Tagged: Matt Kemp

Dodgers with the best record in baseball (23-11) face the Diamond Backs at Dodger Stadium

It was a great weekend for Los Angeles! Lakers, Clippers & Dodgers win! The Dodgers swept the Rockies. The last game did not start well with Lilly on the mound. Then when Matt Kemp had to come out of the game with a sore hammy and then Ethier got kicked out of the game, things did not look good, but AJ Ellis said “no worries” Here I am! Boom! Homerun by AJ Ellis to clear the bases. BTW, Abreau is doing great since joining the Dodgers from the Angels. I believe he has three doubles now. I saw him at second base with a big smile :-).
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Now here are the Snakes and Dodgers ex-Dodgers VP of Communications, Josh Rawtich returns to Dodger Stadium with his new team the D-Backs. I miss you Josh!

Matt Kemp is out of the lineup today. Rest and Get betterMatt!

Dodgers are in first place and so are my fantasy baseball team, Los Locos Azules.

No batting practice for me today but I am now leaving work and heading to the Ravine. Clayton Kershaw faces Ian Kennedy.

Tomorrow I will be sure to leave early since is Orel Hershiser Bobblehead. BTW, I saw fans get mad yesterday because they did not get an Andre Ethier bag. It said the first 20,000 fans so Dodgers ran out before the game. Get there early for giveaways especially when the number of giveaways is limited.
Go Dodgers!

Dodgers series with the Giants

Dodgers had to wait a month to face the Giants. Dodgers won the first game on Monday. It was such an electric day there with the new owners and Magic Johnson there.

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Here are the new owners:


Lots of media there. Here is Rachel Robinson at the game:

Magi Johnson, Don Newcombe & Matt Kemp.  May2012
Don Newcombe threw out the first pitch.

Short post. Heading to the stadium. Will meet R.J. Breisasher. If you see him at the stadium say hi to him. Here is a picture of at Citi Field with Tommy Lasorda:

Dodgers sent Billingsley (2-2) against Lincecum (2-2) Go Dodgers!

The Dodger Equipment Truck has Arrived at Camelback Ranch! Rest in Peace Gary Carter

We got notice that the Dodger Equipment truck has arrived!   And look at this!   Matt Kemp is at Camelback Ranch! 

I did not know Mitch Poole, the Dodgers Clubhouse manager is a Clipper fan.  

5 Days till Dodgers Pitchers and Catchers report. 

17 Days Till Spring Training.

48 Days till Opening Day in San Diego!

53 Days till Opening Day at Dodger Stadium.! 

Dodger Stadium is celebrating 50 years! 

Tonight is Dodger Pride Night at the King’s game.   I am meeting friends Lorena and Rosie for dinner prior to the hockey game!

Oh no!  Now I am sad.  Just read that Gary Carter passed away.   Rest in peace Gary.  Dodger photographer Jon SooHoo posted this old picture a few days ago. 

2011 Cy Young Award Winner: Dodgers Clayton Kershaw

I have not created a new post since November 2nd when I posted about our three Dodgers -Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Clayton Kershaw winning Gold gloves.

What a happy day in Los Angeles yesterday when it was announced that Clayton Kershaw had won the NL Cy Young Award! I was anxiously waiting for the results on Thursday. I was busy with a Webinar at work with phone and computer busy but I was keeping an eye on my droid.  Sure enough it started beeping with the good news. But in addition to the good news there was an email from the Dodgers inviting us season ticket holders to attend the conference on the field of Dodger Stadium. What was I to do when I had taken the train to work and I was still in the middle of the webinar?  Good thing it ended promptly at noon and there were no further questions.

the email said the conference was to start promptly at 1:30 p.m and that fans could start arriving at 12:30 p.m. I called to see if the company car was available. I was lucky! It was available!  I then headed to see my boss and told him I had an emergency and had to leave but would be back later on.

What a great day being back at Dodger Stadium! Clayton Kershaw was there with his wife Ellen. Matt Kemp and James Loney were also there.  Maury Wills was also there.  Prior CY Young award winners Don Newcombe & Fernando Valenzuela were also there.    Dodgers who have won the Cy Young:   Don Newcombe (1986) Don Drysdale (1962), Sandy Koufax (1963, ’65. ’66), Mike Marshall (1974), Fernando Valenzuel (1981), Orel Hershiser (1988), Eric Gagne (2003) and Clayton Kershaw (2011).

  Congratulations Clayton Kershaw!

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A Salute to Dodger fans in the latest Dodgers Magazine

The following is the copy of the latest Dodger Magazine:

Dodger Fans with 30 or more years as Season Ticket holders

 

In it, it shows Dodger fans that have had their season tickets for 30 years or more.   Although I started 30 years ago as a season ticket holder, my total years do not equal that.   I do have friends in that picture.  

The September magazine saluted us fans as the 10th player!   Is nice to have a magazine dedicated to us fans.  In addition to a salute to the long time season ticket holders, the Dodgers took the time to interview a lot of Dodger fans for the magazine like the Aisle 2 Crew in the Reserved and yours truly.  

Jorge Martin approached me in the last Viva Los Dodgers event when he spotted me wearing a Javy Guerra batting practice jersey.   I had spotted the jersey in the club level and although it fits me big, I just had to buy it.  Here is the article in the magazine with the pictures 

EMMA IS HERE .   Emma Amaya shows her loyalty is True Blue By Jorge Martin & Cary Osborne

WHEN EMMA AMAYA calls Dodger Stadium “my second home, my second family,” she’s not kidding.  Amaya is a fixture in the Top Deck in her season seats, but when the Dodgers are away from home or out of season, her passion for the team remains strong.

She Flew to Minnesota this year to catch the Dodgers during an interleague series.   She is a regular at autograph signings around the southland.  Often camping out for hours to assure herself a great spot.  She even visited Citi Field in New York to see the Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia, especially the Jackie Robinson exhibit.  Amaya even gave Dodger Reliever Javy Guerra a book about the history of Mexican baseball players who have played in Los Angeles, something that Guerra had started to read. 

Emma Amaya

 You see, Amaya takes this “Dodger family” stuff really seriously. Amaya said she grew up a football fan.  A boyfriend took her to Dodger Stadium one time and she was hooked.  Before long Amaya began coming regularly to games with a friend who educated her on the Brooklyn Dodgers, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. 

Now it’s her doing the educating.  During the Brooklyn days, the biggest superfan was Hilda Chester.  Chester was a regular at Ebbets Field, but achieved fame by banging a frying pan with an iron ladle from her seat in the bleachers.  people took notice. 

(Left) Amaya posed with Duke Snider’s half of Fame plaque.

Emma & Eric as Hilda Chester and the Brooklyn Bum

Including Dodger players who in the 1930’s presented her with a cowbell.  After suffering a second heart attach, it is said that former Dodger manager Leo Durocher visited her in the hospital.  She returned to the bleaches with her Brooklyn accent and cowbell to cheer sounding as strong as ever.  A sign near her seat would proclaim, “Hilda is Here!”

Amaya doesn’t fashion herself exactly as a 21st Century Hilda Chester, but she did come to Opening Day last season dressed as the legendary fan.  a curious usher asked about her costume.

“Look her up,” Amaya told the usher.  “When I come here tomorrow, you tell me something that tells me you did look it up.” 

The Next Day, the usher saw Amaya and yelled out one of Chester’s favorite lines, “EAT YOUR HEART OUT, YOU BUMS!” 

Amaya speaks affectionately and nostalgically about the Dodgers, pointing out that the first year that she had season tickets was 1981–The year of Fernandomania and the World Series against  the New York Yankees.  A computer programmer from El Monte, Amaya has also helped build communities both in and around Dodger Stadium.  sh has developed bonds with Dodger fans on Twitter and the regulars at her Top Deck seats at Dodger Stadium, and has even gone to Dodger related events with the people she sits with at games.

One of those events led to a memorable exchange with a Dodger player.  After Matt Kemp hit a 10th inning walk-off single on August 12, Amaya and a friend immediately left from Dodger Stadium and headed down to Redondo Beach.  They They camped out outside of a store where Kemp was to sign autographs the following morning.  amaya finally made her way to the front of the line and met Kemp, who after hearing about her coming striahgt from the game asked Amaya, “Did you eat?”

Kemp might have been thinking about theat interaction when he did another autograph signing on Aug. 26.  On that day, Kemp ordered pizza for everyone in line. 

Amaya smiles easily when she talks about the team she has pent more than three decades following closely.  she summed up so much of what keeps brning her back day after day, year after year when she said:  “I love watching a triple, I love watching a pitcher’s duel.  I love watching a well-executed double play.  I love the game, and I love the Dodgers”

Thank you Dodgers!  Thank you Jorge Martin & Cary Osborne and all that contributed to the article.  I am humble by it all.  

Here is a picture of Jayv Guerra holding the book I gave him:

Gracias @JavyGuerra54 for signing @luvthedodgers23 and my picture!  We are proud of you! #socialSept

Beer Road Trip for the Dodgers but I am heading to New York

I leave tomorrow morning for New York!  I am excited about my trip!   I will be staying with my friend Abby who I met at the SABR41 convention in Long Beach, CA.  Abby is a Yankee fan.   Yankees are away so what she planned first is to watch a Brooklyn Cyclone game on Thursday evening.  

The forecast while I am there is:  Isolated thunder storms.   Thunder storms is one thing that I am afraid of but I’ll try not to have it bother me  *crosses fingers*  

Saturday we will be going to Citi Field for a SABR/Baseball Prospectus event.  Details here http://sabr.org/node/2339 then watch the Mets against the Brewers.   Abby convinced me to go after she so nice to offer for me to stay with her.   I don’t know what else she has made plans for but whatever it is I am looking forward to it all!  

The Beer Road Trip for my Dodgers and some Dodger fans. 

My boys are in Milwaukee until Thursday, then they fly to Colorado for a three game weekend series then is on to ST Louis.  I was trying to workout my flight to maybe stop at Milwaukee first or St Louis at the end but too complicated.   My friend William (Deuce’s dad) told me “Emma, I got tickets for you if you want to go to St Louis.   He is on the road to St Louis.  Last time I checked he was in Oklahoma, home of Matt Kemp.   Here is Deuce:

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I’ve taken a tour of Coors Brewery in Colorado and of Anheuser Bush when I was in St Louis but never been to Milwaukee.   Several people sported Dodger tattoos.Friend Cindy (see her Dodgers tatoo)  and her husband are driving to Colorado to see the Dodgers there.  

Friend Cynthia who is an usher at Dodger Stadium is also going to Colorado but she is landing there then renting a car to go to Mount Rushmore.  I never been there.   I might run into her in Denver as I am making a stop there.   She might be catching a game on her way back to Colorado.   You all have a safe trip and see you all back at Dodger Stadium!

Start spreading the news….New York New York..

Think Blue and Act Green: Heal The Bay

I am little late posting. 

Day two of the Dodgers Community Caravan for the Think Blue, act Green location was Santa Monica for “Heal the Bay” Day.   Notice the Dodgers 2011 Caravan bus in the background.  

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In attendance were Shawn Green, Steve Garvey, Matt Kemp, Rafael Furcal, Jay Gibbons, Gabe Kapler, Tony Gwynn, Fernando Valenzuela, Sweet Lou Johnson, Darryl Thomas and Charlie Steiner. 

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Gabe Kapler and Sweet Lou Johnson were in our team.   Gabe was the nicest guy and Sweet Lou, he is just always so sweet.   Our team (Team5) trashed the competition by collecting 30 pounds of trash 🙂  

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Matt Kemp sure had an alot of followers.  When I told him he looked thinner, he said  “Yeah?,  I’ve been working out”.    

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Tonny Gwynn Jr. said his dad is doing better recovering slowly from his bout with cancer.  

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Shawn Green is back!   When asked about his book, he said it comes out in June.

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We caught a little rain in Santa Monica but everyone’s spirit was high!   I commend the Dodgers for this year caravan!   The Think Blue and Act Green theme was a great idea. 

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On a sad note, we lost another Dodgers player.   Gino Cimoli died last Saturday of kidney and heart complications.   He was 81.   

Gino played for both the Brooklyn Dodgers and the LA Dodgers.    He was the first batter on the West Coast.  He also scored the final run at Ebbets Field.   Rest in peace Gino Cimoli.  Obituary hereLA Times Obiturary 

The number of living-Brooklyn Major Leaguers is down to 50.