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12 Years a Dodger…Dre

“Dre has gone through it all in the Dodger Blue. 7 playoff appearances, the most of any L.A. Dodger, 6 division championships, the uncertainty of when and where he will play. He’s gone from looking up to…To being looked up to. We’ve all gone through the highs and lows with him…”

“Dre is now The Dean of The Blue. Deep down, we all know that this could be Dre’s last opportunity in a Dodger Blue uniform to win that big prize that has eluded him.”

Win For Dre, October 17, 2016. 

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Andre will be entering his 12th season wearing the Dodger Blue. Ethier joined Dodger Talk this week to discuss what these opportunities to give back to the community mean to him. He also goes on to elaborate on what it’s been like to remain with the Dodgers for so long.

From the Diamond to The Court

UCLA basketball has had an exciting season so far. Though currently struggling coming of a two game losing streak to Arizona and their upset loss to USC, their record stands at 19-3. I had a chance to go One on One with former Laker assistant as well as former Bruin and current UCLA radio commentator Tracy Murray, discussing UCLA’s defensive struggles on the court all the way to the toughest Trojan he faced in his days lacing them up at Pauley…

 

The Chase Is Heating Up

In The City of Brotherly Love, A Grand Homecoming For Chase…

They say only in Hollywood? Well, the City of Brotherly Love played the part of Hollywood tonight…

The Chase For the NL West…

In keeping with tonight’s theme honoring Chase Utley, is tonight the night we “Chase” past the hated ones ?

Drei’s Tale…

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Can’t really blame the Phanatic for missing you Chase…

joebruin Even Joe Bruin wants in on the act for the one time Bruin now Dodger… Hey Joe ! How ’bout an 8-clap for Chase !!!

9th Inning… 

10 Years a Good Dre…From The Ravine, Down I-5 and Back…

picsart_05-21-05.27.35.jpg Drei kickin’ it with our former outfielder and future skipper, Dave Roberts, Camera Day, 4/30/2006. Dave would roam the outfield of Chavez Ravine from 2002 to July 2004 before being traded to the Red Sox, where he would play a key role in Boston’s first World Championship in 86 years. Pictured here with the Padres, he would roam the outfield at Petco Park from 2005-06. Roberts even as a Friar was always very cordial toward us Dodger fans. Good to have you in charge of the home 3rd dugout. Yeah, we’re struggling right now, our bullpen has been of no help recently, but hey, it’s a long season…

Drei’s Sunday Tale…Mini Puig and Jackie

Puig_Jackie Welcome Back Mini Puig ! We see you’re checking out the Jackie Robinson tribute at the UCLA Hall of Fame. Like our skipper, Jackie wore both the Blue and Gold and the Dodger Blue…

20160220_125335 Dodger Blue and Blue and Gold…

20160220_125841.jpg Can never pay enough tributes to Mr. Robinson…

 

 

 

 

10 Years a Good Dre…Sunday Night Flashback…Scott Van Slyke, The Son of the Blank Blank

The Dodgers and Cardinals have staged some epic battles over the years. Heck, I still dread the day when Tommy Lasorda once called Andy Van Slyke, son of, you guessed it, Scott Van Slyke, a BLANK BLANK ( As told by our favorite storyteller who we simply know as…Vin)

31 years later, even the sound of Vinny still won’t stop me from asking ” WHY DID YOU PITCH TO JACK CLARK ? “

58437_1543704079875_7619633_n Scott Van Slyke, Right Field, AAA Albuquerque Isotopes, 8/28/2010

Fast forward now to a Sunday night in May, 2012… 27 years later the SON OF THE BLANK BLANK Van Slyke finds himself wearing the Dodger Blue. Having been called up from Albuquerque, the rookie finds himself in a pinch hitting role in the home 7th, with The Blue trailing the Red Birds 5-3. With 2 on and 2 out, at the plate with a 3-0 count, Drei here tells his buddy Josh ” The rookie ain’t swinging on a 3-0 pitch…”. You really don’t think the rookie is swinging away at a 3-0 pitch, do ya ?

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Not only was the 3 run blast Van Slyke’s first MLB 4 bagger, the 3 run 4 bagger, from the son of that…BLANK BLANK… would give the Blue a 6-5 lead over the Cardinals, the team the senior Van Slyke would start his career with. The Blue would hold on for the win and an eventual 3 game sweep of the Red Birds. What a moment that must have been for the SON OF THAT BLANK BLANK…

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20150614_132819.jpg Chattin it up with 2x batting champion Tommy Davis while rehabbing in Rancho Cucamunga…

picsart_05-13-11.18.24.jpg GREAT SCOTT !!! Here I am in Rancho kickin’ it with the Son of that BLANK BLANK Van Slyke…

Drei’s Thoughts…5/15/2016

With the offense scoring 18 runs in their last 3 games the offense looks like it’s starting to get back on track. The Dodgers, 4-2 in the current homestand and winners of their last 3, have a chance to do what they did 4 years ago the night The ‘Stache hit his first big league 4 bagger, sweep the Cardinals. Alex Wood, who has performed well at home this year, will take the mound as he tries to follow up on Scott Kazmir’s gem from last night. The Giants have also started to heat up, winning 4 in a row as they will try to pull off a 4 game sweep in the desert. Earlier this season it was the Snakes who pulled off the 4 game sweep up north. With the Dodgers and Giants starting to warm up and the Rockies lying only a game and a half behind, the NL West could start to be finally warming up…

Extra Innings… A SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI Tale From Kid Marley Marlz…

Marlz_Mascots1 With 4 games coming up against our neighbors down I-5, the rival mascot’s of the Halos have joined forces with our Dodger Dog and The Kid as we all hope The Blue has a big series as they attempt to take down that Red Rally Monkey… Oh yeah, that’s not the only thing Stomper and The Moose are bonding together for. The Moose is still upset over his city not having an NBA team since they bolted for OKC 8 years ago. The Dodger Dog, caught in the middle, has mixed feeling. After all, his favorite team’s AAA Team does call OKC home. Not only that, the Dodger Dog has also been a big Russel Westbrook fan since his days as a Son of Westwood…

13227065_1127510437313048_1773213978151655468_n Does Curry continue his quest for a repeat ? Will Russel Westbrook have something to say about that ? 

 

Throwing Back Thursday…A March Madness Tale

Leading Off…R.I.P. Joe

A good part of my childhood on Saturday afternoons was spent watching the NBC Game of The Week, listening to the tandem of our Vin Scully and Joe Garagiola. Vin_Joe G.jpg

The man who would along with Vin call 3 of the most epic games of my childhood, one involving heartbreak ( Jack Clark in 1985 ) and one that even Hollywood couldn’t script ( Gibson, 1988 ), broadcasting legend Joe Garagiola passed away Wednesday at the age of 90

DODGERS_Joe G Vin Tommy Joe, Tommy and Vin

A March Madness Tale

March Madness is the first sounds of the cry…”PLAY BALL”…

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March Madness is Kid Marley Marlz dreaming of a World Series title…

March Madness…March Madness is KID…

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and Dre blowing bubbles…Waiting for the season to start

March Madness… March Madness has been anything but kind to Dre…

For Dre must now wait before he can play…

Dre and Drei, both feeling Blue, and not the right kind of Blue…

Oh the madness…

Madness Moments…Throwing Back Thursday…HEARTBREAK CITY, Oakland CA, 2006

As the Madness continues tonight with some Sweet 16 action, let’s go back 10 years to one of my favorite March Madness moments…HEARTBREAK CITY…

33ab.jpgSS…H With Jordan Farmar,  godson of former Dodger Eric Davis. This was after his final ever game at Pauley Pavillion, unbeknownst anyone’s knowledge, March 2006 before…THE MADNESS…HEARTBREAK CITY !!! 

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Also throwing back to 2006…BACK THE PACK…3 Bruins and a Duck…Now, it’s Oregon who is representing the Pac 12 in The Sweet 16… So, how have your brackets held up ? Or are you just like the rest of us ? Just waiting for baseball to start ? Yup, the wait can be…VERY MAD’NING…Yup, It’s March Madness…

9th Inning

wp-1458705266252.jpeg WAKE UP KID !!! IT’S ALMOST TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL !!!

 

 

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…

 

 

 

The Magic of Baseball Among African Americans and a Mini Puig Sighting in Westwood

Another interesting read focuses on the state of the game among African-Americans, this time from MLB.com beat writer Terence Moore, who feels Magic Johnson dispels myths that blacks aren’t into baseball . That, of course, is still debatable. Here’s an excerpt from his latest read…

” Let’s start with Williamsport, Pa., where a totally African-American team from Chicago is competing in the Little League World Series. Not only that, the star of the whole event so far is a 13-year-old Philadelphia girl, Mo’ne Davis, who throws a baffling slider when she isn’t frustrating hitters with 70 mph fastballs. “

Speaking of Mo’ne Davis

Perhaps we will see Mo’ne in the bigs some day ? I really hope so. Baseball integrated players of all colors , why not integrate the two genders ? If she has the ability to hurl a 95 MPH fastball in 10 years or prior, I say, Why Not ? In the meantime, Mo’ne has issued a pitchoff challenge to Clayton Kershaw .

Yasiel or Kobe ?

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Perhaps this piece on Yasiel Puig may greatly influence your decision on what to name your newborn child, assuming it’s a boy. You will also be glad to know that the name Kobe increased in popularity in 1997 after some HS kid named Kobe was thrust right into the spotlight of another storied L.A. franchise…

KOBE This will be Kobe’s 19th season donning the Purple and Gold. At 35, Kobe says in basketball years he is 70 . I’d say that’s a good way of analyzing any professional athlete north of 30. Even at 70 basketball years, I think most teams would still clamor for your service Kobe …

Mini Puig Sighting in Westwood

For those of you who have followed my past Mini Puig posts, today, the Mini one pays a visit to the home of The Sons of Westwood, where he pays homage to another great who donned not only the Dodger Blue but also the Blue and Gold..

Puig_Jackie Paying homage to Jackie Robinson at the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame .

Puig_VictoryBell Oh yeah. Gotta love the sight of The Victory Bell in Bruin Blue, 2 years in a row !!! Looks like our Mini Puig is calling for an 8-Clap !!! It’s almost that time of year folks where we do double-duty !!!

hundley With Brett Hundley during the Beat SC bonfire back in November. Mr. Heisman ? This is going to be a big year for The Mighty Bruins. I’ll have to get Mini Puig to pose with you at the next Beat SC bonfire…