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Cruising The Bay, In One Day…Kid N Drei…Part 5…Drei’s Talez of Kezar and The ‘Stick…Kid’s Beatz From Hippie Hill

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When it comes to the beatz…When it comes to the talez…As Kid once told me…”We make magic together, Drei”

As I like to tell Kid, it’s Kid with The Beatz…Drei with The Talez. Though Drei tells many a tale of Kid N Drei, without Kid Marlz Beatz and other fun stuff, there is no magic behind Kid N Drei’s talez…

20170913_152405(0).jpgSourdough Sam in front of some old seats from Candlestick Park, many a familiar sight to Sammy…

Kezar Stadium. Home to the 49ers from 1946-70. Though the original structure was demolished in 1989, a sense of history can still be felt. After a nice stroll along The Golden Gate Bridge, Kid N Drei now find themselves inside the hallowed ground of old Kezar. Today, Kezar Stadium is the hosts to high school football games as the San Francisco Delta’s soccer. The 49ers have also been known to come back to Kezar once a year for pre-season camp. Mostly though, Kezar is used for recreational purposes, with locals roaming the track. Recently, Kezar installed seats from old Candlestick Park, giving fans, especially this one, a chance to soak in history from two of The City’s historic venues of past glory. Though Drei wasn’t around during Kezar’s heydeys, over the years, as a fan of the Dodgers and 49ers, Drei has had a love-hate relationship with Candlestick. It was at The ‘Stick where a dynasty was launched with one leap of a catch. It was also at Candlestick where Drei got his first taste of the Dodgers/Giants rivalry in 1982 thanks to one swing of Joe Morgan’s bat. Drei’s personal favorite Candlestick moment? Young to Owens, Catch 2.

20170913_152346.jpgOnly Drei can make these two get along…

20170919_000724.pngKid N Drei, enjoying a bit of tranquility inside Kezar’s surroundings…I’ll be honest. We weren’t exactly on our best behavior the entire time…But that’s for another day…Just think of parts of this day as “Boys Being Boys…”

After doing a lot of exploring through various Muni routes and a lot of walking, Kid N Drei decide to just “hella” chill for a bit inside Kezar’s historic surroundings…Soaking in the history…The atmosphere…The mystique. But most of all, Kid N Drei would just kick it, spending some quality time between the two brohams… The day really was going by so fast we hardly noticed time passing by. 

20170918_235446.pngKid N Drei, being all mischievous. As I said, we weren’t exactly on our best behavior the entire time, especially Kid…LOL 

Well, enough of Drei’s tale of Kezar and Candlestick. How ’bout we cruise on over to Hippie Hill, you know, for some of Kid’s beatz…You know, “Like Cruising Music…”

Sounds “Hella” good Drei !

Kid Marlz, putting on a show on the same hill where George Harrison, Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane entertained the anti-establishment during some Summer of Love, 50 years ago? “Is that “HELLA” right, Drei”

You really are “hella” feeling that Bay Area vibe, aren’t you Kid?

It that “hella” right, Drei ?

Hey Kid. Let’s take one last stroll through The Panhandle before we head to the ballpark.

Sounds “hella” good, Drei.

20170919_001334.pngFrom the Golden Gate… Love not hate…Through The Haight…Peace and Love…From Kid N Drei

Part 6, the last part, coming soon, with some holiday vibes. It took awhile to come back here, but Kid N Drei didn’t go anywhere… 

 

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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…)

 

Dear Vin…From Jubilation to Heartbreak, My Love-Hate Relationship With The City By The Bay

Dear Vin. In many ways, it is only appropriate that you finish your storied and distinguished career as two long time rivals battle it out. Two rivals who have a long history of Jubilation and Heartbreak. 

It was at Candlestick Park, the final game of the 1982 season, October 3rd, where I got my first taste of the Dodgers-Giants rivalry. The Dodgers needed to win and hope for a Braves defeat in San Diego to force a one-game playoff at Dodger Stadium for the NL West. The Dodgers got the help in San Diego. Unfortunately, in the home 7th with the score tied at 2 and the crowd yelling BEAT L.A, to the angst of this 8 year old,  Joe Morgan had other ideas

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It was Morgan’s 3 run blast over the right field fence that would knock the Dodgers out of the playoffs, leaving The Blue one game behind for the NL West. It would be my first true taste of the Dodgers-Giants rivalry. Joe Morgan may be best remembered for his time with the Big Red Machine of the 70s. This Dodger fan will always remember Morgan for one at-bat in the dreaded Halloween Colors…

IT’S A MADHOUSE AT CANDLESTICK…

What a lot of today’s younger fans may not know is that you once called gridiron action for CBS. On occasion you would pair up with John Madden. Heck, you nearly became John Madden’s permanent broadcast partner

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As we all know, Pat Summerall, another legendary voice would end up with the gig. But it wasn’t like you left the gridiron mic on a quite note…9 months prior, much to the joy of this Dodgers/49ers fan ( Yes Dodger fans, there are plenty of them…Just like there are plenty of Dodgers/Cowboys fans too) you called another epic moment between two longtime rivals, a moment simply known as…The Catch

It would be the end of an era…The end of one dynasty…The beginning of another one… What a way to go out…Ironically, this Sunday, down the road in Santa Clara, yup, both the Niners and Cowboys meet…Perhaps you can do both at one time?…You know Vin, I could only imagine you calling Niner games during the Montana to Rice years…Just imagine…

So there’s my story of my love/hate relationship with The City By The Bay…As The Blue heads north, with the hated ones battling for that last Wild Card spot, perhaps The Blue, even with the NL West all locked up, can provide more heartbreak in the City By the Bay…The way Joe Morgan tormented us in ’82…Imagine that…All for us and our rivals up north to enjoy. As fierce as the rivalry is, even our longtime rivals enjoy A Touch of Class…

 

Last Call For Vinny…From The Gridiron

Leading Off… R.I.P. Glen Frye

Vin _Frey.jpgVin Scully with Glen Frey, June 1985 (Jason Foster, Sporting News)

Glen Frey, one of the founding members of The Eagles, passed away this past Monday at the age of 67. At one time, Frey aspired to be a baseball announcer, even announcing alongside our very own Vin Scully during a game against the Houston Astros in 1985, announcing a 2 run home run by Pedro Guerrero. The shot called by Frey was part of a historic month for the Dodgers and Pedro Guerrero. Guerrero would set a franchise record for home runs hit in a single month, belting 15 for the month of June.

From the Diamond to the Gridiron…

 

As we get closer toward the Super Bowl, that just means we are that much closer to baseball. (YES !). Before the Super Bowl, we have the conference championships. If this past weekends games are any indication, the conference title games should be just as exciting. The AFC features two longtime heavyweights as the New England Patriots will take on the Denver Broncos in Denver, while the NFC game will pit the Arizona Cardinals and the Carolina Panthers.

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By now, many of you are aware that this upcoming season will be Vin Scully’s final season in the booth calling Dodger baseball. This season will be Vin Scully’s 67th season as our beloved storyteller. While many are aware of his work with the Dodgers, many may even remember him being during NBC’s Saturday Game of the Week, Vin Scully also called NFL games as well for CBS Sports from 1975-1982, at one time teaming up with John Madden. What many of us didn’t know, and probably many still don’t know, is that Vin was approached to be the original play-by-play man for ABC’S Monday Night Football

Vin_MaddenVin Scully and John Madden, @VinScullyTweet . Just imagine…

Last Call for Vin…

The_Catch,_Dwight_Clark,_S.F,_Ca._1981“Montana … looking … looking … throwing in the end zone … Clark caught it! Dwight Clark! [Crowd noise … 29 seconds] It’s a madhouse at Candlestick.”‘ Vin Scully

The 1981 NFL season would be Vin Scully’s final season calling games for CBS. CBS had decided that Pat Summerall worked better with John Madden thus making them the networks top announcing team for their Sunday lineup. Before leaving CBS, one of football’s more memorable moments took place during the 1981 NFC Championship was called by none other than the man himself. No one knew it at the time, but as Vin Scully would call his final NFL game ever, he would be calling the Death of a Dynasty, and The Birth of a New One, simply known to 49ERS fans as, The Catch

Now I know I am NOT the only Dodger fan out there who is also part of the Niner Faithful. Here’s the full game. You Dodgers/Cowboys fans are certainly more than welcome to watch as well…

We can all hope that this season will bring every Dodger Blue Blooded fan yet another memorable finish for our favorite storyteller. 

9th Inning… You Belong to the City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On This Day, August 22, 1965 , Marichal vs. Roseboro

Whenever the Dodgers and Giants meet, tensions are always at it’s highest, especially when both are in the midst of a pennant race as they are now. 50 years ago today, on August 22, 1965, with both teams battling for a NL Crown, one of baseball’s ugliest moments occurred at Candlestick Park between Dodgers catcher Johnny Roseboro and Giants pitcher Juan Marichal…

A Good Drei With Kid N Drei

roseboro_marichal The most famous on-field fight in baseball history took place between Dodgers catcher John Roseboro and Giants pitcher Juan Marichal. Juan Marichal would be suspended by NL President Warren Giles for 8 games, the equivalent of 2 starts. L.A. Times columnist Jim Murray writes ” Let a common citizen whack someone over the head with a bat and see what he gets…” . Maury Wills would call Giles a SOB. Though Marichal would only miss two starts, the two starts missed may have been crucial because the Dodgers would win the pennant by one game over, The Giants. Here is a recollection of that day’s events from Juan Marichal, who years later would become good friends with John Roseboro. It’s also been said that Roseboro played an integral part in Marichal’s induction to the Hall of Fame.

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Dodgers Turn to a Horse For Offensive Help

As many of you know by now, earlier today The Blue we’re not only swept up north by the hated ones, but not a single run scored during the entire 3 games. After such a fast offensive start, The Blue is going through a stretch of offensive ineptitude that goes back to Saturday’s contest with the Colorado Rockies. During that stretch of 45 innings, only 2 runs have crossed the plate. The pitching has done a respectable job in that stretch, allowing 17 runs, equating to a 3.40 ERA during that stretch. 

Baseball can be such a maddening game. One night, your dishing out 21 hits and scoring 11 runs, and then of course, you come back and you cant hit a lick. It happens. Even against our rivals. This is not the first time in the history of baseball a team has gone 30 plus innings without crossing the dish. This dubious achievement also happened to The Blue in June of 2012 against the Giants as well, and also during the 1966 World Series, as the Dodgers we’re not only swept by the Baltimore Orioles, they would not score a single run the final 33 innings of the series.

Hey Mr. Ed !!!

It’s funny how life can imitate art. Or something along those lines… In this classic Mr. Ed episode from 1963, titled ” Leo Durocher Meets Mr. Ed “, that lovable talking horse, Mr. Ed, call’s Dodger coach Leo Durocher during the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Giants at Candlestick Park to give him some offensive batting tips after the Dodgers struggle to lose the first game ( Sound familiar folks ? ). Mr. Ed and his trainer Wilbur Post would then be invited to Dodger Stadium to give more tips. How does this turn out ? A young Sandy Koufax, along with Moose Skowron, Willy Davis and Johnny Roseboro would also guest star, as well as another familiar voice that still keeps us entertained today. Some guy named Vin…

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Alan Young, Mr. Ed and Sandy Koufax. Dodger players and Hollywood often frequented each other…

Dodgers…Giants…1993, 103 Wins and Not a Wild Scene In The Bay

1993.  Not exactly a memorable season for the Blue.  The 1993 Dodgers would finish at .500 , 81-81, an 18 game improvement from 1992’s 63-99 showing, their worst in L.A. franchise history and the first ( and LAST ) time the Dodgers would finish in last place since 1905.  The 1993 season would mark Barry Bond’s first season with the hated ones after 7 seasons in Pittsburgh, with his final moment in a Bucs uniform coming in Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS as he was unable to throw out the speedster Sid Bream .  As the Braves would continue their yearly post-season run that would last until 2005 ( In the process dulling their fan base ) , the Pirates would go into a 20 year tailspin .  

In the meantime, the 1993 season would be the last season for baseball’s 2 division format.  That meant that even if you we’re baseball’s 2nd best team, if you we’re 2nd best in your division as well, that meant no October baseball.  Imagine a team winning 103 games and missing out on post-season play ?  Under today’s 2 team wild card format, that would be all but impossible today.

However, in 1993, one team that would win 103 games was on the outside looking in.  Yup, it was the San Francisco Giants.  Heading into the seasons final four games at Dodger Stadium, the NL West would come down between the Giants and the Atlanta Braves before divisional re-alignment took place . ( The baseball lords finally got their geography right.  When division play started in 1969, the Cubs and Cardinals we’re placed in the NL East, while the Reds and Braves we’re placed in the NL West ) .  The Giants, led by first year manager and former Dodger Dusty Baker, started the season hot behind the huge off-season acquisition of Barry Bonds.  The Giants had lead the NL West by as many as 9 games ( Sound familiar Dodger fans ? ) as late as July.  The Braves, coming off back to back NL pennants, we’re to good to fold and would eventually take over 1st place in the NL West.  The Giants would right themselves and after taking the first 3 games of the seasons final four at Chavez Ravine, the Braves and Giants would find themselves tied for the NL West lead heading into their final games of the season.  Some have called the 1993 NL West race the The Last Real Race .  In the context of today’s wild-card format, a true argument can be made of that.

So now, let Drei here take you back to that final game of the 1993 season .  October 3, 1993.  Earlier in the day, the Braves had defeated the first year expansion Colorado Rockies to ensure they would be playing at least one more game.  The Braves win would force the Giants into a win or go home situation, 103 wins and all.  Win, and the Braves and Giants play a one-game playoff the next evening at Candlestick Park to determine the NL West winner.  Lose, and the Giants, 103 wins and all, like the other 24 teams, start an early winter .  

As for Drei here, I was long aware of the fact this game meant nothing in the standings.  But for Drei and the many blue clad fans in the southland that day, this game WAS our World Series.  For the old-schoolers, this was to ease the pain of ’51 and ’62.  For us baby boomers of the early 90s, this was to ease the pain of  Joe Morgan’s home run in 1982 and Will Clark’s boastfulness in 1991 .  Would there be any dramatic finishes to this 1993 finale between The Blue and the Hated Ones ?  Hardly…

On this day, it would be the Dodgers who would do more than play the role of spoilers.  Backed by 2 home runs by Mike Piazza, who would win the 1993 NL Rookie of the Year honors, it would be the Dodgers driving a stake into the hearts of San Francisco, breaking many hearts in The City By The Bay.  Division re-alignment and the addition of the Central Division in both leagues would occur the following season in 1994, as well as the Wild Card format.  But on this day in 1993, the 103 win Giants squad would  spend the post-season like the other 24 teams, watching the post-season, much to the delight of this then 19 year old fan.  Many a Giants fans heart would be left broken… In San Francisco….  ( Is it too obvious a Dodgers fan is writing this ?) Of course our stadium organist Nancy Bea Hefley would be proud to remind the folks of Northern California as she would serenade everyone with Tony Bennet’s classic tune after the game’s final out…

San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers Piazza being greeted at home by Tim Wallach after crushing his second home run of the game that would knock the 103 win Giants team out of the playoffs

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MATT

wpid-img_3421357097977.jpeg A BIG HAPPY 30TH to The Bison !!!  Was it 2 months ago that many of you out there had a Love/Hate Relationship with Matt ?  Nothing like a great 2nd half run to quiet all doubters huh ?  As we head toward the post-season, I’ll say it once more.  This is STILL your team Matt !!!  Time for The Bison to take charge !  HAPPY 30TH Matt !!!

MAGIC NUMBER

wpid-img_16571948723949.jpeg After last night’s gut-wrenching 5-2 loss in 13 to the Giants , the magic number to clinch the NL West remains at 3.  Zack Greinke takes his perfect 4-0 record against the Giants to the mound for The Blue as he matches up against Madison Bumgarner in The Blue’s attempt to cut the magic number down to one.

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wpid-img_20140916_222740.jpg Time to Turn L.A. BLUE !!!