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Beyond The Ballpark… L.A.’s Sights and Sounds

Before we go Beyond The Ballpark, here’s some off-season briefs going on around The Ravine, as the Dodgers offer a $15.3 M qualifying offer to Hanley Ramirez  .  Hanley has until the 10th of this month to accept his 2015 offer, or test the free agent market.  Though Hanley did have a reasonable post-season, his bat was still somewhat in question during the season and was a late inning defensive replacement often down the stretch.  Also, Dan Haren has opted to exercise his $10M option to return in 2015 so should he be able to maintain his momentum from the 2nd half of last season, the Dodgers should have a solid rotation up to the 4th spot.  Aside from the obvious needs in the bullpen, the Dodgers should also be looking to acquire a 5th starter as well, with Josh Beckett retiring and the Dodgers buying out Chad Billingsley’s $14M 2015 option for $3 million .  

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Sights and Sounds, From Franklin Hills to Mid-City to the SGV

As we all know by now, Drei here know’s nothing of an off-season.  Drei here likes to seek as much from this city we and the Boys in Blue call home, L.A. .   So, what sights and sounds does Drei bring you today ? First up, we venture through the Franklin Hills district on a nice Saturday evening walk to the site of the first Walt Disney animation studios, where Josh here gives a brief documentary of the history behind Walt’s first studio.  Also, if you happen to venture down south to San Diego and have a vesting interest what sights SD has to offer, check out Cool San Diego Sights to see what sights and activities are happening in the 619…


In the mood for a little ska ?  Check out this clip from the JDozer and his band Red Sun, who hail from the 626 out in San Gabriel.   The audio is a bit off, but Drei here think’s you’ll enjoy the beats that Jason has for you. This was from a recent performance over at Cheers in San Gabriel.   After listening to his beats, you may be asking yourself… WHAT HAPPENED ?


And from L.A.’s Mid City, DJ Reno Sparkz shares with us some of his Funk Hip-Hop lyrics as the resident DJ/MC goes SPARKING THA GREENLAND.  From Reno… ” PEEP THIZ, PEEP IT LOUD “

So these are just some of the Sights and Sounds throughout L.A. that Drei here has in store for you.  What type of  Sights and Sounds from local Indie talent and artists does Drei have for you next,  as Drei tries to keep active and busy during the off-season ?  Stay tuned… ‘TIL THE NEXT EPISODE…


Dre’s Tuesday Thought’s

R.I.P. Shirley Temple Black.


As many of you know by now, Hollywood has lost another icon. Shirley Temple Black , perhaps the most popular child actor of all-time, passed away at the age of 85 . In this tribute to Shirley Temple Black , Jon Weisman from Dodger Insider shares this clip of Shirley Temple Black at a 1939 charity comedy baseball game .

Bills and Beckett Eager to Get Back On the Hill

Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett , two pitchers who we’re expected to make huge contributions to the Dodgers pitching staff last season, are looking to get back in the thick of things with both pitchers reporting successful throwing sessions. This could also be a battle of Comeback Player of the Year Award between the two. However, with the acquisition of Paul Maholm the battle for the 5th spot remains up in the air. Other than that, I really am excited about our pitching staff this year, as both pitchers and catchers have reported to Glendale.

Gay Athletes. What’s The Big Deal ?

The news of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam coming out has been headline news these last couple of days. Recently, manager Don Mattingly expressed that he expects an MLB player to eventually reveal their personal life choice . In a society where discrimination and phobias are still highly expressible, if not entirely visible, perhaps even more so today in this world of social media easily accessible to anyone, should an athletes sexual preference really be a big deal ? I would not doubt it if there are more professional athletes who have domestic interests when it comes to their preferences but have chosen to keep mum about it. Heck, if a ballplayer can hit a 95MPH fastball halfway up the LF Pavilion on a regular basis, can get a hit 3 out of every 10 times at the plate and drive in 100 runs, his or her choices in life outside the yard , whether you agree with them or not, should be irrelevant.

Spring Training. You Can’t Come Soon Enough

Spring Training . Of all my ballpark road trip experiences, I have yet to do Spring Training. My one regret is not ever seeing a game at Vero Beach, where the Dodgers trained until 2008. I have yet to do Camelback Ranch either. Perhaps one day, if i’m lucky, this March, I will get the opportunity to experience the joys of Spring Training in Arizona.

DaaDozer DaaDozer, one of my loyal Instagram (@good_drei ) followers, along with DesertDodger, got their game faces on already at Camelback .

26 Years and Counting Since 1988, Part 2, 2000 and Beyond

 This is Part 2 of a post from last year originally titled 25 Years and Counting Since 1988, now retitled 26 Years…. , briefly recapping each season from 2000 all the way to this past year .  In the meantime, who would have imagined a World Series between Kansas City and the Giants .  Yeah, it hurts,  but the Giants earned their way in folks.  Want some other painful facts ?  This is now the Giants 5th World Series appearance since our last one , yup, 26 years ago in 1988….


Last we looked back upon the 90’s. The four Rookies of the Year winners, the transition from the O’Malley’s to the Fox ownership. Yeah, the 90’s weren’t exactly the most glorious times for our Boys in Blue we’re they ? Certainly the new millenium would see some brighter days.

Outside The Yard

Glory would indeed return for L.A. sports fans but not yet for the Dodgers as the Lakers would make it to the NBA Finals 7 times, winning in 5 of the 7 appearances, the first 3 with the Kobe-Shaq duo and the final 2 with the Kobe-Gasol tandem.

shaqkobetitles Shaq and Kobe, 2000-2002

kobeGasol_titles Kobe and Gasol, 2009 and 2010

Around the U.S. , George W. Bush, son of the former President, and Vice President Al Gore hold a virtual dead-heat for the presidency, with a disputed vote in Florida holding off the naming of the winner of the President Election until the Supreme Court of the United States voted in favor of Bush on December 12. This ruling gave Florida to the Bush camp by a 527 vote majority, and a victory in the Electoral College, 271-266, despite gaining less popular votes than Gore. 8 years later, Barack Obama would make history, becoming the United States first ever African-American president.



September 11, 2001 – A day we will all never forget…. Islamic fundamentalist terrorists hijack four U.S. airliners and crash them into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in New York City. The attack of two planes levels the World Trade Center and the crash of one plane inflicts serious damage to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, causing nearly 3,000 deaths. The fourth plane is heroically crashed by passengers into a Shanksville, Pennsylvania cornfield when they learn of the plot, preventing destruction of another structure in Washington, D.C., supposed to be the White House or the Capitol building. The plot is attributed to the Al-Qaeda organization led by Osama Bin Laden.



And baseball has always been a great escape from the world’s realities

2000 86-76 2nd Place

Talented but surly outfielder Raul Mondesi would be traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for local star Shawn Green. . Eric Karros became the L.A. Dodger all-time leader with his 229th home run and Dave Hansen set a Major League record with seven pinch-hit home runs. Kevin Brown led the league in E.R.A. with 2.58 . All these accomplishments would lead to a 2nd place finish, 11 games behind the Giants. Davey Johnson would be fired as manager after only 2 seasons as skipper of The Boys in Blue.

2001 86-76 3rd Place

In Jim Tracy’s first season as the Dodgers manager, the Dodgers, in 1st place through much of the summer, would finish 6 games behind the eventual World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks for the NL West. Shawn Green would set an all-time Dodgers record by smashing 49 home runs.


2002 92-70 3rd Place

Shawn Green would hit 42 home runs, becoming the first L.A. Dodger to have back-to-back seasons of 40 or more, Four of those home runs came in one game, May 23 at Milwaukee, tying a Major League record. In that game, Green set a Major League mark for total bases (19). Eric Gagne, in his first season as a closer, would start his record setting save streak in late October that would last into the 2004 season while also setting a club mark with 52 saves. However, the Dodgers would miss out again on post-season play, finishing 7 games behind the defending World Champion DBacks and 3 back of the hated Giants for the NL Wild Card.

2003 85-77 2nd Place

The Dodgers would make another run for a postseason berth as the Wild Card team, but once again, they would fall short, winning 85 games, finishing a distant 16 games behind the Giants for the NL West and 6 games behind Wild Card winner and 2003 World Champion Florida Marlins, who had a huge contribution in Game 4 from some 20 year old rookie named Miguel Cabrera. Eric Gagne became the first Dodger to earn the NL Cy Young Award since 1988, converting all 55 of his save opportunities and entered 2004 with 63 consecutive saves over a two-year period. Gagne had a 1.20 ERA in 77 games and struck out 137 batters in 82.1 innings

t1_gagne Welcome To The Jungle

2004 93-69 1st Place, NL West Champions

Prior to the off-season, Frank and Jamie McCourt would purchase the Dodgers for $430 Million. The McCourts would own the Dodgers until the 2011 season ( I’ll keep my commentary to myself on this one…) . On the field the Dodgers were led offensively by Adrian Beltre, who won a Silver Slugger Award for leading the Major Leagues with 48 home runs. Eric Gagne won his second consecutive National League Rolaids Relief Man championship after establishing the all-time Major League record with 84 consecutive saves. The NL West would not be decided until the 2nd to final game of the season. With the Giants 2 games back with 2 to play against The Blue, they would enter the home 9th up 3-0. A win by the Giants, and they close to within 1 game of the NL West leading Dodgers heading to the final game of the season. After tying the game at 3, Steve Finley steps to the plate…

The Dodgers would win the NL West for the first time since 1995, leaving the hated Giants 2 games behind. The Dodgers would bow out to the St Louis Cardinals in the NLDS, as Jose Lima would pitch a complete game shutout in Game 4, the first Dodgers post season win since winning it all in 1988.

2005 71-91 4th Place

The 2005 season started off promising as the Dodgers would storm out of the gate with a 12-2 start. Unfortunately, that was as good as it got as they w finished the 2005 season 71-91, their worst record since the 99-loss season of 1992, only 11 games out of the first place Padres, who won the division with a not-so impressive 82-20 mark. They finished in fourth place for the first time since 1993. The roster was decimated by 24 disabling injuries and the club used 20 rookies. After 4 seasons as the skipper, Jim Tracy would be fired, as well as GM Paul DePodesta, who took the brunt of the blame from the fans for his frugal ways of operation.

2006 88-74 1st Place Tie, Wild Card

After falling 8 games below .500 into late July, the Dodgers would finish on a torrid 41-19 mark, tied for first with the Padres for the NL West, earning themselves a wild-card berth. The highlight of the season would come in mid-September as the Blue, down 4 to the Padres heading to the home 9th, would belt 4 consecutive home runs, by Jeff Kent, J.D. Drew, Russell Martin, and Marlon Anderson. After falling behind in the 10th, Nomar Garciaparra would end it all with a 2-run shot. The Dodgers would be swept in the NLDS by the New York Mets.

2007 82-80 4th Place

The Dodgers would have the best record in the National League through 100 games, but a late season swoon and some clubhouse dissension, much of it between old-school veteran Jeff Kent and up and coming not quite in his prime Matt Kemp, would leave the Dodgers 8 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks. Grady Little would be dismissed at Dodgers manager after 2 seasons, making way for former Yankees manager Joe Torre.

2008 84-78 1st Place

A late-season surge, aided by the acquisition of Red Sox castoff Manny Ramirez, unleashing the most amazing two months of offense the Dodgers have ever seen, hitting .396 down the stretch would lead the Dodgers to NL West title and their 3rd post-season appearance since 2004 with a modest 84-78 record. Chad Billingsley led the club with 16 wins while Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp established themselves as every-day outfielders and James Loney drove in 90 runs. The Dodgers would sweep the heavily favored Cubs in the NLDS ( They really are cursed, aren’t they ) before bowing out to the eventual World Champion Phillies in the NLCS in 5 games. The turning point would be Matt Stairs moster shot off Jonathan Broxton with 2 outs in the top 8th, giving the Phillies a 7-5 lead that they would not surrender. Cole Hammel’s and company would shut it down the next evening. With Broxton as our future closer and the heat he throws, you would want him on the hill should another big game be on the line, right ?

2009 95-67 1st Place

The 2009 season would not only be one of the more exciting season for the Dodgers , it would also be remembered for the 50-game suspension received by Manny Ramirez for violating the MLB drug agreement. Andre Ethier took over as the main run producer with 31 homers ( 4 of those homers in walk-off fashion) and 106 RBIs, with Matt Kemp adding 26 homers, 101 RBIs, 34 steals. The Dodgers would sweep the Cardinals in 3 straight in the NLDS to set up a rematch with the Phillies in the NLCS. Just as in Game 4 the previous year, Jonathan Broxton , 36 saves in 2009, would be thrust into the spotlight once again. With one out in the home 9th, up came a struggling Matt Stairs. Now certainly Broxton didn’t have this on his mind…

He would walk Stairs in 4 pitches, none of them close to the plate. After a hit batsman and a infield pop, with 2 outs, clinging to a 1 run lead, 1 out away from tying the NLCS at 2 games apiece, up came Jimmy Rollins…

The Phillies, like in ’08, would wrap it up in 5, this time they had the privledge of celebrating in front of their home fans. Broxton, in spite of making the all-star team in 2010, would to this day be remembered by most Dodger fans for 2 pitches we all wish he could have back.

So, as exciting as 2009 was, it would end on a sour note. But hey, with back to back division titles and NLCS appearances and 4 playoff appearances in 6 years under the McCourt regime, we’re certainly that much closer to bringing home our first World Series title since ’88 right ?

2010 80-82 4th Place

After going 49-39 in the first half, the Dodgers would finish 12 games under .500 the rest of the way and at 80-82, finish under .500 for the first time since 2005. Matt Kemp would only hit .248 for the season, and Jonathan Broxton was never the same after a 48 pitch meltdown against the Yankees in June. ( Though as I said most Dodgers fans will only remember him for two pitches ) Clayton Kershaw would become the ace of the future, finishing the season with a 2.91 ERA. They would finish 12 back of the eventual World Champion Giants, thier first in San Francisco in 52 years. ( Yes, there was a reason I posted that fact !!! )

2011 82-79 3rd Place

The 2011 season would be marred by the senseless beating of Giants fan Brian Stow in the Dodger Stadium parking lot, as well as being placed in bankruptcy protection no thanks to Frank and Jamie, attendance would fall south of 3 million for the first time since 1992 in a non-strike shortened season. After being as much as 14 games below .500, the Dodgers would put on a late surge, not enough to post a threat for a post-season spot, but enough to put them over the .500 mark for the season. Clayton Kershaw won the Cy Young Award and Matt Kemp just missed a batting Triple Crown and the MVP Award while playing for new manager Don Mattingly. Kershaw, Kemp and Andre Ethier were All-Stars and won Gold Glove Awards.

2012 86-76 2nd Place

On May 1st, it was official. The days of the McCourt regime we’re over !!! The arrival of new ownership – Guggenheim Baseball Management, headed by controlling partner Mark Walter and partners Magic Johnson, Stan Kasten, Peter Guber, Bobby Patton and Todd Boehly, would take over full operation of the franchise. In first place for much of the season and led by defending Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, the pitching staff ranked third in the Major Leagues in ERA and opposing batting average, but the offense struggled while centerpiece Matt Kemp battled injuries. In spite of the late season acquisitions of Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Brandon League, Joe Blanton, Randy Choate, Nick Punto and Carl Crawford ( Crawford was on the DL in ’12 ), the Dodgers would finish 2nd to the Giants once again as the hated ones would win their 2nd WS title in 3 years.

2013 92-70 1st Place

After falling as much as 12 games below .500 as late as June, the Dodgers would go on an unbelievable 40-8 from June 22 to the middle of August, overcoming a 9.5 game deficit to the DBacks en route to the NL West crown. At one point the club won 15 consecutive road games, the first NL team to do that since 1957, and they went unbeaten in 18 consecutive series.
Dodgers pitchers led the Major Leagues with 22 shutouts and were second in the league with a 3.25 team ERA. That included Clayton Kershaw, who won his third consecutive ERA title at 1.83, the lowest in the NL since Greg Maddux’s 1.63 in 1995. Kershaw combined with Zack Greinke to go 31-13, and Kenley Jansen would replace Brandon League as closer and Brian Wilson, signed in July after his recovery from Tommy John surgery, took over as set-up man. The offense, was led by Adrian Gonzalez’s 100 RBIs. Hanley Ramirez, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier all battled injuries, but Ramirez’s return in June coincided with the club’s turnaround, as did the arrival of Cuban rookie Yasiel Puig. The Dodgers would enter the playoffs without Matt Kemp, but it would not affect them in the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves, knocking them out in 4 games.

The NLCS would be a different story. The Dodgers and Cardinals would battle through 5 games that we’re close enough either team could have won , especially the Dodgers if for some clutch hitting and perhaps Don Mattingly not over analyzing . With the Dodgers trailing 3 games to 2 heading back to St. Louis for game 6 and Kershaw on the mound, we really had to like our chances. However, even the best get snake-bitten at even the worst possible times.

So there you have it. 25 years since 1988. 25 years of ups and downs. Yet we still wait confidently for World Series trophy number 7 to come. 25 years. It’s been so long now that I’ve spoken to lots of you Dodger fans over 21 who have still yet to experience a World Series. I feel your pain. That’s what we do as Dodger fans. That’s what we do as fans period. We stick with our team through the good ( This past season ) and the bad ( No WS appearances in 25 years ) and the ugly ( McCourt ownership ) . 25 years is a long time. But I am confident we will not be waiting another 25 years before another World Series title comes to The Ravine.

matt_dre Next Year Bison !!! It’s back to doing things big !!!

dre_dre So Dre, are you going to be around In the End next year for the celebration ?

And finally, I want to thank you the readers who have made this October a really fun one. My goal was to make it to the MLBlogs.com top 50 fan list, which I did back in March. Because it’s based on total views, I don’t know if I crack the list especially after viewership dropped understandably once the Dodgers we’re eliminated. I did, however, achieve the most visitor counts ever for my blog so again, thank you all for dropping by. I probably won’t be posting as much now at least until Spring Training as blogging, while I enjoy it, can be very time consuming as well. I hope you all have a great “off-season”, and here’s hoping to an even bigger 2014 !!!!

As for the 2014 season…

2014 94-68 1st Place

Though the 2014 campaign would come to an abrupt end, lasting only 4 games into the NLDS before bowing out to the Cardinals for the 2nd straight year, there we’re still plenty of memorable moments, from the no-hitters from Josh Beckett and Clayton Kershaw , to Matt Kemp’s resurgence in the 2nd half, Adrian Gonzalez leading the league in RBI’s , to another Cy Young season from Mr. Kershaw, who has now won the E.R.A.  title four seasons in a row, and of course, erasing a 9.5 game deficit to capture the NL West flag for the 2nd straight season.  Unfortunately, Kershaw would unravel in the post-season and alongside a leaky bullpen, the Dodgers season would end not even 10 days into October.

Like the rest of you, I was disappointed as well.  When $235 million is spent on player salary, expectations are certain to be high.  The bottom line is simple.  The Dodgers simply did not meet , ok, let me rephrase that, they did not entirely meet our expectations.  (  I may be putting it lightly folks ) .  Many we’re quick to put blame on Mattingly.  I disagree.  While I was not crazy about some of his strategic move both during the regular and post-season, I felt he did an admirable job dealing with as many high strung ego’s in the dugout to get The Blue as far as he did.  As for the post-season, he only played the hand he was dealt.  Unfortunately, there was no bluff to call. That’s the post-season.  That’s baseball. 

So it’s been 2 weeks now since the bitter end.  Though I’m long over the shock, as a Dodger fan,  these 2 weeks have still felt long.  Should that be The Blue playing in the Fall Classic ?  Perhaps.  But as for the 2014 chapter of Dodger Baseball, we’ll never know…

Tweet of the night from Steve Lyons (@SteveLyons12) and Other Thoughts

Earlier tonight during the telecast you may have seen the segment where Steve Lyons was giving us a tour of Citi Field and stopped by the Shake Shack burger stand ( A local favorite ) and had himself what looked like a double cheeseburger. ( Looked good BTW…)  So, being a proud native of L.A., I couldn’t help but to tweet him ( My twitter is good_drei )and ask… In N Out or Shake Shack.  I think it’s safe to say Psycho knows what a hamburger is all about….

Steve Lyons (@SteveLyons12) tweeted at 9:32 PM on Wed, Apr 24, 2013:
“@Good_Drei: @SteveLyons12 #InNOut or #ShakeShack ? Who gets the edge ?”inNout… Wanted to say that!

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Other Thoughts from Tonight….

Good to see Matt Kemp finally get his first 4 bagger.  Currently he is 9 for 22 on the current road trip .   Good to see Matt’s back on track. 

Nice outing by Ted Lilly tonight, giving us 5 strong in his first outing back in almost a year from the DL.  Speaking of…

Best wishes to Chad Billingsley as he will have Tommy John surgery performed on him.  What ever happened to our depth in starting pitching ? 

Tonight was a tough one to swallow.  We we’re one out away from a 3 game winning streak.  Just gotta come back strong tomorrow.  Hopefully we get a good 7 plus innings from Hyun-Jim Ryu.  The bullpen could use some rest….

Post Game Tweet 7/23/2012 Dodgers 5 Cardinals 3 (@Good_Drei)

WWWWW 5 of these in a row for The Blue !!! Go #Dodgers !!! — Good_Drei (@Good_Drei) 5 in a row for The Blue !!! Big night for Luis Cruz ( 3 run homer ) and a big 2 out 2 run double by Mark Ellis. Chad Billingsley pitches a strong 6 tonight !!! Can we see more of these down the road Chad ? 5 in a row for The Blue, 8 in a row over the Red Birds going back to last year . Kershaw tomorrow, Go Dodgers !!!

Looking Back on the First Half….May

The month of May would give me the pleasure of being at The Ravine 6 times with the Blue going 4-2 in that span.  Here’s my May recap….

Dodger vs Giants, 5/9

Tim Lincecum would get off to a slow start this season for the Giants, a slump that still lingers over him heading toward the 2nd half of the season.  A 4 run 4th for the Blue off Lincecum, capped off by a 3 run pinch hit triple by Tony Gwynn Jr. would lead the Blue past the hated ones 6-2.  Rookie Scott Van Slyke would make his big league debut off the bench with a pinch hit RBI single.

Dodgers and Giants fans can get along…. Hey Will, why no black and orange with your Giants gear ?


Dodgers vs DBacks, 5/14-5/15

Though I have no pictures or scorecards to document the brief two game series I went to, I did indeed attend these games in which the Dodgers and Snakes split this two game series.   The first game would be a battle of two 20 game winners from last season as Clayton Kershaw would match up against Ian Kennedy.  Things got a little testy with Kershaw and the Snakes having a little history with each other going back to last season.  A first inning homer by Andre Ethier and 7 strong from Kershaw would lead the Dodgers to a 3-1 win.  Justin Sellers would make a spectacular catch of a foul pop in the 9th as well.



Game 2 of this mini series would see Chad Billingsley struggle once again as the DBacks behind 13 hits and a strong outing by Wade Miley knock the Blue around 5-1.  This would be Orel Hershiser Bobblehead night .  Orel would throw out the first pitch before the game.  Orel had asked former Dodger great and current DBack manager Kirk Gibson to be the recipient of the first pitch, to which Kirk declined, stating that if he had been out of baseball, he would have said yes, but right now, his commitment is to his team.  And I have no problem with that.


Dodgers vs Cardinals 5/19-20

Facing the World Champs in the 2nd and 3rd games of this 3 game series, Clayton Kershaw would go the distance in game 2 of this 3 game set and pitch a complete game shutout 6-0.  Justin Sellers, whom I had the chance to meet before the game during fanfest activities, would crank a solo shot for the Blue….


What up Justin !!!!



The Final Totals from Kershaw’s Complete Game Shutout


In the final game of  the 3 game set with the Cardinals the Dodgers would jump out to an early 2-0 lead only to have the Red Birds rally against Chad Billingsley and take a 5-2 lead.  Down 5-3 in the bottom of the 7th rookie Scott Van Slyke, the son of former Red Bird Andy Van Slyke ( Better known for his days with the Pirates ) pinch hitting for Adam Kennedy, with 2 outs and 2 runners on would deposit a 3-0 pitch ( Mattingly had a lot of confidence in the kid to let him swing 3-0 ) to the left field pavillion, sending this Sunday night crowd of over 44,000 into a frenzy and giving the Dodgers a 6-5 lead, which they would hang onto en route to a 3 game sweep of the World Champs.  Going back to last year, the Dodgers have won their last 7 against the Cardinals….


The Champs are swept away….





DODGERS vs BREWERS, 5/31/2012

The final game for the month of May would not be so kind as Chad Billingsley  struggles yet again ( Haven’t we heard that a lot this season ) as the Milwaukee Brewers sweep the Dodgers 4 straight.  Homers by Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Gomez would be huge for the Brew Crew.   The Dodgers would go 1-6 against the Brewers this season.

Ivan De Jesus Jr. and Aramis Ramirez of the Brewers engaging in a little talk amongst each other



And so I see the Blue Crew go 4-2 in the month of May in games I attended.  It was an exciting month, watching Scott Van Slyke get his first big league homer against his dad’s former team, as well as seeing Lincecum struggle, which he continues to do.  How long will he continue to struggle, who knows ?  Later, looking back on June and July.  Given all the different lineups Mattingley has used in the 1st half and the lack of production from our corner infielders, as well as Chad Billingsley’s inconsistency, we still sit a mere half game in 1st place.  What move’s will our front office make to bolster the lineup who knows ?  Will Cole Hamels be dressed in Dodger Blue come this time next month ?  Do we get another bat to add more depth to an offensivly challenged offense ?  It’s always a Good Dre at the Ballpark !!!  And I will be continuing with this blog and as I attempt to do my in-game posts from the Ravine hopefully many of you amongst to 50,000 strong won’t interfere with my uploads……LOL.  You may also notice that I posts my notes from the scorecards .  Keeping score has been something i’ve done since I was a kid.  Oh yeah, I also do plan to send an occassional tweet here every now and then and you can follow me on twitter @Good_Drei .  OK, more pics from around the Ravine from the month of May.  Here’s to a great 2nd half….GO DODGERS !!!!




Looking Back on the 1st Half…APRIL

Well, this has been quite a first half of the season.  Matt Kemp has been out since the middle of May, Dre hasn’t been healthy himself lately and will be out until next Friday, Our Boys in Blue recently endured a 2-11 skid, including a stretch where they we’re shut out in 3 consecutive games and in 4 of 5, in which during that stretch they scored a grand total of 2 RUNS !!!!  Yet we still find ourselves 1.5 games in front of the Giants for first place in the NL West !!!! 

Indeed this has been an exciting 1st half of the season and the 2nd half should be even more exciting.  Like the rest of you , i’m most definately looking forward to the return of both Kemp and Ethier.  Anyways, here’s a rundown and some pics of game’s I went to , first, the month of April….

OPENING DAY, 4/10/2012

Opening Day, 1962

Opening Day, 2012.  Hey, I did my best to duplicate the moment 50 years later….

Opening Day.  A day that really should be a national holiday for baseball fans everywhere !!!   Kershaw would go a strong 7 but in the bottom of the 8th with the score tied at 1, Andre Ethier, celebrating his 30th birthday, would smash a go-ahead solo shot into the right field pavillion lifting the Boys in Blue to a 2-1 victory over the Pirates.  The Dodgers would go on to sweep the 3 game series over the Bucs, who at this moment hold a 2 game lead in the NL Central.

The final totals for Opening Day

Opening Day with my crew, Josh, Sergio, and my lil’ bro Daniel

Dodgers vs Padres, 4/14

Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier would greet Padre rookie Joe Wieland ( Making his first MLB Start ) with back to back jacks in the first, and the Dodgers would cruise to a 6-1 win over the Friars, raising their record to 8-1.  Ted Lilly would get the win for the Blue

Dodgers vs Padres, 4/14/2012.  The final totals….



Juan Uribe would lead the Dodger offense with 4 hits tonight ( No, this is not a misprint !!! ) and the Dodgers behind a stellar pitching performance by Chris Capuano would knock Jair Jurjens and the Braves around 7-2…..

The final totals, Braves vs Dodgers, 4/23/2012



This would be Bryce Harper’s first big league game with the 1st place Nats.  Chad Billingsley would go a strong 7 against Nats phenom Steven Strasburg but the Nats would score 2 in the top of the 9th to take a 3-1 lead, only to have the Dodgers tie it in the bottom half  sending the game into extras.  Tied at 3 going to the bottom of the 10th, Matt Kemp would lead off, and, well, you probably know the rest…..

Tonights program featuring Mr Cy Young himself, Clayton Kershaw ….

More Opening Day Pics….