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Autographs: Darling & Sample

Before the Dodgers-Cubs game last night, I ran into 2 ex-players. First was the former Mets pitcher Ron Darling. He is now broadcasting games for TBS. He signed a ball for me. It looked like he was in a hurry so I didn’t say much. He started 3 games for the Mets in the 1986 World Series against the Boston Red Sox. The Mets won the World Series. Next was Billy Sample. He played mostly for the Texas Rangers back in the late 70’s and early 80’s. I know him mostly for his work on MLB.com. He does interviews and once in a while has a show on MLB TV. I always liked seeing him on TV. When I saw him, I came up to him and told him I enjoyed his work. He looked at me and said “Oh thanks” He looked like he was shocked that someone knew him. I got him to sign a ball. Really nice guy. He asked what my name was and if the Dodgers were going to win it. Very friendly. Thanks Ron & Billy !

 

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Dodgers Rally

9-28-08 Dodger Stadium

Dodgers Rally

Tonight I attended the Post-Season Rally. If you didn’t go, don’t worry. Dodgers recorded it and you can see it all by clicking here. It was a nice event. 10,000 fans showed up. More than what a Tampa Bay Rays game draws. The best part was the ending when the Dodgers arrived and Manny Ramirez and others spoke. Can’t wait for the playoffs to begin. Bring on the Cubs ! Here is a picture of Tommy Lasorda yelling at the fans and saying that the Cubs are going down !! 🙂
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Here is a pix of Manny Ramirez and Nomar Garciaparra getting ready to speak to the fans. Nomar spoke and then introduced Manny by saying “Here is MannyWood !!!” Fans yelled “MVP, MVP, MVP !!” Then Manny said “First I want to appreciate you guys coming down here and support us and we are going to try to bring a championship to L.A. but you guys got to bring me back next year” The fans went crazy. Manny smiled and jumped up and down.


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August 16, 2008 -90’s Luncheon-

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August 16, 2008 – 90’s Luncheon at Dodger Stadium.

I have alot to write. Mostly dissapointed stuff. But I will try to ignore it and tell you the positives things. Well…not one great player from the 1990’s was able to come to this event ? Yeah wow, Matt Luke, Billy Ashley, Todd Zeile, Jim Gott, Tommy Lasorda, and Don Aase ? Yeah a “Aase” event it was. O.K. I had to write that first. Now to the positive things. Me and Liz arrived at 12:20 pm. We were instructed to park the car and walk towards the Lodge level. Upon arrival, I was excited. My mind was thinking “KarrosMag_Jim_Gott.JPG, Piazza, Mondesi, Nomo, Hollandsworth…” All the Rookies of the year. Right away, I knew it was true from what I read and heard. This event was not going to be that great. I changed my mind set and just go along with the flow and enjoy it. Sat in a table and checked out the buffet. The food was pretty good. I didn’t take pictures. Sorry. I’m not going to blog it like Andre Ethier! Anyways, ate food and then noticed a couple of players were already there. I noticed Gott was signing autographs so I decided to get up and take a picture with him. I told him I remember him pitching for the Dodgers. He was very nice. He talked alot and was a cool dude. He seemed happy being there. Later I got a item for him to sign. It’s a Dodgers magazine edition of 1993. He said “Wow that’s a long time ago” I said “Yeah it took me forever to find it in the garage” After I said that, I knew I blew it. He probably thought I meant it’s junk. But what I meant was that I have alot of baseball magazines saved in the garage and I explained it to him. No harm. Sorry dude. Next up was Billy Ashley…. 

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Do you remember Billy Ashley ? Well if you are old enough, you should remember him. I grew up watching the Dodgers in the 1990’s. Players like Delino Deshields, Greg BillyAshleyCard.jpgGagne, Dave Hansen, Lenny Harris Darryl Strawberry, Eric Davis and the list goes on. Not exactly your 1927 Yankees. But I remember them. When I think about Billy Ashley, the first thing that pops out is a Baseball card that Upper Deck produced. It was from 1995. The first time I saw this, I noticed Erik Karros in the back smiling. I never understood why Upper Deck would produce this. Just weird. Another memory that I have of Ashley is that he was a top prospect in the Dodgers organization. He was the next big thing. Better than Mike Piazza. Check out his Minor League stats. Great stuff, huh ? Well it didn’t work out. He just couldn’t hit a breaking ball in the big leagues. While surfing articles on Ashley, I found this one. While I finished reading it, I noticed it was posted by I. Baly. I believe that’s my brother from another mother. Not sure though. Next up is Todd Zeile….

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Todd Zeile is the only player in history to hit a home run for 11 Major League teams. Wow. He played with so many teams that he never got the chance to stay for a while with a team. Finished his career with 253 bombs. I got a ball for him to sign. Thanks for coming Todd. Next, the old guy who almost fell from his chair…. 
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Who else ? Tommy Lasorda. On camera, he is a funny guy huh ? But behind the scenes, this is a miserable man. He tells you the funniest stories and later he will tell you “Move it!” or “You got to be ready!” or “You already got an autograph!”  I have a idea for Tommy. Well I guess it’s an idea for the Dodgers. If it bothers him to sign autographs, then why come? Even the Dodgers employees are scared of him. One of them said “get your items ready, he is not in  a good mood” I think I saw him in good mood back in the mid 90’s. He was signing autographs at a West Covina mall. I don’t remember him being so mean. He was nice. Then 2 years ago I saw him walking inside Dodger Stadium. I approached him and he looked scared. He thought I wanted a autograph. Plus with the mean face, I didn’t bother. I just got a pix. Back to the luncheon. Well as far as the autographs go, I was able to obtain 5 autographs from Lasorda at this event. Don’t ask me how I did it because I don’t remember 🙂 I got him to sign a Hall of Fame ball, a 1981 World Series program, a Bobblehead, a Los Angeles Times magazine from 1987, and a LP Record. Awesome. Check out the items…

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Then the event started by Charley Steiner asking questions to the legends of the 90’s. After some questions and the people almost falling asleep, a surprise came. My hero Josh Rawitch, brought my other hero, Vin Scully. It was incredible. Check out the pictures…

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I think the Dodgers staff knew the fans were not happy about the “Legends” they brought in. So they decided to ask Scully if he can come in and say a few words. I might be wrong, but I believe that’s what happened. Either way, it was cool seeing Scully and speak to us. He said something along the lines that he respects every player that has come up. He remembers only the “Sunny moments” from each player. Very nice. I have this on dvd. I took my camcorder. I should be able to post it on YouTube soon. Well the event ended around 3:30 pm. The staff let us watch the Dodgers practice. We sat on the lodge seats. Here are a couple of pictures of the Dodgers practicing.

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Los Dominicanos Juntos..

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On to the game. Dodgers were scheduled to play the Milwaukee Brewers. It was Fireworks night. Dodgers lost. It was a fun game but we lost. Some pictures…Meeting Chan Ho Park. Got his autograph on the ticket stub….

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 Beware of this dude…

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That’s about it. Peace !

Autographs: 80’s Dodgers

August 3, 2008 Los Angeles, California

Remember my entry on the 70’s players signing at Dodger Stadium ? If not, click here. Now it was former Dodgers that played in the 80’s. I got there early. 8 former Dodgers arrived. Alejandro Pena, Jack Fimple, Bill Madlock, Mike Davis, Jerry Reuss, Bobby Castillo, Ken Landreaux and Bobby Welch. I took a Dodgers mini-helmet and got them all to sign it. I took pictures with 4 of them since I never have before. 1st pix with Alejandro Peña… 

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2nd Pix with Jack Fimple

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3rd Pix with Bill Madlock

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4th pix with Bob Welch

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I didn’t stay for the game. But it was worth the trip to get autographs from all these guys 🙂

August 1, 2008 L.A. vs Arizona

With all the Manny Ramirez excitement in the air, I had to be at the stadium to see his first game as a Dodger. My Wife went online and purchased 2 tickets for the game. I’m glad we did that because hours later it was announced that the game was sold out. We arrived at 5:40 pm and walked straight to the Autograph alley because I knew that Lee Lacy was going to be signing autographs. I needed his autograph for my mini-helmet dedicated to former Dodgers from the 1970’s. Lee arrived a little late. A employee said he was stuck in traffic. Then at 6pm he arrived and started signing autographs. About 10 fans were in front of me. So it was all good. My turn came and I gave him the helmet and a silver sharpie. I said “Hey Leondous” That’s his real name. He seemed surprised and I said “Hey you were part of the “We are family” huh ?” He said “Yeah those were good times” The reference “We are family” is a song by Sister Sledge and it was theme to the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates team for their ways of playing together as a team and ultimately winning the World Series. This is a picture of Lee Lacy and I.

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Then left up to the Reserved Level to sit in our seats and relax. The fans seemed to be excited that Manny Ramirez was here. It was a great game. Clayton Kershaw vs Randy Johnson. The next star vs the future Hall of Famer. Here are some picture of the game….

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WBC, Andre Ethier, Trades, Troy from West Virginia, etc

World Baseball Classic 2009

On Thursday afternoon, the Dodgers will hold a press conference to announce that Dodger Stadium will host the World Baseball Classic (WBC) semifinals and finals. The 16-nation tournament are tentatively scheduled for March 21-23 2009 at Dodger Stadium. The same countries will represent. They are planning to add more countries (How about Nicaragua!?) for the 2013 tournament. That’s cool ! I’m a big fan of this tournament. I went to a couple of games for the 1st WBC event. I saw games in Phoenix, Anaheim and San Diego. It’s really fun. The fans of the respective countries are really into it and want them to win so bad. As a American citizen, I should root for U.S.A right ? Not really…in 2006 It looked like they didn’t take it seriously (kind of like the U.S. Basketball teams in recent Olympics) The American team didn’t seem they were having fun and the ones who complained about the Classic were the Americans. I never heard complaints from the other teams. They were proud to play for their country and the fans came out in large crowds to root for them. When I went to Phoenix to watch the U.S. take on Mexico, I would say more than half of the crowd were Mexicans. If you saw the parking lot, most license plates were “Sonora” and “Sinaloa” On this tournament I rooted for Mexico (My mom is from Sonora, Mexico) and Cuba (My dad is Cuban) It was hard rooting for Cuba, knowing that the team is run by Fidel Castro but you couldn’t appreciate the way they played. They were good. Made it all the way to the final against Japan. I was there at Petco Park when Japan defeated Cuba. It was like going to a game 7 World Series game. Check out some photos below. Pix # 1 -Inside Chase Field- Phoenix, Arizona (U.S.A. vs Mexico) Que chingon no? lol

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2nd Pix -Angel Stadium- Anaheim, California (Korea vs Mexico) Viva Mexico cabrones!! lol

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3rd Pix -Angel Stadium- Anaheim, California (Korea vs Japan) The stadium was packed full of Asians. Those fans were really into it.  I’m sure I was the only brown guy and my Twin brother the only white guy at the Stadium 🙂 lol (btw, I’m on the right) Konichiwa !! 🙂 


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4th Pix -Petco Park- San Diego, California -The Final game (Cuba vs Japan) I bought the Cuba hat that same day at the gift shop before the game. It cost me a blow to the ribs to “win” the hat. Let me explain. Before the game, a couple of hours before game-time, I asked a employee if they had any official Cuba hats. He told me they sold out all the hats. That they are the hottest items. Huh ? Cuba hats sold out ? He said “yeah and you wouldn’t believe it who is buying them, the Americans!” Crazy huh ? I didn’t believe it until he told me that a shipment is coming any minute. I waited patiently. Then a couple of boxes come in with Cuba hats. The employees tried to stack them by size but all the fans got crazy over the hats. Everyone wanted one. I remember I got smashed into a corner while I was trying to find my hat size! lol It was insane. Crazy! Next time, I will buy it online… The people you see me behind was a complete orchestra. I’m serious. They brought like over 20 intruments and played it all night long!  Se acabo el mundo !!  


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My last pix -This picture is Fernando Valenzuela and I holding the WBC Mexico Jersey. I already got autographs from Mexican players Benji Gil and Oliver Perez. I had to get Fernando to sign it since he was part of the Mexican coaching staff. Sweet !! 🙂 Yaqui Power !! lol  

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Ethier playing for Mexico ?

Talking about the WBC reminded me that a couple of peEthier1.jpgople have told me that Andre Ethier is interested playing for Mexico at the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Can anyone confirm this ? I can’t find anything online except a line on Wikipedia that says “He has stated his intention to play for Mexico in the next World Baseball Classic” He did ? Wow, I never knew or heard about it

 . I know he is of Mexican heritage, but I never knew he wanted to play for Mexico. I remember Nomar Garciaparra was going to play for Mexico in 2006 but he opt out.  

Want to meet Ethier ?

Ok people have been telling me to give them upcoming appearances by Dodgers. Here is one:  

August 2, 2008

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Andre Ethier at: AT&T

3851 Overland Ave

Culver City, CA 90232

(310) 559-2019

I don’t think I will be going…I might head over to San Diego area and score some autographs there. But if you do go, tell me about it ! Ahhh y preguntale si va jugar para Mexico ? Comprendes wey ? lol ðŸ™‚

New Dodgers Blog

Check out a new Dodger blog made by Joseph. I see him during the autographs sessions.

Man-Ram

Manny Ramirez coming to the Dodgers ? Say it ain’t so Colleti ? Keep the youth intact ! DO NOT TRADE MATT KEMP. DO NOT TRADE ANDRE ETHIER. Understand ?

Kent is a loner

Did you read this from the L.A. Times…? Jeff Kent says “I don’t hang out with the guys — never have,” he says. “I don’t go out drinking, look at porn, have a girlfriend or get divorced — so I’m selfish”  

 

Lasorda speaks to Big Joe

Lasorda talks and talks and talks and talks.

Video Time

As you know, I’m a big fan of Troy from West Virginia. The dude is funny ! Well to my surprise, he posted a video about me meeting his idol. lol I don’t know if I should sue him or laugh about it. lol Just kidding, it’s all good Troy. Thanks. You’re coming August 12 ?  

Thanks for reading, I’m out! Peace 🙂 Bookmark my blog!