I was coming out of work when I heard Dee Gordon hit a homerun. I stopped to double check that on MLB At Bat 12. Yep! is true! he hit one out! Of course I had to watch it too. He put it a few rows up. Congratulations @skinnyswag! Dee is in my baseball fantasy team. This time Dee could take his time running around the bases.
pic by Jon SooHoo
Those two are not the only ones that had a bet going. About a month ago I was having dinner with friends Terry of http://www.baseballreliquary.org/ and Steve Seemayer of http://labluebum.com/. Terry bet Steve that Dee Gordon would hit a homerun this year. The bet: the big sum of $1. 🙂
Dodgers were leading 4-0 in the first inning but as we all know, no lead is safe in Colorado. The score ended up being 7-6. Javy Guerra, yes, Javy Guerra saved the game! The snuggie curse on Javy has been lifted. Not posting another picture with the snuggie. I don’t want to upset the baseball gods or Santa Rita, the Baseball saint.
I felt asleep adding this post. hit post before I was done so update below.
#20 MLB Fan ranking for April 2012. Don Sutton.
Thank you all that visit my blog! It came in at #20 for the MLB Fan blogs. #20 is Don Sutton retired number. I saw him briefly When Atlanta was at Dodger Stadium. I asked Don if I could have a picture with him. He asked for what. I said for my blog and he said no, something about a bad experience. I was OK with it so I told him “Have a great day!”
OK, so I don’t know what made me check this but did you know that Don Sutton never had a homerun?
Pepe Yñiguez is part of the Dodgers Spanish broadcasters. He is entering his 14th year with the Dodgers. He has also hosted “Central Deportiva”, a werkly sports talk show on KWKW. He has also broadcasted many events for Fox Sports International including the 1997-2005 World Series. He has also broadcasted the 1997 MLB All Star Game and the Caribeean Series. In addition, from 1993-1995 he also served as the Spanish radio broadcaster for the Los Angeles Raiders.
Recently Pepe Yñiguez was telecasting Dodger games in Spanish along with Manny Mota on cable. Because of the increase in Spanish telecasts this year, Jaime Jarrin’s son, Jorge will be covering those games with Manny Mota.
Yñiguez will continue to broadcast games on the radio KTNQ with Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrin and commentator Fernando Valenzuela.
Pepe is very knowledgeable in the game of baseball. In Pepe’s voice you can hear the passion that he has for the game. His golden voice captures the audience. Recently during Spring Training, my friend Lorena and I spent some time talking baseball with Pepe. As is often the case when I get together with Terry Cannon of the Baseball Reliquary & Steve Seemayer, we lost track of time talking our favorite subjects: Baseball & The Dodgers.
Que tengas un bonito dia Pepe. Que tengas una gran temporada. Que pronto se te conceda transmitir un no-hitter y que tambien Los Dodgers ganen pronto una Serie Mundial para que te des el gusto de transmitir esos partidasos. Compartes tu cumpleanos con Cy Young.
May you have a beautiful day Pepe. May you have a great season. May you soon get a chance to transmit a no-hitter and also may the Dodgers soon win a World Series so that you would have the pleasure of transmitting such great games. You share a birthday with Cy Young
1st Photo: Jose Lima, Fernando & Pepe, photo by Jon SooHoo. 2nd photo: 2005 Road trip to St Louis, ph0to taken by Sandi. 3rd phto: June 28, 2011 at Minnesota. Road trip. Photo taken by Lorena.
10 days till Dodgers Opening Day at Petco Park! Also 10 days till I take vacation! Yes! I will be in San Diego for the four game series. The Dodger schedule works perfect with a four game series, followed by a day off on Monday then Opening Day at Dodger Stadium so Clayton Kershaw gets to pitch both Opening Days!
10 days. Hall of Famers that wore # 10 and they have had their number retired are : Sparky Anderson, Phil Rizzuto, Andre Dawson & Ron Santo.
I was listening to Jaime Jarrin and Pepe Yniguez broadcasting the Dodger game on Sunday. It was odd that there was no English transmission. Anyway, Pepe mentioned that Ron Santo never saw a no hitter. Pepe also mentioned that he has never seen a no-hitter. Neither have I. I have seen them on TV but never in person.
As I was going thru the retired numbers per team, I noticed that Seattle and Colorado are the only teams that have never retired a number. Both teams have numbers out of circulations like #24 Ken Griffey Jr. and #14 Lou Piniella. For The Rockies, no one has worn Larry Walker’s #33, but probably #17 Todd Helton will be the first number retired for the Rockies.
P.S. After a year in hiatus, I am back to playing Fantasy baseball! So my team, Los Locos Azules are back!! I drafted last but I am happy with my team. Here is what I have:
C Carlos Santana, 1B Joey Votto, 2B Howie Kendrick, 3B Aramis Ramirez, SS Dee Gordon, OF Jacoby Ellsbury, OF Emilio Bonifacio, PF Yoenis Cespedes, Util Alex Rios, Util Adam Dunn, BN Ryan Howard, BN Paul Goldschmidt, BN Jason Bay, BN Chase Utley. SP Zach Greinke, SP James Shields, RP Craig Kimbrel , RP Heith Bell, P Brandom Morrow, P Kenley Jansen, P Francisco Liriano, P Brandom McCarthy, BN Jonathan Broxton.
Before I head back to CamelbackRanch this weekend, I wanted to post more pictures from my first trip so here they are:
The seven of us with Manny Mota. Too bad the kid taking the picture did not get us all in the picture. Good thing Rosie had another picture.
Sneaking in with Tommy Lasorda. Tommy had signed a ball for me back in 2010 but the ink was getting lighter (no, I did not originally use a blue pen) so he signed it again. He also signed my Mark Langill book. He started looking at the pictures in the book commenting about the rookies of the year on the opposite page where he signed. Thanks Tommy! Love you!
Everyone stopped to watch Kershaw pitch in the intersquad game.
Kershaw had a good outing.
It was time for us to head out but before that we spotted Pepe Yniguez with Bill DeLury. Mr. DeLury has been with the Dodgers since 1950, mostly as Traveling Secretary. He started with the Dodgers as a 17-year- old office boy. Evan of Opinion of Kingman’s Performance did a wonderful job in interviewing Mr. DeLury. Here is the link http://opinionofkingmansperformance.blogspot.com/2011/06/second-longest-tenured-dodger-employee.html
Lorena with Pepe Yniguez. Pepe has been broadcasting Dodger games en Espanol since 1999.
Pepe also teams up with Manny Mota calling some games on TV on Time Warner cable channel 858
Javy Guerra got a kick of Rosie bringing the Rookie Hazing picture of Javy dressed as a Taco.
Javy when he saw me that I sporting my Javy batting practice jersey, he turned me around to show another player and said “See? she is my number ONE fan!” 🙂
I was playing photographer. Here is Priscy with Javy
Here is Amanda with Javy
Here is Tony Jackson, Beat Writer for ESPN Los Angeles. I like his long hair.
Taking a well deserved rest before we go inside Margaritaville
After food and drinks we headed next door to Saddle Ranch for some tequila shots and to ride the mechanical bull
The bull kicks Rene
Priscy is next
She gets knocked out but she gets back on the bull
She is having a bull, I mean a ball lol
Nice going Desiree! Even falling, you fall with grace.
Time to head back to LA. I am going going back to Cali Cali…..
Next Trip: Leaving Thursday night with Lorena and her niece Elisa. Lorena will be driving. They will drive back to Cali. I on the other hand need to head to NH to work there the following week so I will miss Sunday’s game as my flight leaves at noon. I can’t wait for Thursday night!
I was remembering the first Opening Day I attended. It was 1981 and I had become a season ticket holder for the first time. Before that I would go to quite a few weekend games.
The final games of 1980 where the Dodgers tied with Houston to force an extra game that they lost left me desolated but with hunger for more baseball. That November of 1980 I made the decision to be a season ticket holder so I showed up at Dodger Stadium where a young guy showed this then shy young woman a seat in the Loge level. Aisle 103 row N seat 3 became my seat. I would get to my seat early, watch the game enthusiastically and go home right after the game ended.
Because I was going by myself I thought myself how to keep score by following the program examples, something that I still do to this day. Another thing that I did back then and continue to do is carry a radio.
Opening Day Thursday April 9, 1981, Jerry Reuss was supposed to be the starter but he had a strained calf muscle. Burt Hooton was sidelined with an ingrown toe nail. Bobby Welch was out with bone spurs in his elbow and Dave Goltz had a pulled groin. Tommy Lasorda turned to Fernando who at age 20 was simply sensational in his Opening Day start!
Fernando tossed a complete game, five-hit shutout as Los Angeles beat the Houston Astros, 2-0, before a crowd of 50,510 plus this fan who was there for this electrifying Opening Day and the start of Fernandomania.
Here is a photo of my ticket from Opening Day 1981 Thursday april 9. Game time 1.05 PM. I placed the ticket with a giveway picture that Union 76 used to give out. I would only go to Union 76 gas stations so that I could get the pictures.
Here is Pepe Yniguez, me & Fernando at Camelback Ranch Sunday 3/29/09. Pepe is a great person! Thank you Pepe! Thank you Fernando! Pepe along with HOF Jaime Jarrin and Fernando are the Spanish broadcasters for the Dodgers. They do a great job! Thank you guys!
P.S. Alyson: My prayers are with you today during your surgery. I hope to see you soon back at Dodger Stadium!