Now That The Season Is Over

Baseball season is over. The next few empty months loom ahead of me. Spring Training seems very far away. Fan Fest is still two months away. There are several thoughts going through my mind.

I’m forever grateful that Clayton has decided to stay with the Dodgers. I seriously had my doubts that he would leave the only team he has ever known.

I’ve followed him his entire career and have seem him develop into one of the finest human beings ever. I knew that money wouldn’t send him to another team as it did Zack Greinke. I also have noticed that he has a set routine every game. Do you remember when the game didn’t start exactly on time when the other pitcher and manager walked across his path? He had a complete meltdown. That’s typical Clayton. I just couldn’t see him starting with another team. He has many charities going in Southern California along with Kershaw’s Challenge in Africa. I think he will be a Dodger for life.

There always are changes in staff. Usually there are huge changes in the team. Manny Machado seems to be headed to the Phillies. I always did like Manny no matter how down the media and fans are toward him. I can only say that he was ALWAYS nice to me. he always gave me special attention even to the point he would stand in front of me and pose for pictures before every game.

At first I thought it was my imagination but he would stop right in front of me while I took pictures. He would often look right at me and freeze in position while I took a shot. None of my pictures were ever blurry because he would throw in slow motion.

And when I took a selfie with him, he had the sweetest smile. By the way, he took this selfie for me.

The Manny I know…thank you for the autograph. After several months…I did ask him to sign a ball for me. He looked surprised. Maybe because I don’t get autographs anymore. The ball had been in my purse unsigned for most of the season. He almost looked grateful. Maybe he thought I didn’t like him. He would stop everyday in front of me waiting. If you can look at these pictures I took of him and still not like him, whatever.

So when people speak evil of him, I can only shake my head and say “But you never knew him like I did.” Good luck to you Manny. You will always be one of my favorites.

I’m sad to see my very favorite Chris Woodward leaving the fold. It is a good move for him since he will now be the Rangers new manager. I will miss his wonderful supportive wife trauma nurse Erin. Good luck to him and his family. My pictures won’t be the same without him blocking my view.

And Turner Ward will have to be kissed by another player since he is going to the Reds. It is a good move for him too since he will be closer to his family. Godspeed Turner. Puig will miss you.

I always can count on the Dodgers to be ignored during awards season. Even though they did go all the way to the World Series for the second year in a row, there was not one single Golden Glove award. Although Puig made all those spectacular catches and played excellent defense, once again he was ignored.

Walker Buehler is up for National League MVP. If he doesn’t get it, I totally give up on all those idiots who vote or decide.

My opinion about the World Series. MEH.

These guys walked right past me, actually brushed against me. Whatever. Not impressed.

I won’t make any negative comments because I’m not like that. I wasn’t as down on Dave Roberts as all the other fans were during the games. That being said, bullpen choices and Kenley pitching two innings in the final two games were beyond not good. The Dodgers should have won more than 1 out of the final 4 games. The Saturday game? I’ll never speak about that again.

I will miss my Dodger friends. They are what made the season best.

What can I say about the most wonderful folks on earth? I love you guys!!

Lately I’ve been taking care of a new addition to the family…my new kitten Poppy. She is a handful but will keep my mind off the huge emptiness in my life with no baseball.

Thanks everyone for following me during baseball season. I appreciate all your support and words of encouragement. I still have a lot to say about the World Series but thought it would be best to let everything settle first.

Last of all…Dodgers..I’m proud of all of you. Two World Series in a row. What can I say? Not many fans can say that they have even attended one World Series game. I went to all of them. No matter what the final outcome…you are the best. Austin..I love you. My ST jersey is washed and ready to go for Spring Training. See you all soon.

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll post often and keep you informed of what is happening. Dave Roberts is on the verge of signing a long term contract. Winter meetings are in the future. Will Ryu be signed again by the Dodgers? He wants to stay. More news coming.

World Series at Dodger Stadium

Here we go!! Dodgers are home and it’s going to be HOT!! The Dodgers love hot weather and seem to do much better when the rest of us are steaming. Dave is going to bring out the hot hitters finally to match with a right handed Red Sox pitcher. Maybe we’ll finally see some Dodger offense.

It’s my second round of World Series games. We went all the way to game 7 last season. I’m hoping we can go all the way this year. The Red Sox are a tough team but the Dodgers have grit. They will keep grinding until the last at-bat.

It was super cold in Boston. The Dodgers aren’t really used to that cold weather. Back in LA where everything is familiar, the tide will turn. Bring out our young rookie Walker Buehler. He is due for a huge game. I predict that the Dodgers will win this game. Don’t give up hope. The Dodgers have scraped their way this far. They are not going to concede this time. We have the homerun hitters, the spot-on starting pitchers, the best closer in baseball. And WE ARE HOME where Dodger fans are the best in all of baseball. No one can argue that since Dodger Stadium has broken every attendance record ever.

We’ve got this one.

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll have a blog tomorrow with details of the big win. GO DODGERS!!!!

Thoughts About the World Series

Not to be a real downer but the World Series so far has me down in the dumps. I didn’t even watch Game 2 because I could have predicted the outcome. To tell you the truth, although I am a true Dodger fan, I am surprised they have gotten this far. I was surprised after all that they won the Western Division. They have been consistently inconsistent all season. That is true even into the World Series games, sad to say. It probably has to do with the constantly changing lineups. It took half a season for them to get used to playing with each other. And then the bullpen seemed to be losing many games until they got it right. Many times the relief pitcher and also the starting pitcher was left in the game until it was just too late.

I really do love my Dodgers but watching them take all these blows in the postseason has really been torture. They have been able to pull off the wins when it was important but I think this is the end of the road for them. The Red Sox have been consistently good all season. The Dodgers have been able to see in the last 2 games how difficult it is to beat the best team in baseball.

The Dodgers come back to Dodger Stadium on Friday. I’m hoping they can win at least one game. It would be terrible for everyone’s morale if the Dodgers get swept.

My thoughts: why not leave the players in when they are hot? Why keep changing the lineup? Why start Ryu on the road when he is better at home? Kershaw has been horrible in the postseason. Considering he hasn’t really been himself all regular season, why put him out there to set him up for more postseason failure. I love Kershaw but why make him the number one pitcher in the World Series? I predict that he will not be a Dodger next season. He’ll be on a Texas team. Why Brian Dozier? He hasn’t been all that great in the regular season. The owners should have gotten Verlander when they had the chance. They should have made the extra effort and gotten the missing pieces for a better bullpen. The odds and ends are not consistently good. The only relief pitchers who seem to be good are Baez (yes, Baez) and Maeda (who is a starting pitcher). I love Alex Wood but he’s not a relief pitcher.

You put all these missing pieces together and you do not get a World Series championship team. And then have the Dodgers play the best team in baseball, and you get a dismal outcome. I predicted that the Dodgers would not win a game in Boston. It’s cold and the Dodgers are not good in the cold. Hopefully the heat in LA will help them play a little better so they don’t embarrass themselves. The way the games have gone in Boston, hopefully the Dodgers have not lost their spirit.

Keys to winning: let the hot players start the game. Forget this lefty-righty business. The other teams are wise to the sabermetric @#$$% that the Dodgers love to use. It’s obviously not working against a great team like the Red Sox. If the starting pitcher obviously is having issues, take him out before it turns into slaughter. If the pitcher doesn’t have control, he won’t get it miraculously before it’s too late. That’s been obvious. Don’t be switching the players in mid-game for whatever reason. It’s not working. Do not substitute Grandal for Barnes for any reason. So Barnes isn’t hitting but neither is Grandal. The Dodgers can’t afford to get any passed balls.

The only reason I look forward to the games at Dodger Stadium is because I’ll be glad to see my Dodgers one last time and also I’ll be able to say good bye to my friends. I’ll miss them until baseball season starts again.

I’m proud of my guys for getting this far so if winning the World Series is not in the cards, it’s an accomplishment to even play. We’ll all be there in our Dodger blue with our rally towels and our loudest cheers to support them. It’s been the best season ever for me. I’ve met new friends and continued friendships with the best Dodger fans on the planet.

Please stop and say hi to me if you do happen to see me.

World Series at Dodger Stadium…a dream come true. Two seasons in a row. One of these days the Dodgers will get that trophy. No matter what….I love the Dodgers.

Thanks for stopping by. Hopefully I will have a great blog on Saturday morning. See everyone soon. GO DODGERS!!!

Determined

On Thursday the Dodgers won the first game of the NLDS. The Atlanta Braves looked outmatched with Ryu pitching a gem and the Dodgers continuing their hot hitting.

The gates opened up 3 hours early so everyone could watch batting practice. However Dodger fans tend to arrive late and leave early. That was true for even play off games. As you can see the stands were pretty much empty until about 1/2 hour before the game. You could still get a playoff ticket from StubHub for only $31.

It was nice to see a few of the Dodgers in the dugout.

Manny was nice enough to sign for a persistent young fan who asked every person who walked by for a ball or autograph. Security asked him how many balls he needed. He said he was collecting them for Little League for their practice balls. I couldn’t believe he would use those treasured balls just for kids to hit around the field. I told him he should let other fans have the balls since he had gotten at least 6 from the players and coaches.

Chase was smart. He just walked by the kid.

So did Julio who was a little preoccupied with his little pink phone.

Austin was nice enough to sign for this kid although he wanted it signed on the sweet spot. How does he know what the sweet spot is and what does it matter for a child?

Kyle and Chris

I went up to the club to eat. The food was amazing. I couldn’t eat enough of the walnut shrimp and the pork belly. I first had gone to the team store and bought some post season stuff: pins and a couple of hats and shirts. I was surprised that there was an abundance of everything. These Dodger fans are surprising me. Norma arrived late and said that there still were a lot of pins left. Usually they run out before the game starts.

I hurried back to the stands but realized I was really early.

Christina was on the field warming up

I almost missed Yasmani walking down the field. Ryu was already stretching.

Ryu was picked to be the first pitcher in the playoffs. Not sure what this means except that Kershaw ALWAYS has been the first. Ryu has done well since returning from DL.

The Braves and Dodgers were introduced.

I always like the introductions with the first home game of the playoffs.

Here are a few of the players

It got smokier and smokier with each introduction since each was introduced with a little fanfare.

I felt like I was going through a forest fire. You could barely see the field.

Mike Brito threw out the first pitch caught by our own Steve Yaegar

And Fernando came out with a radar gun to see how fast the pitch was.

Then in all the smoke, a few of the players came out to throw and stretch

And then Yasmani made his way down the field by himself since Ryu never takes that walk.

Everyone was excited. The stands were beginning to fill finally.

Kike always gives the trainers a fond fairwell.

And Manny always brings a ball out and finds someone to play catch with. I know he’s not doing this for my benefit but he does throw slow motion right in front of me and he never looks directly at me. So it must be totally my imagination.

The Malones were all excited about the game.

And Dave Styles was one of the on-field announcers.

Dave, after all, is my boo

First pitch.

In the first inning Freddie Freeman was able to single but was left on base. Ryu looked pretty good but we didn’t realize then how wonderful he would be. I think that he earned the first start in the post season.

In the bottom of the first inning, lead off hitter Joc surprised us all with a solo homerun to start things off!

It was beyond exciting to see.

Justin doubled

Max walked

Cody walked with Justin to 3rd and Max to 2nd. Unfortunately Puig struck out ending the inning with bases loaded.

In the top of the 2nd inning the Braves were out in order.

Joc was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the 2nd inning.

Justin walked with Joc going to 2nd.

Then Might Max was up.

He blew the game up with a 3 run homerun making the score 4-0.

In the top of the 3rd inning the Braves were again out in order.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning the Dodgers also were out in order.

In the top of the 4th inning, Camargo and Freeman both ground out. Markakis struck out.

Ryu hit a single in the bottom of the 4th inning but was left on base. This guy can do it all!

In the top of the 5th inning the Braves finally got some hits with singles from Inciarte and Culberson but both were left on base.

In the bottom of the 5th inning Max walked but that was about it. By this time, the Braves were already on their 3rd pitcher.

In the top of the 6th inning Manny had a fielding error and Acuna Jr went to first. He was left on base.

In the bottom of the 6th inning, Kike hit a solo homerun making the score 5-0.

In the top of the 7th inning Albies hit a single but was left on base,.

In the bottom of the 7th inning Justin and Max walked but both were left on base.

It’s hard to describe how exciting postseason is. I always say that baseball brings families together.

And my good friend came down to my seat to say hi. What a nice surprise that was. She brought me the cutest Tervis tumbler. Thank you Jessica!!

In the top of the 8th inning, the Braves were out in order

In the bottom of the 8th inning Puig walked. Kike walked but everyone was left on base.

It was up to Alex Wood to close the game. Markakis singled. Floro came out to get the final out. Albies ground out to end the first game of this division series with the Dodgers beating the Braves 6-0.

It was a really good feeling win for the Dodgers. The Braves just seemed to be overmatched.

The next game would match our Clayton Kershaw with Braves SP Anibal Sanchez.

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate everyone who reads this blog. GO DODGERS!! Ten games to go.

Thoughts Going Into Game 163

Things are falling into place for Game 163. The Dodgers will clinch the Western Division on Monday. This is my prediction. It’s a day game and Dodgers do well on day games. When everyone else is sweating and complaining about the heat, they thrive. Walker Buehler will be the SP. He is a rookie but already has nerves of steel. This could be because he played baseball at Vanderbilt and knows what it’s like to be under pressure. He didn’t languish long in the minors. He has the poise of a well seasoned pitcher.

I was off work on Sunday night so I’m well rested. I don’t have to be at work until 7:30pm so I don’t have to rush home. I can watch the celebration after the game when they clinch. That sure worked out well.

Everyone questioned Roberts’ decision to have Rich Hill start on Sunday. Rich is a veteran and has been pitching well. I had every confidence in him. I was especially happy that he showed all the doubters that he is a contender. So now the Dodgers are playing for the title. Thank you Rich.

The Dodgers gave the Giants their final punch out with a 15-0 victory. Dodgers had 16 hits, 15 runs. Giants had 2 hits, no runs. The Rockies had a similar victory over the Nationals with a score of 12-0. Dodgers have a 3 game winning streak after sweeping the Giants.

And by the way, Austin hit a homerun during the game. That’s the 2nd homerun in a week. Way to go Barnesy!!!

I’m hoping that my prediction comes true. Monday is the tie breaker game. Who would have believed at the beginning of the season that the Dodgers might actually win the Western Division. If they happen to lose the tie breaker game, there is still the Wild Card race. The Cubs and Brewers will also be playing for the Central Division title. It’s definitely a “wild” race this year. It’s exciting to the very end for these 4 teams.

I had printed this ticket last week just in case. Definitely a ticket to keep as a souvenir.

I’ll be writing about the Dodgers victory and their celebration in a couple of days so stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by. GO DODGERS!!!

Norma’s Birthday

The Dodgers are not in first place anymore. Hopefully they are not on another losing streak because that would be the end for them. Hopes of a postseason are fading into the sunset. The problem with the Dodgers have been their inconsistency and their bullpen. What is the solution? I’ll discuss this later after the season is over.

I do have to post the pictures of the field experience I had on Norma’s birthday. Actually it was the day before her birthday.

The cake was delicious. Thank you Mika. No pic of Mika because she is camera-shy. The cake was from wonderful Porto’s.

There was a lot of oohing and awing over the cute presents.

The Dodgers were really nice when we were on the field.

I kept telling Norma she should ditch the hat.

Or she might poke someone’s eye out with it. Oops Cody.

Donna also had a great time. Isn’t this a great pic with Walker?

That hat!!! This is after I lightened it up. Manny looks pretty awesome though.

Clayton was definitely not feeling it.

Matt was kind of into his own thing.

And I was into my own element. This is actually the only selfie I had to take myself because the guys were happy to take the selfies for me. We all know Dave isn’t so good taking them.

I took this one with Tony Gwynn Jr. My selfies are too close because my arms are short.

And Joc had to be halfway to the bullpen

but how sweet was Dugie?

And Walker!!!

Kenley stopped long enough to take a pic with me. There’s Norma photobombing us.

And Turner Ward told us he only puckers up with Puig.

Don’t be jealous Cindy. Chris actually doesn’t have that Deer in the Headlights look in this pic.

At last a decent pic with Cody. I did take this pic. I don’t think Cody is too much into pics.

My very favorite coach…Chris Woodward. My favorite Chris.!!

Alex!! I’ll still wear your jersey when you pitch no matter what.

Here’s the selfie I’ve waiting for all season. Austin really isn’t into pics. He did take this selfie for me.

Of all the pictures, this one is my favorite. Not sure why. Manny….!

Meanwhile back at the farm…or should I say Club.

Sunday was Fan Appreciation Day. It was also Norma’s actual birthday. Thank you Norma for including me in your birthday celebration complete with on-field and birthday cake!

It’s been a long season…a definite roller coaster ride. One huge positive for me was Matt Kemp. He has always been my all-time favorite Dodger. I wish that the Dodgers could have gone to the playoffs for him. I also wanted that for Tommy who is now 91 years old. And for Norma’s Dad. I’ll always be a Dodger fan no matter whether they win or lose because they are my family!! There is always next season.

The biggest surprise for me was this text message I got on my phone. I happened to check my messages before leaving the club. And my smart phone informed me that this message was probably junk because the phone number wasn’t in my contact list.

The last time I won a prize on Fan Appreciate Day was a few years ago. My prize was a $100 gift certificate to a wonderful Mexican Restaurant. My Dad, sister and I ate $100 worth of the most delicious shrimp dishes on earth. I also told a little white lie and said it was my birthday so the Mariachi band put a sombrero on my head and played Happy Birthday to me. Nice memories.

What could my surprise be? I was shocked to learn that I had won 2 Dugout seats for Opening Day 2019. Why am I so lucky? I haven’t landed back on earth yet. It was a nice way to end Norma’s birthday. She is my guest on Opening Day.

Thanks everyone for reading my blog this season. I appreciate all of you. I’ll continue to write when there is something to report.

Tonight the Hyun-Jin Ryu 6-3 ERA 2.00 will face Giants Madison Bumgarner 6-6 ERA 3.20. The Rockies will face the sorry Phillies who have already rolled over and played dead during this series. It makes one wonder if they just have given up. Seriously, Phillies…wake up and win a freaking game. You losers!!! I probably won’t even follow the game.

Go DODGERS!!!