Yasiel Puig made a special appearance at Viva Los Dodgers on June 1, 2014. Yasiel was there to support the Lou Costello Recreation Center in Boyle Heights. For a monetary donation, you could take a picture with him. The lines were long. Lucky, Lorena and I arrived early but we still waited close to 2 hours in line.
When I got to the front this is how our short conversation in Spanish went:
Me: “Do you still think the same of all the women?”
Puig: “What did I say?”
Me: You told us in San Diego that all the women are the same”
At this point he laughed and hugged me. Lorena was next and I said “Do you remember us?” Puig said “Yes! Where is the other one?” The other one being Rosie who was with us in San Diego when we had a nice little chat with Puig. We told Yasiel that Rosie could not make it but that we will see him in San Diego.
Here is the video that the Dodgers put online:
We had a great time with Puig at Viva and we donated to a good cause. Both times I have found Puig humble, playfull and eager to donate his time to help kids in need. Last year when we encountered him in San Diego, after our little chat, he was heading to a local hospital to cheer some kids.
Congratulations to Yasiel Puig on his first anniversary today June 3, 2014. It was a year ago today that he debuted with the Dodgers. And Congratulations Yasiel on moving from 5th to 1st in the All-Star Game balloting. Also Felicidades Yaseil on being named the MLB National League Player of the Month! Well deserved! VivaPuig! VotePuig!
I am late to the party like always! But I still wanted to do the Weekly Photo Challenge on Culture. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/photo-challenge-culture/
I like the diversity of cultures in Los Angeles so with that in mind I am posting these pictures:
At one of the Viva Los Dodgers festivals at Dodger Stadium.
Korean pop star Psy performing at Dodger Stadium.
Our friend James with his two sons
With amigos at Dodger Stadium all decked out in our Dodgers ponchos.
La Gran Fiesta: Viva Los Dodgers
The Gran fiesta at Dodger Stadium was so crowded and a little disorganized. Maybe the Dodgers were not expecting that many people. They need to expand the area to accommodate the larger crowds. The lines to get in were extremely long. They checked your bags and checked that you had a ticket to the game. After you got in you had to get in line for the autographs. The lines for Cochito Cruz and Adrian Gonzales were unbelievable long. They spilled way outside. The problem was fans that were parking were just getting in line there. The security guards were not noticing that. Also I don’t understand how when we were in line outside before 1:30 at the gates by the Pasadena Freeway entrance, by the time we got out of the car the line to get in into La Gran Fiesta, the line circled around! There were also some regular fans while we were closer to get in that their bags got checked and they let them get in right away.
There should have been a special line for Season Ticket holders. For us that support the team all year around. My friends and I (all of us season ticket holders) never made it to get Cochito Cruz or Adrian Gonzales. By the time we got to the table, there was someone else there. Fans were asking me who he was. It was joe Moeller. Later on someone asked me who were at the other tables. I know fans should know but you had some fairly new fans, fans that is their first time doing that. Maybe the Dodgers should have had large name tags made on the computer explaining who were sitting at the tables.
I did see Pepe Yniguez. Jessica Rosales took this picture where Kenny Landreaux and Pepe were signing. Thanks Jessica! I also got Manny Mota and I showed him his picture when he was with the Houston Colts 45’s organization. Picture posted in prior blog post.
and this picture taken by Jill, Dodger photographer
Dodgers win consecutive game with another shutout.
Dodgers won against the Rockies on Friday 8-0 with a great performance by Clayton Kershaw. Blanton pitched a shutout on Saturday with the score of 3-0. Can the Dodgers pitch another shutout? TrublueLa, Eric Stephen said that the last time the Dodgers had a shutout sweep of 3+ games was 1966, a 4-game series against the Astros. Bob Timmermann followed my question of “was this at home or on the road” with “It was at home. Osteen and Koufax had shutouts and the other two were combined efforts” Awesome! I love these two with all their knowledge!
I settle for a win today no matter the score. Is amazing how many players hurt the Rockies have. I have not looked at the records but Dodgers don’t do well on day games so like I said I just want the W. Go Dodgers!
Fan Appreciation Day
Is Fan Appreciation Day. Among the prizes are a one year lease on a car. It used to be that they gave you the car. Also there are the two season tickets. The only thing I have won thru all the years I have attended Fan Appreciation Day was a voucher for Panda Express.
I am just waiting for Monday.
I will explain that in my next post, but I am really excited and a little nervous about this so yes, I am just waiting for Monday! In the meantime I need to head to the stadium! Running late so no pictures until my next post.
Today is like Jaime Jarrin says “La mamacita de las fiestas” The mother of all the Viva Los Dodgers fiestas. Gates open at 1:30. There are lots of autograph opportunities at La Gran Fiesta. The autograph will start at 2 p.m. with Adrian Gonzalez, Luis Cruz and Hanley Ramirez. I am aiming to be there at 1:30. Hopefully I get to talk to El Cochito
Fernando Valenzuela, Pepe Yniguez and Jaime Jarrin will also be signing I hope Fernando signs something for me like maybe my ticket from Opening Day in 1981 or this picture
Manny Mota being honored for his 50 years in MLB
Manny Mota began his career with the Giants in 1957 out of his native Dominican Republic, and made his major league debut with the Giants in 1962. Before joining the Dodgers, he played for Pittsburgh and Montreal.
In june, 1969, Dodger Vice President Al Campanis pulled of of his greatest deals when he traded for Manny Mota and Maury Wills, giving up Ron Fairly and Paul Popovich in exchange. In late July of that year, Mota delivered his fist pinch hit in a Dodger uniform.
Felicidades Sr. Manuel Jeronimo Mota por sus 50 años en MLB!
From the Cactus League book above. Manny Mota, a rookie with the Houston Colt 45s, poses in front of Geronimo Park in Apache Junction. Looking forward to the Gran Fiesta and Manny Mota being honored!
The Dodgers are going into San Diego with a 3-3 road trip record in this their final road trip. They saw the Nationals and the Reds celebrate winning their division. I believe this is the first time that I am on the road seeing another team celebrating.
Josh Becket starts tonight against Volquez.
I am not going to this series but is very tempting to jump into my car and head to San Diego>
Buy Discounted tickets for the Padres Series here:
I got this note from Vic Salazar:
Buy discounted tickets for the Padres vs Dodgers series September 25, 26 and 27 at Petco Park .
The discounted tickets are being offered through the Padres Community Partnership with the Chicano Federation of San Diego County. Every ticket sold will benefit the Chicano Federation’s important social services.
Use this link: http://www.padres.com/promo Promotion code: Chicano Tickets for the Dodgers series range between $13-$28
Last Six game Home Stand! Carmageddon Weekend.
I am looking forward to the last Dodger homestand with three games with Colorado Rockies and then the Giants are in town for three. Here is what is coming up at Dodger Stadium:
The Friday night fireworks will be set to the music of Frank Sinatra. Dodgers will be celebrating Tommy Lasorda and Sweet Lou’s birthday which was September 22nd.
Happy 50th Baseball Anniversary Manuel Jeronimo Mota!
Saturday is the Gran Fiesta. The final Viva Los Dodgers. The game time has been changed to 6:10 pm. The Gran Fiesta will start four hours before. Also Pepe Yniguez told me that Manny Mota will be honored for his 50 year Baseball Anniversary! Felicidades Manny! Te queremos mucho!
It seems not long ago that picture was taken but it was Spring Training when you can see Manny Mota riding his bike.
Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday. For those traveling down the 405 Freeway, don’t forget is Carmageddon weekend.
Dodgers close the regular season with three games with the Giants starting Monday. Wednesday’s game has a rare start of 4:15 pm.
I owe a few fans pictures so I was looking at my old camera and found some pictures that I wanted to share
First of all, here are my nieces Kirsten and Krystal. I took them to the Kids corral where kids and adults too might get autographs if the kids ask nicely. It was a hot day in the middle of the summer.
I love you girls!
I was driving to work when I spotted this bus so I chased it down until I could take a picture. I have another picture that I wa closer but I like this one where you can see a little of a mountain in the background. It startled me that I got too close.. i
From the Viva Los Dodgers festival. “ESTA ES MI CIUDAD” means “THIS IS MY TOWN”, the theme for 2009.
This is Dee. Check out her Vin Scully tatoo! It was done by Trublue, a tatoo parlor owned by a die hard Dodger fan.
So far this homestand we are 2-3. Not good. We split the four game series with Arizona. I really thought we would take the series.
One of the best things of the D’backs being in town is getting to see Kirk Gibson.
Gibby is so nice that he comes over to the Kid’s corral and signs for us fans. Last year the D’backs happen to be in town during the 80’s celebration day. Kirk Gibson took the time to show up at the 80’s luncheon held in the Club Level restaurant. We had quite a few players from the 80’s but the big surprise was Gibson. Gibby mentioned that it be nice if the seat where his famous 88 World Series landed be marked with his name. Now, wouldn’t that be nice to honor Gibby?
When I got to the stadium and saw the matchup on the scoreboard of LeBlanc with a 9.75 ERA, I thought for sure my Dodgers can win BUT instead it was a frustrating loss. Dodgers were blanked out by the score of 2-0. UGH! Ten men were left on base. Pathetic display! Clayton Kershaw has had 8 runs support in his last 9 starts. Just pathetic hitting lately. I still can’t believe it! Zip, nothing, nada zero runs. Oh, I almost forgot the two errors in the same play. Just pathetic.
Randy Wolf goes Saturday! Hopefully the wolfman can restore order and be the stopper he has been lately.
Saturday is also the Viva Los Dodgers Festival.
I have been attending a few of these events in the past. There is music, games for kids, vendor booths from Dodger sponsors with giveaways an contests. Also there is autgraph booths with players rotating in the booths. Jaime Jarrin, Fernando Valenzuela and Pepe Yniquez also participate in this event.
The game will start at it scheduled time of 7:10 p.m. so for us that are going to both the festival and the game it will a long day/night at the stadium.
Tomorrow is also another segment of “This is my Town”. This time is to honor the Mexican community so the shirt will be in Spanish “Esta es my Ciudad” Buying tickets in this section entitles you to the t-shirt and an All you can eat. The menu includes guesadillas, lime chicken, watermelon and the standard nachos, Dodger Dogs, and non-alcoholic drinks.