join in the celebration on the field. I had taken the train to work but when I got the email, I borrowed the work company car and I went to the event. What a fun day at the stadium that was! Don Newcombe & Fernando Valenzuela were also there.
Only Sandy Koufax and Kershaw have won more than one Cy Young award with the Dodgers. Sandy did it in 1963, 1965 & 1966.
The first recipient of the Cy Young award was Don Newcombe in 1956. For the first eleven years (1956 – 1966) only one winner from Major League Baseball was selected.
Don Newcombe went 27-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 1956 to capture the Cy Young
Ref: MLB, Dodgers, LA Times, ESPN, SABR
I have been very busy that I have not updated my blog lately. I hope to get back on track. I may not be posting as often but I am always thinking Blue and following any baseball news. I am currently reading the book “It Pays to Steal” by Mauy Wills.
I drove to work Monday because the traffic was going to be lighter on Veterans Day and because I had made an appointment to cut my hair and color it. Since I was going to be there a little longer than just getting a haircut, I took the book with me. Well, I forgot the book there. I had rented the book from the Los Angeles Central library. I had to drive the following day (I usually take the train to work) to go pick up the book.
On my way home I was thinking… They don’t know I am a big Dodger fan and a baseball fan. I don’t think they follow the game. What did they think when they read the book title “It Pays to Steal.” I know I had the bookmark on chapter 9 “Formula for success”…. Maybe when I go back I will ask Carmen what they thought when they read the title.
I am super excited for this series! The day is finally here! Thursday at 5:30 PM PT at Turner Field. Kershaw 16-9 1.83 ERA will face Medien 15-12 3.11 ERA.
I leave work via Metrolink train so when I leave I will have my headphones listening to the game. I should have a “Do Not Disturb” sign. As I am typing this, this co-worker that is a Giant fan is talking to another co-worker telling him “I’ll be rooting for the Braves” then he looks at me doing the tomahawk chant. UGRR I hate that.
This morning on the train I open the LA Times and went thru the whole sport section seeing no mention of the Dodgers. Then I kept looking thru the paper until I found this special Dodger Section!
LA Times special Dodger playoff section!
Last night I stopped at the Olvera Street church. La Placita to light a candle for the Dodgers
Afterwards, Lorena noticed that the candle that I lid (right), is the one for Saint Judas Tadeo, el santo de las causas desesperadas The saint of difficult causes.
While taking the train home I picked up the Downtown News. Take a look at this cartoon by
Cartoon by Doug Davis. Amen Mr. Davis.
Let’s go Dodgers! Let’s Go! Is it 5:30 yet? I am sporting my Clayton Kershaw t-shirt (women size) underneath a cardigan sweater at work. I have a pair of Dodger earrings on too.