Tag Archives: Hanley Ramirez

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…

 

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Magic Number Fun Facts….13

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Hopefully the sight of Hanley Ramirez hands raised up toward the Dodger Blue skies will be a familiar one come late October.  In last nights 17-0 drubbing of the Giants at AT&T Park, Hanley would drive in 2 on 4 hits.  Hopefully this is the start of big things for Hanley as we head down toward the seasons final two weeks.

Other Dodgers to Wear 13

Ralph Branca
Alex Cora

Outguessing Ouselves Our We ?

During the home half of the first inning last night, with one out Buster Posey would single to right and Angel Pagan, who had been at second base was waved home only to be thrown out by Matt Kemp by a good 25 feet.  As always, our favorite narrator of the game, Vin Scully, would point out that over the years the Giants have been known to water down their infield more so than any other team.  Old school Dodger fans may recall when the Giants tried that in 1962 to slow down Maury Wills and that they may have tried that to slow Dee Gordon down.  After Pagan had been thrown out by a bubble blowing Matt Kemp, Scully made notice of Pagan possibly not getting enough traction as he rounded the bases.  To the halloween colored ones… Outguessing yourself a bit ?

Extra Innings

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OK, Kid.  After last nights 17-0 win, you can throw a FOAM PARTY today.  Just be nice and let let the other kids play too …

Regular Season Head to Head vs. Playoff Head to Head

Interesting read in today’s Dodger Insider regarding the significance, or lack of, between regular season and post-season head to head matchups.

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For those of you who may be in a panic over the Blue Crew’s 1-5 mark against the Brew Crew after being swept this weekend, as you can see from past playoff match-ups listed above, the regular season is not always a true indicator of how teams match up in the post-season, ESPECIALLY, in baseball, where 162 games are played and any team, no matter how good, can look bad during a slump against anyone, no matter how bad the opponent is. Lets take a look at recent history going back to 2008.

In 2008 and 2009, the Dodgers had 2-5 regular season records against the Cardinals and Cubs. Dodgers swept both teams in the NLDS 3 games to none. Let’s look at last season. The Braves had our number in the regular season. What did it matter come playoff time ?

“How do the Dodgers and Braves matchup ? During the regular season the Boys from Georgia took 5 of 7 against the Boys in Blue however it should be noted that 3 of those wins came during a 3 game sweep in Atlanta during the Dodgers rough start, injuries had still crippled the team and that included the loss of Hanley Ramirez. “

My words from last season’s preview of the NLDS matchup with the Braves . I’m sure you all remember who came out on top.

“The Dodgers had a slight edge over the Cardinals in the regular season, winning 4 out of 7, with the visiting teams winning their respective series. How much of an advantage either team may have on one another, who knows ? So how do the Dodgers and Cardinals matchup heading into the NLCS ? We do know that this time around both teams will be coming into this series at their best unlike during the regular season, when the Cards took 2 of 3 at Dodger Stadium back in May as the Dodgers we’re still mired in their early season funk and the Dodgers took 3 of 4 at Busch Stadium in early August when the Dodgers we’re at the height of their post all-star break run while the Red Birds we’re experiencing a swoon of their own having lost 13 of 18 during that stretch…..”

Once again, My words from last season’s preview of the NLCS . Unfortunately, we still remember the end result there. My point, fellow Dodger fans, is that there are a number of factors as to why the regular season means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING when teams cross paths come playoff time. Injuries, a team slump, among other numerous factors, could have and all likely play a key role as to why certain teams dominate other teams in the regular season. Let’s also not forget, in a 162 game season, even the best teams lose at least 60 games. Let’s also not forget no matter how good a team is, every team is prone to losing streaks as well. I’ll say it again folks, no matter how good a team is, anyone can go cold at any point in the season even against some bad teams. Also ask yourself, is 6 games out of 162 really a true indicator of how one matches up against each other ? I think not.

Let’s also go back to a decade far far away, the 80s. During the 1983 season, the Dodgers dominated the season series against the Phillies taking 11 games out of 12. Come playoff time, the Phillies entered the NLCS having won 25 of their final 32 while the Dodgers limped into the NL West title. In the 1983 NLCS, it was the Wheeze Kids , a lineup of Pete Rose, Tony Perez, Joe Morgan, Steve Carlton, and Mike Schmidt, at 34 being the youngest of that bunch, and a hot bat from Gary Matthews that would do the Dodgers in.

Flash forward to 1988. This time it was the Dodgers who we’re in the short end of a regular season matchup, as the Mets, 2 years removed from their 1986 triumph and a possible dynasty in the making, who had taken 10 of 11 from the Dodgers in the regular season. The Mets, led by Doc Gooden’s arm and Darryl Strawberry’s bat, we’re heavy favorites to beat the Dodgers in the NLCS. But the Dodgers defied all odds in a series that would go the full 7 games, and well, you know what happened …

So there you have it. The regular season is a marathon. The playoffs are a whole different beast.

Dre_88trophy It’s been 26 years. Is 2014 the year we party like it’s 1988 ?

Dre’s Sunday Slides and Sunday Funnies, 7/6/2014

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As if there was any doubt who would be named pitcher off the month for the month of June.   Let the numbers,  which also include his 15 strikeout no-hit performance against the Rockies,  speak for themself.  At this moment,  Kershaw currently has pitched 36 consecutive scoreless innings.   His next start will be  Thursday evening art Dodger Stadium against the San Diego Padres.

The Sunday Slide

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Pregame bullpen session , KKKKKKKKKKKKKershaw ! On this day, 6/29/2014, Kershaw would accumulate 13 Ks against the Cardinals.

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From the stands and fans throughout June…

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Celebrating Philippine Heritage Night and a 2nd Stanley Cup for the L.A. Kings !!!

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Anze and Mini Puig together on the field after the post-game fireworks, on Philippine Heritage Night. Did I also mention we were celebrating a Stanley Cup for the Kings ?

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Daniel, my lil’ bro, has it all covered tonight….

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Hey Daniel ? Who influenced you ?</

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The lil’ bro Daniel reppin’ Team L.A. . Again, I ask Daniel, who influenced you ?

The Sunday Funnies

Today, Mini Puig and his author, yours truly, pay a visit to some pre- historic friends of ours….

Somewhere in Rancho….

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Mini Puig, back where it all started , is having a playful reunion with his buddy, Tremor. From Tremor to Mini Puig… ” I See You ” . Tremor couldn’t help but to pay homage to Mini Puig’s buddy HanRam .

Traveling back in time, somewhere up in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains in the summer of 2006…

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Yours truly is having a great time with his Jurassic buddy, Dinger ! Yeah, he may be partial the Rockies, but aside from this weekend, Dinger and Dre, or Double D, we’re actually good buds. If there’s one thing we agree on, it’s our disdain for some Seal up in The Bay. When I took this pic with Dinger on 8/30/2006, a LBSU alum was making his MLB debut for the Rox. Some Dirtbag named Troy Tulowitzky …

Gametime

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Josh Beckett takes the mound today for the Blue Crew as they try to make it 3 of 4 over the Rockies. The Dodgers, 29-18 away from The Ravine, currently holds a 1/2 game less over the San Francisco Giants for the NL West division lead.

Dre’s Bits and Bytes , 5/20/2014

Puig_CoPlayer0512-18 Congrats to Yasiel Puig on being named National League Co-Player of the Week , driving in 11 Dodgers while belting 3 out of the yard . After a slow start, The Cuban Missile is proving that he is not one to succumb to a sophomore jinx. QUE VIVA CUBA, VIVA PUIG !!!

Gordon_Dodgerball Dee Gordon getting a little ” Dodgerball ” going in an elementary school in New York before their 3 game set with the Mets

Marls_Apple Dodger SuperFan Marlon Brandereno, aka El Viejo , or Kid Marlz, who you’ll see later in Dre’s Stadium Bytes, taking a bite out of this Big Apple. These are one of 3 apples that are on display on the 1st base concourse on the right field reserve level. The Apples we’re scattered throughout New York City last season as part of the All-Star festivities. Now let’s see if the Boys in Blue can take a Big Bite of of the big apple during these next 3 games against the Mets in The Big Apple as Josh Beckett takes the mound for The Blue as he takes on Mets rookie Rafael Montero, making his first big league start tonight. You can also check out more of my pics on my instagram, @good_drei .

More of Dre’s Stadium Bytes, With Kid Marlz vs. the Marlz, ahem, Marlins

In this informal edition of Dre’s Bytes, we have 5 clips here from the home 6th from last Tuesday evening against the Marlins, and a huge 6th it was for the Blue and also a nice birthday gift for Kid Marlz against , the Marlins. First up, HanRam at the dish with Dee and Puig on base…

Home 6th, HanRam At The Plate 5/13/2014 from Good_Drei on Vimeo.

Now it’s time for AGon to join in…

AGon at The Dish, HanRam Needs a Ride Home 5/13/2014 from Good_Drei on Vimeo.

3 have crossed the plate for The Blue. Matt Kemp, time for you to keep a good thing goin’….

Beast Mode At The Dish 5/13/2014 from Good_Drei on Vimeo.

Now that we got a good thing goin’ in the home 6th, let’s see if Crawford or Turner can get Matt Kemp a ride home. Oh yeah, with the Marlins in town, we wonder why the Miami Heat fans here in L.A. don’t show up when the Marlins are also in town . Hmmmm….

Justin Turner, It’s Your Turn…. 5/13/2014 from Good_Drei on Vimeo.

With Drew Butera at the dish, The Blue has batted around !!! Sending all 9 to bat !!!

Batting Around The Home 6th, 5/13/2014 from Good_Drei on Vimeo.

Well that was fun. Good times against the Marlz, right Marlz ?

marlz ‘Til the next episode….

Dre’s Friday Bits and Bytes, 5/16/2014

Tonight’s happenings in the world of L.A. Sports…

greinke Zack Greinke takes the hill for the Blue as they take on the Arizona Diamondback for the 4th time this season as the Blue looks to build upon their 7-1 mark against the Snakes as they embark on a 10 game road trip. After finishing 3-4 on their current homestand against the Giants and Marlins, the Blue will also look to improve upon their 13-7 road record . Also…

That’s right ! GO KINGS GO as the Kings and Ducks battle it out in Anaheim tonight in Game 7 of the NHL Western Conference semis with as the Kings look to return to the Windy City for a rematch of last years Western Conference Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks . There is certainly no shortage of sporting events for L.A. sports fans tonight…

Early Concerns ?

With the Dodgers currently 5 games behind the Giants, this certainly was not the start the Dodgers and the fans had hoped for. However, we must remind ourselves that this is a long season and that there is certainly more than enough time to get back in the race. Whether we should expect a repeat of last seasons 40-8 run, well, that may be asking much to repeat that feat. Here’s some numbers to look at…

Prior to and after last seasons summer run where they went 40-8, the Dodgers had a combined record of 52-64. Going into tonight’s action , aside from their 7-1 record against the DBacks, they would be as of right now 15-19 against the rest of the Majors, including a 3-7 record against the Giants. So we do know how good this team can really be. We also know too that this team can be really streaky as well. Believe it or not, the Dodgers are actually in better shape at this time then they we’re at this time last year. So yes, it is a little to early for us, including this fan here, to be pushing the panic button right away. A little tweak here and there and in no time we got ourselves a pennant race.

Also, some other numbers to chew on around the bigs

The Cardinals and Nationals, 2 other clubs expected to win their respective NL divisions, are also off to pedestrian starts as they too also sit only 2 games above .500 . In the AL East, the defending champion Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays, the two expected to finish atop the AL East, are both struggling as well with a combined 38-44 record as those 2 as of right now occupy the bottom half of the AL East. 3 of the 4 teams mentioned here we’re last years LCS participants, with the Red Sox winning it all. We certainly don’t expect these teams to continue to struggle, do we ?

Dre’s Scorecard Notes, Tuesday 5/13/2014 vs. Marlins

dodgersfish In my latest of my in-game scorecard notes, we feature this past Tuesday night’s game against the Marlins…

marlinscard Josh Beckett continues to impress after sitting out virtually all of last season, pitching 6 1/3 innings against his former club, striking out 4 and allowing only 1 run. Would Beckett finally get some run support ?

dodgerscard Josh Beckett finally get’s those runs as the Blue would score 5 times in the home 6th, started off by a 2 run double by Hanley Ramirez. The Dodgers would also tack on runs in the 7th and 8th, as they would pull away from the Marlins. This is the 2nd game in a row I would attend that the Dodgers would score in the 6th-8th en route to a win and , Josh Beckett’s first win since 2012.

HanRam getting the scoring started for the Blue in the 6th

Beckett’s strong start

Best of luck to Marlins pitching sensation Jose Fernandez , who underwent successful Tommy John surgery. Here’s to a full recovery and a long career ahead of you .

Dre’s Bytes….Celebrating a Birthday, OK, a Belated Birthday, at The Old Ballgame

IT’S BACK !!! Dre’s ballgame bytes !!! Doin’ it again this season and tonight, we got El Viejo Brandoreno here…

Tuesday Night at The Ravine, 5/13/2014 from Good_Drei on Vimeo.

And later on that evening, with the Dodgers comfortably up in the 8th, as we mess around somewhere inside of Dodger Stadiums hallowed halls…

Somewhere Inside The Ravine from Good_Drei on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed your night out at the park celebrating your belated birthday against the Marlins….Marlon !!!

More of Dre’s bytes to come…TO BE CONTINUED. Happy Friday everyone !!! LET’S GO DODGERS !!! GO KINGS GO !!!!

Dre’s Notes On a Scorecard and Other Weekend Happenings

But First

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I hope all you moms out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day be it at the stadium or wherever you chose to celebrate .

Dre’s Scorecard Notes, 5/10/2013 vs. Giants

2nd one this year of Dre’s scorecard notes.  Who else keeps score at games?  I’d like to see your cards and compare our styles….

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Zack Greinke had another strong outing allowing only 2 runs while striking out 8 through 7….

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As for the Dodger offense, they would finally come around scoring 6 runs from the 6th to 8th innings, getting key contributions from Dee Gordon and Matt Kemp, who had a big 2 out RBI single in the 6th to tie the game and followed with a solo shot in the 8th as the Dodgers would take the 3rd of 4 against the Giants, 6-2. 

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Unfortunately that would be the Dodgers only win of the 4 game series against the hated ones.  Despite Hanley’s game tying 2 out 2 run shot in the bottom of the 9th off Giants closer Sergio Romo, the hated one’s would prevail in the 10th, 7-4, taking 3 of 4 from The Blue.  The Giants, tied with the Brewers for the NL’s best record, have won 7 of 10 against The Blue this season as the Dodgers fall back to a season high 4.5 games back in the NL West.

Why Hello, Oldtimers….

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Of course, since i’ve seen most of these guys play in the Dodger Blue at some point, it’s just anothet reminder I ain’t no young one myself either….LOL

Beats By Dre

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Any pregame requests ?

And Finally…

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Good afternoon, to the 30% of you Dodger fans who are abke to see todays’s telecast….