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Celebrating My Jackie Robinson Themed Weekend

With the release of 42, I was determined to make this past weekend a Jackie Robinson theme, meant that anything that had to do with Jackie Robinson or the movie 42 would be documented. ( I’m such a baseball geek….LOL….) . To start things off, a buddy of mine had an extra ticket to a volleyball matchup between UCLA and their crosstown rival USC.  Those of you who have read some of my past posts may know by now where my college allegiance lies.  Now why I point this out is because, as I said, anything that had to do with Jackie Robinson would be documented.  And since Jackie Robinson was a Bruin, this event goes.  FYI, UCLA ended up sweeping this best of 5 matchup.  To be honest with you i’m not much of a volleyball fan though I do watch occasionally….

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dre_joe Good times with Joe Bruin….

joebruin Joe Bruin rockin’ that Dodger cap….

On Sunday I made the trek over to Jackie Robinson Stadium for a Sunday afternoon college baseball game between the UCLA Bruins and the Loyola Marymount Lions.  Admission was free for those who came dressed in any 42 or Jackie Robinson attire.  ( Gotta love free baseball !!!! )  .  Prior to the game, a mural dedicated to Jackie was unveiled next to the Jackie Robinson statue behind the 1st base concourse….

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muralandstatue_afterdedication  And there it is.  A new mural in honor of Jackie Robinson right next to his statue…

mural The new mural by artist Mike Sullivan depicting Jackie Robinson in his days as a Bruin, as well as other logos linked to him.  Can anyone guess what the horse in the bottom represents ?

42onthirdbase Throughout the weekend Jackie Robinson’s 42 was placed between the bases

jackieviewingthegame Jackie viewing the game from up above the 1st base concourse.  What an appropriate spot to put this statue of Jackie.  LMU would end up beating the Bruins on this day 4-1….

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dre_statueandmural Honoring Jackie in his glory in both Blue and Gold and Dodger Blue….

4/15/2013

Review of 42 and Jackie Robinson Night…

OK, the review of 42.  Being the hardcore baseball fan who knows many of the game’s historical moments, I can’t really say that this movie had a strong impact on me.  That’s not to say that you should not see this.  If anything, I know the baseball fan in you will go out and see this if you haven’t already.  Word of advice to those hard-core baseball and Dodgers fans who may know too much, it would be best to bring someone who isn’t so much a hardcore baseball fan or maybe doesn’t know as much of the game’s historical facts.  If anything, you may actually appreciate the movies plot that much more . 

What I really liked about the movie was not so much Harrison Ford’s role as Branch Rickey or Chadwick Boseman’s role as Jackie Robinson, because as said earlier, being the baseball fan and Dodger fan I am, already know so much about the impact both Jackie and Branch on the game, but the way the supporting actors , particularly the players who we’re on the opposite sides of Jackie, made their roles against Jackie as authentically blatant as could be for the time period.  Particularly that of Alan Tudyk, who made  the role of Phillies manager Ben Chapman so believable that he would later admit as much that he was pained by it.  Yes, the N word is used a lot in the movie  especially by that of Alan Tudyk, in reference to what Jackie endured during the time of 1947.

Oh yeah, did I forget to mention this is also a baseball movie ?  Given that fact,  in the scenes where Jackie is in Ebbets Field and the other parks of the time, particularly The Polo Grounds and Forbes Field, being the baseball geek I am, of course I was going to be looking for both accuracies and inaccuracies.  FYI, I wasn’t the only one doing this either.  And in this day and age of CGI, i’m sure many of you did the same thing to.  Especially you fellow Dodger fans out there who may have been looking for the Abe Stark ad in right field.  Yup, it’s there.  The Chesterfield Ad in Centerfield of the Polo Grounds ?  Check.  And of course, in the scenes at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field, I was looking for the famed Cathedral of Learning.  In the end… Check.  Speaking of, here’s a couple other sources where details we’re both accounted for or missed, some highlights from this Philly.com post, and another from a Pirate’s fan’s blog as well.  In the blog you will want to read the comment’s below the post.  Overall, 42 did a great job of documenting not so much  Jackie and Branch’s contributions, but covering with as much accuracy the other baseball references as well.  Both the staunch baseball fan, the casual fan, and the newbies would be really impressed with 42.

FROM THE YARD…

I didn’t really get to take any pre-game ceremony pictures .  However, I did get this clip of another former UCLA great from behind before he would take part in the pre-game ceremonies….

kareem_jimhill “Wait a minute !!!  I know you !!!  You’re Kareem Abdul-Jabar !!!”  .  Next to him is local CBS-LA Sports reporter Jim Hill.

The Dodgers would lose on this night 6-3 thanks to some missed scoring opportunities ( Haven’t we said that a lot so far this season…), but this day was all about Jackie Robinson.  The man who opened opportunities not only in baseball, and not only for African-Americans,  but other sports as well….

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dre42 Me honoring 42…

dre_mike42 With my friend Mike also honoring Jackie’s number 42…

Today’s InstaPics Theme….March Madness

But first….


As a UCLA fan, I still get chill’s when I see that clip…..  Speaking  OK, now I know a lot of you baseball fans out there are caught up in the Madness. And I know a lot of you will probably be joining me this weekend tearing your brackets up. BTW, as much as I love my Bruins, i’m not naive enough to think number 12 will be hoisted upon Pauley’s rafters come November. ( I have Louisville winning it all BTW ). Like many of you, baseball ain’t the only thing I watch. And of course being here in L.A. we have a plethora of sporting events to choose from. And when I get a chance one of the venues I venture into is Pauley Pavillion . As many of you know Pauley underwent some renovations….

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Just one of the changes inside Pauley. Speaking of renovations, anyone else looking forward to seeing Dodger Stadiums upgrades ? So sticking with the theme of March Madness, here’s some pics of the past and present representing not only UCLA but also the Lakers and last but not least the Dodgers…. 2006

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Former UCLA Bruin Lucius Allen

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Me with former Bruin and Laker Jordan Farmer. We didnt know it at the time, but this was Farmer’s last home game at Pauley. He would later be a teamate of..

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Poor Adam Morrison. But all Bruin bias aside, I really enjoyed watching Adam Morrison play. That pic ( Not done with Instagram) really tells the story of one who puts out his finest effort just to come up that short…. Now as a Bruin fan, I say…” THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES !!! ” Pauley Today

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Tyus Edney, now an assistant coach with UCLA. We’ll always remember 4.8 ….  Oh yeah, earlier I mentioned something about getting chills to this day over certain clips.  Well, here’s another one even 18 years later I still get the chills….

 

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Having a lityle fun with Larry Drew II, re-enacting his buzzer beater earlier in the season against Washington ( I was playing the part of Shawn Kemp Jr. )… You may have noticed that my Pyramid of Success poster being signed over the years. Well…

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The Wizard of Westwood. Final home game of the ’06 season…. How ’bout some Instapic Statues ( And this time they are all Instagramed….)

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Hey wait a minute !!! I know you !!! You’re Kareem Abdul-Jabar !!!

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Coach Wooden And finally, One of the Greatest Bruins. Also one of the Greatest Dodgers as well….

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Jackie Robinson. This is at Jackie Robinson Stadium in West L.A. where the UCLA Baseball team plays. So, when is Dodger Stadium getting a statue of Jackie Robinson ?