Posts Tagged ‘Baseball’

Is Yu Darvish The Answer To Dodgers’ October Blues?

July 31, 2017

The Dodgers pulled the biggest coup d’etat in today’s MLB trading deadline by landing Yu Darvish for 3 prospects with Willie Calhoun being the biggest piece being sent to the Rangers.

This trade almost never happen but somehow it came together in the final minutes before the deadline.

The addition of Darvish only strengthens the Dodgers rotation who have been doing an amazing job this year. That along with the Dodgers’ bullpen who have stepped up big time and just added two great lefty relievers from the Pirates and Reds.

The Dodgers achilles heel in October has been pitching and this year the Dodgers became aggresive and went out to make it better.

With the Dodgers being owners of the best record in MLB, it is safe to speculate now that without the Dodgers going to the World Series, this whole year will be a huge disappointment. Dodgers haven’t gone to the World Series since 1988 and 29 years after are in a position to make it happen. Could Yu Darvish be the answer that will put the Dodgers into the World Series? Could Darvish and Kershaw team up to end the Dodgers World Series drought? Having the best record in Baseball doesn’t mean anything if you can win 11 games in October. 

We shall see how the postseason turns out but for now the Dodgers have put themselves in position to go to the World Series for the 1st time since 1988. Let’s hope they get the same results of 1988.

Dodgers Fans DEMAND Dodgers Take Down Photo Op Pic With Mexican President

December 10, 2014

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This is the Jersey AGON should have given the Mexican President

This past Monday, Dodgers fans from Mexican descent were meant with the surprising and shocking news that Adrian Gonzalez was captured giving Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, a personalized #23 Dodgers jersey. That picture was uploaded in the social media sites operated by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Immediately fans began commenting and urging for the Dodgers to take the photo down.

As a lifelong and die-hard Dodgers fan, I was very upset! I am a passionate Dodgers fans who goes to about 20 games per season but my PASSION for Justice is stronger than my allegiance to my beloved team. After voicing my concerns in the Dodgers instagram account, I decided to give them a call this morning and talked to a represent of their PR department. I talked to a guy named Ray. I was not convinced that my concerns were heard so during my lunch break I decided to go to Dodger Stadium and speak directly to a representative of the Dodgers PR.

I talked to Yvonne Carrasco and explained to her that I ask the Dodgers to take the AGon pic down since it is very disrespectful to their fans who have voiced their concerns in their social media sites. She told me that it was that easy, that she was going to gather my concerns and take it to her team and decide where they go from here. I told her that their is nothing to think about and I gave her an example. I told her to imagine the Dodgers giving Darren Wilson a Dodgers Jersey while people are on the streets protesting and chanting, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!,” and “I can’t breathe!” Yvonne disagree with me and stated both are separate incidents. She then informed me why people don’t focus on the great things that AGon has done to help our community and that the picture wasn’t political but people have made it political. I informed her that it is political. And if she didn’t want this to be bigger than it is, I let her know that by removing the pic will alleviate some of the damage. I went on to informed her that by the Dodgers ignoring peoples’ comments to remove the AGON pic and then uploading a Zack Greinke picture in their Instragram account that was a very disrespectful act.

I asked Yvonne if she was of Mexican descent to see if she truly understand where I was coming from. She said she wasn’t but stated that she understood my point of view. One doesn’t have to be of Mexican descent to see the damage that picture has done when the country is trying to heal from the loses of the 43 college students of Ayotzinapa and the thousands of lives that have been loss due to the Narco Government that has operated in Mexico for years. Yvonne is of Ecuadorian descent and after hearing her talk about Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa being a “communist,” made me come to a conclusion that her politics are pretty conservative given that Correa is not a communist but is a very Progressive President who has done more for Ecuador than all the right wingers did while they were in office.

If the Dodgers continue to ignore the fans demands to bring the AGON photo down, expect them to receive a huge backlash from the community. The community will want answers to their questions and the reputation of Adrian Gonzalez will be tarnished in our community. To avoid further damage it is in the best interest of the Dodgers organization to remove the picture and remove it immediately.

Below is the picture that has created this backlash and the pictures I took during my trip to Dodger Stadium to voice my concerns. This was the paper I handed over to her hoping she understand that Dodgers Fans stand on the side of Justice and in solidarity with the Ayotzinapa movement.

Happy 80th Birthday, Roberto Clemente!

August 18, 2014

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Happy 80th Birthday to Roberto Clemente! As a baseball and Dodgers fan, Roberto Clemente is one of my all time heroes. This is what I wrote about Clemente last year, so will include it below in addition to couple videos on the pride of Puerto Rico. Enjoy!

Roberto was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico. At an early age, Roberto started playing baseball. In 1954, the Brooklyn Dodgers offered him a contract to play for their Triple-A team, the Montreal Royals. While with the Royals, Roberto didn’t play that much. He was often bench. Some say that the Dodgers were trying to guard him from the Rookie Draft of 1954. But, Clyde Sukeforth, a baseball scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates observed that Clemente was being bench and encouraged the Pirates to draft him. On November 22, 1954, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Roberto Clemente in the Rookie Draft.

Roberto Clemente made his major league debut on April 17, 1955 against the Brooklyn Dodgers. He didn’t do well in his rookie season due to being involved in a car accident midway thru the season. Roberto Clemente really exploded with the Pirates in the 1960s. He led the Pirates to a World Series victory over the Yankees in 1960. Clemente led the National League in Batting in 1961, 1964, 1965 and 1967. He was the Most Valuable Player in 1966. He received numerous Gold Glove awards throughout the 60s for his outstanding defense. Clemente had a canon of an arm. He could throw a guy out at third base or home plate from right field. Players knew not to run on Clemente. He was one of the most amazing players to watch. He helped the Pirates win a second World Series in 1971 when the Pirates beat the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles in seven games. He was named World Series MVP after hitting .414 and hitting a solo home run in the Pirates 2-1 victory in game 7 of the World Series.

Roberto Clemente struggled with injuries and in 1972 he only played in 102 games but ended batting .312 in the season. Roberto collected his 3,000 hit, a double of the Mets’ Jon Matlack in front of the Pittsburgh Pirates fans at Three Rivers Stadium. That would end up being his last hit in the major leagues.

Roberto Clemente was not an ordinary baseball player. He used the diamond to expressed one of his many gifts. Clemente was a great soul. He cared for the most marginalized. He demonstrated tremendous compassion to the poor. Following the 1972 season, there was a catastrophic earthquake in Managua, Nicaragua. Upon realizing that some of the aid that he had previously sent to Nicaragua was not reaching those affected by the earthquake but intercepted by the Somoza government, Roberto Clemente boarded a small airplane that was taking aid packages to the victims. The plane left from Puerto Rico on December 31, 1972 but mechanical problems forced the plane to crash into the ocean off the coast of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. Everyone from the Pirates attended Clemente’s memorial except his close friend and teammate, catcher, Manny Sanguillen, who decided to jump into the ocean in hopes of finding Roberto’s body. Roberto Clemente’s body was never found.

Roberto Clemente was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame posthumously in 1973, becoming the first Latino to be elected into the Hall of Fame. Roberto was an amazing man. It takes a special man to go out of his way and coordinate emergency relief for victims of an earthquake in another country. Not only did Clemente orgazined relief funds but he put his family aside to personally go to Nicaragua and deliver the aid to the victims.

Major League Baseball (MLB) owes a lot to Roberto Clemente. I know that they have an award name after him for players who best follow Clemente’s humanitarian work but the award is not enough. It is time that Bud Selig, the commissioner of Baseball pays tribute to Clemente just the same way he did to Jackie Robinson. It is time for Clemente’s number 21 to be retired by all major league teams. Having his number 21 retired will send a powerful message that MLB truly honors and respects Clemente’s humanitarian work.

As a Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente fan, I think its only fair that 21 and 42 be the only numbers to be retired by all teams. Having 21 retired paves the way for MLB to have Roberto Clemente Days’ to be celebrated on August 18th as days where MLB will partner up with local community organizations and sponsor an organization that is doing amazing work on issues impacting that baseball’s town. In Los Angeles, it could be a grassroots organization working to end homelessness. In San Francisco, it could be an organization that advocates for equality when it comes to same sex marriages. In New York, it could be an organization that advocates for equal distribution of wealth and holds Wall Street thugs accountable to pay their share of taxes. In Pittsburgh, it could be an organization that brings awareness to the health conditions of the miners in Pennsylvania. If Major League Baseball had Roberto Clemente Days’ on August 18th, we will once again be demonstrating that Sports serves as a vehicle to address social issues that are not only impacting communities but putting the spotlight on community organizations who are making a difference in the lives of many Americans.

May we continue to keep Clemente’s legacy and spirit alive by living our lives for the greater good of others. Jackie Robinson once said, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” Roberto Clemente lived by that quote. More importantly, he lived by his own quote, “If you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don’t do that, you are wasting your time on this Earth,”

75th Anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s Famous Speech

July 4, 2014

As a baseball fan, I share this video to remember Lou Gehrig’s famous speech.

I hope this video brings memories of the great Lou Gehrig’s career but more importantly awareness on Lou Gehrig’s disease. I lost a dear friend of mine couple years ago of Lou Gehrig’s disease. For family members and friends, it is such a painful process to see a loved one deteriorate right in front of you.
Here is a link for those who want to learn more about ALS.
http://www.alsa.org/

Vin Scully on Tony Gwynn (RIP TONY)

June 16, 2014

Click below to hear Vin Scully talk about Tony Gwynn. A great baseball player and a fine ambassador to the game. He will be greatly missed!

Los Angeles Dodgers Win Their 10,000 Baseball Game In Franchise History

April 30, 2014

The Los Angeles Dodgers won their 10,000 Franchise game with today’s 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Remember this date as April 30,2014 will be a date that will be used in future Dodgers trivia questions. Another question will be who was the pitcher that won the Dodgers 10,000 game? The answer my friends is Zack Greinke. I can already visualize a Dodger employee asking when was the Dodgers first win for a chance to win_______? The Dodgers first win came on April 21, 1890 when they were in Brooklyn. There you have it! 🙂 I deserve better than a Dodger Dog for getting the answer correct! lol

The Dodgers are the fourth MLB franchise to win 10,000 games. The Giants, Cubs and Braves are the other ones.

I actually had plans to attend tonight’s game in Minneapolis as I was planning on taking couple days off from work to see my beloved Dodgers play the Twins but due to work commitments that plan was delayed. I will say that Target field is a great baseball stadium as I had the chance to visit it last year.

Looks like Zack Greinke is back to his 2009 self but more wiser. He has a record of 18 consecutive starts without allowing more than 2 runs. We haven’t seen that feat accomplished since 1914! With Greinke pitching the way he is and Kershaw expected to be back soon the Dodgers will once again have the best two pitchers leading their starting rotation in all of Baseball. If the Dodgers can stay healthy as a club from June til the end of the season, then I do expect the Dodgers to make a run at the title this year.

Here are some great articles people may enjoy reading.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgersnow/la-sp-dn-dodgers-twins-10000-victories-20140430,0,1812947.story#axzz30RYcBO00

http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=340430109

 

On a side note…April 30,2014 will also be cemented in L.A. Sports History as not only the date the Dodgers won their 10,000 game but the date when the L.A. Kings pulled off one of the amazing comebacks in Sports history as they came back from an 0-3 deficit to stun the Sharks 5-1 and win the best of 7 series. Good day to be a Sports fan in Los Angeles!

This Video Will Make You Laugh Out Loud, GUARANTEED!

April 30, 2014

Jimmy Fallon and Robinson Cano performed a classic psychological study with this hilarious prank. Look at how people’s behavior changes when the Cano that they are booing suddenly appears in front of them. The reaction from those Yankees fans is too funny!
This also shows us that many times people are brave enough to act one way towards another person when that person is not around then all of a sudden change their tone and demeanor when they are faced with that person.

Jackie Robinson Strong!

April 15, 2014

As most Americans were remembering the anniversary of the Boston Marathon  tragedy, I was remembering Jackie Robinson. Today is the 10th anniversary that Major League Baseball has celebrated Jackie Robinson Day.

It is a day where baseball fans get to see their favorite player wearing number 42. A day where baseball pays tribute to the man who broke the color barrier line but more importantly the man who revolutionize the game with his base running.

As a Jackie Robinson fan I must say that I was disappointed that the Dodgers were playing an away game at San Francisco on this day. It was my tradition to go to Dodger Stadium when the Dodgers played on Jackie Robinson Day. It doesnt make sense that the Dodgers would be playing away from their fans on such a special day.

May this day be a reminder of what Jackie Robinson stood for not just as a baseball player but as a human being. Let it be known that as the nation remembers Boston we paused and salute someone who stood up in the face of adversity on this day: Number 42. Mr. Robinson. Thank you Jackie!
JACKIE ROBINSON STRONG!!

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.

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Hank Aaron Breaking Babe Ruth’s Home Run Record

April 8, 2014

It was 40 years ago today that Henry “Hank” Aaron made baseball history by breaking Babe Ruth’s Home Run record when he hit #715 off of the Dodgers’ Al Downing.
Here is footage of his home run and I have also included an audio of that at bat in the words of Vin Scully. Many baseball fans forget that the legendary Vin Scully made one of his famous calls when he decided to remain silent and let the voice of the fans take over. Click on the video for the full at bat and to listen to Vin’s comments after Aaron hits the home run


Listen to 3 announcers as they call Aaron’s home run including the great Vin Scully.