Posts Tagged ‘Dodger Stadium’

Dia De Los Dodgers

October 31, 2017

Dodgers beat Houston 3-1 to force a Game 7. 1st time Dodger Stadium will be hosting a Game 7. 

I am so HAPPY! Let’s Go DODGERS!

My Thoughts on the Chavez Ravine Play

February 26, 2015

Last week, I had the opportunity to watch Chavez Ravine, the amazing play that talks about the displacement of the Mexican-American community in Los Angeles.

As a Chicano and die hard Dodgers fan, I had known about Chavez Ravine but never in the way the play was portrayed. The play provided me with further information and took away some of my guilt for being loyal to the Dodgers while at the same time maintaining my progressive politics.

In the next couple of paragraphs, I will share my thoughts/reflection on the play and hope it will also provide people with a different perspective of Chavez Ravine and the connection it had with the Dodgers.

The displacement of the Chavez Ravine residents is not the fault of the Los Angeles Dodgers. After watching the play, it became clear to me that the main issue was an attack on Public Housing. The initial plan was to use the land at the Ravine and create a new housing project, that was going to be referred as The Elysian Park Heights.

The plan for Elysian Park Heights would have included 24 thirteen-story towers and 163 low-rises, that would have created almost 3,600 apartments. The problem was this new housing plan couldn’t be built without dislocating the current residents at the Ravine. The city of L.A., called for the demolition of the entire community with the hopes of building better roads that would have connected the current neighborhoods. In the 1950’s the L.A. Housing Authority sent letters to the residents of Chavez Ravine informing them that, “a public housing development will be built on this location for families of low-income…the house you are living in is included…Later…you will have the first chance to move back into the new Elysian Park Heights development.”

Those plans quickly banished after a coaliton led by the L.A. Times, private home builders and a group calling themselves, Citizen Against Socialist Housing (CASH), used the fear tactic stating the Director of Housing Authority was a Communist and this new project would lead to more “socialist” housing projects being built.

During the 1950s, the word, “Communism,” “Socialism,” were terms that instilled fear just the same way as “terrorists” has since the 9-11 attacks. It is worth noting that during that 50s, the FBI had Edgar J. Hoover as their Director, a man who became notoriously known for cracking down the progressive state of working class communities and attacking the Black Panther Party and using COINTELPRO to kill many of our communities leaders such as MLK, Malcolm X, Fred Hampton and preventing the rise of the Black Panther Party.

As I watched the play, I began to focus on the fear tactic that was used to put pressure on the director of Housing Authority, who was forced to state before a committee if he was ever involved in Communist meetings. When he refused to answered those personal questions and instead focused on the issue at hand, he was fired for refusing to answer personal questions.

To me, Poverty, lack of Education, lack of Housing, and lack of Social Services are “terrorizing” our community. We should fight this war on “terror.”

Currently, in the city of L.A., we are seeing many public housing sites such as Jordan Downs trying to be remodeled or change into mixed income but in reality those housing sites are the new Chavez Ravines that our communities have been resisting. Gentrification in L.A. is spreading faster than ever before. We have whole communities being forced to move up to give ways to the Hipsters such as we’ve seen in Silver Lake, Echo Park and in Highland Park.

The Dodgers come into the picture because the city officials at the time had Chavez Ravine as an empty lot and upon hearing that Walter O’Malley wanted to move the team to the West Coast, struck a deal with him and eventually used the site to build Dodger Stadium.

I know a lot of people will continue to refuse to step into Dodger Stadium because of what happen to the families who were removed by forced. But this played showed me that the Chavez Ravine land was all about the attack of Public Housing, something which the city of L.A. continues to engaged in. We are the Homeless Capital of the Nation and it pains me to see the Housing market blossom but to those who already have it, while thousands of homeless people continue to sleep in the streets.

I hope those who haven’t had the chance to see the play will see it and hopefully they will have a different way of seeing the connection between the Dodgers and Chavez Ravine.

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!

http://m.mlb.com/lad/video/topic/27859992/v33850837/?c_id=la
Check out Dodgerfilms video from last night.

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.

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!

Pictures of Dodgers vs Cardinals Game 4 NLCS

October 18, 2013

Juan Uribe’s homerun sends the Dodgers to the NLCS

October 8, 2013

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The story of Juan Uribe’s magical year just got even better. In what is the most memorable homerun to date of this amazing season, Juan Uribe’s 2 run homerun erased the Dodger fans animosity towards him from the past 2 seasons. Signed to a 3 year contract after the 2010 season, Uribe was hitting less than .200 in his first two season as a Dodger. Things went so bad that he lost his starting job last season to Luis Cruz and this year he started the year being the back up to Cruz until Luis went into a slump that he never recovered. Enter Uribe, who through it all kept his composure and became a great teammate. Juan Uribe found his old swing and had an amazing season. He played superb defensive to the point of being a Gold Glove candidate at 3rd base and found his groove in the batters box throughout the season, including belting 3 homeruns against the San Francisco Giants.

Last night, with the Dodgers down 3-2 and Puig on 2nd base after leading off the inning with a Double, Uribe was asked to bunt Puig to third base. Uribe failed to bunt Puig over twice and with one swing of the bat, Uribe had not only received the embrace of the same fans who booed him for two years, but he received the embrace of the whole city of Los Angeles. No other player better to hit that homerun than Uribe. The struggles that he went through and to have the type of season he is having this year is just movie-like. It is unbelievable. Simply Amazing. Juan Uribe’s homerun will go down in Dodgers history as one of the most magical homeruns hit at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers now await the winner of the Pirates vs Cardinals winner. If St.Louis Cardinals win, the Dodgers play at St.Louis on Friday night. If the Pittsburgh Pirates win, the Dodgers host the Pirates on Friday night. I am hoping the Pirates win so Dodger Stadium can continue experiencing the magic of this amazing week.

Here are highlights from last night’s game.

Pictures and Video of Dodgers 13-6 win over the Braves

October 7, 2013

Last night’s Dodger game was one of the best games that I have been too. It was my second postseason game, the first one being Mark Loretta’s game winning hit to beat the Cards in game 2 of the 2009 NLDS.

If you are a Dodgers fan living in Los Angeles, Dodger Stadium was the place to be last night. The atmosphere was electrifying! Close to 55,000 fans waving Dodger blue rally towels and after the Dodgers had taken a commanding lead, Dodger fans started using their towels and began mocking the Braves’ tomahawk chop. It was loud!

I am still excited over last night’s Dodgers game. The 13 runs that they score were the most scored by the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

Here are some of the videos I took from yesterday’s 13-6 Dodgers win.

The game started with Fernando Valenzuela throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

Here is my view from Carl Crawford’s 3 run homerun in the bottom of the 2nd inning that gave the Dodgers a 4-2 lead.

Jensen recording closing out the game for a 13-6 Dodgers win.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPrW7gRW3T4Here are the highlights from last night’s game.

Magic Johnson Bobblehead Night @ Dodger Stadium

September 13, 2013

Here is Magic Johnson’s greatest highlights before the Dodgers vs Giants game.