Blue Jays and Barney 

Crystal and I have made it a tradition that when my favorite past Dodger player Darwin Barney comes to Angel Stadium, we attend a game.  So Saturday was the day.  I wore my Barney tee shirt.

We had great seats thanks to some research by Crystal.  We were in the second row in right field.  Not too many heads in the way for my pictures.
Angel Stadium is a nice stadium but not Dodger Stadium of course.
There was no batting practice because the game the night before ran into extra innings, 13 actually.  A few Blue Jays went out on the field but no Barney.  I heard that the Jays got to their hotel about 2:00am the night before.
One of the Blue Jays Marco Estrada  came out to see his friends and family.
Finally Darwin came out to stretch for about half a minute.  He saw us, smiled and waved.  That was about it.  It was minutes before game time.  I was disappointed of course.  It was my annual Darwin Barney fix and it was just a fleeting moment.  Sometimes things don’t turn out the way I want them to.
The National Anthem before Barney made it out to stretch
The red crew and super heroes or whatever they call these folks walked along the field
The highlight of the game was the carne asada burrito that Crystal brought me.  It was delicious.
Her veggie burrito looked pretty amazing.
One of the ushers on the field threw some pistachios to the stands later in the game and it landed at my feet.  My souvenir.
The Blue Jays are dead last in their division.  I think that’s why none of the Blue Jays looked very happy.  This game ended with a bit of excitement with a score of 4-5 with the Jays again losing although they never lost their spunk.  I’m beginning to think that Mike Trout simply isn’t human.  I was watching the Dodger/D Backs score.  The Dodgers are sinking in their division as well.  They have lost more games than they have won..not a very good start to the season.

I was able to get a few good shots of Barney.  He seemed to get on base almost every time he was up but was taken out in the later innings for a pinch hitter.  That was when I lost interest.  The game ended with fireworks and a movie.  We never did find out what movie was featured.  They never said.  It must not have been a very good movie because just about everyone left after fireworks.
Wonderful Barney…how I miss him.  
Of course when we left the game,  the car was nowhere to be found.  I can’t ever find my car in the Angel Stadium parking lot and last night was no different.  It took about half an hour but we eventually found it.

Crystal posed by the Don Julio truck
Fireworks after the game
Thanks for stopping by.  Hopefully the Blue Jays and Dodgers find their way this season.  GO DODGERS!!!  GO BLUE JAYS!!

Faces At Dodger Stadium

It isn’t the stadium itself or the food or even the game. What makes it special are the fans.

What can make your heart feel warmer than the look of delight on a child’s face when he gets an autograph from his hero? Thank you Corey. You made Alexander’s day.
Or the excitement of getting a game ball from the nicest Dodger bat girl Alianna.
Smiles all around when I see my best friends Veronica and Christian
A kind of smile and thumbs up from Andrew because of my Toles shirt
A grateful Austin Barnes when I gave him photos of his first major league homerun
USC night…much nicer with my buddy Marynell
And CJ can make me feel like I’m ten feet tall with his big smile. Sometimes he smiles.
Dodger Stadium. A place for families. For excitement. My blue heaven on earth.

Thanks for stopping by. GO DODGERS!


Sorry no blog today. I was almost done and the site crashed. I am working on changing over to Medium. WordPress is aggravating me too much. I upgraded to a business plan and am paying a lot for it. It isn’t worth it.  I’ll try to post something about the Colorado games in the future. Look for your pics in a later blog. Sorry!!

I’ve tried a few times and the site keeps crashing. I’m done for the day. WordPress, bad customer service.

Monday Monday

Monday’s game was another forgettable game.

It was a beautiful day however.
Michael Gonzalez threw out the first pitch.  It was his wish from Make a Wish Foundation.  He is fighting a reoccurrence of sarcoma.  Please pray for this very brave 17 year old.
Happy Birthday to Jessica.  She turned 22 on Monday.  Also hope you are feeling better Ashley.
Kike started on Monday…hmmm left handed pitcher.
Rob Segedin  was called up from minors with Rich Hill placed on DL.
Closeup of Kike’s hair.  I wonder if we have the same hair color.
What do you think Luis?  Check out the hair.
National Anthem
How beautiful is that sky?
Brandon McCarthy was pitching.
I was wearing his autographed jersey.

Someone noticed…I was actually on tv.  Thank you David Collins.  Somehow you always spot me, even from the back.

Oh yes…the food, especially the sciracha chicken was delicious!!!
Back to the game if we must.  First pitch by Brandon McCarthy who got no run support.
Rob Segedin was able to score on a sacrifice fly in the 2nd inning. 1-0.
Nothing until the bottom of the 4th when Kike hit a solo homerun. 2-0.

The D Backs followed with 2 runs in the 5th inning tying the score.  2-2.

We have to figure this out, Mac.
However, the solution was to bring Chris Hatcher out and then Luis Avilan.  Two runs later, the D Backs won the game with a score of 4-2.

The last two days were tiring.  It didn’t help that there were games everyday and work stuck in the middle.  They wanted me to go to a class but I refused since I had already been up for 30 hours.  I wanted to go home and rest on Monday before going back to the game.  Call me a sissy.

Thanks for stopping by…it can only get better.  Again, Happy Birthday Jessica.  GO DODGERS!!!

Sunday..A Day To Forget

It’s been a few days of losses.  The Dodgers were unable to win the series against the D Backs.  Rich Hill went back on the DL with that dastardly blister on his left middle finger.  Trayce went back to minors.  He was only with the team for a second.  See you soon Trayce.

Sunday’s game ended with a score of 1-3 with the Dodgers offense practically asleep.

It was hot as usual for a day game.  I think Joc agrees with me.

The food was pretty good.  That was one of the only good things about the day.  Crystal was off…another not good thing.  It was Easter Sunday.  Many families were enjoying the day at the stadium.  Dodger dogs for Easter dinner.  Way to go.
Chase started for a change
And he actually signed a few autographs.
So did Yasiel as usual

Rich walked to the dugout by himself.  I wonder if he knew what would happen.
Little did we know that Rich would go out of the game soon.
Yasmani singled to right field in the 4th inning.  This was the only inning that the Dodgers scored.
Yasiel doubled, scoring Yasmani. 1-2.  
The D Backs scored in the 7th making the final score 1-3.  

It was a tiring game.  I felt more tired because I knew I had to go to work.  Some games seem to go on and on and this was one.

Thanks for checking in even when the Dodgers lose!!!  GO DODGERS!!!

Jackie Robinson Day

There isn’t a more emotional day than Jackie Robinson Day, especially at Dodger Stadium.  It’s a day that we honor a brave, ground breaking man and his legacy.  We have all been touched with prejudice in our lifetime, some more than others.  How we face what we have to, determines our lives.

A statue was unveiled and dedicated to him.  I didn’t go to the dedication ceremony which was good for me since the information was incorrect, that season ticket holders could attend.  Only a chosen few were allowed to go in and sit down for the formal ceremony.  Everyone else had to stand outside.  I decided to just go to early batting practice.  They showed the entire ceremony on the Jumbotron.  The stadium giveaway that day was a replica of the statue.
It was nice to see my favorite people at the stadium.  I hadn’t seen the twins since last year and was amazed how they had grown. They are almost 2 years old.
Let’s not forget the food!!
But it was definitely Jackie Robinson’s day.  His wife Rachel and her family honored the Dodgers with their presence during the MLB wide celebration of Jackie’s legacy.  Also nice was seeing Andre Ethier taking part in the ceremony.  We all miss Andre.
Pitching that day was Kenta Maeda.  It was a hard fought battle with Maeda coming out of the game early.
First pitch
In the first inning Logan doubled.
Corey singled, scoring Logan.  1-0
Justin doubled, Corey to 3rd.
Yasiel out on a sacrifice fly, scoring Corey. 2-0.
In the second inning, the D Backs were able to get the lead with Nick Ahmed’s 3 run homerun. 2-3.

Austin Barnes hit a solo homerun in the 2nd inning tying the score.  3-3.
Scott Van Slyke went to first on a throwing error, Logan singled, Scott to 3rd.  Corey out on a sacrifice fly scoring Scott.  4-2.
In the 5th inning,  Kike doubled.  With Austin striking out, Kike went to 3rd.  Scott Van Slyke drew an intentional walk.  He then stole 2nd base and Kike scored on a throwing error by the D Backs catcher.  Oops.  5-4.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Yasiel hit a 3 run homerun scoring Corey and Justin.  Let the celebration begin!!
One of the highlights of the game for me was seeing this adorable cutie.  I always thought she was the most beautiful baby in the stadium but now she is absolutely the cutest LITTLE GIRL.  How she grew in one year.

It was a fulfilling win on one of the most emotional days of the year.  Thanks for stopping by.  GO DODGERS!!!