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Down But Not Out

No one said playing the best team in baseball would be easy. After shutting down the Cubbies in Games 2 and 3, it was only a matter of time before their bats would awake. With the season on the line heading back to Chicago we call upon once again to Kid K to save our season…

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We’ve been down this path before. In the NLDS, it was Kid K who we called upon to save our season. All Kid K did was give us 11 Ks. Some timely hitting and we sent the series to a winner take all decider. Can Kid K repeat that feat ?

It’s certainly not out of the question. The way the bullpen has collapsed in this series we certainly could use another deep outing from Kid K. It would also help if we can get Kid K some runs as well. If only this script we’re so easy. 

Tired Arms ?

Going into the playoffs one thing I feared was that our bullpen could be tired. Throughout much of the season particularly the 2nd half the bullpen on most nights had pitched from the 6th inning on. Of course injuries to what, 30 plus different pitchers certainly did not buy time for our arms. While Dave Roberts has certainly done an admirable job of getting our Blue to this point, the fatigue of our bullpen arms could finally be showing. That is exactly why we need Kid K to once again go deep if we are to make it to Sunday…

Scouting The Friendly (Or Not So Friendly) Confines…

1981, BLUE MONDAY, AND THE MONTREAL EXPOS

Current Dodger broadcaster Rick Monday called both Dodger Stadium and Wrigley Field home during his playing days. He would know a thing or two on what to expect at Wrigley….

Drei’s Thoughts Heading To Wrigley…

If this Game 6 matchup is anything like Game 2 when Kershaw and Kyle Kendricks faced off, runs will once again be at a premium. 

The Blue has shown a resiliency on the road during the playoffs, going 3-2 at this point, including 2 having faced Max Scherzer. If the Blue can get on Kendricks early they will have a shot at Game 7, where Rich Hill would face off against Jake Arrieta. 

Of the Cubs 4 starters, Arrieta seems to be the one the Dodgers can hit. His 2nd half of the regular season was not as dominant. Of course, we have to win Game 6 to get to 7, where anything can happen…

 

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Does History Repeat Itself…Like 1981 ?

If this series against the Nats has taught us one thing, it’s that regular season success does not translate to post-season success. Going into the series, in the eyes of many, including your’s truly the Blue we’re the runaway favorites to take down the Nats. The Blue had taken 5 of 6 in the regular season against the Nats and the Nats came into this series a battered team, minus Stephen Strasburg. 

Like 1981, when these two met and the Nats we’re the Montreal Expos, it is coming down to a decisive Game 5. 

Like 1981, the Dodgers staved off elimination in Game 4 thanks to Tuesday’s exhilarating 6-5 win at The Ravine

 

Like 1981, when some future manager named Dusty Baker was controlling left field for The Blue, some young Mexican kid could be thrust into the spotlight on the road under intense circumstances with every pitch being watched ever so closely…

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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Los Angeles, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

Like 1981, it could very well come down to a clutch 9th inning hit from some left-handed hitting former ASU Sun Devil right fielder who wore the number 16…

1981, BLUE MONDAY, AND THE MONTREAL EXPOS

Drei’s Thoughts…

With Rich Hill scheduled to match Max Scherzer, Like 1981, Game 5, this has the makings of a low-scoring game. Both Hill and Scherzer we’re victims of key home runs in their previous defeats. 

Beating Scherzer a second time is going to be tough and if The Blue can create scoring opportunities they cannot be leaving runner in scoring position as they have been prone to in this series. 

If the game is close as is anticipated, the bullpens will be huge. As with any deciding game, all pitchers including starters can be called upon at anytime. 

It just could very well come down to that one hit late in the game…

As Drei here write’s this “script”, it just may come down to one number 16 to come off the bench and deliver, just like another 16 did 35 years ago… ( I will be more than happy if we can do this without the…Dre-Matics…)

Just like 1981…

Drei says Dodgers 2 Expos, ahem Nationals 1

Just like 1981…

ethier Hey Dre, is 16 a Magic Number that comes through…LIKE 1981 

(To Be Continued…From The Nations Capitol…)

 

 

 

Blue Monday

Blue Monday. It’s the Monday after the regular season ends. It’s the feeling you get when you try to come to the realization that the best to ever bring you the game will never set foot inside a broadcast booth again…It’s the feeling you get when you try telling yourself you will no longer hear the countless stories that was poetry in motion…It’s the feeling you get when the man himself won’t be there to provide you moments of grief…Moments of heartbreak…Moments of joy…It’s that moment when you realize you will no longer hear the echoes from the man himself…IT’S TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL !!!

Through all those feelings of great sentiment, that, my friends, is not Blue Monday.

Blue Monday is a playoff moment that is tied to The Blue and our NLDS opponent, the Washington Nationals. It happened on October 19, 1981, during Game 5 of the 1981 NLCS. Olympic Stadium, Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. When the Nationals we’re the Expos and called the provincial land of Quebec their home and native land.  

In this deciding 5th game, with the game tied at one in the top of the 9th and 2 outs, Rick Monday would deliver…

The Dodgers would hold on for a 2-1 victory, sending them to a World Series date with the New York Yankees and an eventual championship. The 1981 season’s would also mark the only time the Montreal Expos would reach post season play. Ironically, 1981 would also be the last time the Dodgers and Yankees, frequent rivals in the Fall Classic, would face each other in World Series play.  

The Expos would eventually move to DC in 2005 and become the Washington Nationals. To this day, especially in Montreal, this day is forever known as…Blue Monday

RickMonday (The swing that coined the phrase, Blue Monday…)

1981, BLUE MONDAY, AND THE MONTREAL EXPOS (With the man responsible for Blue Monday…Mr. Rick Monday)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magic Number Countdown…16…Looking Back on Perfection

Yesterday…

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Rick Monday would patrol the Dodger outfield from 1977-1984 wearing number 16. His most memorable moment in a Dodger uniform would come in the decisive Game 5 of the NLCS on October 19, 1981. With the Dodgers and Expos tied at 1 in the top of the 9th and 2 outs, Rick Monday would deliver the decisive blow with a solo home run that would be the difference in a 2-1 win over the Expos, sending the Dodgers to the World Series to take on the Yankees. The day is still referred to in Montreal as Blue Monday

Drei_RickMonday With Rick Monday, 2008

And Today…

Dodgers_Ethier Walk Off Andre Ethier, photo credit to Jon SooHoo. Andre, with 14 walk-off’s, his latest against the Angels on August 2nd, is currently the longest tenured Dodger, now in his 10th season beginning in 2006…

ethier Since 2006, It Always a Good Dre Day …

Other Dodgers to Wear 16…

Ron Perranoski

Hideo Nomo

Paul Lo Duca

Sun Devils Turned Blue…

3 of the Dodgers to don the number 16, Monday, Ethier, and Lo Duca, at one time played their college baseball at Arizona State…

16×2… Celebrating Perfection On This Day

Dodgers_Koufax Perfect Game  On this day, September 9, 1965, 50 years ago, Sandy Koufax would throw a perfect game no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs. It still remains the only perfect game thrown in L.A. Dodger history…

Extra Innings With Kid N Drei… From The Park…

wpid-screenshot_2015-09-07-07-57-12-1.png Kid n Drei, from the Park at the Park, PETCO Park in San Diego, re-creating last season’s foam party . I guess we’re never to old to have some fun at the Park… ( Who was having the most fun ? Kid or Drei ? ) Kid n Drei got more from the park… Stay Tuned… ‘Til the Next Episode…

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…) .

Magic Number Fun Facts…8 , and Dre’s First Taste of a Long Rivalry

ROSEBORO Johnny Roseboro

Johnny Roseboro would spend 11 seasons behind the dish donning the Dodger Blue from their final year in Brooklyn in 1957 through 1967.  He would play in 4 World Series teams in 1959, 19963, 1965 and 1966, with the Dodgers winning in all but 1966.  Roseboro would hit a key home run in Game 1 of the 1963 World Series off Yankees starter Whitey Ford as the Dodgers behind 15 strikeouts from Sandy Koufax would take Game 1 of the 1963 World Series in New York en route to a 4 game sweep of the Yankees.

Of course, when Johnny Roseboro is mentioned to a Dodger fan who knows their history, or any baseball fan of great historic knowledge, they always think of this incident with Juan Marichal at Candlestick Park on August 22, 1965…

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Being the Dodger fan that I am, when I first learned of this incident as a kid sometime in the 80’s, as my ” hatred ” toward baseball teams in Halloween colors developed, I couldn’t help but to hate Juan Marichal.  In fact, one would think it’s our duty as Dodger fans to hate the Black and Orange .  Here’s an account of what happened on that Sunday afternoon in Candlestick Park on August 22, 1965 from Bob Costas and longtime Dodger nemesis Juan Marichal…

As Drei here would get older and have a greater appreciation of the game ( That’s not to say my hatred toward the Jints has died down…LOL ) , I would have a better understanding of the story behind that gruesome Sunday afternoon in 1965.  As the years passed by and time would heal the wounds, Roseboro and Marichal would eventually bury the hatchet and become close friends. 

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Juan Marichal would miss making it to the Hall of Fame in his first two attempts after retiring from the game in 1975, ironically with the Dodgers.  It’s been said that the incident with Roseboro had a lot to do with the writers leaving him out of Cooperstown.  It’s also been said that Roseboro played an important role with helping Marichal reach the HOF in 1982, asking the writers to forgive Marichal for what happened in 1965.  When Johnny Roseboro passed away in 2002, Juan Marichal was asked to deliver a eulogy during Roseboro’s funeral.  In the end, the story of Johnny Roseboro and Juan Marichal became  A Story of Forgiveness and Redemption .

Other Dodgers Who Wore Number 8

Reggie Smith

Mark Grudzielanek

Olmedo Saenz

Shane Victorino ( If only for a cup of coffee, if that folks…)

Looking Back at 1982, A Daunting Memory and My First Taste of a Rivalry

Earlier this evening , as the Dodgers we’re trailing 4-1 heading into the 6th, with the last 2 losses at Colorado by wide margins still fresh on my mind, I couldn’t help but think could this be 3 in a row for the Blue ?  This certainly is not the right time to go into a tailspin.  This took me back to my childhood once again in 1982.  The Dodgers , 3 up  in the NL West over the Braves with 10 to play, would pick a bad time to go on a losing streak, losing 8 in a row ( the streak had started before the 153rd game ), until finally defeating the Braves in the final home game of the season before heading up north ( yup ) for a key 3 game series with the hated ones.  By then, the Dodgers had fallen one game behind Atlanta for the west and we’re in a 2nd place tie with the Giants. 

The Dodgers would take the first two games at Candlestick, with future Dodger broadcaster  Rick Monday hitting an 8th inning Grand Slam in the Friday night matchup en route to a 4-0 victory, and a 15-2 whitewash the following Saturday afternoon.  Unfortunately, the Braves would win their first 2 in San Diego, leaving the Dodgers still 1 back of the Georgians heading to the final game of the season.  Needing to win and some help from our neighbors down south, the Dodgers would get that help as the Padres would defeat the Braves.  Beat the Giants, and a one game playoff for the division takes place the next day.  However, it was not meant to be as Joe Morgan would give this kid his first taste of a long and storied rivalry, one that continues to this day…

Morgan_Clark Joe Morgan being greeted by Jack Clark at home plate as Terry Forster looks out toward right field in disbelief.  Jack Clark would inflict more pain 3 years later as a Cardinal.  ( Why do I put myself through this kind of pain ? )

MARLZ_JOSE Back at it with The Boyz of Summer, Kid Marly Marls and JJ.  Uh-huh.  Yeah, of course you two were not around in ’82 and were still in the crib in ’85 so you wouldn’t know the pain Viejo here would go through. But do you guys remember this from 1988…

1988 Yeah, I’m sure you remember what happened in 1988 when you two were, 5 ?  OK, it has been 26 years and we’re long overdue….

 

 

 

Magic Number Fun Facts… 15, Never Forget…

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Shawn Green would don the Dodger Blue from 2000 to 2004. In 2001 Shawn Green would set a franchise record by slugging 49 home runs in a single season. In 2002 he would set a Major League record by recording 19 total bases on May 23, slugging 4 home runs in a single game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. I often felt that Andre Ethier and Shawn Green had a lot of similarities between them except for the fact that Shawn kept his emotions to himself and Andre wore his emotions. Another fun fact about Shawn Green. His walkup tune, Song 2, the WooHoo song, by Blur, and the 40,000 plus fans yelling in unison…WOO-HOO !!!…

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With Shawn Green at the Heal the Bay Beach Cleanup, February 2011.

Other Notable Dodgers Who Wore 15

Davey Lopez
Rafael Furcal

9/11 Ballpark Tributes

13 years ago today, our country, our pride came under attack. 9/11 is a day we shall, and will never forget. A day at the ballgame has always been a place for us to escape our everyday realities even if for just 3 hours. A day at the ballgame has especially been a place where we welcome with open arms those who have served, those who serve today, and the local law enforcement and firefighters who do their best to protect us. Here are some ballpark pics from Dodger Stadium and PETCO Park that pay tribute to those who put their lives for the purpose of protecting us …

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wpid-img_3157854408271.jpeg Opening Day, 2009

wpid-img_2888046839249.jpeg Opening Day, 2010

wpid-img_2946581495125.jpeg Opening Day, 2011

wpid-img_3106159734081.jpeg With Mr. Rick Monday.   Aside from rescuing the U.S. Flag, Rick Monday once served in the U.S. Marine Corps

wpid-img_3076282120777.jpeg  Opening Day, 2002.  The first Opening Day , post 9/11 .  Local law enforcement and firefighters about to unveil the United States shaped flag

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wpid-20140831_125022.jpg USS Midway exhibit from the right field concourse of PETCO Park in San Diego.

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wpid-20140831_141205.jpg Military Sunday at PETCO Park, 8/31.  Military Sunday has been a longstanding tradition for every Sunday Padres home game

wpid-20140831_163620.jpg U.S. Marine Corps, PETCO Park, 8/31

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wpid-img_682637649051.jpeg Never Forget…

wpid-img_1467354541985.jpeg Some final thoughts…