When I left work yesterday on my way to the stadium, I went into my facebook and wrote “I am on my way to Dodger Stadium.” A friend that should know better responded “Manny is not going to play Goofy.”. She should know that Manny or no Manny, I go to the stadium. I have only missed 3 games this year and only because I was out on a business trip.
What a game! What a game! Like Manny said “Wow” You can’t scrip that better. Bases loaded and in comes Manny with the bases loaded. Bang!! first pitch into the area designated as “Mannywood”. I could see my friend Rosa and her daugther Ronny jumping up in down. They have season tickets in the first row of Mannywood next to the Dodgers bullpen.
We were all jumping up and down and the noise was deafening even with the headphones of my radio. This game reminded me of the Back to Back to Back to Back game against the Padres. Like that night, there we were high fiving everyone and reaching even further to high five more fans. Since we sit in the last row, a group congregates in back of us and when Manny comes to bat, well they multiply there!. We love our section and all the rest of the season ticket holders there or those with packaged tickets. We have even gotten to know the friends of the regulars there.
No Game today (Thursday) but as reported by Josh Rawitch in his thread titled “You got to be kidding me” at http://insidethedodgers.mlblogs.com/, Manny was at the stadium on an off day BEFORE 10AM taking batting practice. WOW! That is dedication! What a guy! What a team! What a Team!
Manny showing some love for the Left field pavilion (pic from MSTI’s blog)
Congratulations to Andre Ethier who hit his 20th homerun! and to Billingsley who finally got his #10 win!
The Marlins are in town and a group of my friends from the Metrolink train will be there. For one of them it will be her first trip to a baseball game.
Tonight is Manny’s bobblehead night and as expected the game was declared a sellout a few days back. With Manny being hit on the wrist by Homer Bailey last night, we are not sure if he will play. We were put at ease when it was announced at the stadium that the X-Rays were negative.
Chad Billingsley, chasing that illusive win #10 goes against Bronson Arroyo. . Good luck Billz!
Kiss-Cam and James Loney. Last Saturday when they were showing on the big screen couples kissing, they showed a young woman with a very colorful sign saying “Kiss Me Loney!”. James Loney was not playing that night so when he saw the sign from the dugout, he came out scanning the crowd for the sign and sent a kiss. Of all the Dodger players, I think Loney is the one that is quiet and shy, so it was funny seeing him do that. When he noticed the camera was showing him on the big screen, he smiled embarrased and went and he went back into the dugout laughing. It was funny!. Usually signs are not permitted at Dodger Stadium but every once in a while fans do sneak them in.
Juan Castro and his at bat music. Juan Castro started the other day for Orlando Hudson. When they played his at bat music, you could hear all around the stadium including my friend Lore and I with the typical yells like “AHUA” when hearing a good mariachi. The name of the song is “La Negra” or “Al Son de la Negra” here it is if you want to hear it. coudl not do the youtube.
Casey Blake…Is he Mejicano? When we started hearing the Mexican song “La Negra on Tuesday, my friend Lore and I looked at each other. She said “Is Casey Mexican?”. We even got a text from my brother Vic asking about it. My friend Lore answered “well, he is a Doyer.”.
.Bowling with James Loney and company; Thursday is a day off and is the annual Dodgers bowling event to benefit the Dream Foundation. It is about $850 per person so a little too steep for me, besides I should be on the D.L as i have a bum shoulder. Still I am heading to the game soon.
With the Marlins in town this weekend, the upcoming events are:
Friday night. A tribute to Elvis Night_ Fireworks.
Saturday night.. Hollywood Star Night. with that softball game starting at 5.
Sunday afternoon: Webkinz pet Giveaway for first 15K kids 14 and under.
Oh and a new giveaway has been announced for September 14 against the Pirates: Free Dodger dogs. Not the stuff animal but the ones you eat.
Let’s go Dodgers!!!
It was so cold when I got to Chicago on Wednesday that I bought me a coat. Guess what color? Dodger blue baby! We went to Numero Uno for dinner. Good pizza! We felt guilty after having the pizza so we went to work on the threadmill while watching our Lakers win!
Thursday, after having lunch at the hotel we went to John Hancock observatory. Wow 96th floor! My ears were popping! Beautiful view from there and I loved all the history.
We got to the friendly confines, Wrigley Field in time for BP. Before going in we walked around the park. Take a look at this picture from a local bar:
Too funny using Manny’s name! Z has been suspended for 6 games.
Entering this series, the Cubs and Dodgers franchises have split their 2,024 games against each other!
Two Randy’s on the mound for the first game: lefty Randy Wolf against righty Randy Wells.
I was on the edge on my seat in the 9th inning when the baby bears had the bases loaded with one out. Our closer was not on the mound as he had thrown 36 pitches the day before so Troncoso was on the mound. Tron pitched the 8 & the 9th. Dodgers win 2-1! El Lobo picked the win!
We met Dodger fans from Whittier, CA; The San Fernando valley; and ran into two Dodger Lady fans from the Booster Club! They recognized me from the meetings. I kept score but 😦 I lost my program and not only that, I lost one of my Dodger earrings :-(( but we won the first game!!! :-).
Friday’s matchup: Lefty Ted Lilly against our righty Chad Billinsgley.
Today walking around Dodger Stadium I noticed some fans wtih t-shirts saying “Free Manny” or “I Support Manny” Someone asked where they got the t-shirts and they said someone outside the stadium was selling them for $5. I was left wondering if those people bought the t-shirts because it was $5 or because they think is OK to cheat with steioids. I don’t condone steroid use, to condone it would be to say “is OK to cheat.” Is it OK for kids to cheat on their exam? No! Is unfair for those that have worked hard to take those exams.
It is unfair for those players that have stayed clean and continue to stay clean even with all the steroids being used around them. It reminded me of what Jeff Kent said during his retirement speech when asked what he thought about this whole steroid issue. He said “The integrity of the game has been jeopardized for so many years, and I’m embarrassed about the steroid era.” He also said “I saw it around me what could I do but work harder to compete.”
If you have read my post you know that I met Manny and found him to be so nice. But just because he was nice to my friends and I does not mean he gets a pass with me. It also bothers me that he has not addressed his teammates. If he needs more time for that, Ok take it but do address your teammates.
I gave Barry Bonds and all involved with steroids a hard time and Manny is not getting a free pass with me just because he is a Dodger. I also hate that only after players get caught using steroids is when they apologize and they say how sorry they are. Are they truly sorry or sorry that they got caught? I am disgusted with all the players that have cheated this great game but especially with those that already had great abilities.
Is a sad day in baseball but like Vin Scully said today in his broacast “no one man stops baseball.”
That is how the text message I got this morning started. I was like “Is this a joke?” After confirming it I was like Wow 😦 Very very sad. Got to look at the bright side that at least is going to start now and not later. He will l begin the suspension with tonight’s game so he would be eligible to return around July 3, depending on rainouts.
Let’s see we have Juan Pierre on the bench. Xavier Paul (the X Man) is expected to be called back from Tripe-A . Press conference this afternoon.
Happy Birthday James Loney! See you at the game tonight!
My Loney has a first name is J A M E S
My loney has a second name is L O N E Y
Oh I love to see him everyday and if you ask me why I’ll say….
‘Cause Loney has a way wtih H I T T I N G !
Let’s go Dodgers! Let’s go!
We got to our hotel, parked the car and who is walking toward us? None other than Manny! he was parked next to us! I told him in Spanish “Manny, we are not going to bother you, I just want you to know we are so happy to have you back”. My friends said something similar. Manny was super nice. he shook my friends hands then he gave me a hug! We were so happy!!
We saw our fist win at the Milwaukee facility so we sang “I Love LA”. that is the traditional song at Dodger Stadium after a win.
Short thread. Today’s game is televised and our beloved Vin Scully is in the house!