Pitchers and Catchers Report. What Do these beautiful four words mean?
I asked Pepe Yniguez (Dodger Spanish Broadcaster for the last 18 years) what does it mean to him “Pitchers and Catchers report” He said “To me it means that It’s time for Dodger Baseball! That the 2015 season is around First Base”
To me it marks the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring. It means palm trees and the sound of batted baseballs. It means sun screens. It means mornings of hearing from beat writers about workouts on dewy grass outfields. It means batting cages and practice mounds. It means we finally will start getting baseball news everyday!
Getting daily baseball news about Pitchers and Catchers reporting brings me such freshets of pleasure.
We baseball fans await with much anticipation baseball news and that special sense of the upcoming season that feed our eternal hopes every Spring. We soak-up all the quotes from our grizzled Pitchers and Catchers.
I can more or less go into a cave during the Winter but I come out all giddy with excitement when I hear those words “Pitchers and Catcher report.”
Mike Scioscia with Roy Campanella. Pic by Jon SooHoo.
The day that Dodgers Pitchers and Catchers report is finally here! WOOHOO!!
Dodgers photographer and owner of the MLB blog http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com/ Jon SooHoo posted this picture from Camelback Ranch two years ago with the caption “What awaits the Dodgers at the end of the rainbow this season?” That applies even more now.
Here is a picture from 2004 P&C at Vero Beach. Greg Miller, Tom Martin, Hong-chih Kuo, and Kaz Isshi. Good luck in Seattle Kuo. We will miss you.
In addition to being P&C Day today is Marty Gras or Fat Tuesday. A day to feast before Lent starts. It is also called “Shrove Tuesday” or Pancake Day in the UK. Pancake day because it was a great way to use the foods that were given up for Lent – milk, butter, and eggs.
An English friend suggested I give up Baseball for Lent. My reaction: “WHAT! Are you kidding me!? “No Way” I suggested that he gives up Soccer. I am still working on what I am going to give up. In the meantime.
Dodger News: Dodgers bring back Steve Yeager as catching instructor! Welcome back Boomer!
13 Days till the first Spring Training Game
44 Days till Dodgers Opening Game at Petco Park (A Padre fan at the Kings game asked me why I was going to Petco Park on Opening Day and if I was a Padre fan. I was dressed with my Dodger poncho. lol. He did not know the Padres open against the Dodgers)
49 Days till Dodgers opening Day at Home!
Question: Anyone knows if any team has shown interest on Free Agent Aaron Miles?
pictures by Jon SooHoo.
Happy Valentines 2012 everyone! for me Love is Blue! Dodger Blue!
About a week before Valentines I received an email from the Dodgers asking permission if they could use this picture to promote the Valentine section in the Dodger Fan site for fans to send their picture. Of course I said yes. The picture is from the Dodger Caravan 2010. One of the stops was at Chicken and Waffles. Lady Gaga had shown up at the restaurant that day. Also Barry Bonds picked the same day to show up . He only made it to the parking lot. He got mad when someone asked him to sign a baseball on the sweet spot.
If you scroll to the beginning of the pictures here http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/la/fan_forum/valentine_photos.jsp you will see my picture with Jaime Jarrin. I love it! My friend Lorena took the picture!
Seven Days till Dodgers Pitchers and Catchers report.
Who’s new: Chris Capuano, P (free agent); Mark Ellis, 2B (free agent); Jerry Hairston, OF/IF (free agent); Aaron Harang, SP (free agent); Adam Kennedy, 2B (free agent); Todd Coffey, RP (free agent); John Grabow, RP (free agent); Matt Treanor, C (free agent).
Who’s gone: Rod Barajas, C (free agent, Pittsburgh); Jonathan Broxton, RP (free agent, Kansas City); Hiroki Kuroda, SP (free agent, Yankees); Jamey Carroll, 2B (free agent, Minnesota); Jon Garland, SP (free agent); Vicente Padilla, RP (free agent, Boston); Hong-Chih Kuo, RP (free agent, Seattle).
Going to the King’s hockey game with Rosie and Lorena this Thursday. It is Dodger Pride Night! I am sure I will run into more Dodger fan friends there. Ned Colletti will drop the puck. We Dodger fans wish it was one of the players.
I just paid for Opening Day tickets in San Diego for Lorena and I thanks to my friend Mike who is a season ticket holder for the Padres!
I can’t wait to be at Camelback Ranch! Lore and I will be there for the St Patrick Weekend and we are thinking of going March 3rd for the Dodgers White Sox FanFest there. Spring is in the air!
Ref: FoxsportArizona for Who is New who is gone Heart from Linda Wilson FB page.
Happy New Season everyone! Pitchers and Catchers have reported!! Woohoo!!!
Now is a new count! 11 day and 20 hours before the first Spring Training game!
Yesterday I was going to go to MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton but I got sick :-(. Southern University (Baton Rouge, La) was playing against my sister college Cal State Northridge. And in the second game Bethune-Cookman University was playing against UCLA. Anyone catch the games on MLB Network?
Rod Carew, Don Newcombe and Frank Robinson threw out the first pitches.
Today it will be
1 p.m.: Cal State Northridge vs. UCLA
2 p.m.: Southern University vs. Bethune-Cookman
Yesterday it was a beautiful day and today is still a beautiful day after rains last night and this morning.
Thank you Jon! You are the best!!
So this transplanted Red Sox fan at work wanted to bet me that Manny will show up late to Spring Training. Guess what? He is already reported so come Monday I will collect on the bet!!
The pitcher that is late reporting is Ron Belisario as he again has trouble with his visa.
Happy P&C Day! Happy Sunday!
On this picture: From left) King Tut with a huge mitt, manager Oscar Charleston and Connie Morgan.
Connie was born October 17, 1935 in Philadelphia. She died in 1996.
In addition to Baseball, Connie played basketball for a well known city-wide team, the Rockettes.
Morgan initiated the signing herself with the Indianapolis Clowns. When she read a newspaper article about women playing for the Clowns, she wrote Syd Pollack directly and asked for a try-out. When the Clowns went to Baltimore in 1954 to play an exhibition game with the Orioles, Pollack invited her to come down and show what she could do.
Pollack was impressed with Morgan’s ability and signed the nineteen year-old to a two year-contract.
The 5’4″ 135 pounds second baseman hit around .300 sharing second base duties with Ray Neil and batting third in the line-up.
Clown’s manager Oscar Charleston called her “one of the most sensational” female players he had ever seen.
The highlight of Connie Morgan’s careeer came on July 12, 1954 when she returned to her home town for a game with the Kansas City Monarchs in Phladelphia’s Connie Mack Stadium.
She was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.
I had fun reading about all the three women that played alongside the men in the Negro League.
Is still two more days till Pitchers and Catchers report to Spring Training for the Dodgers. The wait has been long, especially reading that alot of teams already reported. Hurry boys! We are starving for some news!
Here is another way to help Haiti
The link is also on the right side.
Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away over 5.5 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently donating one pair every 9 seconds.) Last year alone, Americans discarded more than 300 million pairs of shoes. (eco side note: When these shoes break down in our landfills, the toxic glue that holds the shoes together can leak into our water supply and atmosphere.) Imagine if those shoes went to 300 million people in need of them. Start donating to Soles4Souls today kids, CLICK HERE, to find out a drop off location or HERE to learn how to start your own (company, school, community) shoe drive.
Where I work we have done the Souls4Souls and donated the shoes to a local school. This time we are doing the drive again to benefit Haiti but if you want to donate your slightly used shoes, click above where it says HERE and enter your zipcode.
8 days till Pitchers & Catchers report!
21 days till the first Spring Training game!
50 days till Opening Day!
there are so many things that Baseball brings to us and in particualr our teams but another one has been the friends that I have made along the way! So a BIG THANK YOU to all that I have met in person and online, you have made me a better person.