OPENING DAY!!! HOOORAAHHH

It’s opening day today and how excited am I that the Dodgers beat the Padres? Well pretty damn excited!!
Did Manny hit a Homerun? Nope. Do I care? Nope!
Why for, Kemp hit a homer and Loney had 3 singles 2 RBI’s and a stolen base!
Hitting aside, how bout that pitching?
Kuroda was an awesome choice for opening day!
And Peavy can take that one to the bank =o)

Can’t wait to see what the season brings … Let the games begin!!!!

GO DODGERS!!!

Mighty Casey

20 years ago the Dodgers (and myself) found a hero in Kirk Gibson.
It was an almost unbelievable site, with 2 outs in the 9th inning and the Dodgers down 4-3, to see Gibson (injured with two bad legs) making his way to the plate. We all had to wonder what was on the mind of Lasorda as he made that decision. Gibson got the count to 3-2 and the unthinkable happened, he hit a fly ball to deep right field to win game 1 of the World Series.
As the ball flew all eyes were on Gibson making his way around the bases, rather hobbling around, in what seemed like a slow motion replay, but with a smile on his face that told you for that brief moment all his pain was gone.
The moment that ball left the park history was made. I don’t know who said it better as the announcers were in as much shock as the rest of us (Eckersley especially) Don Dreysdale compared it to Mighty Casey and he did NOT strike out, but Vin Scully’s comment of “In a year that has been so improbable… the impossible has happened!” makes me reflect on where we are at now.
We have had a bit of a rocky year. At times it almost looked like our DL was longer than our roster. With the acquisition of Manny Ramirez and the slow recovery from injuries we started to bounce back.
So this Wednesday we head to Chicago, the ol Windy City, to take on the Cubs.
Though in my heart there will never be a replacement for my Dodger hero I have to ask the question .. Who will be our hero this year? Who will be our Mighty Casey and who will make the impossible happen?

GO DODGERS !!!

The Cathedral of Baseball

I am a Dodger fan, YES. So by definition that means I am NOT, nor could I ever be a Yankees fan. I have been told that I am not a real Dodger fan for having wanted to go and see a game played at Yankee Stadium. I find that to be untrue. Aside from my love of the Dodgers I am also a Baseball Fan, I love the game. I think as a person that loves the game and the history behind it you have to have at least a small appreciation for what Yankee Stadium holds.
So lets for one moment, as Baseball fans, say farewell to a piece of our history.
This is “The House That Ruth Built”, “The Cathedral of Baseball”.
Since the first game played on April 18, 1923 there have been many moments, many memories, many players that can be appreciated not only by Yankees fans but by all fans of Baseball in general.
Some of the greatest players in all of Baseball have stepped foot on the grass and played there.
Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, the list goes on and on, but I think one of the most memorable on that list is Lou Gehrig and his famous “Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth” speech given on July 4th, 1939 as he stood on home plate. He was forced out of the game permanently by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease now named after him.
Aside from the Yankees astounding 26 World Championship Wins how can we
as Dodger fans ever forget that our only World Series Win as
the Brooklyn Dodgers came on the field of Yankee Stadium.
I could go on and on with all the records that have been broken, historical events that have taken place, and great moments we’ll never forget. Bottom line is that I think as a fan of the sport we have to appreciate all of them no matter who we keep in our hearts as our team, because a piece of our Baseball history is now going away.
I personally never got the privilege of being able to see the stadium, but I do wish that I had been able. It would have been a great memory for me, personally, to have been able to be there, to take it all in and to, for one moment, stand in such a place.
So here’s to you Yankee Stadium, for all you have done and all you have seen, I am sure you will continue to live on in the memories of all the fans who love the game.

The sports debate of “WE” and “OURS”

I don’t know about your friends but in my circle we have debated about whether or not it is ok to refer to a sports team as “Our” team or to say “We” when the team is discussed.

Is it proper to say “We are in first place right now” ? Or “Our team is going to go all the way this year” ?

Yes they are the ones on the field making the plays, suffering through injuries, celebrating big wins and hanging their heads in despair at the losses, but would they be there if we weren’t ? 

We the public are the ones that buy the tickets to go see them play. We are the ones that are wearing the jerseys, the hats, and buying the (sometimes) silly accesories that go along with our favorite team. We are the ones that are there to cheer them on, wish for great plays, watch them play in the best and worst of weather, jump for joy when they win, and groan in aggony as they are defeated in the playoffs but we always come back and cheer again next year.

Throughout history there have been some pivitol things that have affected our country but through it all sports tends to bring us back together and helps us to mend. In September of 2001 when tradgedy struck our country and the state of New York, all of baseball stopped for 6 days. On Sept 21st, 10 days after the attack, the first game played in New York was the Mets against the Atlanta Braves. Mike Piazza hit a 2 run homer to give the Mets a 3-2 win over the Braves. At the beginning of the game the 2 rival teams shook hands to show that America is a country united and that we are not divided by the uniforms we wear, we are brought together by the love of the game. They weren’t there alone though, we were there with them cheering, celebrating, and remembering as a team.  

Sports unites us in a special way. It brings us together, it gives us something to enjoy, something to hope for, something to look forward to. “WE” all fight to be the best and “OUR” teams are always their to play.

My opinion on this is that Yes it is not only proper but in a way entitled. So tonight when I speak of “My” Dodgers I will proudly say that “We” are in first place and “Our” team could go all the way!

 

Here’s to you Mr. Scully

I love Baseball and I love the Dodgers.
This is not really a secret if you know me. Yes they have there ups and downs like every other team does, some good seasons and some bad.
But one thing that remains the same, and remains great throughout time is the voice behind the team and behind the games.
If you didn’t grow up in the LA area then chances are you don’t know it and if you are a Baseball fan then that is a shame.
Vin Scully has been the voice of the Dodgers for 60 years. He started with them in Brooklyn and followed them to LA.
His voice is like a Baseball Angel. Yes I know that sounds corny but if you grew up listening to him announce the games then you should understand.
There is something about his voice and the excitement and knowledge behind it that just makes every game great. Even at 90% of the games I went to at Dodger Stadium there was someone sitting close by that had a radio on with Vin’s voice beaming through.
Vin knows anything and everything there is to know about the team and about Baseball in general. Scully has been behind the microphone for some of baseball’s greatest moments, including Don Larsen’s perfect game in 1956 and Sandy Koufax’s in 1965, Hank Aaron’s 715th career home run, the scoreless innings streaks of Orel Hershiser and Don Drysdale, Barry Bonds’ record-breaking 71st, 72nd and 73rd home runs in 2001 and all six Dodgers World Series championships.
That right there folks, is one lucky man.

He has just agreed to come back next year for what may be his last year ever as the voice behind the games. I know if and (eventually) when that last day comes I will be listening and ladies and gentlemen that day is going to be a SAD day for us Dodger fans and for all of Baseball.
A League of their own instilled in us that “There’s no crying in baseball”, but like the famous homerun hit by Kirk Gibson in the ’88 World Series that brought a tear to my eye (and still does at times), so shall this.

In my opinion, no one will ever be able to replace you Vin and once you are gone it just won’t be the same. 

So here’s to you Mr Scully. Thank you for all the excitement you bring to listening to my favorite team, for all the memories, and for all the years you were and always will be the voice behind the LA Dodgers ! 

 

Think Blue! Go Dodgers!

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