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!
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.
Last night I went to the Q&A with Stan Kasten moderated by Bill Dwyre. I had tape recorded the whole event but my brother Vic erased it by mistake. But here is a little video. I should have been standing to record it as I did not have a good view from where I was sitting.
Thank you Stan Kasten, LA Times, Bill Dwyre! Thank you Lorena for inviting me!
Vin Scully Day!
Today is finally Vin Scully Day! It is extra special because Vin Scully will come down from the Vin Scully Press Box and throw out the first pitch!
Clayton Kershaw is pitching for the Dodgers against Ian Kennedy of the Diamond Backs.
The lineup for the Dodgers:
Luis Cochito Cruuuuuz 3B
AJ Ellis C
Let’s win for Vin! Let’s go Dodgers!
Vin Scully we love you!
Opening Day was a beautiful day. As is my tradition every year, Nancy Bea Cd played in the background while I got ready to go to Dodger Stadium. I drove to Union Station and hopped on the shuttle from there. My brother Vic and took the first shuttle at 9:45 AM. We got to Dodger Stadium at 10 AM. Game time was 1:10 PM. I heard of other people driving or taking the shuttle late and it took them an hour to get there from downtown. While waiting for the shuttle I heard about Vin Scully not being able to make it to the stadium.
I had seen Vin Scully in San Diego and he looked good there but those colds cn sneak up on you. When I ran into him I told him “Good to see you Vin!” He looked back, smiled and said “Good to see you too!” I did not want to bother him so I did not ask for autograph or a picture. He responding to me was good enough for me.
Back to Opening Day! I took out my brand new scorebook and started keeping score. One thing I don’t like about it, is it does not have the little squares to keep track of balls and strikes but I sneak them in there. My outfit for Opening Day was one that I wore in San Diego -The Magic Johnson yellow shirt with my #32 Sandy Koufax white jersey over it. They both wore #32. The only thing with the shirt is that is the same color as the Pirates.
Picture from the LA Times. Nice man to my right with the grey Clayton Kershaw jersey. He liked that I was keeping score. He wrote the name of my blog.
Dodger Stadium celebrating 50 years on its inagural day of April 10, 1962 had members of that year being honored. It would have been great for Vin Scully to introduce them as Opening Day has been the only day that Vin Scully addresses the crowd at the stadium. Pic by Jon SooHoo.
The Beach Boys , also celebrating 50 years, sang one song and the National Anthem. Pic by Jon SooHoo
Our lefty Clayton Kershaw went seven strong innings. He left with no decision. @Skinnyswag_ Dee Gordon continues making the games excting. I love this team! Pic by Jon SooHoo
Andre Ethier in his 30th birthday hit a homerun to right field! in the 8th. Kenley Jansen pitched the 8th and Javy in the 9th for the save! Did I say that I love this team? Pic byLa Times.
Dodgers celebrating the win on Opening Day!
Chad Billingsley pitched the second game. He had another great game and another win.
Dodgers going for the sweep tonight 30% chance of rain with those chances increasing into the night BUT It can’t rain. It never rains in Calfiornia. haha. Just in case, I got my raincoat. Go Dodgers!
Check Jon SooHoo’s MLB blog at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com
The LA Times Sport section has an article this morning titled “Icon to Icon” by Steve Dilbeck. This brought a smile to my face knowing that Magic Johnson reached out to Vin Scully. Quoting article “It was interesting,” Scully said. “When the phone rang and I picked it up, I recognized that voice. And, as I told him “If it’s possible, I can hear your smile.” Johnson tweeted on Thursday “Last night I reached out to Vin Scully & acted like an excited little kid speaking to the LA Icon.”
Future team president Stan Kasten also called Vin Scully. The next day Magic also tweeted this “Just spoke to legend & HOF Sandy Koufax. Thank you so mch fo taking the time to share some of your vast baseball knowledge.” IF I was part of a team buying the Dodgers, those two would have been on my list to call.
Look at this cake that Magic Johnson posted on hisWhoSay page on thursday 3/29/2012 saying “Thank you to AEG, Staples Center & the Lakers for this incredible Dodgers cake they made for me,”
More good news as reported by Bill Shaikin of the LA Times:
Johnson has reached out to Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson. He has invited her to take an active role with the Dodgers’ new ownership group, a person familiar with the discussions said Friday. The details of how Rachel Robinson — and the Jackie Robinson Foundation — would be involved with the Dodgers remain under discussion, the person said.
This is a quick post as I am getting ready to go to Ventura. I am meeting with friends for a Girls night out. We are staying Saturday night and coming back Sunday. These are some of my non-baseball friends, well with one of them I used to have a Dodger mini package in the field level for two years. In fact, after we stopped having the mini package and I started having season tickets, I would always invite her for Opening Day. Last two years she has not been able to to go. Anyway, they are understanding that once baseball starts I am not available. I tell them “look at a Dodger schedule to see if I am available” Even then, I might be on a road trip. The last time they invited me to a get together for “Poker night” back in January, it happened to be the Saturday for “National SABR Day” Looking forward to this trip and then get ready for the road trip to San Diego for the four game series!
Nomar Garciaparra (5) days till Dodgers Opening Day in San Diego!
Ron Cey(10) days till Opening Day at Dodger Stadium!
Thank you all that visit my blog to read or for the pictures. My blog ranked #24 in the latest MLB fan blog ranking. This is only the second time I get a Dodger Hall of Famer number!
Walter Alston was born on December 1st 1911. Mr. Alston had only one at bat in the Major League (St Louis Cardinals) when he appeared as a substitute for the future Hall of Famer, Johnny Mize. But after managing in the minor league for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Walter Alston went on to manage the Dodgers on one-year contracts for 23 seasons (1954-1976).
During Walter (Smokey) Alston’s tenure, the Dodgers won seven National League Championships and four World Series Championships. He amassed 2,040 wins, before retiring after the 1976 season. During the offseason and after retiring, he was a high school teacher of science, physical education, and industrial arts teacher.
The following is a reprint of a Jim Murray column that appeared at the top of page 22 in the Hamilton (Ohio) Journal-News on Friday, October 8, 1976. Mr. Murray had a 37 year career with the Los Angeles Times. He was named “America’s Best Sportswriter” by the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters 14 times. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for his 1989 columns.
“Murray Bids Alston a Fond Farewell
All right, Miss Tulsa, put away those poison pen letters for a minute and take a letter to Walt Alston. Send it care of the Dodgers. I don’t think Darrtown has a post office yet. Mark it “Unurgent” and sign it “Affectionately.”
See I told you it wouldn’t last. That O’Malley is a fickle character who changes skippers on a whim every 23 years.
I’m going to miss our little chats on the infield fly rule and the balk motion. I was just beginning to get the hang of it. I don’t think we ever once discussed anything that didn’t go on between those white lines out there. I don’t know whether you’re Republican or Democrat or Catholic or Protestant and I’ve known you for 18 years. I never heard you tell a lie, saw you take a drink or talk about anyone behind his back. I heard three generations of your players cut you up – usually after their third martini or while trying to impress the lady on the next bar stool.
I’ll never forget the time on the team bus a bunch of guys were discussing some bistros in New York and you said with a perfectly straight face, ‘What do people do in night clubs?’ They looked at each other for a moment but, when the answer came that they sit there and drink, you shook your head and said, ‘They could do that in their room – at no cover charge.’
I know you didn’t spend all your life making fudge and bobbing for apples – you could cuss like a ferryboat captain – but if you had any major hang-ups, I never saw it. You were testy with me on a few occasions, but that was before you came to appreciate the vast knowledge of baseball that I have accumulated. Let’s face it, Walt; you could never have won those pennants without me.
I’m going to miss our little jokes about Darrtown. You know. ‘We don’t have an airport, but we have a birdbath.’ ‘Darrtown’s international airport has ducks in it.’ ‘The train only stops here when it hits a cow.’ ‘We don’t have a street, but the trees are blazed.’ ‘Main Street is the ploughed field without corn in it.’ ‘We don’t have burlesque; but the widder Brown leaves her shades up.’ ‘They would have put a traffic light on Main Street, but the cows are color blind.’ ‘An energy crisis is when your mule dies.’
I never got the impression you were afraid of a damned thing. And that went for 220-pound left fielders or the job stealers the owner use to hire under you to put a little Broadway in the act. Next to you, they were showed up as the petty little back-alley schemers they were. It was like a bug biting an elephant.
You were a college graduate with a teacher’s degree, but you used to say ‘extry’ all the time. You were as Middle Western as a pitchfork. Black players who have a sure instinct for the closet bigot recognized immediately you didn’t know what prejudice was. You were as straight as John Brown’s body. There was no ‘side’ to Walter Alston. What you saw was what you got.
But, I guess the thing I’ll always remember is that you never had to worry about what sort of ‘mood’ Walter Alston was in. You were as approachable as a hunting dog. As long as I live, I will never forget theat dressing room in the playoff of 1962, when the Dodgers blew a 9th inning 4-2 lead and the pennant. The players locked themselves in and passed the bottle. You came out, dry-eyed… and dry throat and talked to us, then went over and congratulated the Giants and Alvin Dark. You had won a playoff, too, three years before.
I sat with you through 10-game losing streak in 1961 and never once say you bust up a locker or punch a newspaperman. That’s why, when you turned on a newsman this summer, I couldn’t have been more shocked if they caught St. Francis of Assisi poisoning bread crumbs.
Your life is summed up in Jack Tobin’s biography ‘One Year At A Time.’ I don’t know of anybody leaves his profession with more respect. You took a four-straight loss in the ’66 World Series with a shrug. You had won in four straight, too, three years before. You didn’t panic when they took your slugging team from a bandbox in Brooklyn to the Coliseum in L.A., which was about as suitable for baseball as a deck of an aircraft carrier. You won a pennant on that aircraft carrier the second year.
I used to laugh when someone would say, ‘Why shouldn’t Alston win with all that talent?’ and I’d say, ‘Yeah. Too bad he doesn’t have some better baseball players to go with that talent. I think you ran that wild animal act that was the Dodgers about as well as it could be run without a whip and a chair.
So, I’ll be seeing you, Walt. Give my regards to beautiful downtown Darrtown. I don’t know what time your stagecoach gets in; but, when the natives ask you where you have been for the past 23 years, tell ’em you found seasonal work in Californy. But, don’t tell ’em what happened to Custer.
The corner of the dugout is going to look funny without you there, next year. I only hope the Dodgers don’t, too.
The Old Second Guesser”
The following links provide background on Jim Murray:
From the Los Angeles Times:
From the New York Times:“Jim Murray, Pulitzer-Winning Times Columnist, Dies”
I’ve read a Jim Murray book but I never read the above column before so I am glad I ran into it.
DO YOU KNOW?
18 of Smokey’s players went on to become major league managers – according to “thebaseballpage.com,”
Move your cursor over this box, if you want to know their names.
1955 – “Smokey” Alston Visits with Darrtown Fans and Friends
In the fall of 1955, after leading the Brooklyn Dodgers to their first-ever World Series Championship, Walter “Smokey” Alston came home to Darrtown – just like he would after every season during his 23 year career as the Dodgers field manager.
This particular year, honoring the wishes and requests of his Darrtown fans and friends, “Smokey” shared his memories of that eventful season by speaking to those assembled in the Darrtown Knights of Pythias Hall.
The image at the right, contributed by Paul and Janet (Bauman) Jewell captures a moment during Smokey’s address to the audience.
We can identify two others in this photograph. The young boy seated on the stage of the hall behind Smokey is Donnie Thomas. Seated beside Donnie, in the dark dress is Olive (McVicker) Hansel. The woman whose face is framed by the window at the left resembles Dorrie (McVicker) Thome – although we are not positive.
I like this quote by Jim Murray:
|“Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire’s eye or on the ball.”|
For the last couple of years, when baseball season starts, I’ve been telling my brother “This is the year I will start writing letters to the editors. I want one of my letters published!” But I have only written one in two years. This year, it was not the beginning of the baseball season but when Jeff Kent_ one of my favorite players retired, I wanted to convey that the guy that was at the press conference was the player that I have seen for the last 4 years. Like he said on his press conference, “he rather talk to 100,000 fans than to the media”.
I cried along with Jeff watching his press conference. I remembered also that Jeff had cried at the press conference when he became a Dodger. I reminded him of this when I saw him at the last WIN baseball clinic. He smiled and said “Well, I took a look at my mother and there she was crying”.
I wrote my letter in the hopes that maybe, just maybe it would be published. Just in case, I also sent it to the Fanfeed Dodgers email address. Saturday morning I picked up the paper and started with the Sport section as I always do. All was quiet in my house but when I started reading the letters and got to MY letter, I was “OMG!” “OMG!” , I just had to wake up my brother and show it to him. He was ‘mm, ok….zzzz”.
That Saturday I headed to the stadium for “Select a Seat day”. I wanted to move my seats two seats over but they were not available. They had free Dodger Dogs, soda, peanuts & cracker jacks. Needless to say, I took the sport section with me and was telling several people there that my letter got published. One of the young Dodger embassadors said ‘was that the letter you sent us?”. She started telling some of her co-workers. I headed to the restaurant wearing my Jeff Kent jersey ready to enjoy a Dodger dog when a fan approached me saying “are you sad that he retired?”. I told him yes and I showed him my letter.my brother just rolled his eyes.
Here is my letter and the link to “letters to the editor” from the L.A. times. Skip the negatives :-).
That is the Jeff Kent I saw at WIN baseball clinics for the last four years, the guy I saw signing autographs for kids under a hot sun and advising them at Dodger Stadium. The one who looked up at me when I asked him when he was going to be reactivated so that I could reactivate him in my fantasy baseball team and apologized for being injured. The one with the wonderful smile at the baseball clinics joking with us, catching us in the bullpen, patiently taking pictures and signing autographs. The only player that has asked me for my name by saying “I am sorry, what is your name?”
I am proudly wearing my Jeff Kent jersey today.