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Drei’s Photo Blog…The 2018 Dodgers Alumni Game

Sights from the 2018 Alumni game, 5/12 2018

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BP with the Heavy Hitters, Reggie Smith and Shawn Green. Smith would be among the quartet of 30 plus home run hitters in 1977 along Steve Garvey, Ron Cey and Dusty Baker. Shawn Green would set the single season L.A. Dodger home run record by smashing 49 dingers in 2001.

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Saxie! Steve Sax would play eight season with The Blue from ’81-88, winning Rookie of the Year in ’82. Saxie looks like he can still shag some grounders…

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Reuniting with The Bulldog. Members of the ’88 team, Ricky Horton, Jay Howell, John Tudor and Tim Belcher reunite with Orel Hershiser…

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AM 570’s David Vassegh catching up with Mike Davis. Davis would hit a huge home run in Game Five of the deciding game of the ’88 World Series…

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Half of the longest running infield, Garvey and Russell

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Bulldog showing he still has it…

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Time to take the field! Leading off, at second base, Steve Sax !!!

The rest of the Dodger alumni…

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Saxie stepping to the plate to face Fernando. Shawn Green on deck. Hey, how ’bout cuing Greenie’s old walk up song? 

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Saxie and Fernie. The 80s are back !

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Past glory meet present day. Kirk Gibson and Joc Pederson…

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Gibby giving JP some batting tips…(Hey kid, don’t be worrying too much about launch angles…LOL)

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Time to Make Some Fans Happy…

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Tim Belcher, Dodger starting pitcher 1987-91…

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Closer Jay Howell. After surrendering Mark McGwire’s walk-off in Game Three of the ’88 World Series, Howell would come back the next evening with a huge save, setting the stage for Game Five…

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Outfielders Ken Landreaux and Derrel Thomas…

Back to The Future…

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Joc Pederson making a fan’s dream from Make a Wish come true…

 

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Outside The Yard: When Professional Athletes Like Sandy Koufax, Shawn Green and…Colin Kaepernick Take a Stand (Or Seat)

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Much has been made these last few days over the last few days over San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem,” eliciting many a mixed response to the point we’ve asked What does The Star Spangled Banner really represent? “. Debate over whether The national anthem being played is necessary at not only sporting events but other prestigious venues has also been debated. If you even brought up the topic at some point chances are either your “Patriotism” among other beliefs was probably questioned.

Which brings the question: What makes for a true American ? Does taking a stand, or in Colin’s case, a seat, make him any less American? Is he the first one that has spoken over his disdain toward how things are in this proud country we live in? Of course not. Was he disrespecting those who fought for our rights and freedoms? Again, that is up for debate, which is what we, as a nation, have been doing.  

When the Star Spangled Banner is played, how many of you when at the games have actually put your hand over your heart? I see fans who won’t even take their hats off. Fans of all ethnicity. Would you dare walk up to a white fan and demand he take off his hat? Probably not. 

Prior to Kaepernick’s refusal to stand, how many of you, and even until now, even knew or know who wrote The Star Spangled Banner? How many of you even know the words past the first verse? Not many of you huh. Does that make you an untrue American? Of course not. If I was to ask a casual Dodgers fan what year Jackie Robinson broke into the bigs and didn’t give a response would that make him or her any less of a fan? No.

Of course Colin has dealt with a heavy dose of backlash. Of course we’ve heard the standard “If you don’t like it here, leave” quote. Well, I’m sure there will be lot’s of you out there who will complain about our country’s status come November regardless who are leader is. How many of you will be bolting north to the praises of Oh Canada. Yup. Didn’t think so.

 Colin has also received plenty of support from those who truly do put it all on the line. Of course, we thank them for doing everything within their power to protect all our rights…

 

Did Colin burn a cross while draped in a white-hooded robe ? Did Colin protest the funeral of a fallen military hero? Yet these same people who I refuse to acknowledge by name get the same rights of Freedom of Speech that Colin is being vilified for. How many of you have ever gone out and counter-protested?

Colin is far from the first athlete to use his prestigious stature to express his views. Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest boxers of all time, didn’t he refuse to join the military even if it meant being stripped of his World Heavyweight title and possible jail time? Even Jackie Robinson once said “I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag”

Taking a stand on one’s belief as we know, is not just limited to politics either. 

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Shawn Green missed a couple of huge games during the heat of the pennant race in 2001 and 2004 to observe the Day of Atonement. 

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 Of course most Dodgers and longtime baseball fans are aware of Sandy Koufax’s refusal to pitch in Game One of the 1965 World Series so that he may observe Yom Kippur. Yes, the Jewish Day of Atonement. 

Yes, it is true that we have a tendency to hold professional athletes to a higher standard. It’s also true that we as rabid sports fans, including this one, tend to place our favorite players on a higher pedestal because of feats accomplished on the field. There will be division among this but hey, it should be OK for an athlete to exercise their right and use a highly scrutinized platform to express their beliefs. All Colin did was refuse to stand for a song that we are all now debating whether it really represents patriotism and whether it should be played before sporting events. Sandy and Shawn took a game off to practice their beliefs. It was their right. The fact that the Dodgers allowed them to go forward and put their beliefs before a huge game says a lot about our Dodger organization as well.

 If there is one thing Colin accomplished, it got ALL OF US talking. Like it, or not…

9th Inning… 

Uh, make that…Top of the 9th…After trailing earlier 8-2…Dodgers down 2…2 outs…Bases loaded…1 out away from a 3 game sweep at the hands of the Colorado Rockies…And then this…From Rookie Andrew Toles…The Rookie who started the year in Single A Rancho Cucamonga…

RANCHO_AFTER SHOCK Hey ! Even AfterShock had to love that !!!

The fun is just beginning…Welcome to September…

Editors Note: I originally finished my post after the 8th inning when The Blue was still trailing…OOPS !!!! ( A good OOPS !!!) Note to Drei…Never publish any in-game thoughts until that 27th out…YOU KNOW BETTER !!!!

Extra Innings…1965 World Series, Game 7

If Sandy had any harsh critics for missing Game 1 over observing The Day of Atonement, he sure silenced them after Game 7…( A “Young” Vin Scully with the action…)

10 Years a Good Dre…Shawn Green

picsart_05-26-03.14.42.jpg Shawn Green, Santa Monica, February 2011 during the Dodger Community Caravan…

Shawn Green would don the Dodger Blue for 5 seasons from 2000 to 2004. Acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in a trade that sent talented but embattled outfielder Raul Mondesi up north. In 2001, Shawn Green would slug an L.A. Dodger single-season best 49 home runs. 

In a game in May 2002 against the Brewers at Milwaukee’s Miller Park Green would tie an  MLB record by slugging 4 home runs in the same game while going 6 for 6. 

Green would have a huge Dodger playoff moment. Unfortunately, it came as a Met, during Game 1 of the 2006 NLDS. Perhaps you may remember ( Or forgot, or tried to) Green throwing out Jeff Kent and J.D. Drew at the plate on the same play as another former Dodger and his buddy Paul Lo Duca was on the receiving end. 

Shawn was also known to toss his batting gloves to a kid in the stands every time he homered. If there is a current Dodger who reminds me of Shawn Green it would be Andre Ethier. I have felt that way for quite some time. Right Field was their primary positions, both could hit for power, Shawn a little more. Shawn’s D may be a little more polished, however, Dre could play all 3 outfield positions. The one difference between Shawn and Dre ? One kept his emotions in, the other wore his emotions. I’ll let you guess who did what…

WOO-HOO…

Remember Shawn’s walk-up song…Blur…Song 2…WOO-HOO…Nothing like hearing 50,000 fans yelling the phrase in unison…

Spotlight’s on You Kid…

Julio Urias, 19, will make his Dodgers debut Friday and it could be the start of something really big

 

The stage is set at The Big Apple. Julio Urias, the Dodgers highly touted prospect, will get the start against the Mets at Citi Field. The 19 year old kid will be making his Major League debut at the age of 19. The last Dodger to make his debut at 19 ? Fernando Valenzuela…

Around the NL West…

After completing a stretch of 20 consecutive games played, in spite of certain offensive and bullpen struggles along the way, which also saw Kenley Jansen blow his first two games of the season after reeling off 13 straight saves, the Dodgers would actually wind up 11-9 during that stretch. The Giants, however, have been on a tear winning 12 of 13. The Rockies have begun to cool off a bit as they now find themselves 2 games under .500 ….

9th Inning…Ticket to Ride

As any traveler will tell you it is all but impossible to do everything you want to do. Ballpark travelers are no different. One of my regrets in my years of ballpark chasing is not having paid a visit to Shea Stadium. Aside from visiting the site of Mike Scioscia’s game tying 2 run home run in Game 4, it was also the site of the first rock n roll concert to take place at a ballpark as Shea would play host to my ( And perhaps yours..)  favorite band… The Beatles…

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Extra Innings…Drei and Shawn

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Magic Number Fun Facts… 15, Never Forget…

Leading Off…

 “The President of the United States has said it is time to go back to work. And so, despite a heavy heart, baseball gets up out of the dirt, brushes itself off and will follow his command. Hoping in some small way to inspire the nation to do the same.”
-Vin Scully, September 17, 2001

Also, re-blogged from last year. The Magic Number on this day was 15, just like today, ironically enough. Also, some images from various ballparks honoring our nations colors as well as those who serve to protect…

A Good Drei With Kid N Drei

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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…

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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

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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…

CARAVAN, DAY 2, HEAL THE BAY

Day 2 of the Dodger caravan would take us out to Santa Monica as we would team up with Heal The Bay in helping clean up the beach.  Though the day would start off with a morning drizzle there was still a good turnout of Dodgers fans for this event.  Though trash along the beach wasnt as evident as when we we’re at the L.A. River the previous day, according to the good folks at Heal The Bay, over 100 pounds of trash was accumulated throughout our over 1 hour of our beach cleanup.  We would be broken up into 5 seperate groups and teamed up with a couple of Dodgers past and present.  My buddy and I would be in team 5, led by Taft High Schools very own Gabe Kapler and Sweet Lou Johnson, best remembered for hitting the game winning home run in Game 7 of the 1965 World Series. 

Anyone that’s ever come across Sweet Lou would tell you he really is quite a character.  Most of my time during our cleanup was spent chatting with Sweet Lou and one of the reps from Heal the Bay, as well as a couple other Dodger fans as well, including my buddy Jesse. 

 

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Of the 5 groups who collected the most garbage, amazingly enough , Group 5, our group ended up on top ( Matt Kemp would later accuse us of filling up our bags with excess sand….LOL….)   . 

 

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I have to give it up for our team, for they we’re the ones who really made the contributions ( I collected some too, but admittedly I was caught up in conversation with Sweet Lou ) .  As for photo ops with other Dodgers….

 

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You look like you could still play Shawn.   Shawn Green

 

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30/30 This year Matt ?      Matt Kemp

 

It was a fun day all around, and it was a great opportunity to get up close and personal with the players and also contribute to a great cause.  As for Heal the Bay, I cant thank them enough for making everyone feel so welcomed.  Here’s the link should you want to volunteer your time in helping keep our beaches clean

 http://www.healthebay.org/volunteer

 

Oh yeah, over the last 2 days I finally came across one of my fellow bloggers Emma.  You can view here blog , Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World @  http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/ . 

 

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With my fellow blogger Emma

 

Wanna check out some more pics ?

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dodgerdrei/sets/72157626064653738/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/healthebay/sets/72157626061182970/