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Drei’s 2016 N.L. Forecast

Leading Off…

Here’s what Drei had to say heading into last season…

“Since Don Mattingly took over the managerial reins in 2011, the Dodgers have improved their win total by an average of 4 games. Should that trend continue into this season, the Blue Crew should finish with 98 wins, and yet, he seems to be on the hot seat every season…It’s been 27 years now. There are enough Dodger fans out there young enough asking what was it like to have experienced a World Series victory.”

Don Mattingly guided The Blue to their 3rd consecutive division title with 92 wins, yet the hot seat never cooled, sending to a much cooler summer climate, Miami. It’s been 28 years now, and Dodgers fans of all generations are growing somewhat impatient for that October experience…

N.L. East

Two of baseball’s best pitching staffs just may reside here in the NL East. The Mets return the bulk of their starting rotation that led them to their first World Series appearance since 2000 and with Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndegaard and Steve Matz ready to take on a full season, this team could be primed for another WS run. The Nationals, last year’s favorites among many of the experts to win the WS, still posses a pretty potent all-around lineup to compliment their strong rotation, anchored by Stephen Strasburg. Injuries and the lack of team unity played key roles in the Nats late season meltdown, costing Matt Williams his job.   The lineup will once again count on Bryce Harper to put up some big numbers along Wilson Ramos, Danny Espinosa and their newest addition Daniel Murphy. It is hoped that proven skipper Dusty Baker will be able to keep this team completely focused. Dealing with players with adverse personalities is nothing new for Dusty. Let’s not forget he managed both Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent for several seasons. The Braves and Phillies, once the class of this division, could are in serious rebuild mode and could both potentially lose over 100 games…

N.L. Central

The Cubs made some key off-season moves, including the additions of Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist to an already dangerous lineup. Much of the attention will be focused on their pitching, considered to be one of the deepest with the top 3 in the rotation of Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester and John Lackey. Many are picking the Cubs to not only go deep into October but to also win that big Fall Prize that has eluded them the last 108 years. This could just be their year…

The Pirates, post-season participants for 3 consecutive seasons, will be highly competitive again this season even the the loss of A.J. Burnett and J.A. Happ from their rotation. The rotation still has a top 1-2 tandem between Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano. The lineup is still anchored by Andrew McCutchen, and his supporting cast with Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco is pretty dynamic themselves. It may be a stretch to pick the Bucs to finish atop the Central, but a 4th consecutive post-season appearance is not out of the question. Now if they could just find a way to avoid that dreaded wild card game. The Pirates, riding their most successive run since 1990-92, may have 3 consecutive post-season appearances under their belt but two consecutive one and done’s may unfairly have Clint Hurdle in the hot seat should the Bucs fail to make a deep October run…

The Cardinals, owners of last years best record in baseball, lost starter John Lackey to the rival Cubs and will be without Lance Lynn for the season. If Adam Wainwright can remain healthy throughout the season, along with Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez, both who are still young, and the addition of Mike Leake, there’s no reason the Cardinals should not be able to compete in what could be baseball’s best division for the second consecutive season. If Matt Adams and Matt Holliday can rebound from injury plagued seasons, this lineup, along with Matt Carpenter at the top, could quietly be one of the leagues best.

N.L. West

I’m not going to lie. Though I do truly believe the Dodgers will win the West for the 4th consecutive season, I am mostly going with my heart. But hey, most so-called experts rarely ever get their predictions on the mark, right ?

Much has been made of the off-season moves within the division and it is expected to be a 3 team race between the Dodgers, Giants and Diamondbacks. The two big additions to the rivals was the addition of Johnny Cueto to the Giants, and of course the addition of Zack Greinke away from the Blue over to the DBacks, who we’re among the league leaders in offense last season. 

Spring Training has not entirely been so kind to the Dodgers, who already are beset by some health issues in the back end of the rotation. The good news, in spite of our early season worries, not every Dodger got hurt during Spring TrainingThe top 3, led by Kid K with Scott Kazmir and off-season addition Kenta Maeda, will give the Blue a formidable front end of the rotation. My concerns however are how will Maeda, coming off a solid spring,  hold up in his first big league season… Can Kazmir stay healthy and retain his 2015 form ? Can Alex Wood bounce back from his 2nd half swoon and prove to be a legitimate 4th starter ? Hyun-Jin Ryu, who missed all of last season, is expected to give the rotation a boost if he should return by mid-May at the earliest.

The outfield, even with the loss of Andre Ethier until at least June, is still pretty deep, however these questions loom…Will Puig finally display a full season of his potential ? Can Joc Pederson cut down on his strikeouts and improve upon his on base percentage ? Can Carl Crawford stay healthy enough until Andre returns ? It’s expected that Crawford and Scott Van Slyke will be platooning in left field. The infield will be a good combo of experience and youth. This lineup has the potential to put up some big numbers and could have 3 30 plus home run boppers in Adrian Gonzalez, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig. If Puig can give us a 20/20 season, and Joc can hit somewhere in the .270’s our offense should be allright. 

So everyone expects a 3 team race here in the NL West. The Rockies and Padres are not expected to do much and there have been talks that the Friars are looking to unload some of their key acquisitions from last year, including Matt Kemp. If the Padres are out of contention by July, I see Kemp, who in typical fashion had a strong finish last season, heading to one of two possible sleepers, Seattle or Miami ( Yeah, Kemp reunited with Mattingly, playing with Dee Gordon, and Barry Bonds as his hitting coach. Hmmm )

NL Wild Card

Cubs over the Cards. Again, after this one-game elimination game is over, talks and debates will resume over an expanded WC series… 

NLDS

Cubs over the Pirates. The Pirates will finally be playing in an actual playoff series, only to be disappointed once again by everyone’s pre-season favorites. Does an appearance past the WC keep Hurdle off the hot seat ?

Dodgers over the Mets. In another closely contested series, this time, it’s OUR Boys in Blue who prevails 

NLCS

In a battle of two teams who have 97 years combined without a World Series appearance, someone finally ends their drought. Why not us ? Dodgers over the Cubs

As I’ve admitted, my pick of our Blue going all the way is for all intents and purposes, from the heart. The Blue is expected to contend once again this season. They may be banged up right now, but hey, no team goes through a full 162 game season without some dings and scratches, right ? 

World Series… A Battle of Blue

It’s been 27 years. In that time, we’ve endured 2 Bush’s, and we may be on our way toward a 2nd Clinton…. Oh yeah, it would be great if we can give Good Ol’ Vin a Grand Sendoff, right ?

9th Inning…A Tale From The Park…With KID N DREI…

20140831_164815.jpg Because Kid Marley Marlz has all that ” Kid Like ” energy during the off-season, Drei needs to take him to the park…

20140831_164829.jpg ” HEY KID ! When are we gonna come up with that Dodger song ? ” Kid Marley Marlz may call me Dre Beats, but it’s The Kid who spits out The Beats and the Everyday Blessings, while Drei, well, Drei just tells The Tales.  Hey Kid ! When our we gonna do that Dodger song ?… ‘Til The Next Episode…Close us out KID !!!

Everyday Blessings… Kid Marley Marlz

 

 

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All Star Mouse Hunting From the OC to LA… AL EAST

REDS_MUSTACHEWith the All-Star game less than 7 days away, one of the things fans in Cincinnati can look forward to are the scattered handlebar statues, 10 of which will be spread throughout The Queen City. 

5 years ago with the All-Star game in Anaheim, Mickey Mouse themed statues, 36 total, 30 of them representing each MLB team, we’re scattered throughout Anaheim, Orange County, Rancho Cucamonga all the way here to L.A.  My first post of my search for the ” Hidden Mickey’s
” featured statues representing each N.L. East team.

A.L. East Mickeys

Deep into the O.C…

MICKEY_ORIOLES

The Oriole Mickey was located outside the Newport Sports Museum. Further down in Laguna Beach along PCH…

MICKEY_RAYS I would find this Tampa Bay Rays Mickey next to this Tiki themed exhibit at the Laguna Art Museum.  I couldn’t have picked a better day to come to Laguna Beach than on this nice sunny Saturday afternoon. If only I had more time to enjoy the sights…

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MICKEY_BLUE JAYS All blue here with the Blue Jays Mickey, outside the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.  This nice family in an SUV saw that I was attempting a selfie the father actually pulled aside and offered to take this pic for me…

MICKEY_YANKEES Here I am with that ” EVIL MICKEY “, the Yankee, inside the entrance of the old ESPN Zone at L.A. Live. There was a private event that evening as they we’re hosting a party for the Korean soccer fans during the 2010 World Cup. I literally had to plea the security guard if I could go in and take a quick pick. Once I worked my way in, staff knew I was doing the scavenger hunt and even asked me about it.

One more to go for the A.L. East. Now to find that Red Sox Mickey outside the Discovery Center in Santa Ana…

MICKEY_ RED SOX MISSING AT DISCOVERY CENTER Hey ! Where’d Mickey go ?

MICKEY_RED SOX DL SIGN Angles fans taking their anger out ? I know the Red Sox have been a thorn on the Halos side over the years, but really ?

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MICKEY_RED SOX N DREIHey, I actually got to see the Red Sox Mickey, all bandaged up from the beating he took, safe and sound at the All-Star fanfest…

Campaigning For Kid K

wpid-fb_img_1436315708657.jpg Why Kid K needs a final vote I will get to the All-Star game beats me, but here’s our chance to get him in. Dodger fans, you know what to do !!!

50 Years Ago Today, Four Lads From Britain Invade America

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles in America , the Ed Sullivan Theater has unveiled this retro marquee outside it’s theater

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Here is the marquee in it’s original look, 1964

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The impact of The Beatles was so huge that eventually they would perform at 9 different MLB venues. Here are some pics that I found at these various venues.

American League Venues

Comiskey Park

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Metropolitan Stadium, Former Home of the Twins

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Ticket Stubs from Cleveland Stadium and Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, former home of the Kansas City Athletics

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And now the National League Parks The Fab Four would perform at….

Crosley Field, former home of The Cincinatti Reds

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Busch Stadium, St Louis

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lennon_busch I love how Busch Stadium’s signature “mini-arches” in the background complement John…

Shea Stadium, former home of the Mets

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And now the venues still standing…

Candlestick Park

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Candlestick Park would be the venue The Beatles would perform their last ever concert on August 29, 1966. Candlestick Park will be demolished later this year ( To the delight of many !!! ), and word has it that Paul McCartney would like to give The ‘Stick one last show before The ‘Stick see’s the wrecking ball.

And finally, the one MLB venue The Fab Four performed at that is still in use and will be the only one standing after this year. Yup, you guessed it….

THE BEATLES AT DODGER STADIUM, AUGUST 28 1966

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beatles_dodgerticketstub$6 Dodger Stadium and The Beatles. Proof that legends live forever, ” YEAH YEAH YEAH ” !!!!

26 Years and Counting Since 1988, Part 1, 1989 And The 90’s

Re-blogged from last season.  It is 26 years now since Chavez Ravine has hosted a World Series.  Here’s a recap of each season, part 1, from 1989 to 1999

 

On the eve of the 109th World Series will mark 25 years now since the Dodgers won their last World Series title, let alone appear in one.  While I enjoy telling stories what it was like being a fan experiencing the Dodgers triumph in 1988, explaining the feeling to the fans who have potentially graduated college in the last 4 years certainly is not making me feel any younger.  Now that I have all but let it out that i’m up there in years, lol, let’s now look back on the last 25 years, first with the 90’s, with it’s highs and lows.  And let’s hope by this time next year i’m writing a piece about The Boys in Blue in the World Series.  But first…

OK. Let’s look back upon the last 25 years of non World Series years

1989 77-83 4th Place

Despite leading the NL with a team ERA of 2.95, the last time anyone finished the season with a team ERA below 3.00, the Dodgers, one season after shocking the world, would finish in 4th place 14 games behind the Giants. So anemic was the offense that Orel Hershiser, despite winning 15 games with an ERA of 2.31, would also lose 15 as well , finishing the season with a .500 mark.

So the 80’s finished on a down note. However, the Dodgers was still a strong decade for the Boys in Blue, winning two World Championships (1981 and 1988), four National League Western Division titles (1981, 1983, 1985 and 1988) and 825 games, tying them with the St. Louis Cardinals for most victories by a National League team during the decade. The 80’s was also a strong decade in L.A. sports as well. Between the Dodgers 2 titles, the Lakers 5 titles, and the Raiders lone Super Bowl in 1983 9 This is a 49ERS fan acknowledging this), 8 championship titles we’re won for the great city of Los Angeles. Oh yeah, let’s also not forget the 1984 Olympics, with baseball debuting as an olympic sport here, played at, of course, Dodger Stadium. Those we’re some fun times as a sports fan in the 80’s. The 90’s certainly look promising, right ? kirk-gibson One last look of the 80’s

The 90’s

The United States enacts Operation Desert Storm, destroying the Iraqi army and ending the Gulf War in a few short weeks. A video is released of driver Rodney King being beaten by L.A. police officers following a traffic stop, igniting a national controversy. Bill Clinton is elected the 42nd president of the United States. Magic Johnson announces his retirement from the NBA after contracting the HIV Virus ( What’s Magic up to these days ? ). In the meantime, on the field…

1990 86-76 2nd Place

Even without Orel Hershiser for much of the season due to shoulder surgery and an injury plagued Kirk Gibson a mere cry from his 1988 season, the Dodgers would finish 5 games behind the eventual World Champion Cincinatti Reds. This would also be the last season for Fernando Valenzuela in a Dodger uniform, as he would be released prior to the 1991 season.

1991 93-79 2nd Place

Hometown product Darryl Strawberry, who put up big numbers in his eight stormy seasons with the New York Mets, would be signed in the off-season for a then whopping 5 years, $20.25 million dollars. After a slow start, Strawberry would lead the team in both home runs (27) and RBI’s (100) In spite of a strong 20-8 finish to the season, the Dodgers would finish 1 game behind the upstart Atlanta Braves for the NL West crown.

1992 63-99 6th Place

Eric Davis, the one time Cincinatti Reds outfielder, would team up with childhood buddy Darryl Strawberry in the outfield. However, both Strawberry and Davis would miss much of 1992 and the Dodgers, for the first time since 1905, would finish the season in last place

1993 81-81 3rd Place

In the final season before the current 3 division alignment, the Dodgers would improve upon their 1992 performance by 18 games. Though they would miss out on the post season , the second of 5 consecutive Rookie of the Year winners would don the Dodger Blue as Mike Piazza , with 35 home runs and 112 rbi’s, would take home the prize, Eric Karros winning the award in 1992. 1993 also marked the final season a 100 plus win team would miss out on post-season play as the Dodgers, on the final game of the season, highlighted by Rookie of the Year winner Mike Piazza’s 2 home runs, would knock out the Giants 12-1, leaving the Giants 1 game behind the Atlanta Braves for the NL West crown ( Yup, I was at that game folks ). The following season would be the year divisional re-alingment would take place as well as the wild card. From 1969-1993, only the division winners qualified for the LCS. So yeah, had the wild card been in effect in 1993, the Giants would have easily made the post season. Bummer huh ? ( In my sarcastic voice, LOL ) piazza93 Mike Piazza being greeted by future 3rd base coach Tim Wallach after belting one of two home runs to knock the Giants out of the playoffs

1994 58-56, 1st Place *

In the first year of 3 division aligment, the Dodgers would finish in 1st place, and yes, that is an asterisk next to the feat, if one can consider being 2 games over .500 one. That is because in August, a bitter labor dispute between the players and owners would lead to the cancelation of the remainder of the 1994 season and wipe out post-season and World Series play altogether. Raul Mondesi would win the 3rd of 5 consecutive Dodger Rookie of the Year Awards. Darryl Strawberry, with his countless off the field problems during his time in L.A, would be released prior to the season.

1995 78-66, 1st Place

One year after the strike had put a black eye on Major League Baseball, in a 144 game season due to the previous season’s strike that carried over into 1995, the Dodgers would capture the NL West by one game over the Colorado Rockies 3 years into their existence. Hideo Nomo, The Tornadoe, would win the NL Rookie of the Year. In the first official League Division Series, not counting 1981’s ” intra-division playoffs “, the Dodgers would be swept in 3 straight by the NL Central Champion Cincinatti Reds.

1996 90-72 2nd Place, Wild Card

Tommy Lasorda, one of only two L.A. Dodger managers along with Walter Alston dating back to their arrival from Brooklyn in 1958, would step down from his managerial duties after suffering a mild heart attack. Bill Russell would take over the reins for Tommy. With a 2 game lead over the Padres and 3 to play against the Friars, San Diego would sweep all 3 games at Dodger Stadium to win the NL West by 1 game, pushing the Dodgers to Wild Card status. They would be swept in 3 straight in the LDS by the Atlanta Braves, ending the season on a 7 game losing streak. Todd Hollandsworth would round out the 5 consecutive Dodger Rookie of the Year Award winners dodgersROY The 5 consecutive ROY’s would surpass the 4 consecutive the Dodgers had from 1979-1982 when Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Howe, Fernando Valenzuela, and Steve Sax won the prize

1997 88-74 2nd Place

This time, a late September swoon would cost them. Leading the NL West over the Giants by 2 games on September 16, they would be swept in a crucial 2 game series in San Francisco, the beginning of a 1-6 stretch that would find themselves 2 games behind the hated one’s heading into the final weekend of the year, in which the Dodgers would eventually finish 2 games behind the Giants but miss out on the Wild Card. This would also mark the final season of ownership under the O’Malley family

1998 83-79 3rd Place

In their first season under the Fox group, Mike Piazza , after a lengthy contract dispute, would find himself traded to the Florida Marlins along with Todd Zeile for Gary Sheffield, Charles Johnson and Jim Eisenrich before landing with the Mets one week later. With a 36-38 record in June, Bill Russell would get his pink slip, as well as general manager Fred Claire. The thought of a Dodgers manager was unheard of at the time considering up until 1998 they had only 3 managers. Glenn Hoffman, brother of Padres relief phenom Trevor Hoffman, would finish out the season as the skipper. 1998 would also be the year that future Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa we’re involved in the home run record chase, with McGwire finishing with 70 home runs. piazza Though he did put up big numbers in Dodger Blue , Piazza will forever be remembered as a Met. To this day, I still don’t believe he has buried the hatchet towards the Dodgers and his fans. I wonder if he will blame me next for the Dodgers fans turning on him .

1999 76-86 3rd Place

Davey Johnson would take over as manager, and Kevin Brown, coming off 3 straight dominant season and two World Series appearances with the Marlins and Padres, would be signed to a 7-year $105 million contract just one year after Piazza had been offerred 6 years at $80 million, rasising some questions amongst the fans why the same deal could not be offered to Mike, an everyday player, as opposed to Brown, who only toes the hill every 5 games. The Dodgers would finish 24 games behind the 2nd year Arizona Diamondbacks.

So the 90’s we’re not exactly some glorious times for L.A. sports fans. The Lakers, though they would continue to make it to the post season, making the playoffs in 9 of the 10 years, also failed to bring L.A. another championship . The Raiders and Rams would leave L.A. after the 1994 season ( I really didn’t care since i’m a 49ERS fan ) , the Clippers we’re a far cry from what they are today, and the Kings would appear in the Stanley Cup in 1993 to lose to the Montreal Canadiens in 5 games. So next, the new millenium. Glory day’s are bound to return to L.A, right ?

And Now…. We Wait

But if you still haven’t had enough from last Thursday, well then here goes…

Oh yeah, just to get this off my chest…. IT’S A SWIMMING POOL FOR CRYING OUT LOUD !!!! OK, I won’t go into any more of the pool crashing story lines, but I gotta say, it sure looked very inviting, could you really blame our Boys in Blue for taking the celebratory plunge ? Hey, having come from 9.5 back and to overcome the early season adversity, I’d say they certainly earned it…..

OK, now comes the waiting game. With 6 games to go, the only thing we do now aside from play out the string, is wait and see who we get in the LDS and see if we start here in L.A. or elsewhere. And with the records of the Dodgers, Cardinals, and Braves , the 3 division leaders, only seperated by 1.5 games, the top seed and still up for grab. As for the Cardinals, who are already guaranteed a post-season spot, they currently sit 2 games up on both the Reds and Pirates for the NL Central Crown. As for the Reds and Pirates, with both of them winning tonight, both have also been asured of playing past this Sunday as well, so congratulations to both clubs especially the Pittsburgh Pirates !!! Hey, 22 straight losing season is more than enough to endure. And with 5 games left, though they would need some help along the way they just may steal the NL Central…. Allright, here are the current NL standings….

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NL Central W L PCT GB HOME AWAY L10 STRK

Cardinals 92 65 .586 – 49-27 43-38 6-4 W1

Reds 90 67 .573 2.0 49-26 41-41 7-3 W2

Pirates 90 67 .573 2.0 50-31 40-36 5-5 W1

Brewers 70 86 .449 21.5 37-44 33-42 6-4 W2

Cubs 65 92 .414 27.0 30-49 35-43 2-8 L2

NL West W L PCT GB HOME AWAY L10 STRK

Dodgers 90 66 .577 – 46-32 44-34 4-6 W2

Diamondbacks 79 77 .506 11.0 44-34 35-43 6-4 L1

Padres 73 83 .468 17.0 43-35 30-48 6-4 W1

Giants 72 84 .462 18.0 38-38 34-46 6-4 W1

Rockies 71 86 .452 19.5 44-35 27-51 4-6 L2

NL East W L PCT GB HOME AWAY L10 STRK

Braves 92 64 .590 – 52-23 40-41 4-6 L1

Nationals 84 73 .535 8.5 47-34 37-39 6-4 L1

Mets 71 85 .455 21.0 32-45 39-40 6-4 L1

Phillies 71 85 .455 21.0 43-38 28-47 3-7 L5

Marlins 58 99 .369 34.5 32-44 26-55 3-7 W1

Again, as you all can see, the only thing we know as of this moment is this….

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And right now, that’s just fine by me. As excited as I am to see the Blue back in post-season play and as much as i’d like for us to have home field throughout the NL playoffs, I think i’ll just sit back and let the remaining 6 games dictate our destination come next Wednesday. My only concern is we head into October all in one piece, a thought i’m sure Mattingly is aware of as well and I can only guess our starters will see limited action, 5 innings at the most. Oh yeah, i’m not even going to try to explain possible tie-breaker scenarios. You have MLB.com for that…. ( We haven’t even reached October yet we’re all excited….)….

Need Some October Gear ?

A buddy of mine was so kind to model some Dodger stuff for a friend of his who owns Bling Circus in the Los Feliz area . Anyways, here are some of the Dodger apparel that’s on sale at Bling Circus, including these ladies cut shirts …

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And this lovely Dodgers jersey purse which, was so enthusiastically modeled by a good friend of mine….

jon ( Head was cut off to protect his identity…. ) The location, Bling Circus,http://blingcircus.com/, 1918 Hillhurst Ave

Outside the Yards….

And finally, of the NL teams in the playoffs, i’ve had the chance to visit St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Atlanta, with Cincinatti not yet on my list of ballpark adventures. So tonight, I share with you 3 local landmarks in case some of you should be so fortunate to follow the Blue on the road throughout the playoffs, or yet, do some future ballpark adventures of your own…..

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The Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pastored, located in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood of Atlanta. Service is held there every year on Dr. King’s birthday….

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The Chain of Rocks Bridge, St. Louis. Along old Rte 66 is this landmark pedestrian bridge depicting the old motherroad. Speaking of 66, here’s hoping that should The Blue take on the Red Birds our #66 leaves a lasting impression…..

cathedral The Cathedral of Learning, on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Many of you may recognize this landmark from the movie 42 in one of the last scenes when Jackie Robinson is rounding the bases in old Forbes Field . ( On a sidenote, it’s been said that Jackie Robinson did not hit a homer at Forbes in 1947 ) . Also, the flagpole you see there is one of the remnants that remain from old Forbes Field, just on the other side of some brick wall not in this picture. That brick wall ? Affectionately known as by the locals as Maz’s wall.

Tonight’s Magic Number Fun Fact….12

Going into tonight’s action, the Magic Number for the Dodgers to clinch the NL West is 12. A combination of 12 Dodger wins and DBack losses, and the Blue will be celebrating their 11th NL West crown. In doing the math, the earliest the Dodgers would be able to clinch the division would be next Wednesday night against the DBacks. Given the unlikelihood that the Dodgers clinch at the earliest next Wednesday, that would mean that realistically, the Blue could and in my mind should have the division clinched by next weekend and if that holds true, we would celebrate in front of…..THE HATED ONES !!!! Which now brings me to this fun and informal poll….

Magic Number Fun Fact….12

Back to tonight’s magic number…12 . Worn by Tommy Davis. Played with the Dodgers from 1959-1966. Was the last Dodger to win a batting title, doing so in back to back seasons in 1962-63….

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Tommy Davis, 2008. Always glad to talk baseball with the fans….

In Other News Around the National League….

With a little over 3 weeks of baseball left, the only race now is in the NL Central between the Pirates, Cardinals and Reds. While it’s all but certain that the 2nd and 3rd place finishers would meet in the 1 game playoff, it is also quite possible that the 3 teams could finish tied for first come the season’s end. So, how would the NL Central champ be determined if that should be the case ? Well, according to this…http://www.baseballnation.com/2013/9/3/4687008/three-way-tie-breaker-nl-central-scenario. Which leads to my next poll….

Speaking of the NL Central…. Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Pirates !!! With 81 wins under their belt, they have finally broken that dubious streak of 21 consecutive losing seasons !!!! And hey, we just may see them come October…. I actually am glad the Bucs have put a halt to that streak….

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Me chatting it up with the Pirate Parrot at PNC Park, 2005. Looks like the Parrot will actually experience October baseball for a change, and we just may bump into each other once again….

All Shades of Blue

With the college football season already started and the NFL kicking things off tonight with Broncos thrashing of the Super Bowl Champion Ravens ( As a Niners fan the talk of the Super Bowl still somewhat stings…LOL ), I recently thought it’d be appropriate to combine what I call All Shades of Blue, so here goes….

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Oh yeah, go ahead Bruin fans !!! I just had to give the Victory Bell a touch of Dodger Blue ( The annual prize given to the winner of the USC-UCLA football game… ). Like I said…. All Shades of Blue….

Apples Outside The Ravine

During the last homestand a couple of the All-Star Apple statues from New York were on display outside the left field entrance….

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dre The 2 won in my lifetime. It’s been 25 years… It’s time to add another one !!!! Can you tell i’m excited about the Race to October ?