Tag Archives: L.A. Kings

L.A. to The Bay…3/22-24The Road to The Final Four

The evening prior to making my way to San Jose for the NCAA March Madness Regionals, I would take in a Kings game at Staples Center against, of course, the San Jose Sharks. With the SAP Center being occupied for the upcoming weekend for the NCAA Regional’s the Sharks would be on the road. Though the Kings have had a rough year on the ice, they would still come out on top on this Thursday evening on a night we’d receive a miniature Wayne Gretzky statue…

20190321_191051This one’s JUST a little larger than our mini statue…

On this night our lovable Lion King of a mascot, Bailey, couldn’t help but poke fun at our NoCal rivals…

After seeing a rare Kings win, I decide to take in some late night bites at a historic 24-hour L.A. institution, The Pantry…

20190321_223136

20190321_231316I can never go wrong with the Ham Steak & Eggs…

Allright, time to head to LAX and TRY, I mean, TRY to get some shut-eye before a Friday Morning 7AM departure…

20190322_065340

20190322_065126Little Bailey decided to tag along for this road trip…

20190322_101514

Our featured mural for this trip, painted sometime in the mid to late 2000’s with the image of Joe Thornton of the Sharks and¬† HP Pavillion, now the SAP Center. There was recent talk of this iconic mural going away to perhaps make way for (more)¬†Google Transit development,¬†an already¬†sore topic to residents in San Francisco.¬†If visiting San Jose anytime soon, you may want to capture a pic of this mural before it potentially goes away…

20190322_101922SAP Center, home of the San Jose Sharks and host of the NCAA Mens Basketball Regionals

20190322_102024Little Bailey having a great time trolling the streets outside the SAP Center…

Here for my first ever March Madness assignment for Stadium Journey the day would start off early as the first of four games for the day would match the 13th seed UC Irvine Anteaters against the 4th seed Kansas State Wildcats. 

20190322_114030

There’s a reason why they call this March Madness. Schools that you least expect to make in impact end up coming out of nowhere and making a name for themselves. The first game would see UC Irvine pull off the first upset of the day. The win by the Anteaters would be the first ever tournament win for UCI to the delight of many in the building. Though UCI did bring a good contingent up from SoCal, the building was decidedly pulling for the underdog, as most venues in the early rounds tend to do…

20190322_134138

The second of four for the day would pit the Pac-12 against the Big-10 as the 12th seed Oregon Ducks would take on the 5th seed Wisconsin Badgers. Any college basketball fan will tell you that 12th seeds have a long history of pulling off first round upsets and the Oregon Ducks, who struggled early in the season but finished strong and we’re one of the hottest teams entering the tournament.¬†

20190322_154009

As you can see Wisconsin was no match for Oregon as the Ducks would dominate Wisconsin, making them the second team to pull of an upset on this day. On a side note, though Oregon was a 12th seed, it really wasn’t much of an upset as mentioned earlier they we’re one of the hottest teams coming into the tournament and 12 seeds have a history of pulling off first round upsets. But an upset is just that….

20190322_154454Deforest Buckner, defensive tackle for the 49ERS showing support for his alma mater…

20190322_154624Had I known I would cross paths with DeFo I’d have donned my Niner hat. DeFo was very gracious taking pics with the Oregon and Niner Faithful…

20190322_144127Time to do a hard push to set up for games 3 and 4. Do your business before the “under four” timeout…

20190322_104308Time to help myself to a couple cupcakes provided to the media. That’s quite a display. I’m tempted to want to chomp on that chocolate replica trophy…

20190322_155117Counting down the minutes to tip-off between the 12th seed Liberty University Flames and the 5th seed Mississippi State Bulldogs

In spite of¬† Liberty U being one of those lower seed schools that could carry your heartwarming March Madness story-line, not everyone¬†was crazy about jumping on Liberty U’s Cinderella bandwagon.¬†

Nonetheless, Liberty U would make their own March Madness history by knocking off Mississippi State and becoming the third double-seed team at the SAP Center. With one more game to go talk started swirling around the building of a complete 4-game sweep by double digit seeded teams. With their victory, Liberty U, like UCI earlier would win their first ever NCAA March Madness game. 

20190322_184924Liberty U players celebrating with their fans after their first NCAA tourney victory…

One more game to go on this Friday, this time between the 4th seed Virginia Tech Hokies and the 13th seed St. Louis Billikens. Can St. Louis pull off the sweep?

20190322_201153

Not quite. A cold start by the Billikens would lead to their demise as Virginia Tech would escape the barrage of upsets…

20190322_213305Counting down the final seconds…

20190322_21350020190322_213634End of Day One. Time to get some rest…

The first day of action would provide plenty of excitement. According to sources, the SAP Center would be the 7th venue to produce 3 double-seed first round winners. Had St. Louis U been able to pull off the sweep, the SAP Center would have been only the second venue to pull off a 4-game first-round sweep by double-seed teams. Hey, 3 of 4 isn’t bad, 2 of the 3 winning their first tourney game ever and the 12th seed Oregon, well, could they really be considered a Cinderella?¬†

Saturday, 3/23. Media Day

FB_IMG_1553531656115Interviewing UCI Guard Max Hazzard, the grandson of former UCLA Bruin Walt Hazzard. Max would hit a buzzer beating trey at the end of their first half battle with Kansas State that would send the ‘Eaters into the locker tied at 30 at the half… (Pic credit UCI Mens Basketball)

The day between rounds would give the media a chance to catch up with the players and coaches of the first round victors. 

20190323_144355Oregon Ducks forward and Bay Area native Kenny Wooten (Check out his tat…). Kenny Wooten is not to be confused with another legendary Kenny from UO,¬†Kenny Wheaton

After the day’s media sessions, I would head over to the Hayes Mansion where a pep rally would be held for UC Irvine. (Hey, I gotta show my support for our states only team in the tourney. Besides, who doesn’t like a good Cinderella story?)

20190323_190955

20190323_190011Hey, I’m in Northern California. Why not indulge in some of their finest wine and cheese selections?

Sunday, March 22

20190324_120534Lil’ Bailey sure having a great time “trolling” the streets of San Jose…

20190324_120617We’re doing the best we can to stay out of any mischief before the Sunday games…

20190324_121653The second of two games. The game I wanted to watch but couldn’t because I had to catch my flight out of San Jose. The tipoff for that second game would be later than I expected…

20190324_124544.jpgWith some time to kill before the first game I decide to stroll the concourse and check out the plaques displayed along the San Jose Sports HOF. Here is one for former MLB Commissioner Peter Ueberroth, who played an instrumental role in landing L.A. the 1984 Olympics…

20190324_125742Throughout the 80’s the 49ERS teams we’re often labled a “finesse” team. If that was the case, Ronnie Lott never got that memo…

20190324_125224The man who started a Dynasty…R.I.P. Dwight Clark

 

As for the first game of Sunday between Liberty U and Virginia Tech the Hokies would end Liberty U’s dream of moving on to the Sweet 16. The final day of games in San Jose would not produce the dramatics that Friday’s games did as Oregon, in spite of a frantic 2nd half rally by UCI, would be too much for the Anteaters as they would punch their ticket to the Sweet 16…

20190324_171013Lil’ Bailey and Blue we’re on their best behavior during the weekend, even receiving some love from the UCI folks and surprisingly some of the locals as well (They must’ve been A’s fans…)

It was a fun weekend in San Jose. It was fun hearing stories from the visiting fans and reporters particularly those from Kansas and Virginia talking about seeing the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time. That must’ve been some hella-hyphy sight for our visitors (Yup, we just used the Bay-Area slang once again…)

The SAP Center is tied with the Honda Center in Anaheim as the 4th oldest NHL venue. Like the Honda Center, it has that early 90’s feel but like the OC venue, don’t expect it to go anywhere anytime soon…

20190324_170717It was HELLA fun, San Jose! Next stop…The Sweet 16 and Elite 8…Anaheim !!!

20190323_191250ZOT ZOT !!!

20190323_19130320190323_191414It was a great run by UCI…

So that was my weekend in The Bay. Here’s some other bits from¬†my Stadium Journey piece.¬†

20190323_191755Kicking it with Peter the Anteater. It was a fun run, stay hungry Pete !!!

Check out my Facebook page,¬†Drei and Company’s Stadium Journeys.¬†

Drei’s Notes On A Scorecard…4/6/2017 vs Padres…End of an Era For L.A. Sports

Puig Scorecard

Greetings. Welcome to my first edition of Drei’s Notes on a Scorecard. Today, our scorecards come from my first game of the year on 4/6 as The Blue would conclude their final game of a 4 game series with the Padres. On the notes from above, through 4, The Cuban Missile would do his damage from the bat, twice, driving in 2 runs each time for a total of four runs. That would be 3 home runs in two days for Yasiel Puig…

lad scorecard

Holy Charity From The Friars…

The Blue would score 6 more from the 6-7th innings en route to a 10-2 shellacking of The Friars. During that frame, The Friars would issue 8 walks, forcing in a run while also stealing one as well on a double steal. The Blue would only need 3 hits during that 6 run frame..

sd scorecard.jpg

A Not So Holy Welcome

This would be Jarred Weaver’s first start in a Padre uniform. Weaver would go 5, being taken deep twice by Puig. Weaver was acquired in February off free agency after a successful stint with the Angels.

Brandon McCarthy would go 6 strong, striking out 4. Luis Avilan and Chris Hatcher would have strong outings out of the ‘pen, with Hatcher striking out 3 in 2 innings.

So those are my first Notes On a Scorecard for 2017. It’s great to be back at the old ballgame…

Drei’s Ballpark Tales

blue dog and tremor 2

Featuring Blue Dog and his cousin from Rancho Cucamunga, Tremor…

 

blue dog and tremor

Nice day for these two to take in a ballgame…Nice of Tremor to make the trek from Rancho to see the big club with his cousin Blue Dog…Tremor’s Quakes kick off their season this week…

End of An Era for L.A. Sports…

vin chick bob

With the Kings 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks tonight, an golden era has come to an end. Bob Miller, the L.A. Kings announcer of 44 years, is hanging up the mic. Miller had experienced some health issues earlier this season however he did come back to broadcast the Kings final two games, including their home finale yesterday. 

Though the Kings will be left out of the post-season, this decade is been the kindest to Miller, as he would be on hand for their 2 Stanley Cup conquests in 2012 and 2014. 

L.A. sports fans, already and admittedly spoiled by Vin and Chick, all agree that of the 3, Bob Miller is undoubtedly the most underrated. Much of that of course has to do with the long history of success by both the Lakers and Dodgers.

Between the 3, a total of 16 World Championships we’re won by their respective teams. Today really does mark the end of a golden era in L.A. sports. Thank You Bob !

9th Inning…R.I.P. Mr. Potato Head

Over the years, the Dodgers have had many a celebrity pay The Ravine a visit. One of the biggest and long time Dodger fans from the Hollywood circuit passed away this past week. Don Rickles, a regular and a frequent player during the early days of the Hollywodd Stars game, passed away at the age of 90. In this clip from 1985, Don Rickles does a roast of The Boys in Blue…R.I.P. Don Rickles

 

 

Sights and Sounds From Westwood to DTLA

Happy Friday everyone ! ¬†As we all get ready for the one event that divide’s all of us Dodgers fans, the SC-UCLA game, Drei here brings you some sight’s, rants, and sounds from Westwood to DTLA, all in one night, Thursday, 11/20/2014. ¬†But first, some big Dodgers/UCLA related news..

The Legacy of 42 Continues…

As many of you know, Jackie Robinson was not only one of the greatest ballplayers who donned the Dodger Blue, but was also an outstanding humanitarian. Perhaps many of you are aware that Jackie Robinson was a 4 sport athlete at UCLA . ¬†Today, it was announced the¬†UCLA will be naming 22 of it’s athletic facilities¬†after the Dodger/UCLA legend. ¬†The number 42 will also be painted into the Rose Bowl field at the 25 yard line for tomorrow night’s clash. ¬†

jackie

JACKIE_STATUE

From Westwood to DTLA

Here L.A., we can never have enough entertainment options. ¬†Sporting events are no different. ¬†So on this Thursday evening, I made the attempt to pull double dip, finding myself at what should have been the BEAT SC Bonfire ( more on that later ) and the Kings game at Staples Center. ¬†Here it is, starting from Westwood…

ROYCE HALL

Greetings from the Hills of Westwood…

VICTORY BELL 1120

Oh the sight of The Victory Bell in it’s rightful blue color never get’s old…

VICTORY BELL_HUGO

My buddy Hugo also getting in on the action. ¬†He was one happy camper last night with his Raiders FINALLY winning a game…

PREBONFIRE

Waiting for the rally to get started. ¬†Drei couldn’t stay for the whole rally as Drei had a hockey game to go to thanks to some free tickets. ¬†Drei would find out later that the rally would be without the bonfire. ¬†Why ? ¬†Because 50 student protesters decided to put a halt to the bonfire in protest to the recent¬†UC tuition fee hikes.¬† While I do wholeheartedly agree with the cause, I also do feel there is a time and place for civil protests, having participated in one myself recently. ¬†Putting a halt to an event that is meant to celebrate an annual rivalry as well as unify students even as an escape from reality for ¬†2 hours , well, may have just left a bad taste among the other . I understand the concerns of rising tuition costs and support the students in their concern, but to put a halt to a long standing tradition that has nothing to do with the current tuition hikes ? ¬†I hope this does not cloud the thoughts of the other student’s who we’re most certainly looking forward to the bonfire. ¬†I actually don’t think it will in the long run because once the dust settles from this weekends game, the majority of the students, all throughout the UC system as well, will still all be unified as one against these tuition hikes. ¬†OK, that’s my rant for this week. ¬†As for the bonfire being put to a halt, Jim Mora…

Before we head toward the Staples Center…

BRUIN STATUE

Gotta make sure our Bruin Bear is well protected from such the evil sources of Troy…

Mid-City Beats

As we make our way toward Staples Center, here’s some¬†beats from Mid City’s resident DJ, once again… Reno Sparks. ¬†Yo Reno, What It Be ? What It Do ?

Staples Center, Kings vs Hurricane

KINGSGAME

My view from up in 305. ¬†Arrived just in time to see Tanner Pearson end his scoring drought with the game winning goal in the 2nd period as the Kings would come out victorious 3-2 over Carolina. ¬†Hopefully, I’ll have more to bring you from Staples Center as the hockey season goes along. ¬†For a venue now entering it’s 16th season, Staples Center sure doesn’t feel like it’s age . ¬†

And that, folks, is your typical Thursday evening in L.A, from Westwood to DTLA.  Hey, enjoy the game this weekend.  Regardless of your allegiance, it should be a great game.  Drei here is sticking with his pick earlier this week, UCLA 34 USC 24.  Your prediction ?

Ah, the sweet sound of VICTORY to ring in the weekend !!! ¬†If all goes well, the Victory Bell will remain in it’s rightful color, BLUE !!!

Sunday Adventures With Mini Puig 6/8/2014

This weeks theme, The Stanley Cup… Go Kings Go !!!

image

Earlier this week, our Mini Puig cruised the streets from Inglewood to DTLA, seeing all kinds of support for the Kings,  playing in their second Stanley Cup Finals in 3 seasons.   Before he ventures the streets,  Mini Puig makes a quick stop at Randys Donuts,  where they too are showing their support for the Kings.

image

After a couple of donuts Mini Puig sends to be a happy camper.¬†¬† Hopefully those donuts don’t show him down during upcoming games…..

image

Moving right along Mini Puig makes a stop at the one time home of the Kings,  The Fabulous Forum.   The Kings would call this place home from 1967-1999, appearing in one Stanley Cup final.

image

Moving right along,¬† Mini Puig has now found his way toward Staples Center,¬† taking his place alongside The Great One.¬†¬† ” Hey Wayne,¬† maybe someday they will have a statue in my honor at Dodger Stadium ”

image

Oh yeah !¬† Lord Stanley’s Cup.¬†¬† Two more wins and that cup comes back to L.A. ! GO KINGS GO !!! ¬† Puig still believes he will help The Blue bring home a trophy of a different sorts.¬†¬† One that has eluded them since 1988.¬† It’s going to be a tough climb again this year,¬† With The Blue currently 9.5 games behind the Giants.¬†¬† But hey, they overcame their 30-42 stay last season , due in large part to Big Puig’s arrival, along with 42-8 run, which would be asking a lot again.¬†¬†

A Look At The Standings

image

For all the talk of the Dodgers struggles,¬† lost amongst all this talk is the fact the Dodgers have the 3rd most wins in the NLCS along with the Braves and Cardinals,¬† two teams the Dodgers faces in last year’s playoffs.¬†¬† The Pirates,¬† who have struggled on the road this season,¬† are starting to warm up.¬† When all is said and done,¬† at this point,¬† With exception of the Giants and Brewers, there is a lot of parity in the senior circuit, including all 5 NL playoff participants,¬† 2 who see themselves south of the .500 mark .¬† As I said earlier,¬† expecting another 42-8 run would be asking too much.¬†¬† Putting together a string of wins,¬† certainly this team is more than capable.

image

Not exactly a lineup that instills far is it ?  See the tweet from the Dodger fan below the lineup….

image

The Dodgers with Kershaw on the mound as they try to take 2 of 3 at Coors Field.  Away from Dodger Stadium, where the Blue is 13-19, the Blue have actually held their own,  spring a 19-12 record away from The Ravine.   After today,  the Dodgers travel to Cincinnati for a four game set with the Reds before returning home Friday night against the DBacks . 

Honoring Milestones Today

On this day, 1964, Sandy Koufax pitches his 3rd career no-hitter . Koufax would finish with a total of 5 career no-hitters, his final one being a perfect game . Also during the early 60’s, Koufax would also own a motel of his own in West Hollywood. From L.A. Observed

sandy-koufax-tropicana-mote

Celebrating 10000

Dodgers_10000wins Tonight the Dodgers will be celebrating another milestone moment as they commemorate the franchise’s 10000 plus wins, giving the first 40,000 fans in attendance this commemorative pin. I’m sure you all have a favorite moment from a game you attended. What was your favorite ? My favorite ?

And of course, we find ourselves at this moment 7 behind the hated ones. As we all know, as much as the Blue Crew has struggled this season, the season is far from over. From Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle, we just may see another Epic Finish between these two storied franchises. It’s a long summer folks. Plenty of baseball still to be played.

42 and 42

image

Also on this day, 1972, for the first time in franchise history the Dodgers would retire players numbers. Sandy Koufax, Roy Campbell’s and Jackie Robinson would be the first Dodgers to ever have their numbers retired. This would be Jackie Robinson’s final appearance ever at Dodger Stadium.

Team L.A.

For you L.A. sports fans doing double duty tonight, and I know there are a lot of you out there….

Anze_Puig

Good luck to the L.A. Kings in their quest to bring Lord Stanley back to L.A. for the 2nd time in 3 years, as they take on the New York Rangers in the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals .

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 Thoughts 5/5/2014, HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO !!!

Putting It All On The Line

Can we all put to rest all the talk about Yasiel Puig not being a team player ? He may not have succeeded in making this game-saving catch, but I think he may have won more hearts over among Dodger fans with this outstanding effort. The Cuban Missile may still be a work in progress, but let’s not question his heart and effort.

Also…

josefernandez Marlins sensation ace Jose Fernandez, last years NL Rookie of the Year, checking up on Puig after the game.

FELIZ CINCO DE MAYO !!!

Dodger fans, where you may be celebrating today, perhaps you may have this tune ingrained in your heads…

Probably the most played song among Dodger fans today.

Also…

Cinco_Dog How ’bout this Dodger fan showing some spirit on this Cinco de Mayo !!!

Team L.A.

Kings_Dodgers Tonight is another busy night for our locals, with the Dodgers beginning a 3 game series in DC against the Nationals tonight, with Zack Greinke taking the hill for the Blue as he looks to go 6-0 on the season. Let’s also not forget the Kings, who look to take a commanding 2 games to none lead in their NHL Western Conference showdown against the Ducks in Anaheim. We also can’t forget the Clippers as the begin their 2nd round Best of 7 NBA Western Conference showdown tonight in OKC as they take on the Thunder. This should also be another intriguing match up as well with Chris Paul and UCLA’s own Russell Westbrook showcasing the spotlight for their teams.

HAPPY CINCO EVERYONE !!! No shortage of games for L.A. fans on this Monday night !!!

Off Season Insta Pics and Dre’s Conference Title Picks….

image

image

image

As you can tell, Dodger Stadium is almost ready to play host for next weeks NHL Stadium Series matchup between the L.A. Kings and Anaheim Ducks.  This will mark the first time a regular season NHL outdoor matchup will take place out here in the west.  Hopefully, this is the first of more to come.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a peek inside….. 

Ok, my conference title picks…

AFC

Denver over New England in a shootout, with Manning coming out on top 38-34

NFC

In a hard fought, black and blue matchup, the 49ERS come out of this on their way for the Quest for Six, 20-17. This game couldn’t be more evenly matched . Two teams , two coaches that can’t stand each other. Points should be at a premium and my 20-17 projection may be a bit high. I’m looking for the Niner running game to be the difference . Oh yeah, you all do know by now i’m also a 49ERS fan. You say being a 49ERS fan in L.A. is sacreligious ? Well, I guess Matt Kemp never got that message either….

image

Yup, even The Bison is a huge Niners Fan !!!!

Enjoy the games everyone !!!

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 ?

Hoping To Reverse History In L.A.

Before I discuss reversing history, here’s some other historical tidbidts that may be of interest to all you Dodger fans, including those of you who have already pushed the panic button. Four other times in post-season play the Dodgers have overcome 2-0 deficits. OK, the most recent was in 1981, when they did it twice that season and some rookie southpaw and future Dodger Spanish broadcaster would capture the hearts of L.A. . But hey, who says history can’t repeat itself, right ?….

1955 World Series

1955-dodgers-win
No doubt the locals, after falling behind 2 games to none, had to be thinking ” Here we go again…. Dem Bums…” . But the beloved Bums of Flatbush, after coming up short against the Yankees in 5 previous tries, finally bring home Brooklyn’s lone World Championship, beating the Yankees in 7…

1965 World Series

1965
In observance of Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, Sandy Koufax is missing in action for Game 1 against the Twins, and Don Drysdale would get rocked. Upon being taken out in the 4th inning, Drysdale reportedly quipped to manager Walter Alston ” I’ll bet you wish I was the Jewish one…” . The Twins would shock the Dodgers and Koufax in game 2 as well and head to L.A. with a commanding 2-0 series lead. The Dodgers would win games 3 through 5 in L.A., and lose Game 6 in Minnesota. Sandy Koufax, on only 2 days rest !!!! ( Yup, for those of you who questioned Kershaw going on 3 days rest in Game 4 of the NLDS….) would silence the bats of the Twins en route to a 2-0 shutout , delivering the Dodgers 3rd World Title in L.A. .

1981 Division Series

1981nlds
In what was deemed the intra-division playoffs due to the mid-season strike of 1981, the Dodgers would be matched up against the Houston Astros in a best of 5 to determine the NL West Champ. After dropping the first two in Houston, the Dodgers would sweep the remaining 3 at home to advance to the NLCS against the Montreal Expos…

1981 World Series

1981WS
After dropping the first two in The Bronx, The Blue would once again rally at home, taking games 3 through 5, all by one run, and in Game 6 in The Bronx the Dodgers would take home their sixth World Series title and their third over the dreaded Yankees…

From The Twitter Feed….

Not coming through in the clutch would be an understatement, especially Yasiel Puig, who seem’s to be pressing in his first tast of NLCS action. One of the big reason’s the Dodgers got by Atlanta in the LDS was their ability to come through in the clutch, especially with 2 outs….

Should, coulda, woulda ( I think that’s how it goes….) . In a series so evenly matched up where great pitching is displayed on both sides, every move is subject to scrutiny, including the managers, and now for the 3rd time in the playoffs the people of L.A. are 2nd guessing Don Mattingly’s

decisions. Before we discuss his recent blunder from Game 1, let’s also not forget a couple other moves from Game 2 of the NLDS having Paco Rodriguez pitching to Jason Heyward and the 8th inning of Game 4 where the inablility of Juan Uribe to lay down a bunt ACTUALLY benefited The Blue !!!!! And now why Adrian Gonzalez would be removed in the 8th inning of a tie ballgame for a pinch runner in Dee Gordon is beyond eveyone’s belief. There was still plenty of ballgame left and the way both pitching staff’s we’re performing, it was not out of the question that AGon would be needed if the game went extra’s, which of course it ultimately did. And well, we all know what happened when it was Michael Young instead of Gonzalez at the dish with a chance to take the lead. So yeah, while I do agree with Mattingly’s quote that we’re a couple of hits away from being up 2-0, Mattingly is still as much to blame for the Dodgers being where they stand right now. Now, as for his managerial status after the season should we not have a parade in DTLA later this month, I won’t be in panic mode>, though it seem’s some people are already….

Some words of encouragement from L.A. King Dustin Brown. Of course Brownie would know something about coming back from 0-2 deficits to teams from St. Louis….

Hoping To Reverse History

Why I bring this up ? The only other time the Dodgers and Cardinals met in the NLCS was in 1985, the first year MLB would use a best of 7 format for the LCS after previously using a best of 5. The Dodgers, led by the pitching of Fernando Valenzuela and Orel Hershiser, would take a 2 games to none lead heading to The Show Me State for games 3 through 5. Then….

“2 of the darkest days of my life as a Dodgers fan occurred within 2 days of each other. And this 11 year old kid certainly did not GO CRAZY after this series….

You had to pick this game to hit your first ever home run from the left side of the plate Ozzie ?That home run by Ozzie would be voted by Cardinals fans as the number all-time greatest moment in old Busch Stadium’s history….gocrazy1

gocrazy2

And…

Why did you pitch to Jack Clark ? The question asked in L.A. all winter long in ’85….

I’m still trying to figure out how I picked up enough courage to reflect upon my 2 darkest days as a Dodger fan. I never really came down hard on Tom Niedenfuer for giving up those home runs. If anything, I was actually harder on Lasorda for having Niedenfuer pitch to Clark with 1st base open and 2 outs. The hitter on-deck ? Andy Van Slyke, father of future Dodger Scott Van Slyke. Yes, I am aware that Andy is best remembered for his playing days with the Pirates, but at the time, no one knew who he was. As we said 28 years ago…. ” WHY DID YOU PITCH TO JACK CLARK !!!! “…. Speaking of the number 28…Guerrero-thumb-362x800-7893
My favorite Dodger as a kid, Pedro Guerrero. Put up some big offensive numbers for The Blue througout the 80’s , yet my lasting memory is of him throwing his glove down in disgust after Jack Clark’s decisive 3 run home run sent the Red Birds to the World Series against their in-state rivals the Kansas City Royals, in which they would eventually lose in 7 games. ( To any Cardinals fan that may be reading this, yeah, Don Dekinger blew the call at 1st base in Game 6, but having broken the heart of this 11 year old kid 10 days prior, my only feeling was and even at 11 years old… ” Hey Cards fans !!!! Oh well !!! Life’s a B***H isn’t it ? ” . 28 years later those feeling’s haven’t changed….LOL . “

http://dodgerdrei.mlblogs.com/2013/10/11/nlcs-show-down-at-the-show-me-state/

The exact dates when all this happened ? Monday, October 14, 1985 and Wednesday, October 16, 1985. Well, let’s see, we’re scheduled to play tomorrow on Monday, October 14 and Wednesday, October 16 ( Yes, I’m saying it right now. THIS WILL NOT BE A SWEEP !!!! ) and in ’85 it was the Cards who came from a 2-0 deficit. Oh yeah, what’s is it about Dodger manager’s being second guessed in the NLCS ? Anyways…..It’s our turn now to reverse all this. It’s time to REVERSE SOME HISTORY !!!!

holliday Matt Holliday, you’ve always had a place in my heart since 2009…

blue LETS DO THIS BLUE !!!!