I was at the stadium last night and I was asking “Why the low attendance with the Dodgers in first place with the best record in baseball and Kershaw on the mound?” Well, I had forgotten the Lakers were playing. I kept getting quite a few tweets “Laker’s in playoffs” But Magic Johnson showed up at Dodger Stadium! I had my scorebook signed! I had him signed it on the sheet of the first game the new ownership took over. Stan Kasten had signed a few days earlier.
photo by Jon SooHoo.
Dodgers have a five-game winning streak going. Also they had four sweeps this year. Is only a two game series with the D-Backs so will tonight be five sweeps? I will be ready with my little broom. The people sitting in my section look for my broom. They look back and ask me “Where is the broom?’
I forgot it once time so I had to improvise and make one out of paper napkins.
Is Orel Hershiser’s Bobblehead tonight!
MikeSciosciatragicillness got a campaing going to vote for AJ Ellis to the Allstar! Great idea! Here is the buttom they created and the hashtag #AJ2KC.
When I think of #22, I automatically think of Clayton Kershaw. He was my choice last time I got #22 in the MLB Fan blog leaders.
When I told my friend Erik about it last time, he said “Emma, next time you get #22, let me be a host in your blog so that I can dedicate it to a particular player?.”
BTW, This is the second time Erik is hosted here. The first time, he wrote a touching post on how Erik, Lorena and I met.
I am blessed to call Erik and Lorena my friends and that we met because of the Dodgers. Here is his old post.
Here is Erik’s post for today:
Ever since CrzBlue told me about the tradition of dedicating a post to a former player whose jersey # matches your ranking for the month, I told her that when she earns #22, she must dedicate her page to Elgin Baylor. Yes, Elgin Baylor, the Laker. She found this kind of odd too.
I first became fascinated by Elgin Baylor back in the late 1980s. At that time I followed the Lakers and the NBA pretty closely. I soon realized that whenever people talk about great players from before the 1980s, those conversations center on West, Russell and Chamberlin. Now, those are some great players, and I don’t mean to take anything away from them, but I wish fans would include Baylor among those greats. In Los Angeles, I feel like whenever people think of Elgin Baylor, they automatically think of his tenure as an executive with the Los Angeles Clippers. He gets no love in L.A. My hope is that after reading this post you will realize that he is one of the NBA’s greatest players.
Please don’t try to argue that he could never be dominating in today’s game. That’s an anachronism and can’t be used in a valid argument. All you can do is look at his numbers, see how they compared to his day and see where they place him in NBA history. Elgin is one of those greats who never won a scoring title, and never won a Ring. Two reasons: Chamberlin and the Celtics.
Let’s just talk about Elgin now. In his 14-year career, he averaged 27.4 PPG, with 13.5 rebounds per game. At one time he held the NBA record for most points in a regular season game, and most points in a playoff game. Lakers fans may remember that it was Elgin Baylor’s record of 71 points in a single game that Kobe Bryant broke in 2006 with his 81 point game. In that game, Elgin also had 25 rebounds. Yeah, yeah, I know, Chamberlin had 100 points in a game.
In 1958, Elgin was the overall #1 draft pick, signed by the Lakers for $20,000. As a rookie Elgin earned every penny, finishing the season 4th in scoring (24.9) and 3rd in rebounding (15)–leading the Lakers in assists with 4.1 per game. Between 1960 and 1963, Elgin averaged 35.7 ppg. In his career, he was named to the All Star team 11 times, and led the Lakers to the Finals eight times. Unfortunately, we can only read and hear about what he did. There is not a whole lot of video that captures Elgin at the height of his greatness. I don’t think there’s even video of his 71 point magic. Sad. I would love to see that game!
Imagine this, during the 61-62 season, Elgin and Jerry West averaged a combined 70 points, respectively 38.3 and 30.8. In 62-63, Elgin was second in scoring with 34 ppg. In that same season, Elgin was the first player to finish in the top 5 in 4 categories–ppg, rpg, assists, free-throw %. Even in his second to last season, Elgin came in a close second in scoring with 26 ppg (Dave Bing had 27.1 ppg). In his last full season, Elgin averaged 24.8 ppg.
In 1977, Elgin was elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He’s a man who didn’t do well enough academically to make it into college without a friend pulling some strings. He’s a man who served his country at Fort Lewis, Washington. He’s a man who is a basketball great, and one of Los Angeles’ greatest athletes. When I see the #22, I think of Mister Elgin Gay Baylor!
P.S., T.J (Simers) if you’re reading this, a discussion with Elgin Baylor and Maury Wills, two L.A. greats from the 1960s would nice. You’d get a lot of fans for that, both basketball and baseball.
Wednesday when I went to Jury Duty in Downtown LA, I noticed that there is this Pittsburg Pirate Mickey Mouse at Union Station. I had seen one at Anaheim Stadium when I went there for the All-Star FanFest interview. I did not have my camera that day but Friday I made sure I had it with me.
After googleing about the the Mickey Mouse, I read that there are 36 varieties of statues including designs for all 30 clubs to celebrate the All-Star game here in Anaheim. I learned that there are three in the Los Angeles.
After work I made my rounds. First Union Station:
After taking a few pictures at Union Station, I walked to the Music Center in Dowtown. The walk is uphill. I should have taken a bus but it was worth it to see the DODGER Mickey Mouse !
In back of that fountain there was a huge group of people dancing with an instructor on stage teaching Indian (from India) dancing. Yep! I joined in!
Here is another picture of the Dodger Mickey Mouse
Here is the back of of the Dodger Mickey Mouse
OK, so after doing some dancing (or trying to follow the instructor with the dance moves), I headed to the third Mickey Mouse that is in LA.
ESPN LA Live has the Yankee Mickey Mouse
The LA Live is next to the Staple Center, home of the 2010 World Champion Lakers! A few blocks away from there is the Convention Center where they are having the Anime convention. I’ve never seen so many costumes! I took a picture with this guy
It was sad to read that the Red Sox Mickey Mouse that was somewhere in Anaheim, was vandalized. His arm is being repaired.
I’ll try to go take pictures of the ones that are in Hollywood sometime this weekend. They have Royals, Reds, Indians, Mariners and Phillies. I have pictures of the the Pirate and Yankee Mickey Mouses also if anyone likes me to post them, let me know.
Contratulations to Gibby on his first win as a manager. Now Dodgers go take the next two!
Let’s Go Dodgers!
Thank you all that read my blog and comment! I made #17! Woohoo! When I think of #17, I think of Carl Erskine! I admire Oisk! That is why a few years back I purchased a baseball with his signature at Dodger Stadium. On the baseball he wrote the date of his no-hitters.
We got swept at Fenway Park. The team failed to show up but we Dodger fans represented!
Here are pictures of Dodger fans.
The hats say “Viva Los Dodgers”
These guys that sat in back of us had us laughing for all three games.
I ran into Arlene who also sits in the Top Deck section 3.
Dodger fans at the Fenway Park tour. At the end I asked the tour guy why no tour of the Press Box and the dugout like we get at Dodger Stadium. He said our group was too big. Also he failed to tell us that .30 minutes later they were letting fans on the field for Father’s Day. Not cool.
Here is one of the pictures from the ESPN game that was being sent to cell-phones while we were watching the game. I was next to this Red Sox couple who had gone to Dodger Stadium so they were on the mailing list. When the opportunity of this trip came up , they signed up. They are from Washington DC. .
When the chant “Beat LA” started this Dodger fan had a sign that said “CANT BEAT LA LAKER PARADE TOMORROW”
and he also had this sign that reads
and this sign that says LAKERS WIN BOSTON SOXS.
With the exception of a couple of racist Red Sox fans we encountered we had a good time. There was a lady in the group that was asked “Why are you a Dodger fan? You are no Mexican” The Dodger beat writer for the LA Times, Dylan Hernandez was complemented on speaking English. He thought it was funny that he was asked that. Dylan actually speaks three languages. Lorena had someone else made a racist remarks to her also.
I have lots of more pictures from the Fenway Park tour and also the historical places we visited.