Drei’s Notes on a Scorecard, 5/22/2016

Drei’s scorecard notes…5/22/2016…Dodgers 9 Padres 5 (17)

Where do I begin ? If you we’re fortunate enough to have been there yesterday as I was, no doubt you’ll understand that it’s going to take more than a few notes to recap these cards. So instead, coming later, I will present Drei’s Tales from a Scorecard… 

In the meantime, here’s 17 facts from yesterday’s 17 innings that saw 127 official at-bats, among other facts and stats. Yasiel Puig would have a huge role in yesterday’s win, in more ways than one. For now, i’ll just focus on this one…

On a personal note, in all the year’s i’ve attended Dodgers/Padres games at Petco this would be my 5th extra inning game. My record in extras down south ? 4-1. 3 of those games I we’re with family or friends. Prior to yesterday, I went solo on one of those occasions, April 29th, 2007. How many innings ? Of course, 17 innings, tying a personal record. The starters that day? Derek Lowe and David Wells. Final Score, Dodgers 5 Padres 4. The winning pitcher that afternoon ? Chad Billingsley. That afternoon, I Came Down With Baseball Fever

4/29/2007…

 

Back to the Future, 5/22/2016…

20160522_130215.jpg Turning Petco Blue…

20160522_142536.jpgMy view from the 3rd Base Field Level seats…

20160522_131018.jpgKickin’ it with an old pal of ours… I’d say it was more than time well spent…

9th Inning… Paying Respect to a Legend

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With Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn

 

10 Years a Good Dre…From The Ravine, Down I-5 and Back…

picsart_05-21-05.27.35.jpg Drei kickin’ it with our former outfielder and future skipper, Dave Roberts, Camera Day, 4/30/2006. Dave would roam the outfield of Chavez Ravine from 2002 to July 2004 before being traded to the Red Sox, where he would play a key role in Boston’s first World Championship in 86 years. Pictured here with the Padres, he would roam the outfield at Petco Park from 2005-06. Roberts even as a Friar was always very cordial toward us Dodger fans. Good to have you in charge of the home 3rd dugout. Yeah, we’re struggling right now, our bullpen has been of no help recently, but hey, it’s a long season…

Drei’s Sunday Tale…Mini Puig and Jackie

Puig_Jackie Welcome Back Mini Puig ! We see you’re checking out the Jackie Robinson tribute at the UCLA Hall of Fame. Like our skipper, Jackie wore both the Blue and Gold and the Dodger Blue…

20160220_125335 Dodger Blue and Blue and Gold…

20160220_125841.jpg Can never pay enough tributes to Mr. Robinson…

 

 

 

 

Dreis Notes on a Scorecard, 5/15/2016

20160516_082344.jpg Drei’s scorecard notes…5/15/2016…THEY’RE BACK !!!  (For now…) Cardinals 5 Dodgers 2

One of the thing’s i’ve done at ballgames since I was a kid is keep score. Do I have all my scorecards of years past ? Hardly. When you live in a single unit apartment even the slightest items of size end up turning into quick clutter. These days it seems keeping score at a baseball game is a lost art. Could it be because there’s more to do at a ballpark these days than to sit through 9 innings of baseball ? Imagine that..

picsart_05-21-03.44.11.jpgWell, I guess even Kid Marley Marlz needs something else to do in the park to let out all that energy…That’s a BIG BOBBLEHEAD, KID…Once a Kid, Always a Kid, Forever a Kid, Kid at Heart

Back to the Game…

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On this Sunday night, Alex Wood would continue his trend of quality home performances, going 6 while K’ing 5 while only allowing a run. Unfortunately, another trend would continue as the bullpen would rear it’s ugly head once again, as longtime nemesis Yadier Molina would drive in the winning runs with a 2 out 2 run double as the Cards would salvage the 3rd game the 3 game series. The bullpen woes would continue into this week…

20160516_082318.jpg Not all of the Bats in Blue would take the night of as Corey Seager would go yard twice. Currently Seager is on an 11 game hitting streak having gone yard 4 times this week. A-GON, who had been pitched around 3 times by the Red Birds, should be back at the starting lineup tonight. Let’s hope Alex Wood, tonight’s starter, will think of Petco Park as Dodger Stadium south, given his struggles on the road…

Other Scorecard Notes…

You know this took place in an NL park when you see the lineup changes, particularly in the 8-9 spots. You really don’t see these changes as much in an AL Park, at least I don’t, unless the game is a runaway and the manager is giving playing time away…

Any of you out there still keep score ? How does your way compare to mine ? Or are they similar ? 

Around The NL West…

The Blue, losers of 5 of their last 6, look to get back on the winning track as they look to Alex Wood to stop the bleeding. This will be The Blue’s 16th consecutive game of 20. 4 of the last 5 games has seen the bullpen working from the 5th or 6th inning on, including last night’s blown save by Kenley Jansen, his first BS after 13 successions. Hey, Kenley is entitled to a night off. Starting pitchers not named Kershaw have not exactly helped out as of recent either…

The Giants, sitting atop the west 3.5 games, had their 8 game winning streak snapped last night by the Cubs and Jake Arrieta. 7 of those 8 wins came off a 4 game sweep in Arizona and a 3 game sweep against the Padres, who they are 7-0 against this season…

ROAD TRIP !!!!

Dodger fans ! Baseball fans ! Summer is coming up. Looking to go out on the road to follow The Boys in Blue ? Or just exploring the 30 Yards of Summer ?  Check out our MLB Ballpark Experience Rankings at Stadium Journey for some tips and travel advice for your ballpark and other sports themed journeys. Also keep an eye out for some weekend road trip tips among other upcoming sports travel advice… We’d also like to hear what you think of the rankings ? ( I know I’d like to hear from you..) How would you rank the 30 yards of MLB ? 

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10 Years a Good Dre…Sunday Night Flashback…Scott Van Slyke, The Son of the Blank Blank

The Dodgers and Cardinals have staged some epic battles over the years. Heck, I still dread the day when Tommy Lasorda once called Andy Van Slyke, son of, you guessed it, Scott Van Slyke, a BLANK BLANK ( As told by our favorite storyteller who we simply know as…Vin)

31 years later, even the sound of Vinny still won’t stop me from asking ” WHY DID YOU PITCH TO JACK CLARK ? “

58437_1543704079875_7619633_n Scott Van Slyke, Right Field, AAA Albuquerque Isotopes, 8/28/2010

Fast forward now to a Sunday night in May, 2012… 27 years later the SON OF THE BLANK BLANK Van Slyke finds himself wearing the Dodger Blue. Having been called up from Albuquerque, the rookie finds himself in a pinch hitting role in the home 7th, with The Blue trailing the Red Birds 5-3. With 2 on and 2 out, at the plate with a 3-0 count, Drei here tells his buddy Josh ” The rookie ain’t swinging on a 3-0 pitch…”. You really don’t think the rookie is swinging away at a 3-0 pitch, do ya ?

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Not only was the 3 run blast Van Slyke’s first MLB 4 bagger, the 3 run 4 bagger, from the son of that…BLANK BLANK… would give the Blue a 6-5 lead over the Cardinals, the team the senior Van Slyke would start his career with. The Blue would hold on for the win and an eventual 3 game sweep of the Red Birds. What a moment that must have been for the SON OF THAT BLANK BLANK…

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20150614_132819.jpg Chattin it up with 2x batting champion Tommy Davis while rehabbing in Rancho Cucamunga…

picsart_05-13-11.18.24.jpg GREAT SCOTT !!! Here I am in Rancho kickin’ it with the Son of that BLANK BLANK Van Slyke…

Drei’s Thoughts…5/15/2016

With the offense scoring 18 runs in their last 3 games the offense looks like it’s starting to get back on track. The Dodgers, 4-2 in the current homestand and winners of their last 3, have a chance to do what they did 4 years ago the night The ‘Stache hit his first big league 4 bagger, sweep the Cardinals. Alex Wood, who has performed well at home this year, will take the mound as he tries to follow up on Scott Kazmir’s gem from last night. The Giants have also started to heat up, winning 4 in a row as they will try to pull off a 4 game sweep in the desert. Earlier this season it was the Snakes who pulled off the 4 game sweep up north. With the Dodgers and Giants starting to warm up and the Rockies lying only a game and a half behind, the NL West could start to be finally warming up…

Extra Innings… A SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI Tale From Kid Marley Marlz…

Marlz_Mascots1 With 4 games coming up against our neighbors down I-5, the rival mascot’s of the Halos have joined forces with our Dodger Dog and The Kid as we all hope The Blue has a big series as they attempt to take down that Red Rally Monkey… Oh yeah, that’s not the only thing Stomper and The Moose are bonding together for. The Moose is still upset over his city not having an NBA team since they bolted for OKC 8 years ago. The Dodger Dog, caught in the middle, has mixed feeling. After all, his favorite team’s AAA Team does call OKC home. Not only that, the Dodger Dog has also been a big Russel Westbrook fan since his days as a Son of Westwood…

13227065_1127510437313048_1773213978151655468_n Does Curry continue his quest for a repeat ? Will Russel Westbrook have something to say about that ? 

 

Throwing Back Thursday…El Toro and Doc

Leading Off…Drei’s Thoughts…

In spite a 16-16 record, the Boys in Blue, thanks to the rest of the NLWest going through their own struggles, find themselves in a first place tie with the Giants heading into the final game of a 4 game set with the Mets. Kid K takes the hill for The Blue against Bartolo Colon, no spring chicken himself as the Blue tries to salvage a split. The Blue has lost 8 of their last 10 home games averaging just under 3 runs a game. While the Dodgers have struggled at home, they have been the opposite on the road, winning 10 of 16 away from Chavez Ravine.  Runs should once again be at a premium tonight. It’s only a matter of time before the offense gets on track up in the hills of Chavez Ravine…

Throwing Back Thursday…El Toro and Doc

The Dodgers and Mets have produced their share of outstanding pitchers over the years. Fernando Valenzuela and Dwight Gooden we’re no exceptions. These two 80s phenoms once combined to pitch 20 shutout innings in a September 1985 showdown, El Toro pitching 11 of them. ( Imagine the backlash a manager would face today if he let his starter even go past the 9th ? ) The two would also combine to  strikeout 6 consecutive batters in the 1984 All-Star game, 3 that would some day make their presence in Cooperstown. El Toro and Doc, 2 pitchers many thought would be future HOFers, never really quite reached the pinnacle of their careers, both suffering arm injuries that wouldn’t allow either pitcher to regain their dominant form of their early 80s prime. The battles these two would display we’re still pretty epic.

1984 All-Star Game, Fernando and Doc

10 Years a Good Dre…Matt Kemp

picsart_04-29-09.22.57.jpg Drei and Bison, Santa Monica, February 2011

Today, Drei here features Matt Kemp. The onetime fan favorite that now calls Petco Park home, Matt would don the Dodger Blue for 9 seasons from 2006-14. Affectionately known as The Bison, Matt Kemp would put up some formidable numbers, with 2011 being his best season in Dodger Blue. From 2011-12 Matt would deliver 5 walk-off home runs, 3 of which I had the joy of being there…

4/17/2011 vs St. Louis

4 days later, in extras against the Braves…

1 year later, late April 2012, spoiling Bryce Harper’s debut…

Matt would struggle in 2013-14 battling injuries as well but would have a strong 2nd half in 2014, highlighted by this huge home run in the 8th inning of Game 2 of the NLDS, giving the Dodgers their lone win of the series…

That would be Matt Kemp’s last big hit wearing the Dodger Blue, as he would be traded in the off-season to the Padres. After a slow start to the 2015 season, Matt would once again finish with a strong 2nd half, and is off to a good start to the 2016 season, batting .283 with 7 home runs, including this big shot in the 8th inning of Friday’s game against his former mates at The Ravine…(OUCH !!!!)

Here are some of my shots of The Bison in the Dodger Blue…

Drei’s Thoughts…

LLLLLL… That’s right. 6 straight L’s, with no offense is sight, leading to a 12-13 month of April. Fortunately, it’s only
April…Fortunately, the rest of the NL West is also struggling…

screenshot_2016-04-30-21-56-07-1.png This, is why we love baseball. Lose 6 in a row, it’s just a bad week. An NFL team loses 6 in a row, they’re attention goes toward the draft…

Extra Innings…A SUN-DAY, FUN-DRE TALE FROM THE PARK…KID N DREI’S…SUN-DAY, FUN-DRE TALE…

Well, Drei can’t blame Kid for staying loyal to Matt Kemp…EVEN IF THE BISON IS KILLING US IN THIS SERIES KID !!!…Even if he now calls San Diego his home…( At least until July 31st, if Drei’s pre-season words are true to form…

wp-1458705297044.gif  Kid Marley Marlz or Daddy Mack ? Never to old for some Fun at The Park…OK Kid, KEEP THE BUBBLES FLOWING ! Looks like you make those other kids wanna…JUMP JUMP !!!!

 

Looking Back on 10 Years a Good Dre…Big Game James

In the 10 years I’ve been doing this, I have taken plenty of pictures of both players and personal experiences from The Ravine and throughout various ballparks from various points and perspectives…

picsart_04-23-04.20.22.jpg Today, we feature James Loney, pictured here in 2010 with former Fox Sports West and current ESPN sports anchor Michael Eaves.

picsart_04-23-08.25.21.jpg Universal Citiwalk, February 2008

Loney would wear the Dodger Blue from 2006-12. In that time, James would provide some memorable moments, including a 4 for 5 performance with 9 RBI’s  in a late September 2006 game at Coors Field. Loney would hit 9 home runs in September 2007, the most by a Dodger rookie recently tied with Joc Pederson last May 2015. 

Though James would enjoy lots of success at Coors Field, perhaps he may be best remembered for this home run in Game 1 of the 2008 NLDS against the Cubs… 

The Loney slam no doubt swung the momentum of the series in the Dodgers favor as they would sweep the Cubs, baseballs best team in the regular season, en route to their first NLCS appearance in 20 years.

James recently signed a minor league deal with the Padres so it is possible that we may see him play at The Ravine, perhaps with Matt Kemp. ( As per my preseason outlook, I still say Matt Kemp won’t be calling Petco Park home by July 31st…).

Cruising The NL West…

After some early bullpen struggles, The depth of The Blue, in addition to some stellar play along with some outstanding pitching from Kid K ( as expected ) and The Rookie sensation Kenta Maeda, sit atop the NL West 1 1/2 up on the Rockies as the two wrap up a 3 game series at Coors Field. Arizona, after a 3-7 start, has won 7 of 9 including a 4 game sweep of the Giants in San Francisco. The Giants have won their last 2 after a stretch in which they lost 8 of 10. 

Some of my early concerns right now are with Scott Kazmir and Alex Wood, who have not exactly been the face of consistency to this point. Aside from a shaky start from the bullpen and some inconsistent performances from 2 of our starters, I am satisfied with what The Blue has displayed to this point…

Sun-Day, Fun-Drei Tale…Jurrassic Life Does Exist !!!

picsart_04-23-07.30.19.jpg Having a little fun with my new-found buddy Dinger, just weeks before Big Game James unloaded those 9 RBI’s en route to a Coors Field type win for the Blue, 19-11. If you Dodger fans or other baseball fans get a chance you should check out Coors Field. Like with many yards, though there have been changes since my visit to Coors Field in August 2006, I am confident Coors still remains a yard worth paying a visit to. Check out this recent review of Coors Field from Stadium Journey, including it’s newest addition, The Rooftop

Stadium Journey Also, check out our 2015 MLB Ballpark Experience Rankings to help assist you with your ballpark and other sports travel journeys…

 

 

Throwing Back Thursday…Kid N Drei Takin’ It Back

picsart_04-19-12.17.23.jpg Because it’s just not a tale without a Kid, Even the Kid at Heart, Kid Marley Marlz… ” Is That Right Drei ? “KID N DREI 3 5 years ago today, 4/21/2011…

Kid: “What up Drei ! “

Drei: ” KID ! “

Kid: ” I heard your screaming voice up in the Top Deck…”

Is my voice really that loud ? 

It had been a little over 5 years since Kid N Drei crossed paths. It would only be fitting that Kid N Drei would cross paths at, of course…Dodger Stadium. Ironically enough, The Blue would be playing the Braves in a midweek afternoon game…Much like today…The Blue playing in a midweek afternoon game…Against…Of Course…The Atlanta Braves…That afternoon’s starting pitcher ? Of course…Kid K…Clayton Kershaw…Just like today…

It’s funny how some things never change even with the passage of time… It’s also funny who even with the passage of time, the presence of Dodger Blue, be it within or beyond The Ravine, just brings out the kid in us…Since then, it seems there’s just never enough of Kid N Drei…Or shall we say…Tales From and Beyond The Yard with KID N DREI…

Kid Marley Marlz living up to his name always know how to throw a foam party with his pet Minion Dave…Kid Marley Marlz sure knows how to bring the tales…

DRE_BEATSWhile Drei-Beats, as Kid likes to call Drei, well, Drei just brings the beats…What ? Hey thats not right…

Kid Marley Marlz is the one not only bringin’ but spittin’ The Beats…Drei, well, Drei just tells the tales…Hey Kid, maybe someday someone in the Dodger Blue will use one of your beats as their walk-up song…

KID N DREI 2 Hey Kid, you may be a KID AT HEART…But Drei STILL says…”YOU’RE OUT” !!!! Hey Kid, speaking of being a Kid at Heart… Remember that extra inning game against the Mariners when you and the Mariner Moose bonded ?

Yup. Its been 5 years of Fun N Tales  from and Beyond The Yard with Kid N Drei. Do we keep the tales and the beats coming ?

We really are kid’s at heart aren’t we ?

KID N DREI_PETCO AND KEMP 2 Hey Kid, as much as you dig Drei’s tales, Drei is a bigger fan of your beats… Drei says you got lots more of those beats ahead of you…Heck, you never know, maybe someday we just may get someone in Blue to walk up to the plate, using your Gluten Free Beats…

KID N DREI_LACMA 2 Kid just loves the spotlight…

Aren’t you one for the spotlight, KID…

And the tales go back to the day we crossed paths…Where ?…Of course, Dodger Stadium…Has it really been 5 years since we started bringing the tales ?

20160414_220640 Good Times Kid…Good Times…

Drei’s Thoughts From Vin Scully Avenue

DODGERS_V SCULLY _DREI Greetings Dodgers fans ! After 13 games at 8-5 our Boys in Blue currently stand atop the division. If not for some early bullpen struggles The Blue could be 12-1. Oh well. However, the bullpen has turned it around the last 5 games….

Other Thoughts From Drei…

After struggling in his first start, Alex Wood bounced back nicely against the Snakes, going 7 1/3 to get his first win. Hopefully this is will be the start of some good fortune we expected when The Blue acquired him last season form the Braves…

Scott Kazmir, after blanking the Padres, has struggled the last two starts, both against the Giants. I’m still confident he will get his stroke back, my concern with Scott is how he holds up the entire season, given his recent history of ailments…

Kenta Maeda, well, he’s been everything we’ve expected and some

Possible Rookie of the Year candidate, or is Corey Seager still the team favorite ?

Off to The TED, One Last Time…

dre_hank The Blue heads down to Georgia to start off a six game road trip, with the first three of six at Turner Field against the Braves. Unless these two should meet in October ( Which many find highly unlikely ), this will be the Dodgers final appearance in Turner Field as the Braves are set to move into their shiny new digs next season. 

TURNER_DREI N TOMAHAWK Just happened to “Dodge” this tomahawk…

9th Inning…From Sunset to The Ravine

DODGERS_VIN SCULLY AVE BEFORE AND AFTER Before and After…

DODGERS_VIN SCULLY MARQUEE ” A Very Pleasant Good Evening and Welcome…”

 

 

10 Years a Good Dre…HAPPY BORN-DRE, DRE…

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It’s been 10 Years a Good Dre on my end…It’s also been 10 Years since Dre first donned the Dodger Blue, making him the longest tenured Dodger of any current player donning the Dodger Blue…Today, Dre celebrates his 34th BORN-DRE…Here’s some pics of Dre over the years…

ANDRE ETHIER Camera Day, 2006…Young Dre…A Rookie named Dre…

 2008, Universal Citiwalk

DODGERS_DRE MANNY 2009Dre and Manny

2009

2010

dreispics773 Dre and Matty, sporting the throwback threads…

2011

So those are some of my pics of Dre over the years. I’ve been more distant from the field the last few seasons but hopefully I can snap some more when Dre comes back in June…Dre has certainly done his part over the years when it comes to sending the visitors for a Walk Off The Ravine…

And all the way back to Anaheim…

dre_dre Off-season caravan, L.A. River cleanup, February 2011…HAPPY BORN-DRE, DRE !!!! Let’s get you another win today over the hated ones and hopefully without the Dre-Matics of yesterday’s game…LOL

 

 

 

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