Fan Appreciation Day came and went so now is preparation to the Postseason but first I’d like to write about two traditions that were carried over on Sunday during Fan Appreciation Day.
The first tradition: Robyn and Chuck have been season ticket holders in the Top Deck for a few years now. They started a tradition of bringing a cake or two in appreciation of all the Dodger employees in the Top Deck, the elevator and any other employee that we come into contact during the season. chuck and Robyn start cutting the cake during the 3rd innings and thanking each employee that shows up. slices of cakes are also shared with other fellow season ticket holders and if there is any leftover, with other fans in the area.
Take a look at the cakes below. The first one reads “Thank you Dodger Stadium Employees.” the second one reads “Western Division Champs.”
The second tradition is one that Yankee fans are familiar with.
Joe Torre has a tradition of letting a player manage the last game of the year if it has no bearing on the standings.
Nomar Garciaparra managed the team last year in the Dodgers season finale.
Brad Ausmus said “Joe came up to me when we were celebrating on the field last night and said, ‘You want to manage tomorrow night?’ I said, ‘I’ll be here,’ and he said, “All right, you’re managing.”
On Sunday , one Dodger poster jokingly posted in the Game Thread “What a lousy lineup! Fire the manager!”.
Ausmus was assisted by “bench coach” Mark Loretta , “hitting coach” Jim Thome and “bullpen coach” Jeff Weaver who was kept busy with all the pitchers coming out of the pen.
Ausmus went to the mound to make a pitching change in the eighth to replace Ronald Belisario with Scott Elbert, then put himself in as a pinch runner for Thome in the bottom half after his hitting coach singled.
“I’m turning the reins right back over to Joe — if he ever shows up again,” Ausmus joked. Ausmus is 1-0 as a manager!
On to the Postseason!!
I am super excited about tomorrow’s game at our beloved Dodger Stadium or as Vin Scully called it when we started the season on a long winning streak at home, “The Magic Castle.”
We are ready to rock that place! Bring on the Cardinals!
I really think our two lefties Randy Wolf and Clayton Kershaw can take on the Cardinals. Aside from Pujols, Cardinals don’t do well against lefties.
The Dodgers are coming off a two game winning streak off the hot Rockies. The Cardinals are coming with a three game losing streak.
I think our lefties can hold the Cardinal hitters from scoring if we can hold prince Albert to singles or walks. Same with Holliday. Dodger hitters have done well against Waingwright. Our hitters just need to soak in the Magic Castle to wake up those bats.
I expect that our dynamic duo of Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier will continue to have success and if Manny and Loney start hitting, watch out!
If we can win one at home and one at St Louis (I know the Dodgers record in St Louis) and bring it back to the Magic Castle, I think we can do it!
LET’S GO DODGERS!!! LET’S GO!!
I got up this morning super excited about tonight! I started singing Black Eye Peas song “I got the feeling, that tonight is gonna be a good night” I was singing it in the car and was still singing it when I got to work One of my co-workers said “Slow down girl.” I can’t slow down. I am
Dodgers gonna get it done tonight! I can feel it! Randy Wolf is gonna get it done! We’re ready to party at our Magic Castle that is Dodger Stadium.
I gotta feeling that tonight’s gonna be a good night
that tonight’s gonna be a good night
that tonight’s gonna be a good good night ooh hoo (x4)
Tonight’s the night night
Let’s live it up
I got my money
Let’s spend it up
go out and smash it
like oh my god
Jump off that sofa
Let’s get get crunk
I know that we’ll have a ball
if we get down
and go out
and just loose it all…..
Tonight is also Tommy Lasorda 60th Season day!
Congratulations Tommy on your 60th anniversary wtih the Dodgers!
The first 50K fans will get a Tommy Lasorda replica Hall of Fame plaque
Also Lasorda’s official Hall of Fame plaque from Cooperstown will be on display in Autograph Alley!
Also the Dodgertown sections will become Tommytown. Fans in Dodgertown, Italia, will receive Dodgertown, Italia, T-shirts that read “This Is My Town” in Italian, as well as an all-inclusive menu featuring marinated artichokes, Tuscan-style barbecued chicken and grilled Italian sausage, as well as Dodger Dogs, nachos, peanuts, popcorn and soft drinks.
Wait..there is more…A Lasorda wine tasting will be held in the My Town, Italia, section, as all Lasorda Wine comes from Italy
Matchup for tonight: Jimenez for the Rockies versus Randy Wolf!
Let’s go Dodgers!
The Dodgers clinched a postseason berth for the third time in four years with an 8-4 comeback win over the Pirates!
Randy Wolf was on the mound but he did not get the win. He was winning when he left the game so yet another no-decision by Randy. That was no-decision #16 for Randy but you know what? That is OK, the team won!
Did you all know that Randy Wolf has never been to the playoffs?? He was interviewed and he said he is happy that this time he will not be at home watching it. Ahhhh..
Randy left the following teams after they made the playoffs: Padres, Astros, Dodgers, Phillies.
Randy is hungry like a wolf! haha, now I want to sing that song.
Congratulations to Randy and the Dodgers!
Magic Number is …..
Here is Tommy now standing next to his portrait at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington unveiled last week.
“Somebody out there asked me what’s next for you?” Lasorda said. “I said, ‘heaven.’ “
This morning I got an email that my playoff tickets have been shipped with a two day delivery! Woohoo! I put my aunt on alert to receive the package.
My friend LTD23 and I will be in San Diego for the final two road game! It is fitting that we close the series there since we went to the Opening series, the setup series and now the closer series in San Diego! I made the hotel reservation for one night, LTD23 got tickets for Wednesday but we still need tickets for Tuesday. Are you reading this LTD23? haha.
Dodgers took another series by beating the J I N T S two out of three!
Dodgers outscored the Giants 22-11.
Highlights of the series:
- Grand Slam by Belliard off Brad Penny
- Back to back homeruns by Kemp (25)and Loney (13). For Loney that was hist first HR at home.
- Garland pitched eight innings without allowing an earned run Saturday
- Randy Wolf . With six innings he surpassed 200 innings for the first time since 2003. He’s 6-0 with a 2.41 ERA in his last eight starts, all quality starts.
- Ethier belted his 31st homerun with a man on base for the Dodgers’ first 100 RBI season since J.D. Drew in 2006, the first 30/100 season since Adrian Beltre in 2004 and the first by a Dodgers outfielder since Shawn Green in 2002.
Mike, a fellow season ticket holder was showing us this coin that he received from a General in Iraq where he has been sending Dodger giveaways and other Dodger memorabillia.
An off day for my Dodgers but I will be attending this event at the Burbank library:
Author Arnold Hano and broadcaster Ross Porter, who combined have produced over a century of distinguished work in their respective professions, will share their recollections of the Dodgers-Giants rivalry, from New York to the West Coast, in a very special evening presented by the Baseball Reliquary on Monday, September 21, 2009, at 7:00 pm, in the Burbank Central Library Auditorium, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, California. The discussion, which will be moderated by Jean Hastings Ardell, is free of charge and open to the public
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!
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?
Randy Wolf knocks in the only two runs and throws seven brilliant innings on Friday! What a great early birthday present he gave himself! Randy Wolf’s birthday was Saturday 8/22. He along with Jeff Weaver share a birthday. they both turn 33.
Saturday was a Fox sport game and what a performance by the knucleballer Charlie Haeger! He baffled the Cubs. Charlie went seven innings. Closer Jonathan Broxton came in in the eight but Joe Torre explained that it was only so Broxton could face the same guys he faced the prior night. George Sherrill closed the game in the nine. Final score: Dodgers 2, Cubs 0. The two runs came as a result of two homeruns, one by Casey Blake and Matt Kemp. . Speaking of Kemp…
MATT KEMP. Wow Matt! Matt Kemp hit one out of the ballpark! It went out of the Dodger bullpen. I could see fan running in front of the gift shop in that area after the ball. The ball travelled 449 feet.
Prior to that there have been only three players that have hit homeruns out of Dodger Stadium. They are:
Willie Stargell is the only person to ever hit two home runs out of Dodger Stadium. His first was a 506 foot bomb off of pitcher Alan Foster on August 5th 1969, and the other was a 470 foot shot off of Andy Messersmith on May 8th 1973.
It wasn’t for over 30 years before Mike Piazza became the second player and only Dodger (until yesterday) to ever hit a home run out of the park. On September 21st 1997, Mike Piazza hit a 478 foot home run off of San Francisco Giant pitcher Mike Lansing.
July 17th 1998, Mark McGwire hit the longest home run at 511 ft over the right field pavilion at Dodger Stadium against pitcher Brian Bohanon.
Meet one of our ushers in the Top Deck: Leonard is a true Dodger fan! Check out his tatoo!
Check out the tatoo! It says “Usher 2001 – 20XX ” “I Bleed Dodger Blue”