Drei’s Super 9 Super Sunday’s

Super Bowl Sunday. 50 years of history. Like baseball, each Super Bowl Sunday has been hit or miss. My first Super Bowl Sunday, January 24, 1982 when the 49ers won the first of 5 Super Bowls. Joe Montana won the first of 3 Super Bowl MVP honors. Growing up, the Super Bowl was always the last or second to last Sunday of January. Now, it’s carried over to the first Sunday of February. February 7 is the latest possible day a Super Bowl can be played barring any national tragedy. The only other time a Super Bowl was played on February 7 ? 2010, when Drew Brees led the Saints to their lone Super Bowl title . I guess you could say this is the equivalent of the World Series being played in November. 

So, in all the Super Bowl Sunday’s over the years going back to 1982, what make’s Drei’s 9 ? With the exception of number 1, this was not an easy list. 

9. Super Bowl XLIV Saints 31 Colts 17, 2/7/2010, The Saints Go Marching In…

8. Super Bowl XXX Cowboys 27 Steelers 17 1/28/1996, Rivalry Renewed…

7. Super Bowl XXXVIII Patriots 32 Panthers 29, 2/1/2004, Adam to the Rescue Once Again…

fb_img_1453690629349.jpgWith former Panthers running back DeShaun Foster. Foster would score a touchdown on a 33 yard run in the 4th quarter…

6. Super Bowl XLII Giants 17 Patriots 14,  2/3/2008, Perfection Denied…

5. Super Bowl XLIII Steelers 27 Cardinals 23, 2/1/2009, First to Six…

4. Super Bowl XXXVI Patriots 20 Rams 17, 2/3/2002, A Dynasty Born…

3. Super Bowl XLIX Patriots 28 Seahawks 24, 1 Yard Away…

2. Super Bowl XXXIV Rams 23 Titans 16, 1/30/2000, Oh So Close…

 

1.Super Bowl XXIII 49ERS 20 Bengals 16, 1/23/1989, The Drive of The 80s…

Yeah, this list is debatable. I know you have your own Super 9 Super Sunday’s. If you’re older than me your Super Sunday’s may even go as far back as the first Super Bowl in 1967. This list I put together has the Patriots in four of these, while the Steelers and even the Rams are on this list twice. Unsurprisingly, the 49ers and Cowboys are only mentioned once as they we’re once Super Bowl world beaters. As to why Super Bowl XXIII is my top number 1 ? Yeah, this is a Niner fan telling the story. Aside from that, this would be the first SB to be won on a game winning drive. On another personal note, Super Bowl XXIII would cap quite a sports year for me in 1988 as I would hit the trifecta…

Lakers…Back to Back

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Dodgers…The Impossible

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49ERS…The Drive of the Decade

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So, what’s your Super 9 ? Enjoy your Super Sunday folks ! We’re that much closer to baseball !!!

 

 

 

Super Bowl Sunday Is Just Around The Corner…We’re That Much Closer To Opening Day…Time to Hit Up the Super Bowl Parties Right ?

Leading Off…

OK. Let’s admit it. Though most of the commercials during the Super Bowl are mostly duds, we all have that one that just makes our personal all-time number one list…

Budweiser ‘Ref Tune-Out’, Super Bowl XXXVIII, 2004

With Super Bowl Sunday just around the corner, that just means that we are that much closer to spring training. Time to hit up the Super Bowl parties, right ?

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WRONG ! Now I know that many of you Dodgers and baseball fans are also fans of the pigskin as well. Any real fan will tell you, SUPER BOWL PARTIES ARE THE ABSOLUTE WORST ! Way more often than not, a good, if not majority amount of the guests at the party will not even be football fans. Look at that picture above. Notice how most of them aren’t even glued to the tv ? OK, I’ll give it up to the lady in the white NY Giants jersey. Yeah, she’s probably gorging on her 3rd plate of gluttony. But hey, as much as the food gouger is on many a fan’s list of annoying SB guests, I don’t mind them. After all, most SB parties are going to have an abundance of food. Hey, if you’re there to, wait for it, ACTUALLY WATCH THE GAME ( IS THAT WHY THEY HAVE SUPER BOWL PARTIES ? ), then hey, have at the grub. Heck, there’ll probably be more than enough for you to take home for tomorrow’s lunch, right ?

The problem with these parties is, the guests that are only there to socialize way to often far outnumber the actual fans. They talk too much during the game. These same people who don’t even watch one single down the entire season, some are there to pretend they are a fan, some are there for 2 things…The commercials and the halftime show. At least one of the guests ( You’ll be lucky if it’s only one ) will constantly bombard you with such questions, ” Why are you such a big fan ? Did you ever play football ? ” And so on and so on…

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If you happen to be a fan of either the Denver Broncos or the Carolina Panthers, then you definitely need to stay out of a Super Bowl party. Trust me on this one.  This is even worse than if you’re not a fan of either team. You will be so vested in the game the last thing you want is that one party goer, not necessarily a woman believe it or not, not only bombarding you with 20 questions ( Again, if it’s only 20 questions consider yourself lucky…), but bombarding you with questions about your fandom, you know, the type that will ask you ” How long have you been a fan ? Why are you such a big fan ? Why do you like such and such team so much ? ” And on, and on… Oh yeah, being that you are, wait for it…. A FAN ! Chances are, you probably have your own personal superstitions/traditions. I mean, really, could you just imagine if the Steelers we’re in the SB and having someone ask a Steelers fan, ” Why do you always wave that yellow towel ?”. But hey, if you feel you must, instead of going to someone else’s party, how ’bout hosting your own get together in the very comforts of your fancave. You, and maybe two of your close buddies who, like you, have an actual interest in the game. Again, trust me on this, being around only two of your close buddies rather than a whole bunch of wannabe fans pretending to have an interest in the game is certainly a hell of a better way to spend that one Sunday of the year. 

I’m not going to delve into a list of reasons why a real fan should avoid a Super Bowl party as i’m sure many of you real, actual fans can come up with some better ones. Think i’m the only one who detests SB parties ? 

Super Bowl Fun Facts…

This will be the Denver Broncos 8th Super Bowl appearance, tying them for the most ever with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys. The Broncos are 2-5 in Super Bowls

Denver, as the designated home team, has opted to wear their road whites. In past Super Bowls, where Denver has worn orange, they are 0-4, being outscored by a combined total of 166-38. 

Jerry rice.jpgJerry Rice scoring a TD in Super Bowl XXIV against the Broncos. The sight of an opponent’s back strutting toward the endzone hands held high with the football has been an all-too familiar one for the Broncos while donning the orange…( Gin Ellis/Getty Images )

The Broncos are hardly the only team to be superstitious when it comes to the gameday jersey. To this day the Dallas Cowboys still refuse to wear their blue jerseys during home games. Even the Broncos neighbors, the Colorado Rockies, got into the act during their post-season run of 2007, when they continually donned the sleveless blacks

The Carolina Panthers are the 4th 15 plus win regular season team to play in the Super Bowl, joining the 15 win 49ers and Bears of 1984 and 1985 and the 16-0 Patriots of 2007. Cam Newton and crew are with pretty good company…

Overall, this will be Carolina’s 2nd Super Bowl appearance. Their only appearance was in 2003, Jake Delhomme was their starting QB

delhomme_newton Jake Delhomme, QB from SB XXXVIII and Cam Newton (USA Today Sports)

 

Drei’s Super Pick

I really enjoy watching Cam Newton play. This Carolina team is just on another level right now. Peyton Manning has been there before. But hey, a part of me wants to see this Carolina team join the ’84 49ers and ’85 Bears as the NFL’s only other 18 win teams. That would definitely be one elite class…

Broncos 17

Panthers 34

Enjoy the game folks ! Do any of you have any SB Party pet peeves of your own ? How many days ’til Opening Day ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I’m 64

top 100 badge.jpeg MLBcomblogs recently released their 2015 Top 100 fan mlb.com blogs. For the 2nd time in 3 years, my blog has made the list. ( I really should say 3rd year in a row but last year’s stats weren’t released, mlb.com/blogs ! LOL ) At number 64, my page has jumped an enormous 32 spots from my number 96 ranking in 2013 ! As always, I thank you,the readers, the baseball fans, the Dodgers fans for stopping by. A lot of passion also goes behind doing this blog. Also, a shoutout to other fellow Dodger bloggers who made the Top 100 list as well with their rankings…

Top 100 Dodger Fan Blogs…

12. Dodger Blue World

54. cat loves the dodgers

91. Dodger Familia Thoughts

And of course, your’s truly…

64. It’s Always A Good Dre in L.A.

I have had this blog up now for 10 years, starting in December 2005 with 2006 being it’s first official season. In that time, the Dodgers have made the playoffs 6 times, winning 5 NL West titles with 3 trips to the NLCS. All that waits is that really big prize awarded deep in to late October/early November…

I’ve written and posted about countless thoughts both of the Dodgers and stuff away from The Ravine in many ways, shapes and forms. In the 10 years i’ve done this now, especially the last 3 years, my readership has really grown. There have been various changes as well. Of course, in 2005 there were not as many outlets to share my work. Today, 2016, it seems there are countless outlets, thanks to, of course, the growing amount of social media networks.

Only one active Dodger remains from that 2006 team…ANDRE ETHIER Yup, you guessed it ! Dre Day !!! Dodger fans, remember those nameless jerseys ? There’s Kenny Lofton and Nomar…

Will Andre continue to don the Dodger Blue ? It seems that we can never avoid the topic of whether Dre stays or goes, no matter how much we weight the pros and cons of Andre’s continued presence in the Blue. It won’t be long before he becomes a 10-5 player, Andre is owed $18 million in 2016, $17.5 next season, not exactly the price teams up for potential trades are willing to take on for an outfielder turning 34 in April. One thing Andre has shown throughout is career in the Dodger Blue is durability. Could Andre be a Dodger for life ?

 

Hey Kid !

During the last 2 years posting, i’ve received plenty of help here talent wise in many many ways, including visually…

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 and lyrically, from some, “Kid”…Kid Marley Marlz, Marlon B…Always calling Drei here, VIEJO !… His talent goes beyond just skills…Street Skillz…(As usual, no off-season for The Kid…

 

Hey Kid ! Your Gluten Free Sounds got enough tracks to fill an entire album !

With Marlon B’s talents, Kid Marley Marlz and yours truly, Dodger Drei, Kid N Drei have been more than happy to bring you tale’s from and beyond…The Ravine. Hey Kid, Drei here knows when you ain’t calling Drei, VIEJO, you’re also calling Drei, Drei Beats…

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But you know what kid ? Though them beats may bear my name (LOL), it’s you with the beats. Drei here just tell’s the stories. But hey, it’s what makes Kid N Drei work, Kid’s beats, Drei’s tales… How much more tale’s do Kid N Drei have ahead ? Well, Drei here says Kid’s got a lot more ahead of him and well, when it comes to making this tale work, often times, it takes a collaborative effort in ways, shapes and forms only those involved would know. Like you once told me, ” We make magic together…”, to which your “Broham” says, THANKS KID…

Kid N Drei_ 88 Ring Good Times Kid ! Hey Kid, since you always enjoy calling Drei, VIEJO, perhaps 2016 is the year you ACTUALLY experience a World Series Championship…

9th Inning…DH Coming to the NL ?

Not anytime soon, according to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. As a fan, i’ve enjoyed the small things about the NL games. I’ve enjoyed them for the 35 plus year’s i’ve watched the game. Why fix it now ? Fans still flock to the games right ? The lack of the DH doesn’t seem to affect fans interest inside The Ravine as it still features the most active turnstiles year in year out. If Drei has his way, Drei says, keep the DH away from the NL. The game hasn’t suffered. Keep it in the AL if you must, but I’ve been fine without it the last 30 plus years, I’ll be ok without it for many more years to come…So, Dodger fans, for those of you who still enjoy the intricate strategies still in existence in an NL park such as our beloved Ravine, you can breathe a sigh of relief, and still enjoy the sight of one of these moments every now and then (Who says pitchers cant hit ?)

Extra Innings… Walking Off With Dre

In the 10 years I’ve had this blog up…In the 10 seasons Dre has donned The Blue, Dre has had many a clutch moment, earning him the moniker, Mr. Clutch. Many a times, Dre has sent the visiting 9 walking off…

And most recently, 8/2/2015, against the Halos…

Dodgers_Ethier Walk Off More Mr. Clutch moments left ahead in the Dodger Blue for Mr. Clutch ? (Photo, Jon SooHoo)

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Last Call For Vinny…From The Gridiron

Leading Off… R.I.P. Glen Frye

Vin _Frey.jpgVin Scully with Glen Frey, June 1985 (Jason Foster, Sporting News)

Glen Frey, one of the founding members of The Eagles, passed away this past Monday at the age of 67. At one time, Frey aspired to be a baseball announcer, even announcing alongside our very own Vin Scully during a game against the Houston Astros in 1985, announcing a 2 run home run by Pedro Guerrero. The shot called by Frey was part of a historic month for the Dodgers and Pedro Guerrero. Guerrero would set a franchise record for home runs hit in a single month, belting 15 for the month of June.

From the Diamond to the Gridiron…

 

As we get closer toward the Super Bowl, that just means we are that much closer to baseball. (YES !). Before the Super Bowl, we have the conference championships. If this past weekends games are any indication, the conference title games should be just as exciting. The AFC features two longtime heavyweights as the New England Patriots will take on the Denver Broncos in Denver, while the NFC game will pit the Arizona Cardinals and the Carolina Panthers.

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By now, many of you are aware that this upcoming season will be Vin Scully’s final season in the booth calling Dodger baseball. This season will be Vin Scully’s 67th season as our beloved storyteller. While many are aware of his work with the Dodgers, many may even remember him being during NBC’s Saturday Game of the Week, Vin Scully also called NFL games as well for CBS Sports from 1975-1982, at one time teaming up with John Madden. What many of us didn’t know, and probably many still don’t know, is that Vin was approached to be the original play-by-play man for ABC’S Monday Night Football

Vin_MaddenVin Scully and John Madden, @VinScullyTweet . Just imagine…

Last Call for Vin…

The_Catch,_Dwight_Clark,_S.F,_Ca._1981“Montana … looking … looking … throwing in the end zone … Clark caught it! Dwight Clark! [Crowd noise … 29 seconds] It’s a madhouse at Candlestick.”‘ Vin Scully

The 1981 NFL season would be Vin Scully’s final season calling games for CBS. CBS had decided that Pat Summerall worked better with John Madden thus making them the networks top announcing team for their Sunday lineup. Before leaving CBS, one of football’s more memorable moments took place during the 1981 NFC Championship was called by none other than the man himself. No one knew it at the time, but as Vin Scully would call his final NFL game ever, he would be calling the Death of a Dynasty, and The Birth of a New One, simply known to 49ERS fans as, The Catch

Now I know I am NOT the only Dodger fan out there who is also part of the Niner Faithful. Here’s the full game. You Dodgers/Cowboys fans are certainly more than welcome to watch as well…

We can all hope that this season will bring every Dodger Blue Blooded fan yet another memorable finish for our favorite storyteller. 

9th Inning… You Belong to the City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Going Back to Cali…

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For the first time since 1994, L.A. will be home to NFL Football. The Rams, calling St. Louis home since 1995 after leaving the southland, will be returning to L.A. for the 2016 season. The Rams are expected to play their home games at The L.A. Coliseum until their new home in Inglewood is ready, expected to open in 2019. The L.A. Coliseum hosted the Raiders for 13 seasons from 1982-1994 before returning to Oakland. The Raiders we’re  hopeful of returning to L.A. but later withdrew. The San Diego Chargers, also looking to relocate, have the option as well to call L.A. home. 

As a 49ers fan here in L.A., and there are plenty of them here folks, yes it is possible to be both a Dodgers and 49ers fan, I am happy the Rams are coming back. It provides us the chance to see our team without having to leave home, and from a geographical standpoint, all teams in the NFC West will be just a short flight away from each other, with the Seahawks being the most distant team. The LA-SF rivalry, something we’re all familiar with on the diamond, is now back on the gridiron…

Timeline…1994

What was happening when L.A. was last home to some NFL action ?

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A 6.7 magnitude earthquake, the Northridge Quake, would jolt the southland…

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Our way of communicating and eventually, reconnecting with old acquaintances would change forever when we would be introduced to the information superhighway, what we know it as today, the internet…

1994_baseball strike Major League Baseball would suffer a season ending strike, leaving a black eye on America’s Pastime. It would take awhile for the fans to fully forgive baseball…

1994_Raul Mondesi Raul Mondesi would be the third of 5 consecutive Dodgers to win the NL Rookie of the Year award….

 

 

 

Entering The 2016 Hall With Class…

wp-1452227640910.jpeg Ken Griffey Jr. in left field during his last appearance at Dodger Stadium, 6/28/2009

OK. So it might seem like a diss toward Mike Piazza that I would not make first mention of his HOF feat. I’m not even disturbed that he didn’t leave the Dodgers on the best of terms. As fans, we all tend to forget that sports is no different from any other business. Players come and go. Emotions are displayed, but often times, time heals all wounds, or does it ? 

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It’s practically been 18 years since Piazza’s bitter departure from Chavez Ravine. A high school senior was entering planet earth. You’d think 18 years and two ownership changes later, as well as his continued accolades with the Mets would be more than enough time to bury the hatchet. Dodger fans were not to thrilled about his departure either. 

“If the Hall came to me and said, ‘We want you to go in as a Dodger,’ I’d say, ‘Well, then I’ll go in as nothing,'” Piazza wrote. “I just wouldn’t feel comfortable with LA stamped on my head for all of eternity.”

I am a firm believer that, in spite the anger and bitterness displayed by the one-time Dodger catcher, Dodger fans want to go back to truly embracing him. If only Piazza would just let it go. Heck, one of my favorite moments as a Dodger fan involved Piazza, on the final game of the 1993 season In his recent biography, he blames good old Vinny for having the fans turn on him. ( Perhaps this further establishes the theory Vin Scully is God around Chavez Ravine…).

Piazza is entitled to his opinion. It’s been 18 years. I really don’t have a problem with him entering the HOF as a Met. Most baseball fans today more likely remember his feats in the Blue, Black and Orange. In some ways, that would be like Shaq entering the HOF as an Orlando Magic. Heck, Shaq wasn’t exactly welcomed back in Orlando with open arms right away in his days donning the Purple and Gold, but he is still welcomed back where his NBA career started.

Mike’s accomplishments are deserving of a permanent place in Cooperstown. Let’s not deny that. Perhaps some day Mike will put aside his bitterness toward the Dodgers and perhaps some day we will have a place inside Chavez Ravine’s hallowed walls to honor the greatest hitting catcher of all-time, in the place where it all started for him. Until then… Oh yeah, Congrats Mike…

From The First Base Dugout…

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Now this is entering the Hall With Class. I really believe if Ken Griffey Jr. had injuries not slowed him down, Kenny Grif would be holding the all-time home run record.  Be it in a Mariners or Reds uni he was always a joy to watch. He always looked like he was having fun, the way the game is supposed to be. Oh yeah, thanks for waving at us back in ’09 Junior ! A true class act…


 

A Wet Start to 2016…

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Happy New Year Dodgers and baseball fans ! Hopefully you’re all staying safe and dry out there, as El Nino will remain throughout the southland as well as our entire state of California. 

From The Ravine…

20150514_211324.jpg Some puddles in front of the left field field level seats from May. That evening’s game was delayed for a couple of hours. What was it like experiencing rain at Dodger Stadium ? 

Front Office News…

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No, no new player acquisitions we’re made today. However, the Dodgers have hired former Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos to bolster their front office. The move comes as Anthopoulos’s contract as Blue Jays GM expired after the 2015 season. Anthopoulos served as the Blue Jays GM since 2009 and was instrumental in helping the Blue Jays return to post season for the first time since 1993. 

 

 

Rosy Days Ahead…Rosy Flashbacks

Lakers_Rose Parade Float Ok, so the play of the Lakers, coupled with the Dodgers off-season moves, or lack thereof, hasn’t exactly been so rosy. 

However, come Friday, when we ring in the New Year, the Lakers will be the first NBA team to participate in the Rose Parade. The Lakers will be the second professional sports franchise in Los Angeles to participate in the Rose Parade, alongside the Dodgers, who celebrated their 50th anniversary in Los Angeles with a float of their own in 2008. Here are some pics I snapped at the post Rose Parade float viewing…

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Paying Tribute to Jackie

Recently the Dodgers announced that a statue of Jackie Robinson will be on display at Dodger Stadium. This will be the first statue at Dodger Stadium that will honor a former Dodger great. Jackie, who grew up in Pasadena, has a sculpture of him along with his brother Mack located across the street from Pasadena City Hall, for you Dodger fans and those coming in from out of town for the Rose Parade or Rose Bowl. The sculpture’s are located 2 blocks north of Colorado Blvd. along the  Rose Parade route on 95 Garfield Ave.

9th Inning…R.I.P. Dave Henderson

Dave Henderson.jpg Dave Henderson and Rich Gedman, moments after Hendu’s home run off Angels reliever Donnie Moore gave the Red Sox a one-run lead in Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS. The Red Sox would win 7-6 in 11 innings. ( Reed Saxon/AP)

One of my favorite non-Dodger baseball moments would come on October 12, 1986. The Angels, up 3 games to 1 on the Red Sox in the 1986 ALCS, we’re one strike away from their first World Series Appearance, when this happened… 

Though the Angels would tie the game in the home 9th, Hendu would come through in extras with a sac-fly to send the ALCS back to Boston, which the Red Sox would eventually win. 

With the Dodgers finishing the ’86 season with their worst record since 1967 and most of my classmates switching their allegiances, as a 12 year old kid, that home run gave me great such great joy and the look on my classmates faces that next day was priceless. A lot of those same classmates of mine would switch back to The Blue two years later… R.I.P Dave Henderson. You will be missed. A tribute from the teams he donned uni’s for, including the Red Sox…

 

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Seasons Greetings…No Off-Season For Kid N Drei

It’s been a little over a month now since the season has ended. Yes folks, even though it is December, the off-season has not been that long. That’s what the expanded playoff format, in place since 2012, does to an off-season that almost always ends before Halloween.

Though 2015 would see The Blue come up short of a World Series once again, it would be another fun season for Kid Marley Marlz and DodgerDrei, bringing you The Ravine Life, Kid N Drei’s own “unofficial” reality series sharing with you the adventures and Kid’s, ok, also, Drei’s mischief and Kid like experiences beyond The Ravine, Cruising L.A. KID N DREI_LACMA 2

all the way down south to San Diego …

KID N DREI_BUBBLES 2 There’s never a dull moment around Kid N Drei inside and beyond, The Ravine Life…

When it comes to an off-season Kid Marley Marlz and Dodger Drei know nothing of it. For Drei, it could be cruising the college scene and other venues while providing sports fans and travelers the 4-1-1- on their sports travel journey’s over at Stadium Journey.

Stadium Journey

For Marlz, it may be work on his beats, such as this one titled, You, which he provided for Drei, even if Kid was mocking Drei…

Kid Marley Marlz does have a studio version of, You, dedicated to some other, well, You…

Hey Kid ! This, You, whom you’ve dedicated this song to, it seems that Minion Dave always found a way to get in between the two of…YOU…

picsart_12-12-10.01.55.jpgBe it your birthday celebration at The Ravine…

picsart_12-12-10.06.03.jpgOr a road trip down I-5 to PETCO Park, Minon Dave just seems attached to the two of…YOU… Here’s a message to the two of, You, from The Beach Boys… ” Don’t Worry Baby, Everything will turn out allright…”

Want more from the kid ? Here’s a list of his tracks from his Soundcloud, at MDario GlutenFreeSounds…

 

Hey Kid ! Christmas is just around the corner ! How ’bout a classic holiday tune ? Perhaps a tale of some reindeer named Rudy ?

Well, another season…another year is in the books. I hope you all had a great 2015. Hopefully, this holiday season will bring you many joyful moments. Yes, the off-season has not exactly been the most joyous one to this point for many a Dodger fan, with Zack Greinke heading to the desert and the hated ones landing Johnny Cueto. Yes, there is plenty of concern around Dodgerville during this holiday season, with the rival NL West teams stacking up on their pitching and The Blue pretty much playing the waiting game. 3 consecutive division titles is no small feat, but eventually, the rest of the division will catch up. Will this be a Blue Christmas in Dodgerville in it’s literal sense ? Like the front office, we the fans can only wait…

picsart_12-12-09.59.43.jpg Good Times Kid ! 

 

MARLZ_DREI HOLIDAY CARD Happy Holidays !!!

 

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A Holiday Read… The Reason Jackie Refused Trade to Giants

On this day 59 years ago, December 13, 1956, Jackie Robinson would be traded to the hated ones from The Polo Grounds. Though many a Dodger fan, including this one, truly believe Jackie didn’t want to wear the Halloween colors, his reasons for not accepting his trade to the Giants lies here … wpid-IMG_20130502_181308.jpg Jackie Robinson_ Campy PeeWee Gil Jackie getting into the holiday spirit at Ebbet’s Field with fellow Brooklyn Dodgers teammates Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese and Gil Hodges. OK, so this pic wasn’t exactly taken on a blistery December day… Photo MLB.COM

Holiday Read For The Ballpark Traveler, The Baseball Fan’s Bucket List

picsart_12-13-04.40.12.jpg The Baseball Fan’s Bucket List. Though the book is 5 years old, it is still a must have for every baseball fan that aspires to travel to all 30 MLB parks, among other baseball related road ventures. In this book are 162 baseball themed activities, including traveling to all  30 MLB parks, of which I’ve been to 18 of the current ones. The list of 162 are merely suggestions of course, because chances are you probably have a bucket list of your own. Regardless, it’s still a great read as the author share’s his experience with his daughter. One thing i’ve done with this book as well is gathered some of my momentos and placed them in the pages where I accomplished that particular feat. As you can see, i’ve included pictures and ticket stubs, some that have been autographed. 

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Some of my moments in pictures from the baseball fans bucket list…

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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