Tagged: Opening Day

Twas The Night Before Dodgers Opening Day 2015

Twas the Night before Opening Day and all through Dodger town

Dodger fans anxiously waited for the final countdown

At the stadium the awnings were hung with much care

in hope that in October they will again be there

The fans all sleepy snuggled in their bed

while visions of World Series danced in their heads

after finishing blogging and loading the MLB at Bat

I went upstairs to take a long nap

when my alarm kept making such a clatter

I sprang out my bed to see what was the matter

Away to Dodger Stadium we left in a dash

drove up I-10  but had to stop for some cash

On the mound, Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw,

Goes against James Shield for the Opening Day  show

On Kershaw, on Adrian, On Uribe, on Puig, on Rollins, on Ellis

Give us a win fellas!

Giddiness!  Opening Day is the reason

Good luck to my Dodgers and to all fans a good season!

 

Chat with Yasiel Puig. Part two

I was disappointed that Yasiel Puig was late getting to the game yesterday.  I don’t know whose fault that was.   his driver?  but  Yasiel is also to blame.  Ok, but that is not why I started this post.

I forgot some of the conversation in my prior post.   After Wednesday’s Dodger win in San Diego, my friend Lorena reminded me of something I left out from my first post.

While at the café in San Diego on Monday, I told Yasiel we were there Sunday for the Opener and we were going to be there for the next two games.  Rosie then said “except for me, I leave tonight because I have to go back to work”   Yasiel then said “Oh, if we win the next two games, then I am going to blame you for the loss yesterday (Sunday).”    Rosie said “OMG!”  and we all laughed. Yasiel   then said “I am going to post your picture at the entrances so they won’t let you in.”    When the game was over on Wednesday night at Petco Park, Lorena said “Rosie can’t come to the game.”   Well, Rosie was at yesterday’s home opener and the Dodgers lost so here is a picture of Rosie:

 

Yasiel Puig

Rosie talking to Puig.

Los Angeles Dodgers first full squad workout

Rosie, Emma and Lorena.  picture by Jon SooHoo.   Las Beisboleras!

You are welcome Rosie!  What are friends for 😉    Dodger wins come first!   You can come back if I give you a “limpia”  with ruda.   We will give you a cleansing with Rue (that hierba is very odorous)  or we send you to a brujo.

Haikus: It’s Time for Dodger Baseball in Australia

It’s time for Dodger Baseball in Australia!   I have been waiting all day Friday and will wait all night till Saturday at 1.am. when the game is due to start. Here are some quick haikus:

Outside is gloomy

but it is Opening Night

So my heart just see sunshine

Speaking of Mr. Sunshine

Kershaw will be on the mound

green grass all around

Los Angeles Dodgers Workout

Opening Day Eve

My allergies in full bloom

Spring is in the air

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Australia

I can’t wait to hear

It’s Time for Dodger Baseball

At one a.m. here

Australia so far

Start time there 7 p.m.

Crickets outside sing

Play ball!

It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!!

It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!!

Ahhh.  I’ve been waiting for this day!   The first Dodger Spring Training game!  So

like the apron says “The Heck with housework!   Let’s see the Dodgers Play!”

Yesterday was also the launch of the Dodgers new TV Network: SportNetLA

When I got home from work, I spent all the evening watching  SportNetLA until past midnight.  While watching the station.

I also renewed my subscription to MLB at Bat so that I can listen to the game  while I work, at Dodger Stadium and on the road.

Today is 24 days till the Dodgers Opening Day in Australia.  When I think of #24, I think of

Walter Alston went on to manage the Dodgers on one-year contracts for 23 seasons (1954-1976).

Walter Alston, Baseball, Brooklyn Dodgers

Welcome back Baseball!  I missed you!!

Lunch and Baseball!   Baseball and food, my two favorite things!

ESPN showing some love to the Dodgers

The first Dodger game in the US has been changed from Monday March 31, to Sunday March 30.   I am so glad that my hotel reservations start on Sunday.   Details of the changes from Jon Weisman here http://dodgers.mlblogs.com/2014/01/09/dodgers-first-u-s-game-of-2014-season-march-30-in-san-diego/

From the link:

So to clarify the schedule:

  • March 16 (1:05 p.m.) — final Cactus League game vs. Rockies at Camelback Ranch
  • March 17-21 — off
  • March 22 (1 a.m. in Los Angeles, 7 p.m. in Sydney) — opening game vs. Diamondbacks in Sydney
  • March 22 (7 p.m. in Los Angeles, 1 p.m. March 23 in Sydney)—game two vs. Diamondbacks in Sydney
  • March 23-26—off
  • March 27 (7:10 p.m.) — exhibition game vs. Angels at Dodger Stadium
  • March 28 (7:10 p.m.) — exhibition game vs. Angels at Dodger Stadium
  • March 29 (6:05 p.m.) — exhibition game vs. Angels at Anaheim
  • March 30 (5:05 p.m.) — regular season game vs. Padres at San Diego
  • March 31 — off
  • April 1 (TBD) — regular-season game vs. Padres at San Diego
  • April 2 (7:10 p.m.) — regular-season game vs. Padres at San Diego
  • April 3 — off
  • April 4 (1:10 p.m.) — home opener vs. Giants at Dodger Stadium

I like that ESPN is showing some love for the Dodgers.  The only thing is we won’t have Vin Scully on the call but since I have the best of both worlds listening to the best Dodger Broadcaster in English, Vin Scully and the best in Spanish with el maestro Jaime Jarrin and the loquacious Pepe Yniguez.  Fernando Valenzuela does some analysis.

No, I am not going to Sydney but I will be listening starting at 1. a.m. on Saturday March 22 and at 7:p.m.  Sounds weird saying that.

Lorena and I in San Diego for Opening Day with the Dodgers.  San Diego is always fun and we get to see our good friend, the big Padre fan, Mike.

Dodgers 2014 Schedule. Where will I go in 2014?

It is going to be a busy year of traveling  for the Dodgers.   The team will open the season in Sydney, Australia, against the Arizona Diamondbacks for a historic series on Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23.  Will I go to Australia?   I am not sure yet…

The Dodgers return to the U.S. and play at San Diego Monday, March 31 through Wednesday, April 2.  Yes! I will be in San Diego for the Dodgers second Opening Day on the road.

From the Dodgers Press release:

The Dodgers’ home opener is Friday, April 4 against the San Francisco Giants and the club concludes the regular season at home against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, Sept. 28. American League teams that will visit Los Angeles throughout the 81-game schedule are the Detroit Tigers from April 8-9, the Chicago White Sox from June 2-4, the Cleveland Indians from June 30-July 2 and the rival Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from Aug. 4-5.

Interleague road dates for the Dodgers in 2014 include travel to Minnesota (April 28-May 1), Kansas City (June 23-25 and Detroit (July 8-9). The Dodgers will head to Anaheim for a two-game Freeway Series Aug. 6-7. The Dodgers play a two-game series against Anaheim both at home and on the road as well as a two-game series against Detroit both home and away.

The holiday schedule for the Dodgers has them at home on Easter Sunday (Sunday, April 20 vs. ARI), Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 11 vs. SF), Memorial Day (Monday, May 26 vs. CIN) and Father’s Day (Sunday, June 15 vs. ARI).

I have never been to Kansas City and Detroit. Both of those road trips are mid-week.   Then there is the SABR convention that will be held in Houston next year.

Dodgers will play the Cubs in September?  Ok..  It is a four game series starting Thursday 7/18 to Sunday 7/21.   Maybe it is time to go back to Chicago.

One thing about the schedule I am not liking is that the Dodgers will play in San Francisco on Jackie Robinson’s Day.   I thought there was an agreement that the Dodgers will always be at home on Jackie’s Day.   I hope that since this is a tentative schedule, this will changed.

From Koufax to Kershaw: What an Opening Day at Dodger Stadium

What an Opening Day at Dodger Stadium!  All Opening Days are special.  We await them with so much anticipation.  What an Opening act with Sandy Koufax throwing out the first pitch and Orel Hershiser catching him.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Magic walks to the mound to throw out the first pitch

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

But wait!  Here comes Mattingly to lift Magic for Sandy Koufax

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Sandy koufax

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

A beautiful view of Sandy on the mound

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Orel Hershiser said on Twitter:  “What a day!  To have Sandy throw the first pitch.  To catch it and Thank him for all he taught me, was a moment I will never forget”

Sandy into his windup, here is the pitch….

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Got to say Vin Scully still enjoys baseball.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Standing room only

El nino de oro after rounding the bases

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

El nino de Oro taking a curtain call after his Major League Home run in the 8th to take the lead 1-0.   Kershaw hit the first pitch of reliever George Kontos.

Final score Dodgers 4, Giants 0.  Kerhsaw with a complete game.

We went into Dodger Stadium with big smiles.  We came out still smiling after that incredible Opening game.   I did not even mind the long wait for the shuttle after the game.

Icing on the cake:   I have Clayton Kershaw in my Baseball Fantasy team 🙂   Los Locos Azules play in the TwitterMaffiaLeague.

Ref: pictures from Jon SooHoo.  check out his blog at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com