Tagged: Manny Mota

Arruebarruena or Arruebarrena

So which is it?  Arruebarruena or Arruebarrena?  I asked the Dodgers when I started seeing it spelled  Arruebarrena.   The response yesterday was “Arruebarruena.”  but when the Dodgers first signed Erisbel, you kept seeing Arruebarruena everywhere.

Jesus Padilla saw the Dodgers response to me so he twitted this picture

Jesus said ” Jesus Padilla@Jay_P822h

@Dodgers @crzblue I sort of follow Cuban baseball and the Cuban Ntnl Team, and have always seen it as Arruebarruena.

Once Erisbel arrived at Camelback Ranch, the Dodgers announced him as Erisbel Arruebarrena

 

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Either way, Welcome Erisbel!   I see that both in Cuba and with the Dodgers you are wearing Manny Mota’s number.   Great choice!

‘Arruebarrena’ actually only has one ‘u,’ slips into tie for MLB’s second-longest name

By Matt Monagan | Follow @Mono11

Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena officially reported to Dodgers Spring Training on Thursday. Along with comparing his playing style to Yasiel Puig, the 23-year-old confirmed that his last name is actually spelled with 12 (Arruebarrena) and not 13 (Arruebarruena) letters. See his Cactus League jersey below:

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Hanley Ramirez interview by Manny Mota

I love this interview!  Hanley Ramirez being interviewed by Manny Mota.  It happened early in the season.  It is in Spanish so below the video I will put the translation.

Manny:  When you were doing the stretching exercises, tell me how did you feel with the way the fans welcome you?

Hanley:  Great, Great.   One is here because of the organization and the fans.  It fills me with great emotion and it gives me great energy to play this game.

Manny: Your first at bat was an out.  Tell me about the second at bat, the homerun, that swing.  It was the same swing that you connected in the Classic playing for the Dominican Republic.

Hanley:  Well you know this game is of adjustments, of bettering each bad at bat.  The 2nd time it was in my zone.  If it is in my zone, I am going to swing.

Manny:  Were you a little impatient, a little nervous in the first at bat?

Hanley:  No, I don’t think it was nerves.  It was the happiness I felt of being on the field.

Manny:  There  predictions when you would return but you came back earlier than anticipated.  Why did you do it?

Hanley:  That is what they said  but we put an extra effort. The doctors and all involved did a great job.  I thank God for that.

Manny:  how did feel with the bobblehead giveaway and the homerun?

Hanley:  Very happy.  the fans  since Spring Training have been telling me on Twitter that they were waiting with much anticipation this night.   I was not looking for a homerun but it came out that way.  It is a God blessing.

Jaime Jarrin (narrating the homerun)  “La pelota se va se va, y despidala con un beso”

Manny:  You used all the field and you went with the pitch.  The double was to right field. When you doall  that, you become the best hitter.

Hanley:  You thought me that of using the whole field.  It was the type of player you are. (this was said in such a respectful way using the “Usted.”   The way Hanley was looking at Manny too was with such respect.  Love it!)

eso me lo enseno usted  de usar todo el terreno y con el tipo de pelotero que es us

Manny:  You helped the DR team win.   You will also help the Dodgers get to the World Series?

Hanley:  That is the main thing.  The was very nice helping the D.R. but the most important thing is here with the Dodgers.

Manny:  How do you feel how the fans have treated you?

Hanley:  Great, Great.  I was talking with my agent that I want to stay here.  The fans are incredible & I feel at home.

Manny:   Ready to play everyday?

Hanley:  Thanks to God, that is the mentality that we have and to help the team.

Manny:  Thank you very much for the interview.   Good luck.  It is a pleasure having you here.

Hanley:  Thank you so much.

Polo:   Gracias a Manny and  “I See You” Hanley Ramirez.

ref:  Time Warner

Baseball Reliquary Induction Day

Tomorrow is the Baseball Reliquary Induction Day so if you don’t have any plans, come to the Pasadena Library!

From the Pasadena Now:

The festivities will start with an Induction Day tradition, the ceremonial bell ringing in honor of the late Brooklyn Dodgers fan Hilda Chester; everyone who attends is encouraged to bring a bell to ring for the occasion.

This will be followed by The National Anthem and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”  performed by Joe Price, Professor of Religious Studies at Whittier College and a longtime Reliquarian.

The musical segment will be followed by the presentation of the 2013 Hilda Award to Emma Amaya .  The Hilda Award, established in memory of legendary Brooklyn Dodgers fan Hilda Chester, recognizes distinguished service to the game by a baseball fan.

The 2013 Tony Salin Memorial Award will be presented to Steve Bandura. The Tony Salin Memorial Award, named in memory of the late baseball historian and author, was established to recognize individuals for their commitment to the preservation of baseball history.

Following the award presentations, the 2013 keynote address will be delivered by Dave Zirin, one of the most original voices to emerge from the field of sports writing in recent years.

The keynote address will be followed by the formal induction of the 2013 class of electees to the Baseball Reliquary.

L-R: Lefty O’Doul, Manny Mota and Eddie Feigner. Photo by The Baseball Reliquary

For more information go to http://www.baseballreliquary.org/ or

http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/the-baseball-reliquary-presents-shrine-of-the-eternals-2013-induction-day

Come early!

From the Pasadena Now:

Free parking is available in the University of Phoenix underground parking structure, which is located just north of the Pasadena Central Library on the corner of Garfield Avenue and Corson Street. The entrance to the parking structure is on Garfield.

Although the ceremony does not begin until 2:00 p.m., we encourage attendees to arrive by 1:30 p.m. (when the doors to the auditorium open) as seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you arrive when the library opens at 1:00 p.m., this will allow you ample time to view the Baseball Reliquary’s exhibition, Another Trip in Baseball’s Time Machine: Photography at the Field of Dreams (details below), which is being presented in the display cases in the Business and Humanities Wings, and the Centennial Room.

You can also take the Gold line.  The Pasadena Library is only a few short blocks from there.

 

Ref:

http://www.baseballreliquary.org/

http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/the-baseball-reliquary-presents-shrine-of-the-eternals-2013-induction-day

Dodgers Haikus for Good Luck.

Dodgers losing streak
is at gulp… seven, really??
Let’s stop it tonight!

Are the Dodgers cursed?
If so let’s reverse
and work toward first

Marlins are in town
their record 10-25
Time to beat them down

Magill on the mound
Fernandez for the Marlins
Bums don’t make us frown

Dodgers we beg you
Please start your winnings tonight
We are feeling Blue

I want to hear cheers
Want to hear I LOVE LA
Want to celebrate

tonight be the night
to stop Dodgers losing streak
and start winning feast

But really, is there some kind of curse on the Dodgers? Did it start when Manny Mota stopped being part of the coaching staff? no matter, I hope it stops tonight!

Go Dodgers!

Herrera has been optioned back to the minors and Van Slyke is back!  Van Slyke was crushing the Pacific Coast League with a .397 batting average, 9 Homeruns.

Dodgers lineup:

Crawford, LF
Punto 3B
Gonzalez, I B   YAY!  He is back!
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Ellis C
Schumaker 2B
Gordon SS
Magill P

Marlins lineup:
Pierre LF
Hechavarria Ss
Polanco 3B
Ruggiano CF
Dobbs 1
Ozuna RF
Dietrich 2B
Brantly C
Fernandez P

Dodgers Sweep the Rockies. I am just waiting for Monday.

Dodgers Sweep!

Dodgers sweep the Rockies!  Is so good to be seeing the Boys in Blue playing well!   Now the Giants come to town starting tomorrow but before the game…

I am just waiting for Monday.

A few years back I went on a Dodger road trip to Phoenix.  All decked in Dodger blue, my friend Erik and I were having having lunch at the Cheesecake Factory  The waitress asked us if were going to the Dodger game.   We said yes and she said  “I am just waiting for Monday”

She came back with our drinks and starts talking about being a Cubs fan, about the Cubs in town starting Monday and having tickets for Monday’s game.    After she left,  Erik  says “I thought she was talking about Rick Monday”   I tell him “Mee too!”   and we started  laughing.

It was an inside joke for us.  We would drop the “Iam just waiting for Monday”  and we would start laughing

So why am I saying “I am just waiting for Monday!’   Ben Platts of MLB will interview me for the MLB Blogs!   Is going to be a video interview.

Bobby Castillo back at Dodger Stadium!

I was glad to see Bobby Castillo back at Dodger Stadium!   He had suffered a stroke back in May and had been recuperating.

Bobby threw out the first pictch on Saturday

and Fernando Caught him

Manny Mota also threw out the first pitch on Saturday \

Is Adrian showing Herrera some signals?

Thanks Jill for this picture!

pictures by photographers Jon SooHoo and Jill Weisleder of Dodgers.com.  visist the Dodgers photo blog at http://Dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com

The Gran Fiesta: Viva Los Dodgers Review. Dodgers Fan Appreciation Day

La Gran Fiesta: Viva Los Dodgers

The Gran fiesta at Dodger Stadium was so crowded and a little disorganized.   Maybe the Dodgers were not expecting that many people.  They need to expand the area to accommodate the larger crowds.  The lines to get in were extremely long.  They checked your bags and checked that you had a ticket to the game.   After you got in you had to get in line for the autographs.  The lines for Cochito Cruz and Adrian Gonzales were unbelievable long.  They spilled way outside.  The problem was fans that were parking were just getting in line there.  The security guards were not noticing that.   Also I don’t understand how when we were in line outside before 1:30 at the gates by the Pasadena Freeway entrance, by the time we got out of the car the line to get in into La Gran Fiesta, the line circled around!     There were also some regular fans while we were closer to get in that their bags got checked and they let them get in right away.

There should have been a special line for Season Ticket holders.  For us that support the team all year around.      My friends and I (all of us season ticket holders) never made it to get Cochito Cruz or Adrian Gonzales.   By the time we got to the table, there was someone else there.  Fans were asking me who he was.  It was joe Moeller.     Later on someone asked me who were at the other tables.   I know fans should know but you had some fairly new fans, fans that is their first time doing that.   Maybe the Dodgers should have had large name tags made on the computer explaining who were sitting at the tables.

I did see Pepe Yniguez.   Jessica Rosales took this picture where Kenny Landreaux and Pepe were signing.  Thanks Jessica!  I also got Manny Mota and I showed him his picture when he was with the Houston Colts 45’s organization.  Picture posted in prior blog post.

and this picture taken by Jill, Dodger photographer

LOS ANGELES DODGERS V COLORADO ROCKIES

Dodgers win consecutive game with another shutout.

Dodgers won against the Rockies on Friday 8-0 with a great performance by Clayton Kershaw.   Blanton pitched a shutout on Saturday with the score of 3-0.   Can the Dodgers pitch another shutout?   TrublueLa, Eric Stephen said that the last time the Dodgers had a shutout sweep of 3+ games was 1966, a 4-game series against the Astros.  Bob Timmermann followed my question of “was this at home or on the road” with  “It was at home.  Osteen and Koufax had shutouts and the other two were combined efforts”   Awesome!  I love these two with all their knowledge!

I settle for a win today no matter the score.   Is amazing how many players hurt the Rockies have.     I have not looked at the records but Dodgers don’t do well on day games so like I said I just want the W.  Go Dodgers!

Fan Appreciation Day

Is Fan Appreciation Day.   Among the prizes are a one year lease on a car.  It used to be that they gave you the car.   Also there are the two season tickets.   The only thing I have won thru all the years I have attended Fan Appreciation Day was a voucher for Panda Express.

I am just waiting for Monday.

I will explain that in my next post, but I am really excited and a little nervous  about this so yes, I am just waiting for Monday!  In the meantime I need to head to the stadium!  Running late so no pictures until my next post.