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My Favorite Dodgers-Giants Moments…From Vin

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Over the years you’ve told us many a tale about a rivalry between the North and the South…The tales have brought joy and heartbreak to both sides of our proud state. It was up north on the final day of the 1982 season where I got my first taste of this classic rivalry…

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Even among longtime bitter rivals, you are given the greatest amount of respect, as told by longtime broadcaster and the voice of the Giants, Jon Miller…

Photo courtesy Jon Miller (Vin Scully with Giants broadcasters, L-R, Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow, Jon MIller and Dave Flemming, 8/25/2016 via Jon Miller)

The stories over the years are countless. They resonate beyond Dodgers fans…Giants fans…baseball fans all over…

Yup. It’s hard to believe that in the 67 years you’ve told your tales, 37 of them that I’ve had the pleasure to listen to, everything has come full circle…

Drei’s 2 Favorite Dodgers-Giants Moments From Vin…

Like many of you, I have my share of more than just 2 Vin Scully moments involving the Good ( Dodgers ) and The Bad ( Giants )…Moments that I was there for…

2. October 3, 1993…103 Wins and Not a Scene In The Bay…

Just like 1982, the Giants had to win the final game of the season to force a one-game playoff against the Braves for the NL West crown. The Dodgers, particularly 1993 NL Rookie of the Year Mike Piazza, had other ideas…

The Dodgers would torch the Giants 12-1, leaving the hated ones one game behind the Braves. 1993 would be the last year of the pre Wild Card era. In spite of having baseball’s 2nd best record in 1993, the Jints we’re nowhere to be seen in late October, much to the delight of this fan, and the dismay of those who made the long trek down I-5, only to make the longer trek back home…( Perhaps that’s what Nancy Bea meant when she serenaded our visitors with Do You Know The Way to San Jose…). 

1. October 2, 2004…Wherever It Lands…

The Giants, 2 back of The Blue with 2 to play, carried a 3-0 lead into the home 9th. The Dodgers would rally to tie, then Steve Finley slammed his way into Dodger Blue lore…

The slam would give the Dodgers their first division title in 9 years. The hated ones would be knocked out of post-season play the next day…

It really hasn’t set in yet that this weekend is your final curtain call. It’s quite fitting that your final call comes with these two storied rivals on the field…The Dodgers and the Giants…One getting ready for a post-season run…One fighting for a post-season run..Yet it was you (And Joe Morgan, ironically Jon Miller’s longtime EPSN Sunday Night Baseball partner…) introduced this kid to the Dodgers-Giants rivalry…

Extra Innings…A Sunday Tale…From The LFP…With Kid N Drei…

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Kid: Drei, I’m gonna miss Vin more than I’ll miss Kobe…

Hey Kid…How ’bout a tune paying tribute to Vin…

(Best when listened with headphones…)

 

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4 In A Row…Dear Vin

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Of the 4 NL West crowns going back to 2013, this years just might be the most enjoyable. Most experts predicted the Giants with their lavish off-season moves and some even picked the D-Backs especially with the acquisition of Zack Greinke. 

For awhile it seemed the pundits may have had it right when the Giants climbed out to an 8.5 game lead. With Kershaw missing most of the 2nd half and a record 30 different starting pitchers on the DL among the seemingly endless amount of injuries this team has endured, to would have been easy to write off The Blue for 2016. 

Then late August The Blue took over 1st place and never looked back, capped off by this walk-off home run by recent callup Charlie Culberson, as he would hit his first home run in two years. This, on our very own Vin Scully’s final broadcast at Dodger Stadium that, appropriately enough, in a town of many scripts… A Hollywood ending…

 Recalling Being There For Vin’s Top 20s

Recently the fans had a chance to vote for Vin’s Top 20 Dodger calls. Chances are some of your personal favorites probably didn’t make the list. Chances are you we’re there for some of those. Of the 20 that we’re voted on by the fans I was there for 4 of them, 3 of which I’ll share now…

20. Mark McGwire clears the Left Field Pavillion roof, 5/22/1999

I would also be there when Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins cleared it last season as well…

18.Yasiel Puig’s Grand Slam, 6/6/2013

In his first week in the bigs, Yasiel brought a spark that has slowly started to come back. We can only hope Yasiel can carry it through October…

13. R.J. Reynolds…The Squeeze!

The Dodgers and Braves we’re in a heated battle for the NL West. On this Sunday afternoon, trailing 6-3 heading to the home 9th, the Braves we’re 3 outs away from closing in on the Dodgers. A Braves win, and they would be a mere one game out. The Blue would rally for 3 to tie, and then this…

The Dodgers would go on to win the NL West by 3 games. 

Dear Vin…

There’s so much I could go on about. As you finish up in enemy territory this weekend, in many way’s it is only fitting you finish your storied tale in the City By the Bay…On this Throwback Thursday, here’s to that time in April, 2001 when you, never one to let anything pass you by…Well, you we’re only so kind to ham it up for this fan…

20160924_124651.jpg Pac Bell Park, 4/17/2001. Why hello there Vin !!!

4 years prior, long after a late September game, as I was walking down the stairs in the parking lot, as I was approaching the Stadium Club lot I heard this voice exiting from the Club and thought ” Why does this voice sound so familiar “. Of course…It Had To Be You. The ever so humble human you are, you took the time to give me 2 minutes of your life, even acknowledging me as a “fellow southpaw” after I shook you hand with my left hand. ( FYI, I’m actually ambidexterous…LOL). I had my Brooklyn Dodger hat that you we’re so kind to sign for me in my right hand I had now choice but to shake with my left. After saying our goodbye’s and saying, ” I’ll see you in October”, well… I’ll just say, thanks for making me feel like I’ve known forever…Like I would have stopped everything at that moment if you had any other stories to share…Even if I only spoke to you for 2 minutes. Only Vin could make those 2 minutes seem like a lifetime…

9th Inning…Jose Fernandez 1992-2016

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Counting Down That Magic Number…5

Bottom 1st…A High 5 Toward 5…

A 5 run first highlighted by this 3 run blast from Puig would get the ball rolling toward the Magic 5…

Of course that wouldn’t be the only highlight of the night from Puig. Has Puig finally rediscovered his form of 2013?

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While Corey has blown a bubble or two, not many pitchers have been able to blow much by  our no doubt N.L. Rookie of The Year

Other Magic Moments From the Number 5…

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Who could forget this 8th inning blast from Game 4 of the 2013 NLDS from Juan Uribe…

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Remember Mike Marshall? The outfielder who donned the Blue from 1981-88. Most fans dont remember that he led the team in RBI’s in 1988, not, well, you know… While many Dodger fans remember one home run from the ’88 World Series, Mike Marshall would also come through huge in Game 2…

9th Inning…Drei’s Tale…Presented by Vin…From The Left Field Pavillion With Kid n Drei…

Kid: Hey Drei, what’s up with Corey Seager’s walk up song? 

Drei: What’s wrong with his walk up song Kid? So Corey goes country? Hey, if it brings him NLROY and maybe MVP honors he can play what he wants… Just because he ain’t playing what you want, you know…Miley Cyrus…

Kid: IS THAT RIGHT DREI?

Drei: That’s right Kid…

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Magic Number Countdown…7

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In his 6 plus season’s with The Blue from 2006-12, James Loney  would provide some memorable pennant drive moments, including this one against the Cubs in Game 1 of the 2008 NLDS…

With Big Game James currently on the Mets and the Mets atop the Wild Card standings, it is possible we just may cross paths with Big Game James….

A Battery of 7’s…Yesterday and Today…

Yesterday…

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Today…

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A battery of Julio Urias and Steve Yeager. Now that would be something…

Bottom of the 9th…

In case you didn’t have enough of last night…

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Magic Number Countdown…13

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Joe Ferguson #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 1, 1973. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)

Joe Ferguson would have two stints in the Dodger Blue from 1970-76 and from 1978-81 as a stellar backstop with a solid arm not only behind the plate but in the right field as well, as Sal Bando would find out here from Game 1 of the 1974 World Series against Oakland. On the receiving end, Steve Yeager, from one solid backstop to another…

6 years later with the Dodgers facing elimination from the NL West race Joe Ferguson would also come up big this time with his bat…

The Dodgers would go on to sweep that final weekend series against the Houston Astros, forcing a one-game playoff between the two, only to have the Astros finally prevail…

More Dramatics From 13…

Alex Cora would be another solid infielder for the Blue, providing stellar play at both 2nd and SS from 1998-2004. Who could forget this 18 pitch AB in 2004?

9th Inning…Happy Birthday Jerry

Jerry Doggett, Aug. 25, 1983  (Jerry Doggett, Photo by Ken Hively/L.A. Time, August 25, 1983)

Today marked what would have been the 100th birthday of another legendary former Dodger broadcaster, Jerry Doggett, whom Vin always spoke highly of…

 Like Vin, Jerry would come from Brooklyn and would be part of the Dodger broadcast team from 1956-1987 . The 80s child in me remembers the days when Vin did the first three and last three innings on TV, while either Jerry Doggett or Ross Porter did the middle 3 innings on the tube with Vin doing radio during the middle 3. Yup, gone are the days of the solo broadcaster…( That picture above…I swear you would think it was taken today…)

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Cruising Through 42…Celebrating 42…

Cruising Through 42…

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A recent CA State Assembly passed a resolution last Monday to name a stretch of I-210 in honor of Jackie Robinson, who grew up in Pasadena. Next up, the State Senate. If passed and signed by our governor, that stretch of I-210 from State Route 2 to Orange Grove Blvd will be named the “Jackie Robinson Memorial Highway”. Many a Dodger fan including this one has used that stretch many a times to head to The Ravine, be it with family from SGV to friends from Eagle Rock to family and friends in the Echo Park/Elysian Park area. We can never give Jackie enough accolades…

Celebrating 42…

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Having turned 42 over the weekend, it was only appropriate that I celebrate with a theme honoring Mr. Robinson, Number 42…

20160805_182030.jpg Here I am with my brother Daniel, giving a shoutout to 42 from Westwood, where he was a 4 sport athlete at UCLA, to The Ravine. Recently, UCLA took a cue from MLB and has officially retired 42. Current UCLA athletes donning the 42 will be allowed to keep their number until graduation. Though Jackie didn’t actually wear 42 at UCLA, my reasons for proudly displaying 42 in Blue and Gold go beyond Jackie. The story will come in November…The week of SC-UCLA…

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So my 42nd wasn’t the way I totally hoped…But hey, there could be no other way to celebrate another year on Planet Earth than at The Old Ballgame, right ? Plus, we ended up taking 2 of 3 from the Red Sox so all is good…

Blast From The Past…

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Here I am with former Dodger broadcaster Ross Porter. He did a speaking of Baseball Stories to a captive audience at the Skirball Cultural Center earlier today. The man who once worked alongside Vin Scully sure had a lot of Baseball Stories to tell. It was great seeing and especially hearing Ross’ voice again…More on my experience to come…

Climbing Toward The Top…

With the Dodgers taking 2 of 3 from the Red Sox and the Giants continuing their 2nd half struggles, the Boys in Blue have once again pulled within one game of their NoCal rivals. It’s been a long while since I’ve had our logo to the far left. It just may be a matter of time…Oh the excitement…

9th Inning…

20160806_182212.jpg Check out this Dodger Blue/UCLA Blue and Gold themed card my little niece made for me…

Drei’s Sunday Thoughts…Time Heals All Wounds

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Or does it? Mike Piazza. shown here in the Dodger Blue. It’s no secret Piazza has had a strained relationship with the team he first called home , even going so far to say he wouldn’t feel comfortable with LA stamped on his head. As he enters the Hall of Fame this weekend in Blue, the Blue and Orange of the Mets, that is, I’m still a believer that Dodger fans, as divided as they can be, would like to fully embrace him again. In his HOF speech, Piazza may have just taken the first step in healing those wounds toward the Dodger Blue

Sunday Night Flashback…The Son of the Blank Blank 

RANCHO_SCOTT VAN SLYKE With Scott Van Slyke last year during his rehab stint in Rancho

Scott Van Slyke, whom Tommy Lasorda once called his father Andy a Blank Blank, would make quite an epic MLB debut on Sunday Night Baseball on a nice Sunday evening, against his dad’s former team no less

Around The NL West…Rough Road for the Leaders

The Giants have just completed a rough 1-7 road trip coming off the All Star Break. Though the Dodgers have seen a couple of blown opportunities along the way, with a win tonight they can come within 3 games of the hated ones. Both teams return home tomorrow night, with the Dodgers welcoming in the Rays for 3 and the DBacks next weekend. Opportunity could still be knocking for The Blue….