Tagged: Tommy Lasorda

Tommy Lasorda giving hitting instructions at Spring Training

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. ūüôā¬†¬† “You got an ax in your hand”¬† “you are chopping the tree down”¬† “como esta la republica?”¬† ¬†

Tommy Lasorda giving hitting instructions during Spring Training

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.  

 

 

Happy 64th Birthday Ron Cey

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:

DODGER LEGENDS CEY, SCULLY, LASORDA IN '08

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.  

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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.

Spring Training Camelback Ranch, part two


Let’s start the pictures with El Guapo de Andre Ethier.  

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 Margie getting her baseball autograph by Tommy Lasorda

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Chad Billinsgley!

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Kenley Jansen

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Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times. 

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The X man, Xavier Paul

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Lorena and Tommy Lasorda

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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

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Matt Kemp, DeJesus next to him while Trayvon Robinson is at bat 

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 Kershaw pitching while Juan Pierre is on third base

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Welcome back home Davey Lopes!

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Jerry Sands

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Jerry Sands

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Think Blue and Act Green. First Stop: LA River

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. 

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Andre Ethier was not there yet but he arrived a little later.  He was coming straight from the airport.

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Andre getting dirty

I am ready to work.

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I had a pink wristband so I belonged to Don Mattingly’s group 

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Lorena & Erik.   Erik gave us beautiful handmade Dodgers pins.  Thanks Erik!

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The trash bags collected

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Afterwards, Tommy Lasorda giving some advice to Don Mattingly and James Loney.  

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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.   

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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!

 

Honoring the Brooklyn Dodger Players Alive as of January 10th, 2011

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 

  1. Tony Malinosky          10/5/1909            Illinois.  Lives in Oxnard, CA
  2. Mike Sandlock           10/17/1915          Old Greenwich, CT.  Golfer
  3. Ray Hathaway            10/13/1916         Grinville, OH.  Minor league manager
  4. Cy Buker                     2/5/1919             Greenwood, WI.  Cyril was a pitcher
  5. Lee Pfund                   10/10/1919         ILL.  His son was MGR of Miami Heats
  6. Luis Olmo                   10/11/1919         PR.  Played for Mexico and Cuba.
  7. Cliff Dapper                1/2/1920             Los Angeles  Traded for Ernie Harwell.
  8. Boyd Bartley               2/11/1920           Chicago.  Played in nine games in 1949  
  9. Jean-Pierre Roy         6/26/1920           Canada.  Commentator for the Expos
  10. Pat McGlothin             10/20/1920         Coalfield, TN.  Ezra Mac was a pitcher
  11. Johnny Schmitz           11/27/1920        Wasau, WI.  Lefty pitcher. 
  12. Andy Pafko                  2/25/1921          Boiceville, IL.  Lives in Mount Prospect, IL
  13. Marv Rackley               7/25/1921          Seneca, SC.  Left fielder
  14. Chuck Kress                12/9/1921          Philadelphia.  Lefty first baseman.
  15. Eddie Masinksi           11/4/1922          Buffalo, NY.  Nickname:  The Fiddler, Bazzoka
  16. Don Lund                    1 5/8/1923          Detroit.  Also drafted by the Chicago Bears
  17. Tim Thompson            3/1/1924            Coalport, PA.  Lives in Lewinston, PA
  18. George Shuba            12/13/1924        Youngston, OH  http://www.georgeshuba.com/
  19. Ed Stevens                  1/12/1925          Gavelston, TX.  Coach for the Padres in 1981
  20. Johnny Rutherford       5/5/1925            Ontario, CN.  Pitcher. Nickname: Doc 
  21. Wayne Terwilliger       6/27/1925          Clare, Mi.  Coach under Ted Williams
  22. Chris Haughey            10/3/1925          Astoria, NY.  Pitcher.  Appeared in one game at 18  
  23. Ralph Branca              1/6/1926            Mount Vernon, NY. 
  24. Bob Borkowski           1/27/1926          Dayton, OH.  Traded for Joe Black
  25. Randy Jackson            2/10/1926         Little Rock, AR.  Nickname:  “Handsome Ransom”
  26. Dick Teed                    3/8/1926            Springfield, MA.  One at in 1953
  27. Elmer Sexauer            5/21/1926          St Louis County, MO.  Pitcher
  28. Don Newcombe          6/14/1926          Madison, NJ.  Still working for the Dodgers
  29. Bobby Morgan             6/29/1926         Oaklahoma City, OK.  Infielder
  30. Duke Snider                9/19/1926          Los Angeles, CA  HOF.  The Duke of Flatbush!
  31. Charlie Osgood           11/23/1926       Sommerville, MA  appeared in one game at 17
  32. Carl Erskine                 12/13/ 1926     Anderson, IN.  http://www.carlerskine.com/
  33. Preston Ward               7/24/1927        Columbia, MO.  APF Cubs, Indians, Pirates & A.
  34. Rocky Bridges              8/7/1927          Refugio, TX.  Infielder, coach & minor league mgr
  35. Tommy Lasorda          9/22/1927        Norristown, PA.  HOF.  61 years working for the Dodgers
  36. Tommy Brown              12/6/1927         Brooklyn, NY.  Also played for Phillies & Cubs
  37. Dick Williams                5/7/1928          St Louis, Mo.  Lf, 3B, coach & Manager
  38. Joe Landrum                 12/13/1928      Columbia, SC.  Pitcher  
  39. Joe Pignatano              8/4/1929           Brooklyn, NY.  Catcher and coach
  40. Gino Cimoli                   12/18/1929      San Francisco, CA.  Worked 21 years for UPS
  41. Roger Craig                  2/17/1930        Durham, NC.  Pitcher, coach and manager
  42. Ron Negray                   2/26/1930        Akron, OH.  Also played for the Phillies 
  43. Glenn Mickens              7/26/1930        Wilman, CA  Afterwards became coach for UCLA 
  44. Don Zimmer                  1/17/1931        Cincinnati, OH.  Currently working for the Rays
  45. Ed Roebuck                  7/3/1931          East Millboro, PA.  relief pitcher and scout
  46. Fred Kipp                     10/1/1931         Piqua, KS.  Also pitched for the Yankees       
  47. Bill Harris                      12/3/1931         Canada.  Pitched one game for Brooklyn & LA
  48. Chico Fernandez         3/2/1932           Cuba. SS.  APF Phillies, Tigers and Mets 
  49. Jim Gentile                   6/3/1934           San Francisco, CA.  Hitting coach for Flyers   
  50. Don Demeter               6/25/1935         Oaklahoma City.  CF.  Now a Baptist minister   
  51. Sandy Koufax             12/30/1935       Brooklyn, NY.  Greatest Lefhander Pitcher! 
  52. Bob Aspromonte          6/19/1938        Brooklyn, NY.  Resides in Houston, TX 
  53. 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.

Feliz Dia de los Reyes! The Three Kings brought me a present!

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!  

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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?

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 Here we are at Santa Barbara with Julie who is another Cardinal fan.  

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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!¬†¬†¬†

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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.

Happy Birthday Tommy Lasorda and Sweet Lou Johnson

Today Tommy Lasorda turns 83!  

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And Sweet Lou turns 76! 

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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!  

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Here is the back of the cards

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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 . 

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