Here is a short video I shot of Tommy Lasorda dressed in his batting practice jersey giving instructions to the minor leaguers on how to hit. 🙂 “You got an ax in your hand” “you are chopping the tree down” “como esta la republica?”
Tommy is so funny
Some pictures from my second trip to Camelback Ranch:
Kershaw signing autographs! Javy Guerra! Truck with Dodger licence, Margie and Fam, Lorena & Margie,
Margie and Fam, Lorena & Margie. Deuce & I enjoying a lemonade!
Lore, Margie, Elisa.
We love running into our Dodger friends. Here is Dee, Deuce and William. Also Jon SooHoo.
and we love our boys in Blue. Here is Andre Ethier, James Loney and Matt Kemp. These pics taken by Elisa.
Today February 15th is Ron Cey’s 64th birthday. I was looking for a picture of the Penguin and I but I could not find any. I’ve taken pictures of him with other players but not of him by himself and I could not find one with me. I know somewhere I do have some. I need to organize my pictures.
Here is a picture of Ron Cey with his kids.
And here he is two years ago with Vin Scully and Tommy Lasorda:
Here is a picture I took July 2010 at the Steve Garvey Celebrity Softball game. I was invited by Mike who also has season tickets in my section.
a while ago here http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/2010/11/11/third-base-has-been-very-very-cold-to-the-dodgers/ I wrote a post saying that Ron Cey never won a gold glove, not because he did not deserve one but he played during Mike Schmidt tenure. So here is a glove for you Ron! Is not gold but is chocolate!
Happy Birthday Penguin!
note: MLB TV announced they will televise for the first time, two Urban League baseball games this Saturday.
Margie getting her baseball autograph by Tommy Lasorda
Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.
The X man, Xavier Paul
Lorena and Tommy Lasorda
Tommy Lasorda greeting the umpires. He then went inside the dugout, spend a few innings there then went slowly up the stairs. Next thing I knew he was upstairs in the booth being interviewed
Matt Kemp, DeJesus next to him while Trayvon Robinson is at bat
Kershaw pitching while Juan Pierre is on third base
Welcome back home Davey Lopes!
What a great idea this year for the Dodger Caravan to make it a community event where the fans get to contribute along the Dodger current and past players! Today on Valentines Day, the first stop was the LA River cleanup.
Here are some of the current and past Dodger players waiting to get dirty. Rudy Law, Bobby Castillo, Kenny Landreaux, Tommy Davis, James Loney and Don Mattingly. In the background you can see the train tracks, where my commuter train goes by.
Andre Ethier was not there yet but he arrived a little later. He was coming straight from the airport.
Andre getting dirty
I am ready to work.
I had a pink wristband so I belonged to Don Mattingly’s group
Lorena & Erik. Erik gave us beautiful handmade Dodgers pins. Thanks Erik!
The trash bags collected
Afterwards, Tommy Lasorda giving some advice to Don Mattingly and James Loney.
My Loney has a first name, is J A M E S. My Loney has a second name is L O N E Y. Oh I love to see him everyday and if you ask me why I’ll say… ’cause Loney has a way with H I T T I N G. That is what is in the back of Erik and my shirt. Loney was pointing it out to a sportscaster from Fox Sports so the guy was singing it as he read it.
I scraped my leg trying to pull a shopping cart that had some sharp wires, Christmas lights and whole bunch of stuff. I had rain boots but it happened above the rain boot.
When we left, we heard a “clump clump”. Erik asked me if I had someone in my trunk. It ended up that was my cellphone I had left on top of my trunk.
Even with scraping myself, alergies acting up and losing my cellphone, I enjoyed my day helping cleanup the LA river with Dodger players and Dodger fans.
It was great sharing this day with friends on Valentines Day! Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines Day. I can’t wait to go to Santa Monica tomorrow to continue cleaning up with our Dodgers!
Here is a fun video of Duke Snider in “What is my Line”
I started this list of Brooklyn Dodger players Alive. We had ten Brooklyn Dodger players that passed away in 2010, so here is the updated list.
no Player Birthdate Born in and other notes
- Tony Malinosky 10/5/1909 Illinois. Lives in Oxnard, CA
- Mike Sandlock 10/17/1915 Old Greenwich, CT. Golfer
- Ray Hathaway 10/13/1916 Grinville, OH. Minor league manager
- Cy Buker 2/5/1919 Greenwood, WI. Cyril was a pitcher
- Lee Pfund 10/10/1919 ILL. His son was MGR of Miami Heats
- Luis Olmo 10/11/1919 PR. Played for Mexico and Cuba.
- Cliff Dapper 1/2/1920 Los Angeles Traded for Ernie Harwell.
- Boyd Bartley 2/11/1920 Chicago. Played in nine games in 1949
- Jean-Pierre Roy 6/26/1920 Canada. Commentator for the Expos
- Pat McGlothin 10/20/1920 Coalfield, TN. Ezra Mac was a pitcher
- Johnny Schmitz 11/27/1920 Wasau, WI. Lefty pitcher.
- Andy Pafko 2/25/1921 Boiceville, IL. Lives in Mount Prospect, IL
- Marv Rackley 7/25/1921 Seneca, SC. Left fielder
- Chuck Kress 12/9/1921 Philadelphia. Lefty first baseman.
- Eddie Masinksi 11/4/1922 Buffalo, NY. Nickname: The Fiddler, Bazzoka
- Don Lund 1 5/8/1923 Detroit. Also drafted by the Chicago Bears
- Tim Thompson 3/1/1924 Coalport, PA. Lives in Lewinston, PA
- George Shuba 12/13/1924 Youngston, OH http://www.georgeshuba.com/
- Ed Stevens 1/12/1925 Gavelston, TX. Coach for the Padres in 1981
- Johnny Rutherford 5/5/1925 Ontario, CN. Pitcher. Nickname: Doc
- Wayne Terwilliger 6/27/1925 Clare, Mi. Coach under Ted Williams
- Chris Haughey 10/3/1925 Astoria, NY. Pitcher. Appeared in one game at 18
- Ralph Branca 1/6/1926 Mount Vernon, NY.
- Bob Borkowski 1/27/1926 Dayton, OH. Traded for Joe Black
- Randy Jackson 2/10/1926 Little Rock, AR. Nickname: “Handsome Ransom”
- Dick Teed 3/8/1926 Springfield, MA. One at in 1953
- Elmer Sexauer 5/21/1926 St Louis County, MO. Pitcher
- Don Newcombe 6/14/1926 Madison, NJ. Still working for the Dodgers
- Bobby Morgan 6/29/1926 Oaklahoma City, OK. Infielder
- Duke Snider 9/19/1926 Los Angeles, CA HOF. The Duke of Flatbush!
- Charlie Osgood 11/23/1926 Sommerville, MA appeared in one game at 17
- Carl Erskine 12/13/ 1926 Anderson, IN. http://www.carlerskine.com/
- Preston Ward 7/24/1927 Columbia, MO. APF Cubs, Indians, Pirates & A.
- Rocky Bridges 8/7/1927 Refugio, TX. Infielder, coach & minor league mgr
- Tommy Lasorda 9/22/1927 Norristown, PA. HOF. 61 years working for the Dodgers
- Tommy Brown 12/6/1927 Brooklyn, NY. Also played for Phillies & Cubs
- Dick Williams 5/7/1928 St Louis, Mo. Lf, 3B, coach & Manager
- Joe Landrum 12/13/1928 Columbia, SC. Pitcher
- Joe Pignatano 8/4/1929 Brooklyn, NY. Catcher and coach
- Gino Cimoli 12/18/1929 San Francisco, CA. Worked 21 years for UPS
- Roger Craig 2/17/1930 Durham, NC. Pitcher, coach and manager
- Ron Negray 2/26/1930 Akron, OH. Also played for the Phillies
- Glenn Mickens 7/26/1930 Wilman, CA Afterwards became coach for UCLA
- Don Zimmer 1/17/1931 Cincinnati, OH. Currently working for the Rays
- Ed Roebuck 7/3/1931 East Millboro, PA. relief pitcher and scout
- Fred Kipp 10/1/1931 Piqua, KS. Also pitched for the Yankees
- Bill Harris 12/3/1931 Canada. Pitched one game for Brooklyn & LA
- Chico Fernandez 3/2/1932 Cuba. SS. APF Phillies, Tigers and Mets
- Jim Gentile 6/3/1934 San Francisco, CA. Hitting coach for Flyers
- Don Demeter 6/25/1935 Oaklahoma City. CF. Now a Baptist minister
- Sandy Koufax 12/30/1935 Brooklyn, NY. Greatest Lefhander Pitcher!
- Bob Aspromonte 6/19/1938 Brooklyn, NY. Resides in Houston, TX
- Rod Miller 1/16/1940 Portland, OR. He played in one game in 1957.
ref: Baseball references, wikipedia, updated from my 2010 post in January.
My thoughts and prayers go to the people killed in Tucson, Arizona and to their family. Among the six killed was third-grader Christina-Taylor Green, daughter of Dodgers scout John Greene, and granddaughter of former Phillies pitcher and manager Dallas Greene.
Today January 6th, is the day of the Three Kings or the Three Wise Men.
The three kings were late to bring presents to baby Jesus. They finally arrived on January 6th. It is a day well celebrated in Latin America. Instead of believing that Santa Claus brings you presents, kids believe the three Kings bring them.
I got a present in the mail today from the three Kings!
Ok, so it was not the Three Kings that brought me a bottle of Tommy Lasorda wine. It was my friend Sandi who was here in the LA area visiting last week! Thank you Sandi! You shouldn’t have but I love it!!
After I picked up Sandi last week and we had lunch at Portos Bakery, guess where we went?
Here we are at Santa Barbara with Julie who is another Cardinal fan.
Coming back from Santa Barbara, we stopped at Jeff Suppan’s restaurant “Soup’s Grill”. jeff was the nicest person. He even gave us one of his baseball cards that he made specifically for the Grand Opening of his restaurant. Thanks Jeff! You rock! I hope you do sign with a team soon!
Sandi took a ton of pictures from the Rose Parade, the two wine tasting places, Soup’s Grill, the Equestrian Festival, the Griffith Observatory.
Thank you Julie for driving us to Santa Barbara. It was fun hanging with you two in Santa Barbara and Woodland Hills (Jeff’s restaurant & Trader’s Joes (Sandi had never been) Wine was good, company great and I loved Polo’s suggestion of going to the Santa Barbara Shell Fish Co. Is a small world that Polo suggested also to go to Surf Dog for a Dodger Dog. I know about Surf Dog because of Jane Heller.
Thank you Sandi! I loved having you here in LA and I got to go to places that I had not been to even if I am a local here.
Is great to hang with Baseball friends! The Rose Parade theme was just perfect: “Building values, friendships and memories.
visit Jeff’s Suppan restaurant at http://www.soupsgrill.com/ He has a ton of baseball memorabillia.
Today Tommy Lasorda turns 83!
And Sweet Lou turns 76!
When I was at the All-Star Fan-Fest in Anaheim, I went thru two boxes of baseball cards and found these baseball cards from Sweet Lou!
Here is the back of the cards
The second that has a pic of a farmer reads “I wus a Yanky farmer” Lou was in the Yank’s farm system in 1953.
from the back of th cards: Lou was a Kansas City Monarchs before the Cubs bough him in 1955…The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired the hustling outfielder from the Detroit Tigers on April 9, 1964.. Lou led the Midwest Leauge with a lofty .365 batting average. He continued his fine hitting with LA and contributed to their great success in 1965.
Happy birthday Tommy and Sweet Lou!
come to Dodger Stadium to join in the birthday celebration and wish both gentlemen a happy birthday. Sweet Lou will do the honor of saying “IS TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL!”
Talking about birthdays, I sent Emilio Navarro a happy birthday card. As I mentioned on a prior post, he turns 105 on Septermber 26th. I bought a 5 year-old card and squeesed the “10” infront. I also mailed with a Negro League baseball stamp .