On This Day, August 22…Dodgers…Giants…

roseboro_marichal 8/22/1965. The most famous on-field fight in baseball history took place between Dodgers catcher John Roseboro and Giants pitcher Juan Marichal. Juan Marichal would be suspended by NL President Warren Giles as he would miss two key starts that would be a huge key down the stretch. The Dodgers would edge the Giants for the NL Pennant en route to their 3rd World Championship in L.A.

Source: On This Day, August 22, 1965 , Marichal vs. Roseboro

On This Day, 8/22/2016…

I waited awhile to see our proud Blue on the left. Just like this day, 51 years ago when tensions came to a boil, the Dodgers and Giants find themselves in a heated battle for the pennant. So just how do these two heated rivals match up heading into the upcoming 3 game series at The RavineOne thing is for certain. In spite of the Giants recent struggles we do know this series will be anything but a walk in the park for The Blue….

Extra Innings…Koufax and Maury, The Dodgers in 1960s America

 

 Maury Wills. Neil Leifer for Sports Illustrated

 Sandy Koufax. Focus on Sport Via Getty Images

As the Dodgers would move into their glimmering new digs atop the hills of Chavez Ravine in 1962, Sandy and Maury would do more than dazzle the citizens of The Ravine. However, in the 60s, with Sandy’s Jewish heritage and Maury’s African-American roots, the two, 12 years prior to Hank Aaron, we’re not so immune to the racial prejudices of the time. As both we’re chasing historical personal feats,  the two would be united in not only their battles with the rival Giants but protecting each other as both received countless hate mail. Imagine if twitter had been around in the early 60s.

An excerpt from the recently released book The Last Innocents: The Collision of the Turbulent Sixties and the Los Angeles Dodgers, written by Michael Leahy, discusses the racial barriers the two would endure as they we’re setting records along the way of chasing a pennant. Also included as you click on the above link is a video of our Vin Scully reflecting on his Hall of Fame career in typical humble Vin..  

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Happy Birthday Roberto

Clemente_MontrealRoyals Today would have been Roberto Clemente’s 82nd birthday. While many of you know of his exploits with the Pittsburgh Pirates, did you also know that Roberto was once a part of the Brooklyn Dodgers Triple A affiliate with the Montreal Royals in 1954 ? Roberto would play 18 glorious seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955-72, his career cut short due to a tragic plane crash on December 31, 1972 while trying to assist earthquake victims of Nicaragua.  Though MLB has no plans to retire the number 21 anytime soon, there are still those who feel it’s time Roberto is given the same honor as Jackie. I’m sure plenty of Dodgers fans, baseball fans, would not mind…

Throwback Thursday with Ross Porter

Recently, my longtime buddy Josh and I had a chance to hear former Dodger Ross Porter speak at the Skirball Cultural Center as he presented Baseball Stories. In this first audio Ross talks about growing up in Shawnee Oklahoma and his favorite team growing up…The Pittsburgh Pirates, and why he was a Pirates fan. 

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The Chase Is Heating Up

In The City of Brotherly Love, A Grand Homecoming For Chase…

They say only in Hollywood? Well, the City of Brotherly Love played the part of Hollywood tonight…

The Chase For the NL West…

In keeping with tonight’s theme honoring Chase Utley, is tonight the night we “Chase” past the hated ones ?

Drei’s Tale…

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Can’t really blame the Phanatic for missing you Chase…

joebruin Even Joe Bruin wants in on the act for the one time Bruin now Dodger… Hey Joe ! How ’bout an 8-clap for Chase !!!

9th Inning… 

Cruising Through 42…Celebrating 42…

Cruising Through 42…

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A recent CA State Assembly passed a resolution last Monday to name a stretch of I-210 in honor of Jackie Robinson, who grew up in Pasadena. Next up, the State Senate. If passed and signed by our governor, that stretch of I-210 from State Route 2 to Orange Grove Blvd will be named the “Jackie Robinson Memorial Highway”. Many a Dodger fan including this one has used that stretch many a times to head to The Ravine, be it with family from SGV to friends from Eagle Rock to family and friends in the Echo Park/Elysian Park area. We can never give Jackie enough accolades…

Celebrating 42…

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Having turned 42 over the weekend, it was only appropriate that I celebrate with a theme honoring Mr. Robinson, Number 42…

20160805_182030.jpg Here I am with my brother Daniel, giving a shoutout to 42 from Westwood, where he was a 4 sport athlete at UCLA, to The Ravine. Recently, UCLA took a cue from MLB and has officially retired 42. Current UCLA athletes donning the 42 will be allowed to keep their number until graduation. Though Jackie didn’t actually wear 42 at UCLA, my reasons for proudly displaying 42 in Blue and Gold go beyond Jackie. The story will come in November…The week of SC-UCLA…

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So my 42nd wasn’t the way I totally hoped…But hey, there could be no other way to celebrate another year on Planet Earth than at The Old Ballgame, right ? Plus, we ended up taking 2 of 3 from the Red Sox so all is good…

Blast From The Past…

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Here I am with former Dodger broadcaster Ross Porter. He did a speaking of Baseball Stories to a captive audience at the Skirball Cultural Center earlier today. The man who once worked alongside Vin Scully sure had a lot of Baseball Stories to tell. It was great seeing and especially hearing Ross’ voice again…More on my experience to come…

Climbing Toward The Top…

With the Dodgers taking 2 of 3 from the Red Sox and the Giants continuing their 2nd half struggles, the Boys in Blue have once again pulled within one game of their NoCal rivals. It’s been a long while since I’ve had our logo to the far left. It just may be a matter of time…Oh the excitement…

9th Inning…

20160806_182212.jpg Check out this Dodger Blue/UCLA Blue and Gold themed card my little niece made for me…

10 Years a Good Dre…Jeff Kent…Flashback Friday

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In his 17 year career, 10 of those years we’re spent in both the Halloween colors and the Dodger Blue, the latter 4 years in Blue. Kent is no stranger when it comes to the post-season drive.  During 9 of those combined 10 seasons with both The Good (Dodgers) and The Bad (Giants), from 1997-2002 with the Giants and from 2005-08 in The Blue Kent would play for playoff contending teams, appearing in post-season play 5 times, 3 with the Giants and 2 with The Blue. 

During his stay in both the Orange and Black and Dodger Blue, it was known that Kent wasn’t always the most rah rah figure in the clubhouse, as both Barry Bonds and Matt Kemp could attest. One thing about Jeff though, he may have had a no nonsense attitude, but you always knew you we’re getting the maximum effort. Jeff Kent would play a big role in one memorable moment late in 2006…

With the Giants losing again last night, since the All-Star break the hated ones have gone 2-10. In that span, the Dodgers have gained 4.5 games in the standings. With the August 1st non-waiver trading deadline looming, the trade rumors continue to swirl as Kansas City Royals closer Wade Davis has now entered the mix. 

Wade Davis

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Flashback Friday…2006

The 2006 season would be my first season blogging. The 2006 season was one grueling grind. With a modest 42-46 record, The Blue would start off the 2nd half in St. Louis in ominous fashion, losing in 14 the the Red Birds on a Albert Pujols walk-off off Odallis Perez, as chronicled by my then in-game chat blog. Hey, this was 2006, long before Facebook group chats and Twitter and all it’s hashtags. This would be the start of a 1-14 stretch that found The Blue 7 game behind the Padres. Dodger manager Grady Little would later call it an extended all-star break. During that stretch which the offense was dormant to say the least I remember our favorite storyteller Vin after the end of an inning ” No runs, No hits and haven’t we said that a lot lately…”. Ouch

The Dodgers would turn it around, winning 15 of 16 en route to going 41-19 the rest of the season. There would be some magical moments during that stretch. Who could forget the 4 home run game?

The Blue would finish tied for first with the Padres with an 88-74 record. The rules of the day would give the Friars the official NL West Crown. The Blue would go on to lose to the Mets in the NLDS.

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The race is only beginning folks…

 

 

The Trade Talks Continue…Paying Tribute to Vin Against MLB’s Wishes…

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 Chris Archer may be the Tampa Rays ace for the time being, but talks of acquiring him via trade still loom, as well as possibly giving up our top pitching prospect Julio Urias for White Sox ace Chris Sale. The Blue has also shown interest in acquiring some lumber, looking at the the Reds Jay Bruce as well as Rockies outfield Carlos Gonzalez, the latter of which the Dodgers have plenty of familiarity with. 

A Double Standard Here Huh ?

The same people who run Cut4 are the same people who are threatening Puig with a  $5,000 fine if he should have THE NERVE to sport the WIN FOR VIN cleats. A double standard here huh considering the shoutout from those at MLB. Wasn’t it also last year when Yoenis Cespedes sported a yellow armband to call upon a parakeet?

9th Inning…Forget The Pokemon !!!

snapchat-5686987011408494089.jpgWho needs Pokemon, we got our Pet Minion Dave, right Kid? ” Is That Right Drei? “

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Extra Innings…Kid’s Tribute to Vin

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Kid Marley Marlz latest beats, paying tribute to our favorite Dodger Blue storyteller. This is just a small sample. Kid will have another tribute later this season….

Of course, check out Kid’s other beats as well…

As always, Kid with The Beats…Drei with The Tales…

 The pennant race is just heating up…KID !!!!

 

Drei’s Sunday Thoughts…Time Heals All Wounds

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Or does it? Mike Piazza. shown here in the Dodger Blue. It’s no secret Piazza has had a strained relationship with the team he first called home , even going so far to say he wouldn’t feel comfortable with LA stamped on his head. As he enters the Hall of Fame this weekend in Blue, the Blue and Orange of the Mets, that is, I’m still a believer that Dodger fans, as divided as they can be, would like to fully embrace him again. In his HOF speech, Piazza may have just taken the first step in healing those wounds toward the Dodger Blue

Sunday Night Flashback…The Son of the Blank Blank 

RANCHO_SCOTT VAN SLYKE With Scott Van Slyke last year during his rehab stint in Rancho

Scott Van Slyke, whom Tommy Lasorda once called his father Andy a Blank Blank, would make quite an epic MLB debut on Sunday Night Baseball on a nice Sunday evening, against his dad’s former team no less

Around The NL West…Rough Road for the Leaders

The Giants have just completed a rough 1-7 road trip coming off the All Star Break. Though the Dodgers have seen a couple of blown opportunities along the way, with a win tonight they can come within 3 games of the hated ones. Both teams return home tomorrow night, with the Dodgers welcoming in the Rays for 3 and the DBacks next weekend. Opportunity could still be knocking for The Blue….

 

Drei’s Sunday Tale…A SUN-DAY FUN-DREI With Kid N Drei

What better way to spend the final Sunday of the first half of the season than at the park with The Kid…

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Kid Marley Marlz…

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And friends…On this SUN-DAY FUN-DREI…

Joining Kid N Drei is our Dodger Dog and his Jurassic cousin from Rancho Cucamonga, Big T…Tremor

picsart_07-11-02.58.44.jpgOf course, that ever so mischievous character, Kid N Drei’s Pet Minion, Minion Dave wanted to join his buddies on this…SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI…

picsart_07-13-02.46.28.jpgThe animated ones just love spending a nice sunny, SUN-DAY FUN-DREI with their favorite Dodger fan, Kid Marley Marlz…

On this final Sunday before the All-Star Break, Kid has this great idea that Kid N Drei catch one more game before the break. Who is Drei to argue. I mean, Kid N Drei haven’t had a chance to catch too many games together this year.  After all, though Kid N Drei may be kids at heart, but like anything and everything, life does occasionally get in the way. The tales from Kid N Drei may not be as frequent this year, but hey, that’s not to say Kid N Drei ain’t enjoying bringing you this tale, On this…SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI !!!

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No matter what day of the week it is, even if it’s not a SUN-DAY FUN-DREI, Minion Dave always seems to be happy. Adrian Gonzalez, ready to bat in the home 5th, has seen his power numbers go down this year. Though his average is still up there, to this point A-Gon had only 6 home runs coming to this AB. Does Kid N Drei’s lucky Pet Minion Dave bring A-Gon some good vibes ? Hey Kid! You know how you once said we make magic together. Let’s see if our pet Minion Dave can help bring some of that magic toward A-Gon…

Looks like we got those magic vibes working from the LFP…

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Minion Dave sure enjoyed that blast from A-Gon…

wp-1468735106705.jpeg The Kid admiring A-Gon’s presence as well…

wp-1468735257695.jpeg That’s right Kid! A-Gon is a BEAST !!!

That A-Gon blast would finish the scoring for the day as The Blue would close out the 1st half with a 3-1 win over the Padres. Do Kid N Drei, and Company, continue to bring more magic and good vibes to The Ravine as we head toward the 2nd half? Stay tuned…’Til the Next Episode…

9th Inning…Keeping It Blue

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Notes on a Scorecard…Closing Out The First Half…

As the first half of the season came to a close, after going a little more than a month without setting foot inside Dodger Stadium, or a MLB stadium for that matter, I made it back to The Ravine. In a span of 8 days, I caught 4, kept score for 3. The 4th game, that will be a SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI tale from Kid N Drei. 

Speaking of tales, the last time Drei kept score, my Notes on a Scorecard feature was, for one day renamed, Drei’s Tales From a Scorecard. Hey, when you’re keeping score for 17 innings, you come up with more than just notes…

Sunday 7/3/2016 vs. Colorado…

 In the home 1st our rookie sensation Corey Seager would extend his hitting streak to 17 games…

Brandon McCarthy, making his first start in over a year, strikes out 8 Rockies in 5 innings…

Though the Blue would end up sweeping the Rockies, Puig would yet be involved in another base running gaffe, this time in the 4th inning. If you check Yasmani Grandal’s 4th inning AB, it will say a popout 5-4 DP. Of course, it would involve Puig… 

As for Grandal, he would atone for the unusual P 5-4 DP with this solo shot in the 7th…

It’s not often one gets asked to atone for a P5-4 DP  is it ? Grandal would have another huge night 5 days later…

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Tuesday 7/5/2016 vs. Orioles

With the Orioles in town for the first time since 2004, this would be the 27th team I’ve seen the Blue play at The Ravine. Once the Twins and Royals come through, which may be awhile, I’ll be able to say that I saw the other 29 at The Ravine…

On this night, Kenta Maeda wasn’t exactly sharp. He would battle his way out of trouble, until the top 5th, when Orioles slugger Manny Machado would do damage…

 

That 3 run shot would be the difference as the O’s would snap a 5 game losing streak with their first regular season win at Dodger Stadium…

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Other streaks that we’re snapped… Corey Seager’s 19 game hitting streak…The Dodgers 9 game home winning streak as well as their own 5 game winning streak…

For some reason, the Black and Orange on the Orioles doesn’t elicit such evil hatred…

OH Say Does That Star Spangled Banner Yet Wave…

Orioles fans bringing a Baltimore anthem tradition inside The Ravine…

Thursday 7/7 vs Padres

 Unlike Brandon McCarthy, Hyun Jin Ryu’s first start of the season was anything but memorable, surrendering 6 runs in only 4 2/3 innings. Ryu would strike out 4, but this solo shot by Melvin Upton Jr. may have been a sign of things to come…

We would not know this at the time, but this would be Drew Pomeranz’s final game on the hill for the Padres, as he would toss 7 scoreless while limiting the Blue to 2. It’s that time of year folks where teams look to bolster their rosters for the stretch run. Too bad he couldn’t bolt for Boston soon enough. With the Red Sox coming to town next month, we just may see him yet again…

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So this 3 game stretch  featured some firsts ( McCarthy’s and Ryu’s first starts, the Orioles first regular season win at Dodger Stadium ) a lot of work put in by our bullpen, and last ( Pomeranz’s last game as a Padre… ) and last but not least, a return of Kid N Drei…

 I have no idea why Kid N Drei decided to go all hipster on this Thursday night… Perhaps SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI will have a better ending ?

Dreis 1st Half Thoughts…

At 51-40 and 6.5 games back, the Dodgers are actually on pace for 91 wins. For all the injuries to our rotation and our offensive inconsistencies, if I we’re to give Dave Roberts a mid-season grade i’d say he’d get a solid B. With the acquisition of Bud Norris and the return of Brandon McCarthy and Hyun Jin Ryu, our rotation may have gone from one of the thinnest to one of the deepest. When Kershaw comes back from the DL it will be interesting to see who goes to the ‘pen. I said prior to the season the Dodgers would win 91 games en route to a 4th straight NL West crown. Will it be enough to overtake the hated ones ? Let the 2nd half begin…

9th Inning…Kid N Drei

 Oh the things we do when The Blue is having a long night. Even our pet Minion Dave doesn’t look so happy…

Extra Innings…Late Night Bites with Kid N Drei

 Kid N Drei with the Big Bites from Fat Sal’s… ( Never again Kid is Drei doing “Hipster Thursday”…LOL )

 

Drei’s Post All-Star Thoughts

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(Photo: Jon SooHoo)

The Stars in Blue…Kershaw, Jansen and Corey. Some of you may have been wondering what up with the road grey’s since Petco Park in San Diego, home of the Padres, a National League team, was the host. Seems like a legitimate head-scratcher. Hopefully, this explanation of NL Parks hosting the Mid-Summer Classic 4 years in a row will clear up confusion. I really don’t see the big deal of who is determined the home team in a high profile exhibition game that occurs once a year. The only players who it would greatly impact are those who play there 81 times a year. Now, ask me how I feel about the current format where the winner decides what team gets home-field in the World Series, and that’s where my rant comes in. Yes, I get that former commissioner Bud Selig wanted to change things up after the 2002 All-Star Game fiascoA better solution? How about letting position players who have already been taken out return if deemed necessary? It couldn’t hurt the integrity of the game could it? If anything, this could add some late inning spice toward the game, especially with fans wandering if their favorite player from said team would actually come back later and, what, get that game-winning hit? 

The fact that a high-profile exhibition game that has no bearing on the standings could determine later on if a team with 88 wins gets home field over one with 100 plus wins gets home field in The Fall Classic makes absolute no sense. This would definitely not fly in the NBA or NHL, especially the NHL, where their ASG is void of any real physical contact ( If any at all…). 

Of course, I am not the only one who is not crazy over the “This One Counts” theory, as one L.A. Times beat writer has come up with his five ways to improve the All-Star game.

As for being the road team in Petco Park…

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The greeting  Kershaw, Jansen and Seager wasn’t exactly so hospitable. Corey Seager heard the Beat L.A. chants as he entered the yard. It’s OK kid, the fact that our neighbors to the south, ones who have always looked up to L.A, would yell the chant to you is the ultimate compliment. Just wait ’til you hear it yelled directly at you in San Francisco. That’s beyond the ultimate compliment…

Plenty of Season Left to Hit The Road…

Stadium Journey

With the Mid-Summer Classic now over, the 2nd half of the season gets under way. I know plenty of you Dodgers and baseball fans are just itching to get out on the road on your Stadium Journey to follow the Blue or your favorite team through all 30 yards. Check out our new look as we have partnered with the good folks over at Scout.com. I know there are a lot of you Dodger fans heading to Arizona this weekend. Here’s some tips for you following the Blue to the desert this weekend

9th Inning…

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Hey Kid !!! It’s Time For…

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