Posts Tagged ‘Baseball Pictures’

Pictures of Dodgers vs Tigers-Zip-Up Hooded Sweatshirt Night

April 9, 2014

Last night was zip-up hooded sweatshirt night at Dodger Stadium. It was also Uncle-Nieces Night as I took my two nieces to the game. The sold out game had Max Scherzer and Dan Haren pitching a beautiful game. The surprise of the game came in the bottom of the first inning when Dee Gordon lead off the game with a Solo Home Run to Right Center. Dodgers took the lead in the bottom of the 7th inning when Kemp walked, then reached 3rd on Uribe’s double to Right Field. Kemp later scored on a sac fly by Turner.

The Dodgers could have won it but Jensen blew a save when he gave up a 2 out single to Center Field. The Dodgers ended winning the game in the bottom of the 10th inning with Crawford hitting a game winning double to Left Field.

Below are pictures of the game. I took pictures of Scherzer playing long toss as he got ready for his start. I took pics of Hunter, Kemp and Gordon meeting up in CF, Uribe being presented with the Defense player of the year award, Ice Cube throwing out the Ceremonial First Pitch, Kemp’s AB vs Scherzer and Cabrera’s AB vs Haren. Enjoy the pictures.

Check out the highlights by clicking on the video.

Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez Power The Dodgers to a 6-2 Victory

April 6, 2014

Today’s Dodgers vs Giants game became more of a home run derby clash between the two teams. Leading off the derby was Matt Kemp who wasted no time to let Dodger fans that he was back when he hit a solo shot off Matt Cain in his first at bat. Hanley Ramirez hit a moon shot that landed inside the Dodgers bullpen for his first home run of the game. In Kemp’s second at bat, I decided to record his at bat since I had a feeling that he was going to hit another one and boy was I right. The video is of Kemp’s second home run to right center. A 2 run shot! Kemp just crushed that ball!

Later in the game, Dre got an RBI with a sac fly and Hanley finished the night with a solo shot in the bottom of the 8th. I must also say that Zack Greinke pitched a beautiful game today! He almost hit a home run but ended getting a double instead. Tonight the Dodgers pitching had a great night capping it off with Kenley Jensen striking out the side.

Here are the pictures of the game. I am still happy over Matt Kemp’s 2 run home run off Matt Cain!

Remembering Jackie Robinson

April 16, 2011
Today is Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball. Today we remember Jackie breaking baseball’s color barrier line in 1947. All managers, coaches and players will be wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson. As a Jackie Robinson fan, I am very happy that Major League Baseball retired his number in 1997 and for the past several years have honored Jackie Robinson on April 15th. I have always felt that Jackie Robinson is not only an iconic figure in the baseball world but should be remembered by all Americans. I think America needs to have a national holiday to remember the life of Jackie Robinson. A national holiday that will include a day of community service. Jackie Robinson would not have it any other way. Jackie was so humble that if he was alive today and seeing Major League Baseball using April 15th to honor him, Jackie would be the first one to say that he rather have Major League Baseball be dedicated to the needs of the community where there is a baseball team. He would still be addressing the issues of justice and equality in our society.

Number 42 to me is not only my favorite number but according to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, number 42 is the “Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything.” If that is the case, I would go as far as to say that Jackie’s number 42 was a code for America to change its evil ways. No longer must White baseball players play the game of baseball by discriminating players for the color of their skin. No longer must people of color be forced to go to separate bathrooms, stay in different hotels, eat isolated from White people, and be forced to live under an American Apartheid.

Jackie not only demonstrated America’s need to change its inhumane rules by the way he played the game but more importantly, how he carried himself in the baseball diamond. In order for the “noble experiment” to work, Jackie was forced to take all the abuse from white racist fans and opposing players. Even his own teammates didn’t want to play next to him or even share the same clubhouse. But, Jackie knew that many of his teammates didn’t care about the color Black but about the color Green. Robinson knew that as long as the Dodgers won a pennant or the World Series, he was helping his teammates get a good paycheck. Jackie once said, “Money is America’s God.” And to this day, this quote echoes throughout the whole world.

What people don’t know about Jackie is that even before he broke baseball’s color barrier line in 1947, he was always dedicated to the values of justice and equality. Once when he was in the military, he refused to get up from his seat and sit in the back of the bus. Jackie Robinson was court martial for standing up for his rights. In the military he and Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Joe Louis, advocated for the equal rights of African-American Soldiers. While Rosa Parks played an instrumental role in the Civil Rights Movement, I like to say that it was Jackie Robinson on July 6, 1944 who was probably the first African American to refuse his seat while riding a bus.

After retiring from baseball, Jackie played a tremendous role in American politics. He continued to fight for the rights of African-Americans in all sectors. He criticized the New York Yankees for being a team that only hired white people. He protested companies who didn’t hired African-Americans. On August 2, 1963, he joined workers who were picketing the construction site of Downstate Medical Center for allegations that Blacks were being discriminated from the hiring process. Jackie Robinson became great friends with Martin Luther King, Jr. MLK once said, “Jackie Robinson was a legend and a symbol in his own time.”  In 1964, he co founded the Freedom National Bank, a commercial bank owned by African Americans and operated in Harlem, New York. Jackie was not only a co founder but he served as the bank’s first Chairman of the Board. Jackie also championed for the equal rights in the housing sector. His concern for the racial segregation in the housing sector and the conditions that African American families were living in, inspired Jackie Robinson to start The Jackie Robinson Construction Company in 1970 to construct housing for low income families. Jackie Robinson was one of America’s true pioneers during the Civil Rights Movement and people should not forget about that.

It is my tradition to go to Dodger Stadium on Jackie Robinson Day. Tonight I will proudly wear my Jackie Robinson jersey. I wear number 42 understanding that I continue Jackie’s legacy of fighting for justice and equality. I owe a tremendous gratitude to Jackie Robinson for the amazing human being that he was.

Jackie Robinson is not only my hero but a source of my inspiration. No human being should go through what Jackie Robinson went through. His courage and unbending spirit are like no other. Jackie Robinson lived his life with a purpose. He understood that our lives are to be used to make our world a better place. Jackie is quoted as saying, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

Enjoy this great video on Jackie Robinson

Here are various pics of me wearing #42 to pay tribute to Jackie,
whether I’m throwing out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium,
riding a camel in the Jasailmer desert in India, playing softball
or just watching a Dodger game on Jackie Robinson Day.
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