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Happy Birthday Roberto

Clemente_MontrealRoyals Today would have been Roberto Clemente’s 82nd birthday. While many of you know of his exploits with the Pittsburgh Pirates, did you also know that Roberto was once a part of the Brooklyn Dodgers Triple A affiliate with the Montreal Royals in 1954 ? Roberto would play 18 glorious seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955-72, his career cut short due to a tragic plane crash on December 31, 1972 while trying to assist earthquake victims of Nicaragua.  Though MLB has no plans to retire the number 21 anytime soon, there are still those who feel it’s time Roberto is given the same honor as Jackie. I’m sure plenty of Dodgers fans, baseball fans, would not mind…

Throwback Thursday with Ross Porter

Recently, my longtime buddy Josh and I had a chance to hear former Dodger Ross Porter speak at the Skirball Cultural Center as he presented Baseball Stories. In this first audio Ross talks about growing up in Shawnee Oklahoma and his favorite team growing up…The Pittsburgh Pirates, and why he was a Pirates fan. 

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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 ? 

 

 

 

Magic Number Countdown… 21… Chris Hatcher, Unsung Hero ?

With last nights 8-4 victory over the Padres, the Dodgers hold the National League’s largest division lead at 7.5 games. The Dodgers have won 9 of their last 11, including this past weeks 3 game sweep of the Giants, and with 30 games left, the magic number to clinch the NL West is 21, currently worn by Cy Young Award Candidate…Zack Greinke…

Dodgers_ Zack Greinke doing some pre-game long toss Zack doing some long toss before a July match up against the Phillies…Other Dodgers to wear 21…

Jay Johnstone

Jim Brewer

Tracy Woodson

Eric Young

Marlon Anderson. Marlon will always be remembered from the four home run game in 2006 .

Honorary 21… Roberto Clemente

Clemente_MontrealRoyals  Though he will always be remembered as a Pirate, Roberto Clemente  was at one time a part of the Dodger organization, playing for the Montreal Royals in 1954, the one time AAA affiliate of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Every year in September, Roberto Clemente Day is celebrated in baseball and worldwide. 

Unsung Stretch Drive Heroes

Every now and then, an unexpected name makes a contribution for a pennant contender during the stretch drive. Some of the notable un-notables for the Dodgers include Vic Davalillo and his bunt on Black FridayR.J. Reynolds and the squeeze play. Last night, recent trade acquisition Justin Ruggiano blasted a pinch hit 2 run home run , en route to a 5 run 5th and an 8-4 win. However, this past Monday night, the first of a crucial 3 game series against the Giants, Chris Hatcher, much maligned throughout the season was called upon in the 12th inning to hold it down. Stomachs of every Dodger fan ( including this one ) we’re churning. Yet in what possibly could be the turning point of the season,  Hatcher would hold it down, throwing 3 scoreless innings including a huge strikeout of Marlon Byrd with the go-ahead run at 2nd to keep the game tied…

That would set up this, from Adrian Gonzalez, in the home 14th…

With Greinke and KKKKKKKKKKKKKKershaw ( Yes, the 15 Ks… ) slated the following 2 games, well, you know the rest. The lead in the West would grow to 6.5 games, concluding a 5-1 homestand against the Cubs and Giants. Perhaps talks of the Dodgers struggles against winning teams may have been put to rest ? Maybe. But we certainly can’t overlook the events of Monday evening and the contribution of Chris Hatcher…

Dodgers_Chris Hatcher Chris Hatcher, our unsung hero ?

Extra Innings… Kid N Drei

Marlz_Bubbles As always, featuring Kid Marley Marlz… Hey Kid, ready to head back to San Diego tomorrow ? Do we bring back the bubbles ? It’s been a year since we we’re last seen in Diego

KIDnDREI ‘Til the Next Episode… From the Park at the Park… Kid N Drei…

From 42 to 21, Some Dodgers/Pirates History and a Look at PNC Park

Today would have been the 81st birthday of Roberto Clemente. In his honor, the Smithsonian Museum will be putting on display a portrait of Roberto Clemente as part of it’s ” Recognize ” series, Clemente’s life was tragically cut short on the night of December 31, 1972, in a plane crash during a trip to Nicaragua to provide earthquake relief. Though we know of his baseball accomplishments throughout his career with th e Pittsburgh Pirates, Clemente was at onetime a prospect of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Here is a reblog of a story I did about Roberto Clemente last year prior to a series the Dodgers had with the Pirates. Like Jackie Robinson, Roberto’s impact was felt not only on the field, but off the field as well, a true humanitarian. Happy 81st Birthday Roberto…

A Good Drei With Kid N Drei

The Dodgers take on the Pirates tonight in the 2nd of a 3 game set at PNC Park, with the Boys in Blue winning last night behind 7 strong innings from Hyun-Jin Ryu and some early run support. The Dodgers and Pirates are two of the most storied franchises in the bigs. Both organizations can proudly say that two of the games most influential players played for them.

Dre_JackieNRoberto Two of my favorite pieces of baseball art, honoring Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente, numbers 42 and 21 respectively .

Most of you are familiar with Jackie Robinson’s story. You may also be familiar with Roberto Clemente as well, especially if you are a fan of the Bucs. But did you know that Roberto Clemente played one season with the Montreal Royals in 1954 , the Triple A affiliation of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The same organization where Jackie Robinson played before his…

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Baseball Beyond The Nations Captitol…Retracing It’s Roots to Montreal

It’s been 10 years now since MLB has returned to the nations capitol. With the Dodgers and Nationals battling each other this weekend in the nations capitol, many are saying that this could be a playoff preview. Should these two teams cross paths in the post-season, it would not be the first time. Prior to big league ball returning to the nations capitol as the Washington Nationals, their history could be traced back to 1969 during their days as the Montreal Expos. In 1981, the Dodgers and Expos would battle it out in an epic best of 5 NLCS that went the full 5. It would be the Expos only post-season appearance and thanks to Rick Monday’s home run in the top 9th that would give the Blue a 2-1 lead and eventual victory en route to a World Series triumph over the Yankees, citizens of Montreal still refer to Game 5 of the 1981 NLCS, played ironically on a Monday, as  Blue Monday.

Drei_RickMonday With the man who gave me one of my first happiest moments as a Dodger fan…

The Expos had some pretty decent players during it’s heyday, from Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Tim Wallach, Tim Raines. In 1994, a young pitcher, Pedro Martinez acquired in a trade during the off-season, Dodger fans…  would be a part of a team, also featuring Larry Walker, a team that many felt would win that season’s World Series. Unfortunately, as their record stood at 74-40, baseball came to a halt, and the season never resumed.  Many to this day feel the Strike of ’94 not only killed the Expos chance at winning a World Series, it killed the Montreal Expos, if not an immediate death.

After the 2004 season, MLB relocated the Expos to DC. It was often said by those in the MLB office and among the Expos brass that Montreal was not a baseball town due in large part to sparse attendance. I’m not so sure. It also did not help matters that the Expos, for many years, we’re  having stadium issues, playing their home games in what many called an ashtray, Olympic Stadium.

Prior to the Expos becoming a MLB franchise in 1969, Montreal already had a proud history of baseball with the Montreal Royals serving as the Brooklyn Dodgers minor league affiliate. Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente, two of baseball’s most influential figures, would make their way up to the big show through Montreal.

Clemente_MontrealRoyals Young Jackie, as a member of the Montreal Royals, the AAA affiliate of the Brooklyn Dodgers

Today, there is talk that the city of city of Montreal is ready for baseball to return. Attendance at recent exhibition games in Montreal could be a glimpse of hope that big league baseball is ready to return to Montreal. Who knows ? Perhaps the day will come when our beloved Boys in Blue will continue to some day provide more happy moments from The City of Saints. ( On a personal note, perhaps I can hear the bilingual version of Oh Canada echoing through Chavez Ravine once again on a yearly basis…) .

AT&T Park vs PNC Park

Over the years I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel to various yards throughout my Stadium Journey quest.  Putting personal bias aside, AT&T Park and PNC Park are no doubt two of the most scenic yards I have ventured to.  So, in Drei’s book, how do they match up ?  

Both yards are very intimate in size.  Both have scenic backdrops.  Both have a sense of charm that are reflect the local culture….

In and around AT&T Park, with a Touch of Blue….

In and around PNC Park, Sept 2005…

These two yards really do rank highly in my ballpark journey’s.  Outside The Ravine, if I had to choose which yard get’s the edge for that top spot in Drei’s book of ballpark’s traveled ?  Hmm ?  I think i’m gonna have to go with a tie-breaker on this one.  Who get’s the tie-breaker ?

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Slight edge to PNC Park.  Two factors.  The first was a hard one.  Skyline or water ?  At night, the Pittsburgh skyline, accented with the Roberto Clemente Bridge, makes for a more picturesque backdrop especially at night.  The second factor ?  Let’s just say this…  A Dodger fan just wrote this piece….

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Kickin’ it with The Pirate Parrot.  Hey, 2 straight October’s at PNC Park for you !!!

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Roberto Clemente statue outside the left field entrance with the Roberto Clemente bridge in the back.  Roberto Clemente started off in the Brooklyn Dodger organization, playing for their farm system in 1954 with the Montreal Royals.

For You Ballpark and Other Stadium Travelers…

Here’s a couple of formal reviews of AT&T Park and PNC Park .  Need some tips on your ballpark travels for 2015 or other stadium ventures ?  Check us out at Stadium Journey for your sports themed travel tips !!!

 

From 42 to 21, Some Dodgers/Pirates History and a Look at PNC Park

The Dodgers take on the Pirates tonight in the 2nd of a 3 game set at PNC Park, with the Boys in Blue winning last night behind 7 strong innings from Hyun-Jin Ryu and some early run support. The Dodgers and Pirates are two of the most storied franchises in the bigs. Both organizations can proudly say that two of the games most influential players played for them.

Dre_JackieNRoberto Two of my favorite pieces of baseball art, honoring Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente, numbers 42 and 21 respectively .

Most of you are familiar with Jackie Robinson’s story. You may also be familiar with Roberto Clemente as well, especially if you are a fan of the Bucs. But did you know that Roberto Clemente played one season with the Montreal Royals in 1954 , the Triple A affiliation of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The same organization where Jackie Robinson played before his historic entrance to the bigs in 1947.

Clemente_MontrealRoyals Roberto Clemente, Montreal Royals, 1954. Imagine Roberto Clemente donning the Dodger Blue and roaming the outfield of Dodger Stadium in the 60s …

There are plenty of tributes to Roberto Clemente in around PNC Park, one of my favorite yards I’ve had the privilege to visit.

ClementeBridge The Roberto Clemente Bridge, closed off to vehicular traffic on game days so fans can walk across the river to the park…

ClementeBridge_VideoPicofClemente Paying tribute to Roberto …

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ClementeStatueNBridge Statue honoring Roberto Clemente behind the left field entrance of PNC Park with the Roberto Clemente Bridge in the distance. Perhaps someday Dodger Stadium will have a statue of Jackie Robinson. In the meantime, we do have the number 42 up on the top deck …

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If you do want to see a statue of Jackie Robinson…

Jackie_Statue Located along the 1st base concourse at Jackie Robinson stadium in L.A.’s west side, where the UCLA Bruins baseball team plays it’s home games .

Trivia

Clemente_21footwall Why is the right field wall at PNC Park exactly 21 feet high ?

More from my past visit to PNC Park, a yard that you ballpark road-trippers must visit…

PNC_behindhomeplate What a view …

Dre_PNCPark Greetings from PNC Park, September 2005 …

Dre_PirateParrot Another one of my furry friends i’ve befriended on my ballpark travels, the Pirate Parrot. Perhaps our teams may see each other in October Mr. Parrot ?