Counting Down That Magic Number to 4…Dear Vin…

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The Duke of Flatbush, Duke Snider would wear the Dodger Blue in both Brooklyn and L.A from 1947-1962. A two time World Series Champion, the Duke would hit 407 career home runs while compiling a career .295 batting average

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Dear Vin…Part One…Drei’s Tale, Kid’s Beats

As the days wind down, it seems unreal that you will be leaving us. But a part of me says you will never leave us. In your 67 years behind the mic, you have entertained this Dodger fan for 37 of those 67 years, delivering stories filled with drama, heartbreak, and euphoria…

 

9th Inning…Kid Dario’s Tribute to Vin…

 

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Extra Innings… Looking Back…2006…Back to Back…To Back…To Back

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Counting Down That Magic Number…5

Bottom 1st…A High 5 Toward 5…

A 5 run first highlighted by this 3 run blast from Puig would get the ball rolling toward the Magic 5…

Of course that wouldn’t be the only highlight of the night from Puig. Has Puig finally rediscovered his form of 2013?

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While Corey has blown a bubble or two, not many pitchers have been able to blow much by  our no doubt N.L. Rookie of The Year

Other Magic Moments From the Number 5…

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Who could forget this 8th inning blast from Game 4 of the 2013 NLDS from Juan Uribe…

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Remember Mike Marshall? The outfielder who donned the Blue from 1981-88. Most fans dont remember that he led the team in RBI’s in 1988, not, well, you know… While many Dodger fans remember one home run from the ’88 World Series, Mike Marshall would also come through huge in Game 2…

9th Inning…Drei’s Tale…Presented by Vin…From The Left Field Pavillion With Kid n Drei…

Kid: Hey Drei, what’s up with Corey Seager’s walk up song? 

Drei: What’s wrong with his walk up song Kid? So Corey goes country? Hey, if it brings him NLROY and maybe MVP honors he can play what he wants… Just because he ain’t playing what you want, you know…Miley Cyrus…

Kid: IS THAT RIGHT DREI?

Drei: That’s right Kid…

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Magic Number Countdown…7

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In his 6 plus season’s with The Blue from 2006-12, James Loney  would provide some memorable pennant drive moments, including this one against the Cubs in Game 1 of the 2008 NLDS…

With Big Game James currently on the Mets and the Mets atop the Wild Card standings, it is possible we just may cross paths with Big Game James….

A Battery of 7’s…Yesterday and Today…

Yesterday…

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Today…

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A battery of Julio Urias and Steve Yeager. Now that would be something…

Bottom of the 9th…

In case you didn’t have enough of last night…

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Magic Number Countdown…13

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Joe Ferguson #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 1, 1973. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)

Joe Ferguson would have two stints in the Dodger Blue from 1970-76 and from 1978-81 as a stellar backstop with a solid arm not only behind the plate but in the right field as well, as Sal Bando would find out here from Game 1 of the 1974 World Series against Oakland. On the receiving end, Steve Yeager, from one solid backstop to another…

6 years later with the Dodgers facing elimination from the NL West race Joe Ferguson would also come up big this time with his bat…

The Dodgers would go on to sweep that final weekend series against the Houston Astros, forcing a one-game playoff between the two, only to have the Astros finally prevail…

More Dramatics From 13…

Alex Cora would be another solid infielder for the Blue, providing stellar play at both 2nd and SS from 1998-2004. Who could forget this 18 pitch AB in 2004?

9th Inning…Happy Birthday Jerry

Jerry Doggett, Aug. 25, 1983  (Jerry Doggett, Photo by Ken Hively/L.A. Time, August 25, 1983)

Today marked what would have been the 100th birthday of another legendary former Dodger broadcaster, Jerry Doggett, whom Vin always spoke highly of…

 Like Vin, Jerry would come from Brooklyn and would be part of the Dodger broadcast team from 1956-1987 . The 80s child in me remembers the days when Vin did the first three and last three innings on TV, while either Jerry Doggett or Ross Porter did the middle 3 innings on the tube with Vin doing radio during the middle 3. Yup, gone are the days of the solo broadcaster…( That picture above…I swear you would think it was taken today…)

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Looking Back From What Was Once Ground Zero…Never Forget

“Shawn Green would don the Dodger Blue from 2000 to 2004. In 2001 Shawn Green would set a franchise record by slugging 49 home runs in a single season. In 2002 he would set a Major League record by …”

That would be the beginning of my post 2 years ago today as our magic number was 15. Right now, the magic number is at 18 as our Boys in Blue head to New York for 3 games to face the Yankees. With the Dodgers heading to New York, many Dodgers fans who have made the trip have posted over the weekend on endless social sites from One WTC and other sites in NYC that we’re affected from the tragic events of 9/11. Below is a link of pictures of various military tributes from various Dodgers games as well as a Dodgers/Padres game at Petco Park.

Source: Magic Number Fun Facts… 15, Never Forget…

Looking Back From Ground Zero, 2006

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Counting Down The Magic Number…19

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The magic number is now in the teens! Here is a re-post from 2014 of a fan favorite from both the Brooklyn and L.A. days, Jim Gilliam

Jim Gilliam would play for the Dodgers in both Brooklyn, 1953-57, and Los Angeles from 1958-1966. He was a 2 time all-star, in 1956 and 1959, was named NL Rookie of the Year in 1953 and would play …

Source: Magic Number Fun Facts…19

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Counting Down That Magic Number…22

22 Brett Butler

Dodgers_Brett Butler Brett Butler would don the Dodger Blue for just over six seasons from 1991-94, and after a brief stint with the Mets to start off 1995, would return to The Blue later that season and finish his career in Dodger Blue in 1997. Throughout his career which would span 5 teams Butler would amass a career .290 batting average along with 558 stolen bases. Many a Dodger fan would remember Brett for his speed as well as his ability to get on base while bunting. 

Currently Brett is the 3rd base/outfield coach for the Miami Marlins, whom the Blue will see this weekend, just in time for our present day 22 to return to action

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Welcome Back Zack…

We never said we’d be gracious hosts, did we ?

This has been one crazy 2nd half. After whacking around former Dodger Zack Greinke with 5 home runs en route to a 10-2 win, the Dodgers now find themselves 4 games in front of the hated ones. Since the all-star break the Dodgers have erased a 6.5 game lead by the Giants, gaining 10 games in that stretch. Regardless if the Giants have gone through and continue their 2nd half swoon,as pointed out by a certain sports network, The Blue, for all it’s injuries, are still on pace to win 90 plus games for the 4th straight season. As for the Giants, they are on pace to be the first team to have the best record before the All-Star break and the worst after it.

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Chasing Dreams at The Skirball Cultural Center

As The Boys In Blue continue to chase their dreams toward October, the Skirball Cultural Center features Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American, the first large-scale exhibition featuring the story of Jews and baseball as well as the sports impact on other immigrants and minority communities, including Italians, Asians, Latinos and African Americans. Planning on bringing the kids? Check out the Family Art Studio where the whole family can create one-of-a kind art projects themed around Skirball exhibits, as well as its current baseball exhibits.

Bringing the kids along? One thing the whole family will enjoy is making personalized baseballs using ping-pong balls to be placed along the wall of Skirball All Stars, lined of course with baseball cards of various MLB players from the 80s and 90s.

 

You will also want to take your kids through Noah’s Ark. Inside this wooden ark, kid of all ages are invited  to experience a hands on experience filled with endless imagination. 

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Monkeying around inside the Ark…Just another SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI !!!  We’re just never to old to monkey around are we…

The Skirball Cultural Center is located on 2701 N. Sepulved Blvd. The museum hours are Tuesday-Friday 12:00-5:00 P.M., Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00p.m. General Admission is $12, $9 for Seniors 65 and over as well as for F/T Students with ID, and Children over 12, $7 for Children 2-12. Admission is free on Thursdays.

Extra Innings…Ross Porter on the 2016 Dodgers and Dave Roberts

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Former Dodger Ross Porter recently spoke to an audience at the Skirball Center as he presented Baseball Stories. A Q&A also took place and I asked Ross his thoughts on this years Dodgers as well as Dave Roberts. Please excuse the audio quality.  Here’s a snippet…

It’s That Time of Year…Magic Number Time…24

In their quest for their 4th straight NL West Division title, the Magic Number Countdown is back. With The Blue up 3 games on the Giants, the Magic Number to clinch their 4th straight division crown is 24. As we get closer to October, though many of you are familiar with how the Magic Number works, for those who arent, you subtract 1 for each Dodgers win and/or Giants loss. So it is possible that 2 numbers can be knocked off in the same day, especially on days we meet the hated ones, which we will be doing 6 more times. As the numbers decrease, I will be posting a new number paying tribute to a random Dodger who wore that “Magic Number”. So, let’s start with today’s number 24. 

24 Walter Alston

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Walter Alston would manage The Blue in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles for 23 seasons from 1954-1976, guiding the Dodgers to 7 World Series appearances, including their first and only title in Brooklyn (1955) and a 4 game sweep of the the Yankees in 1963. Known as “The Quite Man” ( Not a stretch to say he was the opposite of Lasorda…) Alston would be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1983

Back To Route 66…

This 3-run blast by Yasiel Puig would give the Blue a 3-2 lead over the Friars. Though the Friars would take the lead, the Blue would rally once more, capped off by this 2-run shot by former Friar Yasmani Grandal, who seems to enjoy  torturing his former mates...

A Dream Come True…Jose De Leon

Of course, the story of the day had to be rookie Jose De Leon strike out 9 in 6 innings his big league debut. In true Dodger fashion, it was the kid’s dream to not only make it to the bigs but to have none other than Vin call his game, a dream many of us would still like to have. 

Extra Innings…Flashback…Sunday at the Park With Kid N Drei

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Yes Kid…WE LOVE L.A !!! Only 10 more home games Kid. We gotta come up with one more tale, even if it’s one that you can laugh at Drei about…Check out Kid Marley’s tribute to Vinny…

 

 

 

 

Outside The Yard: When Professional Athletes Like Sandy Koufax, Shawn Green and…Colin Kaepernick Take a Stand (Or Seat)

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Much has been made these last few days over the last few days over San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem,” eliciting many a mixed response to the point we’ve asked What does The Star Spangled Banner really represent? “. Debate over whether The national anthem being played is necessary at not only sporting events but other prestigious venues has also been debated. If you even brought up the topic at some point chances are either your “Patriotism” among other beliefs was probably questioned.

Which brings the question: What makes for a true American ? Does taking a stand, or in Colin’s case, a seat, make him any less American? Is he the first one that has spoken over his disdain toward how things are in this proud country we live in? Of course not. Was he disrespecting those who fought for our rights and freedoms? Again, that is up for debate, which is what we, as a nation, have been doing.  

When the Star Spangled Banner is played, how many of you when at the games have actually put your hand over your heart? I see fans who won’t even take their hats off. Fans of all ethnicity. Would you dare walk up to a white fan and demand he take off his hat? Probably not. 

Prior to Kaepernick’s refusal to stand, how many of you, and even until now, even knew or know who wrote The Star Spangled Banner? How many of you even know the words past the first verse? Not many of you huh. Does that make you an untrue American? Of course not. If I was to ask a casual Dodgers fan what year Jackie Robinson broke into the bigs and didn’t give a response would that make him or her any less of a fan? No.

Of course Colin has dealt with a heavy dose of backlash. Of course we’ve heard the standard “If you don’t like it here, leave” quote. Well, I’m sure there will be lot’s of you out there who will complain about our country’s status come November regardless who are leader is. How many of you will be bolting north to the praises of Oh Canada. Yup. Didn’t think so.

 Colin has also received plenty of support from those who truly do put it all on the line. Of course, we thank them for doing everything within their power to protect all our rights…

 

Did Colin burn a cross while draped in a white-hooded robe ? Did Colin protest the funeral of a fallen military hero? Yet these same people who I refuse to acknowledge by name get the same rights of Freedom of Speech that Colin is being vilified for. How many of you have ever gone out and counter-protested?

Colin is far from the first athlete to use his prestigious stature to express his views. Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest boxers of all time, didn’t he refuse to join the military even if it meant being stripped of his World Heavyweight title and possible jail time? Even Jackie Robinson once said “I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag”

Taking a stand on one’s belief as we know, is not just limited to politics either. 

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Shawn Green missed a couple of huge games during the heat of the pennant race in 2001 and 2004 to observe the Day of Atonement. 

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 Of course most Dodgers and longtime baseball fans are aware of Sandy Koufax’s refusal to pitch in Game One of the 1965 World Series so that he may observe Yom Kippur. Yes, the Jewish Day of Atonement. 

Yes, it is true that we have a tendency to hold professional athletes to a higher standard. It’s also true that we as rabid sports fans, including this one, tend to place our favorite players on a higher pedestal because of feats accomplished on the field. There will be division among this but hey, it should be OK for an athlete to exercise their right and use a highly scrutinized platform to express their beliefs. All Colin did was refuse to stand for a song that we are all now debating whether it really represents patriotism and whether it should be played before sporting events. Sandy and Shawn took a game off to practice their beliefs. It was their right. The fact that the Dodgers allowed them to go forward and put their beliefs before a huge game says a lot about our Dodger organization as well.

 If there is one thing Colin accomplished, it got ALL OF US talking. Like it, or not…

9th Inning… 

Uh, make that…Top of the 9th…After trailing earlier 8-2…Dodgers down 2…2 outs…Bases loaded…1 out away from a 3 game sweep at the hands of the Colorado Rockies…And then this…From Rookie Andrew Toles…The Rookie who started the year in Single A Rancho Cucamonga…

RANCHO_AFTER SHOCK Hey ! Even AfterShock had to love that !!!

The fun is just beginning…Welcome to September…

Editors Note: I originally finished my post after the 8th inning when The Blue was still trailing…OOPS !!!! ( A good OOPS !!!) Note to Drei…Never publish any in-game thoughts until that 27th out…YOU KNOW BETTER !!!!

Extra Innings…1965 World Series, Game 7

If Sandy had any harsh critics for missing Game 1 over observing The Day of Atonement, he sure silenced them after Game 7…( A “Young” Vin Scully with the action…)

50 Years Ago…A British Invasion Sweeps Through The Ravine

beatles_dodgerstadium This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles 2nd to final ever concert performed at Dodger Stadium on August 28, 1966…

beatlesdodgersposter As both a fan of The Fab Four and The Blue, I’m always proud to share the fact that of all the MLB stadiums The Beatles have performed Dodger Stadium is the lone one standing. Proof that legends never die…YEAH YEAH YEAH…

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Ticket To Ride…

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As The Blue continues their hopes to punch their own Ticket to Ride toward October, another potential October foe comes to town this weekend as the Cubs, owners of baseball’s best record come in for 3. After dodging Matt Moore’s attempt at a no-hitter The Blue looks to carry their momentum over after taking 2 of 3 over the Giants, maintaining a 2 game lead in the NL West

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With the news of the trade of A.J. Ellis to the Phillies for Carlos Ruiz already making its way throughout the headlines, we all want to wish A.J. the best of luck on his way to Philadelphia. A.J. was a true professional behind the dish, giving us 6 plus quality seasons and also playing a big role in Clayton Kershaw’s success. While A.J. may be saying goodbye, as he returns back to The Ravine next season, we’ll always be proud to say…Hello. Speaking of Hello…

As Vin would say…”Why hello there…” Congratulations to Rob and Robin Segedin on their newest addition !!!

Extra Innings…Here They Are

From Dodger Stadium…August 28, 1966…THE BEATLES !!!