February 13 is my MLB Fan Blog 4th anniversary. During these four years my blog has ranked between #16 to #52 in the monthly ranking. I was surprised that I came in at #14 for the month of January 2013!
Thank you everyone that visits my blog and if you just happen to stumbled up on it well welcome! 🙂
I dedicate my blog coming in at #14 to Gil Hodges
Hodges was the Major League premier first baseman making eight career All-Star teams.
He had 370 career home runs, which by 1962 ranked second all-time for right-handed hitters behind Jimmie Foxx.
From 1949 to 1959 he averaged 30 homeruns and 101 RBI’s
The only players in his time to drive in 100 runs in seven straight season.
He had five straight season with 30 homeruns and eleven straight with 20 homers tying a league record.
He had at least 23 doubles and 23 homeruns for nine straight years.
For the 1950s, he ranked second in the majors in homers and RBIs behind Duke Snider, and third in total bases behind Snider and Stan Musial.
Hodges was the recipient of the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award in 1959, the perfect credential for a Hall of Fame member.
He ranked in the top 10 in runs, hits, and walks
He also received the first three Gold Glove awards given to a first baseman
he helped the Dodgers capture seven pennants and two world titles.
Hodges’ managed the Miracle Mets and in 1969, led them all the way to the World Series Championship.
His managerial career was prematurely cut short when, while golfing in Florida, he suffered a massive heart attack two days before his 48th birthday.
Vin Scully said this about Gil Hodges:
“I can’t understand why Gil Hodges isn’t in the Hall of Fame.”
From Mark Langill, Dodger historian: http://dodgershistory.mlblogs.com/2012/07/18/gil-hodges-and-the-hall-of-fame/comment-page-1/
The first thing I noticed when I got to Dodger Stadium were the incredible long lines. I said “If that is the line I need to get in I am leaving” but I was told there was another line to get into the Fanfest. That line was much smaller. I got in line and started talking to the fans around me when one told me that if you are a season ticket holder you can walk right in, “Ahhh”, I thought “much better” Still the lines inside to get autograph were already long so I walked around chit chatting with friends
Afterwards I looked for the food trucks. I ordered a
a pupusa stuffed with chicken, cheese and spinach that was very good. I washed that down with a mango drink with boba (tapioca balls).
I had not heard from Lorena and I could not find Rosie so I was contemplating leaving to SABR day at the La Habra library. I was actually mapping how to get there when I heard from Lorena. I was so glad to see her! I had not seen her since our last game where Lorena, Rosie and I sat in the dugout seats for the last game at Dodger Stadium. Afterwards Amanda showed up then I ran into Char who is also a member of the Baseball Reliquary. She is a big fan of Wes Parker so I turned around and said “look at this”
Char was telling me about the baseball exhibition at the end so we all walked there. I had seen Gary Cypres exhibition at the Folk Art museum twice before so I left them there to go see and listen to Vin Scully.
They caught up with me and we listened to Matt Kemp. I told them that I was going back to the baseball exhibition. I started taking some pictures when I saw Dodgers Historian Mark Langill. He introduced to the two men he was talking to, Randy Tivens of Let’s talk Dodgers and Gary Cypres, owner Sports Museum of Los Angeles.
Randy Tivens, Mark Langill and Gary Cypres.
These three gentlemen made the day more enjoyable talking baseball and a little football was mixed in there too. It was such a long chat that Mark was afraid he was going to faint. I offered Mark one of the rice crispies they had at the Fanfest with the JCPenney logo made of sugar with sprinkles. He was eating that when Jorge Martin stopped to say Hi. I told Jorge “I almost did not recognize Jorge, you look like a regular fan. Mark said “he is!” 🙂
Jorge Martin, Emma and Mark Langilll. pic by Randy.
From there Mark went to get something to eat and Randy and I went to have our first Cool-A-Coo of 2013!
From Gary Cypres collection:
1910 Chicago Cubs field sweater
1920’s New York Yankees field sweater
1920’s St Luis outer jacket
Movie 42 at Dodger Stadium
Randy, Mark, Gary and I were talking about the upcoming movie 42, Jackie Robinson, Harrison Ford and Branch Rickey. I told Mark “they should show the movie at Dodger Stadium” to which he responded “We are” 🙂 Randy said “there you go Emma, exclusive!. haha.
Here are Vin Scully’s tweets from today when he took over the @Dodgers from 9:30 to 10 a.m. PST.
Hi this is Vin Scully, delighted to spend time with you. We’ll be tweeting for a little while & I look forward to that opportunity. #AskVin
I was deeply touched by all of the birthday wishes. Thank you. #AskVin
All of them. #AskVin RT @TheTonyLee: #AskVin What is your favorite Nancy Bea Hefley tune?
Favorite moment: I was much younger, more impressionable when the Dodgers won in 1955. That last game was the most emotional for me. #AskVin
Red Barber was like my father, he cared that I would succeed. He taught me preparation. #AskVin
The biggest clubhouse personality was a bat boy named Charlie di Giovanni. He was a character, and we called him the brow. #AskVin
On trending in the United States: “Oh my lord, it’s a slow day.” #AskVin
Maybe this was in response to my question or similar questions on his favorite stadium besides Dodger Stadium.
Outside of DS, Wrigley. Colorful fans and the game always in doubt. A special moment was broadcasting the first night game there. #AskVin
My favorite baseball book, “Three Nights in August.” My current book that I’m reading is called “Unbroken.” #AskVin
I’ve been hooked on a television show called “Homeland.” They do that show so well. #AskVin
.@craigary Don’t get too involved in new stats. There isn’t any feeling for them. I’ll have to be reeducated like with the Twitter. #AskVin
We used to have a Gordon Windhorn. I used to say Gordon Widhorn and his orchestra. Also Clayton Dalrymple, a WW officer. #AskVin
What a great morning! This is the picture the Dodgers used to advertise Vin taking over the @Dodgers for 30 minutes:
It is an old picture! Look at the old monitor!
I can’t wait till Monday at 9:30 a.m. PST when Vin Scully takes over the @Dodgers twitter account for 30 minutes to answer questions from fans. You must use the hashtag #AskVin to post questions.
Mr. Scully celebrated his 85th birthday on Thursday. Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times checked in on Scully to see what he was doing for the occasion, to which Scully replied: “It’s quiet and peaceful, and I’m reading a good book — ‘Unbroken,’ by Laura Hillenbrand — on this soft day”.
When I read that quote above from Vin, I could hear him in my mind saying it.
Here is a favorite picture of Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin taken by Jon SooHoo. Mr. Scully has covered the Dodgers for the last 63 years. Senor Jaime has covered the Dodgers for last 54 years. We are truly blessed listening to these two treasures.
Now what can I ask Vin? I did ask a question when Vin was a guest at the Baseball Prospectus Dodger Stadium event.
Here are some of the questions that have been submitted to @Dodgers #AskVin :
What is your favorite Fernando Valenzuela moment? And what baseball book would you recommend?
How many hours of prep work do u do before a game & do u prefer to work alone in the booth or with a color commentator?
From my friend Arturo: “Which Dodger Championship team would be your most memorable one?
In Field of Dreams did you have a script or ad-lib?
As an aspiring broadcaster what can I do to make it big time? I’d like to just like you and do play by play my whole life.
Should questionable players from the steroid era be voted into Cooperstown?
I am sure that by tomorrow there will be plenty of more questions submitted, mines included.
Let’s see if we can get Vin Scully trending tomorrow.
Happy 85th birthday Vin Scully!
Last year my friend Abby, who I met two years ago at the SABR convention in Long Beach sent me this cool book
the photos are from Barney Stein the Dodgers Team photographer
Here is Vin with Barney.
Vin with Terry O’Malley
this is what Vin says about Terry:
Vin with aviator glasses
This is what Vin says about the aviator glasses
Vin in the radio booth. the hand holding papers and writing is Allan Roth
This is what Vin says about Allan Roth who was his “computer” for all information. This is part of what it says in there:
“As far as Allan (Roth) was concerned, Allan had a briefcase which equated with Mary Poppins’s bag. You’d turn and say something like, “how many double plays have they turned?’ or whatever, and he’d reach in and pull out something and come up with the answer. we were not as statistically minded as we are today. and of course, Allan was a hockey statistician who sold his ideas to Branch Rickey, who then hired him in Brooklyn.”
I love all the black and white pictures in this book.
In the words of Hilda Chester:
VIN SCULLY! I LOVE YOU!
I knew that the Annual SABR Day is scheduled for January 26, 2013. Now I am finding out that the Dodgers will have their first Winter FanFest on the same Saturday!
My first reaction was “Awe shucks!” but then I started thinking “Why not have SABR at Dodger Stadium?” It would be a great opportunity to pass the word around and see if more people want to sign up to be a member of SABR.
I was told at the last meeting that the location had not been determined. Last year it was at the LA Habra library. It was a great event with Del Crandall in attendance and High School coach Eddie Alvarez. Daryl Gribsby talked about his book “Celebrating Ourserves: African-Americans and the Promise of Baseball”.
Last year the Dodgers were having Open House at Dodger Stadium. I went a day before so I would not miss SABR Day. Last year I said the same thing “Why not have SABR DAY at Dodger Stadium.
From the SABR website at http://sabr.org, this is what i says:
SABR Day is an annual event that brings together SABR members and friends on the same day, regardless of where they live. The fourth annual SABR Day will be held on January 26, 2013. Check back on this page soon as we update our calendar with SABR Day events in your area!
Regional SABR meetings are open to all baseball fans — though we encourage you to join SABR if you like what you find — and are usually free to attend. Guest speakers often include current and former baseball players, managers, umpires, executives, scouts, writers and authors.
This will be the Dodgers first Fanrfest in the Winter. In the past two years we had events where we can volunteer along the players at places like cleanup the ocean and the La River and donating time at the La Food Bank.
I hope that they will still have events like these in addition to the FanFest. Look for more information to the Dodgers FanFest at http://dodgers.com
Update: Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin will also be at the FanFest!! Also lots of food trucks.
I know everyone will have the list but I like to have it handy here so I know where to find it.
The Dodgers Promotional Schedule for 2013 has been released! I am loving the Old Timers Game! and that Jaime Jarrin will finally get a bobblehead! I love the t-shirt last year too with his iconic homerun saying “La Pelota se va se va y despidala con un beso” “The ball is going going and you can kiss it goodbye!”
Sandy koufax & Vin Scully will get another bobblehead! I just hope this time Sandy Koufax will acknowledge the fans at least from the Vin Scully Press Box if not the field throwing out the first pitch.
I see we will also get a Magic Johnson bobblehead and a t-shirt.
Here is the list:
|Mon, Apr 1 TBD||Giants|
|Wed, Apr 3 TBD||Giants|
|Fri, Apr 5 TBD||Pirates|
|Sun, Apr 7 TBD||Pirates|
|Mon, Apr 15 TBD||Padres|
|Wed, Apr 17 TBD||Padres|
|Fri, Apr 26 TBD||Brewers|
|Sat, Apr 27 TBD||Brewers|
|Sun, Apr 28 TBD||Brewers|
|Tue, Apr 30 TBD||Rockies|
|Tue, May 7 TBD||D-backs|
|Fri, May 10 TBD||Marlins|
|Sat, May 11 TBD||Marlins|
|Sun, May 12 TBD||Marlins|
|Tue, May 14 TBD||Nationals|
|Fri, May 24 TBD||Cardinals|
|Sat, May 25 TBD||Cardinals|
|Sun, May 26 TBD||Cardinals|
|Mon, May 27 TBD||Angels|
|Tue, May 28 TBD||Angels|
|Tue, Jun 4 TBD||Padres|
|Thu, Jun 6 TBD||Braves|
|Fri, Jun 7 TBD||Braves|
|Sat, Jun 8 TBD||Braves|
|Sun, Jun 9 TBD||Braves|
|Tue, Jun 11 TBD||D-backs|
|Tue, Jun 25 TBD||Giants|
|Thu, Jun 27 TBD||Phillies|
|Fri, Jun 28 TBD||Phillies|
|Sat, Jun 29 TBD||Phillies|
|Sun, Jun 30 TBD||Phillies|
|Thu, Jul 11 TBD||Rockies|
|Fri, Jul 12 TBD||Rockies|
|Sun, Jul 14 TBD||Rockies|
|Thu, Jul 25 TBD||Reds|
|Fri, Jul 26 TBD||Reds|
|Sun, Jul 28 TBD||Reds|
|Mon, Sep 9 TBD||D-backs|
|Thu, Sep 12 TBD||Giants|
|Fri, Sep 13 TBD||Giants|
|Sat, Sep 14 TBD||Giants|
|Sun, Sep 15 TBD||Giants|
|Fri, Sep 27 TBD||Rockies|
|Sat, Sep 28 TBD||Rockies|
|Sun, Sep 29 TBD||Rockies|