Posts Tagged ‘Dodgers’

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! 

Pictures of Fernando Valenzuela & Julio Cesar Chavez

January 29, 2016

Last weekend, two Mexican Legends were on hand at the Grand Opening of WSS. If you are a Dodgers fan and a Boxing fan, this was the place to be. Or simply a Sports fan in general.
There was a point where Valenzuela was leaving where someone went up to him and said, “Chavez, can you sign this for me!” (extending to him a pair of boxing gloves)
Overall it was great event. I also got to meet Mike Brito and talk to him about Julio Urias. He feels Urias is ready for the big leagues and like my suggestion of starting him in the bullpen and transitioning him to the front of the rotation in the near future. Lets hope we get to see Urias in Dodgers uniform, a man Brito thinks is the second coming of Fernando Valenzuela.

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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.

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,”

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.

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!

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.