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Drei’s Notes On A Scorecard…4/6/2017 vs Padres…End of an Era For L.A. Sports

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Greetings. Welcome to my first edition of Drei’s Notes on a Scorecard. Today, our scorecards come from my first game of the year on 4/6 as The Blue would conclude their final game of a 4 game series with the Padres. On the notes from above, through 4, The Cuban Missile would do his damage from the bat, twice, driving in 2 runs each time for a total of four runs. That would be 3 home runs in two days for Yasiel Puig…

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Holy Charity From The Friars…

The Blue would score 6 more from the 6-7th innings en route to a 10-2 shellacking of The Friars. During that frame, The Friars would issue 8 walks, forcing in a run while also stealing one as well on a double steal. The Blue would only need 3 hits during that 6 run frame..

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A Not So Holy Welcome

This would be Jarred Weaver’s first start in a Padre uniform. Weaver would go 5, being taken deep twice by Puig. Weaver was acquired in February off free agency after a successful stint with the Angels.

Brandon McCarthy would go 6 strong, striking out 4. Luis Avilan and Chris Hatcher would have strong outings out of the ‘pen, with Hatcher striking out 3 in 2 innings.

So those are my first Notes On a Scorecard for 2017. It’s great to be back at the old ballgame…

Drei’s Ballpark Tales

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Featuring Blue Dog and his cousin from Rancho Cucamunga, Tremor…

 

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Nice day for these two to take in a ballgame…Nice of Tremor to make the trek from Rancho to see the big club with his cousin Blue Dog…Tremor’s Quakes kick off their season this week…

End of An Era for L.A. Sports…

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With the Kings 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks tonight, an golden era has come to an end. Bob Miller, the L.A. Kings announcer of 44 years, is hanging up the mic. Miller had experienced some health issues earlier this season however he did come back to broadcast the Kings final two games, including their home finale yesterday. 

Though the Kings will be left out of the post-season, this decade is been the kindest to Miller, as he would be on hand for their 2 Stanley Cup conquests in 2012 and 2014. 

L.A. sports fans, already and admittedly spoiled by Vin and Chick, all agree that of the 3, Bob Miller is undoubtedly the most underrated. Much of that of course has to do with the long history of success by both the Lakers and Dodgers.

Between the 3, a total of 16 World Championships we’re won by their respective teams. Today really does mark the end of a golden era in L.A. sports. Thank You Bob !

9th Inning…R.I.P. Mr. Potato Head

Over the years, the Dodgers have had many a celebrity pay The Ravine a visit. One of the biggest and long time Dodger fans from the Hollywood circuit passed away this past week. Don Rickles, a regular and a frequent player during the early days of the Hollywodd Stars game, passed away at the age of 90. In this clip from 1985, Don Rickles does a roast of The Boys in Blue…R.I.P. Don Rickles

 

 

My Favorite Dodgers-Giants Moments…From Vin

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Over the years you’ve told us many a tale about a rivalry between the North and the South…The tales have brought joy and heartbreak to both sides of our proud state. It was up north on the final day of the 1982 season where I got my first taste of this classic rivalry…

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Even among longtime bitter rivals, you are given the greatest amount of respect, as told by longtime broadcaster and the voice of the Giants, Jon Miller…

Photo courtesy Jon Miller (Vin Scully with Giants broadcasters, L-R, Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow, Jon MIller and Dave Flemming, 8/25/2016 via Jon Miller)

The stories over the years are countless. They resonate beyond Dodgers fans…Giants fans…baseball fans all over…

Yup. It’s hard to believe that in the 67 years you’ve told your tales, 37 of them that I’ve had the pleasure to listen to, everything has come full circle…

Drei’s 2 Favorite Dodgers-Giants Moments From Vin…

Like many of you, I have my share of more than just 2 Vin Scully moments involving the Good ( Dodgers ) and The Bad ( Giants )…Moments that I was there for…

2. October 3, 1993…103 Wins and Not a Scene In The Bay…

Just like 1982, the Giants had to win the final game of the season to force a one-game playoff against the Braves for the NL West crown. The Dodgers, particularly 1993 NL Rookie of the Year Mike Piazza, had other ideas…

The Dodgers would torch the Giants 12-1, leaving the hated ones one game behind the Braves. 1993 would be the last year of the pre Wild Card era. In spite of having baseball’s 2nd best record in 1993, the Jints we’re nowhere to be seen in late October, much to the delight of this fan, and the dismay of those who made the long trek down I-5, only to make the longer trek back home…( Perhaps that’s what Nancy Bea meant when she serenaded our visitors with Do You Know The Way to San Jose…). 

1. October 2, 2004…Wherever It Lands…

The Giants, 2 back of The Blue with 2 to play, carried a 3-0 lead into the home 9th. The Dodgers would rally to tie, then Steve Finley slammed his way into Dodger Blue lore…

The slam would give the Dodgers their first division title in 9 years. The hated ones would be knocked out of post-season play the next day…

It really hasn’t set in yet that this weekend is your final curtain call. It’s quite fitting that your final call comes with these two storied rivals on the field…The Dodgers and the Giants…One getting ready for a post-season run…One fighting for a post-season run..Yet it was you (And Joe Morgan, ironically Jon Miller’s longtime EPSN Sunday Night Baseball partner…) introduced this kid to the Dodgers-Giants rivalry…

Extra Innings…A Sunday Tale…From The LFP…With Kid N Drei…

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Kid: Drei, I’m gonna miss Vin more than I’ll miss Kobe…

Hey Kid…How ’bout a tune paying tribute to Vin…

(Best when listened with headphones…)

 

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 !!!!

 

Sights of Opening Day’s Past…

OPENING DAY LOGO 2016 Opening Day. For baseball fans, it’s like New Years Day. This is my 10th year presenting to you Good Dre in L.A. I’ve been lucky to attend a few of these Opening Days. It’s a new start for all 30 teams. What are Drei’s 2016 forecast for the  American League  and National League ? Will our teams cross paths come October?  

Here are some sights from Opening Day’s years past. 

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DODGERS_ODAY 2008 TD AND SWEET LOU Pregame ceremony. Former Dodgers Sweet Lou Johnson and Tommy Davis greeting each other in left field…

4/6/2009 at Petco Park

2009 would be a rarity for me as I got to do 2 Opening Day’s with the season starting at Petco and then a week later our home opener. I’m sure this week some of you will be doing the same…

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Victory Line. The Dodgers would finish with 95 W’s in 2009…

One Week later, 4/13/2009 at The Ravine…

DODGERS_ODAY 2009 PRESENTING OUR COLORS Presenting our nation’s colors…

DODGERS_ODAY 2009 WIN BIG Bills wins big over The Big Unit…

We would be part of and witness 2 historical events on this day…

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Presenting Our Nations Colors…

 Opening Day with The Lil’ Bro, Daniel

3/31/2011

Pregame, from the Top Deck…

DODGERS_ODAY 2011 GROUP PIC Post Game pic with our favorite DS usher, Dan the Man ! We miss you Dan…We know you’re cheering on The Blue up in that Dodger Blue sky…

4/10/2012…Celebrating Dodger Stadium’s 50th Anniversary 

 

Another Dodger win…

So those are some of my Opening Day sights over the years. I haven’t been to one in the last 4 years now as other obligations have taken over. But hey, a whole season is not determined on the 1st of 162 right ? IT’S TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL !!!

Drei’s Food For Thought For 2016

dodgers0831_2 The Dodger Dog. The number one food item among generations of Dodgers fans. One of the things we Dodger fans look forward to when visiting The Ravine. This is the Super Dog, my preference. A lot more beef than the usual foot long. 

Ballpark dining has come a long way from the usual hot dog, peanuts and cracker jacks, with Dodger Stadium being no different. Speaking of cracker jacks…

img_20160326_162158.jpg How ’bout this latest creation ? A Cracker Jack & Mac Dog, to be served at PNC Park this season. This latest creation from Pittsburgh,a town known for throwing just about anything in their sandwiches, tops this dog off with mac and cheese, jalapenos, Cracker Jacks drizzled with caramel sauce on pita bread. I wonder if that toy prize actually comes with the dog ?

Of course PNC Park is hardly alone when it comes to ballpark dining creativity, or yet, throwing some form of popcorn into their dog…

img_20160326_164137.jpg @FoxSportsSouth  Meet TED, The Everything Dog, being served at Turner Field. On top of that all beef dog is pretty much everything in both your fridge and cupboard, and some, including popcorn, chili and Coca-Cola infused BBQ sauce, among other accoutrements… That’s not the only thing Turner Field is introducing in it’s final season…

 Twitter @darrenrovell  Dubbed the Burgerizza, this gut buster is “grilled 20-oz. all-beef patty, covered with five slices of cheddar cheese, topped with crispy bacon, and served between two 8-inch pepperoni pizzas.” Obviously not approved by the folks at PETA… These are just two of the creations Turner Field will be serving up Braves fans in it’s grand finale. Of course, the league ballpark dining creations don’t end there, many of these making Dodger Stadium’s new food items for 2016 seem rather tame. 

King's Hawaiian loaded hot dog Matthew Moreno-DodgerBlue.com

The King’s Hawaiian Dog, a Super Dog inside of course a King’s Hawaiian bun, topped off with a pineapple salsa. The Dodgers during the last few years have served up themed dog’s based on a particular heritage night being celebrated or who the visiting team is. The themed dog’s have been mostly a hit, but like our national pastime, some misses as well. So, you may be asking, what themed dog’s has Drei had ? 

Heritage Dogs

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The Filipino Dog, served during last year’s Filipino Heritage Night. As a Filipino-American this was really more of a Hawaiian theme, with my fellow Pinoy Dodger fans echoing the same sentiment… Hit or Miss ? Miss

wpid-20140817_120823.jpg wpid-20140817_121625.jpg The Cuban Dog, served during Cuban Heritage Night/Day or when the Miami Marlins are in town. For those familiar the with the medianoche, this super dog is complimented with roast pork, ham, mustard, Swiss cheese and pickles. While I won’t be too picky to ask for this delight to be placed in a press, perhaps this dog would really go well on Cuban bread ? Hey, if the King’s Hawaiian can come in it’s own bread, why not the Cuban Dog ? Hit or Miss ? Hit

Visiting Team Theme Dog’s…

wpid-IMG_20130527_015246.jpg The St. Louis Dog, topped off with pulled pork, sweet bbq sauce and fried onion strips. Neither hit or miss, on this occasion I seemed to get more sauce than I did pork. 

Pike Dog The Pike Dog. Named after Seattle’s famous Pike Street, where on 1st and Pike some coffee shop sits, this was actually a Brooklyn Dog cream cheese and caramelized onions. Concept wasn’t quite there. Maybe some salmon inside the cream cheese could have bumped this dog up ? Hmm ? Lox and Dogs ? Hey, people in the Emerald City love their salmon…Hit or Miss ? Miss

PHILLY DOG The Philly Dog. My favorite of the visiting team themed dogs. There is no shortage of meat in this offering with this offering topped off with thinly sliced ribeye, whiz and onions. This even had the Phanatic’s approval, perhaps explaining why of the mascots featured here he has the biggest waist-line. A hit indeed and perhaps the only reason as of recent to  see the Phillies…

So those are some of the “themed” dogs that Drei has had a chance to devour, along with the Coney Dog (Tigers), Bratwurst ( Brewers. How original huh ? ) or the Chicago Dog (Cubs/White Sox), with the Philly Dog ranking as Drei’s top dog. Yeah, these Dog’s haven’t done much to help shrink Drei’s waist-line either… 

So, what other “visiting team themed dogs” does Drei here think Dodger Food Services can come up with? Hmm, how ’bout these suggestions…

Georgia Dog (Braves) Top it off with some sauteed vidalia onions and cole slaw

Cincy Dog (Reds) Some Cincy chili with a hint of cinammon

And if the Blue Jays ever make it back here 

Poutinne Dog. The thought of a super dog topped with fries, gravy and cheese curds has me drooling

 It probably won’t be long before they start selling tums or Rolaids in the stands. Frankly, I really don’t think the Dodgers are to worried about trying to outdo the league in regards to the ballpark culinary cuisine.  Because at the end of the day, the Dodger Dog is still the top dog among the blue blooded Dodger fans.

marls_2 GAMEOVER2 Seems like all this talk of food has got GlutenFreeSounds, Kid Marley Marlz,  into a food coma… Speaking of Gluten Free, something I highly doubt these food creations are, Kid Marley Marlz and his…GlutenFreeSounds

 

 

 

 

Magic Number Countdown…2

Lasorda With the Dodgers being swept in Colorado this weekend, the magic number to clinch the NL West remains at 2. Though it’s been on 2 since Friday, it sure seems like it’s been stuck on 2 for a while. So as the Dodgers head to San Francisco for a 4 game series, we feature Uncle Tommy.

From 1958-1996, the L.A. Dodgers had a combined 2 managers. From the end of the 1976 season through the middle of the 1996 season, Tommy Lasorda patrolled the Dodger dugout, leading the Blue to 7 division titles, 4 NL pennants, and 2 World Championships, compiling a 1,599–1,439 as the skipper for The Blue…

Battle for the West

Though the Dodgers need only to win one of four in San Francisco, the Dodgers and Giants have had plenty of memorable moments in throughout their storied rivalry in the Battle For The West….

Morgan_Clark 10/3/1982. On the final day of the season, Joe Morgan would crush any hopes of the Dodgers defending their World Championship of 1981. Greeting Morgan at the plate, Jack Clark. Clark would inflict more wounds 3 years later in a St Louis Cardinals uniform… ( SF Chronicle )

Dodgers_Finley Slam10/2/2004 Steve Finley’s slam in the 2nd to final day of the season, would clinch the NL West and for all intents and purposes, knock the Giants out of post-season play… ( Getty Images )

We got 7 games left, four in The Bay. One win, and we’re in !!! Zack Greinke, who missed his last start, is slated to take the hill tomorrow night. Adrian Gonzalez is also hopeful for tomorrow as well. With the division title in sight, this would be the first time in franchise history the Dodgers would make it to post-season play in 3 consecutive seasons. 

Extra Innings… Kid Beats

Marley_Elysian Featuring Kid Marley Marlz…

Hey Kid, being swept in Colorado has some of our Dodger fans in an uptight mood. How ’bout loosening L.A’s mood ? Here’s a snippet from Kid Marley 

Kid N Drei_ Dodgers Win We’re this close to another division title kid !!! ‘Til the next episode… LETS GO DODGERS !!!