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Win For Dre

Leading Off… The A-Gon and Clayt Show

A-Gon’s 2nd inning solo shot is all Kid K would need as he would toss 7 scoreless against the Cubbies, sending the series back here in L.A. all tied up at one.

Rich Hill will match up against Cubs sensation Jake Arrieta. The last time Arrieta pitched at Dodger Stadium, no one in the home white could buy a hit… So, how do these two teams match up heading to Game 3?

Dodgers_ Ethier 2006 Young Dre, June 2006. In the back, the veterans Kenny Lofton and Nomah !!!!

It’s been 10 years since Drei here has brought you his baseball tales. In 2006 some young kid named Dre came over in a trade with the Oakland Athletics. It was in 2006 that Dre would get his first taste of post-season play. It was just a blur for Dre and the Blue as they would be swept in the NLDS by the Mets…

ethier Hey Dre! Citiwalk, February 2008

2008-09. This here where Dre is starting to assert himself as a regular in right field. The Blue would win consecutive NL West titles. Dre would play a huge role along fellow star outfielder Matt Kemp. It seemed Dre and Bison would be inseparable, both coming up at the same time. It was also in 2008 when some Kid K would hit the scene…If Kid K wasn’t settling matters before the home 9th, it was Dre who would have many a clutch moment that would send opponents Walking Off…

But in spite of Dre’s heroics, The Blue would fall short both times in the NLCS to the Philadelphia Phillies. 

Baseball can be cruel. If not for a pitch or two from Jonathan Broxton, Dre may be the bearer of at least one championship ring….

ethier Double D…Dre and Drei…L.A River Cleanup, February 2011 

The glory of ’08 and ’09 seem all too distant now. The hated one’s have just won their first of 3 world titles. Enough time has lapsed since The Blue last won a World Series that one born in ’88 is now a college graduate…To this day, my sister, born in 1989, reminds me of the fact she arrived to planet earth one year after…

Meanwhile, Dre is now under his 3rd manager. Don Mattingly, not exactly greeted all to warmly by the Blue clad fans, has taken over the reigns. Dre and Donny would have their moments. 

The Don Mattingly era would not start off to memorably for Dre and The Blue. Opening Day 2011 would be marred by a senseless beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow. Frank McCourt’s ownership threatened to drive The Blue to bankruptcy. The Blue clad fans stayed away…

Sparse Crowd August 2011. Plenty of great seats available…

Though Dre and the fans would survive the McCourt days, on the field it would be during the Don Mattingly era where Dre’s playing status was about as certain as his relationship with good old Donny…On and off. 

It would be in 2013 when a young Cuban Kid with a missile of an arm with plenty of baggage would make his mark in right field. A spot Dre once held down…

From 2013 on it seemed there was an uncertainty who would be the regular outfielders. During that stretch, Dre, not exactly at the prime of his career, would have his name tossed around from here to Chi-Town, where the Pale Hose even expressed interest. 2014 would be the least productive of Dre’s career with a career low 4 home runs and a .249 batting average.

Dre would return though in 2015. Not exactly at the height of his career at this point, Dre still proved he could come up big in the clutch…

In spite of a return to the post-season for the 6th time, The Blue once again would come up short. 

2016…A new era begins again. Andre Ethier is now playing for his 4th manager in 11 seasons. As Dre once again tries to make a case for regular playing time, a foul ball causes a break in his leg, keeping Dre out until late August…

Dre on a rehab assignment in Rancho, August 25, 2016 

Dre would make his way back late in the season. Even the truest of Dodger fans, including this one, had to be surprised that Dave Roberts kept Andre Ethier on the post-season roster. But let’s not think for one moment this was a move based on sentiment by the rookie skipper, one who should be the top candidate for manager of the year…

Anyone playing baseball this late in the season is capable of being a hero. Does Dre have one more clutch moment in him?  It was Dre who had a key hit in the 8th inning of Game 4 to keep the inning alive for Chase Utley to do his thing. Dre would also smack a pinch hit solo shot in Game 1 of this NLDS to start the scoring for The Blue as they would later tie the Cubbies. 

In the 10 years here that Drei here has brought you his baseball tales,  Dre has gone through it all in the Dodger Blue. 7 playoff appearances, the most of any L.A. Dodger, 6 division championships, the uncertainty of when and where he will play. He’s gone from looking up to…To being looked up to. We’ve all gone through the highs and lows with him.

 Dre making a fan happy at Rancho…

At this point, Dre knows his role is limited. He’s content with it. Dre also know’s the clock is ticking on his chance to win the big one. Deep down, we all know this as well. If the crowd reactions Dre receives are any indication, deep down inside, we all feel for Dre.  

Dre is now The Dean of The Blue. Deep down, we all know that this could be Dre’s last opportunity in a Dodger Blue uniform to win that big prize that has eluded him. That grand prize that has eluded The Blue for 28 years now.

While this year’s theme may be Win For Vin, and deservedly so…Deep down we also want to say…WIN FOR DRE !

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10 Years a Good Dre…Jeff Kent…Flashback Friday

picsart_06-18-07.05.15.jpgJeff Kent, Camera Day, June 2006

In his 17 year career, 10 of those years we’re spent in both the Halloween colors and the Dodger Blue, the latter 4 years in Blue. Kent is no stranger when it comes to the post-season drive.  During 9 of those combined 10 seasons with both The Good (Dodgers) and The Bad (Giants), from 1997-2002 with the Giants and from 2005-08 in The Blue Kent would play for playoff contending teams, appearing in post-season play 5 times, 3 with the Giants and 2 with The Blue. 

During his stay in both the Orange and Black and Dodger Blue, it was known that Kent wasn’t always the most rah rah figure in the clubhouse, as both Barry Bonds and Matt Kemp could attest. One thing about Jeff though, he may have had a no nonsense attitude, but you always knew you we’re getting the maximum effort. Jeff Kent would play a big role in one memorable moment late in 2006…

With the Giants losing again last night, since the All-Star break the hated ones have gone 2-10. In that span, the Dodgers have gained 4.5 games in the standings. With the August 1st non-waiver trading deadline looming, the trade rumors continue to swirl as Kansas City Royals closer Wade Davis has now entered the mix. 

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Flashback Friday…2006

The 2006 season would be my first season blogging. The 2006 season was one grueling grind. With a modest 42-46 record, The Blue would start off the 2nd half in St. Louis in ominous fashion, losing in 14 the the Red Birds on a Albert Pujols walk-off off Odallis Perez, as chronicled by my then in-game chat blog. Hey, this was 2006, long before Facebook group chats and Twitter and all it’s hashtags. This would be the start of a 1-14 stretch that found The Blue 7 game behind the Padres. Dodger manager Grady Little would later call it an extended all-star break. During that stretch which the offense was dormant to say the least I remember our favorite storyteller Vin after the end of an inning ” No runs, No hits and haven’t we said that a lot lately…”. Ouch

The Dodgers would turn it around, winning 15 of 16 en route to going 41-19 the rest of the season. There would be some magical moments during that stretch. Who could forget the 4 home run game?

The Blue would finish tied for first with the Padres with an 88-74 record. The rules of the day would give the Friars the official NL West Crown. The Blue would go on to lose to the Mets in the NLDS.

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The race is only beginning folks…

 

 

10 Years a Good Dre…Steve Garvey

picsart_07-08-06.28.12.jpg Steve Garvey, Camera Day, May 2008

As we head toward the All-Star game taking place in San Diego, also with the Padres finishing their 4 game series with The Blue, today’s 10 Years a Good Dre features a popular Dodger among the fans who wore the Dodger Blue for 14 seasons from 1969-82 before finishing his career as a Padre. Garvey was a 10x all-star from 1974-81 and twice with the Friars in ’84-85. Garvey to this day holds the NL record for consecutive games played at 1207. However, Garvey’s, and perhaps the Padres franchise most memorable moment may have been in Game 4 of the NLCS, Don Drysdale with the call… 

Of course, it would be a former Dodger with the call. I wonder if ever got a chance to call a memorable home run that involved one in a Dodger Blue uniform…

wp-1468126570671.jpeg Garvey’s retired number…As a Padre. I don’t see this being retired by The Friars if not for that home run in ’84. Many a Dodger fan still feels his number 6 in The Blue needs to be retired as well. Oh yeah, like the Dodger Blue touch I gave number 6 ?

wp-1468125673218.jpeg With the legend himself, April ’15

Blue Stars Shining Bright In America’s Finest City…

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Congratulations to Kenley Jansen, Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager on being nominated to the 2016 All-Star Game. The big focus of course will be on Corey Seager, our rookie SS who’s having himself a memorable season. Seager, the team leader in home runs, will be participating in this years Home Run Derby. This will mark the 2nd consecutive year a Dodger will be participating in the HRD, with Joc Pederson coming in 2nd last year. This will also be the 2nd consecutive season a Dodger rookie is taking part. I can only guess this is a first in team history.

Lots has been debated about the so-called Home Run Derby Curse . I along with many Dodger fans have been skeptical as well. Bill Plaschke is not so thrilled about Corey taking part either, pointing out Joc Pederson’s 2nd half swoon. However, Joc had already been on a swoon before the all-star break. It is debatable, but hey, this should not stop us from cheering the rookie on, right ? From Dodger fans i’ve spoke to, not many are concerned that his numbers will be affected come the 2nd half, when we’ll really need his productivity. Should Corey go in a slump, something all hitters go through eventually, it would just be a case of the league catching up to him. 

9th Inning…Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn

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10 Years a Good Dre…Shawn Green

picsart_05-26-03.14.42.jpg Shawn Green, Santa Monica, February 2011 during the Dodger Community Caravan…

Shawn Green would don the Dodger Blue for 5 seasons from 2000 to 2004. Acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in a trade that sent talented but embattled outfielder Raul Mondesi up north. In 2001, Shawn Green would slug an L.A. Dodger single-season best 49 home runs. 

In a game in May 2002 against the Brewers at Milwaukee’s Miller Park Green would tie an  MLB record by slugging 4 home runs in the same game while going 6 for 6. 

Green would have a huge Dodger playoff moment. Unfortunately, it came as a Met, during Game 1 of the 2006 NLDS. Perhaps you may remember ( Or forgot, or tried to) Green throwing out Jeff Kent and J.D. Drew at the plate on the same play as another former Dodger and his buddy Paul Lo Duca was on the receiving end. 

Shawn was also known to toss his batting gloves to a kid in the stands every time he homered. If there is a current Dodger who reminds me of Shawn Green it would be Andre Ethier. I have felt that way for quite some time. Right Field was their primary positions, both could hit for power, Shawn a little more. Shawn’s D may be a little more polished, however, Dre could play all 3 outfield positions. The one difference between Shawn and Dre ? One kept his emotions in, the other wore his emotions. I’ll let you guess who did what…

WOO-HOO…

Remember Shawn’s walk-up song…Blur…Song 2…WOO-HOO…Nothing like hearing 50,000 fans yelling the phrase in unison…

Spotlight’s on You Kid…

Julio Urias, 19, will make his Dodgers debut Friday and it could be the start of something really big

 

The stage is set at The Big Apple. Julio Urias, the Dodgers highly touted prospect, will get the start against the Mets at Citi Field. The 19 year old kid will be making his Major League debut at the age of 19. The last Dodger to make his debut at 19 ? Fernando Valenzuela…

Around the NL West…

After completing a stretch of 20 consecutive games played, in spite of certain offensive and bullpen struggles along the way, which also saw Kenley Jansen blow his first two games of the season after reeling off 13 straight saves, the Dodgers would actually wind up 11-9 during that stretch. The Giants, however, have been on a tear winning 12 of 13. The Rockies have begun to cool off a bit as they now find themselves 2 games under .500 ….

9th Inning…Ticket to Ride

As any traveler will tell you it is all but impossible to do everything you want to do. Ballpark travelers are no different. One of my regrets in my years of ballpark chasing is not having paid a visit to Shea Stadium. Aside from visiting the site of Mike Scioscia’s game tying 2 run home run in Game 4, it was also the site of the first rock n roll concert to take place at a ballpark as Shea would play host to my ( And perhaps yours..)  favorite band… The Beatles…

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Extra Innings…Drei and Shawn

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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…

 

 

 

 

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 ? 

 

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 !!!!