1988… Taking Down a Dynasty in the Making… Taking The Baaaaad Boys Down

Leading Off…

1988. A year that puts a smile to many a Dodger fans face. It’s time to bring that same glee to those born after 1988… As for 1988, the Mets we’re atop the National League East once again, winning 100 games, second in the majors behind the Oakland A’s. 

The ’88 Mets still had much of that swag carried over from 1986. Heading into the NLCS, having won 10 of 11 against our Boys in Blue during the regular season, the contrast between those two teams could not have been any more drastic. The Mets we’re everything that represented what’s evil about New York, brash, bad boys, lawbreakers… The backyard bullies that always took away your lunch money… ( Yes folks, there was a time the Mets had that title over the Yankees… ). The Dodgers, well, they we’re as humble as mom and apple pie. With a lineup that included the lovable goofball Mickey Hatcher, Steve Sax, Mike Scioscia, and of course the church-going Orel Hershiser, you would have thought this was a match-up of Convicts vs. Choir Boys, with Orel leading the choir. In the eyes of the experts, the Choir Boys didn’t stand a chance. Ah, but we all do know every choir has at least one badass in the group. 

gibson Kirk Gibson. The one badass every team should have. Jesse Orosco, acquired in the off-season from the Mets, a team know for it’s badass image, would soon find out…

gibson-hershiser Bulldog and Gibby… The contrast between night and day couldn’t be any more evident…

The Mets, only 2 years removed from their ’86 championship, dominated The Boys in Blue during the 1988 regular season, winning 10 of 11. It was no surprise that they we’re heavy favorites over the Dodgers heading into the NLCS. However, if there was one thing the Dodgers had going for them, it was Orel Hershiser’s 59 inning scoreless streak, a a streak that’s been talked of a lot lately. Orel would be the Game One starter and would ride his hot streak for 8 plus innings as The Blue would carry a 2-0 lead into the 9th. Attending my first playoff game ever, at the innocent age of 14, I was having the time of my life. I’m even confident that Darryl Strawberry could hear me among the pavillion faithful… ” DARRRRRYL !!!! DARRRRRYL !!! “

DARRYL STRAWBERRY DARRRRRRRYL !!!! DARRRRRRYL !!!

After allowing a run, Hershiser be replaced by closer Jay Howell. One strike away from taking the first game, with two runners on, future HOFer Gary Carter ( R.I.P. ) would bloop a double just eluding a diving John Shelby to give the Mets a 3-2 lead and eventual win. If the Dodgers we’re ever so devastated, perhaps some words of anything but flattery from Mets Game 2 starter and 20 game winner David Cone would light up the fire as the Dodgers would even the series heading to New York for Games 3-5 5. As for Cone’s words, this is one of those moments I look back at and say to myself ” Imagine if twitter was around…”

Taking a Bite Out of the Big Apple

DWIGHT GOODEN Dwight Gooden. He and Fernando produced plenty of Ks in the 80s…

With Game 3 being rained out on it’s original Friday date, Tommy Lasorda would start The Bulldog on 3 days rest. Like Game 1, Jay Howell would be called upon with a 1 run lead, this time in the 8th inning. Howell would once again find himself in more hot water amidst a controversial 8th. The Mets would win Game 3 to take a 2 games to 1 lead. The situation would only get more dim, as the Mets, behind Doc Gooden, would take a 4-2 lead into the 9th, 3 outs away from a 3 games to 1 lead in the series. Doubt. Reality. OK, maybe both were starting to set in the minds of even the most devout Dodger fan, ( If it wasn’t already there before the start of the series…). After all, the Mets we’re a dynasty in the making. The Bad Boys of Baseball that dominated the Dodgers in the regular season. 3 more outs and they all but have the series locked up. Of course, not everything always goes according to script… Especially Baseball. Let’s just say two future managers, Mike Scioscia, and Kirk Gibson, would hit two of the biggest home runs in Dodgers history to that point. Of course, our Boys in Blue would have to make things dramatic in the Mets 12th, with the Good Guys clinging to a one run lead… Bulldog even made a cameo appearance in that 12th…

With the series now tied at 2, Kirk Gibson would once again come through with another huge home run ( Somehow, I don’t see Gibby hitting a bigger HR in the 1988 post-season than the one’s he’s hit at Shea… )

With the series heading back to L.A, David Cone, his days of columnist behind him, would toss a gem in Game 6, setting up a decisive 7th game at Dodger Stadium. With The Bulldog taking the hill, Game 7 was not even close, as The Blue would score 6 runs in the first two innings and well, you know the rest. Baseballs Bad Boys, The Brash New York Mets, two years removed from their ’86 triumph, the backyard bullies that bullied the Dodgers around in 1988, would be dethroned. The 80s Mets, whom many felt we’re a dynasty in the making, had it all gone. Gone before it could even reach it’s prime.

It’s been said by many Mets fans that the events of 1988, starting with Scioscia’s home run in Game 4, was the beginning of the Mets downfall. The Mets would be lead baseball in wins from 1984-1990. They we’re a colorful bunch. A dynasty that never happend ? It makes for good discussion among baseball fans when not gleefully looking back on just the events of ’88. The Oakland A’s teams of the late 80’s. lead by Bash Brothers, Jose Canseco and some future Dodgers hitting coach, certainly could be discussed in the same sentence as well. 

It would be 11 years before the Mets would return to post-season play. The Mets would only appear in the post-season 3 more times since. Doc Gooden and Dodger to be Darryl Strawberry, would go through a series of on and off the field struggles. ( Both would win another World Series in New York wearing blue pinstripes, just not Dodger Blue pinstripes.. ) .

When looking back upon 1988, it’s easy to look back on the World Series. To get there though, The Blue would have to get past The Mighty Mets, a team in the eyes of many… A Dynasty That Never Happened. Of course, our Boys in Blue would play a huge role…

Bridging The Gap… From Amazin’s to Bad Boys…

From 1958-1961 the Yankees we’re the only baseball team in The Big Apple. Then in 1962, New York was awarded an expansion National League ballclub. They would become known as the Mets, short for Metropolitans. 

“The circular Mets logo, designed by sports cartoonist Ray Gatto, was unveiled. It has gone virtually unchanged throughout the history of the club. The shape of the insignia, with its orange stitching, represents a baseball, and the bridge in the foreground symbolizes that the Mets, in bringing back the National League to New York, represent all five boroughs. It’s not just a skyline in the background, but has a special meaning. At the left is a church spire, symbolic of Brooklyn, the borough of churches. The second building from the left is the Williamsburg Savings Bank, the tallest building in Brooklyn. Next is the Woolworth Building. After a general skyline view of midtown comes the Empire State Building. At the far right is the United Nations Building. The Mets’ colors are Dodger blue and Giant orange, symbolic of the return of National League baseball to New York after the Dodgers and Giants moved to California. Blue and Orange are also the official colors of New York State.” ( newyork.mets.mlb.com )

Mets Logo Adorned with Dodger Blue, and Giants Orange, the Mets logo has pretty much stood the test of time, for the most part retaining it’s look throughout their history with some minor tweaks. 

After playing their first two seasons at The Polo Grounds, the Mets would move into Shea Stadium in Flushing Meadows, where the Dodgers may have ended up if not for a struggle of power between the beloved Dodger owner ( or hated depending who you talk to ) and New York City Planner Robert Moses. Lovable losers from their infancy throughout the 60s, the Mets would actually outdraw the Yankees at the gate during that period. ( I would have to think the fans with ties toward the Dodgers and Giants had something to do with the huge support).  

1969 would bring a miracle as the Mets, those lovable losers of the sixties, would shock the baseball world and bring home a World Championship, forever known as The Amazins’. Shea Stadium would be home to another World Champion, as well as 2 other National League pennant winners.

A Dynasty in the Making ?

The eighties would see the Mets parade such talent as Dwight Gooden, Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez, and of course Crenshaw High’s Darryl Strawberry. From 1984-89, the Mets would win 90 plus game in 5 of those seasons. However, in the days long before the wild card, the Mets would only see post-season action twice during that period, finishing in 2nd place in four of those seasons. The Mets, winners of 108 games in 1986, would find themselves in some of baseball’s most intense playoff moments, narrowly getting by the Astros in six games .

Of course many of you do know the story of the 1986 World Series, as well as a huge moment in Game 6 that, when given much deep thought, involves a former Dodger, and a Hall of Fame Dodger announcer. Yup, that’s right…. Bill Buckner and Vinny…

The ’86 Mets we’re brash. They we’re now baseball’s Bad Boys. They we’re cocky. They defied the law... They partied hard… They we’re the buzz of MTV ( More on that later…) They we’re a dynasty in the making… Or we’re they ? In 1988, the Mets would win 100 games en route to their 2nd NL East crown in 3 years. They would face our beloved Dodgers in the NLCS, a team they beat 10 of 11 times, uh, make that dominated, 10 of 11 during the regular season. I know you already know the story of 1988 so I’ll spare the dramatics. But I will give my memories of that 1988 NLCS in my next post. Stay tuned… In the meantime… Back to 1986, when MTV was, Music Television…

 In the context of 1986, this was brash….

Even our Boys in Blue gave the music video gig a try in 1986, performing The Baseball Boogie Bunch. Before you view this, let me just add… The Dodgers record in 1986 ? 73-89

 Oh, The Eighties… I WANT MY MTV !!!

MTV logo

Baseball Beyond The Nations Captitol…Retracing It’s Roots to Montreal

It’s been 10 years now since MLB has returned to the nations capitol. With the Dodgers and Nationals battling each other this weekend in the nations capitol, many are saying that this could be a playoff preview. Should these two teams cross paths in the post-season, it would not be the first time. Prior to big league ball returning to the nations capitol as the Washington Nationals, their history could be traced back to 1969 during their days as the Montreal Expos. In 1981, the Dodgers and Expos would battle it out in an epic best of 5 NLCS that went the full 5. It would be the Expos only post-season appearance and thanks to Rick Monday’s home run in the top 9th that would give the Blue a 2-1 lead and eventual victory en route to a World Series triumph over the Yankees, citizens of Montreal still refer to Game 5 of the 1981 NLCS, played ironically on a Monday, as  Blue Monday.

Drei_RickMonday With the man who gave me one of my first happiest moments as a Dodger fan…

The Expos had some pretty decent players during it’s heyday, from Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Tim Wallach, Tim Raines. In 1994, a young pitcher, Pedro Martinez acquired in a trade during the off-season, Dodger fans…  would be a part of a team, also featuring Larry Walker, a team that many felt would win that season’s World Series. Unfortunately, as their record stood at 74-40, baseball came to a halt, and the season never resumed.  Many to this day feel the Strike of ’94 not only killed the Expos chance at winning a World Series, it killed the Montreal Expos, if not an immediate death.

After the 2004 season, MLB relocated the Expos to DC. It was often said by those in the MLB office and among the Expos brass that Montreal was not a baseball town due in large part to sparse attendance. I’m not so sure. It also did not help matters that the Expos, for many years, we’re  having stadium issues, playing their home games in what many called an ashtray, Olympic Stadium.

Prior to the Expos becoming a MLB franchise in 1969, Montreal already had a proud history of baseball with the Montreal Royals serving as the Brooklyn Dodgers minor league affiliate. Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente, two of baseball’s most influential figures, would make their way up to the big show through Montreal.

Clemente_MontrealRoyals Young Jackie, as a member of the Montreal Royals, the AAA affiliate of the Brooklyn Dodgers

Today, there is talk that the city of city of Montreal is ready for baseball to return. Attendance at recent exhibition games in Montreal could be a glimpse of hope that big league baseball is ready to return to Montreal. Who knows ? Perhaps the day will come when our beloved Boys in Blue will continue to some day provide more happy moments from The City of Saints. ( On a personal note, perhaps I can hear the bilingual version of Oh Canada echoing through Chavez Ravine once again on a yearly basis…) .

Looking Back on the 1st Half

With the first half of the season under the belt, the Dodgers at 51-39 sit 4.5 games in front of the Giants for the lead in the NL West. Yet there are skeptics out there, Dodgers fans included, that feel they haven’t done enough to please the bookends. There are the cries out there that the Dodgers can’t beat teams with winning records, most notably, the Cardinals and Giants, whom they have a combined record of 5-14. But when you look at the overall picture, the Dodgers owe no apologies to anyone.  In spite losing 2 of our Opening Day starting pitchers for the season due to injury, not to mention an offense that has been either hot or cold at times with nothing in between, Mattingly has, in my opinion, done a good job keeping it all together. ( That will not stop me from questioning his decision making in the 2nd half…) .

The Rundown

Even beyond what Zack and Kid K have given us ( Even for what Kershaw by his standards considers a slow start ), the backend of the rotation has done an admirable job, particularly Mike Bolsinger. Our current backend, however, has at times had difficulty going deep into games, no doubt influencing Mattingly’s decision to split up the rotation to start the 2nd half.

Around the diamond, The Blue overall has been pretty solid. Not flashy, with exception of Young Joc, but solid. It is possible that we may have 6 players with 20 plus HR’s at seasons end, with Joc already having a lock and Adrian more than a lock (  10- Justin Turner 14- Yasmani Grandal 10-Andre Ethier  10- Alex Guerrero ). If Puig can stay healthy in the 2nd half, it would not be out of the question for him to cross the 20 HR plateau as well, barring any trade involving The Cuban Missile. 

With the power display our Boys in Blue have displayed, the Blue has also showed an inability to score when not playing long ball. As the schedule gets more difficult in the 2nd half, with matchups against the Nationals, Mets, and the surging Pirates and Angels and a much improved Cubs team, and of course, and 7 more against the hated ones, the Blue will have to show they can win games without necessarily having to rely on the long ball.

As great as our 1-2 combo of Greinke-Kershaw has been ( Yes, I did put Greinke in front because he has been our ace to this point ), if the Blue is to take any pressure off the starters, run production will be a key. It will also be interesting to see what additions by subtractions ( Yes, I do mean possible trades and acquisitions ) will take place, in particular, starting pitching to help alleviate the lack of innings from the backend. Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto are names that still get talked about.

As much as I was thrilled with Joc’s performance in the HR Derby ( I love the new HR Derby format ), it is my hope that he does not fall too much in love with that HR swing that has had a reputation of slowing down past HR Derby champs in the 2nd half. I still feel he will cross the 30 plus HR plateau. What I want to see is how he, like any rookie especially with his gifts, will continue to progress in making adjustments to big league pitching given he’s more than made a name for himself already, which means pitchers will be making their adjustments on him as well. What I want to see is If he can continue to show steady improvement average wise. If he can get his average above, I’ll say, .245, continue to get on base and display his stellar D, I don’t see why he should not be NL ROY. I feel he will no doubt cross the 30 plus HR .

OK, just some of my brief thoughts as we head into the 2nd half.  Also, for those of you who are still worried about our struggles against the Cards and Giants ? Here’s some food for thought…

DogsDodgers The Doyer Dog and The Coney Dog. Oh, not that food for thought…

This food for thought. Going back to 2008, when faced against teams in the post-season whom they struggled with during the regular season…

2008-9, 2013 NLDS vs. Cubs, Cardinals and Braves

Went 2-5 against all 3 in the regular season. Swept both the Cubs and Cards, beat the Braves 3 games to 1.

2009 and 2013 NLCS vs. Phillies and Cardinals

Went 4-3 against both in the regular season. I think you know the rest…

Around The Horn… What Drei Said in April…

In the American League….

East

What Drei said…

” If there was ever a case for parity ( a word we’ll be hearing throughout the season ) in one division, the AL East makes a case. ”

Only 6.5 games separate the last place Red Sox from the Yankees, the all-star breaks division leaders, to the surprise of many. The AL East is still wide open for the taking

Central

“The Royals we’re carried for much of last season by their pitching, particularly their bullpen. However the loss of James Shields could be the difference between the Royals making another October run….”

Kansas City has been a strong home team this season, leading the AL with 30 home W’s. The Twins, picked here to finish last, have been a pleasant surprise and sit only 4.5 games behind the Royals

West

” The Angels, baseball’s best team record wise last season, will be putting up some loud offensive numbers again with Mike Trout ready to take leadership down I-5. The starting 5, anchored by Jared Weaver, is not as dominant as the starters in Seattle but is still formidable. Having 2 lefty’s in the rotation should help the Halos as well… “

After a slow start, the Halos offense has begun to heat up, erasing a 7.5 game deficit to the surprising Astros. The Halos are primed for another division crown and may be the AL’s best team heading into the 2nd half

In the National League

East

What Drei said…

“The main concern in the nations capital will be the health of the lineup. with their key players, Bryce Harper, Wilson Ramos and Ryan Zimmerman playing in 100 games or less in 2014. This team is still pretty deep talent wise and should run away the the NL East…”

The Nats we’re also slow out of the gate but have recovered nicely heading into the 2nd half. The Mets, struggling offensively until a strong finish, are only 2 back of the Nats.

Central

” After going 21 consecutive seasons without a winning record, the Bucs have made it to the playoffs in 2 straight. After suffering through a long stretch of futility, one could not blame a Bucs fan for raising expectations. “

A furious finish by the Bucs to the first half, which saw them take 3 of 4 from the division leading Cardinals, has the Steel City primed for yet another post-season run. A good friend of mine, a Buc fan since the We Are Family days, told me the other day they’re not settling for a Wild Card this year. It’s possible that baseball’s 2nd best team may be playing in the one-game WC. The Bucs and Cards have been that good. The Cubs continue to be the sleeper

And of course…

The NL WEST

” Since Don Mattingly took over the managerial reins in 2011, the Dodgers have improved their win total by an average of 4 games. Should that trend continue into this season, the Blue Crew should finish with 98 wins, and yet, he seems to be on the hot seat every season… “

” The Padres may be the divisions most improved ball club, and the additions of Kemp, Justin Upton, and the addition of James Shields to an already highly regarded pitching staff led by Tyson Ross, could have the Friars in contention for a spot in October… “

Of course, that so-called hot-seat has not cooled off any, at least among a good amount of Dodger fans. As for the Friars, they have been anything but contenders. As for who got the better end of the deal during the off-season trade that involved these two clubs ? Our neighbors to the south have admitted as much . The Giants, for all their dominance against The Blue this season, have had stretches of prolonged losing streaks, something The Blue, with their occasional offensive struggles, have managed to avoid.

Dodgers_grandal Photo by Hayne Palmour IV, SD Union-Tribune

Drei’s Mid-Season Rankings vs. ESPN’s Rankings

As you will see, our rankings don’t differ much, with the biggest differential being the Orioles, where Drei has them 5 spots lower than ESPN’s ” experts “…

1. Cardinals –  2. Pirates –  3. Dodgers +1  4. Royals -1 5. Nationals  – 6. Angels +1  7. Astros -1  8. Yankees –  9. Twins – 10. Cubs –  11. Mets +1 12. Giants +1 13. Tigers +1  14. Rays +3 15. Blue Jays – 16. Orioles -5 17. DBacks +3 18. Rangers – 19. Red Sox +2  20. Indians -4 21. White Sox +1  22.  Braves -3  23. Mariners – 24. A’s +1  25. Padres +1  26. Reds -2 27. Marlins  +2  28. Rockies -1  29. Brewers -1  30. Phillies

So here we go into the 2nd half, as usual , with more questions than answers. Does Drei do any change-ups from his pre-season picks ? Nah. Still sticking with…

Mariners to win the AL West, in spite of their disappointing season  to this point filled with high expectations. A resurrection of Refuse to Lose, 20th anniversary ?

The Halos over Boston in the Wild Card, even with Bostons struggles…

The Dodgers over the Tigers in the Fall Classic, though through the looks of things as of right now, Motown may have to go the route of the Wild Card…

 

Drei’s Sunday Tale… A Visit From The Phanatic

 

Phanatic_DodgerStadium With the Phillies in town this past week, the “infamous” Phillie Phanatic decided to pay a trip inside the hallowed halls of Chavez Ravine. The way the Phillies are playing these days, I can’t blame the Phanatic for making the trek out west…Our beloved Dodger Dog was oh-so-happy to see big green creature… Hey, perhaps the two could work together and come up with some specialty dog ?

phillydog  Hey, a Philly Cheesesteak Dog !!!

PHILLY DOG This is more like it !!! A bigger pile of that Philly Cheesesteak wit Whiz and Onions on top of that Super Dodger Dog. The Phanatic has had such a long season he needs more than one of those Shock Tops… Between the Phanatic’s Philly Dog and The Mariner Moose’s Pike Dog, a Brooklyn Dog with cream cheese and caramelized onions…

Pike Dog Drei give’s a decided edge to the Philly Dog. Yeah, both dogs had cheese and onions, but the Philly Dog just has that Big Man appeal, while the Pike Dog…meh. That could explain why the Phanatic has a bigger waistline than the Mariner Moose. Hey Moose, don’t feel so bad ? I hear there’s a nice little  coffee shop on 1st and Pike…

Monday Night… 7/6/2015

The first of 4 games with the Phillies, with The Blue Crew coming out on top 10-7, at four hours and 13 minutes long would fall 3 minutes shy of the longest nine-inning game in the majors this season.  The game would also fall 5 minutes shy of the longest nine-inning home game in Dodger history. As for the Phillies, it would be their longest nine-inning game in team history.  7 pitchers would be used by the Blue Crew in this back and forth affair, and with the game tied at 7 in the home 7th, The Blue would finally pull away thanks in part to this clutch hit by former Phillie Jimmy Rollins…

Phanatic_Mon Nite The Phanatic not ” Pheeling ” so good thanks in part to his old pal Jimmy Rollins…

Thursday Night… 7/9/2015

With Zack Greinke taking the hill on this night, this game would be anything but a slugfest. Well, at least on the part of those from wearing the red caps….

Phanatic_Papplebon The Phanatic checking out Phillies closer Jonathan Paplebon. The Phil’s bats would be silenced with Greinke throwing 8 shutout innings. That wouldn’t stop The Phanatic from taking part in our 7th inning stretch, however, the Dodger Dog will not be overshadowed…

The Dodger Dog would more than enjoy The Phanatic’s visit to The Ravine, even if good ol’ Tommy feels otherwise…

phanatic_poor phanatic Poor Phanatic. He’s been going through some really tough times as of late. Even his GM Ruben Amauro Jr. won’t let him out of his contract… ” Now I know how my feathered buddy in Pittsburgh felt. I just hope I don’t go through this for 21 straight seasons… ”

Finishing the 1st Half With a Bang…

A-GON coming through in the clutch. With that bang in the home 8th giving the Dodgers a 4-3 lead and eventual win, the Dodgers head to the break 4.5 games up on the Giants. Gonzalez is one of five Dodgers heading to Cincy for the All-Star break, along with, deservedly, Kid K.  Later this week, Drei looks back on the 1st half . Oh yeah, speaking of heading to Cincy, should you be heading toward the Queen City for the Mid-Summer Classic or for your future ballpark excursions, check our review of Great America Ballpark at Stadium Journey, your source for worldwide stadium reviews and experiences

Extra Innings

DREI_PHANATIC Hey Phanatic, how ’bout sending us Cole Hamels ? Oh, and behind The Dog and Phanatic, as Vin would say… ” Just look at that doll… Not a care in the world… ”

All Star Mouse Hunting From the OC to LA… AL EAST

REDS_MUSTACHEWith the All-Star game less than 7 days away, one of the things fans in Cincinnati can look forward to are the scattered handlebar statues, 10 of which will be spread throughout The Queen City. 

5 years ago with the All-Star game in Anaheim, Mickey Mouse themed statues, 36 total, 30 of them representing each MLB team, we’re scattered throughout Anaheim, Orange County, Rancho Cucamonga all the way here to L.A.  My first post of my search for the ” Hidden Mickey’s
” featured statues representing each N.L. East team.

A.L. East Mickeys

Deep into the O.C…

MICKEY_ORIOLES

The Oriole Mickey was located outside the Newport Sports Museum. Further down in Laguna Beach along PCH…

MICKEY_RAYS I would find this Tampa Bay Rays Mickey next to this Tiki themed exhibit at the Laguna Art Museum.  I couldn’t have picked a better day to come to Laguna Beach than on this nice sunny Saturday afternoon. If only I had more time to enjoy the sights…

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MICKEY_BLUE JAYS All blue here with the Blue Jays Mickey, outside the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.  This nice family in an SUV saw that I was attempting a selfie the father actually pulled aside and offered to take this pic for me…

MICKEY_YANKEES Here I am with that ” EVIL MICKEY “, the Yankee, inside the entrance of the old ESPN Zone at L.A. Live. There was a private event that evening as they we’re hosting a party for the Korean soccer fans during the 2010 World Cup. I literally had to plea the security guard if I could go in and take a quick pick. Once I worked my way in, staff knew I was doing the scavenger hunt and even asked me about it.

One more to go for the A.L. East. Now to find that Red Sox Mickey outside the Discovery Center in Santa Ana…

MICKEY_ RED SOX MISSING AT DISCOVERY CENTER Hey ! Where’d Mickey go ?

MICKEY_RED SOX DL SIGN Angles fans taking their anger out ? I know the Red Sox have been a thorn on the Halos side over the years, but really ?

MICKEY_RED SOX

MICKEY_RED SOX N DREIHey, I actually got to see the Red Sox Mickey, all bandaged up from the beating he took, safe and sound at the All-Star fanfest…

Campaigning For Kid K

wpid-fb_img_1436315708657.jpg Why Kid K needs a final vote I will get to the All-Star game beats me, but here’s our chance to get him in. Dodger fans, you know what to do !!!

All Star Mouse Hunting From the O.C to L.A., Part 1, The NL East

With the All-Star break just around the corner comes all the hoopla that surrounds this Mid-Summer Night classic. Each year, the host city spreads out baseball-themed statues for fans to search, be it a parade of statues in New York City that also featured scattered Big Apples to All-Star boots Deep In The Heart of Texas. The themed statues we’re usually bought by the MLB clubs after the All-Star game and put on display in their respective yards…

brooklyn One of the Big Apples from the 2013 All-Star game hosted by the Mets, paying homage to the Dodgers days in Brooklyn

DODGERS_APPLE Next to the 2 World Champions titles won as a kid and a high school freshman…THIS IS OUR YEAR !!!! ( BEEN SAYING THAT FOR, WHAT, THE LAST 27 YEARS ? )

MARLZ_BIGAPPLE Kid Marly Marlz taking a BITE out of that BIG APPLE ( ‘Sup Kid ? It’s been awhile since Kid N Drei have had any material for our readers… Kid N Drei will be out of hiatus eventually…)

This years theme in Cincinatti will be feature over-sized mustaches that will of course be scattered throughout the Queen City…

REDS_MUSTACHE

5 years ago, when the Angels hosted the All-Star game, Mickey Mouse themed statues we’re spread throughout Orange County, Los Angeles and all the way to Rancho Cucamonga. MLB conducted a scavenger hunt contest for those crazy enough ( Including yours truly ) to want to go through such effort to snap a selfie of yourself next to all 36 of these baseball themed Mickeys. It was a grueling and time consuming experience, but I did manage to pull off the feat, While it may have been grueling, it was a fun experience and if I had the Samsung Galaxy then, it certainly would have been a lot easier to pull off. Regardless, I had a great time doing the scavenger hunt and met a lot of nice people along the way, from well-wishers offering to take my pic to business owners and employees already knowing I was doing the scavenger hunt ( I had one person tell me that he knew I wasn’t a tourist because I was dressed in my Dodger garb and wasn’t getting all giddy next to The Mouse…LOL )

Today I feature the NL East themed Mickeys, 5 of the 36 during what I called at the time, my ” Hidden Mickey ” search…

MICKEY_BRAVES MICKEY_MARLINS The Braves and Marlins Mickey’s we’re captured at Downtown Disney, with the Marlins statue placed outside the ESPN Zone, the only one left standing now ( Barely…)

MICKEY_METS With the Mets Mickey next to the carousel over at Irvine Spectrum…

METS_NATIONALS  Nationals Mickey, Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga, just down the road from the home of the Rancho Cucamunga Quakes…

METS_PHILLIES Hollywood and Highland, letting the Phillies Mickey who’s town this is…

So those are just 5 of the baseball Mickey themed statues I snapped a photo/selfie with, from Hollywood to the House of Mouse all the way to Rancho. 

List: The 500 Biggest KROQ Songs Of All Time

Originally posted on The World Famous KROQ:

We counted down the 500 biggest KROQ songs of all time during the KROQ Firecracker 500 this 4th of July weekend, reminding us of the bands and songs that helped shape the station in to what it’s become today.

Take a look at the full list below and see where your favorite songs landed!


500 Biggest KROQ Songs Of All Time
1 Smells Like Teen Spirit (90’s) Nirvana
2 What I Got (90’s) Sublime
3 Under the Bridge (90’s) RHCP
4 Killing in the Name (90’s) Rage Against the Machine
5 Seven Nation Army (2000’s) The White Stripes
6 Everlong (90’s) Foo Fighters
7 In the End (2000’s) Linkin Park
8 Creep (90’s) Radiohead
9 Brain Stew/Jaded (2000’s) Green Day
10 Enjoy the Silence (90’s) Depeche Mode
11 Self Esteem (90’s) The Offspring
12 How Soon is Now (80’s) The Smiths
13 Come As You Are (90’s) Nirvana
14 Somebody Told…

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Halfway There… A Chance To Fatten Up… More Clubhouse Tension ?

Well, almost. Once the Dodgers have completed their Friday night match-up against the Mets, 81 games will be under their belt. As of right now, with 45 wins, the Dodgers are on pace to win 90-92 games. Should this happen, this will be the first time the Dodgers win 90 plus game in 3 consecutive seasons since 1976-78. Don Mattingly would also be the first L.A. Dodger to accomplish this feat and the first Dodger manager since Walter Alston’s Brooklyn teams from 1954-56. For all the heat Mattingly takes from the fans, Walter O’Malley would only offer one-year contracts to Mr. Alston, 23 total. Dodger managers sure can’t get a break can they ? 

All kidding aside, since 1954, the Dodgers have only had 9 managers in charge of the dugout 

Tension Among Each Other at The Ravine ? What’s New…

DODGERS_BOOK_BEST TEAM MONEY CAN BUY

By now, you probably have heard of all the news regarding Yasiel Puig’s… polarizing presence, most notably altercations with Zack Greinke and Justin Turner. The news surrounding Puig comes from excerpts from the soon to be released book The Best Team Money Can Buy, from Molly Knight. The book, due for release on July 14, has actually received some positive reviews .  I’m interested to see what other aspects of the team are covered beyond the obvious excerpts that has everyone talking. In spite of the recent revelations, Don Mattingly has said that the clubhouse does remain solid. 

News of Puig’s run-ins with teammates is really nothing new in the world of sports. It’s really nothing new in the real world. After all, I’m sure you’ve had and probably still have that one or two co-workers of your that you wouldn’t exactly do happy hour with, right ?

Reggie Jackson was not always like by his teammates ( To put it kindly…) , be it with the Oakland A’s or the  New York Yankees. He won 5 World Series titles during his time with those 2 clubs, 3 of those against, well… ( Thank god I was either an infant or still going though my final stages of infancy…)

During the glory years of the 70’s, Steve Garvey’s ” Mr. Clean” image wasn’t always a welcomed presence inside the Dodger clubhouse, most notably with Don Sutton, just to name some well known “rifts” throughout the history of professional sports .

Of course we all know about the on again off again rift that Kobe and Shaq have had over the years. Yet we seemed to turn a blind eye when they we’re adding more glory up on Staples Center’s south wall. Kobe has recently admitted to making some of his Lakers teammates cry.

While Puig has a way’s to go before he can be mentioned in the same category of glory, what many tend to forget is that Puig is still a baby boomer waiting to fully blossom. Expectations we’re so high for him when he came to the big show 2 years ago. Because of the high expectations, it seems 2013 is a far distant memory. Perhaps many of us are expecting Puig to carry the team on his shoulders, which may be asking too much for the young kid.

Many Dodger fans, including this one, have made the comparisons of Yasiel Puig to another former Dodger outfielder who had similar potential, Raul Mondesi. There are many similarities between the two. We can only hope that the current storyline, this time, with Yasiel Puig, has a much happier ending…

4th of July Threads…

JULY 4TH THREAD Here is the Stars and Stripes Uniform Matchups  that will be worn by both the Dodgers and Mets during tomorrow’s 4th of July matchup. I love the U.S. Flag watermark on the hats. Not very distracting and tastefully done. As for the jersey’s, being that it’s the ” MLB Holiday Edition ” look, I will give it a pass. Let’s just say I wouldn’t want this as an everyday look, patriotism and all…

Chance to Fatten Up…

Our Boys in Blue kick off a 10 game homestand tonight with the Mets. After a fast start, the Mets have been struggling and are now at .500 with a 40-40 record. With the Phillies and Brewers, the two worst teams in baseball coming to town, this would be a great opportunity for The Blue to fatten up on their  45-35 record and perhaps add on to their 3 game lead heading into the all-star break. Easier said than done of course. Just ask the Giants, who, in spite of their 9-3 record against us, have a combined 3-10 home record against the DBacks and Rockies. Yeah, that’s baseball for you…

9th Inning… Defending Our Freedom and Colors…

United as One  Have a Happy and Safe July 4th weekend !!!

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