I look at yesterday’s game as something very positive. It was the return of our pitcher Hiroki Kuroda. It was 22 days since he was hit in the head by a line drive. I remember how I felt, that horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. I didn’t know if he was alive. His wife thought he was gone.
He was back yesterday. Here he is warming up before the game. He looked unscathed. In fact he looked great.
I marveled how resilient he is. He wanted to come back because his team needed him.
He seemed to show no fear.
He is an example to the rest of the team.
He seemed to be happy to be back with us.
The game had a start time of 510pm so it was still hot. You can see Ausmus with his glove on his head to shield the sun.
The players were happy to run back into the clubhouse
Juan Pierre was in center field instead of Matt Kemp. I think Matt should always play. He is strong defensively and offensively. I suppose he needs some rest sometimes.
Orlando Hudson or O Dog as we call him was stretching
Here is Andre with dark glasses on.
Here’s my security person Juan again to remind me not to run on the field. He must have seen me looking at Andre.
Here comes the relief pitchers with Jeff Weaver and his trademark cup in hand. Our Bullpen has been outstanding this year.
There’s Russell Martin. You can see that the shadows are just starting to be cast over the field. That makes it difficult for the pitcher and the players to see the ball. Be careful, Kuroda-san.
There’s Russell looking directly at me. I thought he was going to say something to me.
A closeup of Russell
My best friend Marynell was there working as the stadium doctor. She came down to visit me. She looks fantastic with her new haircut, doesn’t she?? She donated her long hair to Locks of Love for children who lose their hair undergoing treatment for cancer. Isn’t she amazing? She was wearing a Dodger teeshirt under her scrubs for luck.
Here is Kuroda-san making his way to the Dodger Dugout. I wonder what he was thinking. He usually walks with the catcher but I think he had a lot on his mind.
Russell caught up with him. I had an emotional day watching the amazing Hiroki Kuroda pitching his heart out.
Manny had a different Do Rag on his head under his cap. It was white. You can see that parts of the field are shady
And the area between first and shortstop are sunny. How confusing is that?? You can see James Loney at first and Raffy Furcal at shortstop
There’s Andre loping along
The good year blimp kept flying over the stadium The sound of the engine kind of creeped me out. It certainly didn’t bring the Dodgers any “good” luck.
There seemed to be quite a lot of discussion around the pitcher’s mound. Maybe they’re trying to figure out what happened to the Dodgers offense. I wish they would tell Joe Torre.
Even more discussion.
Oh no Heath Bell!!!
Kuroda did well considering he had not pitched in 22 days and seemed a bit rusty finding the right location.
The Dodgers actually came within one run with a double by Andre Ethier in the seventh inning scoring Loretta and Furcal to make it 4-3.
The Dodgers did have 8 hits but they need timely hits. Their offense has taken a dive. I hope that they overcome whatever problems they are having.
This series with the Padres taught me something. I was much more open minded about the other team. I looked at them as favorites of Kaybee and Hyun Young and could see why they love their team so much. Some comments made by Bud Black the manager made me have even more respect for him. He had spoken of the Dodgers as a team with balance, a team with no real holes. He also felt that they had shored up their bench and added depth. This was before yesterdays game. I already decided I liked him when he signed Hyun Young’s ball for me. So young lady, treasure that ball signed by a true gentleman.
Today’s game is already underway. I had stopped writing this entry to take my Dad out to get a Happy Meal from MacDonalds. He loves the french fries. It is Labor Day and I thought I would treat my Dad. Hopefully the game goes the Dodgers way. They need it to keep their spirits up.
Have a beautiful Labor Day. Thanks for stopping by everyone and also thanks again for making my blog #31.
Mmmmm, these french fries are goooood.