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Throwback Thursday With Drei…All Eyes On Dre

3d22.jpg All Eyes on Dre !  Dodgers vs. Padres, 7/24/2006

2006…Two rookies…Andre Ethier and Russel Martin. Neither of whom we’re on the Opening Day lineup…10 years later, both are still playing…Both still don the color Blue…Today one wear’s his blue north of the border…One still wears his blue at The Ravine…Hey Dre ! Forever Dodger Blue ?

Opening Day Lineup, 4/3/2006

  1. Rafael Furcal SS
  2. Jose Cruz Jr. LF
  3. J.D. Drew RF
  4. Jeff Kent 2B
  5. Olmedo Saenz 1B
  6. Bill Mueller 3B
  7. Sandy Alomar C
  8. Jason Repko CF
  9. Derek Lowe P

f41c.jpg Jeff Kent, Camera Day, June 2006 ( Yes Dodger fans, Jeff could display an occasional smile…)

In celebration of my 10th anniversary blogging here I will be sharing from time to time some of my past posts dating all the way back to the 2006 season as well as other fun items. As always, thank you Dodgers fans and baseball fans for stopping by and checking out my blog. You the fans have played a huge part in making my blog a Top 100 post 2 of the last 3 years… ( Drei here still says 3, MLB.COM/blogs…LOL ) 



Throwback Thursday

Heading into this weekend with a big 3 game series against the Giants up north, on this Throwback Thursday before our big series, I share with you a couple of old programs from past Dodgers/Giants games.

August 2006

wpid-20140718_143441.jpg Greg Maddux, having been acquired from the Cubs to bolster the Dodger pitching staff for the stretch run, is featured on the front cover of this months program. Greg Maddux, who will be inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame this Sunday, would come back one last time with the Dodgers in 2008, his final season in baseball. Also in this August issue of the Dodger Magazine …

wpid-20140718_143913.jpg Two of the Dodgers 1st round draft picks of 2006, Preston Mattingly, Donnie’s kid, and some 18 year old , Clayton Kershaw. What ever became of him ?

wpid-20140718_144630.jpg Looking back on the 40th anniversary of The Beatles performance at Dodger Stadium on August 28, 1966. This would be the 2nd to final ever live performance for The Fab Four. The following evening would be their last live gig, at Candlestick Park, home of the Giants from 1960-1999.

wpid-20140718_144914.jpg The song list from that evening’s concert. I’m guessing Sir Paul McCartney, who will be making his first return to Dodger Stadium since performing there in 1966, will entertain the crowd with his present day version of Yesterday…

program2006 The scorecard from Sunday evening, August 13. Maddux and the Giants Jason Schmidt would get the start that evening. Both the Giants and Dodgers would put up goose eggs up until the 10th inning, when a rookie catcher, Russel Martin, would end things in one swing, capping off a 3 game sweep of the hated ones.

September/October 1993


On the front cover of the final Dodger Magazine for 1993, the past and the present are celebrated with Orel Hershiser and Don Drysdale gracing the cover. 5 years prior in 1988, Orel Hershiser had broken Don Drysdale’s major league mark from 1968 of 58 consecutive scoreless innings pitched. Drysdale would also be part of the Dodgers broadcast team from 1988 until his untimely death on July 3, 1993 . Rick Monday would replace Don Drysdale for the remainder of the 1993 season and has been with the Dodgers broadcast team since.

digital book What’s this ? A pager ? It’s a digital book that keeps track of all the up to date baseball facts and numbers. I wonder if I can stream live games on this device…

1993scorecard The scorecard from the final game of the season against the hated ones. Heading into the final game of the season, the Giants, having won 103 games, we’re in a first place tie with the Atlanta Braves for the NL West. The Braves, in their final season in the NL West, would beat the 1st year expansion Colorado Rockies earlier in the day so for the Giants, it was win or go home. ( 1993 was the final season without the current wild-card format ) . The Boys in Blue would only be so glad to spoil the party, as Rookie of the Year catcher Mike Piazza would belt 2 home runs and the Dodgers, who would have their hearts broken by the Giants 4 times prior, in 1951, 1962, 1982, and 1991, would demolish any hope the Giants had of playing deep into October, thrashing the hated ones 12-1. In spite of winning 103 games, first year manager and former Dodger Dusty Baker and the Giants would be left out of post-season play. ( From 1969-1993, the Reds and Braves we’re in the NL West, while the Cubs and Cardinals we’re in the NL East. During that time, only division winners qualified for the playoffs, making the Giants the last team to win over 100 games and miss out on post-season play , a feat that is virtually impossible to achieve today under today’s wild card format.

As for me, that final game of the 1993 season would ease the pain of Joe Morgan’s home run in 1982 on the season’s final game, or the smugness of Will Clark in 1991. I can still hear Nancy Bea Hefley serenading our visitors from The Bay after the game’s final out, to Tony Bennet’s classic tune, I Left My Heart In San Francisco , to the joy of the 55,000 plus Dodger fans, including this 19 year old kid, or to the dismay of the loyal ones from The Bay, who made the 400 plus mile drive south to have their broken hearts turned away, toward , San Francisco…

Is it obvious a Dodger fan is writing this post ?

What moment will this weekend’s Dodgers/Giants series bring us, as Zack Greinke takes the mound against Tim Lincecum as the first of 3 kicks off tomorrow night. What are some of your favorite Dodgers/Giants memories ?


From January 2010 on Flashback Friday !!!! In and around The Ravine, including some old murals of Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Russel Martin, and Manny Ramirez, and some pics of retired Dodgers jerseys from the dugout club… It’s ALMOST Time for Dodgers Baseball !!!!

A Good Drei With Kid N Drei

Hey all. I know it’s almost a month since I took these pics, but I just thought I’d share these pics with you from around the Ravine that I took back in late January when I went to renew my season ticket package. Enjoy the pics, oh, and of note, the murals of the current players are from last season. Of course there will be different murals this year. Well, enjoy the pics everyone……



Making our way inside the hollowed grounds of my summer home


Here are the retired jerseys of past Dodgers from the Dugout Club behind home plate


Pee Wee Reese

Number retired on July 1, 1984
Harold Pee Wee Reese played 16 seasons at shortstop for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers (1940-42, 1946-58) and was a member of seven Brooklyn pennant-winning teams, including the World Championship club of 1955. A…

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26 Years and Counting Since 1988, Part 2, 2000 and Beyond

 This is Part 2 of a post from last year originally titled 25 Years and Counting Since 1988, now retitled 26 Years…. , briefly recapping each season from 2000 all the way to this past year .  In the meantime, who would have imagined a World Series between Kansas City and the Giants .  Yeah, it hurts,  but the Giants earned their way in folks.  Want some other painful facts ?  This is now the Giants 5th World Series appearance since our last one , yup, 26 years ago in 1988….


Last we looked back upon the 90’s. The four Rookies of the Year winners, the transition from the O’Malley’s to the Fox ownership. Yeah, the 90’s weren’t exactly the most glorious times for our Boys in Blue we’re they ? Certainly the new millenium would see some brighter days.

Outside The Yard

Glory would indeed return for L.A. sports fans but not yet for the Dodgers as the Lakers would make it to the NBA Finals 7 times, winning in 5 of the 7 appearances, the first 3 with the Kobe-Shaq duo and the final 2 with the Kobe-Gasol tandem.

shaqkobetitles Shaq and Kobe, 2000-2002

kobeGasol_titles Kobe and Gasol, 2009 and 2010

Around the U.S. , George W. Bush, son of the former President, and Vice President Al Gore hold a virtual dead-heat for the presidency, with a disputed vote in Florida holding off the naming of the winner of the President Election until the Supreme Court of the United States voted in favor of Bush on December 12. This ruling gave Florida to the Bush camp by a 527 vote majority, and a victory in the Electoral College, 271-266, despite gaining less popular votes than Gore. 8 years later, Barack Obama would make history, becoming the United States first ever African-American president.



September 11, 2001 – A day we will all never forget…. Islamic fundamentalist terrorists hijack four U.S. airliners and crash them into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in New York City. The attack of two planes levels the World Trade Center and the crash of one plane inflicts serious damage to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, causing nearly 3,000 deaths. The fourth plane is heroically crashed by passengers into a Shanksville, Pennsylvania cornfield when they learn of the plot, preventing destruction of another structure in Washington, D.C., supposed to be the White House or the Capitol building. The plot is attributed to the Al-Qaeda organization led by Osama Bin Laden.



And baseball has always been a great escape from the world’s realities

2000 86-76 2nd Place

Talented but surly outfielder Raul Mondesi would be traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for local star Shawn Green. . Eric Karros became the L.A. Dodger all-time leader with his 229th home run and Dave Hansen set a Major League record with seven pinch-hit home runs. Kevin Brown led the league in E.R.A. with 2.58 . All these accomplishments would lead to a 2nd place finish, 11 games behind the Giants. Davey Johnson would be fired as manager after only 2 seasons as skipper of The Boys in Blue.

2001 86-76 3rd Place

In Jim Tracy’s first season as the Dodgers manager, the Dodgers, in 1st place through much of the summer, would finish 6 games behind the eventual World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks for the NL West. Shawn Green would set an all-time Dodgers record by smashing 49 home runs.


2002 92-70 3rd Place

Shawn Green would hit 42 home runs, becoming the first L.A. Dodger to have back-to-back seasons of 40 or more, Four of those home runs came in one game, May 23 at Milwaukee, tying a Major League record. In that game, Green set a Major League mark for total bases (19). Eric Gagne, in his first season as a closer, would start his record setting save streak in late October that would last into the 2004 season while also setting a club mark with 52 saves. However, the Dodgers would miss out again on post-season play, finishing 7 games behind the defending World Champion DBacks and 3 back of the hated Giants for the NL Wild Card.

2003 85-77 2nd Place

The Dodgers would make another run for a postseason berth as the Wild Card team, but once again, they would fall short, winning 85 games, finishing a distant 16 games behind the Giants for the NL West and 6 games behind Wild Card winner and 2003 World Champion Florida Marlins, who had a huge contribution in Game 4 from some 20 year old rookie named Miguel Cabrera. Eric Gagne became the first Dodger to earn the NL Cy Young Award since 1988, converting all 55 of his save opportunities and entered 2004 with 63 consecutive saves over a two-year period. Gagne had a 1.20 ERA in 77 games and struck out 137 batters in 82.1 innings

t1_gagne Welcome To The Jungle

2004 93-69 1st Place, NL West Champions

Prior to the off-season, Frank and Jamie McCourt would purchase the Dodgers for $430 Million. The McCourts would own the Dodgers until the 2011 season ( I’ll keep my commentary to myself on this one…) . On the field the Dodgers were led offensively by Adrian Beltre, who won a Silver Slugger Award for leading the Major Leagues with 48 home runs. Eric Gagne won his second consecutive National League Rolaids Relief Man championship after establishing the all-time Major League record with 84 consecutive saves. The NL West would not be decided until the 2nd to final game of the season. With the Giants 2 games back with 2 to play against The Blue, they would enter the home 9th up 3-0. A win by the Giants, and they close to within 1 game of the NL West leading Dodgers heading to the final game of the season. After tying the game at 3, Steve Finley steps to the plate…

The Dodgers would win the NL West for the first time since 1995, leaving the hated Giants 2 games behind. The Dodgers would bow out to the St Louis Cardinals in the NLDS, as Jose Lima would pitch a complete game shutout in Game 4, the first Dodgers post season win since winning it all in 1988.

2005 71-91 4th Place

The 2005 season started off promising as the Dodgers would storm out of the gate with a 12-2 start. Unfortunately, that was as good as it got as they w finished the 2005 season 71-91, their worst record since the 99-loss season of 1992, only 11 games out of the first place Padres, who won the division with a not-so impressive 82-20 mark. They finished in fourth place for the first time since 1993. The roster was decimated by 24 disabling injuries and the club used 20 rookies. After 4 seasons as the skipper, Jim Tracy would be fired, as well as GM Paul DePodesta, who took the brunt of the blame from the fans for his frugal ways of operation.

2006 88-74 1st Place Tie, Wild Card

After falling 8 games below .500 into late July, the Dodgers would finish on a torrid 41-19 mark, tied for first with the Padres for the NL West, earning themselves a wild-card berth. The highlight of the season would come in mid-September as the Blue, down 4 to the Padres heading to the home 9th, would belt 4 consecutive home runs, by Jeff Kent, J.D. Drew, Russell Martin, and Marlon Anderson. After falling behind in the 10th, Nomar Garciaparra would end it all with a 2-run shot. The Dodgers would be swept in the NLDS by the New York Mets.

2007 82-80 4th Place

The Dodgers would have the best record in the National League through 100 games, but a late season swoon and some clubhouse dissension, much of it between old-school veteran Jeff Kent and up and coming not quite in his prime Matt Kemp, would leave the Dodgers 8 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks. Grady Little would be dismissed at Dodgers manager after 2 seasons, making way for former Yankees manager Joe Torre.

2008 84-78 1st Place

A late-season surge, aided by the acquisition of Red Sox castoff Manny Ramirez, unleashing the most amazing two months of offense the Dodgers have ever seen, hitting .396 down the stretch would lead the Dodgers to NL West title and their 3rd post-season appearance since 2004 with a modest 84-78 record. Chad Billingsley led the club with 16 wins while Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp established themselves as every-day outfielders and James Loney drove in 90 runs. The Dodgers would sweep the heavily favored Cubs in the NLDS ( They really are cursed, aren’t they ) before bowing out to the eventual World Champion Phillies in the NLCS in 5 games. The turning point would be Matt Stairs moster shot off Jonathan Broxton with 2 outs in the top 8th, giving the Phillies a 7-5 lead that they would not surrender. Cole Hammel’s and company would shut it down the next evening. With Broxton as our future closer and the heat he throws, you would want him on the hill should another big game be on the line, right ?

2009 95-67 1st Place

The 2009 season would not only be one of the more exciting season for the Dodgers , it would also be remembered for the 50-game suspension received by Manny Ramirez for violating the MLB drug agreement. Andre Ethier took over as the main run producer with 31 homers ( 4 of those homers in walk-off fashion) and 106 RBIs, with Matt Kemp adding 26 homers, 101 RBIs, 34 steals. The Dodgers would sweep the Cardinals in 3 straight in the NLDS to set up a rematch with the Phillies in the NLCS. Just as in Game 4 the previous year, Jonathan Broxton , 36 saves in 2009, would be thrust into the spotlight once again. With one out in the home 9th, up came a struggling Matt Stairs. Now certainly Broxton didn’t have this on his mind…

He would walk Stairs in 4 pitches, none of them close to the plate. After a hit batsman and a infield pop, with 2 outs, clinging to a 1 run lead, 1 out away from tying the NLCS at 2 games apiece, up came Jimmy Rollins…

The Phillies, like in ’08, would wrap it up in 5, this time they had the privledge of celebrating in front of their home fans. Broxton, in spite of making the all-star team in 2010, would to this day be remembered by most Dodger fans for 2 pitches we all wish he could have back.

So, as exciting as 2009 was, it would end on a sour note. But hey, with back to back division titles and NLCS appearances and 4 playoff appearances in 6 years under the McCourt regime, we’re certainly that much closer to bringing home our first World Series title since ’88 right ?

2010 80-82 4th Place

After going 49-39 in the first half, the Dodgers would finish 12 games under .500 the rest of the way and at 80-82, finish under .500 for the first time since 2005. Matt Kemp would only hit .248 for the season, and Jonathan Broxton was never the same after a 48 pitch meltdown against the Yankees in June. ( Though as I said most Dodgers fans will only remember him for two pitches ) Clayton Kershaw would become the ace of the future, finishing the season with a 2.91 ERA. They would finish 12 back of the eventual World Champion Giants, thier first in San Francisco in 52 years. ( Yes, there was a reason I posted that fact !!! )

2011 82-79 3rd Place

The 2011 season would be marred by the senseless beating of Giants fan Brian Stow in the Dodger Stadium parking lot, as well as being placed in bankruptcy protection no thanks to Frank and Jamie, attendance would fall south of 3 million for the first time since 1992 in a non-strike shortened season. After being as much as 14 games below .500, the Dodgers would put on a late surge, not enough to post a threat for a post-season spot, but enough to put them over the .500 mark for the season. Clayton Kershaw won the Cy Young Award and Matt Kemp just missed a batting Triple Crown and the MVP Award while playing for new manager Don Mattingly. Kershaw, Kemp and Andre Ethier were All-Stars and won Gold Glove Awards.

2012 86-76 2nd Place

On May 1st, it was official. The days of the McCourt regime we’re over !!! The arrival of new ownership – Guggenheim Baseball Management, headed by controlling partner Mark Walter and partners Magic Johnson, Stan Kasten, Peter Guber, Bobby Patton and Todd Boehly, would take over full operation of the franchise. In first place for much of the season and led by defending Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, the pitching staff ranked third in the Major Leagues in ERA and opposing batting average, but the offense struggled while centerpiece Matt Kemp battled injuries. In spite of the late season acquisitions of Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Brandon League, Joe Blanton, Randy Choate, Nick Punto and Carl Crawford ( Crawford was on the DL in ’12 ), the Dodgers would finish 2nd to the Giants once again as the hated ones would win their 2nd WS title in 3 years.

2013 92-70 1st Place

After falling as much as 12 games below .500 as late as June, the Dodgers would go on an unbelievable 40-8 from June 22 to the middle of August, overcoming a 9.5 game deficit to the DBacks en route to the NL West crown. At one point the club won 15 consecutive road games, the first NL team to do that since 1957, and they went unbeaten in 18 consecutive series.
Dodgers pitchers led the Major Leagues with 22 shutouts and were second in the league with a 3.25 team ERA. That included Clayton Kershaw, who won his third consecutive ERA title at 1.83, the lowest in the NL since Greg Maddux’s 1.63 in 1995. Kershaw combined with Zack Greinke to go 31-13, and Kenley Jansen would replace Brandon League as closer and Brian Wilson, signed in July after his recovery from Tommy John surgery, took over as set-up man. The offense, was led by Adrian Gonzalez’s 100 RBIs. Hanley Ramirez, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier all battled injuries, but Ramirez’s return in June coincided with the club’s turnaround, as did the arrival of Cuban rookie Yasiel Puig. The Dodgers would enter the playoffs without Matt Kemp, but it would not affect them in the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves, knocking them out in 4 games.

The NLCS would be a different story. The Dodgers and Cardinals would battle through 5 games that we’re close enough either team could have won , especially the Dodgers if for some clutch hitting and perhaps Don Mattingly not over analyzing . With the Dodgers trailing 3 games to 2 heading back to St. Louis for game 6 and Kershaw on the mound, we really had to like our chances. However, even the best get snake-bitten at even the worst possible times.

So there you have it. 25 years since 1988. 25 years of ups and downs. Yet we still wait confidently for World Series trophy number 7 to come. 25 years. It’s been so long now that I’ve spoken to lots of you Dodger fans over 21 who have still yet to experience a World Series. I feel your pain. That’s what we do as Dodger fans. That’s what we do as fans period. We stick with our team through the good ( This past season ) and the bad ( No WS appearances in 25 years ) and the ugly ( McCourt ownership ) . 25 years is a long time. But I am confident we will not be waiting another 25 years before another World Series title comes to The Ravine.

matt_dre Next Year Bison !!! It’s back to doing things big !!!

dre_dre So Dre, are you going to be around In the End next year for the celebration ?

And finally, I want to thank you the readers who have made this October a really fun one. My goal was to make it to the MLBlogs.com top 50 fan list, which I did back in March. Because it’s based on total views, I don’t know if I crack the list especially after viewership dropped understandably once the Dodgers we’re eliminated. I did, however, achieve the most visitor counts ever for my blog so again, thank you all for dropping by. I probably won’t be posting as much now at least until Spring Training as blogging, while I enjoy it, can be very time consuming as well. I hope you all have a great “off-season”, and here’s hoping to an even bigger 2014 !!!!

As for the 2014 season…

2014 94-68 1st Place

Though the 2014 campaign would come to an abrupt end, lasting only 4 games into the NLDS before bowing out to the Cardinals for the 2nd straight year, there we’re still plenty of memorable moments, from the no-hitters from Josh Beckett and Clayton Kershaw , to Matt Kemp’s resurgence in the 2nd half, Adrian Gonzalez leading the league in RBI’s , to another Cy Young season from Mr. Kershaw, who has now won the E.R.A.  title four seasons in a row, and of course, erasing a 9.5 game deficit to capture the NL West flag for the 2nd straight season.  Unfortunately, Kershaw would unravel in the post-season and alongside a leaky bullpen, the Dodgers season would end not even 10 days into October.

Like the rest of you, I was disappointed as well.  When $235 million is spent on player salary, expectations are certain to be high.  The bottom line is simple.  The Dodgers simply did not meet , ok, let me rephrase that, they did not entirely meet our expectations.  (  I may be putting it lightly folks ) .  Many we’re quick to put blame on Mattingly.  I disagree.  While I was not crazy about some of his strategic move both during the regular and post-season, I felt he did an admirable job dealing with as many high strung ego’s in the dugout to get The Blue as far as he did.  As for the post-season, he only played the hand he was dealt.  Unfortunately, there was no bluff to call. That’s the post-season.  That’s baseball. 

So it’s been 2 weeks now since the bitter end.  Though I’m long over the shock, as a Dodger fan,  these 2 weeks have still felt long.  Should that be The Blue playing in the Fall Classic ?  Perhaps.  But as for the 2014 chapter of Dodger Baseball, we’ll never know…

Friday Night at The Park, 4/5/2013

Notes on a Scorecard


Zack Greinke pitches 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball in his Dodger debut, striking out 6, and the bullpen does the rest as Dodger pitchers cruise past the Bucs, facing only 29 batters, 2 over the minimum


Dre, Matty and Adrian drive in their first RBI’s of the season, with Dre’s coming on a solo shot in the 3rd, providing all the scoring the Dodgers would need in beating the Bucs 3-0.

This would also be former Dodger catcher Russell Martin’s first game back in Dodger Stadium since 2010.  After the game, with the Pirates in town, I thought i’d get myself a sandwich from the Steel City Truck…



One of my favorite food trucks here in L.A., the Steel City Sandwich company has sandwiches that are a takeoff from the Pittsburgh favorite Primanti Brothers.  I always get the Steel City Sandwich…  Speaking of sandwiches, for those of you who may have payed Ike’s Place in San Francisco a visit, Ike will soon be opening one in Westwood.  ( YEAH !!! )



And for the fellow Dodger fans who have payed Ike’s Place up north a visit , you do know that some of his sandwiches are named after high-profile celebs and local athletes, and he does intend to keep the Matt Cain on the menu down here.  For the longest time i’ve been asking him to include a Matt Kemp , especially here in L.A.  . 


Jerry’s Big Meat, named after Jerry Garcia.  This is back in 2010 down the street from Ike’s old location in SF’s castro district


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Don’t you all love fireworks on a Friday night ?

One Final Thought…


Kickin’ it with the Pirate Parrot, September, 2005.  Parrot… ” How many more years do I have to put up with this Dre ? “….  The years of losing will end soon, hopefully this year …..


Hey fellow Dodger fans !!!!  Spring Training is just right around the corner !!!!  And like many of you, baseball just can’t come soon enough for me, especially with the Dodgers coming 3 games short of a trip to the fall classic,  to have it come to a hault halt once again by the Phillies.  While we did have a great season last year, the loss to the Phillies again in the LCS was more painful than in ’08 because we we’re definately a lot better than in ’08, several Dodgers, particularly Kemp and Ethier, showed to us that they indeed are ready to take on the challenge of leading the way while not having to always rely on Manny and yet we still have unfinished business to take care of in ’10.  OK, until then, we can only wait.  But while we do, I thought I’d share with you some interesting programming on the MLB Network in the upcoming weeks before Spring Training, so here goes

Friday, February 12

6:30/10:00 p.m./1:30 a.m World Series Highlights 1981-Manager Tommy Lasorda and the Los Angeles Dodgers Take on the New York Yankees

This would be the start of Dodger baseball for me.  Being 7 years old, during the playoffs that year, my uncles would always come up to me to give a high-five so the Dodgers would win.  Everyone in grade school ( I was in 2nd grade at that time ) was also abuzzed about the playoffs too, and of course our excitement lasted until the final out of Game 6 of the ’81 Fall Classic.

2:30 a.m. MLBN Remembers: Incident at Candlestick Bob Costas Looks Back at a Famous Bat Wielding Episode Involving Juan Marichal and Johnny Roseboro

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Now now, Dodger fans, when the name Juan Marichal comes up, even to those of us who we’re not even around in ’65, when we think of Juan Marichal, no doubt the Marichal-Roseboro incident of August 22, 1965 comes up. And because of that, i’m sure many of you have held some sort of grudge against Marichal to this day, I mean, c’mon, how could you not, this was a significant moment in the storied rivalry of the Dodgers and Giants.    However, if you do find the time to read into the realtionship the two had in the years after the incident,  the two did eventually make peace with each other,  and their families would keep contact with each other through Roseboro’s death, in which Juan Marichal spoke at his funeral.  Also not discussed much is Roseboro campaigning for Marichal’s entry into the Hall of Fame after Juan had been snubbed in his first two years of eligability.  Many felt that the incident on that August summer of 1965 played a huge role in Marichals initial snubs.



A rivalry that reaches it’s boiling point


NY Times



All Is Forgiven



Here is a link to an article from the San Francisco Chronical about the incident on the 40th anniversary back in August 22, 2005


 Sunday, February 14

9:30 a.m. All-Time Games 9/18/06 San Diego @ L.A. Dodgers – Dodgers Smack 4 Home Runs in a Row

I remember this game like it was yesterday.  I was listening to the game on my headset at work ( I work a night job folks, and it was a Monday night…) when , in this order, Jeff Kent, J.D. Drew, Russel Martin, and Marlon Anderson hit the 4 consecutive HR’s in the 9th to tie the game at 9.  It was after Anderson’s HR when I got up and just let out a huge scream that scared everyone at the call center.  The Dodgers eventually won the game in the 10th on a walk-off by Nomar, and as for me, my boss figured I was listening to the game ( Dont you wish you had bosses like that ? )

Monday, February 15

5:00 a.m.    All-Time Games

   6/4/1990 Atlanta @ L.A. Dodgers – Ramon Martinez Strikes   Out 18

Before Pedro , there was Ramon Martinez, who had a solid 10 year career with the Blue

Sunday, February 21

5:30 p.m./11:30 p.m.   MLB Network Movie    Special The Jackie Robinson Story

63 years after he broke baseball’s color barrier, his legend still lives on……

Thursday, February 25

11:00 a.m. 1965 World Series    Game 4 Minnesota Twins @ Los Angeles Dodgers

After digging themselves an improbable 2 games to none hole, the Dodgers would tie up the series in a Game 4 triumph.  The series would go the full 7 games, and in Game 7, Sandy Koufax would get the start on two days rest…….

Friday, February 26

11:00 a.m.   1965 World Series    Game 7 LA Dodgers @ Minnesota



And on two days rest, Koufax would shut down a powerful Twins lineup.  I was able to catch some of this game a while back, and you should too, if to listen to a ” young ” Vin Scully 🙂


So there you have it folks.  This should keep you busy until ST arrives.  Oh yeah, just to let you know, the times listed are PST.  If you should look into the MLB Networks calendar of progamming events, all their times are listed as EST.  And of course, keep in mind that programming is Subject to Change.  So I ask again, ” How soon ’till baseball ? “