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!
The following is the copy of the latest Dodger Magazine:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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. 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..
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.
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.
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 🙂
Matt Kemp sure had an alot of followers. When I told him he looked thinner, he said “Yeah?, I’ve been working out”.
Tonny Gwynn Jr. said his dad is doing better recovering slowly from his bout with cancer.
Shawn Green is back! When asked about his book, he said it comes out in June.
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.
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.
Dodgers return on Monday Memorial Day for a 13 game homestand. Lots of games and promotions for this homestand.
Monday. 5/31. Manny Ramirez kids BP jersey. Arizona in town.
Thursday. 6/3. Matt Kemp Action figure (kids only) BTW, I think this picture is lame, but the Dodgers posted it asking for a caption.
Give me a caption and whoever I think is the best, I’ll think of something to send you. I think that chalk line looks so wrong.
Friday 6/4 is 70’s Day and Loney and Blake giveaway poster. I have not seen the poster but I’ve been told it has a 70’s Chevelle. Is is Blue or Red?
Sunday 6/6. Viva Los Dodgers. This year every Sunday is Viva Los Dodgers. I prefer it back to only one special Sunday.
Tuesday 6/8. Jonathan Broxton BBH. The Cardinals are in town starting Monday 6/7 for three.
Friday 6/11 and Saturday 6/12 is the THINKCURE radio telethon with the Angels in town. Maybe I can bid on something from Mike Scioscia.
Sunday 6/13 is Viva Los Dodgers (again).
busy busy homestand but before that, the Dodgers are in Colorado for a three game series and that means Vin Scully is back! woohoo!
A big congratulations to Jaime Jarrin(Jessica Rosales of Dodgers on Demand interviewing Jaime at the Bluetopia movie preview Blue Carpet)
who is in the D.R. He will be inducted into the Latino Hall of Fame. He will also be there for Jose Lima’s funeral.
Dodgers have played 21 games. Two road trips and one home stand. This last road trip was a tough one where they went 2-7 against the Reds, Nationals and the Mets. They got swept by the Mets.
I felt bad for the Dodger fans that went to see them on the road. My new neighbors to the right of me in the Top Deck went to see them to Washington DC. ITD (InsidetheDodgers) blogmates Oldbrooklynfan and Truebluewill who live in New York, went to see the doubleheader.
Thanks Brian for the picture and for letting me know how to put them together! Truebluewill, crzblue and oldbrooklynfan.
Say hello to our Dodger fans in New York if you run into them.
Let’s Go Dodgers, Let’s Go! Maybe some home cooking will do you good and being back at Our Magic Castle that is Our Lady of Chavez Ravine, Dodger Stadium!
Young Clayton Kershaw (1-0 3:13)on the mound against Pirate Brian Burres (0-1 9.31).
USC Night and hat giveway tonight to the first 20K fans
UCLA Night and hat giveway Friday night to the first 20K fans.
Oh and Matt Kemp: You know we Dodger fans love you! You have been great with us. My friends and I appreciate your hussle, how the kids that run the bases imitate you as you are jumping up and down while waiting to take the field. It looks like you can’t wait for the game to start. You have been nice to us during BP, at events like Caravans, the Bluetopia premiere. We LOVE YOU!!!
I actually missed taking the pictures because I went looking for food. Lucky for me my friend LuvtheDodgers23 stayed so she took all these pictures. When I saw them I went “ahhh, how cute!”
Where are you pointing Andre?
Matt Kemp shows up! Here is the bump!
and here are the three doing the bump:
The hand shake:
And another bump before leaving
A tough week for LA Sports fan this week.
I mentioned this on facebook but not here. Last week we mourn two LA sports figures in Willie Davis and Merlin Olsen.
Willie Davis who still holds the all-time L.A. Dodgers records for the hits, extra-base hits, total bases, plate appearances, triples, and for the longest hitting streak, at 31 games. The last time I saw Willie Davis was at the RBI(Reviving Baseball in Inter-cities) dinner last year.
Merlin Olsen. As a Los Angeles Rams fan, I remember watching Merlin Olsen an afterwards as a broadcaster more so than his acting career.
I could not help shed a few tears when I heard of both these gentlemen passing away. Both were 69.
This letter from a fan sent to the L.A. Times says it well:
“I can still hear Dick Enberg describing another Merlin Olsen sack, “And the applause is for the defense!” I can still see Willie Davis galloping around the bases for another triple. A big part of my youth just walked into the shadows of the Coliseum tunnel. A piece of my childhood just rounded third and headed on home. -John Thompson Chino, CA.
Rest in peace 3-Dog and Merlin Olsen.
First of all I want to give a BIG THANK YOU to all that participated in the Dodger Caravan and to all those that helped put the event together and those that worked the long hours from the morning event at the Children’s hospital event, to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles luncheon, to Best Buys to play video games with the fans and sign autographs to going to Olvera Street in the evening! I could see how tired some of you look so THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your hard work!
Ok, on to some more pictures!
El Senor Jaime Jarrin, the voice of the Dodgers in Spanish! He is just a class act! This will be his 51st year with the Dodgers!
Matt Kemp at Best Buys playing games with a young fan. We made quite an impression on Matt Kemp that he said at Best Buys “”Hey, you guys made it here too!”. We had an unforgettable day!
Jaime Jarrin taking the mike en la Plaza de Olvera Street.
Dylan Hernandez, Dodgers Beat writer for the LA Times
I asked Dylan if he wanted to ring the Bell at Olvera Street
Update: I did not know the significance of the Bell but I found this (Thanks Greg!)
Bell of Dolores
Text from plaque:
This replica of the “Bell of Dolores” was presented to the City of Los Angeles by the Republic of Mexico in 1968. This cherished relic of Mexican history represents not only Mexico’s bid for freedom, but also the beginning of democracy here in California. This bid for freedom began not in Mexico City, but in the little village of Dolores. And it was here that Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla was assigned as parish priest, where he became active in politics and sided with the less fortunate of Mexican society. On the night of September 15, 1810, at 11 p.m., Father Hidalgo rang the parish church bell, now known as the “Bell of Dolores” to summon patriots to fight for their independence from Spain. Every year on September 15, the President of Mexico tolls the original “Bell of Dolores” now hung at the National Palace in Mexico City, and cries out “Viva la independencia…Viva America…”, Father Hidalgo’s call to arms beginning the Mexican War of Independence
Matt Kemp at the tables signing autographs. Notice the 55 since ’55 patch. All of the players were sporting the patch on their jersey
Here is the patch
That is all folks!
Football prediction on this Super Sunday:
Everyone have a wonderful Sunday. I am heading to the hospital to visit tia Marina for her birthday celebration with a Mexican trio singing to her in the lobby.
Thank you to my friends Erik, Lore (LTD23) and Elisa for contributing to a great day!
Originally James Loney was supposed to be part of the Caravan but he was a late scratch.
The Dodgers that attended on Wednesday were: Matt Kemp, Fernando Valenzuela, James McDonalds, Ramon Troncoso, Jim Campanis and Steve Yeager and Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrin, the voice of the Dodgers in Spanish!.
It was great to meet up with my friends Erik, Lorena and her niece Elisa.
Matt Kemp is adorable!
Guess who crashed the party at Roscoes Chicken and Wafles?
That is Barry Bond! My friend Lore was able to take this picture. Someone was saying that while we were waiting to get in that Lady Gaga was inside Roscoes.
Here is Lore with Matt Kemp. I love this picture!
My complain about Roscoes Chicken and Wafles was that once the fans finished eating they were waiting for the players to come around. It was taking a little longer but the waiters/waitresses were telling them they needed the tables! That was not right! They did not tell us anything but just in case we ordered a slice of sweet potatoe pie that was delicious
Meet Jon Soo Hoo, the Dodgers great photographer!
The boys are playing games at Best Buys. Matt Kemp said to us: “Hey you guys are here too “. He also greeted us at Olvera Street.
the 2010 Dodgers Caravan bus. :
At the Plaza of Olvera Street in Downtown L.A. The lines were huge when we got there but we had already talked to the guys at Roscoes so it was OK with us. We justed wanted to be there to support our Boys in Blue!
From Left to right, Jim Campanis, James McDonals, Ramon Troncoso (Tron), Matt Kemp, Steve Yeager, Jaime Jarrin and Fernando.
Ran into Josh Rawitch there! When I yelled his name he came over and gave me a hug. I suggested Philippes for next year’s luncheon. He said “that is a good idea, Emma.”
We watched all the boys sign and took more pictures. Ran into Pat,Jo, Roberto, Jack and other Dodger fans there.
Afterwards we went to El Paseo for dinner. Pat, Jo and a friend of them came in later and had the table next to us. Since Pat had told me at Olvera Street that it was her birthday, I called the trio that was singing there and had them sing “Las Mananitas” to her. Las Mananitas is the tipical song sang on your birthday, right after singing it they went into the Happy Birthday song.
After dinner, Erik and I walked Lore and her niece Elisa to their car. Mine was across the street but both Erik and I were craving a cup of coffee so we walked across to Philippe’s. Philippes has been around for 102 years! http://www.philippes.com/ The coffee tasted so good! and the price, can you believe it costs 10 cents !
I had a wonderful time at the Dodgers Caravan and I put a post in the ITD blog to let Josh Rawich know. Everyone from the current to the past Dodger players in attendance to Jaime Jarrin to the Dodger workers that were there helping the event were wonderful. They had a long day since their day started with a trip in the morning to the Children’s hospital and it did not end until very late at night at Olvera Street. You could see the fatigue on some of their faces from the long day but they were being troopers still smiling. A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL !!!!!!
A big THANK YOU also to my friends Erik, LTD23(Lore) and Elisa! I miss you all during the offeseason so it was great seeing you again! This is the third year we do this! Let’s do it again next year!
Fan Appreciation Day came and went so now is preparation to the Postseason but first I’d like to write about two traditions that were carried over on Sunday during Fan Appreciation Day.
The first tradition: Robyn and Chuck have been season ticket holders in the Top Deck for a few years now. They started a tradition of bringing a cake or two in appreciation of all the Dodger employees in the Top Deck, the elevator and any other employee that we come into contact during the season. chuck and Robyn start cutting the cake during the 3rd innings and thanking each employee that shows up. slices of cakes are also shared with other fellow season ticket holders and if there is any leftover, with other fans in the area.
Take a look at the cakes below. The first one reads “Thank you Dodger Stadium Employees.” the second one reads “Western Division Champs.”
The second tradition is one that Yankee fans are familiar with.
Joe Torre has a tradition of letting a player manage the last game of the year if it has no bearing on the standings.
Nomar Garciaparra managed the team last year in the Dodgers season finale.
Brad Ausmus said “Joe came up to me when we were celebrating on the field last night and said, ‘You want to manage tomorrow night?’ I said, ‘I’ll be here,’ and he said, “All right, you’re managing.”
On Sunday , one Dodger poster jokingly posted in the Game Thread “What a lousy lineup! Fire the manager!”.
Ausmus was assisted by “bench coach” Mark Loretta , “hitting coach” Jim Thome and “bullpen coach” Jeff Weaver who was kept busy with all the pitchers coming out of the pen.
Ausmus went to the mound to make a pitching change in the eighth to replace Ronald Belisario with Scott Elbert, then put himself in as a pinch runner for Thome in the bottom half after his hitting coach singled.
“I’m turning the reins right back over to Joe — if he ever shows up again,” Ausmus joked. Ausmus is 1-0 as a manager!
On to the Postseason!!
I am super excited about tomorrow’s game at our beloved Dodger Stadium or as Vin Scully called it when we started the season on a long winning streak at home, “The Magic Castle.”
We are ready to rock that place! Bring on the Cardinals!
I really think our two lefties Randy Wolf and Clayton Kershaw can take on the Cardinals. Aside from Pujols, Cardinals don’t do well against lefties.
The Dodgers are coming off a two game winning streak off the hot Rockies. The Cardinals are coming with a three game losing streak.
I think our lefties can hold the Cardinal hitters from scoring if we can hold prince Albert to singles or walks. Same with Holliday. Dodger hitters have done well against Waingwright. Our hitters just need to soak in the Magic Castle to wake up those bats.
I expect that our dynamic duo of Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier will continue to have success and if Manny and Loney start hitting, watch out!
If we can win one at home and one at St Louis (I know the Dodgers record in St Louis) and bring it back to the Magic Castle, I think we can do it!
LET’S GO DODGERS!!! LET’S GO!!