I got my Sandy Koufax Baseball!
First of all, I’ve been on the DL for about three days with food poisoning. I am feeling better now but my stomach muscles are still sore. I think I lost five pounds but I rather take the pounds back than to go thru that. Is a good thing this did not happen the night before I got my Sandy Koufax baseball.
So my friend Lore and I met Jeff Kliewer, the Director of Development of Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation by the main office. We were scheduled to meet him at 4:30 so we could go down the field and watch batting practice standing on the field! We both were very excited for that opportunity!
When we got there Joe Torre was having his daily meeting wiht the media where they gather around with their mikes and notebooks around the dugout.
We set to checkout BP and all the view from there.
Afterwards Joe Torre came over and hand me my baseball!
Joe said that is one of the best signatures he’d seen on a baseball.
Chatting with the skipper.
Afterwards Joe said he needed go get back to work so he headed to the cage.
I got a picture with Andre:
Next I got a picture with Matt Kemp and he signed the picture I have with him from the Bluetopia movie premier.
Jorge Bahaia who was there to throw out the first pitch, came from El Salvador wtih 50 of his family and friends. Jorge and his wife Elsy have been attending a homestand since 1945 and have never missed a World Series at home or on the road. WOW! and impressive record. I had thought I had taped an interview with him but I was very sorry that it did work. I did not know that they were attending a whole homestand until I read it afterwards in Jon Weisman’s blog.
if when you come back to Dodger Stadium, I would love to talk to you more about the old Dodgers that you got see play!
Jorge Bahaia showing the ceremonial baseball he was going to throw. It reads “Los Angeles Dodgers Ceremonial First Pitch Dodger Stadium 2010.”
The shirt that the family and friends of the Jorge and Elsy Bahaia were sporting:
Here is part of the Bahaia family:
James Loney was signing for the Bahaia family when I told him I had something to show him.
James said “OH wow!” “You should get him to sign it.” “Here let me sign it first.” It is a picture of his dad and I at Fenway Park this year when I happen to see Mr. Loney before he crossed the street to get into Fenway. Lore happen to capture this picture.
Here is Jeff of the Safe At Home Foundation
Here is Lore enjoying being on field. She has more pictures that she took.
Here is my pass to watch BP on the field.
Well, it was time now to leave and go to our seats.
We ended up sitting in the family section in the Loge area.
Here is Mr. Jorge Bahaia throwing out the first pitch:
I was excited because Padilla had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning.
A friend of mine that knows I keep score had texted me that if it happened, he wanted a copy of my scoresheet. I told him “Absolutely” We did not mention what it was so we did not jinxed it.
Padilla pitched a great game giving out two hits, striking out nine and getting two hits! I love watching the “soap bubble” like Vin Scully calls that slow pitch Padilla throws.
August 4, 2010 was a very special day for me, one that I would never forget! Thank you Joe Torre, Thank you Jeff Kleiwer, thank you Safe At Home Foundation and thank you Sandy Koufax!
Spring Training 2010: More Pictures
Congratulations to Andre Ethier who had his number (#14) retired by his alma mater, Saint Mary’s High School, Wednesday at Phoenix. Tommy Lasorda was there in addition to Rick Monday who emceed the event.
My friend took this picture of me with my Andre shirt.
Too many people here, let’s walk to the Dodgers Minor league area:
Here is Elisa and I walking where the minor leaguers practice.
And no Bailey! I am not willing to trade Ethier from my baseball fantasy team “Locos Azules”!
I love my Shape-up shoes!
Game underway and Kemp little fans waiting to see if they can get a baseball
Maybe this guy drove all night to get to Camelback Ranch. We nicknamed him Sleeping Beauty. People kept coming by taking pictures with him or thowing peanuts aming for his mouth.
But Sleeping Beauty was wide awake the following day with this sign, except he was blocking our view. I yelled “Hey! you are blocking home plate” “Go back to sleep instead” to which the fans around laughed and applauded. Everyone remember the guy from the day before.
Speaking of signs, here is the familiar sign Dodgers see at other ballparks
I like this sign better and I love the rainbow! Sign reads “is not about how you start. It is about how you finish.” picture taken while we were driving.
Here is another picture of the rainbow taken over the window of the car. There was a double rainbow but is hard to see here.
Padilla has been named the starter for the Opener at Pittsburgh and Kershaw the Opener at Dodger Stadium! Congratulations guys! I can’t wait to watch you pitch!
I laughed when I saw a poster posted this comment in mikesciosciatragicillness blog when Padilla was announced as the Opening Day starter.
jay_jaffe Why, did he shoot Kershaw and Billingsley?
Vicente Padilla signs with the Dodgers. R.I.P. Brooklyn Dodger Bobby Bragan.
My brother Vic, my nieces Krystal and Kirsten. Notice Kirsten putting some horns on Vic.
Kirsten now is also wearing glasses. I love you guys!
Vicente Padilla signs with the Dodgers for One Year.
the right-hander will get $4 million plus a $1-million signing bonus and could earn another $1 million in incentives. He was 4-0 for L.A. in the final stretch of the regular season.
And no, my brother Vic does not look like Vicente!
Rest in peace Bobby Bragan.
Robert Randall Bragan was born in Birmingham, Ala., on Oct. 30, 1917. He played parts of seven seasons from 1940-48 for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing mostly shortstop and catcher and batting .240 for his career. He missed the 1945 and ’46 seasons to serve in the U.S. military.
In 1947, he made his only plate appearance in a World Series game, delivering a pinch-hit double for the Dodgers.
I’ve been working on a post that is not ready yet but it has all the surviving Dodgers that played in Brooklyn. Now I got to update my list to drop Mr. Bragan. Down to 63 now.
Dodgers Off Season and World Series
First of all, congratulations to Andre Ethier!! Ethier has been named the 2009 Major League Baseball’s Clutch Performer of the Year! Andre led the Majors with six walk-off hits, including four homers. Congrats Andre! A Well deserved award for you!!
I was watching Game 5 of the 1969 Mets-Orioles series on MLB TV. I love to watch old games and take a look at the suroundings like fans in suits, ties and hats. I noticed a sign for Royal Crown Cola. I think it was back in the 80’s that I used to work for this company. I remember Lee Majors used to advertise Diet Rite, a product of RC Cola. Remember him playing the bionic man in The Six Million Dollar Man. Here is a commercial I found of Lee Majors and his son from back in 1986
Talking about the bionic man, Mariano Rivera sure is some tough hombre. He is the only closer in the postseason that has not had a meltdown inning.
Did you know that during Charlie Manuel playing days in Japan, he took a fastball in the chops which took out a large portion of his teeth and shattered his jaw?
Well, is the battle of the P’s for game six of the World Series. Two old vets in Pedro and Pettit I think I want the W.S. to go seven so that I watch more “beisbol.”.
Meanwhile between the McCourt’s divorce (see this blog for updates http://www.dodgerdivorce.com/ ) and now that Padilla shot himself on the leg, is never a dull off season for the Dodgers.
I went to the LaPrensa,com from Nicaragua and read the report in Spanish. He got there on his own and he said “it was a light accident. The dimwit is OK and back in his ranch. Actually, the way our countries in Central America are, who knows what really happened there.
And because I never get tired of watching Gibby’s walk-off homerun in the 1988 World Series and listening to Vin Scully, here it is:
Irony for NLCS game 2: Dodgers’ Padilla against Phillie’s Martinez
I’ve been so busy between work,home getting to the game as soon as the gates are open and leaving very late attending Dodger Talk. I have not posted in forever!
For those of you that do not know the Dodger Talk hosts, here is Josh Sushon and Ken Levine. Oh, forgot about that Penny’s bbh that a fan brought and smashed there.
We’ve seen two good games at Dodger Stadium. But wouldn’t you say that both games were left open to criticize the managers?
I know the first game many of us Dodger fans were saying “Why oh why did Torre leave Kershaw there too long?
Kershaw cruised along for the first 4 innings but the wheels fell off in the 5th where he allowed a single to Ibanez, a walk to Feliz, a homerun to Ruiz (can’t we get this guy out?) and a walk to none other than the pitcher! This is where Torre should have removed the kid. But NOOOO. Kershaw followed with two wild pitches, another walk(3 in the inning) and a double by Howard. That is when Torre decided to remove him and bring in Troncoso, who got Wearth to fly out to LF.
A friend was texting me afterwards telling me “let it go Emma, we’ll get them tomorrow.” So I stopped feeling blue and started thinking BLUE!
Game 2. It was so freaking hot for the 1:07 game time. Heck it was so hot the night before when I had taken my Dodger poncho. What was I thinking! Anyway, even in the Top Deck where you usually feel a breeze, there was none so you can imagine how it was sitting in the sun and on the field.
Remember the picture of the Dodger buckle I posted here. Well, Mike who sits to the left of me in the front row brought me more Dodger memorabillia that he wanted me to see. There is from right to left. A 1988 W.S. ring, 1988 money clip, belt buckle with snake skin, a 1988 W.S. belt buckle, Dodgers pin, 1988 W.S. pin, and another ring that lists all the Dodgers World Series the Dodgers have won.
Here is a clearer picture of the rings!
Thanks Mike for showing me your fabulous collection! Can you imagine Mike paid $6 a ticket for field level in aisle 15? Those might go for $100 now.
What a pitchers dual we were seeing on the field! An ex-Phillie and an ex-Dodger were putting a great performance on the field. The only score in 7 innings, was a home-run by Howard in the 4th.
In the eighth inning, Charlie Manuel batted for Martinez even though Martinez had given up two hits in 87 pitches. Dodgers could not have more thrilled to get Pedro off the mound.
What an eighth inning that was! Charlie Manuel used FIVE pitchers!
This is how it was(looking at my scorecard)
Single by Blake off Parks. Pierre (PR)
Single by Belliard
E4 on Martin (Utley airmailed the throw) Beliard out
Thome singles to right off Eyre, Martin to third.
Furcal walks off Madson
Kemp K’s on three pitches. Ugh!
Ethier works the count for a walk off Happ
The FIFTH pitcher, Durbin, quickly retires Manny on a pop to third.
In comes Big Bad John for the save!!
And we happily sing “I LOVE LA!”
I don’t care what Jeff of RedStateBlueState say, Padilla is beautiful!!
Now on to Chilly Philly brrrr.
Waiting anxiously for the first NLCS game between the Dodgers and the Phillies
I am starting to get nervous. I get like that before big games and the closer it gets to Thursday, the more nervous I will be. I need to relax. Looking at our beautiful Dodger Stadium always relaxes me…(pic taken from my seat).
And also looking at the sunset from there (pic taken from Top Deck by me).
Ok, I am ready for the Dodgers facing the Phillies.
Who will start the first game?
will it be Chad Billinsley
Or will it be lefty Randy Wolf
Or will it be lefty Clayton Kershaw
Will Kuroda be activated
Or will it be Vicente Padilla
I laughed when I saw this pic that I found from MSTI’s blog.
Bring it on Phillies!!
Dodger Stadium will be rocking!
LET’S GO DODGERS!! LET’S GO!!!
I need this today
But no worries, sunny skies are predicted by Thursday and Friday.
All this TBA is driving me crazy!
Congratulations Dodgers! On to the NLCS for second year in a row!
My friends Erik and LTD23 kept texting back and forth on where we should watch the Dodgers game. We planned this late so we ended up at L.A. Live watching the game at the Yard House!
Wow! I had confidence in my boys at the beginning of the series and said so in my blog but a sweeeep! Oh that is so sweeeeet!
Vicente Padilla was outstanding with a brilliant pitching performance!
He pitched seven shutout innings, yielding just four hits, and was never in trouble after escaping a bases-loaded jam in the first inning. He retired 19 of the last 21 batters he faced!
Felicidades Padilla!! You made your mom so proud!
Padilla’s mom made the trip from Nicaragua to watch his son pitched!
Padilla has been a great pickup by the Dodgers
What can we say about Ethier yesterday who was a single shy of the cycle! Congratulations Andre!
For all the Ethierholics out there, they have this t-shirt in white or blue at Dodger Stadium
Final score for the sweep at Bush Stadium: 5-1.
Congratulations Dodgers!!!! Here I am with Erik listening to Dodger Talk. We look like geeks with our headphones on. Here is to you Dodgers and all Dodger Fans!
Colorado or Phillies? Hmmm.
Washington DC, The Dodgers and an Event I Attended.
Can you believe that the Dodgers record at Nationals Park is 1-4??? I still remember getting swept there last year. Around that time, my two traveling friends and I were talking about going to Arizona where the team was heading next to get them out of their funk. We steered the team in the right direction as the team started winning there 🙂
Dodgers lost in ugly fashion last night 5-4 but the loss was encouraging in that Billingsley pitched well taking a no hitter into the 6th inning until he had that costly hanging chad
that Zimmerman took into the Dodger bullpen. The score was tied in the 9th inning and lost by James McDonnalds. JMac has struggled this year. I don’t think he will be making the playoff roster.
Vicente Padilla takes the mound against J.D. Martin
Magic Number is
Joe Torre’s number
Let’s bring down that number!
The Dodger Giant Rivalry Event sponsored by the Baseball Reliquary
I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the event sponsored by the Baseball Reliquary. (did not know this organization existed!). It featured Arnold Hano representing the JINTs and Ross Porter representing the Dodgers. It was moderated by Jean Hastings Ardell.
Here is the not so good picture I took of Arnold Hano, Jean Ardell and Ross Porter
I got there a little early and was browsing the list of baseball books they had on display I was telling my friend Erik that my friend Linda had said that “The Echoeing Green” was an excellent read when this man overheard me and said that he wa discussing the book with vin Scully. I was like “who is this man?” Later on I realized that it was the author Arnold Hano.
Mr. Hano is 87 years old and he along with Ross Porter took their turns talking about each team and poking fun at the other team. We were treated to stories of the old days and at the end took questions from a crowded audience. I regretted that I did not have any cash on me to buy Hano’s book “A day in the Bleachers.”. I took pictures of the exhibition and went home wanting to read Mr Hano’s book. Here are two additional pics I took. The rest did not come out too well. .
I love what it says about Drysdale. “Don Drysdale is in charge of all clubhouse pets such as dogs, cats, white mice and hamsters. He was selected because he is very kind to animals and never hits them–only people (especially when they are in Giant uniforms).
From the Bay to El Lay
The Dodgers took 2 out of 3 from the Giants!
Friday 9/11: Our warrior Hiroki Kuroda gave us 8 strong innings.
Casey (at the bat) Blake returned from five games off with a three RBI homerun!
Dodgers own Matt Cain. He is 0-7 lifetime against the Dodgers while Hiroki Kuroda is 5-1 against the Giants.
Vicente Padilla improved to 3-0 since joining the N.L. West turning in six solid innings.
Russell Martin & James Loney homered on Saturday. These two are heating up! Torre needs to keep James (ballgame) Loney in a grey uni. All his homeruns (12) have been on the road.
Sunday 9/13. Ahhh the matchup of Chad Billingsley and our old pitcher Brad Penny who really, really (haha remembering Jane’s book “An Ex To Grind”) wanted to “beat LA“.
You see Penny left the Dodgers on not so nice terms. For one, the Dodgers didn’t believe Penny last season when he said his shoulder was hurt, and he didn’t take that very well. After Penny signed with the Sox he let the Dodgers know how he felt.
Then Larry Bowa responded.
“You mean the same guy (Penny) who was never on time, out of shape and has one complete game? He has more stuff to worry about in the A.L. East than me. He has to worry about getting people out. He was never on time, was out of shape and never helped the kids out. Put that on the (expletive) dot-com. Put it in the headline.”
Upon his arrival to the Giants Penny met with the media, and one reporter asked him about pitching in front of 42,000 Dodger hating fans. Penny interrupted the reporter, then corrected him; “You mean 42,000 and one.”
Vin Scully mentioned Sunday that Larry Bowa and Penny met behind closed doors.
Penny did beat the Dodgers 2-7 but heck the important thing is that the Dodgers took the series!
I am really, really worry about Chad Billingsley. Like Vin Scully said “the mistery of Chad continues.” Chad has struggled big time in the second half.
The Pirates are in town starting tonight!.
The matchup is McCutcheon against Jon Garland.
Tonight is also
Free Dodger Dogs for everyone! We never had this promotion before, so let’s see how this goes. I understand that they will hand out coupons to everyone.
Let’s Go Dodgers!
Magic Number is Sweeeeet 16!! Andre Ethier’s Number!
Dodgers Rockies Rubber Game for Lunch!
The Colorado Rockies took the first game as the Dodger bullpen came up short in the first game and today I learned why Joe Torre did not bring George Sherrill in the 10th inning of that game. Sherrill felt tightness in his right side earlier that day. MRI came out negative!
In the second game, Randy Wolf got his fourth consecutive win giving up one run in 7 1/3 inning to give the Rockies only their second loss in the last games! That was also Randy’s #99 win! Let’s hope he gets #100 in his next start!
Congratulations to Andre Ethier who hit homerun #26 and #27! Also congratulations James Loney who finally got #8!
isn’t this cute the rubber statue?
Rubber game (I’d love to have that rubber figure) is an early one. Vicente Padilla gets his start against Jorge de La Rosa. I just learned that Vicente is from Nicaragua. He is the first Nicaraguan to start for the Dodgers!
Behave Vicente and have a good game! I wonder if I can have my headphones on while I go to my Pilates class at noon.
Quick Trivia I heard during last night’s game : Name the only three teams that have never had a player hit for the cycle?