Initiated for the first time on April 15, 2004, Jackie Robinson Day is celebrated each year on that day. In 2004, The Dodgers were playing in San Diego. but starting in 2005, the Dodgers have been celebrating Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium. That tradition has been broken as the Dodgers will be in San Francisco on April 15, 2014.
I had taken it for granted that the Dodgers would always play at Dodger Stadium on April 15. Needless to say I am disappointed at the people who create the schedule and at the Dodgers that they did not push for this day to always be played at Dodger Stadium.
Just like many other Dodger fans, we will miss celebrating at Dodger Stadium. On that day, through Dodger Stadium, you could see fans sporting their Jackie Robison jerseys or t-shirts. One year I spotted the guy below wearing a Pasadena College jersey with Jackie’s number in the back. I also spotted a similar jersey from UCLA
We are very proud that Jackie Robinson went to Pasadena College and that he went to UCLA. Also that he broke the color barrier wearing a Brooklyn Dodger uniform.
I will wear my Jackie Robinson jersey at work since I won’t be going to San Francisco.
There are so many changes with the Dodgers that I need a scorecard to keep track.
Meet the Scouts:
The Dodgers essentially acquired the international scouting staff from the Seattle Martiners
Bob Engle as vice president of international scouting. Pedro Avila, Gene Grimaldi, Patrick Guerrero, Pat Kelly, Jamey Storvick and Mike Tosar.
Also professional scouts: Willie Fraser and Scott Groot
Former Dodgers third baseman Bill Mueller, who served as special assistant, player personnel, will become a full-time professional scout.
senior advisor Gerry Hunsicker, special assistant Pat Corrales
Josh Bard as special assistant, player personnel
hitting coach Mark McGwire.
John Valentin will be promoted from Triple-A hitting coach to assistant big league hitting coach
bullpen coach Ken Howell will become assistant pitching coach to Rick Honeycutt
Double-A pitching coach Chuck Crim will be promoted to Major League bullpen coach.
The current Managers and Coaches:
|The Current Managers and Coaches|
|Mark McGwire||Batting Coach|
|John Valentin||Assistant Hitting Coach|
|40||Rick Honeycutt||Pitching Coach|
|Ken Howell||Assistant Pitching Coach|
|15||Davey Lopes||First Base Coach|
|26||Tim Wallach||Third Base Coach|
|45||Trey Hillman||Bench Coach|
|Chuck Crim||Bullpen Coach|
|85||Rob Flippo||Bullpen Catcher|
|7||Steve Yeager||Catching Coach|
|Josh Bard||Special Assistant|
|Mickey Hatcher||Special Assistant|
|Pat Corrales||Special Assistant to the General Manager|
|Sue Falsone||Head Athletic Trainer|
|Bruce Hines||Field Director|
|Travis Barbary||Coordinator, Catching|
|Rafael Chaves||Coordinator, Pitching|
|Damon Mashore||Coordinator, Baserunning|
|Eric Owens||Coordinator, Hitting|
|Jody Reed||Coordinator, Defensive|
|Stan Conte||Director of Medical Services|
Dodgers also won the bid for Korean left-handed pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin.
The roster is going to be interesting.
USC & UCLA Football game:
I like this picture of Mark McGwire and Eric Karros that Jon SooHoo took. Mark went to USC (so did Jon SooHoo) and Eric went to UCLA
Tomorrow is the annual USC & UCLA game. May the best team win!
Our Double K of trouble for the opposition! There are Matt Kemp (27) days till the Dodgers Opening Day at Dodger Stadium
and Clayton Kershaw (22) days till Opening Day at Petco Park
WOOHOOO!!! Can’t wait. In the meantime I went to see UCLA play USC at Dodger Stadium last night. Here are the 2012 pocket schedules we picked last night at Dodger Stadium.
Look at the upcoming promotion for Mother’s Day! An Andre Ethier bag
I had a great time sitting with Dee, Kevin, Ernest & Arturo. Arturo in the USC sweatshirt. Kevin is the one behind the green hat & Ernest with his Dodger hat.
When we were down 3-0 in the first inning, I was saying”Oh boy here we go again, having a bad first inning.” but the boys came back and Kuroda-san settle down. Kuo was NASTY! Was that really a 98 MPH fastball he threw?!?!
The game ended with a great play by Furcal. It was the #1 Webgem for Saturday:
Let me say this again, “(insert team) suck” has to be the most immature, stupid chant I’ve ever heard. You don’t hear it with the regular season ticket holders around me and I imagine with true Dodger fans and Baseball fans. I also don’t boo great players.
On his birthday, Derek Jeter struckout three times. Kuroda, Kuo and Broxton struck him out. Joe Torre was quoted as saying “Well, it was my present to him”
Earlier in the day, Joe Torre and Derek Jeter had gone to the John Wooden public memorial at the the UCLA Pauley Pavilion.
Did I say that Kuo has been NASTY lately. This guy has gone thru so many T.J. operations and is basically an out away from ending his career but he keeps on pitching! My Dodger hat off to you Kuo!
And my boy James Loney drove in four runs! Here is Loney with my friend Erik who is celebrating his birthday today. Happy birthday Erik! May the Dodgers bring us a win!
I finally got to meet the famous Jane Heller! Too bad I just spent a little time with her. I also got to meet her husband and LadyJane who posts in Jane Heller’s blog. Wish I would have gotten a second chance to take the pic as this came out a little blurry and to spend more time with you and your husband Jane.
A battle of lefties for the rubber matchup today: The tough Veteran Andy Pettitte against 22 year old Kershaw. Kershaw needs to control those walks. He has given up 48 walks, the most in the NL and the Yankees lead the Majors in OBP.
With Fox doing the game yesterday and today ESPN, I MISS VIN SCULLY!
Oh I forgot to mention that after his running, Padilla came over to the rail in the left field side and signed alot for fans in that side then the center field side. Quite a few Yankee fans were there too getting his autograph. I and many congratulated him on his outing the day before. He signed my scorebook. I asked him in Spanish who he was rooting for in the World Cup after USA was already out. He looked at me, smiled and said “Is going to be tough but I am rooting for Mexico.
LET’S GO DODGERS!
LET’S GO MEXICO
Dodgers have played 21 games. Two road trips and one home stand. This last road trip was a tough one where they went 2-7 against the Reds, Nationals and the Mets. They got swept by the Mets.
I felt bad for the Dodger fans that went to see them on the road. My new neighbors to the right of me in the Top Deck went to see them to Washington DC. ITD (InsidetheDodgers) blogmates Oldbrooklynfan and Truebluewill who live in New York, went to see the doubleheader.
Thanks Brian for the picture and for letting me know how to put them together! Truebluewill, crzblue and oldbrooklynfan.
Say hello to our Dodger fans in New York if you run into them.
Let’s Go Dodgers, Let’s Go! Maybe some home cooking will do you good and being back at Our Magic Castle that is Our Lady of Chavez Ravine, Dodger Stadium!
Young Clayton Kershaw (1-0 3:13)on the mound against Pirate Brian Burres (0-1 9.31).
USC Night and hat giveway tonight to the first 20K fans
UCLA Night and hat giveway Friday night to the first 20K fans.
Oh and Matt Kemp: You know we Dodger fans love you! You have been great with us. My friends and I appreciate your hussle, how the kids that run the bases imitate you as you are jumping up and down while waiting to take the field. It looks like you can’t wait for the game to start. You have been nice to us during BP, at events like Caravans, the Bluetopia premiere. We LOVE YOU!!!
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!