Kobe Bryant says he’s made Lakers teammates cry before

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Kobe may not have been the perfect role model throughout his career wearing the Purple and Gold… He may have put a bad taste on several teammates mouths… At least he owns up to it… Leaders aren’t always looked upon like choirboys…

Originally posted on For The Win:

Kobe Bryant compared the Los Angeles Lakers to both the Titanic and toilet paper in the span of a single week last December, so he isn’t exactly afraid to speak his mind after 19 seasons in the league.

In an interview with ESPN’s Jemele Hill at the BET Experience, Bryant revealed that some of his sarcastic remarks have made teammates cry.

Hill asked Bryant what was the worst thing he’s ever said to a teammate, and Bryant had to think about it.

Via ESPN:

“I’m not sure if the fact that I’m thinking about the worst things that I’ve said really means that I haven’t said that many, or maybe I’ve said too many. I’m scrolling through them [in my mind]. I’m like on iPod shuffle. I have made somebody cry before…. There are certain players that I’ve made cry. If I can make you cry by being sarcastic, then I really don’t want…

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Outside The Yard… We’re All One

Friday’s announcement of the Supreme Court declaring same-sex marriages legal in all 50 states has been a hot-topic issue throughout the weekend. Last weekend the Dodgers hosted their annual LGBT night, one of many theme nights that has been hosted by not only by the Dodgers but other MLB teams as well, including the Padres, Mariners and Giants.

Of course not everyone agrees with the decision of SCOTUS, Even those in the sports world have expressed their views, mostly positive. And as said, not everyone agrees with the decision either, most notably Minnesota Vikings CB Josh Robinson.  

I bring this up because I’ve heard fans ask, what does this have to do with baseball ? What does this have to do with the Dodgers ? I’ve even heard and read on the FB pages of fans no longer being Dodger fans because they choose to have a celebration of LGBT. It’s not just Dodgers fans either as even the Giants have had fans jump off their bandwagon simply because of their support of not only Friday’s SCOTUS decision but also their long standing support of the LGBT community. 

Well, to all you who have jumped ship and switched allegiances, the rest of us and their teams won’t miss you. As for the hate on the Giants, we all hate on them for obvious reasons. Their longstanding support for the LGBT community is not a valid reason. 

Also, for those who ask why not have a ( Insert Theme Name ) Night, well, for those of you who don’t know of this thing on the internet known as, GOOGLE, let me help you out. Just scroll up to the first paragraph of this post and click on theme nights and you’ll see the Dodgers, as well as the teams I even provided links to just to use as an example, have nights that celebrate various communities and causes. There’s even Social Media Night as well for the many of you who so choose to channel your feelings and emotions through your SM accounts. Maybe some of you will be brave enough to express your views among each other come August 28th.

 So for those of you who chose to single out the LGBT community, you have no more excuses. I recently went to Filipino Night and had a great time. Again, Filipino Night is just one of many theme nights our Boys In Blue provide for us throughout the season. You may not agree with the way they express themselves, but they are part of the community. If they choose to spend a lovely evening at a Dodger game, they have every right just like the rest of us. My only request, no Orange and Black colors ( OK, I may be stretching it…) No matter what… WE’RE ALL ONE… WE’RE ALL DODGER FANS !!!

DODGERS_ FIL NIGHT SHIRT This years Filipino NIght shirt

DODGERS_PRIDE We’re all one… We’re all Dodger Fans !!!

9th Inning… One Love

Throwback Thursday…Drei’s Ballpark Adventures…Wrigley Field, May 2006 and September 2007

WRIGLEY_DREI UNDER SCOREBOARD Here I am, under the famed scoreboard, May 14, 2006. I really do look like your typical ballpark tourist..

As you can see from the line score, on this Friday afternoon the Padres we’re running away with this. I bought seats in the outfield bleachers that day hoping to get that Bleacher Bum experience. Unfortunately, with the Cubs mired in a long losing streak and the weather being the coldest month of May in over 100 years according to the locals, most of the Cub faithful decided to stay away from the Friendly Confines. I can’t say I blame them. As for me, that had to be the coldest weather I ever experienced at a sporting event. 

With the recent renovations to Wrigley Field including the new video boards, some have wondered whether the famed center field scoreboard is still relevant . I don’t see scoreboard going anywhere anytime soon. There’s still plenty of baseball enthusiasts out there who appreciate the history and charm of both Wrigley and it’s traditions. However, it should be noted that even the Cubs aren’t immune to public outcry for up to date features.

That should not deter you from making a trip to Wrigley and it’s surrounding neighborhood, known as Wrigleyville. For you Dodger fans reading this, and there we’re also plenty of them this past week in ChiTown, the surrounding areas between Wrigleyville and Chavez Ravine are like night and day. In many respects, the surrounding areas are a reflection of when each yard was established. Wrigley Field, now in it’s 101st year of existence, is surrounded by an actual neighborhood of housing. Walk around outside Wrigleyville and you get the feeling the Cubs are the residents next door neighbors.

Dodger Stadium, opened for business in 1962, is surrounded by a sea of parking, a huge necessity for and to this day for the city of L.A. Even with the improved and growing public transit options here in L.A., with our beloved city being so spread out, for most, driving to Chavez Ravine is really the only option, particularly for a weeknight game.

WRIGLEY_DREI OUTSIDE RF Here I am, passing through behind right field, late September 2007. As you can see, I am already outside of the yard on Sheffield Avenue as crews are working on the field with the Cubbies on the road. The fact that a you’re not far from the field while out on the street is another reason Wrigley Field has that old-school intimate feel, as if the Cubs really are a part of the neighborhood, even if the neighbors have a love/hate realtionship with their beloved team…, much like the neighbors around Elysian, Echo Park and Solano Canyon.  

WRIGLEY_Sod Yes folks. That right there is actual sod from the field laying along the exterior walls along Sheffield Avenue. Yes folks, I did manage to take a piece home with me back to L.A. ( Wouldn’t you ? )

wpid-wrigley_L.jpg A familiar sight to generations of Cubs fans and to Dodgers fans the last two days, the Blue “L” flag…

Off To South Beach…

After winning the last two at Wrigley to salvage a split in their 4 game series against the much improved Cubs, the Blue kicks off a 3 game weekend series in Miami against the Marlins. I am close to achieving my goal of visiting and watching a game in all 30 MLB Ballparks. For some reason, Marlins Park right now ranks high on my list of parks I want to visit. The fact that the Marlins decided to stay away from the retro theme that many parks post-Camden Yards era used, constructing their digs that is a reflection of the art-deco theme of South Beach tells me that this yard will be quite a refreshing change. I’ve always had this fascination, or perhaps acquired it during my ballpark travels, that a yard should also have a unique characteristic that should be a reflection of both it’s team and city. 

For Your Ballpark Travelers…

Planning on catching the Dodgers on the road this summer ? Or are you planning to visit any other of the 30 MLB yards on your ballpark excursions ? Check us out over at Stadium Journey for not only your MLB travel tips, but for other sports themed travel trips worldwide as well as some of my review of local Southern California venues.

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Filipino Night to Another SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI… THIS IS HOWIE DO IT !!!

The themed nights the Dodgers throw are nothing new for the organization and it’s fans and throughout baseball. Since the MY TOWN theme night of 2009, the Dodgers have kept the theme nights simple. However, like the good old game of baseball, there we’re hits and misses.

The Hits…

DODGERS_ FIL NIGHT SHIRT Of all the Filipino Night shirts the Dodgers have provided us over the years, this has to be the best . As a true blue blooded Dodgers fan, the shirts should be blue every year. I just love how the signature interlocking L.A. logo pays homage to The Philippine flag.  Good call by The Blue. Also of note, Filipino night since 2012 has been celebrated during the week of Philippine Independence, another good call by our Boys in Blue. DODGERS_FIL NIGHT GROUPPhoto by Edel P

SWING AND A MISS… While I do applaud the Dodgers efforts for reaching out to the Philippine community of Los Angeles, their attempt at doing a Filipino themed Super Dodger Dog was quite a miss. Not a total miss, but for a brief moment, I’m going to go from Good Drei In L.A. to Ask A Filipino…

DODGERS_FIL DOG 2 Our resident Dodger Dog doing his best to honor The Blue’s efforts at this Filipino Dog…

DODGERS_FIL DOG So here it is, The Filipino Dog, a Super Dodger Dog with diced spam, pineapple cubes, chicharrones and Sabrett’s sweet onion glaze. Sounds more like a Hawaiian theme to me even with the ties the Philippines and Hawaii may have with each other. As for the chicharrones, I guess you could say they could be a substitute for Crispy Pata. If I had been the one giving this Dodger Dog a Filipino theme, I would have used shredded pork adobo meat on top of the Dog. Not even difficult to prepare, as any Filipino can prepare pork or chicken adobo. ( If I really wanted to go full-on Filipino theme, I would actually use sisig, ( Leave a comment if you want to hear more on that…) Overall, Filipino Night was once again a success. As for the in-game highlights… That won’t be the only case of robbery by the Young Joc…   And THAT… IS HOWIE DO IT !!! As for ” HOWIE ” did it in the stands…

Let The Music Play

Last week, it was reported that our beloved organist Nancy Bea Hefley would not be returning next year because she no longer fit in with the organizations plans. Well, thanks to the loyal Dodger fans both young and old ( Including this old one here…), Nancy Bea Hefley has been offered a lifetime contract with the organization.  Now how about giving Nancy Bea some more playing time ? Hey, I’m not against in-game entertainment. I get the fact that the overall baseball experience must keep up with the times, but hey, Nancy Bea is just as much a treasure to Dodger fans of all ages as our Boys In Blue are on the field…

NANCYBEA With Nancy Bea, August 2014

Wanted For Robbery

If that earlier clip of Joc Pederson robbing the DBacks Yasmani Tomas of a potential tying 3 run home run had you buzzing for more, how ’bout this from PETCO on Sunday that saved the game for The Blue. It’s being talked of as perhaps the catch of the year so far. With The Blue eventually winning in extras and taking the series from the Friars, it’s even being talked of as The Catch that may have cost Bud Black his job as Padres skipper.

9th Inning… Another SUN-DAY FUN-DREI !!!… From Rancho…

As our Boys in Blue we’re taking 2 of 3 down south in Diego and Young Joc was committing robbery,  Drei here would pay a visit to Rancho to see some potential future Dodgers.

RANCHO_JOE BROUSSARD With Rancho Cucamonga Quakes pitcher Joe Broussard, donning the Sunday Dodger Blue look

Every now and then a minor league player works his way up to the bigs from the Single A level and comes back for a rehab before heading back to the big show…

RANCHO_SCOTT VAN SLYKE Here I am kicking it with The Stache… Scott Van Slyke. It was nice to see him back where it all started, even if it was at Inland Empire when the 66ers were the Dodgers Single A affiliate at the time. I also had a chance to see him play at Albuquerque. Looking forward to seeing you back in The Big Blue, our offense could use your bat

Extra Innings… Fun N Games With Drei

RANCHO_AFTER SHOCK Drei and his Jurassic buddy… AFTERSHOCK !!! Stylin’ the shades no less…

Drei’s Four Days of May to Drei’s SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI

Leading Off…

Drei_Mickey Hatcher Prior to the Thursday evening game against the Rockies on 5/14, former Dodger and current assistant to the G.M. Mickey Hatcher was signing autographs as well as taking pics. Hatcher was one of many unsung heroes during the magical 1988 season. Hatcher, known for his happy go lucky/goofball like character on the field, is just as much a goofball off it as well. Great to see you back in Blue, Mickey !!!

Day 1… Thursday, 5/14/2015… Rain Showers Over The Ravine…

This day would be the first of 4 straight days of baseball for D-Drei, with 3 of these 4 at The Ravine. Night one would bring Drei a rare experience at The Ravine, as heavy rain would descend upon the southland causing a delay of just over 90 minutes. I’ve been coming games at The Ravine since 1982. This has to be the heaviest downpour I have ever experienced at The Ravine…

DREI_MARLZ_SERGIO Kicking it with Sir G-O and Kid Marly before heading for cover ( This again is one of those rare sites where we’re bundled in layers of clothing at a Dodger game…)

DODGERS_5 14 KID AT HEART Of course… KID N DREI… Kids at Heart…

Day 2…Friday, 5/15/2015… A Lesson in Lawn Care and a Trip to The Beach

The day would start off at The StubHub Center as I had the opportunity to take a tour of the facility for a news item for Stadium Journey Magazine. Shaun Ilten, head facilities groundskeeper manager of the StubHub Center, explains to us why greener grass is not always a good thing…

Later that evening I would take in a college baseball game at Blair Field in Long Beach. Blair Field is the home of Long Beach State Dirtbags. Blair Field will be going through some renovations during this off-season. With the Rockies in town, it was appropriate that we give a mention to Troy Tulowitzky. Troy, a one-time Dirtbag, recently pledged $1 million to assist with the renovation efforts.

TULO Troy Tulowitzky, a proud Dirtbag…

On a personal note, I also had the opportunity to take the lil’ bro to see his alma matre play just one week before he gets his graduate masters degree in Business Administration from Brandman…

TULO_PRESS BOX View from the press box. As you can see, we’re also keeping an eye on the Dodgers/Rockies game, with the one-time Dirtbag Troy Tulowitzky at the dish…

DREI_DANIEL_ LB STATE Friday Night Lights… Bro’s Night Out…

DANIEL_LB STATE The Lil’ Bro, Daniel, a proud LBSU alum…

Thanks to Sam Dores, Associate Manager of Stadium Operations, I had the opportunity earlier in the season to check out Blair Field and give my review for Stadium Journey .  

Day 3…Saturday, 5/16/2015… Honoring Dodgers Glory

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1965 World Champion team, among those honored was of course, Sandy Koufax…

KOUFAX Sandy Koufax, as seen from behind the 3rd base dugout. Sandy would pitch the deciding Game 7 of the 1965 World Series against the Minnesota Twins on 2 days rest…

An old-timers game also took place as well, with players mostly from the 80s and beyond doing the honors, including among others, Rick Monday, Erik Karros, Ron Cey, Steve Sax, Orel Hershiser, Mickey Hatcher, and Pedro Guerrero. Being a kid in the 80s, this really was a trip back to my childhood…

BULLDOG_FERNIE Fernando and Orel. They we’re quite a 1-2 tandem…

PUIG_GUERRERO Yesterday and Today… Pedro Guerrero and Yasiel Puig

Day 4… Another SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI 

Pregame…

Plaza Firehouse_ Outside My first stop on this SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI on the way to The Ravine akes me to the Old Plaza Fire House on Olvera Street, where historic fire equipment and old horse carriages used during it’s heyday are on display…

FIRE HOUSE_1 FIRE HOUSE_2 FIRE HOUSE_3

Back at The Yard…

The final day of Drei’s Four Days of May to Drei’s SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI, as the Dodgers would wrap up their 4 game series against the Rockies. For the second straight game, the offense would struggle, however, thanks to some outstanding pitching, including Kenley Jansen’s first save of the season, the Dodgers would prevail, 1-0.

CUBAN DOG The homestand special. Looks like it’s easy enough to prepare…

sticky ribs OK, this one looks like the preparation will require more effort. Oh, the culinary arts lessons we can learn at The Old Ballgame. Speaking of the culinary arts, check out The Culinary Isle, a culinary food blog by my good friend Jonathan Revies . Jonathan is a recent culinary program graduate of Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona who will be working on several projects for the American Cuinary Federation Chefs Association of Southern Arizona Tucson ( ACF-CASA  ) .

DREI_81 88 Between ’81 and ’88, the two I’ve witnessed. I never would have thought I would be waiting 27 years and still counting. Is this finally our year ?

9th Inning… From Dance Cam to Kiss Cam

Want more from Kid N Drei ? Check out our “unofficial” reality series from Dodger Stadium, The Ravine Life, bringing you what it’s like to be at the game’s with Kid N Drei throughout the season, with Kid Marly Marlz showing how even in your 30’s, one can still be a kid at The Old Ballgame, as well as Drei STILL tyring to prove he should be in the broadcast booth ( LOL ) among other features and hijinx that happen with Kid N Drei inside the hallowed wall’s of Chavez Ravine. Everything is filmed with Drei’s Droid so as to give everyone the actual ” reality ” feel minus the multiple camera’s and scripts and of course the obvious flaws…

Forever Dodger Blue… Billy Ashley

Prior to this past Saturday’s home game against the Padres, former Dodger Billy Ashley was above the LF Bullpen Lookout signing autographs for fans. Dodger alumni can be seen during most Dodger home games prior to game time for pictures and autographs. Ashley, once highly touted, spent parts of six season with the Dodgers from 1992-97. Currently, Ashley is the head baseball coach for Westlake High School’s varsity baseball team. Ashley was very nice to allow me to film a short clip of him as we caught up with the one time Dodger…

billy ashley With former Dodger Billy Ashley prior to the game against the Padres, 5/23/2015

Dodgers Turn to a Horse For Offensive Help

As many of you know by now, earlier today The Blue we’re not only swept up north by the hated ones, but not a single run scored during the entire 3 games. After such a fast offensive start, The Blue is going through a stretch of offensive ineptitude that goes back to Saturday’s contest with the Colorado Rockies. During that stretch of 45 innings, only 2 runs have crossed the plate. The pitching has done a respectable job in that stretch, allowing 17 runs, equating to a 3.40 ERA during that stretch. 

Baseball can be such a maddening game. One night, your dishing out 21 hits and scoring 11 runs, and then of course, you come back and you cant hit a lick. It happens. Even against our rivals. This is not the first time in the history of baseball a team has gone 30 plus innings without crossing the dish. This dubious achievement also happened to The Blue in June of 2012 against the Giants as well, and also during the 1966 World Series, as the Dodgers we’re not only swept by the Baltimore Orioles, they would not score a single run the final 33 innings of the series.

Hey Mr. Ed !!!

It’s funny how life can imitate art. Or something along those lines… In this classic Mr. Ed episode from 1963, titled ” Leo Durocher Meets Mr. Ed “, that lovable talking horse, Mr. Ed, call’s Dodger coach Leo Durocher during the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Giants at Candlestick Park to give him some offensive batting tips after the Dodgers struggle to lose the first game ( Sound familiar folks ? ). Mr. Ed and his trainer Wilbur Post would then be invited to Dodger Stadium to give more tips. How does this turn out ? A young Sandy Koufax, along with Moose Skowron, Willy Davis and Johnny Roseboro would also guest star, as well as another familiar voice that still keeps us entertained today. Some guy named Vin…

MR. ED_SANDY walteromalley.com

Alan Young, Mr. Ed and Sandy Koufax. Dodger players and Hollywood often frequented each other…

Rainy May Over Chavez Ravine

This past Thursday a rare occurrence happened for both Dodger Stadium and as of late the southland as a heavy rainstorm would come our way, causing a delay of approximately 90 minutes. Here are a couple of Sights and sounds of Thursday’s rare rain delay from the Left Field Pavillion, with more to come later as I will bring you 4 Days of May to Drei’s SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI, which I will give you a recap of 4 straight baseball days for me from Chavez Ravine to Blair Field, with some perspective on lawn care, from of all places, the StubHub Center.

In this first clip, we see the grounds crew bringing out the tarp to cover the infield. For hardly ever using it, I would say that they did a fine job. Of course, we wouldn’t be the expert witness either when it comes to viewing tarp roller preparation…

Here’s another rare sight, rain flowing from the roof of the LF Pavillion into the plaza, as seen on my Instagram @good_drei

A Tribute to Urban Lights

urban lights_drei Many of you resident Angelenos and tourists who have cruised down Wilshire Blvd through Mid-City have undoubtedly notice a bank of cast iron street lights outside of the LACMA, snapping pictures/selfies of various posses. Recently Chris Burden, the man behind the lights, known as Urban Lights, passed away at the age of 69. Countless visitors have taken their share of photos since it’s inception in 2008. Here are 3 pics of mine I snapped, with of course a Dodger theme Urban Lights_Vin Scully A Very Good Afternoon wherever you may be… Urban LIghts_Puig Mini Puig strolling through and pointing toward the lights… Urban Lights_night Taken in February 2012 sometime in the early morning as the rock for Levitated Mass was making it’s way down Wilshire Blvd  Urban Lights A Touch of Blue…

Rocky Forecast Ahead ?

With the Rockies coming in for 4, the forecast for Thursday and Friday is calling for some rain in the southland. The Dodgers recently had a game postponed over the weekend in Colorado while the Rockies have already endured 4 rainouts already. Since opening in 1962, Dodger Stadium has had a minuscule 17 games rained out in it’s 53 year existence, the most recent being in 2000 against the Astros. 

4/21/67 vs StL
4/12/76 vs SD
9/10/76 vs Atl
9/11/76 vs Atl
5/8/77 vs Phil
5/9/77 vs Phil
8/17/77 vs SF
4/15/78 vs Atl
9/5/78 vs SF
4/11/82 vs SD
8/18/83 vs NY
9/24/86 vs SD
4/19/88 vs SD
4/20/88 vs SD
4/21/88 vs SD
4/11/99 vs Col
4/17/00 vs Hou

More Rare Dodger Stadium Numbers…

On Tuesday, Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins became only the 4th player to launch a home run outside of Dodger Stadium. As a fan, I also have that rare feat of saying i’ve seen two of those, the most recent being McGwire’s blast in ’99 when Big Mac was with the Red Birds…

Giancarlo Stanton Miami 475 feet Mike Bolsinger Left field May 12, 2015
Mark McGwire St. Louis 483 feet Jamie Arnold Left-center May 22, 1999
Mike Piazza Dodgers 478 feet Frank Castillo (Col) Left field Sept. 21, 1997
Willie Stargell Pittsburgh 470 feet Andy Messersmith Right field May 8, 1973
Willie Stargell Pittsburgh 506 ft., 6 in. Alan Foster Right field Aug. 5, 1969

9th Inning…

Story time, from the greatest baseball story teller himself…

Sandy Koufax Meet Mr. Ed

On Saturday the 16th, the Dodgers will be honoring the 1965 World Champion team  prior to their game against the Colorado Rockies. Among those who will be present is of course Sandy Koufax. Though Koufax would miss Game 1 of the 1965 World Series due to his religious obligations to the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, he would go on to win 2 games in the series, including the deciding Game 7 at Metropolitan Stadium against the Twins, pitching on only 2 days rest.

2 years prior, in addition to the Dodgers sweeping the Yankees in the 1963 World Series, Koufax, along with Moose Skowron, Willie Davis, Johnny Roseboro and Leo Durocher would guest in the classic Mr. Ed

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