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Trio #3 A Dark night, Ice Cream and Tears

From WordPress http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/trio-no-three/

Today you can write about anything, in whatever genre or form, but your post must mention a dark night, your fridge, and tears (of joy or sadness; your call).

The evening is quickly turning into a dark night

watching game seven of the World Series

It is down to the last out for the Royals with a runner on third

Salvador Perez pops out to third baseman Pablo Sandoval in foul territory

And just like that The Giants are World Champions

I think back to the Dodgers season and what could have been….

I cannot watch the celebration so I turn the TV off  and head to the fridge

Would a bowl of ice cream make me feel any better?

It does while I am eating it but then the sadness takes over.

The baseball season is really over

A knot builds on my throat and I cannot hold back the tears.

I feel like this tree I pass by in the fall missing its leaves

Tree fall

 

 

 

 

 

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Brooklyn Royal Giants

I was googling something about a tweet when I ran into this:  Brooklyn Royal Giants.   I did not know this team existed.  Yeah, some might say I just crawled under a rock.  Well, that is where I said I wanted to be when the Giants made it to the World Series.   But Brooklyn Royal Giants sounds perfect for this World Series between the Giants and Royals which I hope the Royals win.

The Brooklyn Royal Gaints were a Negro League team.

 

I further found out that during a game against the Pirates on June 28 (my birthday), the Mets wore throwback uniforms which read ‘Royal Giants’ across the chest as a tribute to the Negro League team Brooklyn Royal Giants.

Who would have thought back in June that the Royals and Giants would be in the World Series.

From http://www.negroleaguebaseball.com

During the 1910s the Royal Giants reigned as one the nation’s most powerful black clubs, winning multiple championships in the East. The team fell into somewhat of a decline during the 1920s while under the ownership of Nat Strong, a white New York City booking agent, and made a dismal showing during its five seasons in the Eastern Colored League (1923-27). While competing in the Eastern Colored League the club played its home games at Dexter Park in Queens.

After returning to independent play in 1928 the team’s roster was rebuilt, but the quality of play never matched that of its early championship seasons. By the mid-1930s the team was of no better than minor league quality, and as the 1940s came around the team had fallen to a semi-professional status. The team disbanded in 1942.

The Mets can play in a Brooklyn Dodger uniform next year.

Go Royals!  World Series game 7 coming later on tonight.

World Series Game 6, 2011 & 1981

What a game!  The Redbirds were on oxygen about to expire when they came back alive!   They fought back deficits of  1-0,   3-2  4-3,   7 -4 and 9-7.     This game had everything!   I really thought Texas had won it when the score was 7-4 in the seventh but the Redbirds went on to win it in the 11th with a final score of 10-9!  What a game 6!   Bring on Game 7!  

How about a caption?  

 I was watching the World Series game in Spanish on FOX Deportes with Manny Mota as color analyst.   When the game ended, they switched to Soccer so I switched the channel only to find that ESPN Classics was showing game 6th of the 1981 World Series!  What a treat for me!    I had forgotten that Howard Cosell  broadcasted the game.   The guys in the booth could not make up their mind who the World Series MVP was going to be.  They were saying “Ron Cey” Then they were saying Pedro Guerrero.    Finally they said both Cey & Guerrero.  As we know there were three MVPs with Cey, Guerrero & Yeager.    It was nice and sad to see Steve Howe on the mound.   Steve had a cocaine problem.   He was given so many opportunities by the Dodgers.

Who is that person next to Pedro Guerrero?

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(Cardinal picture: Ezra shaw/getty Images. Pedro Guerrero picture from mblblogsbuzzblogs.files, 1981  MVP’s: Halloffamesports.com

Happy 50th Birthday Fernando!! Happy November!

Can you imagine Fernando Valenzuela turns 50 today November 1st?  50 years!   It does not seem like it was that long ago when I was watching him play.  I watched him pitched from his debut with the Dodgers in 1980.   

Oh how I wished Tommy Lasorda would have used Fernando instead of Dave Goltz that October 6th 1980 extra game to break a dead tied for the National League West against the Astros..  Yes, the Astros!  JoeNiekro and the Astros defeated my Dodgers 7-1

OK, back to 2010!   Happy 50th birthday Fernando!!   Ya te unistes al club de los cinquentones!! (you joined the 50’s club!) 

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Today is also All Saints Day and tomorow is

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS- DAY OF THE DEAD or ALL SOULS DAY when we celebrate the life of our dearly departed.      

For some wonderful colorful pictures from the weekend celebration in Los Angeles click on the LA Times link below

http://framework.latimes.com/2010/11/01/day-of-the-dead-dia-de-los-muertos-in-los-angeles/#/0

I am working in New Hampshire this week so I went from temperatures of 80’s LA to  30 to 40’s here.  But it is so beautiful here with all the wonderful colors of fall.   

Hard to get used to watching games so late but still I watched game 4 of the World Series hoping against hope that the Rangers would come back.     

AAUGH! Painful World Series for Dodger fans

Charlie_Brown_Aaugh.jpgThis is painful.   Haven’t we Dodger fans suffer enough with the dismal 2010 season the Dodgers had and the McCourt divorce?  

Now we have to put up with watching the Halloween team in the World Series.    Is painful, I tell you. 

Hopefully the hated Jints will play like the Charlie Brown team.    OK, OK, maybe it can be a little closer but with the Texas Rangers reigning supreme!  

 

 Does Bengie Molina have the inside scoop on the Giant pitching staff?   Well, read what he has to say in his MLB blog  htt://bengiemolina.mlbogs.com    This is part of what he wrote there on his blog post titled “Who Would have thought”   dated  10/23/10.  

Do I think my knowledge of the Giants will help me and the Rangers? I sure hope so. But I don’t think it will help to the degree people might think.

 I love that he keeps up with the blog.  His latest post entry was 10/26/10.  Here is how his lated post ends:

When we get back to Dallas, Yadier and Jose will be there. They’re in Puerto Rico right now but they’ll be there cheering me on for Games 3, 4 and, if we need it, 5. With me going to the World Series, now each of us Molina boys has been to two World Series each. Pretty amazing.

I’m going to try to post on the blog every day. So keep checking in!

 

Thanks Bengie!   Go Rangers!!

 

A Battle of the West for the 2010 World Series

 Who would have thought at the beginning of the season that we would be seeing the AL West against the NL West in the World Series.  After all, it supposed to be the weakest divisions according to the experts, right?  

I certainly would not have picked those two.   But let’s see what the experts at SI picked back in April 

 

San Francisco was picked 3rd and the Padres last.  

In the East, well just look at the cover and the title at the top that said  “The Yanks will Repeat in the AL East:   

Roy Halladay Cover - Sports Illustrated April 05, 2010
 
In the AL West, The Angels were picked to win the division. 

 

 

Thanks to poster Lny4Loney at the ITD blog that told us we can go back to the SI vault and read any story ever published by SI at:  http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/    I actually went back and read articles from 1955 that were written by Roger Kahn.  I even went back to 1954 to see who was favored at the start of the season.    

Congratulations to both teams.    The Rangers have never won in their existence and the Giants have never won in San Francisco.  The last time the Giants won was in 1954 when they swept the favored Cleveland Indians.  

No respected Dodger fan should root for the hated Jints, so

GO RANGERS!  

 

A Day in the Bleachers during the first game of the 1954 World Series

Last year  I attended an event sponsored by the Baseball Reliquary titled “The Dodger Giant Rivalry”    On one corner you had Arnold Hano and on the other Ross Porter.   Jean Ardell was the moderator.  

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  At that time I had not read Arnold Hano’s book “A Day in the Bleachers“.    Now that I am reading this book, I wish I had an opportunity to ask Mr. Hano some questions.

I had seen this book a few times before, but I never got the inclination to read it, the reason:  Well, because is about the Giants.  But is more than about the Giants.  Is about 1954, the Cleveland Indians.  Is about a different era, a ballpark that does not exist.   About a time that you did not have to pay so much money to see a World Series game.  A more innocent time.  Is about Baseball History.     

 

The book has a wonderful introduction by by Roger Kahn.    The game starts where Mr. Hano tells his wife he will go to the stadium early to stand in line to get a ticket in the bleachers.  Once he gets there, he has his doubts if he can get in after seeing the long line to get into the bleachers.   But his thinking is that if not, he will purchase a standing room only ticket.     He barely makes it in and once he is in, you feel like you have been transported to that era and that you are there at the Polo Grounds.    Mr. Hano is a wonderful story teller.        

I am half way thru the book (5th inning) and the score is tied 2-2.   Sal Maglio is pitching for the Giants and Bob Lemon for the Indians.   

Harold Cano tells this:

but not all the fans were on Maglie’s side.  As he mounted the stairs a woman in a red beret to my right and about five rows down shouted that he’d be getting an early shower.  I leaped into the fray and announced to all and sundry that she was an American-League bum.  

She stood up, turned around faced me “Who says I’m an American-League bum?” she yelled. 

I said,  “I say so.  You’re an American-League bum.”

she held up a banner and waved it at me.  It read”Brooklyn Dodgers.” 

Could she had been Hilda Chester?