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Drei’s Notes On a Scorecard…4/15/2017 Vs DiamondBacks…Celebrating Jackie Robinson

J Robinson Statue

This day would mark the 70th anniversary that Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier, opening the way not only for African-American baseball players, but for other international players as well. Fittingly, to celebrate this special day, the first ever statue at Dodger Stadium would honor Jackie Robinson…

Scorecards 4 15 2017

Dbacks Scorecard

Arizona would come into Dodger Stadium atop the NL West after a fast start that saw them win 7 of their first 10. DBacks SS Nick Ahmed would drive in all four runs for the Snakes. Kenta Maeda would strike out 5 but only last 4 innings, once again leaving the bullpen to go another long stretch. Fortunately, Alex Wood would pitch 3 1/3 stellar innings of shutout ball and Kenley Jansen would record the four out save…

Dodgers Scorecard 4 15 2017

Austin Barnes, getting the starting nod behind the dish, would crank his first big league home run off the LF foulpole…

It would be Puig’s 3 run shot in the home 8th that would put the game away…

On a personal note, in the 2 games Drei has been to this season, Puig has 8 RBI’s, 7 of those coming through the long ball…

The Dodgers 8-4 victory over the DBacks would be their 10th in a row at Dodger Stadium dating back to last season.

Though the bullpen would put in another stellar performance, my early season concern has to be how much longer can Dave Roberts continue to throw starters not named Kershaw on the hill and get 5 innings or less.

Both the Dodgers and DBacks would combine for 5 errors.

Despite posting 8 runs, the Blue would leave 11 runners on base. Leaving runners on base has also been an early season issue.

Colorado will be coming in to Dodger Stadium tomorrow night atop the NL West. Both the DBacks and Rockies got off fast starts with the Giants struggling early….

9th Inning…

J Rob Night Pic_Drei J and Nate

Saturday night with ‘Doza and Son…

Extra Innings…

Easter Pic with Soshi

Uncle Drei and Soshi hope you all had a great Easter weekend !!!

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The Week In Review and Drei’s SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI Ballpark Tale From The Ravine

Before we get started with Drei’s SUN-DAY FUN-DREI tale, let’s look back at events from earlier this week… 42_Civil Rights Logo This past Wednesday, on April 15th, The Civil Rights Game took place at Dodger Stadium on Jackie Robinson Day. Earlier in the day, it was also announced that some time this season the Dodgers will further honor Jackie later on this season by erecting a statue in his honor , the first in a series the Dodgers are planning…

42_jereseysDodger fans proudly wearing their free replica Jackie Robinson jerseys…

65 and Counting…

11037253_10205115609547286_8926969167614986815_n This past weekend, on April 18th, 1950, Vin Scully would call his first Dodger game . Vin is currently in his 66th season calling the action for The Blue and like fine wine gets better with age…

Foam Party in 2015 ?

You all remember the bubble machine from last year right ? The machine that created bubbles afloat after each Dodger home run ? It was so popular that it eventually carried over into the stands, bringing out the kid in all of us, even this kid…

kid_bubbles Kid Marly Marlz and the bubbles, Angel Stadium, August 7 2014…

Well, it’s been reported that Gazillion Bubbles will be providing the bubbles for the Dodgers in 2015  as they will be making pre-game appearances on Sunday afternoons as well as appearances in the Kid Zone as well. As for the dugout presence, only time will tell…

BUBBLES1 Kid Marly Marlz with Drei at Petco Park’s PARK AT THE PARK. The bubbles sure made their rounds throughout SoCal in 2014. Hey, speaking of  Kid n Drei…

Drei’s SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI Ballpark Tale

Our first SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI tale from the yard…

With our resident Dodger Dog and his special guest, The Mariner Moose…

Dodger Dog n Moose

Also back with us for 2015, our featured Kid at Heart…

Marlz_Dog n Moose KID MARLY MARLZ !!! The Kid always finds a way to have a good time at the yard, especially with his favorite resident Dodger Dog and his other favorite mascot from way up in the Pacific Northwest… Chavez Ravine, 4/13-15 With the Mariners in town for 3, some are saying that this could be a possible World Series preview…

MOOSE_2 Hey Moose. Can you just imagine what the atmosphere would be like here if we meet again in October ?… Yo Dog ! I’ve never seen so many people inside a stadium… With the Mariners in town for 3, the Dodger Dog even had a themed dog in the Moose’s honor, The Pike Place Dog… Pike Dog The Pike Dog, a Brooklyn Dog with caramelized grilled onions and cream cheese on a thick bun. Drei here was expecting something different that would reflect The Ivar Dog . More on that later… On the field, the Mariners wasted no time putting the heavy lumber on display, particularly Nelson Cruz, who would hit 4 homers during the 3 game series, 2 on Monday night. Also on Monday night, the M’s would total 4 homers all together…

Kid Marlz, always a happy kid, was not to thrilled with The Blue being down 4 runs to our guests from the Pacific Northwest…

Moose_3 Hey Kid ! I hope you’re not confusing The Moose for smoked denizen… In spite of an early deficit, The Boys in Blue would come back and eventually tie the game, just in time for Kid Marly Marlz and Dodger Drei’s first 7th inning stretch of the season ( With the Resident Dodger Dog and The Moose…)

Uh oh. What’s this ? It looks like Sir G-O, dressed in those team colors from that team in The O.C. has got a stranglehold on The Moose…

Moose_Sergio Poor Moose. ” Yo Dog ! HELP !!! “. Hey Moose, I think Sir To The G-O was sent to The Ravine by your nemesis, you know, that Red Monkey… Hey, Sir G-O could be here to see Howie Kendrick. The way Howie has started off for the Blue, I wouldn’t blame him…

Rally Monkey_Red You know folks, Drei actually doesn’t mind the presence of this monkey when we play his Angels. It just mean’s The Boys in Blue are winning… Monday night’s game would go into extras. With the game still tied in the home 10th… Bases loaded, 2 outs, and the rookie Alex Guerrero at the plate, Drei here with this InstaByte from the LF Pavillion…

Don’t you all love Drei’s timing ? Another walk-off win for The Blue and a 5-2 win on Wednesday, and the Dodgers would complete a 3 game sweep of the Mariners. If this is what some say is a preview of this years World Series, L.A. should be one happy place come October. Of course, what happens in April is hardly any indication of what can happen later. It’s still a long season folks. But hey, you got to like how things have started off for The Blue, especially during this past homestand, which will finish off today as the Boys in Blue look to not only win their 8th home game in 9 tries, but also pull off back to back 3 game sweeps as they hope to bring out the brooms against the Rockies and continue to build upon their fast start .  

MOOSE_DOG Yo Dog, I want a rematch come October !!! Hey Moose, maybe you can take your anger out on that monkey when you come back to SoCal in early May…

Hey Moose ! You always got Kid Marly Marlz to make you feel better, right ?

Marlz_Moose Pics Art You know kid, you two have had so many happy moments together, Drei here thinks we ought to just call you two…M N M…MOOSE N MARLZ… Hmmmmm…

 DREI_MARLZ N CREW  First pic of the 2015 season with Kid, Drei and friends. Who else will be joining Kid N Drei in 2015 ? Oh yeah, you’ll all be glad to know no animals we’re harmed throughout the entire tale…

PicsArt_1429409866772 Like I said, no animals we’re harmed throughout the entire tale… Hey Kid, The Moose sure looks good with all that Blue around him, especially the hat. Oh yeah, easy on those antlers…

MOOSE_KID AT HEART Always a Kid…Kid at Heart…

KID N DREI 2015 What’s next for Kid n Drei ? Stay tuned… ” Til the Next Episode…”

10TH INNING…

As seen and heard from the Left Field Pavillion, 4/13/2015…

 

Looking Back on the Nightline Incident, and Would Jackie Really Be Proud Today ?

Pierre_42pierre_42running Juan Pierre, on Jackie Robinson Day, 4/15/2007, donning the number 42. 2007 was the first season all MLB teams would have the players don the number 42 on Jackie Robinson Day.

As we celebrate a historic moment in not only baseball but also in American history, with the decline of the amount of African-American players in the Major Leagues, would Jackie Robinson really be proud on this day that we honor him ?

Who else remembers that ill-fated evening when former Dodgers GM Al Campanis made those disparaging remarks ? Here’s a recent clip of Ted Koppel looking back on the Nightline interview from 1987, even to some degree defending Al Campanis

So, since the ill-fated Nightline incident in 1987, how much of an impact have African-American’s had on baseball since ? In a most recent research, African American’s make up only 8.05 percent of MLB players , while the NFL and NBA have African American players that make up up to 60 to 70 percent of the league. Perhaps baseball does not appeal to the African-American community’s youth as football and basketball do.

Could the economic structure of baseball also be playing a role in the decline of African American’s to the sport. It’s not as if MLB has not made any efforts to reach out to the African-American community, especially with programs like RBI .
How much has race relations in America really progressed since Hammerin’ Hank hit 715 ? Hank recently spoke out about this and he and the Atlanta Braves have recently been flooded with hate mail .

So, we ask the question, would Jackie Robinson be proud of the way things are today with this National Pastime that we love so dearly.

Jackie Robinson Day

Tomorrow, baseball celebrates the day Jackie Robinson broke MLB’s color barrier. This will mark the 10th anniversary of Jackie Robinson Day, first officially celebrated league wide in 2004. In it’s 1st season, the Dodgers we’re in Petco Park battling the Padres and ever since have played at home on this special occasion. It was thought that the Dodgers would be playing at home every season on Jackie Robinson Day, just as the Red Sox do every year on Patriots Day .

Here’s a clip form last year, looking at the legacy Jackie Robinson left behind, as told by of course Vin Scully

For the Dodgers to play away from The Ravine on this day honoring Jackie Robinson just does not seem right, especially with the game being at AT&T Park against our rival Giants. Let’s also not forget this fact that Jackie Robinson refused a trade to the Giants in 1957. Yup, Jackie is forever a Dodger !!!

Jacike_giants

All personal fan bias aside, something just doesn’t seem right with The Blue being away on this special occasion, a sentiment shared over at Dodger Blue World .

jackie robinson stadium Jackie Robinson Stadium, home of UCLA Baseball, next to the statue and mural dedicated to Jackie on the 1st base concourse

42 A number never to be worn again