It does feel great that the Dodgers ended their losing streak. Four games. It seemed to last forever. Last night, they finally were able to upend the Cardinals. Everyone was right. When my team finally won, it was exhilarating. Thanks Jane, Ginnie, Virginia, Julia, for the support and also the wonderful guys from mlblogs. I was becoming more and more depressed.
Kuroda-san pitched a good game. He should have had the win. It looks like the opening day pitcher is back. When he retired for the day and Mota came in, the score was 3-2 Dodgers after a fantastic double by Raffy Furcal which drove in substitute catcher Brad Ausmus and pinch hitter Juan Pierre. Mota allowed a homerun by Rick Ankiel which tied the score and sent the game into extra innings again.
The hero of the game was my Matty Kemp. He singled, driving in Casey Blake and Andre Ethier. The final score was 5-3. It prevented a sweep by the powerful Cardinals.
One thing about my Dodgers is that they don’t give up. They have heart. When even the announcers have given up hope, they still are fighting on.
It makes me feel helpless that they are on the road and all of us fans are here in the LA area. I think they needed us there to cheer them on. My Dodgers love their fans. They have said that many times. They know we support them one hundred per cent. We bleed Dodger blue.
I look at them as my family. I go to all the home games so I see them quite a bit. I have talked to them, laughed with them, cried with them. I celebrated the Western Division Championship with them. I shook Joe Torre’s hand the day they won. I have been hugged by Matty Kemp. Andre Ethier flashes a special smile when he sees me. James Loney looks at me with recogntion. Yes, they are my family. The good news is we have a new family member George Sherrill from the Orioles. We did have to trade two fantastic prospects but I think that Sherrill will be a great addition. I had been afraid that one of our core team would be traded. The trade deadline will not come soon enough for me.
I am counting the days until they return to Dodger Stadium on Monday. My friend Marynell is on a trip to Nicaragua for 10 days so I will be missing her. I know she won’t be able to follow the Dodger games there. It will be a bit strange not to be texting her or talking to her during the games.
I am very happy for the Padres fans for the fantastic 3 game winning streak. I know my friends Kaybee and Hyung Young are celebrating! Finally. I knew that they would break out of their slump.
Somehow even with all these Dodger losses, they remain the team with the best record in baseball. That mark is a bit tenuous to say the least with Jane’s Yankees breathing down their necks. The Dodgers still hold a 7 game lead over San Francisco and an 8 game lead over Colorado in the Western Division which will decide Postseason.
Tomorrow they begin their series with the Atlanta Braves. Tonight I am on night 4 of my 7 night stretch working. I feel pretty good, not too tired. I figure by night 7 I will be more than ready to have a night off.
I will try to post pictures later today on this blog.
Everyone have a great day!
I have come down to earth finally. The Dodgers have lost three games in a row. Last night they got clobbered by the Cardinals. I had forgotten what it was like to love a team that loses. I have been spoiled by their last minute heroics. They always seem to pull a rabbit out of a hat and come out on top. But the last three games, they were not successful.
I am trying to get some rest but it is difficult since I am working 84 hours this week. I suppose that is the penalty to pay when you love the Dodgers as much as I do and want to go to every home game. That 84 hours translates into 7 12 hour night shifts. I work from 7:30 PM to 8:00 AM. Often I go home dead tired and too weary to sleep much. Then I get up and do it again. They say you can never catch up on lost sleep. Well, I am working hard on being the best I can be for the next homestand coming up. Only a few days to go.
I am spoiling myself. I got baseline seats for the first 3 games of the homestand. I am ready to take some more closer than life pictures. I am celebrating the fact that our Andre Ethier was chosen the NL player of the week. Yay Andre. He definitely is playing better now that Manny is back. I am a little worried about Manny’s sore hand. I know he hit that grand slam homerun. But I know that he is still hurting since his bat has been somewhat quiet.
The Cardinals have been very tough. I hope that our guys can eke out a win tomorrow. I don’t want to get used to them losing. At least everyone lost yesterday including the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rockies. But. the Padres won. Yaaay Padres. There you go Kaybee and Hyung Young. Your guys did good. The Dodgers remain on top of the pile for now. It’s getting further and further into the season: there is August and September which will be over in a blink of an eye, then post season. I am already planning on buying postseason tickets. I will be able to buy some for Marynell who wants to come too. I totally plan on going to the World series. I think the Dodgers have a shot at it. But first, I hope the Dodgers can get out of this series with one win.
I thought I would end this entry with a few pictures I took during the last couple of games I miss my guys.
That long walk from bullpen that the pitcher, catcher and pitching coach make to homeplate and the pitchers mound always gets me excited.
I confess that I am not vey good at writing after a loss. I was quite depressed after the Sunday loss. I think that I was a bit tired since I was up for more than 36 hours before I actually saw a bed.
I sat through the game a bit sleepy. One of the ushers accidentally woke me up by saying, “Oh this is where you are sitting today. You are always sitting in a different place.” I must havee jumped ten feet thinking she said, “Oh this is where you are sleeping today.” My usher Ernie made sure I was well hydrated bringing me big cups of ice water. It was extremely hot as is usually true during the day games. I sat in the shade as usual giving up my front row seat gladly. I did stay down there long enough to have a chat with my security person on the field.
Me: Hi, here I am
Him: Oh, I thought you would be comatose today
Me: I actually am sleepwalking today. Everything is a big cloudy. By the way I think I am too tired to run on the field so you don’t have to watch me too closely today.
The game yesterday was depressiing to me also because Jason Schmidt did not pitch as well as he did the last outing.
I really like Jason. I have watched him out on the field faithfully practicing and throwing for two seasons. It is very sad he is not the same pitcher when he was at the top of his form. It is also sad because Joe and Ned will be seriously looking for another SP. I am afraid of the cost. There are many rumors out there which to me are frightening. They include Clayton, Bills, and James Loney in the trade. Of course no one admits to the rumors.
Before the game I was glad to see Kuo walking to the bullpen.
Apparently he was activated today with poor yoyo Blake DeWitt going down again. I wonder where he has all his stuff. Probably in a suitcase.
I have to thank my friend Linda for standing in line for 5 hours to get the above ball signed for me at a Broxton signing. In return I gave her the recent Dodgers Magazine with Vinny on the cover and also I took pix of her beloved Randy Wolf. Linda was busy with things probably as important as a Dodgers game.
Uh, hi Randy, you are lucky Linda isn’t here or you would have to see the Wolf Hat again!!
Here is a nice shot of Randy without his cap. I hope he had his sunscreen on.
Here is a pretty nice picture of Russell for Rosie who kinda likes the Russell guy.
I love this picture of Andre posing with some fans which he doesn’t do often and also smiling. This picture is for Nellyjune since it looks like I am dedicating my pix to people today.
This is a pic of Kuroda-san who is I guess for me since he is one of my people. He had a decent game but the bullpen kiind of imploded. Not his fault. I still love him. He smiled at me and threw me a ball while I ducked for cover. I still have PTSD from being hit by that line drive foul ball so any baseball scares me unless iit’s in a nice plasttic cube.
The Dodgers are on the road now. I am out of sorts. For one thing I slept a long time last night, I always feel that I lose time when I sleep too long. People spend 1/3 of their life sleeping. I think I spend maybe 1/5 of my life sleeping. It doesn’t help that I work nights I suppose. I went out and bought a GPS device cuz I do get lost occasioonally when I stray too much. I remember getting lost going out a different gate at Dodger Stadium. It was the dead of night and nothing was open. It was pretty scary especially when I heard someone was killed in skid row LA yesterday. Everyone’s first thought is what was she doing on skid row. Maybe she was lost like I was. And then I always get lost going to my friend Marynell’s house and also going home from there. I wonder why that is
Back to the game on Saturday night. Casey Blake was the hero that night. He was very glad since he has been in a slump He stated afterwards that he enjoys playing with the Dodgers, he likes the atmosphere in the clubhouse. He likes the fact that there is a different hero every night. I always said that.
The hero of the week is our Andre Ethier, NL player of the week again.
So I willl post my usual pix of Andre out in the field for all my Ethieraholic friends.
I think it was him over there that’s responsible
Cross my heart, it wasn’t me
Okay, two outs, almost time to go home and get packed
Maybe I’d better shave before I go on the road, probably change our luck
Man, nothing else to do, maybe I’ll stand on my head. Here we go!.
I thought it was interesting that Badenhop was ejected yesterday for hitting Orlando on purpose How unintelliigent is it to go back to the dugout and give everyone high fives after the dirty deed. I suppose Jeff Weaver did hit Hanley Ramirez first or was it after Russell was hit? Joe Torre isn’t talking. Neither am I.
Everyone have a great day or maybe a great week. I will be working 84 hours in the next week so I can be off to go to the next homestand. I may not have much time to post. I am spending my birthday when they return doing what I love best: watching my Dodgers play ball
So the guys say good bye and be good.
There actually was nothing ugly but the title looked better that way.
The day was full of unexpected, sometimes not pleasant moments. Everyone knows that I am a person who has a routine on game day. Otherwise, bad things happen. For example, my team loses. Oh no, please say it isn’t so.
First, the traffic was horrific. Lousy. Not Friday light. It look me over an hour to get to the Stadium. Not good. I only had to wait at the gate for 30 minutes. Trouble brewing.
Scott was over an hour late with my baseline seat ticket because of the aforementioned horrific traffic. I had parked. Now I paced in the Dodger Stadium merchandise store. He arrived and gave me my ticket.
So then I had to figure out where my best friend Marynell was so I could give her my season ticket. She happened to be in the wrong store on the right field side. It was getting late, like maybe one hour before game time. She made it to the left field side and we went in together. I was almost in convulsions because everything was in the wrong sequence. Oh boy, it just didn’t feel right.
One good thing. While I was waiting at the gate, I got a text from Jane Heller, my new found friend on the MLBlogs network. She was a guest of the Dodger organization with seats in the Dugout Club. Pretty fancy schmancy eh? We discovered that her car was only 2 lanes away from mine. Yaaaay. I ran to her car and greeted her. My heart was thumping. Here I am with the famous Jane Heller of Confessions of a She Fan blog, popular author, and amazing person. My first impression of her….what a warm wonderful person she is. I am pretty good with first imprressions, something that my late Mom also was good at. My second impression was that she is absolutely beautiful. http://janeheller.mlblogs.com
I still had this feeling that the routine was messed up. Being late for me is unforgivable. I used to arrive at work an hour early. I’ve trimmed it to 20 minutes early. Being late makes me nervous. Not having my routine is devestating. I should have been a baseball player. I ate my food which was Chinese today. It was a deliciousl sweet potato Kung Pao, spring rolls and broccoli beef. The salads were the tasty Caesar salad, baby green and beet salad, and wild rice salad. But, I did not take a picture. Yikes, I really messed up my routine, by that time totally irreparablle. I always take pictures of the food. Okay I am really bumming now.
The good: I was able to scoot over to the front of the baseline section and talk to one of my favorite people Andre Ethier. He is one of the nicest players by far, the most fan friendly in all of baseball, I believe.
Many people say that there is a distinctive sound that the bat makes when Manny hits a homerun. Tonight I heard it.
To start off, today was Manny Bobblehead Night. I know, I know, I have been talking about this night for a long time.
In Tuesday nights game, however, Manny was hit on the side of his left hand which had him grimacing in pian and forced him to leave and go directly to the hospital to get xrays. We were horrified. Especially since we knew that last night was Manny bobblehead night.
Manny did not start. We saw Juan Pierre working out and stretching before the game. We knew that Manny was day to day. Of course we were disappointed especially those fans who had come to the game only to see Manny. There was a sellout crowd of 56,000. It was very crowded.
Chad Billingsley was the starting pitcher trying to get his 10th win. In fact it would be his 7th attempt to get that elusive 10th win.
.I happened to take this picture of Manny as he walked up to the plate and got ready to hit.
It was actually a good day for the Dodgers. They routed the Reds with a score of 12-3. Randy Wolf had a quality start and plenty of run support.. My friend Linda seems to think it is the wolf hat that she insists on wearing when Randy is pitching. I really don’t know. Sometimes I’m not sure if I want her to sit near me when she wears that thing.. It is a little scary. But then again I have my little routine I have to go through before and during the game as well.
The above picture is of Randy Wolf warming up before the game. He seems to be more clean shaven. Maybe that will give him his first win..
Yesterday was Jason Schmidt’s first start in two years. He has been on DL that long after shoulder surgery and rehab. On DL for two seasons is a long time. He did surprisingly well and did have his second win in two years. He doesn’t have his velocity but he did get through 5 innings. He gave up 3 runs in the first inning. Gulp. Not good. I confess I started to worry about how long Jason would last. I have to coness that I did have a longer entry but I forgot to save it and lost it all. Considering it’s getting late, I had to rewrite it but in condensed version. Sigh, and it was the best one I have ever written. I had to say that.
Ultimately the Dodgers scored some runs and they won the game. Jason said that he just pitched what Russell called for. He did say he was a bit nervous. Pitching in the Bigs is definitely different than in the Minors. He felt fine the day after so that is good news. .
Wait a minute, hold on here. You forgot my pictures.
Last night was the Stitch N Pitch event that I had been writing about for days. I thought that I would do it right and actually ride in the bus with the other knitters rather than drive through that LA traffic.
It started out at my very favorite knitting store Alamitos Bay Yarn Company located in the beautiful Long Beach Marina.
He is a bit taller than I am. I have turned into a huge Kai Goldberg fan. .
I was eagerly awaiting this first game back after being away from Dodger Stadium so long. I had special French manicure on my nails.
He seemed to be the same Manny. He looked over toward us quite often. I sit next to Mannywood so I am very close to him. The picture I took was from my seat. He seemed in good spirits, waving and nodding frequently to the fans. There was one heckler who stood out in the aisle and yelled “Cheater.” He seemed to be a troublemaker, always one in the crowd. I have a hard time with hecklers whether the hecklee (is that a word?) is a Dodger or on the other team. It ruins the game for the rest of us. I remember one idiot kept insulting Fukudome who is Japanese. I finally turned to the heckler and told him that Fukudome didn’t understand a word he said and probably thought he was saying good stuff. The heckler stopped and thought about it. That was the end of the heckling that time. I know TJ Slimers and Bill Plaschke had only negative things to say about Manny but I figured that sells more papers and stirs up controversy. I wrote a heated email to Plaschke this morning because I don’t think he was very informed. He stated that Manny ignored the fans. I sat in the front row and thought Manny was the same as before his absence. I suppose it is all subjective. What is he supposed to do? I saw him before and after the absence. He is the same. He acknowledges his fans, probably more than most ballplayers. Fans always call out to the players and usually the players don’t look, especially during a game. Last night Carlos Lee was in left field. He was heckled of course as most of the opposing left fielders are. He was one of the few players who has responded to the spectators (I can’t say fans) by yelling at them, motioning and staring at them often during the game. It is better to act like you don’t hear the hecklers. They kept yelling at him “Do you want a doughnut?” whatever that’s supposed to mean. He kept patting his stomach. It went on most of the game. Annoying. Almost as annoying as those stupid beachballs. I plan on taking off my Dodger Dog pin and sticking any ball that comes my way.