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Getting Close to Deciding It…

It’s Down To 2…

It has been announced that the 2 finalists for the Dodgers managerial position are Gabe Kapler and Dave Roberts. Kapler is currently the club’s director of player development, having managed one season at Class A, while Dave Roberts is currently the bench coach of the San Diego Padres. Both bring an impressive resume to the table, with Kapler having some managerial experience as well as the front office, while Roberts has several years of MLB on-field coaching experience.

2006_DAVE ROBERTS We just may see you back in Dodger Blue, Dr. Robert… ( PETCO Park, 4/30/2006 )

From the Diamond to the Gridiron…

Could the Pac 12 races be any more congested than the 405 freeway ? Here it is as we head into the final two weeks of the regular collegiate football season.

In the Pac 12 North…

Just when you thought Stanford had the inside track to possible representing the Pac 12 North for the BCS crown, Oregon, once looked at in a transition year, pulls off the victory at The Farm, all but putting an end to Stanford’s national title hopes. Stanford still leads the Pac 12 north by one game and can still win their division outright with a victory over rival Cal in this Saturday’s Big Game. Oregon, perhaps playing the best ball in the Pac 12 at this moment, can still win the Pac 12 north with victories in their final 2 games over USC and Oregon State and a Stanford loss to Cal this weekend.

In the Pac 12 South…

This is where it really gets interesting. Any of 3 teams can still win the south division, with 2 teams controlling their fate.

Utah, ranked highly through much of this season, can still play in the Pac 12 title game with victories over UCLA and Colorado and a USC loss to either Oregon or UCLA 

USC and UCLA are both in control of their own destinies. If either team wins out, they will be making their way toward Santa Clara for a Pac 12 title date with the north champ. Should USC lose this Saturday and beat UCLA next week, they can still play in the Pac 12 title game with a Utah loss in any of their next two meetings. This would create a tie between USC and Utah, with USC winning the tie-breaker via their victory over Utah.

UCLA, in spite of 3 losses in the conference, can still win the south as well with road victories over Utah and USC. At worst for UCLA, a 3 way tie with USC and Utah would be created, with UCLA owning all tie breakers due to head to head victories. 

Simple right ? Yup. Gotta love Pac 12 football. 

No off-season for Drei…

 

 

 

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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..  .

BUBBLES1 wpid-picsart_1409814442351.jpgwpid-20140831_165014.jpg

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… 

wpid-screenshot_2015-09-07-08-11-15-1.png  Good Times Kid… From Drei…’Til the Next Episode…

Magic Number Countdown… 21… Chris Hatcher, Unsung Hero ?

With last nights 8-4 victory over the Padres, the Dodgers hold the National League’s largest division lead at 7.5 games. The Dodgers have won 9 of their last 11, including this past weeks 3 game sweep of the Giants, and with 30 games left, the magic number to clinch the NL West is 21, currently worn by Cy Young Award Candidate…Zack Greinke…

Dodgers_ Zack Greinke doing some pre-game long toss Zack doing some long toss before a July match up against the Phillies…Other Dodgers to wear 21…

Jay Johnstone

Jim Brewer

Tracy Woodson

Eric Young

Marlon Anderson. Marlon will always be remembered from the four home run game in 2006 .

Honorary 21… Roberto Clemente

Clemente_MontrealRoyals  Though he will always be remembered as a Pirate, Roberto Clemente  was at one time a part of the Dodger organization, playing for the Montreal Royals in 1954, the one time AAA affiliate of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Every year in September, Roberto Clemente Day is celebrated in baseball and worldwide. 

Unsung Stretch Drive Heroes

Every now and then, an unexpected name makes a contribution for a pennant contender during the stretch drive. Some of the notable un-notables for the Dodgers include Vic Davalillo and his bunt on Black FridayR.J. Reynolds and the squeeze play. Last night, recent trade acquisition Justin Ruggiano blasted a pinch hit 2 run home run , en route to a 5 run 5th and an 8-4 win. However, this past Monday night, the first of a crucial 3 game series against the Giants, Chris Hatcher, much maligned throughout the season was called upon in the 12th inning to hold it down. Stomachs of every Dodger fan ( including this one ) we’re churning. Yet in what possibly could be the turning point of the season,  Hatcher would hold it down, throwing 3 scoreless innings including a huge strikeout of Marlon Byrd with the go-ahead run at 2nd to keep the game tied…

That would set up this, from Adrian Gonzalez, in the home 14th…

With Greinke and KKKKKKKKKKKKKKershaw ( Yes, the 15 Ks… ) slated the following 2 games, well, you know the rest. The lead in the West would grow to 6.5 games, concluding a 5-1 homestand against the Cubs and Giants. Perhaps talks of the Dodgers struggles against winning teams may have been put to rest ? Maybe. But we certainly can’t overlook the events of Monday evening and the contribution of Chris Hatcher…

Dodgers_Chris Hatcher Chris Hatcher, our unsung hero ?

Extra Innings… Kid N Drei

Marlz_Bubbles As always, featuring Kid Marley Marlz… Hey Kid, ready to head back to San Diego tomorrow ? Do we bring back the bubbles ? It’s been a year since we we’re last seen in Diego

KIDnDREI ‘Til the Next Episode… From the Park at the Park… Kid N Drei…

Magic Number Fun Facts…3

wpid-screenshot_2014-09-21-21-09-47-1.png Steve Sax

Steve Sax, also know to many as Saxie, would don the Dodger Blue from 1981-88 .  During his 8 seasons with the Dodgers, Sax would be the last of 4 consecutive Dodgers Rookie of the Year winners from 1979-82.  Sax would be nominated to the All-Star game as a Dodger in 1982, ’83 and ’86.  A solid fixture at 2nd base, Sax of course will always be remembered for his defensive misfortunes in 1983, the season he committed 30 errors.  Pedro Guerrero, not exactly a handiest 3rd baseman either before returning to left field, once said ” First I pray to God that nobody hits the ball to me.  Then I pray to God that no one hits the ball to Steve Sax ”  

Other Dodgers to Wear Number 3

Willie Davis

Alex Cora

Cesar Izturis

and currently…

CARL CRAWFORD Carl Crawford

Down Memory Lane With Dre, 2004

Of all Dodgers/Giants games I’ve attended in over 30 years, this of course is without a doubt my most memorable.  With the slam by Steve Finley, the Dodgers would win their first division title in 9 years , and their first in a non-strike season since 1988.  

FERNIE On this day, 1986, Fernando Valenzuela would win his 20th game, beating the Houston Astros at the Astrodome 9-2, becoming the first Mexican born pitcher to win 20 games in the bigs.  Thank you Dodgers-LowDown !!!  For all your Dodger fun facts and Dodger related news, follow the Dodgers-LowDown on their facebook page.  Tell them Drei here sent you !!!  

DLD_9222014 Round 1 of 3 begins tonight, with Dan Haren taking on Jake Peavy at The Ravine.  The Dodgers are coming off a 4 game series against the Cubs in which they took 3 of 4, with the bullpen by committee doing just enough yesterday as the offense lifted the Blue over the Cubs 8-5.  Haren, who was originally slated to start yesterday, was held back so that he could start tonight’s huge game against the hated ones as the Blue looks to move one step closer to clinching another NL West title.  The Giants come into Dodger Stadium limping, having been swept over the weekend in San Diego by the Padres.

wpid-img_20140916_222740.jpg Just a reminder, the Dodgers want a Blue Out for these 3 games against the hated ones !!!  Time for a DODGER BLUE OUT !!!   

 

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…

ROSEBORO  KOUFAX MARICHAL

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. 

MARICHAL_ROSEBORO_FRIENDS

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….

 

 

 

Welcome To The Dodger Blue Family

wpid-img_5656236532742.jpeg As many of you may have heard by now, as of next season the Dodgers top 2 minor league affiliates will be relocating within 100 miles of each other in the state of Oklahoma.  The Oklahoma City Red Hawks will now be the Dodgers Triple A affiliate, with the Tulsa Drillers now being the Double A affiliate of the blue.  This is one of only numerous affiliation changes taking place heading into the 2015 season, with as many as 17 current minor league affiliation changes as of this moment.  This also ends another era of Dodger minor league baseball in Albuquerque, a town with a long history of support for the Dodgers.  Albuquerque was an affiliate for the Dodgers from 1963-2000, then from 2009-2014 as the Isotopes.  

TOPES1 So long Albuqurque.  It was a fun ride while it lasted…

TOPES2 Late summer evening, August, 2010

TOPES3_SCOTTVANSLYKE From ABQ to L.A., Scott Van Slyke

I’m looking forward to the new changes.  Minor league team affiliation changes are nothing new, it happens all the time folks.  I really think the change, particularly the Triple A change , will benefit the Dodgers as they will have a better grasp of their players status without numbers being skewered due to Albuquerque’s high elevation.  Oh yeah, Albuquerque’s new Triple A partner ?  Of course, the Colorado Rockies.  

Planning Your 2015  Stadium Journey  Road Trip to Oklahoma Already ? 

So, you guys ready to make the 2015 minor league trek down to Matt Kemp’s home state of Oklahoma ?  Well, here are some tips for you for both Oklahoma City and Tulsa from Stadium Journey.  Check us out for any of your sports themed road trip tips !

On This Day, 9/18/2006, Bottom 9…

The 4 home run game, as remembered by our favorite narrator, Vin Scully…

With 10 games left and a slim 2 game lead, what late season memories await ?