Here is a short video I shot of Tommy Lasorda dressed in his batting practice jersey giving instructions to the minor leaguers on how to hit. 🙂 “You got an ax in your hand” “you are chopping the tree down” “como esta la republica?”
Tommy is so funny
Some pictures from my second trip to Camelback Ranch:
Kershaw signing autographs! Javy Guerra! Truck with Dodger licence, Margie and Fam, Lorena & Margie,
Margie and Fam, Lorena & Margie. Deuce & I enjoying a lemonade!
Lore, Margie, Elisa.
We love running into our Dodger friends. Here is Dee, Deuce and William. Also Jon SooHoo.
and we love our boys in Blue. Here is Andre Ethier, James Loney and Matt Kemp. These pics taken by Elisa.
Happy ST Patrick Day everyone! We are in Arizona. Going to the first game at Talking Stick for the Dodger game against Colorado. Then is back to Camelback Ranch for the game against the hated Jints. I am wearing my green jersey. Lost my phone. So fricking mad at myself but “que se la hacer” what can you do? I’ll just try to enjoy the rest of trip.
St Patrick video with Kershaw, Mattingly, Kemp, Loney, Ethier
Our last trip to Arizona included a trip to Las Vegas to see the Dodgers play against the Cubbies. Our first stop was Camelback Ranch to watch the Boys in Blue practice. We saw Loney so we sang to him:
Afterwards we headed to Surprise Stadium
If you can see the score, the Dodgers are losing in the 4th inning 3 to 9. Things were going to get worst than that.
I forget in what inning, but Wilson Betemit (Ex Dodger) came to bat and I got hit with a foul ball. It did not feel as bad as when I got hit a few years back at Dodger Stadium by a Heep Seop Choi foul ball
Next time this is going to be me catching a foul ball like this!
Meanwhile the score now at the top of the 8th Kansas City Royals 19, Dodgers 7.
On the road now to Las Vegas to follow our Dodgers! But first a little detour to Sedona, AZ
We stopped quite a few times to take pictures.
We got to Vegas like 11:30 at night and the following day we scrambled to get tickets as the game was sold out. After checking a few websites, we were able to get two tickets together and a single one. That meant we had to go to two different places to pick them up. The first stop was drive to Sams Town area, the next stop was to drive to the strip by .the Mandalay Bay to pick up the two tickets. Ok, now on our way to Cashman Stadium.
The game was a close one but lots of running blunders by the Dodgers. We got into a little heckling with Cubbie fans. One sitting next to us was asking us “why don’t you root for the Angels?” Which we told him “Why don’t you root for the White Sox?” It was all in good fun.
Vin Scully made the trip to Las Vegas as he was broadcasting his first Spring Training game.
Prior to the game, from the lower section, I yelled “VIN SCULLY! WE LOVE YOU!” I did it three times until the lady sitting next to him saw me and heard me so she told Vin. Vin got up, saluted me from above then he saw my t-shirt and gave me the A OK sign! The lady asked me to turn around so Vin could see the back. Vin again gave the OK sign! It was a great moment!
Dodgers lost to the Cubs by one run. Wtih that, we headed back to LA.
Next stop: Dodger Stadium for the Freeway Series then on to Opening Day March 31st.
Spring is in the air! Check out the flowers outside where I work. They are called Magnolia Alexandria.
The Dodgers Caravan will be February 14th to the 15th! This year is full of community work where the fans get to join in!.
My friend Lorena, Erik and I are thrilled that we were able to signed up for both days. February 14th it will be Cleanup our LA river and February 15th, cleanup the Bay (Santa Monica). I can’t wait!
The Dodger current and past players along with Dodger announcers will also visit hospitals and schools as part of giving back to the community. I think getting the fans involved is a great idea. Details here
Dodgers will also be at the Lopez Tonight show in Burbank on Valentines Day but I could not get tickets to that. Can anyone get us at the Warner Bros studios on that day? I used to know someone that used to get me VIP tickets but that person moved out of state.
My friend Lorena and started talking Spring Training games when we met at the Laker game last night. Yeah, Lakers lost to the Spurs but we had a good time.
We along with friend Margie decided on the first two games at Camelback Ranch. The first game is Sunday February 27th against the Angels and Monday against the White Sox. We might get there on Saturday or early Sunday. I can’t wait!
February is looking pretty good! that is Andre Ethier jumping up with Joaquin
from the adoption site at www.heartgalleryla.org.
PLEASE click on the link above, then the video of the Dodgers salute to the Heart Gallery of Los Angeles in their pursuit to find homes for children.
In the video you can see Russell Martin, Andre Ethier and James Loney with children from the Heart Gallery of Los Angeles,
This is the second year the Dodgers team up with the Heart Gallery of Los Angeles doing the Calendar. According to Josh Rawitch, Dodgers Vice President of Communications, the Gallery has had a high rate of success since the kids have been featured on the Team calendar.
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.
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.
I took a picture of Loney’s bbh too. Now, I did positioned him right on first base!
The Deuce is Loose dancing before the 9th inning!
the view of the sunset from the Top Deck:
The birthday girl on Wednesday. Too bad the Dodgers did not give her a win but she’ll take two out of three.
A view of downtown from one corner of the Top Deck
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!
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.
Afterwards Joe Torre came over and hand me my baseball!
Joe said that is one of the best signatures he’d seen on a baseball.
Chatting with the skipper.
Afterwards Joe said he needed go get back to work so he headed to the cage.
I got a picture with Andre:
Next I got a picture with Matt Kemp and he signed the picture I have with him from the Bluetopia movie premier.
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.
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!
Jorge Bahaia showing the ceremonial baseball he was going to throw. It reads “Los Angeles Dodgers Ceremonial First Pitch Dodger Stadium 2010.”
The shirt that the family and friends of the Jorge and Elsy Bahaia were sporting:
Here is part of the Bahaia family:
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.
Here is Jeff of the Safe At Home Foundation
Here is Lore enjoying being on field. She has more pictures that she took.
Here is my pass to watch BP on the field.
Well, it was time now to leave and go to our seats.
We ended up sitting in the family section in the Loge area.
Here is Mr. Jorge Bahaia throwing out the first pitch:
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.
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!
When we were down 3-0 in the first inning, I was saying”Oh boy here we go again, having a bad first inning.” but the boys came back and Kuroda-san settle down. Kuo was NASTY! Was that really a 98 MPH fastball he threw?!?!
The game ended with a great play by Furcal. It was the #1 Webgem for Saturday:
Let me say this again, “(insert team) suck” has to be the most immature, stupid chant I’ve ever heard. You don’t hear it with the regular season ticket holders around me and I imagine with true Dodger fans and Baseball fans. I also don’t boo great players.
On his birthday, Derek Jeter struckout three times. Kuroda, Kuo and Broxton struck him out. Joe Torre was quoted as saying “Well, it was my present to him”
Earlier in the day, Joe Torre and Derek Jeter had gone to the John Wooden public memorial at the the UCLA Pauley Pavilion.
Did I say that Kuo has been NASTY lately. This guy has gone thru so many T.J. operations and is basically an out away from ending his career but he keeps on pitching! My Dodger hat off to you Kuo!
And my boy James Loney drove in four runs! Here is Loney with my friend Erik who is celebrating his birthday today. Happy birthday Erik! May the Dodgers bring us a win!
I finally got to meet the famous Jane Heller! Too bad I just spent a little time with her. I also got to meet her husband and LadyJane who posts in Jane Heller’s blog. Wish I would have gotten a second chance to take the pic as this came out a little blurry and to spend more time with you and your husband Jane.
A battle of lefties for the rubber matchup today: The tough Veteran Andy Pettitte against 22 year old Kershaw. Kershaw needs to control those walks. He has given up 48 walks, the most in the NL and the Yankees lead the Majors in OBP.
With Fox doing the game yesterday and today ESPN, I MISS VIN SCULLY!
Oh I forgot to mention that after his running, Padilla came over to the rail in the left field side and signed alot for fans in that side then the center field side. Quite a few Yankee fans were there too getting his autograph. I and many congratulated him on his outing the day before. He signed my scorebook. I asked him in Spanish who he was rooting for in the World Cup after USA was already out. He looked at me, smiled and said “Is going to be tough but I am rooting for Mexico.
LET’S GO DODGERS!
LET’S GO MEXICO