Posts Tagged ‘MLB’

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.

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/

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 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.

Roberto Clemente Video Tribute at Petco Park

September 22, 2013

Mark Kotsay is the Padres rep for the Roberto Clemente Award this year. The Padres played a video clip of Clemente before their game against the Dodgers on 9/20/13.

I really think its time for MLB to retire Clemente’s number. An award on behalf of his name is nice but I feel that Clemente’s 21 should be retired throughout MLB and join Jackie Robinson as the only players to have their numbers retired by all MLB Teams.

The Anniversary of One of the Greatest Dodger Games Ever

September 18, 2013

On September 18, 2006, The Los Angeles Dodgers played the San Diego Padres in one of the greatest Dodger games ever! I’m not just saying that because I am a Dodgers fan. I am saying that as a Baseball fan.
The day started with a sleeve blanket promotion. Unfortunately for me, I arrived around 7:30sh. By that time the blankets were all gone.
Towards the later innings, the Dodgers had caught up to the Padres making this game more exciting. But in the 8th and 9th inning, they gave the lead back to Padres. I was upset that the bullpen had blown the lead and we were entering the bottom of the 9th inning down by 4. To my sister and brother in law’s surprise, I asked them that we can go if they wanted to leave. They were shocked that I wanted to leave. My brother in law gave me that, “are you serious you want to leave,” type of look.
As we are leaving Dodger Stadium, Jeff Kent hits a homerun. We keep on walking then JD Drew hits one. We are at this point approaching the parking lot and I am in shock of what’s happening. Then Martin hits one! Are you kidding me! At this point many people rush back into the stadium. Not me. I am the type of baseball fan that is superstitious. I rather listen to the game on the parking lot then rush back and if they were to suddenly lose, I would blame it on myself. Baseball fans or should I say, Sports fans are crazy like that. So there am I listening to the game on the radio with couple Dodger fans, when Marlon Anderson hits the 4th consecutive homerun, we all go nuts. R u freaking me! The Dodgers hit 4 straight homeruns and I missed it! That can’t be happening! You can hear the roar of the crowd from the parking lots. We are going nuts and just in shock of what’s going on.
So we are driving home listening to the game. The Padres take the lead in the Top of the 10th inning. We end up stopping to pump gas. I’m listening to the game on the radio when Nomar hits the game winning 2 run homerun to beat the Padres, 11-10. When he hits the homerun, I was so excited that I got out of the car and started yelling my lungs out! I was so filled with joy that I could not believe it! I remember getting home and had a voicemail message from one of my friends telling me if I had seen the game. I called him back to tell him that I was at the game but left at the start of the bottom of the 9th and was at the gas station when Nomar hit the game winning homerun. What made this game even better was that the Dodgers win gave them sole possession of first place over the Padres.
Dodger fans and Baseball fans will appreciate this game. I can watch the highlights of this game for hours and still get chills! What makes this game more magical is listening to Vin Scully! 🙂

The anniversary of Hideo Nomo’s No-Hitter at Coors Field

September 17, 2013

On this date, Hideo Nomo pitched a no-hitter at Coors Field as the Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 9-0.
Listening to Vin Scully call the game makes it much more sweeter. I think I still have the newspaper clip of this game. This was Nomo’s first no-hitter. Not only did Nomo no hit the Rockies but he also contributed by getting an RBI. To this date, no one has thrown a no-hitter at Coors Field.

MLB Needs To Retire Roberto Clemente’s Number

August 18, 2013

MLB Needs To Retire Roberto Clemente's Number

Today is Roberto Clemente’s birthday. He would have been 79 years old today. 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,”

Happy Birthday, Roberto Clemente.

August 18, 2013

Happy Birthday, Roberto Clemente.

Happy 79th birthday to the greatest Latino baseball player in Major League History. Here is my 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates jersey of Clemente.
May we continue to carry Roberto Clemente’s legacy of reaching out to those in need wherever we go.
Roberto Clemente…PRESENTE!
AHORA…Y…SIEMPRE!!!