Russell is a All-Star
Bad News: Russell Martin is not going to be a N.L Starter this year. Thanks to the greatest fans in baseball (Tommy Lasorda says it) Dodger fans didn’t vote for him. I’m a big Dodgers fan, but I always disagreed with Lasorda. I did vote for him but I guess not enough of people did. Martin was a starter last year and with good numbers this year, I thought he would be a easy choice for fans to select him. I was wrong.
Geovany Soto of the Chicago Cubs had a fast start and the Chicago fans went crazy in voting. They voted so much that Kosuke Fukudome was selected by fans to be a starting outfielder ! What a disgrace. More on that later. Let’s compare Martin vs Soto. Stats as of today.
Martin .305 9 HR 42 RBI’s
Soto .289 14 HR 52 RBI’s
Martin is batting 14 points higher than Soto and since Martin was the starter last year and is known more than Soto, I would think Martin had a great chance to be the starter. But Soto started the month of April by hitting .341 with 5 HR’s and 20 RBI’s. With that hot start, the nation noticed and he got the votes. Soto deserves it. He is having a great year but I’m disapointed in Dodger fans for not supporting Martin. The good news is that Martin was selected to be a N.L. reserve. Now, about Fukudome… Why is he a starter ? I know the fans of the Cubs went crazy, but why so much support for Fukudome ? Or was the whole country of Japan voting for him ? His stats as of today: .287 B.A. 7 HR’s 35 RBI’s Why is he a starter!! ? That’s funny. Well not as funny like reading the Cubs media guide. According the guide, it says the way to pronounce Fukudome is “foo-koo-DOUGH-may” I thought it was Fuc*-a-dome” ?
Baseball loves Statues
The L.A. Times have 2 great articles about statues. The first article is about how certain Baseball teams have statues of great players.
-Tony Gwynn is one of a group of baseball greats to have his likeness etched in stone. Two sets of sculptors have taken chisels to the Hammer, with statues of Hank Aaron on display in both Atlanta and Milwaukee, while at Willie Mays Plaza in San Francisco you can say “hey” to a larger-than-life likeness of the Say Hey Kid. Babe Ruth lives on in Baltimore,
George Brett is still swinging in Kansas City and you could almost field full lineups with the number of player statues in Chicago, Detroit and St. Louis. The second article is about how certain players don’t have statues. The Dodgers aren’t saying whether a statue — of Sandy Koufax or anyone else — will be included in their five-year, half-billion-dollar stadium expansion. But marketing vice president Charles Steinberg, who came to the Dodgers after stints with three teams whose ballparks feature prominent statues, is a fan of the idea.-
I think it’s a cool idea. Hopefully the Dodgers do it ! I think you can start with Jackie Robinson. It’s about time we do something like this. How cool would it be to go to Dodger Stadium and check out a Statue ? Even the New York Mets are honoring Jackie with a statue when they open their new stadium next year !
Reggie and his cage
Since I met Reggie Willits, I was looking for a article that I read last year about him having a Batting Cage at his home. I found it. It’s titled “Life in a Cage: Baby Sleeps, Mom Cooks, Dad Bats” It was published by the New York Times on July 1, 2007 When Amber Willits is cooking dinner — crack! — or putting the baby to bed — crack! — or trying to get a little sleep herself — crack! — she has to wonder why she ever agreed to live in a
batting cage. But Amber Willits, the wife of Angels outfielder Reggie Willits, has taken hardball devotion to a new level. For the past three years, she has made a home, raised a son and helped develop a .300 hitter — all in an indoor batting cage. “I could not have gotten here alone,” Reggie said. “I have an extremely supportive wife.” Cool story. Too bad he isn’t playing that much this year. Last year, he had a chance to play because of injuries to other Outfielders. But with proven outfielders like Torii Hunter, Gary Mathews Jr, Garrett Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero where is he going to play ?
The N.Y. Times had a nice article about a old-time fan that got into autograph collecting back in the 1930’s.
Dodgers having great chemistry
According to Tony Jackson of the Daily News, the Dodgers are having fun. “We’re having fun,” Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp said. “Everybody is pulling for each other. Even when we get (behind), our mood never drops. We know we can come back and win the game, hopefully. I think winning helps a team come together more. When you win, it just changes the personality of a team.” How nice, “we’re having fun” Now can you get on a winning streak and win this terrible division ?
A reporter tracked down James Loney when the Dodgers played in New York last month. I guess it was done at a hotel where Loney was staying. I don’t know who the reporter is. The light in the video is terrible but it’s worth watching it.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of California of United States of America of North America of Planet Earth…..wow, I got tired. That’s the name, no ?
MLB & Dodgers Notes -June 27, 2008
Clayton Kershaw is still looking for win # 1 I’m trying to forget about losing 2 out 3
games against the Chicago White Sox. Joe Torre after the game “Today, I thought he was fine,” Torre said. “He allowed two runs, that’s a winnable game. He walked a couple guys, but it’s all magnified when we don’t score runs.” I agree, the kid was a little bad but like Torre said, with this offense, it’s more scrutinized. “I’m just getting by, pitching mediocre,” Kershaw said. “You want command of all three pitches. Lately it’s been one or two.” Good luck next time Clayton. Like Tony Jackson said, it looks like it’s going to be a long summer. Hopefully we can make some noise against those Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles of California of United States of America of North America of Planet Earth.
Tonights’s game vs Angels
Picture of the day
Since he is starting for the Dodgers tonight, this pix goes to Chan Ho Park. Who tried to karate kick Angels pitcher Tim Belcher back in 1999 What an embarrasement. Oh wait…not as embarrasing as those Angels uniforms! (Click on pix to enlarge) Oh wait…another discovery, I just noticed Mo Vaughn is on the pix. He got a fat contract and dissapeared. By the way, I did try to find a video of this incident but I had no luck. I couldn’t find it anywhere.
City of Angels
According to Ken Gurnick we are ready for the Angels. Uhhh we are ?
Angels Catcher Mike Napoli says the freeway series is no big deal. I used to say that before. I mean the Angels are….well the Angels. Our rivals is the Giants. But they suck and the Angels have been beating us alot lately. It’s a big deal for me. Lots of articles on Angels Manager Mike Scioscia. The former Dodger is in my opinion one of the best managers in Baseball. It feels bad seeing him in a Angels Uniform. But like I told him before he will always be a Dodger. Read a entry (if you haven’t) I had back in April when I met Scioscia. MLB.com has a nice story about Mike. “He’s one of the best in the business,” says the Phillies’ Charlie Manuel. “I’ve talked to
him a lot. I’m very impressed with his approach to the game.” Scioscia thinks this team could be better than his 2002 champions. “We haven’t even reached our peak yet,” he says. “Our lineup is as deep as it’s been in the last five years.” The L.A. Times compared Scioscia with other great managers, check it out by clicking here. The Daily News had a article titled “Angels revving up, Dodgers sputtering”
I hate to say it, but I’m predicting that the Angels will sweep us. We might get a win in the series but the way our offense is going, we can’t match with them. I hope I’m wrong. It would awesome if we sweep them. But how can you really predict that ?
Martin & Loney Appearance
Want to meet Russell Martin and James Loney ? They will be signing autographs at
the Upper Deck store tomorrow June 28 from 11am to 1pm. It’s not a free event. Between $40 and $60 bucks (depends on the size of the item) you can get a autograph in person. The Details…The Upper Deck Store at 7777 Edinger Avenue, Huntington Beach, Ca. Phone # (714) 898-8000 I’m not going since I got several items signed from them already. But if you do go, leave me a comment and tell me how it went. 🙂
Remember to keep voting for Russell Martin ! Do it now ! You can vote by clicking here. Vote ! Vote ! If you haven’t read this entry on why you should vote for Martin then do it now. Stadium voting for the All-Star Game ended Wednesday, but fans can still vote for their favorite players at dodgers.com
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Today’s game vs White Sox
Time: 7:10 p.m.
LHP Eric Stults (1-0, 1.50 ERA) vs. White Sox RHP Gavin Floyd (8-3, 3.19)
Stars & Stripes Hat
MLB announced that all 30 teams will wear special Stars & Stripes caps as part of “Welcome Back Veterans” initiative during the 4th of July weekend and also on September 11th. That’s awesome. Cool idea. You can buy them now on MLB Shop by clicking here. I got to get a Dodger hat. I liked how the A’s and Mariners hat came out. Just in case you are wondering about the Blue Jays hat, they don’t have the Stars and Stripes. It’s a Canadian flag. Retail price of these limited edition hats go for $ 34.99
Buehrle is cheap
I have heard before there is a award for a Father of the year. I’m not sure if there is a
award for Son of the year ? If there is, maybe Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle should get one. Yeah right…He pitched last night against the Dodgers. He had a great game. Well, who wouldn’t have a great game against that terrible Dodgers offense ? Let’s be realistic, our offense is…I have no words to describe it. But anyways, Mark pitched 8 innings allowing only 1 run. Also during the game, he was able to get strikeout # 1000 of his career. His father, John Buehrle, likes to watch his son pitch in person. He does it often and travels alot to see him. But he didn’t travel to Los Angeles to see Mark pitch. Why ? Well you are aware of the high gas prices around the country, which causing inflated prices, including airline tickets. According to MLB.com, the reason John didn’t travel to L.A. is because of high prices on airline tickets.
With the cost of last-minute travel from the Midwest to California a little bit too prohibitive in this specific instance, Mark Buehrle was on his own with one out in the eighth inning and sitting just one strikeout away from this milestone.
You might think that would affect the average person but not Mark Buehrle, who in his career has made over $ 28 Million Dollars and during the off-season he signed a $ 56 Million extension ! Wow, Mark, couldn’t spare your own Dad some pocket change ?
Simers vs Colletti
T.J Simers interviews Ned Colletti.
Jack Roosevelt Robinson
Brooklyn, N.L., 1947-1956
A player of extraordinary ability renowned for his electrifying style of play. Over 10 seasons hit .311, scored more than 100 runs six times, named to six All-Star teams and led Brooklyn to six pennants and its only World Series title, in 1955. The 1947 Rookie of the Year and the 1949 N.L. MVP when he hit a league-best .342 with 37 steals. Led second basemen in double plays four times and stole home 19 times. Displayed tremendous courage and poise in 1947 when he integrated the modern major leagues in the face of intense adversity.
More info here.
I will leave you with a video (May 19, 2008 The Key Club/West Hollywood) of Brad Penny rocking the night life. Imagine Steel Panther, Vince Vaughn, Tom Morello (from RATM?) and other unknown people with Brad Penny on the stage. I guess Penny will miss his L.A. night life once the Dodgers ship him out of town. On around 33 seconds, Penny sings a little, around 49 seconds you can see him more clearly (he is the one with a hat) Around 30 seconds you will see 2 guys raising their arms. I was told it was 2 Dodgers but the person that sent me this tip, didn’t want to inform me who it was. I’m taking a guess…it looks like Joe Beimel and Russell Martin ? Who knows… Later! Peace!
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