I am absolutely exhausted. It has been quite a weekend. It all centered around the Dodgers, of course, but specifically the Inside the Dodgers Tour. Inside the Dodgers is one of the official Dodger blogs. We were taken on a special tour Saturday by Josh Rawitch, the vice president of Communications. We were able to see parts of Dodger Stadium not usually seen by anyone including the Vin Scully Pressbox, the Clubhouse, the inner workings of the stadium.. We toured the dugout and bullpen. The best part of all of this is that we bloggers were able to meet each other face to face. I was so thrilled to see Rose, Carol, Jane, Debby, Eric, Bob, Mariah, Matt, everyone who has become very special to me.
I always say that I live for baseball. My work schedule is centered around Dodger home games. But sometimes I have a rude awakening…..LIFE.
I can’t say that today I am living in my Dodger bliss. I found out that Farrah Fawcett passed away today. She was one of those television icons who everyone knew. Her hair, her face, being one of Charlie’s Angels. Ed McMahon also passed away recently. And today Michael Jackson went to Heaven. They say that death comes in threes when it comes to celebrities. Prayers to the families.
Back to the Dodgers. I am still trying to get myself back into the routine. My trip back east threw me off kiilter more than I knew. I have been tired. Work has been a trial everyday. And my Dodgers also seem to be a little off balance judging from their loss to the Sox. The Sox are not even a ,500 club. Maybe this will be an eye opener. IMO the Dodgers need to get another SP now. Randy Wolf pretty much lost the game yesterday. How much offense does it take to make up for the earned runs he gave up? Not even a Matty Kemp 3 run homerun could overcome the deficit. They will be back home again Friday night for a long stretch.
Speaking of the upcoming homestand…I’m looking forward to Japan night at Dodger Stadium Friday night. You receive a free Dodgertown Japan teeshirt, all you can eat Dodger Dogs, soda, nachos, etc. They also include Japanese food including chicken teriyaki. Considering the excellent chefs at Dodger Stadium, I know the food will be delicious. I definitely will report on the festivities. I will be running from my season seat on field level to the Japan area in lower reserve around section 50. I should be able to work some calories off.
Also coming up is the ITD Dodger Stadium tour on Saturday. I can/t wait to meet my friends in person such as Bob, Nellyjune, Dodgereric, Trublu, Cpompe1, missrussy, brooklynfan, and all my other Dodger compadres. I am bringing my best friend Marynell. Luckily my season tickets came with two free tours so this is a freebie. Yaaaaay. Free is good. One of our wonderful fans on ITD (Inside the Dodgers) is Joe Pierre who resides in New York. He has been an ardent fan of the Dodgers since they were Brooklyn Dodgers. Now that iis a faithful fan. The Dodger organization has covered the entire trip for him since he could never afford such an excursion. He knows the Dodgers inside and out and is not afraid to express his opinion. I can’t wait to see him. After the tour everyone is staying for the game.
Also attending games this weekend are my wonderful wonderful friends from my other Dodger forum. They will be coming from everywhere as well, my buddy Kevin coming from Nampa Idaho. Did you realize that the Dodgers have fans so far away. One of my best friends on the forum is Harold, one of my faithful readers, who lives in Canada. I will get to meet the guys finally who have allowed me to be the only female on this all guy forum and always allows me to be…female. One of my bestf friends from the forum is Ron or Fan Since 53 as his jersey boldly states. He iis one of the stars of the Bluetopia Movie. He sits in the Left Field Pavilion and is the ball magnet. He has caught many homerun balls. He is fantastic.
One reason that the Dodgers mean so much to me is the fact that I have met many exciting wonderful people who also are baseball fans. It has made me more aware of life outside Long Beach. I treasure my friendships with Jane, Julia, Kaybee, Hyun Young, King of Cali, MrsMudboy, all my fellow bloggers. A few years ago if someone told me that the Dodgers would be such a large part of my life, I would have looked at them with amazement.
I have been fortunate enough to have actually met my favorites from the team. Russell, Andre, Matty and James all know me. I have spoken to Tommy, Joe, Don, and just about everyone on the team. That makes it much more personal when the Dodgers win or lose. I am at the games screaming my lungs out. I feel depressed at their losses and triumphant with their wins. I live Dodgers. And it is a wonderful place to be.
This coming weekend the Dodgers will get their momentum back with Manny soon to return to the fold. Then we can get serious and win the Western Division first of all and then the World Series. Life is good.
I was lucky enough to find a good deal on a baseline seat last night. Of course that meant a Wolfgang Puck buffet. Do I always talk about food??
The Dodgers will be at Rangers Stadium in Arlington TX tonight. They will be playing the number one Texas Rangers in a 3 game series and then will be coming back to Dodger Stadium to play the Oakland Athletics. General parking will be free during those games with the A’s. I will finally be there to watch my guys play. Sigh. It’s been a long time.
I have been here in Virginia Beach VA on a 2 week vacation. It has been a nice stay although the weather has been unpredicable. Thunder, lightning, rain out of nowhere. Hot, humid, very typical for Virginia. It has actually been wonderful but I will be returning home tomorrow. I have felt very isolated being this far away from my team. I don’t know how Jane Heller of Confessions of a She-Fan does it. Her team is in New York (the Yankees) and she lives in Santa Barbara California. I have felt like an outsider looking in. I am so used to being there at the games, talking to the Dodgers, being in the crowd with my friends and the great Dodger Stadium staff. I miss them. There is a huge difference between reading about them in the newspapers, hearing the scores on ESPN, and even watching them on television, and then actually being there and feeling the excitement, eating the Dodger Dogs, yelling with the other fans. Watch out Dodgers!! Cat is coming home!!
Here is another example of the Dodgers playing with heart: last nights game with the amazing Phillies who were on a winning strreak. When it seems that all was lost in the bottom of the ninth inning, with two outs and the score 3-1, who comes through but our heroes: James Loney with a walk, Russell Martin on first due to an error by the usually almost perfect defensive Philliies, and then the huge double by none other than Andre Ethier. who until recently had been in an extended slump.
Others contributed to the win lest we forget: Broxton who garnered yet another save and was the winning pitcher, O Dog who had a brilliant defensive play keeping the Phillies from getting a base hit, amazing Matty Kemp with yet another huge defensive play at the left field pavilion wall.
The Dodgers are known for their amazing comebacks during the 8th and 9th innings when most teams would give up hope. We Dodger fans stand by our team. When I am at the home games, I stay until the end of the game when I can hear the strains of “I Love LA” when the guys are giving each other high fives and chest bumps. My Dodgers definitely have heart.
The Dodgers are number one in the Western Division in the National League. They have won more games than any other major league baseball team. And it is this way not because of one player. Before the Manny incident, outsiders believed that the team could not be a championship team without him. Manny is halfway through his suspension. The Dodgers are still number one and now nine games ahead of any team in their division. This is not due to one player. Almost everyday it is due to a different player. Last night the hero was James Loney with Casey Blake backing him up. Also give credit to Andre Ethier with his homerun and adding more to Haren’s pitch count, and totally exhausting him finally. James Loney’s bases clearing double made the game a tie score. Casey Blake’s single won the game.
I love my Dodgers as everyone knows. I am proud of what they have done. I will support them even if they were in last place. But everyone likes to win. They deserve to be in first place because they have put their heart into every game. First, everyone gave all the credit to Manny. It was either, the player was hitting better because he was before or after him in the lineup. Everything centered around Manny. Of course, most of us true blue Dodger fans love Manny. But he is not the whole team. All the other Dodgers had to be in the background. Since Manny has been on suspension, it is apparent that even without Manny the Dodgers are a number one team. They have played teams outside their division, for those who say that the Dodgers are in a weak division. One of my friends who happens to be a diehard Angels fan stated to me that he thought the Dodgers were going to win it all. It took a lot for him to say that. I also believe that because the guys have heart. Everyone thought that the SPs would be the Dodgers downfall but they and the bullpen have pulled through, even despite the fact that many have been on DL.
I know the Dodgers can’t win every game but they have stayed ahead somehow with their strong offense and amazing defense. And because of their heart and soul. They want to win. World Series here we come.