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Dodgers vs Cardinals

Los Angeles Dodgers vs St. Louis Cardinals

The Dodgers begin a 3 game series Today vs the St. Louis Cardinals. It should be fun. We need to start a winning streak and get back on top of the standings. Chad Billingsley will start today. Who quickly is becoming the Ace of the pitching staff.

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Before the game the Cardinals had a press conference to show off the 2009 All-Star game logo. St. Louis will host the game. Any tips on how to get tickets for the game ? I heard All-Star game tickets are hard to buy. It’s mostly for season-ticket holders and sponsors. I guess Ebay is the only option.

Notes on Manny

Wow, Dodgers fans have purchased over $ 125,000 worth of # 99 T-shirts and jerseys since the slugger was acquired from the Red Sox. Sports Illustrated has a article on how the Manny trade went down. Chris Casavant of the Connecticut Post writes that Manny’s recent behavior with the Red Sox is unforgivable.

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The other day, I was # 10 in the MLBlogs Stats. Now I’m # 7 ! Thanks πŸ™‚

 Video Time!

Manny arrives at Dodger Stadium (Last Friday) 

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The arrival of Manny Ramirez has given a spark to the offense of the Dodgers. You can even feel that the other players are much more relaxed (ok maybe not Andruw Jones) From the Ken Gurnick’s article…

“He’s kind of brought a new life to our team,” said All-Star catcher Russell Martin. “Everybody is kind of a little bit looser, having more fun, and we just know we’re going to put runs on the board with him in the lineup.” Chad Billingsley said “When we added him, just L.A. and all the
MannyRamirez1.jpgfans, and you just felt the excitement in the air,It gives us a spark. That’s what it’ll take to maybe get us deep into the playoffs, so obviously having him in the lineup changes how the opposing teams approach us. He just makes us better all around.”

I agree. I believe we can win the West Division. We need to fix our crowded outfield and play the best players at the moment. I would prefer a Ramirez, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp outfield. Speaking about the crowded outfield, you have to like Ethier’s attitude about him being on the bench. From Tony Jackson’s article.

“We have worked hard these first few months to get into a situation where we can go where we want to go,” Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier said. “You have to focus on that and put all the individual stuff aside.”

Awesome. Ethier knows it’s going to be hard to start but he will be ready to come off the bench anytime during a game. I respect that. He has been playing solid baseball the whole year and deserved to be playing but with Ramirez coming and Kemp
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“To me, Juan certainly deserves to play,” Torre said. “Juan, for me, will play the bulk of the time. That is taking nothing away from Ethier, but Matty right now is impressive for me in how he goes about his business. Somebody is going to have to sit, but it won’t happen all the time. We have to play the (backup) guys now and again just to make sure they get action.”

Ok I agree that Kemp is impressive. Why not play him along Ramirez and Ethier ! You start Kemp leadoff and Pierre in the bench. I believe Torre wants a true “leadoff hitter” so he wants Pierre there. I only hope that Rafael Furcal comes back soon and he can be the leadoff hitter and Pierre on the bench. Furcal was with the Dodgers over the weekend and told the reporters:

“I feel a lot better than before,” said Furcal, injured since May 6 after the best April of his career. “It doesn’t bother me anymore.”

While Ethier seems to be going along with the game planJuanPierre.jpg, Pierre feels the Dodgers are “sticking to him this year” He told Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times:

“All I’ve ever done was be Juan Pierre,” he said. “I don’t know why, for some reason, they’re just sticking it to me this year. I applaud the move. Any time you get a chance to get Manny Ramirez, you get him. But from a personal standpoint, it’s putting me in a tough position.”

I disagree Juan. The Dodgers are not “sticking it” to you. You are basically not getting on base enough. That’s the point. Anyways, with all the Manny-Mania, let me write about his Jersey number. From Fox Sports…

By now, it is well-known that he’ll wear the number 99. It’s a nice number, distinctive and goofy, and previously worn by such luminaries as Mitch Williams, Turk Wendell and Wayne

WayneGretzky99.jpgGretzky. (“I don’t know anything about hockey, sir,” he said. “They don’t have hockey in the Dominican.”) But 99 was not Ramirez’ his first choice.

“I wanted 34, but I guess it’s not available,” he said.

In fact, he wanted 24, the number he wore with the Red Sox, but that number has long since been retired in honor of Walter Alston. Thirty-four, it should be added, was worn by the Los Angeles icon Fernando Valenzuela.

“It’s not retired,” said Dodgers equipment manager Mitch Poole. “But it’s in our heart.”

That statement is a little odd. # 34 is not retired but no one can use it ? I know the Dodgers have a rule that in order to have your # retired you have to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame, except for special circumstances like Jim Gilliam. He isn’t a Hall of Famer but his # 19 was retired. Well shouldn’t # 34 be retired ? I know Fernando Valenzuela is not a Hall of Famer but with everything that he did for the Dodgers and the Hispanic community I think he deserves to have his number retired. Back to Ramirez, I believe all this hype about his number will give a boost for Dodger sales this year. Last Friday, I saw many fans already wearing t-shirts with the number # 99


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Click it Manny habla espaΓ±ol

“Oye tu sabes que soy loco por la comida mexicana” 

“Tu sabes, en Boston y Los Angeles siempre tuve el apoyo con los latinos y me siento en casa”

“Dime papi…..no papi porque tu sabes lo que hice, porque yo compre el navigator que yo me lo pongo y tu sabes..y me muevo…”

“Tu sabes lo que estaba pensando, la novela mia, la voy a vender y pedirle que no hagan annuncios”

Funny guy πŸ™‚  

 

Peace! 

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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Manny # 99

Batting for the Dodgers, # 99 Manny Ramirez ! Cool number. I was at the game and the fans were excited. We lost but it was fun. I leave you with a picture from tonight’s game. I have to get some sleep. I will try to update the blog this weekend. I have a Lee Lacy story to post. I met him today. Nice dude. Later! Peace !

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Manny being Manny

Man-Ram

Manny Ramirez….what can I say ? I have mixed feelings. I’mmannyshirt.jpg happy we made a trade that might help us win this ugly division. But I’m sad that this might be a 2 month rental and Ramirez signs with another team in the off-season. I’m happy we didn’t trade Andre Ethier, James Loney, or Matt Kemp. But I’m sad that Andy
LaRoche (Good luck!) is gone. I’m happy that we don’t have to pay for Manny’s salary. But I’m sad that AndyLaRoche.jpgthis might of been a move to just sell
 more tickets. I’m happy that Manny will be our Power Hitter. But sad that Kemp or Ethier might not play on a daily basis. Get it ? I have mixed feelings. I only hope that Joe Torre plays Ramirez, Kemp and Ethier together everyday ! I’m sorry Juan Pierre but we don’t have room for you. I’m sorry Andruw Jones, but you….how can I say it….mmmm you suck….Sorry. I know you are a great player. You are a All-Star player. I know that, but we don’t have enough time to keep playing you. 2 months left. We need to start playing the best players everyday. You keep Pierre and Jones on the bench. Okidoki ? By the way Manny, you can’t wear # 24 ! You have to pick a new number ! 

Reaction 

LaRoche leads group sent to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Tommy Lasorda blogs about the trade and so does Alyssa Milano. L.A. Times has quotes from Joe Torre and Nomar Garciaparra.

Video Time ! (2 videos) 

Manny leaves Fenway Park for the last time. 

Ok another video…Manny supporting “Hip Hop Dominicano” Ok…

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 πŸ™‚ lol (btw, I’m on the right) Konichiwa !! πŸ™‚ 


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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 !! πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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 ?  

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