Welcome Back Matt…As If You Ever Left…

20180216_104924-1.jpgKicking it with The Bison during Fabulous 50th, December ’08

Hey there Bison! Welcome back ! You’re looking better than ever there…(OK, let’s not get too carried away…) But we can’t deny he’s looking better than expected, right?

When we traded for you back in December we all thought you we’re going to be a key piece for The Blue, just not in the way we’ve seen through Spring Training. When we picked you up from the A-T-L, you know, that so-called baseball town you always wanted to play for, we all thought you’d be a key piece for a trade toward a team in the Junior Circuit so that all parties involved, you included, would be satisfied, we’d get another pitching arm and you, well, at this point in your career you’d be content to be a DH, right? I mean, it’s not as if we’re getting the 5 tool shoulda been 2011 MVP Matt Kemp…

dreispics046.jpgMatt Kemp, August ’11. Looking sharp in those throwback threads…

I often said that you we’re the most gifted of that group from’06 that included you, Dre, Loney and Russell Martin. When Russ and James left, I still had hope that you and Dre would be the last ones celebrating during some late October/early November evening….

FB_IMG_1520639441603.jpgOh yeah…Good Times with Dre and Bison, even Juan Pierre would join in…2009

Though you and Dre would make it to the post-season 5 times together, you 2 just couldn’t quite reach The Fall Classic. There we’re some bad breaks along the way too, the ineptness of The McCourt regime, a Jonathan Broxton pitch or two…A break here a break there and maybe you and Dre have not one but two World Series rings together…

Heading South Down I-5…

20150821_213112.jpg August ’15. You don’t look to happy there Matt… Perhaps you’re not thinking you shoulda gone hoops at Oklahoma…

20150821_180723.jpg Blue didn’t forget about you Bison…(Time for a new cap, Drei?)

20150906_171046.jpgKid N Drei would never forget about you…

20160522_130953.jpgHey there Matt…You got that smile back…(May ’16. This Sunday afternoon affair would last almost 6 hours, with Bison going 0 for 7 against his old mates…)

Kemp would spend close to two season from ’15 to July of ’16 down I-5. Though he would put up some good individual offensive stats, as a team, the Friars would struggle…

With the Friars deciding to move another direction, Matt would be traded to the Braves in late July ’16…

“Hello Atlanta….”

In a piece you penned in The Players Tribune, Hello Atlanta, you are quoted as saying you never really played in a baseball town. You we’re even quoted as saying the Hollywood lifestyle got you sidetracked. While you are hardly the first (And likely not the last) athlete to get caught up in the Hollywood scene, you words penned did not set in well with the SoCal natives on down toward San Diego

Ah, but as we all know, any player can be moved at any moment. Having said that, no one could have seen you back in Dodger Blue. Even with the trade with Atlanta, we all thought we’d have you wearing a jersey of an AL team by now. But as of now, you’re here to stay. 

You may have said some words that may not have pleased some here in the Southland , even offering an explanation for your words ,stating this was a Lakers town when you arrived in ’06 and it was all about Shaq and Kobe. (In truth, you are half right. But Shaq was already gone in ’06…). But you know, we all say things that at some point we regret. 

As of now, it looks like The Bison is here to stay. For now. From the looks of things, it just may be a good thing. Sure this is not The Bison of 2011. Sure he probably won’t be the everyday left fielder. Sure, there’s a good chance he may not be around after July 31st. 

But for now, Bison is here to stay.  Who know, he just may be the missing piece to bringing home the big prize that’s eluded us since ’88. I always said in my heart that he and Dre would some day be the last one’s dancing. 

Matt won’t be the focal point in this team. That’s ok. If Matt is here to stay, if he can give us even some of the numbers of ’11, with an occasional clutch hit while patrolling left field for, what, Pederson? 

After 3 seasons without no Bison roaming the outfield in Chavez Ravine, does it feel like he ever left?

Welcome Home, Matt…

kemp (Kickin’ it with The Bison, Santa Monica, February ’11. This now makes this the what, un-teenth time i’ve used this pic?)


Cruising The Bay, In One Day…Kid N Drei…Part 6…Wrapping Up The Day…Back to The Cove

Leading Off… R.I.P. Dick Enberg

Legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg passed away yesterday at the age of 32. Enberg had a long and storied broadcast career that covered many southland teams including UCLA Basketball, L.A. Rams, California Angels and most recently the San Diego Padres. Enberg would have a long career covering many other major sporting events for NBC and CBS, including NFL coverage, Super Bowls, Wimbledons and World Series. Enberg was also a baseball coach at San Fernando State College, known today as the Cal State University of Northridge, or to locals, CSUN. OH MY was his popular catchphrase. You will be missed Dick…

Here is Dick Enberg interviewing Vin Scully during the Padres final road trip to Dodger Stadium in September, 2016…

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“To me, Dick Enberg was the greatest all-around sportscaster who ever lived and will never be emulated. He was a very dear friend of mine. He had my respect, admiration and my friendship. He will be sorely missed.” -Vin Scully

Back to The Bay…One Last Time…With Kid N Drei


It’s been awhile, but we’re back. Much has happened since Drei has had a chance to wrap up Kid N Drei’s, Cruising The Bay. And to be THIS close to World Series glory…

Looking back on Kid N Drei’s day…In The Bay…The day started off early, as we arrived to The Bay before 7.


We’d stroll through Alamo Square, pay a visit to The Laidies


We’d stroll The Panhandle, as well as Golden Gate Park

Screenshot_20170914-152630.pngKid Marlz feeling all high up in Hippie Hill, Golden Gate Park…


Kid is really digging this Summer of Love themed tour of The City, on The City’s 50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love…But the highlight of the day was the stroll across The Golden Gate…After all, just like the song, San Francisco has opened it’s Golden Gate…


Before heading to the ballpark, as we leave Hippie Hill, Kid N Drei take one last stroll through The Panhandle…

It’s been quite a “hella” fun day, Drei…

You really are enjoying abusing “hella” here in The Bay, aren’t you Kid?

You “hella” know it Drei! What’s next, Kid abusing “hyphy”?

Is that “hella” right, Drei?

Ah…Nevermind Kid….

20171011_162058.jpg Congratulations Kid! That was quite a performance you put on there on that same hill where 50 years ago, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, The Greatful Dead and George Harrison performed for the OG hippies. Kid Marls D “officially” has his name etched along some prominent acts…

Time to cruise The Panhandle


The Panhandle. Where many a local take their daily stroll. Jimi and Janis once performed along The Panhandle. As we stroll along The Panhandle, where Jimi once played, we come across Nate Thurmond Court. Nate Thurmond was a Warrior great. At Nate Thurmond Court, Kid Marls holds court, in a “Purple and Gold” haze…

With both of Kobe’s NUMBERS, that’s right, numbers, 8 and 24, recently retired, Kid Marls D flaunts the classic 8, for it’s 8 that Kid feels should be the retired one. Big Nate, one of the greatest rebounders in the game…I’m sure Big Nate would be proud of number 8…



Hey ! A Magic Gnome sighting from April !!!

Well Kid, it’s almost time for Dodger Baseball. But before we head to The Cove, we take one last cruise, from The Haight to The Wharf for a pregame bite. Because Kid N Drei “operate” on such a low budget, with our devices low on battery life, we have nothing to show, from Fisherman’s Wharf. But hey, it’s not like any of you subscribe to the “No pictures, didn’t happen theory”, right?

After a pregame bite to The Wharf, Kid N Drei finally head back to McCovey Cove. As Drei said, toward the end of the day, our devices we’re running low. So, not many pics from AT&T Park.

It’s all good though. For it was a fun day in The Bay, with Kid N Drei. Kid really digs the rivals place. AT&T Park is a beautiful yard. It was Kid’s first time at AT&T Park, highlighted by this splash shot by soon to be Rookie of the Year, Cody Bellinger

We’ve sure had our moments of firsts here at the yard. It was at this yard, where back in April, Drei saw Cody’s first MLB game.

It was here tonight where Kid paid his first visit to McCovey Cove. Drei would see his first splash shot live, fittingly, by one in Dodger Blue…

The Blue would come out on top, 4-1, taking 2 of 3 from the rivals. Though The Blue had been struggling during the month of September, at one point losing 11 in a row, they would still be en route to over 100 wins.


Kid Marls D is making his way up in his Ballpark Cruise. That’s now 4 MLB Parks, for which Kid has cruised.

Of the current yards, Drei has cruised 16, a popular number in The Bay. Overall, Drei has cruised 23.

As for Kid’s 4 yards, they’ve all been here in Cali, all with Drei. Away from The Ravine, together Kid N Drei has cruised from The O.C., through The Gaslamp in on to McCovey Cove. Kid N Drei has followed The Blue in these four Cali yards, with Oak-Town coming soon. In the four yards Kid has visited with Drei, The Blue is 4-0, outscoring their opponents 23-3.

You know Kid, I know you’ve said that we make magic together. Along with magic, we also seem to bring good vibes on the road, to The Dodger Blue, you know, from Diego to The Bay…


It’s been a long day. A long, fun-filled day. Oh yeah, back to “firsts”, it was Kid N Drei’s first road trip together outside of SoCal. Looking back at all this, cruising The City, shooting 3 music videos, Kid’s excitement being in The City and Drei being all blasé and all that, (Drei’s made many a trip to The Bay, OK? LOL), you may be asking, how did Kid N Drei do this, all in one day? Like Kid has said to Drei…We Make Magic Together.

San Francisco has certainly opened it’s Golden Gate, for Kid N Drei. Kid Marls D has enjoyed his first true stay, in The City By The Bay. It’s history and it’s charm. Though he may have left his heart in San Francisco, home is where the heart is, for Kid Loves L.A.

It’s time to head home…Back on the overnight Megabus…Back to L.A.


Kid got plenty of rest throughout the trip, something lacking with Drei. It would be another long bus ride home.

It was another fun season of Kid N Drei’s tales. Hopefully at this time next year, The Blue finishes the journey to The Top…

20170913_135712.jpgHey Kid, how ’bout we turn The Bay, Blue? One more time !!!


Gotta give The Bay that Holiday Touch of Blue… HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE !!!

From The Bay…Peace and Love…From Kid N Drei



Cruising The Bay, In One Day…Kid N Drei…Part 5…Drei’s Talez of Kezar and The ‘Stick…Kid’s Beatz From Hippie Hill


When it comes to the beatz…When it comes to the talez…As Kid once told me…”We make magic together, Drei”

As I like to tell Kid, it’s Kid with The Beatz…Drei with The Talez. Though Drei tells many a tale of Kid N Drei, without Kid Marlz Beatz and other fun stuff, there is no magic behind Kid N Drei’s talez…

20170913_152405(0).jpgSourdough Sam in front of some old seats from Candlestick Park, many a familiar sight to Sammy…

Kezar Stadium. Home to the 49ers from 1946-70. Though the original structure was demolished in 1989, a sense of history can still be felt. After a nice stroll along The Golden Gate Bridge, Kid N Drei now find themselves inside the hallowed ground of old Kezar. Today, Kezar Stadium is the hosts to high school football games as the San Francisco Delta’s soccer. The 49ers have also been known to come back to Kezar once a year for pre-season camp. Mostly though, Kezar is used for recreational purposes, with locals roaming the track. Recently, Kezar installed seats from old Candlestick Park, giving fans, especially this one, a chance to soak in history from two of The City’s historic venues of past glory. Though Drei wasn’t around during Kezar’s heydeys, over the years, as a fan of the Dodgers and 49ers, Drei has had a love-hate relationship with Candlestick. It was at The ‘Stick where a dynasty was launched with one leap of a catch. It was also at Candlestick where Drei got his first taste of the Dodgers/Giants rivalry in 1982 thanks to one swing of Joe Morgan’s bat. Drei’s personal favorite Candlestick moment? Young to Owens, Catch 2.

20170913_152346.jpgOnly Drei can make these two get along…

20170919_000724.pngKid N Drei, enjoying a bit of tranquility inside Kezar’s surroundings…I’ll be honest. We weren’t exactly on our best behavior the entire time…But that’s for another day…Just think of parts of this day as “Boys Being Boys…”

After doing a lot of exploring through various Muni routes and a lot of walking, Kid N Drei decide to just “hella” chill for a bit inside Kezar’s historic surroundings…Soaking in the history…The atmosphere…The mystique. But most of all, Kid N Drei would just kick it, spending some quality time between the two brohams… The day really was going by so fast we hardly noticed time passing by. 

20170918_235446.pngKid N Drei, being all mischievous. As I said, we weren’t exactly on our best behavior the entire time, especially Kid…LOL 

Well, enough of Drei’s tale of Kezar and Candlestick. How ’bout we cruise on over to Hippie Hill, you know, for some of Kid’s beatz…You know, “Like Cruising Music…”

Sounds “Hella” good Drei !

Kid Marlz, putting on a show on the same hill where George Harrison, Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane entertained the anti-establishment during some Summer of Love, 50 years ago? “Is that “HELLA” right, Drei”

You really are “hella” feeling that Bay Area vibe, aren’t you Kid?

It that “hella” right, Drei ?

Hey Kid. Let’s take one last stroll through The Panhandle before we head to the ballpark.

Sounds “hella” good, Drei.

20170919_001334.pngFrom the Golden Gate… Love not hate…Through The Haight…Peace and Love…From Kid N Drei

Part 6, the last part, coming soon, with some holiday vibes. It took awhile to come back here, but Kid N Drei didn’t go anywhere… 


World Series Sights and Sounds, 10/30/2017…The Calm Before The Halloween Storm…Game 6


At the intersection of Sunset and Vin Scully. All is calm on this Monday afternoon, October 30th, 2017….


Here I am from up in the Top Deck. The infield behind me has the tarp on top but rain is not expected for Game 6. Thanks to last night’s gut-wrenching 13-12 loss to the Astros in Game 5, the Dodgers find themselves down 3 games to 2 and in a must win situation from here on out…

Tonight will mark the latest date an MLB game has been played at Dodger Stadium. Tonight will also mark the latest date the Dodgers have played a baseball game, surpassing their previous date of October 29, 1981 when they defeated the New York Yankees in Game 6 of the 1981 World Series in New York to capture their 4th World Series title in Los Angeles, 5th overall. 

Monday was a workout day for both teams, so I decided to drop on by for one last glimpse of The Ravine before our Boys In Blue get back at it…


Outside The Ravine, I had to make one last stop over at The Rock. Kid N Drei’s Rock…On the corner of Vin Scully and Stadium…

Here’s hoping that our luck changes for the rest of the series…




Flashback Friday…The H-Town Experience and Minute Maid Park, 2005 & 2008

wp-1509064839576..jpg With my buddy Josh, May 2005, when Josh had really “short” hair…

Minute Maid Park. Houston, TX. Site of Games 3, 4 and 5 of the 2017 World Series, where our Boys in Blue head into with the series all tied at one. Prior to 2013, the Astros we’re a National League franchise dating back to 1962. From 1969 to 1993 the Astros we’re part of the NL West, winning 2 NL West titles in 1980 and 1986. 

wp-1509064567988..jpg Sportin’ my Dodger Blue cap, May 2005. 

Josh and I would make 2 trips here. In 2005, we had a stopover for the day on our rail trip from St. Louis back to L.A. so we decided to stop on by. It was fitting our ballpark rail excursion would take us to Minute Maid Park, especially with all the nods to the former Union Station that once resided on the site. 

wp-1509064742576..jpg The lobby of old Union Station. Now the left field entrance from Crawford Street, this now serves as the grand entrance to Minute Maid Park…

Back to H-Town, 2008

wp-1509063560014..jpg Matt Kemp, making some autograph seekers happy, July 2008

Josh and I would make a return to H-Town in 2008. This time, it would be a 3 day stay. During the 3 days, our appetites would be satisfied, or filled if not completely satisfied, by…

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Taco Cabana. As I said, if not completely satisfied. Don’t go there if your sober. Or as one of my former co-workers from Texas says, “Don’t go there at all…”

We would also venture into a House of Pies. Not affiliated with the one on Vermont Avenue, but both serve diner style food. Though the HOP in Houston charges $2.50 for coffee refills past the second cup, my waitress kept generously filling my cup. Between our HOP and Houston’s, I say it’s a draw…

Our “foodie run” would also take us to Whataburger. Most of their locations are open late, serving up huge hamburgers. But between these two…


I’ll take my 3X3 animal style any day. (OK, maybe an “occassional” 4X4 if no one is looking…LOL). 

And our final H-Town “foodie run” would take us to Good Company BBQ. The highlight for me, other than the usual BBQ meats, had to be the Czech Sausage. Good Company has to be the only place i’ve had Czech Sausage. If you’re a Houstonian reading this, I’m sure you could probably name other favorite BBQ places of yours, but I sure enjoyed the experience of eating BBQ in Texas, especially Goode Company BBQ. 

Getting our NASA On…

20171026_174624.jpg Johnson Space Center. I like to call these two “The Twin Towers. Hakeem and Ralph…”

Our venture into Houston would also take Josh and I to the Johnson Space Centerwp-1509064058689..jpg


Speaking of the Johnson Space Center, they seem to have a friendly battle with Pasadena’s JPL

But you know Houston, we do have a prized possesion of our own at the California Science Center


Back to The Juicebox…Minute Maid Park


Though the picture above was taken in 2005, Josh and I would return in 2008 to see The Blue take on the ‘Stros. This time, the roof would be closed during the 3 games we’d take in. 

wp-1509064630822..jpgwp-1509064651712..jpg HI MR. CONDUCTOR !!!

A favorite feature among many Astros fans, this replica locomotive chugs atop the left field Crawford Boxes prior to the first pitch and after an Astro home run. 

wp-1509064413116..jpg R.I.P. Tal’s Hill….

The hill, meant to pay homage to past classic’s such as Cincinatti’s Crosly Field, was removed after the 2016 season to make way for more dining spots. Though a nice nod to the past, the hill just looked forced and was hardly in play. But back in ’02, some center fielder for the Dodgers would make a nice running catch on the fly up that hill without breaking stride. I think that former centerfielder would have a future in managing some day…

Minute Maid Park is literally a band box. Very intimate, MMP is a very friendly hitters yard. Because if it’s intimate settings, no seat is really too far from the action. Now, if you don’t mind standing for an inning or two, you’ll want to take in some action at the porch literally located above the warning track in left center field…


It’s almost game time ! Here’s to the Blue and an H-Town takeover !!!

wp-1509063983683..jpg Josh and I hanging with The Little Pumas, Lance Berkman’s unofficial fan club, July 2008. 

wp-1509064713241..jpg May, 2005. I wonder if this fan would know that orange cap would make it back to the rotation some day…

Astros fans and Houstonian’s we’re so hospitable so we could only return the favor…

20171025_143911.jpg The lil’ bro, Daniel and I, with this nice couple from Houston prior to Game 2. This couple would share with us that everyone in L.A. was very warm with them…

20171025_214543.jpg In the end, one of us will be smiling…The other crying… I intend to be the one smiling…

9th Inning…From H-Town









Moments After Moments…1988…What This World Series Means To Me

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 19:  The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate defeating the Chicago Cubs 11-1 in game five of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 19, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Dodgers advance to the 2017 World Series.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Stacy Revere/Getty Images

For the first time since 1988, we can all finally say it…


CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 19:  The Los Angeles Dodgers pose after defeating the Chicago Cubs 11-1 in game five of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 19, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Dodgers advance to the 2017 World Series.  Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Leading Off…Game 1…Gibson Makes An Appearance

Oh yeah, Debbie Gibson with the national anthem. Thank you Debbie for not making the anthem a 5 minute affair. Something magical about Gibson and Game 1 of the 1988 World Series…

It’s been 29 years since we’ve seen our Boys In Blue in the big dance. They will be facing off against an old NL West foe, the Houston Astros…

1988…A Special Time for L.A. Sports Fans

Aside from the magical season from the Boys in Blue, 4 months prior, L.A. celebrated another championship…

Other happenings from 1988…

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1988 would mark the last year of the Reagan administration

Who Framed Roger Rabbit was the box office topper…

Bobby McFerrin’s words to us…” Dont Worry, Be Happy”

Drei’s Favorite 5 Moments Since ’88

In the 29 years that we’ve waited, there have been lots of moments after moments, both joyful and heartbreaking. My 5 favorites that I witnessed at The Ravine, since ’88…

5. Back to Back NL West Titles

The 2nd of 5 consecutive division titles would be clinched against the hated ones. Though a magical night, it would be the hated one’s with the last laugh in October…

4. ’08 NLDS Clincher Against the Cubs

The Chicago Cubs, baseball’s best regular season team in 2008 with 97 wins, entered the NLDS as heavy favorites over The Blue. The Blue would not only knock off the Cubbies, they would sweep them in 3 straight en route to their first NLCS appearance in 20 years

3. 100 Wins and Not a Wild Scene in The Bay

In the final season of the pre Wild Card era when only division champions went to the playoffs, the 103 win San Francisco Giants needed to win on the regular season’s final game to force a one-game playoff against the Braves for the NL West. The Blue, having had their party ruined in 1951, 1962, 1982 and 1991 by the hated ones, we’re more than glad to return the favor. For the Giants, in Barry Bonds first season in the dreaded Halloween colors, 103 Wins and Not a Wild Scene In The Bay

2. 2009 NLDS, Game 2, A Happy Holliday at Chavez Ravine

Down to their last out and having the series tied at one, James Loney would hit a fly ball to Matt Holliday in what appeared to be the final out of the game. 

Holliday’s error would prolong the inning, and 2 batters later, Ronnie Belliard would tie the game with an RBI single. After a walk to Russel Martin to load the bases, Mark Loretta would come off the bench and deliver…

Loretta’s game winner would send the Dodgers up 2-0 to St. Louis. The Dodgers would complete the sweep 2 nights later en route to an NLCS rematch with the Phillies.

1. Wherever It Lands…The Finley Slam, October 2, 2004

Down 3-0 heading to the home 9th, the Jints we’re 3 outs away from cutting the NL West deficit to a single game heading to the regular season finale. The Jints ( Yes I said it…) bp would implode, and after tying the game at 3, Steve Finley, acquired in late July in a 3 team trade that sent Paul Lo Duca to the Marlins, would step up to the plate…

Finley’s walk-off slam would give the Blue the 2004 NL West title. It would be their first division flag since 1995 and their first post-season appearance since ’96. The Blue would make 8 other post season appearances since, finally leading to the 2017 World Series !!!

What This World Series Means For Me ?

I’ve done this blog for 12 seasons. I’ve gone to countless games both at home and on the road, experienced many a thrill and many a heartbreak. For those of you who we’re around in ’88 you couldn’t have imagined the next time The Blue would be in the World Series you would be long past your undergrad years, have some salt on top assuming you aint got a dome, be into our 6th different administration, one that seems to do a good job of dividing this country…

In spite of our differences, after 29 years of waiting and many a new generation of Dodgers fans, our Boys in Blue are FINALLY back ! They’ve united a city like I haven’t seen united in quite some time. Yes, we’ve had the Lakers bring us 5 titles during the Shaq-Kobe era and the Kings have brought us a couple of Stanley Cups. But there’s just something about The Blue, a team with a deep rich history, that makes the wait all the more special. 

As for me, in 1988, I was a freshman in San Gabriel High School. I’m sure many of you have been recalling where you we’re in ’88 and the events that we’re happening in the world, in pop culture, or even in your personal life. The passage of time does that to us. Especially when we look back upon a time that brought us plenty of joy, often times making us yearn for nostalgia. 


Me and my little bro, Daniel. I was 14, he was 3 in ’88. One of my memories of Game One was watching with him and my dad in our living room, listening to our dad read 101 Dalmations during the game. “C’mon dad ! It’s the World Series !!!” 

For the lil’ bro, this World Series is one he and plenty of Dodgers fans born in the mid 80s and after can actually enjoy, rather than saying they won one in their lifetime…

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For me, I’ve experienced two in my lifetime, ’81 as a 7 year old kid still learning baseball and being taught by my uncles to hate Reggie Jackson and the Yankees. The Yankees would be the first team I would be taught to hate. ’88 I experienced as an early teen, viewing our chances of winning the World Series, as good ol’ Vin would say, ” Viewing it with our hearts…” Because really, if not for being a naive teenage Dodger fan, if I saw it from a realistic and objective viewpoint, there really could have been no way we stood a chance against the A’s and their Bash Brothers duo of Jose Conseco and Mark McGuire. 

But it was just that, HEART. The ’88 Dodgers had plenty of it….


As I write this on the eve of Game 1, words just can’t really express what this means to me. Over the years I often said The Blue will get there before I turn 50. As I said earlier, I’ve enjoyed 2 World Series titles, one as a kid, one as a teen, now as an adult less than 7 years from mid-life and 29 white hairs later (OK, more than 29, but who’s counting?)

This is just a small sampling of memories form ’88 on that I’d like to share. Fellow Dodgers fans, young and forever young, enjoy this moment. It’s been 29 years. We’re 4 wins away from coming completely full circle. LETS GO DODGERS !!!

Cruising Wrigleyville With Drei

Leading Off

Captain Clutch, back at it again as he starts the scoring off for The Blue. After a 1st inning home run from Kyle Schwarber to give the Cubs an early 1-0 lead, Dre would answer back and The Blue would never look back in a decisive 6-1 win, putting them 1 game away from the World Series for the first time in 29 years ! Though Dre’s playing time has diminished the last couple of years due to injuries, every Dodger fan including Dre himself knows his time may be running out. Is this the year The Blue...Wins It All For Dre ?


Cruising Wrigleyville…

20171017_144546.jpg Taking in the action at Wrigley Field, June 2004

Wrigley Field is one of 16 current MLB parks I’ve had a chance to venture. It is the 2nd oldest yard only behind Fenway Park. The 3rd oldest? Of course…Our very beloved Chavez Ravine! Wrigley Field is one of those classic yards that’s got that neighborly old-school non-retro vibe. The neighborhood around Wrigley Field really does become festive on game days. Even a stroll through Wrigleyville on non-game days gives off that vibe where you can hear the great Ernie Banks yell…”LETS PLAY TWO” ! Here are some pics from my visit to Wrigley, June 2004…

20171017_224649.jpg The late great broadcaster, Harry Carey, and his famous pose encouraging the fans during the 7th inning stretch…

20171017_145135.jpg View from above 3rd base. Even in the highest reaches, your not far from the action. Now if we can just get that pole out of the way…


20171017_144751.jpg Just a friendly rivalry with the St. Louis Cardinals…

20171017_145450.jpg The famous Wrigley Field Bleachers and Ivy. Above the CF bleachers, Marlon Anderson’s in game stats for the Red Birds. 2 years after this pic, Marlon would make some kind of history for The Blue…(Kudos if you know…)

20171017_145212.jpg This mural at the El station across the street, depicting two HOFers from my childhood, Ryne Sandberg and Ozzie Smith. You can see the flash on Ozzie’s mouth as he slides in to 2nd. I hope this mural is still up at that El station. Oh, speaking of El, or the letter L…


The Blue “L” flag. A very familiar site to many generations of Cubs fans. Over the years, it’s a tradition to fly a white “W” flag for a victory or a blue “L” flag for a loss after each home game to let the neighbors and commuters on the El how the Cubs fared. Recently the Cubs have rally cry has been “Fly the W”! The Dodgers and the rest of us our hoping we see that BLUE “L” flag one last time….




This could be our year Dre !!!

Andrei here,Southern California Correspondent for Stadium Journey Magazine and StadiumJourney.com, along with the broham, Marlon B, aka Kid Marley Marlz. We like to call ourselves, KID N DREI…2 crazed Dodger fans bringing Da Beatz and Da Talez or sometimes, both. Kid with Da Beats on SoundCloud at MDario GlutenFreeSonds, and Drei with Da Talez.

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