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A Bolt to L.A.

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As many of you know by now, the Chargers have formally announced that they will be moving here to Los Angeles, joining the Rams and thus giving L.A 2 NFL teams for the first time since 1982-1994, when the Raiders we’re calling the Coliseum home and the Rams we’re in Anaheim. 

Much has been made the last 48 hours about the Chargers announcement to relocate here to L.A, especially their updated logo, which many a Dodger fan has already had a field day with…

Even our Single A folks had to take a dig into this…

Not much fanfare has been made either since their announcement to move here. Not everyone has been so been so receptive to their move here either, most notably Mr. Bill Plaschke. Even our very own Dave Roberts, a San Diego native, isn’t so thrilled with the idea of the Chargers calling L.A. home

The Chargers are expected to move into the new Inglewood stadium with the Rams in 2019. In the meantime, they have announced plans to play at The Stubhub Center. Even if it’s only a temporary home, the fact that the Chargers will be playing in a venue with only 30,000 seats should already indicate their lack of confidence in making a first impression.

Sure, hosting 2 NFL teams along with USC may  have been difficult for The Coliseum. Sure, the Rose Bowl has made it clear they don’t want to deal with the NFL. But if Dean Spanos really wanted to start things off with a bang, wouldn’t he, as well as the NFL have found a way to fit 8-10 Chargers games at The Rose Bowl for the next 2 years? Sure it would have involved wrestling with the city of Pasadena and the Rose Bowl’s nearby residents. It’s not as if Dean Spanos hasn’t ruffled a “few” feathers already. But if not The Coliseum, why not The Rose Bowl? With over 88,000 seats wouldn’t this be a grand opportunity for the Chargers to endear themselves to the local fanbase? You know, get as many fans to come out and support your product in spite of last season’s performance?

This isn’t the first time a professional franchise from San Diego has joined our city that already had a franchise of it’s own.You may remember the Clippers took up residence at The Sports Arena in 1984. In spite of their recent and now expected success, they are still a long post pattern away from even posing a serious threat to Laker fandom. 

That’s not to say the Chargers can’t win away fans from the Rams. Of course, the Rams are just one season removed from calling The Coliseum home. Though the Rams return initially conjured up excitement for fans starving for NFL football, fan interest drastically decreased as witnessed by the large portions of empty seats at The Coliseum late in the season.(Don’t be fooled by the attendance figures. It’s based on tickets sold, many that we’re sold prior to the season during the so-called “Honeymoon Period”). The Chargers, coming off a 5-11 campaign, don’t exactly arrive with the glitz and glamour that attracts L.A. fans to the games.

L.A. fans hate losers. There’s really no other way to put it. Win, and win with bling, the fans will come. Yes, there has to be that bling attached. Remember, this is L.A., where people are attracted to glitz and glamour. The Clippers, while they have attracted more fans during their recent playoff run, again, are still a long post pattern away from ever overtaking the Lakers in this town in terms of popularity. Yes, the Lakers are still in serious rebuild mode. You can even “accuse” Lakers fans of living in the past. But those 11 “blings” they’ve brought to the City of Lights have forever forged a loyalty that even during a rebuild mode, the glitz and glamour at Lakers home games is still evident. As for the Lakers past, as distant as it may be, it’s still enough to make the Staples Center’s 3rd tenant want to cover it up during their home games. (I’ll spare you the selfie jokes…)

It’s going to take awhile for the Chargers to win over this city. Can it happen? Maybe. (I’m not exactly giving a strong vote of confidence am I ? ) Will it take as long as the Clippers to finally win over a fanbase? Only time will tell. L.A. fans had their “honeymoon period” with the Rams. It lasted all but 2 months, if that. The Chargers won’t have such a luxury. 

L.A. is a big enough market that the Chargers can certainly win over the fans who haven’t quite latched on to the Rams. L.A. is also the type of market that can be occupied with other more attractive entertainment options as well. L.A fans can also be fickle. 

It took over 20 years for NFL football to return here. It took less than 2 months for that so-called honeymoon period to wear off. So far, the Chargers have yet to make a favorable first impression.  Last but not least, did I already mention that L.A. hates losers? Only time will tell when fans here really go sour on both the Rams and Chargers, especially when that one Sunday comes when we lose out on TV on a more attractive game. 

Overtime…

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Have we had enough yet ?

 

 

 

 

That Bittersweet Feeling…

It’s the ending that’s become all too familiar with us. 4 straight division titles…Yet so close to the Grand Prize… Only the St. Louis Cardinals have more regular season wins during that span than the Dodgers. But…(Of course whenever the word “But” is used, more often than not is it used in a not so positive context) during that 4 year span in which they have averaged 92 wins each season the closest the Blue has come toward the trip to The Fall Classic is 2 games…Twice.

Winning 4 straight division titles is no small feat, especially in baseball. 

But…In a town where style overshadows substance…In a town starved for baseball’s grand prize that has now eluded us 28 years and counting…Close isn’t good enough. 

Is it fair? It depends who you ask I guess. 4 straight division titles. Have we become the Buffalo Bills of baseball? Not quite. At least the Bills made it to 4 straight Super Bowls. Have we become the new Atlanta Braves of the 90s and early 2000s? Not quite yet. The Braves won 14 consecutive division titles with one World Title. Has our fanbase reached a point that soon attendance at October baseball games not played against some AL Champion will resemble that of past Braves or even Yankees? Only time will tell. Was this season a disappointment? Again, it depends on who you ask. I’m willing to go out on a limb and say most Dodger fans would say no.

As previously stated, winning 4 straight division titles is no small feat. At the end of the day though, a team’s feats are measure by whose flashing the bling. A lot of progress was made this past season by first year manager Dave Roberts. With all the injuries throughout the lineup and in particular to our starting rotation the fact Roberts was able to guide The Blue as far as he did was more than enough to earn him Sporting News 2016 NL Manager of the Year

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Dodger’s manager Dave Roberts, left, was named Sporting News’ 2016 National League Manager of the Year on Monday. Dave Roberts-Photo by David Crane

The accolades don’t stop there either…

dodgers_corey-seager_robert-gauthier-la-times Corey Seager: Photo by Robert Gauthier, L.A. Times

As expected, Corey Seager was named 2016 Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year

Questions will arise once again during the off-season. It’s been 28 years now since Chavez Ravine has hosted a Fall Classic. Our country has gone through 2 Bush’s and by the time our Boys in Blue win their next Fall Classic it just may be through a second Clinton. 

Of the 4 division winners from 2013,talent wise, I’d say the 2014 had the most. As for heart, I without a doubt can honestly say I felt this years team displayed the most, especially during the stretch without our Ace, Kid K. Most thought our Boys in Blue would fold. As A-Gon said during the LCS, it was Us Against The World. The Cubs we’re just the better team. They weren’t the best team in the regular season by accident. 

As a baseball fan, I wish the Cubs well in the World Series. I also wish Cleveland well. One of those two teams will break a long drought. 

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Well, this all but concludes my 10 year anniversary bringing the tales. The same amount of time for the longest tenured Dodger, yup, you all know it…Dre couldn’t do much this season. As we and even he knows, father time is starting to creep up on him. As much as we’d all for Dre to get that bling wearing the Dodger Blue we all know that he could be elsewhere come spring training, a phrase we’ve all heard countless times during the last several years. 

9th Inning…Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Here’s a little flashback from 1988…

And you just wanted to relax on some fictional resort along the Florida Keys…With some tropical “Cocktail”…To the rhythm of a steel drum band…

 

10 Years a Good Dre…From The Ravine, Down I-5 and Back…

picsart_05-21-05.27.35.jpg Drei kickin’ it with our former outfielder and future skipper, Dave Roberts, Camera Day, 4/30/2006. Dave would roam the outfield of Chavez Ravine from 2002 to July 2004 before being traded to the Red Sox, where he would play a key role in Boston’s first World Championship in 86 years. Pictured here with the Padres, he would roam the outfield at Petco Park from 2005-06. Roberts even as a Friar was always very cordial toward us Dodger fans. Good to have you in charge of the home 3rd dugout. Yeah, we’re struggling right now, our bullpen has been of no help recently, but hey, it’s a long season…

Drei’s Sunday Tale…Mini Puig and Jackie

Puig_Jackie Welcome Back Mini Puig ! We see you’re checking out the Jackie Robinson tribute at the UCLA Hall of Fame. Like our skipper, Jackie wore both the Blue and Gold and the Dodger Blue…

20160220_125335 Dodger Blue and Blue and Gold…

20160220_125841.jpg Can never pay enough tributes to Mr. Robinson…

 

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday…Jackie’s First Game…Oh The Madness…

Leading Off…HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY !

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Jackie’s First Game, 3/17/1946

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OK. You’re all probably saying, ” Wait a minute, wasn’t his first MLB game on 4/15/1947 ? ” That is correct folks. However, Jackie Robinson’s first ever integrated spring training game would take place on this day, 70 years ago on March 17, 1946 in Daytona Beach Florida for the Montreal Royals, the Triple A affiliate of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Here is perhaps the earliest recording of Jackie Robinson playing for Montreal on April 2, 1946… 

Throwback Thursday…Drei’s March Madness Memories

     “Let’s hope UCLA can continue their streak and perhaps RETURN TO GLORY.  Good luck Bruins in       the NCAA Tourney.  U…C…LLLL A…UCLA FIGHT ! FIGHT ! FIGHT ! “

My words from 2006 as prior to UCLA’s run toward The Final Four. These day’s, the State of UCLA Basketball is anything but glorious, another reason why Drei can’t wait for the regular season to arrive. But hey, i’m sure many of you have a great interest. Before your done reading this post, your brackets ( As well as mine ) will probably be broken. Yup, it’s March Madness folks…

7f72.jpg 3/12 2006. 3 Bruins and a Duck. Fast forward to the current day and it’s now Oregonwho is atop the conference and the top seed in the west. Oregon is one of 7 Pac-12 schools, including USC, playing in the tournament…

33ab.jpgKickin’ it with Jordan Farmar, 3/12/2006. Unknown at the time of this pic this was after Jordan’s final game at Pauley Pavillion. I asked Jordan if he’d be playing for dough come October ” Let me hang a banner up there first…” As for that 12th banner, well…LOL

fb_img_1458184060124.jpgFormer Bruin and current assistant Tyus Edney…

fb_img_1458184261883.jpg Ty Edney will always have a place in the heart of this Bruin fan for one moment in ’95 that took all but 4.8 seconds…

wp-1458188472318.jpeg Well Skip, since our Sons of Westwood ain’t dancin’, hopefully you’ll be the one who get’s us to that ” Other ” dance come October. It’s been 28 years..

So what’s your favorite March Madness memory ? 

 

 

 

Dodgers to Welcome The New Skip…Dodgers Fans Divided…

In honor of SC-UCLA week, here’s a brief spotlight on two former ballplayers on who have worn both the school colors and the Dodger Blue as either player or coach…

Dodgers_Mark McGwire Mark McGwire, USC, 1983-4. The former Trojan would play 16 MLB seasons with the Oakland A’s and St. Louis Cardinals, setting the than single-season home run record in 1998 with 70. He would don the Dodger Blue in 2013 as the hitting coach. He is currently in talks with the San Diego Padres for the bench coach position, the position vacated by the former UCLA Bruin and next Dodger manager…

dodgers_dave roberts Dave Roberts. Roberts would don the Blue as a player from 2002-04. Midway through the 2004 season, Roberts would be traded to the Red Sox, playing an instrumental role with Boston, remembered fondly in Red Sox Nation for The Steal, helping launch the Red Sox from a 3 games to none deficit to the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS en route to their first World Series title since 1918.  From 2010-15, Roberts had been the first base coach then the bench coach for the San Diego Padres. The managerial position had come down between Roberts and  Gabe Kapler, who had been the early favorite to win the position.

All along I had been in favor of Roberts over Kapler, a sentiment echoed by Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal. Kapler will make a fine manager some day, but to me what it came down to is on-field MLB coaching experience, which Roberts has 6 seasons of, making him the right choice for this current Dodger team.

2006_DAVE ROBERTS With Dave Roberts, Camera Day, PETCO Park, 4/13/2006. WELCOME HOME DAVE !!!

Away From The Diamond…Dodgers Fans Divided

It’s that time of year again. The one event that divides us Dodgers fans. The SC-UCLA game. UCLA has won the last 3 against the Men of Troy. For the 2nd time in 4 years, this one will be for the Pac 12 South and the right to play Stanford for the Pac 12 Championship.

It has been a crazy season in the Pac 12. Both SC and UCLA enter this contest with identical 5-3 conference records, in a 3 way tie with Utah, whom both UCLA and USC have defeated.  Winner of this game will be crowned the Pac-12 South Champion and will also face Stanford in the Pac 12 Championship game for the right to represent the Pac 12 in The Rose Bowl.

As we all know, anything can happen in these rivalry games. Both SC and UCLA have endured their roadblocks en route to this match-up. Statistically, both teams practically mirror each other, particularly on offense with UCLA having a slight edge in the running game while USC maintains an edge defensively against the run while UCLA  has the edge against the pass.

This game has the potential to be a high scoring game, with USC QB Cody Kessler and UCLA QB Josh Rosen being very highly touted. SC’s secondary has been suspect, while UCLA has at times had trouble stopping the power running game. Drei’s prediction… UCLA 38 USC 35. ( A game winning FG by Ka’imi Fairbairn ? )

The Victory Bell

The prize that’s awarded to the winning school…

Past High Scoring Thrillers…

1990. USC 45 UCLA 42. This would be a heart-breaker for me, as SC QB Todd Marinovich and UCLA QB Tommy Maddox would stage an epic 4th quarter, which both teams would combine for 42 points, capped off by Todd Marinovich’s TD game winning TD pass to Johnnie Morton with less than 20 seconds to play…

1996. UCLA 48 USC 41, Double OT. UCLA, down as much as 17 halfway through the 4th quarter, would stage a furious rally, capped off by Skip Hicks game tying TD under a minute to go. USC would have a chance to win at the end of regulation, but Adam Abrams would have his 41 yard FG attempt blocked. Skip Hicks would score the eventual game winning TD in the 2nd overtime, capping off a furious rally for UCLA, earning them their 6th straight win in the series…

HICKS TD Who is that guy in the blue hat greeting Skip Hicks on his game winning TD in the ’96 thriller ?

 

 

 

 

Getting Close to Deciding It…

It’s Down To 2…

It has been announced that the 2 finalists for the Dodgers managerial position are Gabe Kapler and Dave Roberts. Kapler is currently the club’s director of player development, having managed one season at Class A, while Dave Roberts is currently the bench coach of the San Diego Padres. Both bring an impressive resume to the table, with Kapler having some managerial experience as well as the front office, while Roberts has several years of MLB on-field coaching experience.

2006_DAVE ROBERTS We just may see you back in Dodger Blue, Dr. Robert… ( PETCO Park, 4/30/2006 )

From the Diamond to the Gridiron…

Could the Pac 12 races be any more congested than the 405 freeway ? Here it is as we head into the final two weeks of the regular collegiate football season.

In the Pac 12 North…

Just when you thought Stanford had the inside track to possible representing the Pac 12 North for the BCS crown, Oregon, once looked at in a transition year, pulls off the victory at The Farm, all but putting an end to Stanford’s national title hopes. Stanford still leads the Pac 12 north by one game and can still win their division outright with a victory over rival Cal in this Saturday’s Big Game. Oregon, perhaps playing the best ball in the Pac 12 at this moment, can still win the Pac 12 north with victories in their final 2 games over USC and Oregon State and a Stanford loss to Cal this weekend.

In the Pac 12 South…

This is where it really gets interesting. Any of 3 teams can still win the south division, with 2 teams controlling their fate.

Utah, ranked highly through much of this season, can still play in the Pac 12 title game with victories over UCLA and Colorado and a USC loss to either Oregon or UCLA 

USC and UCLA are both in control of their own destinies. If either team wins out, they will be making their way toward Santa Clara for a Pac 12 title date with the north champ. Should USC lose this Saturday and beat UCLA next week, they can still play in the Pac 12 title game with a Utah loss in any of their next two meetings. This would create a tie between USC and Utah, with USC winning the tie-breaker via their victory over Utah.

UCLA, in spite of 3 losses in the conference, can still win the south as well with road victories over Utah and USC. At worst for UCLA, a 3 way tie with USC and Utah would be created, with UCLA owning all tie breakers due to head to head victories. 

Simple right ? Yup. Gotta love Pac 12 football. 

No off-season for Drei…

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday…Drei’s Ballpark Adventures… Petco Park, 2004-2014… A Holiday Tale From Kid N Drei… Holiday Beats From Kid Marly Marlz

 

From 1969 to 2004, the San Diego Padres would call Mission Valley their home, playing their games at Quallcom Stadium…

Drei n Chris_Quallcomm April, 2001, Quallcom Stadium, with my buddy and old roommate Chris. Someday Chris, I will pay you a visit to Louisville and we’ll catch a Louisville Bats game ( Reds AAA affiliate ) . We’ll even go to the Louisville Slugger museum.   

Of all the yards I’ve had a chance to pay a venture off on the road, Petco Park in San Diego is one i’ve had the chance to pay frequent visits to. Of course, most of those visits we’re when the Dodgers we’re in town. By now, i’m sure you are all very aware of a former Dodger outfielder who will be roaming the spacious outfield of PETCO come the 2015 season. We’ll go more into that later…

 Since it’s opening in 2004, I’ve averaged about 1 visit a year, with 2013 being my lone miss. I have seen other opponents there as well as the World Baseball Classic Championship game in 2006. In many way’s, Petco Park not only has been one of my favorite yards to visit, it’s also been a special place for me,  whether its taking the sibs down their on their first road trip with their big bro, doing the road trip thing with various friends, or even reuniting with old friends, as Drei here Throw’s Back Thursday for the final time in 2014, we’ll look back upon my visits in , let’s say, a pictorial timeline sort of way going back to Petco’s 1st season in 2004. Many of the pics will have captions, and many won’t. I’ll let the pics do most of the storytelling. You will notice a holiday theme along the way as well, given the time of year…

2004

2004_pap with sibs The lil’ sibs, Daniel and Sarah ( They’ll always be lil’ to me…), 8/1/2004, after the Dodgers knocked off the Padres in 12…

To this day, the lil’ sis, who will be delivering a future Dodger fan soon, still has not forgiven me for having us stand 12 innings…

2005

2005_Western Petco’s signature feature, the old Western Metal Supply building…

The Padres did a nice job of blending this old where house into the stadium. It is the only place in the stadium where you will find any bricks, as Petco has done a nice job to steer as far away from the retro theme that other parks post-Camden have modeled themselves after. Inside the old where house…

 

2005_view behind hp View behind home plate, and in the distance, a packed gathering at the Park at the Park, another one of Petco’s features located beyond the outfield, that features a grass knoll where fans can view the games with an obstructed view. You may notice later the changes to the skyline since 2005. Also, at the Park at the Park is a kid’s playground that also serves as a public park during non-event hours…

2005_Hoffman With former Padre closer and future HOFer Trevor Hoffman

2005_drei friar Having a good time with The Friar…

2005_playground A playground for the kids to let out some energy even during the game…

2005_lil friars field View of the lil’ Friars field also at the Park at the Park. The area to the left of the park today houses Stone Brewery Tap Room

2005_in game action from PAP View of the game from the grass hill 

2005_SRO Dodger fleece There we are in this over-pixelized shot, repping the Blue in the old standing room area, where $5 let you stand behind the outfielder. This area has since changed into a party area that charges anywhere from $100 and up for all you can eat hot dogs and beverages with bar stools and tables provided. It was on this afternoon that I gave a Padre store employee a little history lesson on Dodger baseball…

More Pics from 2005…

2006

Pics from the World Baseball Classic championship game. Japan would defeat Cuba 10-6

2006_DAVE ROBERTS With former Dodger and current Padres 1B coach Dave Roberts

2007

2007_MILITARY SUNDAY A longstanding tradition in San Diego, with the Marine Corps taking in the game in Petco’s upper reaches…

2007_Marine Hymn Saluting those who serve,  with the Marine Hymn…

2007_14th inning Extra innings, and a 2nd stretch…

2007_home 17th beat l.a. Beat L.A. ?

2007_victory line NOT ON THIS DAY !!!

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2008

2008_PETCO WITH DANIEL ON AMTRAK On the way to Petco with the lil’ bro on this mid-week June afternoon, which would turn out to be a long day for not only our teams but us as well…

2008_PETCO Moments after Jake Peavy would shut us out 9-0. Later that evening, the Lakers would blow a 24 point lead in Game 4 of the NBA Finals against Boston to lose in OT, and to cap it off, our train stalled on the way back and we, along with my buddies Chris and Josh, spent a good portion of our evening stuck in Santa Ana. Who knew it would take a good 8 hours to get from S.D. to L.A, right Chris ?

2009

Opening on the Road…

For many years I, like most of you, have made it a tradition to make it out to Opening Day. This time around, with the Blue opening down south, my longtime buddy Josh and I decided why not ? Let’s take our opening “act” on the road ( or rails…)

PETCO09_13DREI_JOSH Many road games travelled with Josh, many stories to tell…

 

 

Pregame…

PETCO09_11MANNY Manny Ramirez. Manny being Manny…

PETCO09_12KEMP_LONGTOSS Matt Kemp doin’ some long toss, a sight that will be frequent in Petco next season…

PETCO09_12KEMP_VICTORYLINE Opening Day ’09, and The Blue come out on top over Jake Peavy and the Friars 4-1, and Matt Kemp among others in that victory line. I wish you the best Bison, just not against us….

 

2011

Reunited and It Feels So Good…

PETCO2011_GROUP With Josh, of course, and 2 other of  my dear friends who I had not seen in 9 years, Victoria, in the Mariners hat minus The Mariner Moose ( More on that later…) and Deanna, another really close friend of mine from our high school days, 19 years back…

2012

Easter Weekend…

PETCO2012_DREI DOG This is the yard where the pets go, and well, Drei here got himself a new best friend… ( So he thinks…) . The Park at the Park beyond the outfield stands also serves as a public park during non-event hours and after day games as well…

PETCO2012_PLAYGROUND EMPTY All is so serene in the park, a park where kids of all ages love to play, and in a few moments, you will see what I mean when I say, ” Kids ” of all ages…

Stretch Time… 

How ’bout a tale about Christmas, and Little Saint Nick…

2014

Final Day of August

2005_view behind hp Petco Park 2005

PETCO_2012 UPPER VIEW Petco Park 2014

Some slight changes in the above before and after pics 9 years apart. One of the more noticeable changes is the addition of the Comerica Bank glass building beyond the outfield to the right. Also you might notice the outfield fences particularly in right field being brought in, as well as a lower right field wall as well. Next season, another change you will notice, aside from Matt Kemp roaming the outfield at PETCO pending possible other possible obstacles that may prevent this from happening will be a new video board among other renovations to PETCO .  Did I mention earlier that PETCO has a park where “kids” of all ages love to play…

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Hey look, it’s Kid Marly Marlz ! Some of you may remember Kid n Drei’s recent trip down I-5 ?  If not, well, just click on the following upcoming link to see what went down with Kid, Drei, and JJ on their most recent journey to PETCO…

wpid-20140831_163932.jpg Paying our respects  to Mr. Padre , Tony Gwynn, with Kid Marly Marlz and JJ. The statue of the Padre HOFer is located at The Park at the Park beyond the outfield stands should you want to pay your respects…

I hope you all enjoyed my pictorial and narrative flashbacks of past trips to PETCO, dating back to it’s opening 10 years ago. While there have been a few changes since it’s opening, with more changes to come as is the norm for most venues these days, PETCO still does an outstanding job of maintaining it’s charm while blending in real nicely with the surrounding neighborhood. With the Padres expecting to be in contention in 2015, perhaps crowds may even come in larger droves…

9th Inning… Kid n Drei’s Holiday Tale From The Park…

WE’RE BAAAAAAAAAAAAACK !!!!

MARLZ_MINION DAVE N CANDY Kid Marly Marlz, being, well… Kid Marly Marlz…

DREI_VICTORY BELL 2014 And Dodger Drei, ready to ring in the holiday season…

Kid Marly Marlz and Dodger Drei, aka KID N DREI, of our “infamous” feature Ballparks, Bytes and Bites , back at it one last time for 2014 ready to bring you a Holiday Tale…

2014 has been quite a year. The Kid and Drei had quite a time from May to September. Last time we saw The Kid around here, he was hibernating somewhere up in the hills of Chavez Ravine with a mascot buddy of his from Seattle whom he has become very attached to…

wpid-picsart_1417834344473.jpg Awe. Kid Marly Marlz is all snuggled up with The Mariner Moose, keeping him all nice and warm. The two really have become quite close this season. Hey Kid ! You may want to be careful some female Mariner fan from a few pics above doesn’t see you with The Moose….

Oh yeah, you may have noticed that a huge storm front has covered the hills of Chavez Ravine and will soon be heading south toward San Diego, where Kid Marly Marlz will be found playing a little Winter Ball at the lil’ kids park. After all, the Kid has no idea what an off-season is…

Winter Ball at The Park…

On this unusually snowy day in San Diego, The Kid finds himself playing some ball over at the Lil’ Friars yard with the other kids….

 

PETCO_HOLMARLZ4 Kid Marly Marlz doesn’t seem to like Dodger Drei’s, or, Santa Drei’s call at 3rd. Hey Kid, be careful now… You wouldn’t want Santa Drei to leave you a whole stocking full of coal would you ?

Believe it or not, Kid Marly Marlz has ACTUALLY been a good kid all year long ( Did Drei just say that ? ), leaving fans of all ages very happy, especially the little one’s, who had such a great time playing with Kid Marly Marlz this season with his very own foam bubbles

MDARIO_BUBBLES2 Kid at Heart…

It really was a fun and memorable season. Too bad all this fun couldn’t last deep into October like we all thought would happen. Perhaps 2015 will be our year ? What other off-season moves does the Dodgers front office have in store for us ? Just as Kid N Drei say, ain’t no thing as an off-season…

MARLZ_DOZING Kid Marly Marlz sure looks beat. A long season will do that to even the most hyper-active “kid”…

MARLZ_ DREI WAKING HIM UP Wake up Kid ! We still gotta get back to L.A. Hey Kid ! How ’bout some holiday beats ? Heck, Santa Drei will even let you play with your favorite mascot buddy from up north, The Mariner Moose, an appropriate mascot for this time of year given that Rudy the Red Nose Reindeer could use always use some help from his distant cousin…

Extra Innings…

MARLZ_DREI HOLIDAY CARD Hey, the snow finally cleared !  Happy Holidays !!!