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Beyond The Yard: The Magic of Science and Animation

csc_drei_buzz-lightyearDre gettin’ my Buzz on…It’s Always A, Well, You Know By Now…

I recently had a chance to visit The Science Behind Pixar at the California Science Center in Expo Park. From Toy Story to Inside Out, The Science Behind Pixar is a 12,000 square feet interactive exhibit that features the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) behind your favorite Pixar animations. 

Though the technical aspects behind the making of such Pixar favorites may be a bit advanced for some of the lil’ ones, the interactive displays, divided into eight different themes, “Modeling, Rigging, Surfaces, Sets & Camera, Animation, Simulation, Lighting and Rendering”, provide everyone of all ages the chance to experience the intricacies that behind these Pixar films. Though your young one’s may not know it, they too are taking in the scientific magic behind their favorite animated characters, be it Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley or WALL-E. 

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If you do plan to go it’s highly recommended you  purchase your tickets online especially if you do plan on taking the family on a weekend as it can get extremely busy and tickets have been known to sell out. The Science Behind Pixar will be on display until April 16th.

csc_pixar_mike-n-sully Sully and Mike !!!

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In addition, your ticket from The Science Behind Pixar exhibit also get’s you admission to Space Shuttle Endeavour without having to acquire another timed ticket. 

A visit to the CSC makes for a great visit prior to catching a nearby sporting event, be it the Lakers, Clippers or Kings at Staples Center or hoops at the nearby Galen Center or other USC sporting events. 

Here’s how Drei spent his Good Dre on his Stadium Journey from Expo Park to The Galen Center…

 

Drei’s Post All-Star Thoughts

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(Photo: Jon SooHoo)

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

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

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

As for being the road team in Petco Park…

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

Plenty of Season Left to Hit The Road…

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

9th Inning…

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Hey Kid !!! It’s Time For…

Dreis Notes on a Scorecard, 5/15/2016

20160516_082344.jpg Drei’s scorecard notes…5/15/2016…THEY’RE BACK !!!  (For now…) Cardinals 5 Dodgers 2

One of the thing’s i’ve done at ballgames since I was a kid is keep score. Do I have all my scorecards of years past ? Hardly. When you live in a single unit apartment even the slightest items of size end up turning into quick clutter. These days it seems keeping score at a baseball game is a lost art. Could it be because there’s more to do at a ballpark these days than to sit through 9 innings of baseball ? Imagine that..

picsart_05-21-03.44.11.jpgWell, I guess even Kid Marley Marlz needs something else to do in the park to let out all that energy…That’s a BIG BOBBLEHEAD, KID…Once a Kid, Always a Kid, Forever a Kid, Kid at Heart

Back to the Game…

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On this Sunday night, Alex Wood would continue his trend of quality home performances, going 6 while K’ing 5 while only allowing a run. Unfortunately, another trend would continue as the bullpen would rear it’s ugly head once again, as longtime nemesis Yadier Molina would drive in the winning runs with a 2 out 2 run double as the Cards would salvage the 3rd game the 3 game series. The bullpen woes would continue into this week…

20160516_082318.jpg Not all of the Bats in Blue would take the night of as Corey Seager would go yard twice. Currently Seager is on an 11 game hitting streak having gone yard 4 times this week. A-GON, who had been pitched around 3 times by the Red Birds, should be back at the starting lineup tonight. Let’s hope Alex Wood, tonight’s starter, will think of Petco Park as Dodger Stadium south, given his struggles on the road…

Other Scorecard Notes…

You know this took place in an NL park when you see the lineup changes, particularly in the 8-9 spots. You really don’t see these changes as much in an AL Park, at least I don’t, unless the game is a runaway and the manager is giving playing time away…

Any of you out there still keep score ? How does your way compare to mine ? Or are they similar ? 

Around The NL West…

The Blue, losers of 5 of their last 6, look to get back on the winning track as they look to Alex Wood to stop the bleeding. This will be The Blue’s 16th consecutive game of 20. 4 of the last 5 games has seen the bullpen working from the 5th or 6th inning on, including last night’s blown save by Kenley Jansen, his first BS after 13 successions. Hey, Kenley is entitled to a night off. Starting pitchers not named Kershaw have not exactly helped out as of recent either…

The Giants, sitting atop the west 3.5 games, had their 8 game winning streak snapped last night by the Cubs and Jake Arrieta. 7 of those 8 wins came off a 4 game sweep in Arizona and a 3 game sweep against the Padres, who they are 7-0 against this season…

ROAD TRIP !!!!

Dodger fans ! Baseball fans ! Summer is coming up. Looking to go out on the road to follow The Boys in Blue ? Or just exploring the 30 Yards of Summer ?  Check out our MLB Ballpark Experience Rankings at Stadium Journey for some tips and travel advice for your ballpark and other sports themed journeys. Also keep an eye out for some weekend road trip tips among other upcoming sports travel advice… We’d also like to hear what you think of the rankings ? ( I know I’d like to hear from you..) How would you rank the 30 yards of MLB ? 

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Looking Back on 10 Years a Good Dre…Big Game James

In the 10 years I’ve been doing this, I have taken plenty of pictures of both players and personal experiences from The Ravine and throughout various ballparks from various points and perspectives…

picsart_04-23-04.20.22.jpg Today, we feature James Loney, pictured here in 2010 with former Fox Sports West and current ESPN sports anchor Michael Eaves.

picsart_04-23-08.25.21.jpg Universal Citiwalk, February 2008

Loney would wear the Dodger Blue from 2006-12. In that time, James would provide some memorable moments, including a 4 for 5 performance with 9 RBI’s  in a late September 2006 game at Coors Field. Loney would hit 9 home runs in September 2007, the most by a Dodger rookie recently tied with Joc Pederson last May 2015. 

Though James would enjoy lots of success at Coors Field, perhaps he may be best remembered for this home run in Game 1 of the 2008 NLDS against the Cubs… 

The Loney slam no doubt swung the momentum of the series in the Dodgers favor as they would sweep the Cubs, baseballs best team in the regular season, en route to their first NLCS appearance in 20 years.

James recently signed a minor league deal with the Padres so it is possible that we may see him play at The Ravine, perhaps with Matt Kemp. ( As per my preseason outlook, I still say Matt Kemp won’t be calling Petco Park home by July 31st…).

Cruising The NL West…

After some early bullpen struggles, The depth of The Blue, in addition to some stellar play along with some outstanding pitching from Kid K ( as expected ) and The Rookie sensation Kenta Maeda, sit atop the NL West 1 1/2 up on the Rockies as the two wrap up a 3 game series at Coors Field. Arizona, after a 3-7 start, has won 7 of 9 including a 4 game sweep of the Giants in San Francisco. The Giants have won their last 2 after a stretch in which they lost 8 of 10. 

Some of my early concerns right now are with Scott Kazmir and Alex Wood, who have not exactly been the face of consistency to this point. Aside from a shaky start from the bullpen and some inconsistent performances from 2 of our starters, I am satisfied with what The Blue has displayed to this point…

Sun-Day, Fun-Drei Tale…Jurrassic Life Does Exist !!!

picsart_04-23-07.30.19.jpg Having a little fun with my new-found buddy Dinger, just weeks before Big Game James unloaded those 9 RBI’s en route to a Coors Field type win for the Blue, 19-11. If you Dodger fans or other baseball fans get a chance you should check out Coors Field. Like with many yards, though there have been changes since my visit to Coors Field in August 2006, I am confident Coors still remains a yard worth paying a visit to. Check out this recent review of Coors Field from Stadium Journey, including it’s newest addition, The Rooftop

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Guiding You Through The Cactus League

Stadium Journey Greetings Dodgers and baseball fans! Planning to head out to the desert for some Spring Training? Before you do, check out Stadium Journey’s 2016 Cactus League Ballpark Experience Rankings as your guide through The Valley of the Sun, including reviews of Camelback Ranch. For other sports road trips to any venue here or worldwide check out Stadium Journey for your travel tips.

The Spring Training Experience, 2/28/2014

Drei_570mic IT’S TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL !!!

Contrary to popular belief, I will not be assuming full time broadcast duties once Vinny retires. But, on this day two years ago, 2/28/2014, thanks to a contest a buddy of mine won through Clear Channel Radio, we got to experience a Spring Training game along with the Fox Sports Crew. Vic the Brick was very gracious in letting me borrow his microphone…

vic FEELING YOU VIC ….

Mike_Vic My buddy Mike kicking it with VTB. The ST experience was made possible thanks to Mike winning a contest through Clear Channel…

LA_SOX Camelback Ranch. Home to both the Dodgers and White Sox…

Hairston_Drei Kickin’ it with White Sox coach Jerry Hairston, the proclaimed ” Original JHair…”

Yeager_CatchingtheAction Former Dodger catcher Steve Yeager looking outward at the action…

yeager With the former catcher Steve Yeager…

Drei_TimLeary With former pitcher Tim Leary, member of our last WS Champion team in 1988…

Tommy_Drei The skipper…Tommy Lasorda…

February 28th, 2014 has to be the earliest i’ve ever experienced an MLB game. It was also my first ever Spring Training experience. Some day, I hope to do more Cactus League games. My one regret of the numerous trips i’ve done is never experiencing ST in Vero Beach. Relocating their ST home from Vero Beach, Fl to Glendale, AZ was a smart move by the Dodgers, allowing their fans closer access to the ST experience. Here’s more from My spring training experience at Camelback Ranch in 2014

9th Inning…GAME OVER

picsart_03-03-09.37.58.gif A GIF I created. I took this pic prior to the 2006 season. The Eric Gagne banner from 2005 had yet to be replaced. Amazing how and what even the least skilled tech person can create. Hey, how ’bout some entrance music for GAME OVER…

 

 

 

 

Seasons Greetings…No Off-Season For Kid N Drei

It’s been a little over a month now since the season has ended. Yes folks, even though it is December, the off-season has not been that long. That’s what the expanded playoff format, in place since 2012, does to an off-season that almost always ends before Halloween.

Though 2015 would see The Blue come up short of a World Series once again, it would be another fun season for Kid Marley Marlz and DodgerDrei, bringing you The Ravine Life, Kid N Drei’s own “unofficial” reality series sharing with you the adventures and Kid’s, ok, also, Drei’s mischief and Kid like experiences beyond The Ravine, Cruising L.A. KID N DREI_LACMA 2

all the way down south to San Diego …

KID N DREI_BUBBLES 2 There’s never a dull moment around Kid N Drei inside and beyond, The Ravine Life…

When it comes to an off-season Kid Marley Marlz and Dodger Drei know nothing of it. For Drei, it could be cruising the college scene and other venues while providing sports fans and travelers the 4-1-1- on their sports travel journey’s over at Stadium Journey.

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For Marlz, it may be work on his beats, such as this one titled, You, which he provided for Drei, even if Kid was mocking Drei…

Kid Marley Marlz does have a studio version of, You, dedicated to some other, well, You…

Hey Kid ! This, You, whom you’ve dedicated this song to, it seems that Minion Dave always found a way to get in between the two of…YOU…

picsart_12-12-10.01.55.jpgBe it your birthday celebration at The Ravine…

picsart_12-12-10.06.03.jpgOr a road trip down I-5 to PETCO Park, Minon Dave just seems attached to the two of…YOU… Here’s a message to the two of, You, from The Beach Boys… ” Don’t Worry Baby, Everything will turn out allright…”

Want more from the kid ? Here’s a list of his tracks from his Soundcloud, at MDario GlutenFreeSounds…

 

Hey Kid ! Christmas is just around the corner ! How ’bout a classic holiday tune ? Perhaps a tale of some reindeer named Rudy ?

Well, another season…another year is in the books. I hope you all had a great 2015. Hopefully, this holiday season will bring you many joyful moments. Yes, the off-season has not exactly been the most joyous one to this point for many a Dodger fan, with Zack Greinke heading to the desert and the hated ones landing Johnny Cueto. Yes, there is plenty of concern around Dodgerville during this holiday season, with the rival NL West teams stacking up on their pitching and The Blue pretty much playing the waiting game. 3 consecutive division titles is no small feat, but eventually, the rest of the division will catch up. Will this be a Blue Christmas in Dodgerville in it’s literal sense ? Like the front office, we the fans can only wait…

picsart_12-12-09.59.43.jpg Good Times Kid ! 

 

MARLZ_DREI HOLIDAY CARD Happy Holidays !!!

 

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Throwback Thursday…Drei’s Ballpark Adventures…Wrigley Field, May 2006 and September 2007

WRIGLEY_DREI UNDER SCOREBOARD Here I am, under the famed scoreboard, May 14, 2006. I really do look like your typical ballpark tourist..

As you can see from the line score, on this Friday afternoon the Padres we’re running away with this. I bought seats in the outfield bleachers that day hoping to get that Bleacher Bum experience. Unfortunately, with the Cubs mired in a long losing streak and the weather being the coldest month of May in over 100 years according to the locals, most of the Cub faithful decided to stay away from the Friendly Confines. I can’t say I blame them. As for me, that had to be the coldest weather I ever experienced at a sporting event. 

With the recent renovations to Wrigley Field including the new video boards, some have wondered whether the famed center field scoreboard is still relevant . I don’t see scoreboard going anywhere anytime soon. There’s still plenty of baseball enthusiasts out there who appreciate the history and charm of both Wrigley and it’s traditions. However, it should be noted that even the Cubs aren’t immune to public outcry for up to date features.

That should not deter you from making a trip to Wrigley and it’s surrounding neighborhood, known as Wrigleyville. For you Dodger fans reading this, and there we’re also plenty of them this past week in ChiTown, the surrounding areas between Wrigleyville and Chavez Ravine are like night and day. In many respects, the surrounding areas are a reflection of when each yard was established. Wrigley Field, now in it’s 101st year of existence, is surrounded by an actual neighborhood of housing. Walk around outside Wrigleyville and you get the feeling the Cubs are the residents next door neighbors.

Dodger Stadium, opened for business in 1962, is surrounded by a sea of parking, a huge necessity for and to this day for the city of L.A. Even with the improved and growing public transit options here in L.A., with our beloved city being so spread out, for most, driving to Chavez Ravine is really the only option, particularly for a weeknight game.

WRIGLEY_DREI OUTSIDE RF Here I am, passing through behind right field, late September 2007. As you can see, I am already outside of the yard on Sheffield Avenue as crews are working on the field with the Cubbies on the road. The fact that a you’re not far from the field while out on the street is another reason Wrigley Field has that old-school intimate feel, as if the Cubs really are a part of the neighborhood, even if the neighbors have a love/hate realtionship with their beloved team…, much like the neighbors around Elysian, Echo Park and Solano Canyon.  

WRIGLEY_Sod Yes folks. That right there is actual sod from the field laying along the exterior walls along Sheffield Avenue. Yes folks, I did manage to take a piece home with me back to L.A. ( Wouldn’t you ? )

wpid-wrigley_L.jpg A familiar sight to generations of Cubs fans and to Dodgers fans the last two days, the Blue “L” flag…

Off To South Beach…

After winning the last two at Wrigley to salvage a split in their 4 game series against the much improved Cubs, the Blue kicks off a 3 game weekend series in Miami against the Marlins. I am close to achieving my goal of visiting and watching a game in all 30 MLB Ballparks. For some reason, Marlins Park right now ranks high on my list of parks I want to visit. The fact that the Marlins decided to stay away from the retro theme that many parks post-Camden Yards era used, constructing their digs that is a reflection of the art-deco theme of South Beach tells me that this yard will be quite a refreshing change. I’ve always had this fascination, or perhaps acquired it during my ballpark travels, that a yard should also have a unique characteristic that should be a reflection of both it’s team and city. 

For Your Ballpark Travelers…

Planning on catching the Dodgers on the road this summer ? Or are you planning to visit any other of the 30 MLB yards on your ballpark excursions ? Check us out over at Stadium Journey for not only your MLB travel tips, but for other sports themed travel trips worldwide as well as some of my review of local Southern California venues.

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