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All Aboard The Midway…On the Way To The Classic

petco_wbc-2006 World Baseball Classic, Championship Game, Pregame Ceremony, March 2006

The World Baseball Classic will be making it’s way toward the southland with 2nd round games taking place at Petco Park from Tuesday March 14th to Saturday March 18th and if necessary Sunday March 19th. The Championship round will take place at Dodger Stadium from Monday March 20th to Wednesday the 22nd. 

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If you’re heading south to San Diego, you will want to check out The USS Midway. If this is your first time aboard The USS Midway, you will want to allow yourself at least 3 hours on board. Most visitors usually stay for 4 hours.

There is plenty to take in aboard the USS Midway, so much so that you couldn’t be blamed if you don’t have a chance to do everything. (Like yours truly…)Docents are active throughout the entire ship to share stories, most of whom actually served on the USS Midway at one point. 

Lots of carriers are also on display, some that allow for guests of all ages to hop aboard and experience sitting in the same cockpits that our veterans once operated. 

One of the highlights aboard The Midway is the guided tour of the bridge high in the island over the flight deck.

If you have a chance, you will also want to “Explore a City at Sea”. Inside this exhibit you’ll  explore among other things the crew’s sleeping quarters, a post office, and even a nice intimate cathedral where service crew of all faiths would once congregate. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Drei’s Post All-Star Thoughts

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(Photo: Jon SooHoo)

The Stars in Blue…Kershaw, Jansen and Corey. Some of you may have been wondering what up with the road grey’s since Petco Park in San Diego, home of the Padres, a National League team, was the host. Seems like a legitimate head-scratcher. Hopefully, this explanation of NL Parks hosting the Mid-Summer Classic 4 years in a row will clear up confusion. I really don’t see the big deal of who is determined the home team in a high profile exhibition game that occurs once a year. The only players who it would greatly impact are those who play there 81 times a year. Now, ask me how I feel about the current format where the winner decides what team gets home-field in the World Series, and that’s where my rant comes in. Yes, I get that former commissioner Bud Selig wanted to change things up after the 2002 All-Star Game fiascoA better solution? How about letting position players who have already been taken out return if deemed necessary? It couldn’t hurt the integrity of the game could it? If anything, this could add some late inning spice toward the game, especially with fans wandering if their favorite player from said team would actually come back later and, what, get that game-winning hit? 

The fact that a high-profile exhibition game that has no bearing on the standings could determine later on if a team with 88 wins gets home field over one with 100 plus wins gets home field in The Fall Classic makes absolute no sense. This would definitely not fly in the NBA or NHL, especially the NHL, where their ASG is void of any real physical contact ( If any at all…). 

Of course, I am not the only one who is not crazy over the “This One Counts” theory, as one L.A. Times beat writer has come up with his five ways to improve the All-Star game.

As for being the road team in Petco Park…

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The greeting  Kershaw, Jansen and Seager wasn’t exactly so hospitable. Corey Seager heard the Beat L.A. chants as he entered the yard. It’s OK kid, the fact that our neighbors to the south, ones who have always looked up to L.A, would yell the chant to you is the ultimate compliment. Just wait ’til you hear it yelled directly at you in San Francisco. That’s beyond the ultimate compliment…

Plenty of Season Left to Hit The Road…

Stadium Journey

With the Mid-Summer Classic now over, the 2nd half of the season gets under way. I know plenty of you Dodgers and baseball fans are just itching to get out on the road on your Stadium Journey to follow the Blue or your favorite team through all 30 yards. Check out our new look as we have partnered with the good folks over at Scout.com. I know there are a lot of you Dodger fans heading to Arizona this weekend. Here’s some tips for you following the Blue to the desert this weekend

9th Inning…

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Hey Kid !!! It’s Time For…

Notes on a Scorecard…@San Diego…Uh, Make That Drei’s Tales From a Scorecard, 5/22/2016

Leading Off…From The Park…The Park at the Park…

screenshot_2016-05-26-15-01-49-1.pngSunday Morning….All is calm and serene for now… It’s a nice day to take The Kid to the park…

wp-1464411811513.jpeg All is still nice and calm at the park. With the day just beginning, Kid Marley Marlz has plenty of energy to blow some bubbles… ( Is that an old Matt Kemp shirt he’s sporting…backwards ? )

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Looks like Marley ain’t the only kid having fun at the park…You know, he is a big kid…A Big Kid at Heart… Drei will just leave him alone with the other kids for now…Drei will just check out the action inside…The Park…That other Park… We’ll check back with Kid later…

Drei’s Tales…Tales From a Scorecard…

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Pregame…

Gametime…Dodgers vs. Padres…Innings 1-11

For the Dodgers…

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For the Padres…

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When I decided to bring back Notes on a Scorecard I wanted to share my style of scorekeeping from games I attend. Having watched the game long enough, whatever comes out should be no surprise. But hey, when you got 17 innings worth of notes, those notes can easily become a tale…Drei’s Tale…That’s baseball, right ?

Innings 1-4

Not much happening with the bats between the Friars and Dodgers. Kenta Maeda, who had been on a recent struggle, has struck out 5 through 4. Looks like he’s ready to snap out of his first MLB funk, right ?

Home 5th

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Uh, not quite. Kenta would run into a wall in the home 5th, facing 8 batters, giving up a 2 out single to their pitcher Colin Rea, and finally this bases clearing triple to Wil Myers, which may have ended the inning if Puig takes a better route on this pop ? This won’t be the last time we talk about our favorite Cuban Missile…

With the Blue now trailing by 4 heading to the top 6th, Drei here is starting to feel just a bit uneasy. The Blue have lost the first 2 games of this series in walk-off fashion. The Blue are on the verge of getting swept. The Blue entered the game losing 5 of their last 6. The slide started the previous Sunday. Who was there ? Of course, your’s truly, as evidenced from the first of Drei’s Notes on a Scorecard

Top 6

Kenta Maeda, after a flawless first 4 innings, is pulled from the game for a pinch hitter. Kike Hernandez starts off the inning with a walk. Is this the beginning of a rally ?

Our rookie SS Corey Seager would finally put the Blue on the board with this RBI single. Last time I did NOAS Corey had himself 2 4 baggers. The Blue would score 3 in this inning and they too would  send 8 batters to the dish, chasing Colin Rea. The Blue now finds themselves down only a run. 

Howie Kendrick, looking for his first hit of the game, is a victim of robbery, thanks to this great play by Wil Myers…

Howie, a victim of some thievery, is now 0 for 3 to this point. Looks like his stat line won’t be much today…

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Top 7, Dodgers Still Trailing 4-3

That’s until Justin Turner, pitching for Pedro Baez, after turning in a scoreless 6th. does this…

With that solo jack, we have a new ballgame !!!  Can we actually pull this off ? All  tied up at 4, heading to the top 8th… Hey Howie ?  Howie gonna do this Howie ?

Howie Kendrick, 2 innings prior a victim of robbery, picks a fine time to blast his first 4 bagger of the season, giving The Blue their first lead of the game. 

Home 8th, Dodgers Now Up 5-4

4 outs away from salvaging the final game of the 3 game set, Kenley Jansen comes in on a double switch, taking over Trayce Thompson’s spot in the 5 spot. Enter Carl Crawford in Left Field in the 9 spot. OK, runner on first, two outs, Melvin Upton Jr. at the dish for The Friars. Two nights prior Jansen would blow his first game of the season thanks to Upton’s 2 run walk-off blast. Jansen, called upon again for a 4 out save… You certainly don’t think lightning will strike twice…

Did I mention that baseball can be such a maddening game ?

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My notes through 8. I you can’t fully read my notes, I totally understand. You know what folks, we’re now at that point where you realize hey, I’m keeping score in an NL ballpark. And through 8, we’re just getting started…

Top 9, All Tied a 5…

After leading off with a single, Puig would advance to 2nd on a wild pitch. However, A.J. Ellis would fail to move him over. Or was it really on A.J. ?

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While the card may show a 5-3 putout, that really should have been a Sac Bunt. Puig should be at 3rd. Now you may be saying that Puig scores on Carl Crawford’s fly ball to center, but then again, if Puig is at 3rd with only one out and first base open, is CC being pitched to ? Nonetheless…PUIG !!!!! WHAT WE’RE YOU THINKING !!!!  WE’RE YOU EVEN THINKING ? !!!! 

After an eventless home 9th, to extras we go. I think Drei better check up on Kid Marley Marlz out at Park at the Park to see how he’s holding up…

 Kid Marlz, playing some ball with the lil’ kids, trying to stretch his double into a triple, is nailed at 3rd by the lil’ kids… Drei couldn’t be any happier to make the call…YOU’RE OUT KID !!!

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” IS THAT RIGHT DREI ? “

11th Inning…Padres 90 Feet From a Sweep

After a quiet 10th from both teams, The Friars threaten in the home 11th and are primed for the sweep as they appear to put runners on the corners with no outs, if not for this bizarre play…

In spite of Melvin Upton’s base running gaffe, the winning run is still only 90 feet away. However after 4 intentional wide one’s Adam Liberatore is able to pitch himself out of a jam. More free baseball. Time to get some new scorecards. While I’m at it, I’ll head to the park and check on Kid Marlz…

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It’s been a long day…Kid Marley Marlz looks beat (And yet the Kid has the nerve to call Drei,  Viejo…LOL)… Oh well…Back to the ballgame…

Innings 12-17…New Scorecards…A Clean Slate

With some new cards in hand, it’s time to re-do the lineup cards…

 

Nothing dramatic would happen in innings 12-13, however, with day slowly turning into night, the lights are turned on in the top of the 13th. Rules state that if lights are turned on, they must be turned on in the top half of the inning. Also in the top half of the 13th, Dodger middle reliever J.P. Howell would make a rare plate appearance. That’s what happens in an NL Park when a game goes this late and you’ve run out of position players to pinch hit…

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Innings 14-16…Can the Blue Close This Out ?

The Dodgers would present themselves a golden opportunity in the top half of the 14th, loading the bases with no out, only to have Carl Crawford do this… On the first pitch…To a pitcher with an E.R.A over 9…

Crawford, who started the day on the bench yet still had 5 at-bats, would all but kill off a potential winning rally as the Blue would come up empty handed. Opinions from many a Dodger fan about Carl Crawford could be heard throughout the yard…We’ll just say they we’re just that…Opinions…

15th Inning, Opportunity Strikes Again…

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The Blue would once again present themselves an opportunity to dent the scoreboard. The top half of the 15th would also see the appearance of…CLAYTON KERSHAW ! Yup, Kid K would make an appearance as a pinch hitter for J.P. Howell. It was nothing dramatic however as he was in for the purpose of moving the runners over. Makes sense. Use a starting pitcher that’s used to handling the lumber to move the runners 90 feet. Gotta love these extra inning strategic moves that mostly if not only occur in an NL park.

 Kershaw would manage to move Howie Kendrick over from 2nd to 3rd on a groundout. Heck, Kershaw would even steal 2nd. All that would go for naught. The top half of the 15th did have some minor drama to end Padres 3rd baseman Yangervis Solarte had to battle the mound on this inning ending pop…

With the Padres not doing much with the bat themselves, Yasiel Puig would lead off the 16th inning. Chance for Puig to atone for his base running gaffe in the 9th. What does he do on the first pitch? HE BUNTS ! POPS UP TO THE PITCHER ! WHAT WE’RE YOU THINKING ! (Didn’t I say that 6 innings ago?) In spite of this, the Blue would still put runners on 1st and 2nd but fail once again to bring home the go-ahead run…

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The Dodgers would load the bases once again and with one out, Puig, in spite a 2 for 6 performance at the plate, would be in the hot seat for much of the afternoon. Can Puig finally do something in the clutch that doesn’t result in a Dodger or their fans shaking their head once again?

HEY ! Puig finally comes through in the clutch !!!! THAT’S WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT !!!

The Blue would tack on 2 more runs to widen their lead to an “insurmountable” 4 runs. Ross Stripling, the Dodgers 9th pitcher of the day, would pitch his 3rd and final inning. With the game approaching half past 7 and most of the fans already home for dinner, this would happen…

After the sprinklers we’re inadvertently turned on, no doubt on timers, Ross Stripling, in his third inning of relief, would finally shut this down…

After 5 hours and 50 minutes, The Blue would finally prevail, 9-5.

Postgame Notes…

  • A combined 16 pitchers we’re used
  • 127 total at bats

For the Dodgers…

  • The Dodger bullpen would pitch a combined 12 innings, allowing only 1 run
  • P. Howell and Ross Stripling would pitch 3 scoreless innings each
  • Chase Utley would have the most AB’s for the game, going 3 for 9
  • Carl Crawford, inserted in the 8th inning, would wind up with 5 AB’s.
  • Adrian Gonzalez, 1 for 7 officially, however, was walked intentionally twice late in the game
  • Howie Kendrick with a huge game, going 4 for 8, slugging his first HR of the season, 12 total bases and 2 runs scored
  • In spite of his gaffes, Puig would have a great day at the plate as well, going 3 for 7, including the go ahead 2 run RBI single in the 17th.

For the Padres

  • Luis Perdomo would pitch 5 innings of relief before running out of gas in the 17th, allowing 4 runs during that frame
  • Melvin Upton Jr. already with a huge series, went 3 for 7 with a 2 out RBI triple off Kenley Jansen that would tie the score at 5.
  • Former Dodger Matt Kemp would have a long day at the plate, going 0 for 7 with 3 Ks

Also, on a personal note, that was my 6th overall extra innings game at Petco Park. My record in extras, 5-1. The 17 innings tied my personal high from April 29th, 2007, at…You guessed it…Petco Park…That afternoon/evening I would come down with a case of Baseball Fever

This was, no doubt, A Hard Days Night…

The Final Line Scores…

For the Dodgers…

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For the Padres…

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I think it’s time to give Kid the good news…

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Drei: WE WON KID !!! WE WON !!!

KID: It’s Christmas already Drei ? Daaaaaaang, that was a long game…

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Hey Kid, I know you’re still a big Matt Kemp fan, but it’s time some certain special…YOU…Gets YOU a new shirt…A Puig shirt? Because like YOU…Puig is a Kid at Heart, who, like YOU… finds a way to drive Drei up a wall… Like YOU…Never a dull moment with…YOU

Hey, Christmas did not come early now did it…

“Is that right, Drei ?”

So there you have it. Notes on a Scorecard…Tales From a Scorecard. Exhausting is only one way to describe how this day went. Did I cover everything? Probably not. But hey, the scorecards are here for you to look at and make out your own tale.  Oh yeah, since then, the Blue has won 7 of their last 9. In the end though, this tale had a happy ending….

Extra Innings…

An appropriate title to finish this tale…

20160522_131018.jpg It was fun seeing you again Matt…

20160522_125459.jpg Gotta pay my respects to Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn…

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You know Kid, as much as Drei loves a good ending, Drei will be just as happy if this win comes after 9, you know, Save the Drama

‘Til The Next Episode…

 

 

 

 

 

Drei’s Notes on a Scorecard, 5/22/2016

Drei’s scorecard notes…5/22/2016…Dodgers 9 Padres 5 (17)

Where do I begin ? If you we’re fortunate enough to have been there yesterday as I was, no doubt you’ll understand that it’s going to take more than a few notes to recap these cards. So instead, coming later, I will present Drei’s Tales from a Scorecard… 

In the meantime, here’s 17 facts from yesterday’s 17 innings that saw 127 official at-bats, among other facts and stats. Yasiel Puig would have a huge role in yesterday’s win, in more ways than one. For now, i’ll just focus on this one…

On a personal note, in all the year’s i’ve attended Dodgers/Padres games at Petco this would be my 5th extra inning game. My record in extras down south ? 4-1. 3 of those games I we’re with family or friends. Prior to yesterday, I went solo on one of those occasions, April 29th, 2007. How many innings ? Of course, 17 innings, tying a personal record. The starters that day? Derek Lowe and David Wells. Final Score, Dodgers 5 Padres 4. The winning pitcher that afternoon ? Chad Billingsley. That afternoon, I Came Down With Baseball Fever

4/29/2007…

 

Back to the Future, 5/22/2016…

20160522_130215.jpg Turning Petco Blue…

20160522_142536.jpgMy view from the 3rd Base Field Level seats…

20160522_131018.jpgKickin’ it with an old pal of ours… I’d say it was more than time well spent…

9th Inning… Paying Respect to a Legend

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With Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn

 

10 Years a Good Dre…From The Ravine, Down I-5 and Back…

picsart_05-21-05.27.35.jpg Drei kickin’ it with our former outfielder and future skipper, Dave Roberts, Camera Day, 4/30/2006. Dave would roam the outfield of Chavez Ravine from 2002 to July 2004 before being traded to the Red Sox, where he would play a key role in Boston’s first World Championship in 86 years. Pictured here with the Padres, he would roam the outfield at Petco Park from 2005-06. Roberts even as a Friar was always very cordial toward us Dodger fans. Good to have you in charge of the home 3rd dugout. Yeah, we’re struggling right now, our bullpen has been of no help recently, but hey, it’s a long season…

Drei’s Sunday Tale…Mini Puig and Jackie

Puig_Jackie Welcome Back Mini Puig ! We see you’re checking out the Jackie Robinson tribute at the UCLA Hall of Fame. Like our skipper, Jackie wore both the Blue and Gold and the Dodger Blue…

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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. 

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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…

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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…

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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 !!!

Magic Number Countdown…14… A SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI at The Park, With KID N DREI…

Magic Number Countdown…14… Mike Scioscia

Dodgers_Mike Scioscia Mike Scioscia would provide the Blue a solid backstop behind the plate from 1980-1992. A master at blocking the plate, among one of Scioscia’s highlights wearing the Dodger Blue is this game tying 2 run home run in Game 4 of the 1988 NLCS off Dwight Gooden…

In his 16th season as the skipper of the Angels, Mike Scoiscia is currently the longest tenured manager in the Majors.

Others Who Wore 14 For The Blue…

Gil Hodges

Delino DeShields

Juan Castro

Jamey Carroll

Mark Ellis

Dan Haren

Kike Hernandez ( Current )

A SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI At the Park With KID N DREI…

KID N DREI_PETCO POSTGAME  Kid Marley Marlz N Dodger Drei, aka, Kid N Drei here, bringing you today’s…SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI activities from down south in the 6-1-9… Takin’ it down to Diego… It’s been awhile since Kid N Drei have collaborated to bring you some tales or whatnot from the yard. It’s as if we’d gone on a summer hiatus or something. Anyways, last time we we’re down here together in Diego, we had some sort of Foam Party on a SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI..  .

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OK, so it was mostly Kid Marley Marlz that was mostly having all the fun with the foam… So, KID N DREI decided, since we had so much fun last year, let’s bring take it back to the playground on this…SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI !!! Hey, we’re never to old for the playground… Oh, and speaking of bubbles…

MARLEY_BUBBLES AT PETCO The Bubbles may have been a thing of 2014, but that won’t stop Kid Marley Marlz from keeping the foam flowin’… From the playground…

KID N DREI_BUBBLES 1 Who was having more fun at the playground, Kid or Drei ?

Keeping The Southland Blue…

KID N DREI_BLUE_DODGER STADIUM From L.A. …

KID N DREI_BLUE_ANGEL STADIUM To the O.C….

KID N DREI_PETCO AND KEMP 2 To Diego… KID N DREI keepin’ the southland…BLUE !!!

9th Inning… 

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