Posts Tagged ‘Clayton Kershaw’

The Dodgers and the 2003 Marlins Team

October 22, 2016

What do this Dodgers team and the 2003 Marlins have in common? Both were down 3 games to 2 heading into Game 6 at Wrigley Field. We all know how that Game 6 turned out in what became known as the Steve Bartman game even though the Cubs shortstop had a chance to turned an inning ending double play.

There is a lot at stake heading into this game. The Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw, who shut out the Cubs in Game 2 and if the ghost of Steve Bartman haunts the team, the series will move into a Game 7, where Dodgers pitcher, Rich Hill, shut the Cubs hitters in Game 3.

The pressure on Game 6 is more on the Cubs than on Kershaw. I like the Dodgers chances of winning tonight and taking the series to Game 7 where the Cubs will be forced to close out the series and head to their 1st World Series appearance since 1945.

On the other hand, you have the resilient Dodgers who have made me think of them as the resurrection of the 2003 Marlins team. That team not only were they down 3 games to 2 against the Cubs but won Game 6 and 7 to make it to the World Series. Once they got there they beat the Yankees to become World Champions. 

As a Dodgers fan, I find comfort envisioning this team winning game 6 then game 7 to make it to the World Series and winning it as a tribute to the amazing career of Vin Scully. One does not have to be a Dodgers fan to recognize what Vin means to baseball. I hope the Baseball Gods are working their magic to give the Dodgers a victory tonight and in game 7 so that they can head to the World Series and give Vin Scully a nice retirement gift with a Championship ring.

But, in order to get there, Dodgers need to give Kershaw a nice comfortable lead and win tonight. I believe in this team. Let’s Go Dodgers! 

Watch Vin Scully Call Clayton Kershaw’s 1st Career No Hitter

June 19, 2014

Dodgers fans remember the date: June 18, 2014. This will be a date that will be engraved in Dodgers History. Last night at Dodger Stadium, Clayton Kershaw threw his first career no hitter. He could have had a perfect game had it not been for Hanley Ramirez throwing error. Not only did Kershaw threw a No No but struck out 15 Rockies batters in the process. It was the Dodgers 2nd no hitter in the season, the first coming from Josh Beckett against the Phillies. The last time the Dodgers had two no hitters’ in a season was in 1956. It was the 12th in LA Dodgers history and the 22nd in Dodgers franchise. How fitting that the 22nd No Hitter came from the man who wears #22. The stars aligned perfectly for Kershaw.

With the Dodgers win which completed a sweep of the Colorado Rockies, the Dodgers are now 4 games back of the Giants. 10 days ago they were 9 1/2 games back. It appears that the Dodgers are peaking at the right time. I will not be surprised if they end the All Star Break ahead of the Giants.

Interesting fact that I came across while putting this blog together. Clayton Kershaw threw a Perfect Game in High School where he struck out 15 batters. Yesterday had it not been for Hanley’s error, he would have had a Perfect Game with 15 strikeouts. I have included the video of Kershaw’s Perfect Game.

Below are the video highlights from the game. Watch Vin Scully call Kershaw’s No Hitter. Vin has now called 19 career no hitters. UNBELIEVABLE!
Check out Dodgerfilms video from last night.

Pictures of Dodgers vs Cardinals Game 5 NLCS

October 18, 2013

Wednesday’s Game 5 at Dodger Stadium was one of the most amazing games I have been too. The Dodgers needed to win and they won in dramatic fashion as the team hit 4 homeruns to send the series back to St. Louis for Game 6 today.
As a Dodgers fan, I am very confident that we can win tonight with Kershaw on the mound. If the offense can put some runs on the board and Kershaw pitches his game, the Dodgers will be forcing Game 7 tomorrow. I can’t wait!
Here are the videos I took from Wednesday’s game. Enjoy.

Pictures of Dodgers vs Yankees Game-7-31-13

August 1, 2013

Clayton Kershaw 1,000 Innings Pitched

May 15, 2013

Clayton Kershaw 1,000 Innings Pitch

Yesterday was Matt Kemp Bobblehead Night at Dodger Stadium but the night belong to Clayton Kershaw as he almost pitched a complete game. Here is a picture of Clayton Kershaw’s milestone of 1,000 Innings Pitched.


March 31, 2011

Today begins my relationship with the Dodgers. Any fan will tell you that our devotion to our Sports Team is like a marriage. I’ve been married to the Dodgers over 30 years and I have always been there through the good times and bad times. I know that for the next 6 months, I am going to have my highs and lows. I am going to be happy one day and sad the next. There will be days where I will be filled with joy and others where I don’t want to talk about the game. There will be days where I can’t wait to get home and listen to Vin Scully give the play by play. There is something magical when listening to his voice.

As for this upcoming season, I am optimistic like always. Opening Day is like a honeymoon. Once the honeymoon ends, the tough work lies ahead. 2011 is the 30th anniversary of Fernandomania as well as the 30th anniversary since the Dodgers won their 1st World Series in the 80s, the 2nd coming back in 1988, which happens to be the last time the Dodgers have been in the fall classic.

I hope 2011 is the year that Dodgers make it to the World Series. I have been saying this for more than 20 years. It is just part of my Opening Day remarks. I have to let those words get out of my chest.

Like always, if the Dodgers stay healthy, I have big expectations. The moves that they made over the off season were alright. I think the pitching staff is decent. If the pitchers stay healthy, I expect blow out seasons for Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley and great performances by the rest. The bullpen is going to be a big factor as the season goes along. If Jonathan Broxton shows any signs of meltdown, I say give the closer duties to K.J. or Kuo. The Dodgers should trade Broxton if he doesn’t perform at the level that he is capable.

This years team should be able a better defensive team than last year and more aggressive on the basepaths with the addition of Davey Lopes. I hope Matt Kemp and the rest have taken the techniques that Lopes has taught them and they implement those techniques in the games. Matt Kemp if he stays healthy should have at least a 30/30 season. Andre Either should be able to hit at least 25 home runs and drive in around 98 RBIs. James Loney has to be more aggressive at the plate and let his hands go. I hope he has a great season where he hits at least 20 homeruns with 110 RBIs and 42 doubles couple than with 18 stolen bases. If Juan Uribe has a little better season than last year, it will be great.

There is nothing better than starting the season facing ur hated rivals, the San Francisco Midgets. Clayton Kershaw vs Tim Lincecum should be a great pitchers’ duel. I can’t wait for today’s game and tuning in to Vin Scully. I am ready for what this season has to offer me. I hope more great memories than painful ones.

It’s time for DODGERS BASEBALL!!!