July 25, 2008 Los Angeles, California
I met Blake DeWitt at a Staples Location here in Southern California. He was scheduled to sign autographs at 12pm. I got there around 10:00 am. I went inside and there was nobody ! So I just started walking around the store and check out some items. Then I asked a employee if it’s ok if I wait for DeWitt next to the counter. The employee told me I got here to early but you can wait here. Then a manager heard our conversation and told me “The line is outside” and I said “Huh?” I didn’t know. I thought the line was going to be inside like the Joe Beimel event, since it was also a Staples event. He said “Fans are already there, you should go outside” I told him “Fans? There is no one, I got here 20 minutes ago and I didn’t see anyone” He said “Well now there is” So I went outside and there was about 10 fans outside. I got in line and later came a couple of Autograph buddies and joined me in line. Blake came on time and quickly signed pictures and posed pictures with the fans. My Wife and I gave him 4 items (2 balls and 2 pictures) to sign. He signed all items without any problems. Very nice guy. Then in the evening we headed to Dodger Stadium to catch the Dodgers vs Nationals. It was Brad Penny Bobblehead night. I got there 2 hours before game time and was determined to get a ball during batting practice ! I even took a glove. Down the right field side in the field level (next to the Dodgers bullpen) I noticed a couple of players standing around shagging fly balls. A fan next to me yelled at the Dodgers pitching Rick Honeycutt to sign some baseball cards. He came over and signed autographs for the fan. I didn’t have anything for him. But I did get a picture with him……
So after that encounter with Honeycutt, I was waiting for a ball to come to my direction. Waiting…waiting..waiting…then a ball came toward us but landed on the field. The ball was all alone for a couple of minutes…I yelled at Joe Beinel and he turned around and I pointed at the ball. He ignored me. I yelled at Cory Wade and he just looked at me and went away. Then a couple of minutes later a security guard grabbed it and gave it to a kid. That was the end of that. After being there for 30 minutes I decided to leave. I went to my seats, get some food and I enjoy the game. Here is a picture of the ball that was not destined to be mine…
A picture of the Brad Penny Bobblehead….Overall great game. We won!
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. 🙂
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This occurred on May 25, 2008 It was Photo Day at Dodger Stadium. I got there early. I knew it was going to be impossible to get autographs. I didn’t even bring any items. I decided to just take pictures. Alot of fans were there! I was surprised. I remember from 2003 to 2006 I don’t remember that much people went. I know alot of fans come but not like this year. I didn’t go last year so I don’t know if it was less or the same amount of people. Most of the players were cool enough to pose at the camera. I think most of them were happy to do it except Jonathan Broxton. That dude looked mad and just stopped and kept walking. Maybe he acted like that just on my side but he looked weird. I was able to take pictures with 4 players. The first one was Wes Parker. He came toward us and I congratulated him on winning the All-Time Gold Glove by a First Baseman. This happened last year and he was voted the best defensive 1st Ba seman in history. After I congratulated him, he started to talk in spanish to me. I don’t know why. He said “Gracias amigo, muchas gracias” and other stuff that I didn’t understand. I should of told him “Gracias wey!” I just laughed. Next up was Chin-lu Hu. The Taiwan native that seriously looks like he is 14 years old. The third guy was Blake DeWitt. He seemed really enjoying the time to interact with the fans. Rookie of the year ? Who knows but he is playing great! The last guy was Delwyn Young. He looks gangsta. lol 🙂 A couple of players I didn’t see was Jeff Kent, Clayton Kershaw (he was pitching that day so I understand) Derek Lowe, Rafael Furcal (maybe because he is injured) and I can’t remember who else. Well maybe they did come out, but not on my side. Pictures below.
I took my little brother in-law Erik to the game last Monday. We had a great time. I got there early. Nobody was signing autographs. It was weird. I didn’t see anyone sign. I saw them do batting practice and then the Pirates came out. Not alot of fans went to see this game. It was announced that 37,334 fans came out. I think there was only about 20,000 We sat by the Dodgers bullpen and checked out the pitchers relax. Hiroki Kuroda made his L.A. Debut and his entrance song was “My hero” by the Foo Fighters. Great song. Most likely that song was picked because of his name “Hiroki” and I heard his teammates have been calling him “Hero” instead of “Hiroki” Guess what pitcher kept himself busy the whole game by flirting with a woman ? That would be Esteban Loaiza. The dude kept talking (whispering) with this lady. I told Erik to ask Loaiza for a ball (since he gave one to the lady) He was shy at first but after bugging him for half an hour to ask him, he finally asked him in spanish “Esteban, me puedes dar una pelota?” (Which means “Can you give me a ball”?) He told him”Ahorita de la doy” (Which means “I will give you one”) That was in the 3rd Inning. After several innings, Esteban had yet to give him the ball. I thought he forgot and finally in the 7th inning, Erik got up and yelled “Esteban!” and Esteban looked at him and threw him a ball. We told him thanks and Erik was happy.
Here is a video of the song “Hero” by the Foo Fighters.
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March 28 game @ Dodger Stadium
I went to the game on Friday March 28 It was a good game. When we got there I noticed that fans can now watch Batting Practice before the game on the field. It’s pretty cool. If you get there early, they let you go through the center field fence (Like when it’s Photo Day) and watch them practice. That day of course was the Red Sox. So I got see some of the Red Sox players hit and field. Chad Billingsley played a great game. About 34,000 fans were in attendance.