The Traveling Fleece, aka……Blue

Before I begin, I hope you all had a great time celebrating yesferday’s unofficial holiday of pi, or should I say pie. I know I did thanks to the folks of Pepes NY Pizza in Studio City….

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OK.  As fans, we all like to show our support, our unconditional passion towards our favorite teams, even if they always find a way to break our hearts.  With so many forms of media these days, most notably social media, displaying our undying love affair for the teams we support have gone viral in more ways we can even think of.  Be it Steelers fans displaying their Terrible Towels worldwide, or UCLA fans doing 8-Claps Heard Around the World, or even, yes, Dodgers fans simply displaying their Blue worldwide, there’s just no denying our longstanding support for our favorite teams.  In case you’re wondering, yes, the Dodgers do have a link where you can submit your pics showing off your undying support of Dodger Blue
2004 I would get my 1st of a line of Dodgers fleece blankets throughout the years on giveaway nights.  A simple design really.  A blue blanket with the iconinc Dodger script with the interlocking L.A. as the watermark background.  Other than of course Chavez Ravine, it’s made it’s way through 6 other stadiums as well, one no longer in existence.  It’s met fans of the opposition, kept my little sister warm , Dodged a tomahawk or two ( Pun intended ), made friends with a military family, payed a visit to support some future Dodgers in the minors, and even been on Prime Ticket !!!! The fleece now enters it’s 10th season.  Though it hasn’t left California since the 2010 season, it still intends to make it to all 30 MLB Stadiums, as well as the countless minor league parks as well.  If I could have known that some day this was going to go viral the fleece would have seen some landmarks as well . ( Though it’s not too late….)  So, you wondering where Blue has been over the years ?  OK, here goes….

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The birth of Blue.  Here are a couple of pics with some friends and colleagues.  Blue is still wondering how I was able to pull off a coupke of Dodger Night Out’s since organizing activities with co-workers is never easy….

PETCO Park

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This would be the first of many appearances in PETCO Park for Blue.  The first pic is from April with my buddies Chris and Josh.  You will see Josh in more pics to come.  The bottom pic is with the sibs, August 1st.  The big bro is some really awesome guy for bringing his lil’ sibs on the road with him.  That was also the weekend of then GM Paul DePodesta’s infamous firesale.  That was also the first game for former Padre Steve Finley in Dodger Blue, much to the “delight” of the locals.  We could only wonder if Finley would have any kind of an impact for the Boys in Blue….  This was also the game Eric Gagne pitched 3 scoreless innings before the Boys in Blue would win hard fought 2-1 game in 12 innings, thanks to a pinch-hit solo shot by Robin Ventura.  Gagne wasn’t as effective after that game and many felt his 3 innings pitched, the most he pitched since going from starter to closer, had a lot to do with his in-effectiveness and later his arm troubles.  ( Though we can all zpeculate what else contributed as well…. )

SBC Park

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Known as SBC Park at the time, after being re-named, Blue would endure many ” verbal ” assaults fromthe natives up north.  It would also encounter many blue clad friends as well for this late September matchup with the Giants.  It would even survive a threat from one of the older female ushers, who had threatened it’s entourage it would be kicked out if they continued to cheet loudly ( Since when is cheereing loudly an offense.  )  And finally, Blue enjoyed the look of the locals, as well as that particular usher, during the 9th inning as the entourage dressed in Blue countered the BEAT L.A. chants….GO L.A. !!!   GO L.A. !!!  The Boys in Blue would clinch the NL West 6 days later at home against the hated ones.  I think Steve Finley had something to do with that….

Old Busch Stadium, St Louis, May 2005

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In Busch Stadiums final season before moving across the street to New Busch with some of baseball’s friendliest fans…

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Giving old Busch and its mini arches a touch of Blue before bidding farewell…..

Back to PETCO

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On any given day in San Diego, chances are you will meet someone with military connections.  Here we met this family whose son, a Padre fan,  was serving in the Marine Corps.  The family brought a sign to the game for the fans to sign, something we would do ourselves upon our encounter with them after the game, in front of Tony Gwynn Dr no less……

2006 and Back to PETCO

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Hey !!!  BLUE made it on the field !!!! 

2007
Dodging Tomahawks

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Blue’s first trip to the east !!!  That’s quite a big drum there….

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Saved from the tomahawk.  Blue would escape Turner Field in Atlanta unscathed by this tomahawk.  Blue would endure two days of tomahawks and war chants from the locals….

2008

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Tailgate at the Park, Elysian Park, before the Dodgers home opener in their 50th year here in L.A. …….

Minute Maid Park
Houston, Tx

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Reppin’ with Blue Deep In the Heart of Texas….

2009

Opening the season at PETCO….

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Picnic at the park.  Blue sure knows how to bring life to a picnic.  This would be my buddy Art’s first game in a long time, bringing his kid Angel, also taking in his first game.  And of course, Josh and Letty, whom you may have by now noticed in previous pics….

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Postgame pic with Blue

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A Return Up North…

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This time, it’s the lil’ sis Sarah who will put Blue on display…. At Union Station in DTLA, before catching a bus to Bakersfield to connect with the Amtrak San Joaquin train to the bay.  Blue is doing a nice job keeping the lil’ sis warm….

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Blue still keeping the lil’ sis warm while waiting in Bakersfield for the train to the bay….

And finally…

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The lil’ sis has arrived.  The Bay Bridge sure looks more attractive with Blue there….

ON Prime Ticket from PETCO

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Blue loving the attention being given throughout SoCal….

2010

Catching a Glimpse of Some Future Dodgers in Albuquerque….

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Hey look, it’s Josh again.  He comes around as often as some local newsvan of many years ago.  Blue has made it’s way to Isotopes Park !!!!

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Me n Blue, kickin it with one of the Dodgers and Isotopes ( AAA team of the Dodbers ) biggest fans… Homer Simpson… Doh !!!!

Back at The Ravine…

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John and Elba keeping Blue company….

2011 With an Unlit Halo in Anaheim

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At Angel Stadium, as Blue shines brightly in front of that unlit Halo….

And of course back at PETCO….

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OK, Blue ain’t quite as visible here due to the fact it’s facing thw action toward the field.  However this pic of me and Lil’ D is still one of my favorites….

2012

Yup, You Guessed it, Back to PETCO

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Of course it does help that San Diego is only 2 hours south of L.A.   ……

Blue sure has spent a lot of time out in PETCO’s Park at the Park…

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Of course, in the park where the pets go, Blue’s got a new best friend….

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Final Pic of 2012

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So Blue will be entering it’s 10th season.  As said earlier, it’s my intention to get Blue in all 30 MLB parks, even if some risks may be involved.  After all, it’s put up with verbal abuse in San Francisco to dodging tomahawks in Atlanta.  It’s been to Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium, Old Busch Stadium, Minute Maid Park, Turner Field, SBC/AT&T Park, and of course , PETCO Park.  4 Division titles have been won in it’s existence, it’s now time to bring Blue a World Champion.  It’s waited a long time now.  Not as long as it’s owner and the fans, but it’s been awhile….  May 2013 be our year !!!!

And last but not least….Today’s Instagram Pic… Andre Ethier

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Out in right field, May 2009. You can alsofollow me on my Instagram at Good_Drei.

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