Tagged: Sandy Koufax

Sandy Koufax drilled by line drive is OK.

What a scare we all got this morning when news got around that Sandy Koufax  got hit in the forehead by a line drive.

The line drive was hit by Andre Either.  Oh, we know Andre feels terrible.  He was quoted by Dylan Hernandez saying “Your heart kind of leaps out of your body right there for a second.”

Ken Gurnick reported that Sandy Koufax stopped by the Press Box to reassure them that he was OK.  Sandy underwent a CT scan and everything is fine.

The always funny @DodgerzGM said: “Andre Ethier apologized to Koufax for hitting him in the head with a line drive. Said he was aiming for one of the other three outfielders. ”   LOL

My friend Kent Whittaker twitted me “I thought Andre can’t hit lefties.”   Funny one Kent.

Dylan Hernandez reported that Koufax jokingly said he might test the new protective cap for pitchers tomorrow.     Good idea Sandy.  I hope you do wear one.

Glad you are feeling better Sandy.   We hope to see you with the protective cap tomorrow.

Rod Miller (January 16, 1940 – November 8, 2013)

Reading the LA Times newspaper this morning on the train, the obituary  of  Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt Disney.caught my attention.  She played a major  role in the completion of the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.  RIP Diane.

I noticed Diane’s husband’s name is Ron Miller.  This made me think of Rod Miller, the Brooklyn Dodger that had only one at bat with the Dodgers.  Also I thought , the youngest Brooklyn Dodger alive.   After reading the newspaper, I moved to my Iphone to catch up with more news.   That is when I ran into the obituary of Rod Miller.  Rod passed away on November 8, 2013, he was 73.   Rest in peace Mr. Miller.

Rod_Miller

Here is the obituary http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/rgj/obituary.aspx?n=Rod-Miller&pid=168087199#

The 17 year-old Miller was signed by the Dodgers out of Lynwood HS in SoCal on June 26, 1957.  He was brought up to Brooklyn in September.  He appeared in only one game facing the Philadelphia Phillies on September 28. Rodney Carter “Rod” Miller went swinging on his only major league at bat in 1957.

Walter Alston was the classiest human being I’ve ever known giving me a chance to bat. That one at-bat opened more doors for me than I could ever have imagined.” – Miller in “Once Around the Bases”

Rest in peace Mr. Rodney Miller

With the passing of Rod Miller, the youngest Brooklyn Dodger alive is Bob Aspromonte at 75, followed by Sandy Koufax who will be 78 on December 30.

Ref:  Baseball Reference.

The Dodgers Sweep the Giants! The Dodgers Sweep the Giants!

The Dodgers Sweep the Giants!  The Dodgers Sweep the Giants!

El Maestro Jaime Jarrin mentioned yesterday that the last time the Dodgers swept the Giants was in 2009!  April 13, 15, 16.   Hmm no game on April 14?

The winning pitchers  then were Billingsley 4/13, Broxton on 4/15 and Stults on 4/16.

This homestand the  winning pitchers:  6/24, Paco Rodriguez!  Anyone remembers this “Nobody says no to Paco” in the movie definitely Maybe?   Stephen Fife won the game 6/25 and last night the Golden Boy Clayton Kershaw won his 6th game.   It was a long time waiting for #6 but Kershaw finally won to complete the sweep and continue the winning streak at 5.

Now the Phillies are in town for a four game series.  It is going to be crazy at Dodger Stadium today with Sandy Koufax bobblehead giveaway.

Sandy Koufax Bobblehead

So off to the stadium I go!   for game #43!  I have not missed a game this year.

On the mound tonight:  Zack Greinke against Pettibone.  Let’s Go Dodgers! Let’s Go!

Tomorrow June 28, is my birthday!  so an early birthday present for tonight is a W

 

 

From Koufax to Kershaw: What an Opening Day at Dodger Stadium

What an Opening Day at Dodger Stadium!  All Opening Days are special.  We await them with so much anticipation.  What an Opening act with Sandy Koufax throwing out the first pitch and Orel Hershiser catching him.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Magic walks to the mound to throw out the first pitch

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

But wait!  Here comes Mattingly to lift Magic for Sandy Koufax

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Sandy koufax

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

A beautiful view of Sandy on the mound

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Orel Hershiser said on Twitter:  “What a day!  To have Sandy throw the first pitch.  To catch it and Thank him for all he taught me, was a moment I will never forget”

Sandy into his windup, here is the pitch….

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Got to say Vin Scully still enjoys baseball.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Standing room only

El nino de oro after rounding the bases

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

El nino de Oro taking a curtain call after his Major League Home run in the 8th to take the lead 1-0.   Kershaw hit the first pitch of reliever George Kontos.

Final score Dodgers 4, Giants 0.  Kerhsaw with a complete game.

We went into Dodger Stadium with big smiles.  We came out still smiling after that incredible Opening game.   I did not even mind the long wait for the shuttle after the game.

Icing on the cake:   I have Clayton Kershaw in my Baseball Fantasy team 🙂   Los Locos Azules play in the TwitterMaffiaLeague.

Ref: pictures from Jon SooHoo.  check out his blog at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com

My Favorite Video from Spring Training 2013. Vin Scully interviewing Sandy Koufax

I know this is old but I still would like to put it here.    The video where Vin Scully interviews Sandy Koufax is a classic!

Besides, Mark our fearless leaders here at the MLB Blogsphere reminded us that we can post videos here.   I keep forgetting that so  Mark, I am listening to you.  Let’s see if this works

Vin Scully interviewing Sandy Koufax.

Yes!  it works!

Unfortunately Sandy was only at Camelback Ranch for 10 days.  He will return to the team in June.

I have been very busy at work and I am dying to go back to Camelback Ranch.  Not sure if I will go back but if not, there are 25 days till Opening Day!  Counting the days.

My boss is going on vacation for a week and a day starting tomorrow.  When I asked him where he was going he said “Arizona”   😦     Is OK, listening to the games and pictures from JonSooHoo I can wait till the boys come home.

TEXAS RANGERS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Vin Scully is back at Camelback Ranch for first game of 2013

Vin Scully is back ~

is going to be AWESOME ~

Watch out for those quotes!

the Dodger family is complete with Sandy Koufax and now Vin Scully at Camelback!

Welcome back Vin!

Like Hilda Chester used to tell you

VIN SCULLY I LOVE YOU!

Dodgers against the Cubs at Camelback Ranch!  Wish I was there.

Billingsley starts against Barney.

I am skipping my Pilates class at noon (we have classes at work at noon Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)  to listen to the game.

Vin Scully quote about Billinglsey giving out already a single, a home run and two doubles  “Sure, you hate to be lather…”

Juan Uribe is the first baseman for this game.

Mike Piazza is at Camelback Ranch.  DylanHearnandez reported that Mike said of Vin Scully:  “I’d love to see him”  I hope to apologize.

Sandy Koufax, A Beautiful sight in Dodger Blue

When the Dodgers posted the first picture of Sandy Koufax suit up in Dodger Blue, I got excited!  I had seen him Sunday at Camelback Ranch with a white long sleeve t-shirt and jogging pants.   Unfortunately we had to leave Sunday so we did not get to see him Monday all dressed in Dodger Blue.  But that is OK, just seeing the pictures,  I got super excited.  I could not wipe a big smile off my face while I work on President’s Day. 

The pictures below are from Dodger photographer Jon SooHoo who does an excellent  job.  check out all the photos here: 

http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com/2013/02/18/21813-something-current-monday-workout-by-jon-soohoola-dodgers/

LOS ANGELES DODGERS WORKOUT

Sandy Koufax working with Josh Beckett

LOS ANGELES DODGERS WORKOUT

Sandy Koufax greeted with applauses in the clubhouse at Camelback Ranch

LOS ANGELES DODGERS WORKOUT

Matt Kemp, Sandy Koufax and Stan Kasten

 LOS ANGELES DODGERS WORKOUT

Sandy Koufax and Tommy Lasorda

LOS ANGELES DODGERS WORKOUT

Sandy Koufax and Traveling Secretary Scott Akasaki

LOS ANGELES DODGERS WORKOUT

Shimada, the ever young Jim Hill and Sandy Koufax having a good laugh.  This last picture is my favorite because Sandy looks happy.  

We are smiling and laughing with joy seeing Sandy back wearing Dodger Blue. 

ref:  Jon SooHoo pictures from htpt://Dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com