Tagged: Opening Day

Dodgers Opening Day Haikus

It feels like Christmas
Opening Day the reason
Let’s Hear it “Play Ball!”

Kershaw for LA
Matt Cain for San Francisco
Love Opening Day!

Dodger Stadium
So stunning before
More beautiful now!

Fans so excited
Opening Day is Today
Gates open at 10

Nino de Oro
Is our golden boy Kershaw
Watch out for the Curve!

Total giddiness
Countdown to Baseball season
only hours to go

Vin Scully will say
It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!
I can hardly wait!

Jaime Jarrin too
Y se canta el Play Ball
Con sus sequaces

Heading to the stadium soon!

With Lorena and Amanda in the Reserved section

With Lorena and el maestro Jaime Jarrin

Dodger Stadium: A Whole New Blue

Five days till Opening Day!

From Tony Cuccinello 2 Cookie Lavagetto 2 Carl Furillo 2 Sandy Amoros 2 Lefebvre 2 Hee-Seop Choi 2 Nomah and yes, to Juan Uribe have put on uniform #5. Five more days to wait till Opening Day but I get to see Dodger Stadium this Friday when the Dodgers play the Angels. I can’t wait!

I don’t know about everyone else but this Spring Training seems like it has dragged longer.  Is time for the Boys in Blue to come back to Our Lady of Chavez Ravine _Dodger Stadium.   There are a whole lot of changes there that I am looking forward to seeing it all.

It’s a whole new blue!

5 ft tall Retired numbers going somewhere in the Top Deck concourse

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Very large  autographed baseballs featuring Dodger greats going to their new home on the Reserved level concourse.
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Janet Marie Smith begins a tour for Antonio Villaraigosa

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa testing the playground

A tribute to the Dodgers past.  One of the many new murals at Dodger Stadium.  I love it!

Large size bobbleheads have arrived!

Vin Scully!  Was he put to work?


From Gil Hodges to Clayton Kershaw the Gold gloves are showcased in the Dugout club.

A whole New Blue!

Ref:  Dodger pictures

Opening Week 2012 at Dodger Stadium

Opening Day was a  beautiful day.   As is my  tradition every year, Nancy Bea Cd played in the background while I got ready to go to Dodger Stadium.   I drove to Union Station and hopped on the shuttle from there.   My brother Vic and  took the first shuttle at 9:45 AM.  We got to Dodger Stadium at 10 AM.  Game time was 1:10 PM.   I heard of other people driving or taking the shuttle late and it took them an hour to get there from downtown.  While waiting for the shuttle I heard about Vin Scully not being able to make it to the stadium.  

Get well Vin Scully!   We Love you!! 

I had seen Vin Scully in San Diego and he looked good there but those colds cn sneak up on you.  When I ran into him I told him “Good to see you Vin!”  He looked back, smiled and said “Good to see you too!”   I did not want to bother him so I did not ask for autograph or a picture.  He responding to me was good enough for me.  

Back to Opening Day!   I took out my brand new scorebook and started keeping score.  One thing I don’t like about it, is it does not have the little squares to keep track of balls and strikes but I sneak them in there.    My outfit for Opening Day was one that I wore in San Diego -The Magic Johnson yellow shirt with my #32 Sandy Koufax white jersey over it.  They both wore #32.  The only thing with the shirt is that is the same color as the Pirates.

Picture from the LA Times.  Nice man to my right with the grey Clayton Kershaw jersey.   He liked that I was keeping score.  He wrote the name of my blog. 

Dodger Stadium celebrating 50 years on its inagural day of April 10, 1962 had members of that year being honored.  It would have been great for Vin Scully to introduce them as Opening Day has been the only day that Vin Scully addresses the crowd at the stadium.   Pic by Jon SooHoo.

The Beach Boys , also celebrating 50 years, sang one song and the National Anthem.  Pic by Jon SooHoo

Our lefty Clayton Kershaw went seven strong innings.  He left with no decision.    @Skinnyswag_  Dee Gordon continues making the games excting.     I love this team!  Pic by Jon SooHoo

Andre Ethier in his 30th birthday hit a homerun to right field!  in the 8th.  Kenley Jansen pitched the 8th and Javy in the 9th for the save!   Did I say that I love this team?   Pic byLa Times.

Dodgers celebrating the win on Opening Day!

 Chad Billingsley pitched the second game.  He had another great game and another win.  

Dodgers going for the sweep tonight   30% chance of rain with those chances increasing into the night BUT It can’t rain.   It never rains in Calfiornia.  haha.   Just in case, I got my raincoat.  Go Dodgers!  

Check Jon SooHoo’s MLB  blog at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com

Dodgers take 3 out of 4 in San Diego starting with Opening Day!

Jake Ross of  Gaslampball.com took this picture.

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Apr 7 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers fan Emma Amaya wears a shirt in honor of former Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Magic Johnson before a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

I kept getting texts that I was on TV. 

 My cousin Edgar’s wife Jeannie tagged me on this picture that she took of the TV screen

 

Magic was at Opening Day in San Diego along with Frank McCourt & his GF.  This picture taken by my friend Lorena (LuvtheDodgers23).   Notice Frank’s GF eyeing Matt Kemp

I was having a hard time with my camera.  Jon SooHoo of Dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com told me I bounced the camera too many times.  Actually it started working better after I had him look at it.   Still, I did not take good pictures from afar but luckly my friend Lorena  did so I am sharing  her pictures:

Opening Day at Petco.  Second time Lorena and I go to Petco Park Opening Day against the Dodgers.  First time was in 2009. 

SkinnySwag!   Dee Gordon.  I saw him after the game and I told him I have him in my fantasy Baseball team.  He said “I am not doing too well”   I said that is OK, to early.  Lorena pointed to her heart and said “We Love you!”   The following day I saw him again after the game and he had done so good that I stopped him and excitedly I told  him “You did great today Dee!”  He in turned gave me a hug and told me “Thank you ma’am”   that so cute of him. 

Clayton Kershaw was fighting the stomach flu but he insisted to Mattingly that he still wanted to pitch on Opening Day.  He could only go three innings because of the stomach flu.    He also collected the first hit for the Dodgers with a double.   his ERA:  0.00 and his batting average:  1.000. 

Because of the day off today, Kershaw is starting the Home Openner tomorrow afternoon.  

Josh Lindblom came in after Kershaw and collected the win.  Javy Guerra got the save.  Thanks Lorena for the pictures. 

 

This picture from Jon Soohoo of Dodger fans making the trip from LA to Petco Park.  This is before Friday’s game. 

Lorena and I.  ‘yeah, I did not noticed before that I closed my eyes. 

Reaction of Dodger fans after @skinnyswag Dee Gordon terrories the Padres.  

Having a good time in San Having a good time in San Diego with friends.  From Top to bottom;  Blanca, Lorena, Emma, Rosie and Amanda.

Happy Opening Day Eve!  Happy Opening Day Eve!  Happy Opening Day Eve!   Can’t wait to be at Dodger Stadium tomorrow!

‘ITwas the Night Before Opening Day

‘Twas the night before Opening Day, when all through the park
not a creature was stirring, not even a lark
The bats were hung by the helmets with care,
In hopes that the Dodgers soon would be there
The fans were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of a parade danced in their heads;

While Lorena had tweeted that she was loading the MLB At Bat App
I settled down to take a short nap
When out on the field there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

Away to Petco Park we flew like a flash,
Drove up I-5 almost near crashed.
The MLB Bloggers were blogging like there was no tomorrow
While Padre fans drank Coronas; drowning their sorrows,
When, my wondering eyes saw the mound and the bases
It was Clayton Kershaw, the CY Young of 2011 aces,

With a smooth young coach acting so calmly
I knew in a moment it must have been Mattingly.

More rapid than the Eagles his courses they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
“Now Kemp! now, Ethier! now, Dee Gordon and Loney!
On, Javy, on Jansen! and hopefully Billingsley!

Can’t wait till Thursday; Opening Day is the reason
“Good luck to my Dodgers and to the fans a great-season.”

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IT’S TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL!!

Tommy Lasorda (2) days till Dodgers Opening Day at Petco Park

Tommy Lasorda (2) days till Dodgers Opening Day at Petco Park!  

One of the topics last month for our monthly company  meeting in the cafeteria was talking about the company 2012 season tickets.  They started with:   

Our Meeting with Tommy

First we told Tommy we wanted free tickets

Then Tommy countered with $$

Finally we sent our chief negotiator and got them down to $$

They were only looking for pictures of Tommy but the guy doing that part of the presentation was surprised to find a picture of Tommy with me.  He decided to use it.   There are about 500 employees here so I had a few stop me asking me “So you know Tommy?”   lol.  

Charlie Dressen (7) days till Dodgers Opening Day at Dodger Stadium

Charlie Dressen was a Brooklyn Dodgers  coach from 1939 – 1946.  He took over as manager in 1951.  After leading the Dodgers to a World Sereis in 1952 and 1953 -but losing both times to the Yankees, he demanded a three-year contract from team principals  Walter O’Malley and buzzie Bavasi.  Instead, O’Malley fired him and replaced with Walter Alson, a man who would go on to manager the club for more than two decades, always on a one-year contract. 

 

Freeway Series. 

Is  the Freeway Series with the Anaheim Angels.  Dodgers lost the first game last night at Anaheim by the score of 12-3.  Ugh. 

I am going to tonight’s game but I can’t get there for batting practice.  Kristen of http://blithescribe.mlblogs.com/ will be there.  I’ll will try to go see her after I say hi to a lot of people at the stadium.   I am excited to see Our Lady of Chavez Ravine again.

Matt Kemp’s days till Opening Day at Dodger Stadium & Clayton Kershaw’s day till Opening Day at Petco Park

Our Double K of trouble for the opposition!   There are Matt Kemp (27) days till the Dodgers Opening Day at Dodger Stadium

and Clayton Kershaw (22) days till Opening Day at Petco Park 

WOOHOOO!!!   Can’t wait.  In the meantime I went to see UCLA play USC at Dodger Stadium last night.  Here are the 2012 pocket schedules we picked last night at Dodger Stadium. 

Look at the upcoming promotion for Mother’s Day!  An Andre Ethier bag

I had a great time sitting with Dee, Kevin, Ernest & Arturo.  Arturo in the USC sweatshirt. Kevin is the one behind the green hat & Ernest with his Dodger hat.