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Only in Hollywood

“Only in Hollywood” is a new movie airing on the MLB network on Sunday. I was invited to a special screening on Tuesday.

What an amazing movie!! I cried through most of it. Anyone who is a Dodger fan will love this movie.

The movie was presented in Burbank at the iHeartRadio Theater.

We couldn’t find the parking structure we were instructed to use so we found some street parking that happened to be a little closer.

It was one of those hot days where you just didn’t feel like walking!

We were the first ones there. I love being first. After waiting in the heat for about an hour we finally were checked in and given armbands.

We ran into familiar faces: Jill one of the best photographers from the stadium and master of ceremonies Fred Roggin.

We weren’t sure what this event would be like. The invitation was extended to some premium seating fans. We were privileged to be invited. Thank you Justine and Amanda!!

We finally were invited inside the theater. I had hoped to run into Dave Styles since he works at iHeartRadio. He was across the street doing his radio show he informed me.

We were pleasantly surprised to find that it was a mini cocktail party all complimentary.

Everyone knows by now that I love to eat.

The food was delicious. I downed two Diet Cokes first. There also were alcoholic beverages. I don’t drink and had to go to work later that evening so I stuck with 6 Diet Cokes. It was hot after all!! Portobello sliders, jalapeño poppers with bacon, watermelon chunks. So much food!!

The food was a totally unexpected surprise. Some impatient people went to a restaurant nearby to eat rather than waiting. 😂

We were actually just happy to be in air conditioning. Shade was a commodity out in the heat.

Once inside the theater there was more food. Popcorn, candy and carne asada tacos. More drinks. We were definitely feeling spoiled.

There aren’t that many seats in the theater so we definitely felt lucky being invited.

the tacos!!!

There was a very friendly staff serving the movie treats.

There are always photos at these events so 3 of us took advantage. The 4th person Mika will always be the invisible one. I of course had to wear my The Matt is Back shirt.

The movie is a very personal account of the 1988 World Series champion Dodgers. The remarkable story of what led to the championship was told personally by the wonderful personable Orel Hersheiser, Kirk Gibson, Mickey Hatcher and Tommy Lasorda. It’s a movie that had you reliving all the events that led to the remarkable victory. It is very emotional and heartwarming. It makes everyone want to win the World Series one more time for Tommy! The movie airs on the MLB network on Sunday at 5:00 and 7:00. It is a must see for every baseball fan.

After the movie there was a brief question and answer by Orel and Fred Claire who was the general manager of the 1988 team.

First Vin Scully spoke to us as only he can. How we miss Vinny.

I never pass up a selfie. Thank you Mr Claire.

It was a memorable night for all of us. Thanks again to our wonderful Dodger reps and to MLB for the opportunity to preview this movie.

Friday the first place Dodgers will face their cross town rivals the Angels.

Our Walker Buehler 4-2 ERA 3.44 will face Felix Peña 1-0 ERA 3.63. Walker is fresh off DL.

My friends Donna and Norma were at last nights game at Petco.

and I spotted them on the Dodgers Instagram.

Back to the stadium tonight. It’s a short 3 game homestand before the All Star break.

GO Dodgers!!! Let’s stay in first place. Beat those Anaheim Angels. I know….but their stadium is kind of not in Los Angeles.

The Way It Is

Sorry if I haven’t written anything on my blog. Sometimes life just gets you down.Two weeks ago someone broke the window on my Beemer just to steal the sunshade. It took 5 days for them to order the window and install it. Meanwhile my car sat out in the street screaming “Steal me”.This wasn’t the worst. State Farm covered the whole cost.This past Sunday I found out someone had stolen the information on my Starbucks card and took over $110 and 700+ points. I found out when I tried to cash in some expiring points and they told me I didn’t have enough points for a latte and that I didn’t have any money on my card. Starbucks is in my comfort zone so I really felt violated. Very sad face. I purchased a temporary Starbucks card. See the one I got?These two things weren’t the worst things that happened to me tho.I lost my beloved kitten in a horrible way. I wanted to keep him inside but his mommy was giving me accusing stares. I decided to keep him outside just for another 2 weeks and then would take him to my friend Norma to get his shots and to be fixed. He would then be a strictly inside cat.I was outside getting ready to go to Starbucks on July 3 and saw 2 coyotes on my neighbor’s lawn. They seemed to be viciously tearing something up. I feared for all the cats in the neighborhood. I had never seen coyotes before. I have run across a giant scary raccoon and to my horror a skunk in the past couple of months however. I live in the city of Long Beach in a residential area where there are no mountains, rivers or canyons nearby.I called animal control and told them there were wolves or coyotes in my neighborhood and that they were killing something. I drove by and honked and yelled but those vicious animals ignored me.I came back a couple of hours later. I was fearful that they had gotten one of the feral cats in the neighborhood that I feed every day. I was horrified to find my little orange kitten and a black one missing.It’s been several days and the kittens are still missing. The animal shelter sends me pics of all the orange kittens that have been found but not my precious little one eyed kitten. I’ve given up hope.I tell myself to pick myself up by the bootstraps and get on with life but this time it’s been difficult. I simply can’t. I am too depressed.I’ll write my blog again soon because that’s one of the joys in life. Thank you everyone for continuing to support me. I love you all.GO DODGERS!! They were #1 for about half a minute. We’ll get it back!

Bullpen Fail

Those are the ups and downs of baseball life. You have the highs and lows of wins and losses. You feel as though no one can ever beat you and then you think it’s the end of the world. The last two games of the Cubs series proved that to be true.

Game three was one of those games that makes you feel that the Dodgers can win the World Series. And then game four was one of those games that makes you look furtively at the exit gates of the stadium in the 7th inning.

The night games all start with early batting practice. There is no early entry on day games.

Thursday’s game was one of those you dread because it was a day game. It was hot and unpleasant. It was a sellout crowd which makes me wonder whether Dodger fans actually work. There were 53,000 and this was a day game. It was very crowded especially in the club. True that when you have access to an air conditioned club, that’s where you stay when it’s hot but I questioned whether everyone who was in the crowded club actually belonged there. I hope no one is getting into the club without having a ticket. I pay an exorbitant amount to have the privilege of baseline benefits. I’m not a rich person and work hard for a living. If people are getting the same privileges as I am getting without paying, I think it’s very unfair. I actually complained to the people at the door that someone had seen people coming in the back door. I understand that in a large organization such as the Dodgers, you will find those who bend the rules, but I think it’s getting way out of hand. Maybe it’s ok that people get freebies but not ok with us who pay to be there.

There has been a lot of counterfeiting of baseline tickets. Dodger security has been working hard to catch these people. Maybe they need to be in the club too to check hand stamps or have someone posted at the back door to make sure no one gets in without a ticket.

The food in the baseline club is always outstanding. Unfair that those who don’t pay make the chefs work harder to prepare the food.

Wednesdays game was one that made you think that the Dodgers could never lose. They were on the verge of overtaking the Dodgers homerun record for a single month…53. Max Muncy, Joc Pederson and Cody Bellinger all hit homeruns.

Bob Geren had assured us that the Dodgers would be in first place sometime soon. Wednesday’s game made us agree but Thursday’s made us unsure.

Matt was in good cheer on Wednesday although he was serving his one game suspension for a pretty harmless shove after first getting shoved himself. Love you Matt. We’re all supporting you for the All-Star vote! Please everyone vote for him. You can vote every day. He deserves it.

Alex Wood had a fantastic game. Of course I was wearing his jersey as I had assured him the day before.

Thankfully the Cubs starter on Wednesday was not at his best. Kyle Hendricks was taken out of the game early when it was obvious he didn’t have his best stuff.

The Dodgers were in the lead 6-3 when Alex left the game. The bullpen almost lost the game. Scott Alexander who has been shaky at best was still shaky. Heyward walked, Baez singled and then Contreras doubled scoring both Heyward and Baez. Great!!! 6-5. The Cubs came to within one run. Kenley was delegated to get the last 4 outs.

Luckily Cody homered in the bottom of the 8th to bring the score to 7-5.

Kenley was able to hold the Cubs but not before Happ singled and had all us Dodger fans hiding under the seats.

Clayton seemed to be back to his pre DL self on Thursday. He didn’t stick to his usual routine which was surprising. He always adheres to the same stretching and workout pregame.

I had already decided that I wouldn’t stay at my seat. It was already very hot.

Sue was back from San Francisco. She had been at a twitter sports conference. Welcome back Sue!!

My very favorite server Jessica with her cute niece

It wasn’t even noon yet but the sun was glaring down on us fans. Very few Dodgers ventured out for the National Anthem.

There was one fan who had a small child. She kept telling him, oh maybe that Dodger will sign. I told her that they hadn’t signed all week. She kept on and unfortunately none of them signed. I always feel that it isn’t their job to sign autographs. It’s nice when they do sign for the fans but not their job. Their job is to win games. Of course, the little boy was crying and beside himself because they didn’t sign. I scolded the mother for the way she disappointed her son that way. She said she never promised him. I rolled my eyes at her and thought, really? Someone else had promised a Max Muncy autograph to another person. I told her that he NEVER signed so why even promise. By that time I was totally over it.

There goes Matt

A few hugs first

There goes Justin

There goes Max. Of course signing autographs is not his thing. It was also a very hot day. Why use all your energy signing anyway. I didn’t even want to be out there WATCHING the game.

To my surprise Austin Barnes was catching for Clayton. Austin had just started two days earlier on Tuesday.

Probably the best part of Thursday was meeting Mick Kelleher, former player and coach for the Cubs. So awesome!! That was probably the only good thing about that excruciatingly hot day. Summer is definitely here.

It went downhill from there. Clayton was back to the being the best pitcher in baseball. Then the bullpen took over.

I don’t usually question Dave Roberts’ decisions but to have Walker Buehler make his rehab start during a game against the tough Cubs was not too smart. When Clayton left the game after 5 great innings, the proverbial poop hit the fan.

Right away Almora homered. 3-2. Contreras singled. Rizzo doubled. In the 6th inning, Happ doubled. Schwarber walked. Heyward doubled scoring Happ and tying the game. OK now bring out a shaky Goeddel who allowed a single to Almora scoring Schwarber. Then it just turned into batting practice for the Cubs.

I left the game in the 7th inning. I have never done that before. It was obvious that the Dodger management had given up. Bad decisions. The bullpen has allowed 24 runs in 5 games. Why did they ever give up Brandon Morrow? To save money? I even turned off my car radio. Who wants to listen to the game when the Cubs scored 11 runs? The Dodgers are back to being 3 1/2 games behind those D Backs. The Dodgers need a better bullpen. They seem to be looking at a shortstop Machado but look how awful the bullpen is!! Why are they always looking at castoffs. Talk is that they might have Maeda go to the bullpen. Are you guys kidding!! He has been doing well as a starting pitcher.

On Friday our Rich Hill 1-2 ERA 5.30 faces Rockies pitcher Tyler Anderson 4-3 ERA 4.62. It should be a nice quiet game. No giveaways, The Cubs are gone. So are their fans.

Thanks for stopping by. GO DODGERS!!!!

Leaving Early

Game two of the four game series with the Cubs was totally different from the first one. I don’t often leave as early as I did Tuesday, but I couldn’t watch anymore.

It started out as usual with batting practice.

I had to run back to my car when I found out that Austin Barnes was starting as catcher. I promised him I would wear his jersey when he started. They posted the starting lineup after 4 and fortunately I had his jersey in the car. The line was already forming for entry. Another reason I hate bobblehead days. There was a record 53,000+ fans which broke the MLB record this season.

It was nice to see Joe Davis. He was very polite to those fans who begged to go up to the broadcast booth with him. Uh no…and please leave him alone.

The food in the club was delicious. Mario was making the wonderful sliders. They were served with the club’s popular Mexican corn. The chicken wings were a crowd favorite. I particularly liked the beef.

I returned to the field hoping it wouldn’t be too crowded. To my surprise or maybe not to my surprise, the fans had not all arrived yet. Dodger fans are known to arrive late and leave early. I thought everyone would come early to make sure they would get a bobblehead. Wrong. My friend Norma was late because of work and she missed out on the bobblehead. Hopefully they can find one for her.

Robert and his mom

There were many fans I hadn’t seen before.

There are always the cute kids. Unfortunately the Dodgers weren’t signing Tuesday. I thought Kike might sign on his bobblehead night but that didn’t happen. No one signed.

It’s always nice to see new faces

And also familiar ones. Um…where’s Valerie?

As I mentioned before…Austin was starting as catcher. Ross Stripling who has been stellar, was the starting pitcher. I was expecting a good game. You never can tell.

Kike’s Dad threw out the first pitch. Not Dad Utley but his real Dad. That was fun.

Austin and Ross going to the dugout. I know Austin noticed my jersey…at least I think he did. I think he gave me a bit of a side-eye as he passed.

It started to all fall apart when I went back to my seat… the beginning of the end. I was totally surrounded by Cubs fans.

Maybe it’s my imagination but all of them around me were drunk. The girl in front of me was a case in point.

Imagination this dragging in your food on your table. She kept flicking her hair all over the place. I eventually told her that her hair was getting into my food. She got down on her knees and said she would “buy” me more. I patiently told her to go sit down, that the food was complimentary. She started to beg me to take whatever food it was out of her hair. By this time I was cringing. I hate dealing with altered people and she was getting on my nerves. I couldn’t wait until the 8th inning when I planned to leave. Watching her behavior was annoying and distracting.

Some pics of Austin in case he’s your favorite.

Austin got on base. That was a positive during a night that had few positives for me.

The moon seemed full. Maybe that’s what made the night so weird.

I kept eyeing the scoreboard counting the seconds when I could leave. I usually am too busy taking pictures to notice the fans around me but Tuesday night, they totally distracted me. It could be that the bullpen just seemed to fall apart. I concluded that after Paredes gave up a grand slam to the Cubs. I knew then that the Dodgers would no way dig themselves out. It didn’t help that Puig basking in the glory of his ESPN the Body issue, missed an easily caught fly ball which continued that fateful inning. I wonder what Dave said to him after the game.

I left with the score 2-7. It was the top of the 8th inning. I thought I would beat the crowd. Unfortunately everyone else was leaving so it took a while to leave the stadium. It was a mass exodus. I’m sure that by the time this horrendous game ended, there was almost no one left. It was one of the worst games for me, possibly only second to the day I was hit in the face with a line drive foul ball. Yes…that bad.

I’m hoping Wednesday will be better. It’s not a giveaway day so it won’t be crowded. Cubs fans will still be in attendance however.

Our Alex Wood 3-5 ERA 4.13 will face Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks 6-7 ERA 3.73. Hopefully it will be a better night.

Thanks for stopping by. GO DODGERS!!!

Game one: Operation Beat the Cubs

Monday was the first game of a four game series against the Cubs. It was the start of a very long 10 game homestand. The night before, the Dodgers had been delayed in NYC on their way back from a satisfying winning series against the Mets. They hadn’t arrived in LA until about 1:00AM after a weather delay. They ended up sitting in the plane for 3 hours before takeoff. Batting practice the next day was optional but it looked like they were all there in full force getting ready to battle the Chicago Cubs.

It was good to see Chris Taylor who has been nursing a sore hamstring. I’m sure sitting on a plane for hours didn’t help.

The guys didn’t look at all affected by the flight. They looked in good spirits.

There was Dad with his pants rolled up

You never know who the star of the show will be. Here’s a hint.

Here’s another hint. You would never guess.

Austin!!

The team went in early from practice so by the time we were allowed to go to the dugout, there was no one left on the field. I was starving so it was definitely a good time to go to the club to eat.

I was not disappointed. The sirloin steak was melt-in-your-mouth wonderful. I didn’t realize I would see the salads again later on.

I wasn’t happy that my favorite chef Bud had called off. The dishes weren’t replaced when empty so there were a few dissatisfied fans. I decided to just back to the field when I got tired of waiting.

It was nice to see Donna and her daughter. Her daughter lives in New York. Hopefully she didn’t fly in with the Dodgers.

Kenta almost got past me without my seeing him.

He exercised and stretched a little

Yasmani hurried past me. You would almost think he was trying to avoid me.

Aww c’mon Kenta San….smile.

That’s better.

There seems to be an epidemic of people who just aren’t smiling. Case in point, Austin who never seems to smile.

Or Dave Styles

I usually catch him looking serious

Once in a while he will have a half-smile

It was nice that he actually stopped to talk and give me a nice hug. Awwww….love you Dave!!

No Sue…she is at a sports twitter convention in San Francisco. Have Fun!!!

Max…who has been a wonderful surprise.

A little more stretching and running.

National Anthem

Waiting….waiting….waiting…!

And Kenta San and Yasmani walked from bullpen to dugout. I think Yasmani was looking right at me. It could just be my imagination . Or could it?

First pitch

I seriously didn’t order all this stuff: 3 salads, chili nachos, Chicago Dog, 2 diet cokes. They were out of the grape cups so they substituted salad.

It was amazing that the Dodgers were on their feet, let alone playing a competitive game. You wouldn’t believe that none of them had a good nights sleep.

There wasn’t much Dodger offense but thankfully the Cubs weren’t hitting the ball either.

In the top of the first inning (the first inning is where the Dodgers pitchers seem to have problems), Zobrist walked but was left on base.

23 year old Duane Underwood Jr was called up from minors and was making his major league debut for the Cubs. He actually did well in this low scoring game.

In the bottom of the 1st inning, Max Muncy walked.

Justin Turner singled with Max going to 2nd.

It did take a while with Justin almost being hit by a pitch.

Cody popped out.

Matt did a good job wearing out the pitcher and finally walked. It’s always good to increase the enemy’s pitch count.

This deserved a mound visit with a lot of head scratching.

With the bases loaded, Yasmani hit a fly out to center. We all groaned. Not again. We’re getting so used to players being left on base.

In the top of the 2nd inning, Schwarber singled to right but was left on base when Happ and Gimenez both struck out.

Then it started to get exciting when Kike hit a homerun to left field. 1-0.

The Dodgers have been hitting homeruns. In New York, they had actually hit 7 homeruns in one game.

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

In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Max walked but was left on base with Justin hitting into a double play and Cody striking out. Not again!

In the top of the 4th inning, the Cubs were again out in order. Kenta is keeping the Cubs at bay.

In the bottom of the 4th inning, the Dodgers were also out in order.

In the top of the 5th inning Schwarber singled, Happ singled but both were left on base with a great play by Yasmani and Kike. The Cubs decided at this point to get rid of their rookie pitcher and put Rosario in. The Dodgers were out in order.

In the top of the 6th inning, the Cubs were again out in order.

In the bottom of the 6th inning, Justin singled to right field. Cody doubled to left field but Justin was out at home. We were all groaning with displeasure.

In the top of the 7th inning the Cubs were out in order with a ground out and two striking out swinging.

In the top of the 8th inning, Doc decided to replace Kenta with Scott Alexander. The Dodger bullpen can be very very good or else they can be horrid. We had our fingers crossed that the bullpen would be the former and not the latter.

Happ singled. Contreras singled. We all cringed in our seats. But thanks to outstanding defensive plays by Kike and Max, Addison Russell ground into a force out and Almora ground into a double play. Talk about sweating out the inning!!! I was already stressed about the cookie situation. I had gone up after the 5th inning and the cookies were late. I’m not good with a change in routine. OK OK call me small minded.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Chris Taylor came out to pinch hit. The unexpected happened.

Chris came up to the plate and scuffled around a little.

He got ready for the pitch

Hmmm, let’s test out that hamstring.

And he hit a homerun to center field. What!!!! And he ran the bases himself. What a good feeling it was. 2-0.

You would think that the Dodgers were losing by all the glum faces and nail biting. Notice who is sitting in the coaches box with Turner Ward. Only Corey looks happy but then again he didn’t go to New York so he didn’t have to endure that flight home.

The score was definitely in our favor. The stadium was full of Cubs fans. Actually it was annoyingly full of Cubs fans as it always is when the Cubs come to town.

Kenley came into the game in the top of the 9th to close out the game.

Puig taking time to check something out. Wait a minute. He has his glove on his head and his mitt on his hand. Isn’t that backwards?


The guys still look a little jet lagged. Are they dreaming about their beds.

A little discussion between Kenley and Yasmani when it really wasn’t going well. Zobrist singled. Kenley balked so Zobrist advanced to 2nd. Rizzo singled with Zobrist going to 3rd. Baez was out on a sacrifice fly but scored Zobrist. 2-1. No one was happy except the Cubs and their fans. This is where Chris’s homerun was so important. It’s called an insurance run and that it was.

Schwarber ground out for the final out.

As tired as the Dodgers must have been, they still jumped the rail to get on the field to celebrate…Matt being first to run out and hug Kenley. He definitely is back with the team he always loved the most.

It’s always nice to win the first game of a series. But winning a game against the Cubs with the stadium full of Cubs fans makes the victory even sweeter!!! The Dodgers are only 1 1/2 games out of first place since the D Backs finally lost.

On Tuesday Ross Stripling 6-2 ERA 1.99 will face Jon Lester 9-2 ERA 2.10. It should be a good game. Unfortunately it’s Kike Hernandez bobblehead night. I HATE BOBBLEHEAD NIGHTS. As I’ve said before, it brings out the worst fans. Mix them with Cubs fans and it should be stress producing. The week will round out with Alex Wood and Kershaw pitching. It should be a great week. Thursday is a day game. Ugh!!! Guess who will be sitting in the air conditioned club.

Thanks for stopping by. GO DODGERS!!! Beat the Cubs!