Las year during Social Septiember I was watching batting practice when William read a twitter that said “The first person that goes upstairs by the Vin Scully Press box will get to do be on the field to say “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball” He thought it was too late to go upstairs, but I told him if you don’t want to go check I’ll check so I rushed up the stairs. Sure enought I was the first one! so I got to say what Vin Scully says at the beginning of each Dodger game, “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!”
I had not gotten the video until recently so I uploaded it. 🙂
Thank you to the Dodgers and to William! I love you William 🙂
Here are two pictures from that day that I got thanks to Jon SooHoo. Thank you Jon!
The White Sox with Robin Ventura are at Dodger Stadium starting tomorrow. Kershaw goes to the mound against Sale. Let’s Go Dodgers! It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!
Chris Capuano must love Dodger Stadium. He i 5-0 at Dodger Stadium. With Sunday’s win he improved his record to 7-1. Mateo Treanor, 36, hit a home run. Is Mateo Treanor Capuano’s personal catcher?
Dodgers improved to a record of 32-15, best record in baseball! Congratulations to Jerry Hairston Jr.,who had a career-high five hits with one double and four singles.
And what about Elian Herrera? He has a nine game hitting streak.
I LOVE LOVE this A.J. Ellis video with Clayton Kershaw
AJ can do it all! Vote for AJ to the All-Star! #AJ2KC
Happy Veterans Day everyone! Thank you all that have served our country!
I posted this two years ago on Memorial day about Poppy flowers and these two Memorial Day poems here http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2010/05/31/memorial-day-in-flanders-fields-we-shall-keep-the-faith/
I will be wearing a poppy flower to pay tribute to all those that have served our country.
Off day for the Dodgers today. They return to Dodger Stadium to take on the Astros for a three game series starting Friday. Memorial Day starts a four game series with the Milwaukee Brewers. Yep! Ryan Braun and company will be here at Dodger Stadium.
Since we have a day off, I decided to post this Baseball poem by Jim “Mudcat” Grant. I got to meet Mudcat during the 60’s team reunion done in the Loge section at Dodger Stadium in 2008.
A BASEBALL POEM BY JIM “MUDCAT” GRANT
LIFE IS LIKE A GAME OF BASEBALL
AND YOU PLAY IT EVERYDAY
IT ISN’T JUST THE BREAKS YOU GET
BUT THE KIND OF GAME YOU PLAY
STOP AND LOOK THE WHOLE TEAM OVER
YOU’VE GOT DEDICATION THERE
YOU’RE BOUND TO BE A WINNER
WITH MEN WHO REALLY CARE
AT FIRST BASE THERE’S RELIGION
YOU’VE STOOD THE TEST OF TIME
AT THIRD BASE THERE’S BROTHERHOOD
THE STALWART OF THE NINE
YOUR LEFT FIELDER IS AMBITION
DON’T EVER LET HIM SHIRK
RIGHT FIELDER IS A HUSKY MAN
YOU’LL FIND HIS NAME IS WORK
YOUR CENTER FIELDER IS VERY FAST
THOUGH SMALL AND HARD TO SEE
SO WATCH WHEN HE GETS THE BALL
YOUR PITCHER’S NAME IS COURAGE
YOU NEED HIM IN THIS GAME
FOR TRUTH AND FAITH YOUR KEYSTONE MEN
THE GROUND THAT THEY WILL TAME
YOUR CATCHER’S NAME IS HUMOR
HE’S IMPORTANT TO THE SCHEME
WHILE HONOR IS PITCHING FROM THE BULLPEN
YOUR GAME IS ALWAYS CLEAN
WITH LOVE ON YOUR BENCH
YOU’RE PERFECTION NO LESS
AND A WINNING TEAM
WITH JOY AND HAPPINESS
NOW THE OTHER TEAM IS STRONG
GREED, ENVY, HATRED AND DEFEAT
ARE FOUR STRONG INFIELDERS YOU’LL HAVE TO BUCK
TO MAKE YOUR GAME COMPLETE
DISCOURAGEMENT AND FALSEHOOD
ARE THE BIG BOYS IN THE PEN
YOU’LL HAVE TO SWING HARD
WHEN YOU MEET UP WITH THESE MEN
CARELESSNESS AND A MAN CALLED WASTE
YOU’LL FIND THEM PLAYING HARD
AND SELFISHNESS AND JEALOUSY
NONE CAN DISREGARD
THERE IS ONE MORE MAN YOU’LL HAVE TO WATCH
HE’S ALWAYS VERY NEAR
HE’S THE PITCHER FOR THIS TEAM
I’M TOLD HIS NAME IS FEAR
THIS GAME WILL NOT BE EASY
THERE’LL BE STRUGGLES AND THERE’LL BE STRIFE
TO MAKE THE WINNING RUNS
IT’S PLAYED ON THE FIELD OF LIFE
SO STAND BEHIND THE GOOD TEAM
THERE’LL BE MANY WHO’LL APPLAUD
JUST REMEMBER YOU ARE THE PLAYERS
BUT THE UMPIRE THERE IS GOD
Congratulations to Kershaw for winning the National League Player of the Week honors! Kershaw took the mound twice last week against the DiamondBacks on Monday and on Saturday against the Cardinals. He pitched 7 scoreless innings against the Snakes and a complete game 9 inning shutout agains the Cardinals. The shutout extended Kershaws scoreless innings streak to 22, dating back to his May 8 start vs. the Giants.
Dodgers are in Phoenix playing the Snakes. With Capuano on the mound, the Dodgers defeated Corbin and the Snakes by the score of 6-1. Capuano’s record is the same as yesterday’s score 6-1. Harang takes the mound tonight against Kahill.
When Treanor hit the homerun yesterday I was thinking to myself “Boy, this team reminds me of the 1988 team” I was listening to the first innings on the radio on my way home. When I got home my brother Victor made the same comment. I am sure is in a lot of Dodger fans that this team resembles 1988. I want to be cautious but I love how the replacement players are stepping up.
Is scary to think that Mark Ellis could have lost his leg. Vin Scully said that the doctors said that Six more hours and they would hae had to amputate if it wasn’t for the Dodger trainer’s decision to send him to the hospital. Get better Mark Ellis.
The Kings are also in Phoenix! They lead the series 3-1 against the Coyotes. Get it done Kings! I LOVE LA! Go Kings! Go Dodgers!
I will see the games on delay when I get home. I am heading to Pasadena to have dinner and see Howie Levine sing. Some of you might know Howie. He works at Dodger Stadium and occasionally sings the National Anthem and God Bless America.
Below is the information:
May 22 Howie Sings “JAZZNATRA” withe the Mike Saul Quartet
Big Mama’s Rib Shack 1453 North Lake Ave. Pasadena
Two Long Sets beginning at 6:30; 626 797-1792 for reservations
I arrived at the first Dodger FanFest at noon. There were a lot of people there waiting for the gates to open. The first thing I did was have my baseball card made. This is my third baseball card but this one has the Dodger schedule in the back. The next thing I did was the Dodger flip book. Basically you put a glove on and pose for pictures pitching, catching while the camera rolls and they make that into a tiny book.
It was already hot so when I saw sosmeone with a paper fan with half of Matt Kemp’s face, I asked where they got it. It is KCAL CBS sponsored with their broadcast schedule in the back. They gave you three rubber baseballs and if you made it thru the big hole you got the fan. If you made it thru the smaller hole you got Dodger tickets. I wanted the fan but I only came close. Lucky for me my brother Victor was with me. He aimed for the big hole and got me my fan! How do I look?
When Mattingly was on stage, I went to the mike and asked him what Lilly had done to get tossed in Chicago. Also I said on the Mike while wearing my Vote for AJ Ellis button (I took the image from MikeSciosciatragicillness blog and glued it to one of my buttons. Mattingly said “yes, I am voting for AJ.
Here is Matt Kemp on stage being interviewed and taking questions.
The longest Dodger infield was missing the iron man Steve Garvey. He had an emergency so only Russell, Cey and Lopes were there. I thanked them for 1981 which was my first year as a season ticket holder and told Lopes that back in 1981 I had given Bobby Welch a greeting card to make him feel better because he was not doing well. He said something like “you don’t know how much we appreciate that when we are not doing well..” That year in December 1981 I received a postcard from Lopes thanking me for my support. I still have it.
Vin Scully also made it appearance! He talked and we listened only with the “WE Love you Vin!” “No, you are Great!”
Next it was Pepe Yniguez, Fernando Valenzuela & Jaime Jarrin. Pepe funny as usual and even Fernando. Jaime great as always.
Earlier I had gone to the section where the Dodgers had the Tommy Lasorda wine tasting. This section was only for season ticket holders. Later on Tommy was going to walk around talking to fans there posing for picures but I had a conflict since it was the same time Vin Scully was going to be on stage. Anyway, after Pepe, Fernando and Jaime appearace on stage, Tommy followed. He was funny, inspirational and full of Dodger Blue energy. He got the crowd going. I asked him “what kind of food I should have with two bottles of his wine I have at home. He said “Save it!” “And when the Dodgers win the World Series I will drink those bottles of wine with you!” 🙂 Tommy: I got plenty of witnesses!
I left in time to watch some batting practice. Clayton Kershaw pitched a great game. He blanked out the Cardinals 6-0,
>><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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Next in my agenda: send a couple of emails. Go Dodgers!
pic ref: InsideSouthercal, scpr.org, fangraphs, Detroitnew, LATimes
Friday night Kershaw went eight strong inning giving up two runs in the 6th from a walk to Werth and a homerun to LaRoche. He just left that pitch too high. Kenley Jansen pitched the 9th but he gave us a scare when Espinosa sent a ball that came within inches of not being foul.
Earlier in the day during batting practice, while talking to Rosa and Ronnie by the Dodgers bullpen, a BP ball landed in back of me. I was so happy to get it as it has the 50th anniversary logo
Also during BP, I heard a mom tell her kid that she forgot her phone so she could not take his picture. I offered to take a picture and I would send it to her. I was sitting in the field level during the game. This same kid kept coming down to ask for a baseball between innings. I told him if he wanted he could sit next to me. He went and asked his who gave him permission so I watched the game with him. He brought over his uncle’s Dodger hat to use to catch a baseball since he did not have a glove.
Little john told me he plays baseball and his team is undefeated 14-0. His mom had told me earlier that they were at the game to pay tribute to her dad who was a Dodger fan. Talking with the boy he told me they live up North. I asked if he was a Giant fan and he said yes but that he would not wear any Giant gear cause he did not want to get beat up. Sad. I told him he would not get beat up then I saw a guy with a Giant jacket and later a lady with a Giant shirt. I said “see, they are wearing Giant gear”
When I was seeing that he was not going to get a third out ball, I suggested to try at the end of the games with the umpires but to move a couple seats over the next aisle. He was only a few feets from me and I was keeping an eye on him. Well his mom comes down and she panicked not seeing him there, she said “WHERE IS MY SON?” I pointed to him (we were in the same row) and said that he had a better chance there to get a ball from the umps. Well, too many kids were in the dugout seat area so he did not get a ball. I reached in my bag for the batting practice ball I had gotten and gave it to him. He and his family thanked me. they did stay for the fireworks as they had an early flight back home.
I had to ask little John his favorite players. For the Giants: Buster Posey and for the Dodgers: Matt Kemp.
Looking at Jon SooHoo pictures blogs, I noticed he included a picture he took as he was going by during batting practice! I was sitting with June. Thanks Jon!
And here is another one. I think this is when I was going to take a picture of little John.
It was also Fireworks night. Here is another picture from Jon SooHoo.
Check out Jon SooHoo’s great pictures at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com/
OK, got to get ready to head to Dodger Stadium! Strasburg against Billingsley. Also Bryce Harper will make his major league debut at Dodger Stadium. Both the Dodgers and Nationals have identical records of 14-6. Let’s go Dodgers!