Premium Batting Practice 2017

One of the funnest events of the year for premium season ticket holders is the premium batting practice. It is a chance for those who aspire to be professional baseball players to actually hit a baseball at Dodger Stadium. There is always good food, lots of fun, pictures and games.
First item of business was the professional photograph taken as you walk in. Haha. Looks like a glamor shot.
This is the way it looks before they fix it up. There were already shadows around the stadium.
The main purpose of the event was to actually shag some balls. I didn't participate.
The food was good as usual.
I had to take my annual shot in the dugout.
They always give us some sort of gift. This year it was a cap.
There was a fun photo booth where you could take pictures.
Always have to pose in front of the World Series trophy. Who knows? Maybe this year….!
I had to make sure my seat was still there.
It was a fun event. We always look forward to it.
Thanks for stopping by. GO DODGERS!!!!

Yu

The big news of the day is the acquisition of Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers. The Dodgers didn't have to give up much which was a huge surprise. I thought they would have to give up the "farm". I have always liked Yu from the time he played in Japan. He was every Japanese girls' heart throb. The Dodgers acquired him the last minute when I thought that it was a lost cause. I had told Kenta Maeda's wife on Saturday to ask her husband to put in a good word. I heard that Kenta's and Yu's friendship is a definite positive for Yu's move. More power to the management. From this acquisition it is obvious that the Dodgers want to go to the World Series.
The Dodgers also acquired two left handed pitchers to strengthen the bullpen: Tony Watson from the Pirates and Tony Cingrani from the Cincinnati Reds for Scott Van Slyke and Henri Clementine. Good bye to Scotty who has been pretty much languishing in Triple A this whole season.
I can't wait until the Dodgers return to LA. There are only 8 home games in August. 😩 They will not return until August 11 when they face the Padres again in a 3 game series. There are only 21 home games left. And then there will be the Post Season!!
I still have to download the pictures from the Sunday game….sorry. The final game against the Giants was probably one of the most exciting of the whole season. I had to go to work after the game at midnight so I was hoping for a quick game. It went into 11 innings so it was not to be. The Dodgers have managed to pull off wins when it seemed impossible. Every night there is a different hero. Don't you totally love it? On Sunday it was Kyle Farmer, a backup catcher who came up only 2 days before.
I saw him during batting practice. I think I was the only one who recognized him. As he walked by, I asked him if he would autograph my hat…that infamous "I never get any autographs" hat. He was surprised that anyone knew who he was. He gladly signed and I was brave enough to ask him for a selfie. Of course after that the other fans descended on him although they had no idea who he was. During batting practice, they usually are not wearing their numbers.
The picture is a bit blurry but there it is.
The "I don't get autographs" hat is getting full. I am going to call it the World Series hat, I think. It sure looks like the Dodgers are headed in that direction. There are still so many nay sayers out there who tell me that they always seem to screw up in the post season. THIS IS THE TEAM. When the management went out and made the team even stronger with the pitching acquisitions, I knew it was getting serious.
And here is our selfie. Little did I know that I was taking a picture with the player who would be responsible for the huge walk off double in the 11th inning. I call it the good luck selfie. I know all those band wagon fans who were able to snag an autograph from him felt lucky that they happened to be standing next to me.
I will be posting later this week about the Sunday game. I again want to thank my wonderful Starbucks. They are the best. My Starbucks is located on Willow and Cherry in Long Beach. Here is Bee again with her BF at a Dodgers game. I spend hours at Starbucks writing this blog. They always welcome me although I usually only get one cup of coffee.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope everyone is having a great week. And I have my fingers crossed that the Dodgers do as well. They have a 9 game winning streak. Kenta San had a great game again. The Dodgers are now 75-31, 14 1/2 games ahead of the Rockies, 35 games ahead of the evil Giants. They have won 71% of their games so far. The Astros have a record of 69-37. They have won 65% of their games. WOW!!! GO DODGERS!! I miss you guys!! I can't wait until you are back!!

Saturday Day Game…What?

Yes, it was a day game on Saturday. The temperature was supposed to be a tolerable 80 degrees but it felt more like 180 degrees. It was the 2nd of three games with the San Francisco Giants. And it also was the Dodger Wives Mystery Ball Fundraiser. I love this fundraiser because as I’ve said before, everyone wins. They were to be on 3 levels of the stadium: loge, club and field level.
I couldn’t start writing about Saturday without first writing about the wonderful thing that happened to me on Friday night. A group from the 3rd base club gave me a surprise birthday celebration. Special thanks to my buddy Crystal who organized the event, to Mario for doing such a wonderful job decorating the cake, and to all my friends at 3rd base club. It actually made my cry although I’m totally not sentimental about my birthday. Isn’t the cake beautiful. I’m saving most of it for my birthday which is Aug 4 but I had to sneak a taste. It is delicious.
Also on Friday night, I was able to get Corey Seager’s autograph on my hat. He had his arms full and was running into the dugout. I asked him if he would autograph my hat. He hesitated, saw it was me, dropped everything to my surprise and signed it. That was the only autograph that he signed that day. I felt so lucky. That day, Corey hit two homeruns and made a huge defensive play. Karma.
Back to Saturday. My goal was to go to all three places that the Dodger wives and girlfriends were stationed with those mystery balls. I had forgotten my camera anyway so I wasn’t going to be able to take any good pictures. I went first to the Suite Level by the Vin Scully Press Box.
I saw the beautiful Mrs. Dave Roberts. She happily posed for a picture. I didn’t purchase a ball there. They were still getting organized.
The Dodger girl friends were just arriving. Ellen Kershaw was behind one table. She wore a cap shading her face so I thought maybe she didn’t want to be bothered so I didn’t even say hi to her. I took some pics of the girls at random. I decided to go up to Loge level behind home plate to see who would be up there.
Just who I wanted to meet…Mrs Kenta Maeda. She spoke perfect English and was very nice. I told her to tell her husband I had bought a ball. She said she couldn’t guarantee that it would be her husband’s. I told her I was the fan that called her husband Kenta-San which was the extent of my Japanese. She thought that was funny. Here we are together. 


 There was almost no fans there. Maybe that’s why she was alone.
I went down to field level to see who I would find. I was hoping to see Kourtney, Justin Turner’s girlfriend. She has always been very nice to me. I didn’t see her but it seemed most of the others were there. I found out that she was a little late. I’m so sorry I missed her.

Here is a list of player autographs. Each one of these autographs are highly desirable ones. I actually have all of them except maybe Logan’s but that’s probably because I’ve never asked him. We could use a credit card. Uh oh. I knew I was in trouble. I had brought cash but I also had my card. I’m not really much into autographs but this was a charity event so I was all in.

On the other levels, they only accepted cash.
I got into trouble on the field level. It was so much fun I went back 3 times. Crazy thing is that I kept forgetting to get the balls that I had purchased. I had the girlfriends pick the balls out for me. We kept saying that it would probably be Sergio Romo. Wait….I like him. I wouldn’t be unhappy. I haven’t opened any of the bags. I hope I got all the bags that I paid for. Oh well!! That’s not really the reason I went to the fundraiser.
The first Dodger wife I saw on field level was the funny, beautiful Amanda McCarthy, Brandon’s wife. She was the only one not wearing her husband’s jersey. I wanted to ask her if she wanted to borrow mine. She remembered that I had that jersey and that I wore it every time Brandon pitched. She told me that meant a lot to him, that he gets the fans’ support. I told her he was one of the nicest Dodgers. She said it was like sending a child off to school. That it was nice to hear that the child is behaving. I thought that was so funny.
Mariana Vicente is Kike’s fiancĂ©. Her engagement ring was over-the-top fantastic. She definitely is a model, wearing the Dodger jersey in her unique way.

Gianni Jansen, Nicole Rappaport (Austin’s girlfriend), Suzanna Villarreal (Alex’s girlfriend)

Two of my favorites: Mady Van Ham (Corey’s girlfriend) and Andrea (Yasiel’s girlfriend). Notice how cute the “66” is on Andrea’s jersey.
How about all of them together…oops, look who photo bombed them!! They are really a friendly nice group. One of the cutest selfies ever.
I totally adore Andre, Yasiel’s girlfriend and mother to little Daniel. I told her I was going to tell Yasiel that he should marry her.
They loved my phone case which features pictures of the Dodgers. Mady asked me where Corey’s picture was. I told her I hadn’t gotten one of him yet and she told me to tell him he had to take one with me. Hehehe. She was sooo cute.
We all were friends by the time I left. I love all of them.


Before I left, I had them autograph a ball for me. I probably have the only Dodger wives and girlfriends autographed ball. They kept asking me if I was sure I wanted them to autograph it, that they would ruin it. They are so awesome. Amanda McCarthy signed on the sweet spot.
I hated to leave them but after all I was there to see the game.
The food in the club was amazing. The chicken was yummy and the BBQ brisket was delicious. I sat in the club during the entire game so I had seconds and thirds. I actually had fun.
I was happy that one of my best buds Yoshiko was also in the club with her husband. We always take the best selfies. They kept me company. Everyone in the 3rd base club are the best. Heads up to manager Luis and the excellent chefs headed by Bud. Love them all for their hard work and patience.
When I went out to the field I was happy to see Amy, the best bat girl ever.
Rich Hill was warming up. I was wearing my Rich Hill tee shirt to show my support. TV photographer Fernando likes to take my picture when the player walks by since I usually wear the pitchers jersey or tee shirt.
Logan was first to come out to the field as usual.
Then Chris Taylor or CT3 as everyone likes to call him. He is the perfect baseball player: offensively and defensively.
Corey. OK now Corey…Mady says to take a picture with me.
Yasiel. He hasn’t been on the field lately so it was good to see him.
The National Anthem
Rich and Yasmani walked down that already hot simmering field to the dugout. I’m exaggerating a little but I thought it was hot.
Here are a couple of pics for you, Amy.
First pitch. And that was about the time I went back up to the club. Sorry about the picture quality. I took these with my IPhone 7+
I started this blog while I was in the air conditioned club. I have to confess that I didn’t pay much attention to the game. I was watching it on the big screen tv’s they have up there.

Rich pitched well going 3 2/3 innings with a perfect game, considering he’s been dealing with a nasty cold. There has been a virus going around the clubhouse so almost everyone has been down with a cold. He left the game in the 6th inning.
The Dodgers had scored in the 1st inning with a Corey Seager double, a Justin Turner walk, and then Cody hitting a single, scoring Corey. 1-0.
In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Corey hit another double, Cody singled to right field scoring Corey. 2-0.
But in the top of the 4th inning, Hunter Pence hit a solo homerun. 2-1.
In the top of the 6th inning Rich Hill was replaced with Pedro Baez for the last out of the inning.
The Giants were out in order in the 7th inning.
Kenley came out in the 9th inning to close the game. The score had basically remained the same since the Hunter Pence homerun.


And the Dodgers eked out a 2-1 victory over the Giants.
On Sunday Hyun-Jin Ryu 3-6 ERA 4.17 will face ace Madison Baumgarner 1-4 ERA 3.38 in the last game of the Dodgers-Giants series. The Dodgers are aiming to complete another sweep. Ryu has not had a win since June 17.
I will not ever again forget my camera. I can’t believe that I did that.
Thank you to Yoshiko for keeping me company.
Thanks for stopping by. No…I haven’t opened all those bags with the surprise balls. I will eventually I suppose. Let’s hope for another sweep. The Dodgers only have 8 games in August so they will not be back until August 11. I will be missing them big time. However I will be working the whole time. There are only 21 home games left. They have 30 away games left. The Dodgers have won 73 games, having won 70% of their games. The Astros have won 68 games winning 66% of their games. The Dodgers have been phenomenal this season.
GO DODGERS!!!

Seventy Wins

The Dodgers are the first team to win 70 games this season. There are still many games left to play. I thought I would point this out because last season there were teams who did not win that many even by the end of the season. The Dodgers seem to be on their way to post season play. The Rockies and the D Backs are both now 12 1/2 games out of first but are still contenders for the wild card. First place in the NL East are the Nationals who have won 59 games and the Brewers in the NL Central with 54 games. It’s pretty much the same in the AL except for the Astros who have won 67 games. In that division, Seattle is the closest but are 17 games out of first and are not really in contention for the wild card.
The Dodgers have a 4 game winning streak. Yesterday they played the Twins and beat them for the 2nd day in a row.
Tuesday was a gorgeous day weather wise. It wasn’t too hot and there weren’t that many fans at early batting practice. It wasn’t a giveaway day. Wednesday will be crowded and unpleasant since it will be Kershaw bobblehead day. I hate bobblehead days.
Every once in a while I meet extra special fans. Tuesday was such a day.
Here’s Anthony with his son. Anthony is a fireman. I totally respect fire fighters for the service they do. They had Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager jerseys. I had my fingers crossed that they could get them signed.
I was touched that Anthony gave me a picture of our all star team. I plan to have it framed.
Here’s Lisa one of my favorite people at Dodger Stadium.
Andre Ethier at the dugout.
Doc hurried through. If anyone wonders how he got his name…his initials are D.R. Get it??
I added a few more autographs to my now crowded hat. Rich Hill is one of them. Try guessing the others. That’s Chris Woodward on the inside.
Speaking of Chris…On Saturday they are having the annual Wives and Significant Others autographed baseball grab bag for charity. Each grab bag is $40. They will be in on each level. Please support this great cause. You’ll be able to meet them. I met Chris’s wife Erin and was able to see Kourtney, Justin’s fiancĂ©e again last year. It’s fun and exciting and it is a worthwhile cause.
Time to eat. The food was really spectacular. The tacos were either chicken or beef. The salads included my favorite macaroni salad.
I was happy to see Alianna. There’s Logen totally photobombing us.
Everyone knows that I write my blog at my favorite Starbucks. It’s located in Signal Hill by the Costco. My favorite barista Bee went to a Dodger game on Saturday with her friends. I give her a lot of credit that she actually sat with a Braves fan.
Can you believe that Braves hat??? Someone needs to get these girls some Dodger blue shirts!!
She and her boyfriend had a great time. Luckily she didn’t go on Thursday as planned because that game resulted in their winning streak ending. The game she did go to on Saturday was the start of their 4 game winning streak. Thank you Bee for letting me sit in Starbucks for hours doing my blog.
Back to Dodger Stadium…Kenta was walking down the field with his translator Will.
They both stared at me for a while. I used to think it was my imagination that they were looking at me. What do you think?

And of course Yasmani isn’t looking at me either.
Kenta warmed up with his famous windmill.
Then he threw a few pitches. I wish he would reach out to Yu Darvish of the Astros. There is a rumble that the Dodgers are trying to acquire him. At least Darvish would have someone to talk to and Will could translate for both of them. With Kershaw out, it would be imperative to get another starting pitcher since ours have been going on and off DL with each outing. Brandon McCarthy is on DL with that dreaded blister. Brock Stewart will be making the start on Wednesday instead.
The guys came out to stretch.
And play catch
The National Anthem
It was an exciting moment when we saw Cody signing.
And Anthony was able to get that autograph.
And who would believe that Anthony could be lucky enough to
get Corey’s autograph as well. It is a true saying that good things happen to good people. So happy for you Anthony!!
Kenta threw out his practice ball to a lucky young fan as he walked from bullpen to dugout.
By that time we were excited with anticipation. Kenta Maeda has had good games. I was confident he would do well with the hot Dodger bats backing him up.
Bob Geren the bench coach conferring with the umpires. Little did we know that they would be the cause of an 18 minute delay at the bottom of the 6th inning over batting order and substitutions.
Alianna waited for the Dodgers to take the field.
Kenta prepared himself for the first pitch.
He definitely has to read the cheat notes inside his hat first
And make sure I’m ready with my camera
play with the beanbag
stretch
First pitch
In the top of the 1st inning, the Twins were out in order.
In the bottom of the 1st inning, the Dodgers also were out in order.
In the top of the 2nd inning, the Twins were again out in order with Escobar striking out, Rosario grounding out and Kepler lining out to left field. So far so good.
In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Cody walked. Smart move on Minnesota’s part.
Yasmani ground into a force out with Cody out at 2nd. I know..you did end up on 1st. He was left on base. Talk about the looks he’s sending my way.
In the top of the 3rd inning, Polanco walked. Zack Granite singled scoring Polanco. 0-1. Kills me that the Twins were able to score first. Joe Mauer walked but was left on base. Oh well, just one run. It could have been much worse.
In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Yasiel hit a single to left field. I keep saying that the Dodgers should try for the small ball to get on base.
Kenta hit a sacrifice bunt sending Yasiel to 2nd.
Corey hit a single to left field with Yasiel going to 3rd. Justin was unable to bring anyone in hitting a fly to center. Corey and Yasiel was left on base. I was getting frustrated.
In the top of the 4th inning, Rosario singled to right field but was left on base.
Cody hit a line drive single to right field in the bottom of the 4th inning. The ground balls are working.
With Yasmani batting, Cody stole 2nd base.

Joc Pederson doubled scoring Cody and tying the score. 1-1.

Chase Utley singled to left field.

Yasiel Puig singled on another line drive to right field scoring Joc. 2-1. The Dodgers pulled ahead.
Kenta hit his 2nd sacrifice bunt advancing Chase to 3rd and Yasiel to 2nd.

Chris Taylor hit a line drive double to left field scoring Chase and Yasiel 4-1.
The ground ball line drives are doing the trick.
In the top of the 5th inning there was a challenge on the play to 1st base. Dozier reached 1st on a throwing error. Joe Mauer singled. Escobar singled scoring Dozier. 4-2.
In the bottom of the 5th inning. The Dodgers were out in order with Justin striking out, Bellinger hitting a fly ball out to left field (Guys…ground balls are working), and Yasmani hitting a fly out to left field.
In the top of the 6th inning Maeda was replaced by Luis Avilan. The Twins were out in order. In the bottom of the 6th inning there was that long 18 minute delay. There was a rules check which went all the way to New York. I mean really. None of the fans knew what was going on. I was up in the club waiting for my 7th inning ice cream which was slowly melting.
After the long delay Yasiel singled to left field. Logan singled on a line drive to center scoring Joc who was on base. 5-2. Chris Taylor doubled scoring Logan. 6-2.
In the top of the 7th inning, Josh Ravin who had just come up from minors that day came into the game to close. The Twins were out in order. In the bottom of the 7th inning the Dodgers were also out in order with a comfortable cushion of 6-2.
In the top of the 8th inning, Joe Mauer walked but Escobar hit a line drive out to Yasiel, Sano struck out and Kepler popped out ending the inning.
Sometimes I feel like I’m being watched. Gulp!
Chase hit a single to left field but was left on base.


Always wipe your hands on your pants.
We have to give Josh Ravin credit for a 4 inning save. The Twins were out in order in the 9th inning.
Up and over the rails with the win. Be careful you guys on DL…yes you Adrian, Brandon and Clayton.


It was a fun win..final score 6-2. My blog only crashed 9 times. I am so frustrated.
Thanks again to Starbucks for putting up with me. Thank you Bee.
Wednesday our Brock Stewart 0-0 ERA 0.000 will face Ervin Santana 11-7 ERA 3.26. Brock is Dodgers No. 10 prospect. Good luck Brock. Of course being a rookie, Brock will be on a pitch limit.
Thanks everyone for stopping by. GO DODGERS!!! AYYYY this blog keeps crashing. I don’t dare edit it. Sorry for any typo’s!!

Bartolo vs Hyun-Jin

Forty-four year old Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Bartolo Colon began the game looking like he would get a win against the first place Dodgers. He didn't realize he was pitching against the come-from-behind Dodgers. I was amazed at this veteran pitcher and his long tenure. He lasted several innings. But then the Dodgers warmed up.
It was a gorgeous day. It was warm but the sun wasn't blasting us. There was a nice cloud cover.
I looked for Trayce. I knew he was sent down to minors again when I couldn't spot him on the field. I had a feeling that he wouldn't stay in the majors since he simply wasn't hitting. So Trayce was sent down and 30 year old Edward Paredes was sent up. He was a veteran of 12 minor league seasons and was finally being given the chance.
I went up to the club to eat. I was surprised to see clam bake. They had served it last season but I knew many people aren't fond of fish. And those who don't like seafood don't like the smell. I savored every bite.
They also served a yummy southwest chopped salad. They had turkey on the menu but instead had pork at the chef station. Everything was especially delicious. The sausage kale Alfredo was seasoned with garlic, onion, red pepper flakes and Parmesan cheese.
My friends Robert and Matt were enjoying their food at their seats.
Yasmani was already down the field. The pitchers and catchers haven't been taking the traditional walk down the field from dugout to bullpen, preferring instead to go underground.
Hyun-Jin Ryu had come off of DL to pitch. He had taken a ball off his foot his last outing.
He stared a long time in my direction.
I mean…he stared a long time in my direction. I always wonder what they are thinking.
Then he started his stretching.
Dodger Stadium is a great place for good friends to meet.
Ryu continued his workout.
As I've said before…Chris Taylor isn't human. He always seems to get on base. He is the impetus for the Dodgers.
The other players came out to stretch. I was totally in love with the magnificent sky.
Justin Turner received the Heart and Hustle award from last year's manager of the year, our own Dave Roberts.
The National Anthem.
Justin signed a few autographs for some lucky fans. It was after all, Justin Turner jersey day.
Yasmani and pitching coach Honey walked down the field without Ryu. Ryu never takes that walk.
Joc ran out on the field and ran right back into the dugout. Not sure what that was about.
Logan Forsythe signed a few autographs. Mikey got an autograph for another fan and believe it or not, the 8 year old said "can you sign it on the sweet spot?" Thank you Mikey!!
First pitch by Ryu
Miguel Sano singled but was left on base. That was pretty much all in the top of the first inning.
44 year old Bartolo Colon came out to pitch. He looked like someone's grandpa actually. He surprised everyone.
Chris Taylor singled to right field but was left on base with Corey grounding out and Justin flying out to center field.
In the top of the 2nd inning, the Twins were out in order. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, the Dodgers also were out in order.
In the top of the 3rd inning, the Twins were again out in order. Ryu was doing well. And so was Colon.

With much drama, Puig hit a single but was left on base with Ryu hitting a sacrifice bunt which was right on target but with Chris Taylor popping out.
In the top of the 4th, Ryu got into some trouble with Joe Mayer hitting a single, Eduardo Escobar walking and Eddie Rosario doubling scoring Escobar 0-1. Robbie Grossman walked. Jason Castro hit a double to left field scoring Rosario. 0-2. There was a challenge on the play on the throw from Corey to Yasmani at home plate, cutting down Grossman who totally missed the plate on the slide. That throw prevented another run to score. Way to go guys.
Justin singled to right field but was left on base.
In the top of the 5th inning Granite singled and Joe Mayer walked but both were left on base. Ryu was doing well allowing only two runs.
In the bottom of the 5th inning, Yasmani hit a solo homerun. 1-2. The crowd suddenly came to life. The bats had been pretty quiet through 4 innings for the Dodgers. The way it's been, sometimes the Dodgers start scoring late in the game. I always say, only one Dodger has to get a walk, a base hit, anything, and then magic seems to happen.
Then Joc Pederson also hit a solo homerun tying the score. 2-2. Back to back homeruns!!! How unbelievable is that?
Then Yasiel tripled.
They decided to take Ryu out replacing him with Chase who filed out to center.
There was some discussion among the Twins whether to keep Colon in or not. They chose to keep him in. Not smart. I think he was getting tired. It was already 5 innings.
Chris Taylor singled scoring Yasiel. 3-2. The Dodgers pulled ahead.
Corey singled, Chris going to 3rd. Justin lined out ending the inning.
In the top of the 6th inning, Grant Dayton replaced Ryu. Almost right off the bat, he allowed a solo homerun to Eddie Rosario tying the score. 3-3. I was dreading extra innings. Grossman singled and Jason Castro doubled. Thank goodness, Grant was taken out and was replaced by Josh Fields. However Granite walked. Kepler struck out and Dozier hit a fly to Yasiel Puig who made a fantastic catch preventing 3 runs. That was the game changing play. What happened to our relievers???
In the 6th inning, the Dodgers were all struck out with Buddy Boshers replacing Bartolo Colon.
In the top of the 7th inning Sano walked when he was hit by a pitch. Rosario doubled scoring Sano. 3-4. Rosario was left on base when Adrianza popped out.
In the bottom of the 7th inning, the Dodgers were out in order. It was time for the Dodgers to make their move.
In the top of the 8th inning, Edward Paredes came out to relieve Josh Fields. So far our relievers have looked terrible. It was up to Paredes, in his MLB debut, to make a difference. It was his once in a lifetime chance. He had a perfect 8th inning inducing a Jason Castro fly, a Zack Granite line drive out, and a Max Kepler ground out. Way to go Edward!!
In the bottom of the 8th inning, the Dodgers did what they do best. They came from behind.
Chris singled to center field.


Justin singled to left field, Chris going to 2nd.
And then Cody Belinger came up to bat. We all held our breaths because we all had a feeling he would do what he does best.

He hit a 3 run homerun to center field bringing the Dodgers back on top. 6-4.
The mood changed in Dodger Stadium.
The guys were all smiles.
Kenley came out to save the game.
Dozier popped out but Joe Mauer walked. Sano was out on a foul tip. With 2 out, pinch hitter Jorge Polanco ground out. Dodgers win!!!
They all took the shortcut over the rail including our hurt ace Clayton. Yikes!!


It was a sweet victory. Ryu did well. The Dodgers were able to get yet another come-back win, their 26th this season. They are the come-back kids. This was the Dodgers 69th win making them the best team in Major League Baseball.
On Tuesday, Kenta Maeda 8-4 ERA 4.23 will make the start. Brandon McCarthy is nursing a finger blister and is on the 10 day DL. He will face Twins Jose Berrios 9-3 ERA 3.50.
Thanks for stopping by. WordPress only crashed my blog 5 times today. FRUSTRATION!!! GO Dodgers!!

Highlights of the Weekend

It was a difficult thing to watch. I had forgotten what it was like for the Dodgers to actually lose a game. Suddenly they were on a 2 game losing streak against the Atlanta Braves.
It started on Thursday when the Dodgers lost 3-6. I was stuporous. The game on Friday was even worse. The Dodgers lost 3-12. Where had our team gone? Our MLB leading team were playing little league baseball.
I haven't posted in a while mainly because of WordPress. My blog keeps getting dumped into crash land. I have gotten frustrated and just quit blogging. There are a few highlights so I'll try to make it through this blog and hope it doesn't crash.
Did you know Justin has personalized lower leg pads? I guess that's to keep his separate from everyone else's.
Amy gave me Trayce's foul ball. I wish it were a homerun ball.
The first two games of the series were worth sleeping through
These veterans hurt protecting our country are an awesome group.
Chris Taylor is a robot. How can he possibly be this good?
Corey has a sweeeeet swing.
The Dodgers know how to celebrate after a walk off. Give Logan a little love but please don't hurt him.
Clayton has a back injury….please please get well quick. We need you.
Matt Kemp is still a gorgeous hunk. Quit all your booing!!
Losing those two games made Chase even grayer. Yikes
Austin is a hero even if he is the backup catcher
Justin does sign autographs contrary to popular belief
Dodger Stadium is gorgeous. Can we all agree on that?
Is it a little scary to be responsible for a walk off?
Even tennis players are tall. Yikes.
Rich Hill is the sweetest nicest pitcher ever IMO.
Dave Styles needs to smile more often
Actually, Dave, smile!!

Mikey is an awesome kid. Look at all the autographs on his hat!! You go Mikey.
Fernando is my idol, my role model. His camera must weigh 50 pounds!! Love you Fernando.
Spycam on bullpen is fun. Why don't these guys look happy?
There are only cute kids at Dodger Stadium.
No Dave, I said smile….! Silly!!
You forgot to wear my jersey??? OMG. I think Alex will never forgive me.
The moment that Dodger Stadium stood still. This may be what changes the way the season goes. Pray for Clayton.
Amy is a goddess in her Dodger Stadium world
Can you guess what autographs are on my hat? Hints: two pitchers, one rookie, one hard to get autograph, one of my all time faves. I may never catch up with Mikey.
Trayce is beautiful. Thought I would just throw that in.
The cookies in third base club are the best.
Our guys be loving each other
Shawn Green is still gorgeous
Andre can actually take a picture with me without making a silly face
Uh oh, spotted by Dave and crew. I think I'm in trouble.
Chris Taylor is taller than he looks on the field
So is Austin….thank you guys!!
I can actually take a decent picture with Kenta. This is the 4th try.
Thank you Amanda for being such a wonderful Dodger rep and friend!! My birthday is coming up Aug 4…could I be on the field again this homestand. Just asking for a friend….!
Trayce….my dream come true
Matt will never be the guy on the other team…he is the same sweet sweet person.
Matt and Norma
Ayyyy. I love this pic.
In case you are wondering whose backside is in a lot of my pictures, it's 3rd base coach Chris Woodward. Here's his frontside.
Rod Fukuzaki of Channel 7 sports took this selfie. he asked me if I would do an interview. I told him I was too shy. Well, I am!!

This blog has crashed 5 times. I think I should call it a day. Monday our Ryu 3-6 ERA 4.21 comes off of DL to face 44 year old Bartolo Colon 2-9 ERA 8.19. Colon is considering retirement. The Dodgers have not faced the Minnesota Twins since 2005. Cody was 10 years old.
GO DODGERS!!! Thanks everyone for being patient with me. WordPress has not been good to me!!!

Kershaw

The latest news on Kershaw today is that he went out after the first inning with lower back tightness. Let's hope it's not going to be a prolonged injury. Maybe the management should go out and try to get Yu Darvish from the Rangers. Our pitchers tend to be injury prone. Is it just my imagination or do they go out on DL after each outing? Just saying….