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Sights of Opening Day’s Past…

OPENING DAY LOGO 2016 Opening Day. For baseball fans, it’s like New Years Day. This is my 10th year presenting to you Good Dre in L.A. I’ve been lucky to attend a few of these Opening Days. It’s a new start for all 30 teams. What are Drei’s 2016 forecast for the  American League  and National League ? Will our teams cross paths come October?  

Here are some sights from Opening Day’s years past. 

3/31/2008

DODGERS_ODAY 2008 TD AND SWEET LOU Pregame ceremony. Former Dodgers Sweet Lou Johnson and Tommy Davis greeting each other in left field…

4/6/2009 at Petco Park

2009 would be a rarity for me as I got to do 2 Opening Day’s with the season starting at Petco and then a week later our home opener. I’m sure this week some of you will be doing the same…

DODGERS_ODAY 2009 AT PETCO PREGAME FESTIVITIES Pregame Festivities

Victory Line. The Dodgers would finish with 95 W’s in 2009…

One Week later, 4/13/2009 at The Ravine…

DODGERS_ODAY 2009 PRESENTING OUR COLORS Presenting our nation’s colors…

DODGERS_ODAY 2009 WIN BIG Bills wins big over The Big Unit…

We would be part of and witness 2 historical events on this day…

4/13/2010

Presenting Our Nations Colors…

 Opening Day with The Lil’ Bro, Daniel

3/31/2011

Pregame, from the Top Deck…

DODGERS_ODAY 2011 GROUP PIC Post Game pic with our favorite DS usher, Dan the Man ! We miss you Dan…We know you’re cheering on The Blue up in that Dodger Blue sky…

4/10/2012…Celebrating Dodger Stadium’s 50th Anniversary 

 

Another Dodger win…

So those are some of my Opening Day sights over the years. I haven’t been to one in the last 4 years now as other obligations have taken over. But hey, a whole season is not determined on the 1st of 162 right ? IT’S TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL !!!

Flashback Friday…A League of Their Own

Leading Off…

20150514_210103.jpg I hope you’re all staying warm and dry on this rainy Friday afternoon…

A League of Their Own…

e8d3.jpgRacine Belles, traveling exhibit, Minute Maid Park, 5/13/2005

These last 10 years of blogging I’ve had the great opportunity to travel to numerous ballparks. Over the years I’ve captured many pictures that have spoken more than a thousand words. With March being Women’s History Month, we feature this picture of an exhibit I took at Minute Maid Park during my visit in May of 2005 featuring the Racine Belles of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League that featured over 600 female baseball players from 1943-1954…

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9th Inning…

picsart_03-10-03.19.52.jpg Opening Day is almost here kids !!!

 

 

Super Bowl Sunday Is Just Around The Corner…We’re That Much Closer To Opening Day…Time to Hit Up the Super Bowl Parties Right ?

Leading Off…

OK. Let’s admit it. Though most of the commercials during the Super Bowl are mostly duds, we all have that one that just makes our personal all-time number one list…

Budweiser ‘Ref Tune-Out’, Super Bowl XXXVIII, 2004

With Super Bowl Sunday just around the corner, that just means that we are that much closer to spring training. Time to hit up the Super Bowl parties, right ?

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WRONG ! Now I know that many of you Dodgers and baseball fans are also fans of the pigskin as well. Any real fan will tell you, SUPER BOWL PARTIES ARE THE ABSOLUTE WORST ! Way more often than not, a good, if not majority amount of the guests at the party will not even be football fans. Look at that picture above. Notice how most of them aren’t even glued to the tv ? OK, I’ll give it up to the lady in the white NY Giants jersey. Yeah, she’s probably gorging on her 3rd plate of gluttony. But hey, as much as the food gouger is on many a fan’s list of annoying SB guests, I don’t mind them. After all, most SB parties are going to have an abundance of food. Hey, if you’re there to, wait for it, ACTUALLY WATCH THE GAME ( IS THAT WHY THEY HAVE SUPER BOWL PARTIES ? ), then hey, have at the grub. Heck, there’ll probably be more than enough for you to take home for tomorrow’s lunch, right ?

The problem with these parties is, the guests that are only there to socialize way to often far outnumber the actual fans. They talk too much during the game. These same people who don’t even watch one single down the entire season, some are there to pretend they are a fan, some are there for 2 things…The commercials and the halftime show. At least one of the guests ( You’ll be lucky if it’s only one ) will constantly bombard you with such questions, ” Why are you such a big fan ? Did you ever play football ? ” And so on and so on…

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If you happen to be a fan of either the Denver Broncos or the Carolina Panthers, then you definitely need to stay out of a Super Bowl party. Trust me on this one.  This is even worse than if you’re not a fan of either team. You will be so vested in the game the last thing you want is that one party goer, not necessarily a woman believe it or not, not only bombarding you with 20 questions ( Again, if it’s only 20 questions consider yourself lucky…), but bombarding you with questions about your fandom, you know, the type that will ask you ” How long have you been a fan ? Why are you such a big fan ? Why do you like such and such team so much ? ” And on, and on… Oh yeah, being that you are, wait for it…. A FAN ! Chances are, you probably have your own personal superstitions/traditions. I mean, really, could you just imagine if the Steelers we’re in the SB and having someone ask a Steelers fan, ” Why do you always wave that yellow towel ?”. But hey, if you feel you must, instead of going to someone else’s party, how ’bout hosting your own get together in the very comforts of your fancave. You, and maybe two of your close buddies who, like you, have an actual interest in the game. Again, trust me on this, being around only two of your close buddies rather than a whole bunch of wannabe fans pretending to have an interest in the game is certainly a hell of a better way to spend that one Sunday of the year. 

I’m not going to delve into a list of reasons why a real fan should avoid a Super Bowl party as i’m sure many of you real, actual fans can come up with some better ones. Think i’m the only one who detests SB parties ? 

Super Bowl Fun Facts…

This will be the Denver Broncos 8th Super Bowl appearance, tying them for the most ever with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys. The Broncos are 2-5 in Super Bowls

Denver, as the designated home team, has opted to wear their road whites. In past Super Bowls, where Denver has worn orange, they are 0-4, being outscored by a combined total of 166-38. 

Jerry rice.jpgJerry Rice scoring a TD in Super Bowl XXIV against the Broncos. The sight of an opponent’s back strutting toward the endzone hands held high with the football has been an all-too familiar one for the Broncos while donning the orange…( Gin Ellis/Getty Images )

The Broncos are hardly the only team to be superstitious when it comes to the gameday jersey. To this day the Dallas Cowboys still refuse to wear their blue jerseys during home games. Even the Broncos neighbors, the Colorado Rockies, got into the act during their post-season run of 2007, when they continually donned the sleveless blacks

The Carolina Panthers are the 4th 15 plus win regular season team to play in the Super Bowl, joining the 15 win 49ers and Bears of 1984 and 1985 and the 16-0 Patriots of 2007. Cam Newton and crew are with pretty good company…

Overall, this will be Carolina’s 2nd Super Bowl appearance. Their only appearance was in 2003, Jake Delhomme was their starting QB

delhomme_newton Jake Delhomme, QB from SB XXXVIII and Cam Newton (USA Today Sports)

 

Drei’s Super Pick

I really enjoy watching Cam Newton play. This Carolina team is just on another level right now. Peyton Manning has been there before. But hey, a part of me wants to see this Carolina team join the ’84 49ers and ’85 Bears as the NFL’s only other 18 win teams. That would definitely be one elite class…

Broncos 17

Panthers 34

Enjoy the game folks ! Do any of you have any SB Party pet peeves of your own ? How many days ’til Opening Day ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just One of Those Days…

You’re either lounging back or out on the town on this early Friday evening.  So the home opener didnt exactly go as planned as the Dodgers fell to the Giants 8-4 .  Hyun-Jin Ryu, who had been spectacular in his two previous starts, was shelled today in his shortest outing of his career, lasting only 2 innings , giving up 8 runs, 6 of them after retiring the first two batters in the top 1st. 

But you had to like the way the bullpen, a minor concern early this year, stepped up , especially Brandon League of all people.  The Dodgers would actually outhit the Giants, including solo shots by Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier and an RBI double by Matt Kemp, playing in his forst game this season after it eas announced before the game that Yasiel Puig would be benched for arriving late to the yard. 

We still got 156 of these to go.  These games happen folks.  Even on home openers…..

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WELCOME BACK MATT !!!

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Ethier with a solo shot today, his first of the season

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Ah yeah…. Look at all that Dodger greatness, all the way from Vin to Sandy….

Tonight’s InstaPic, 3/12/2014

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A familiar sight to many a Dodger fan since 1962, the 110 North.  I’m sure many.of you have spent some quality time on that off-ramp over the years, probably listening to Vin Scully while you make that slow descent up that oh-so familiar off-ramp. All is calm behind Blue now.  Come April 4th, expect heavy backups deep into October.  Check out more of my InstaPics on my Instagram @good_drei .  It’s ( Almost ) Time for Dodger Baseball !!!

Days ‘Til Opening Day….24

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WaltAlston Walter Emmons Alston. Managed in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles from 1954-1976, winning 2040 games, appearing in 7 World Series, winning 4 WS titles, including a sweep of the Yankees in 1963.

24 From the 1st Base Dugout

GriffeyJr Ken Griffey Jr. . Taken from the LF Pavillion in his final Dodger appearance at Dodger Stadium as a player on June 28th, 2009. One of my all-time favorite outfielders to play the game. Started his career at the age of 19 in 1989, Junior would smash 630 home runs throughout his illustrious career that included 13 trips to the All-Star game. Next stop, Cooperstown.

The Campaign to Make Opening Day a Holiday

By now you may have heard that former Cardinals HOF shortstop Ozzie Smith has put together a petition to make Opening Day an official holiday . As of now, over 29,000 have signed the petition. Surprisingly, amongst NL West fans , the Colorado Rockies have the most signatures followed by the Dodgers, with the DBacks, Giants and Padres holding up the bottom by a wide distance.

Baseball fans, you have 27 days to make this count !!!

Countdown To Opening Day….32 Days

Koufax_32 32 days until the Dodgers open the season against the Dbacks in The Land Down Under…

32 . The number worn by the great Sandy Koufax. One of Sandy’s many accomplishments would come during the 1965 World Series. Koufax would sit out Game 1 of the 1965 World Series against the Minnesota Twins to observe Yom Kippur. Don Drysdale would get the nod, but would be rocked as the Twins would win the opener 8-2. As Drysdale was removed in the 3rd inning by Walt Alston, he reportedly quipped to Alston ” I bet you wish I was the Jewish one…. ”

Despite dropping the first 2 games in Minnesota, the Dodgers would win Games 3-5 in Dodger Stadium. After dropping Game 6 back in Minnesota, Koufax would take the mound on only 2 days rest in Game 7. And the rest is history…

Did you also know that in spite of Sandy’s greatness, he would only start one Opening Day during his storied career ? What are Sandy’s thought’s on this years Dodgers ?

The Other 32

MAGIC What’s up with Magic these days ? I hear he has some ownership over a baseball team. Oh for the good old glory days…