We had a wonderful time at the Ronald Reagan Presidential library. I met up at the library with Lorena, Rosie, George, Anglia and Shelly. It was an enchanted evening. We did not get to see the baseball exhibition as there was a very long line. But It was a good thing we went into the auditorium early to look for seats. There were quite a lot of rows of seats reserved and the place was already filling up when Lore and I got there about an hour and half before Vin was scheduled to talk.
I was glad to see Peter O’Malley and his sister Terry in attendance. Peter got a huge applause when he was introduced. Of course, Vinny got a louder ovation:
Here is the video I found on Youtube. I did get to ask Vin a question. Thanks Anglia for helping me get John’s attention.
I was like a kid awaiting the games at Dodger Stadium. We have a new shuttle bus that takes us from Union Station to our happy place that is Our Lady of Chavez Ravine, Dodger Stadium! I found out from Josh Rawitch, Dodger Vice President of Communication that indeed the shuttle bus started on Thursday when the Dodgers met the Indians in the first exhibition game.
Here are my friends Oscar and Jesse (Azul4life) posing infront of one of the busses. So good to see you guys again this year!
It was great greeting security guards, ushers and just everyone that works at Dodger stadium and of course my fellow Dodger fan friends!
Thursday night, Matt Kemp signed my copy of Maple Street Press Dodgers 2010 Annual! I highly recomend the magazine!
The second game was at Angel Stadium Friday night so I just watched it on TV. Took this picture from the TV
Saturday’s game was back at Dodger Stadium at 1:p.m. Here is Tony Jackson who used to be the Dodger beat writer for the Daily News. He now works for ESPN Los Angeles! I am so glad you are back covering the Dodgers Tony!
Here is Ken Levine, the other part of the duo of Dodger Talk.
And here I am with the Chipmunks!
We lost the exhibition games, but we had fun! Erik and I greeted Vin Scully!
During the game, my friend Erik asked me if I wanted to go to the LA Cathedral for Easter Vigil so after the game, I dropped him and one hour later went to pick him up.
While we were wating for the Easter Vigil to start and while enjoying a cup of coffee, we scanned donors names here. Notice you can see the freeway below and that building across is a high school.
We ran into Sandra and Vin Scully as part of the names of donors!
See the name before Vin? Eli Broad was in the running to buy the Dodgers when the McCourts were buying the team.
Here is also Mr. & Mrs. Peter O’Malley.
Did you know that Gregory Peck final resting place is the Los Angeles Cathedral Mausoleum?
The lighting of the Easter candle and the blessing of the fire at the Easter fire hearth on Cathedral Plaza.
The oldest one being baptized was this 83 year old man.
Although I am Catholic, that was the first time I attended an Easter Vigil. It is a wonderful ceremony that I hope to attend every year.
Happy Easter everyone!
Happy Opening Day!
I am super excited to start another season! Now is for reals! Let the games begin!
Let’s go Dodgers!
Let’s go Vicente Padilla!
The event was put together to benefit the Torre’s Safe At Home Foundation to combat domestic abuse.
I will never forget this night! Thank you Sandy! Thank you Torre, Thank you Simers and all that made the event posible!
I got home after the event and throughly enjoyed watching the playback!
“It gave me goosebumps,” Torre said of the sold-out crowd of 7,100 at Nokia Theater, which included the likes of Ron Howard, Billy Crystal, Penny Marshall and Jon Lovitz and raised more than $750,000.
LA Times sportwriter T.J. Simers started his questions with “Where’d you go,” “I went home,” Koufax said, later explaining that it was something his grandfather taught him that has kept him out of the limelight.
“Your most precious asset is time,” Koufax said. “Spend your money foolishly, spend your time wisely.”
And the reason he came back?
“Joe Torre,” Koufax said.
“It’s about friendship, a very special friendship,” said Torre, 69, of Koufax, even though the two were never teammates
Simers finally asked if it bugged Koufax that people perceived him as “soft.”
“Oh … no,” said Koufax. “That didn’t bug me at all.”
“Then what did bug you?” asked Simers.
“Sportswriters like you,” replied Koufax to a thunderous ovation
At the John Wooden and Vin Scully, a kid was picked so that John Wooden would show him how to put his socks. Mr. Wooden was very particular that no creases should be left from his players put on their socks before the shoes. Well Simers wanted something similar to be done with Koufax. So he said the crowd had been scanned and a tall skinny kid was spotted so he was summond to go up the podium.
The Kid? 21 year old Clayton Kershaw!
Here is Koufax showing Kershaw how to throw the curball. Kershaw said “OK, I’ll give it a try.”
Look at the size of Koufax’s hand in comparison to Kershaw!
Here is Mattingly after Simers said Donnie Baseball showed up because he thought Torre was announcing his reti
Tommy Davis and Sweet Lou Johnson. Sweet Lou got the only hit in Koufax perfecto. and got two homeruns in the 1965 World Series. Koufax said Sweet Lou was a breath of fresh air.
Peter O’Malley got the biggest standing ovation after Koufax and Torre.
When Simers asked Koufax about the two homeruns that Torre hit off of him. His response was “We Brooklyn kids stick together.”
“This man has been very special to me,” said Torre about Koufax. “We have never been teammates. We have played together on All-Star teams, but my first World Series, in 1996, when I walked into my office at Yankee Stadium, his was the first message on top, wishing me luck.”
“When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he was just about the first guy who called me.
When I got off the plane after saying goodbye to the Yankees, he was the first guy to call. It has been a very special relationship and one that we don’t have to talk to each other every day.
“It’s something that I treasure, and I’m so touched, and my wife, Ali, is very touched, and our foundation certainly thanks you for being here.”
With that, the two friends for almost 50 years walked off the stage together to another ovation.
There I am in wearing blue and with my White and Blue Dodger bag(third row from the left). In the next aisle to my left is my friend Amber who is a ticket checker at Dodger stadium.