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Getting Ready for the World Series

I took a little jaunt to Dodger Stadium on Saturday to buy some more postseason gear and also to get a glimpse of the stadium itself.

To be sure, the field looked glorious!! I started to feel that excitement building up.

I could feel a lump in my throat as the tears started to well up in my eyes. This was what all of us Dodger fans have been waiting for. It’s been a long time coming. The last time that the Dodgers won the World Series in 1988, I wasn’t even a Dodger fan. My love of the Dodgers developed during the time I had a bad case of pneumonia and spent 5 months at home recuperating. Most of that time was during baseball season. I had to stay in bed part of that time and didn’t want to watch soap operas. I watched baseball instead and learned the game. I had the opportunity to actually go see a Dodger game live thanks to my good friend Marynell who helped me love the Dodgers. She was a stadium doctor and gave me a ticket to the game. We did spend part of the time running around the stadium drinking root beer floats and eating Dodger dogs. Thank you Dr. J. Those were some of my fondest memories. I treated myself to a field section ticket on my birthday. I was marveling at how beautiful and exciting Dodger Stadium was. I saw my first Dodger crush Shawn Green on the field. In those days, there was no baseline seating. I was able to run all the way to the front row of seating and actually get close to Shawn. I was able to talk to him. There it was….the beginning of my love affair with the Dodgers. From there it became a part of my life.

Many years later, I became a season ticket holder, first on field level front row third base side by the foul pole, later in the baseline club. Baseline started out as a mini plan with many tickets purchased here and there through stubhub. In those days, I sat in Dugout Club quite often. I was able to meet many celebrities including Rob Reiner and Alyssa Milano. Tommy Lasorda is a fixture in Dugout Club. Then I was allowed to purchase a full season in Baseline Club. I’ve had my season tickets in Baseline Club for many years. It’s the best place to sit in the entire stadium.

So the World Series is the culmination of everything for me: the years of going to Spring Training, of the wonderful friendships I have made at the stadium, of the relationship I have developed with many of the Dodgers. It is like a dream come true.

Without the Dodgers, I never would have met one of my besties: Norma, the best veterinarian on earth

My beloved Dad never would not have had to put up with my undying enthusiasm.

I would not have had the thrills and excitement of a walkoff.

I would not have met my super crush of all time: Mike Bolsinger

I would not be friends with Amy

I would not have met the best wives and girlfriends ever

I would not have realized what a wonderful family sport baseball really is. Is there another sport that can boast that?

It brings people of all nations together

It makes everyone smile

It makes all our differences not so important.

We all watch together

We all celebrate together in the victories.

Because we all have a common goal….to WIN THE WORLD SERIES!!!

GO DODGERS!!! See everyone on Tuesday when we beat the Astros!!!

Keeping It Going

I had hoped for a sweep of the Cubs during the NLCS but it wasn’t to be with the loss Wednesday night. It was just as well with the flub-up by the umpires, reversing a call at the plate. The Cubs would have whined and cried about it saying that they would have won if it hadn’t been for that call. The Dodgers have a chance to bring it all back to Los Angeles.

The last game at Dodger Stadium on Sunday had been one of the most exciting I had ever seen with the Justin Turner walkoff in the 9th inning.

It would be nice to see the guys clinch the NLCS at Dodger Stadium but it would be much better to have them win in Chicago.

Chris Taylor and Andre Ethier have done their jobs in Chicago. It’s interesting that almost every run in the series has been scored with homeruns. How about the small ball, guys??

My view looking down from my seat to the bullpen.

Andre throwing a ball back after autographing it.

Chris’s tee shirt says it all.

I’m beginning to think that Austin should play everyday. Funny story…the guys did not get new uniforms for postseason. The postseason patches were glued on their old uniforms. Seriously??? I hope someone is making nice World Series uniforms for them. They deserve it.

We’re all waiting at Dodger Stadium for the guys to come back for the World Series.

And yes…Dave said he would be at EVERY post season game no matter what. You go Dave!!

I’m waiting for an even better menu in the baseline club.

Should I tell the umps that Vinny retired last year?

Don’t you just love this??

This doesn’t really look like a friendly exchange.

It’s good that the Dodgers have the Cubs in discussion all the time. They just can’t figure out how the Dodgers can be so good.

Yes Logan…you guys are that good. This is the best team EVER!!!

Clayton will be on the mound tonight. Just forget that this is postseason, Clayton.

Do it for these guys…Jaime, Don and Tommy. Tommy had said to the Los Angeles City Council that he might as well just kill himself if the Dodgers can’t win the World Series this year. Come on guys!!

Do it for Yu. He has played his heart out in postseason.

Justin has been a key in the wins. Too bad Mets.

Win for Amy and Christina who survived the worst tragedy. Thank you Yasiel for reaching out to her right after it happened. You are the best.

Corey…we need you back.

Do it for my son who is on an aircraft carrier somewhere in the bad place protecting us.

The homerun swing that will be seen over and over again.

I can’t hug this girl enough. Miracles do happen.

I do love you Andrea.

Thank you wives and girlfriends for supporting our guys and giving up so much!!

Yasiel may be the key

Thank you for all your support Valerie. You are definitely my little sidekick.

The bottom line is that it is much more fun to win. Don’t you think so???

Let’s go get them tonight guys. GO DODGERS!!!!

This Team

The first two games of the NLCS were nail biting to be sure. The Dodgers showed their determination to go to the World Series for the first time since 1988. The Dodgers have won the Western Division 5 years in a row. You would think that it was about time to actually go all the way. This years team is different. It’s the best team I have seen in all the years I have been a Dodger fan. There really is nothing lacking. In the past years, the starting pitching rotation was a little shaky such that Kershaw had to shoulder a huge burden by pitching on short rest. The first game of the NLCS showed that this wasn’t the case this year. The Dodger bullpen has been phenomenal. It has to be the best in baseball.

What has been exciting this season has been the Come-From-Behind wins. This has held true in the first 2 games of the NLCS.

Game one wasn’t the best game for Clayton. It showed the baseball world that the Dodgers didn’t have to depend on him to win to come out on top.

The pressure on him as the ace must be huge. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t always have the best postseason and why everyone seems to blame him.

The first game of any post game series is exciting. Out comes the big flag and player introductions.

It’s definitely an exciting time.

No one took a knee in this game…Baseball…the one truly American sport. I’ve heard that football has suddenly lost its appeal. There is a decrease in ratings. It is a brutal game where players suffer life long injuries.

Even Yasiel and Kike show respect during the anthem although they are not from this country. Respect is respect.

One of the best things about baseball is that it is a family sport. It brings everyone together. We are like one big family.

Speaking of family, please remember my son Philip in your prayers. He’ll be keeping track of the games while on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. We all miss him.

Excitement always builds as we watch pitcher and catcher walk across the field. GO CLAYTON. Boss man Dave Roberts has opted to start Austin Barnes as the backstop in the first two games.

The umps always can figure out how to make life miserable for the Dodgers. Can you imagine how it would be if the Yankees came to Dodger Stadium for the World Series….the team that can do no wrong.

First pitch. When Clayton pitches, we all expect to see a win. Lately he has been allowing homeruns so it can be unnerving. The start times for the games are a little weird. Ummm, how about 4:38pm. Clayton likes the game to start exactly when it’s supposed to.

In the first inning, Kris Bryant started the Cubs attack with a single. Then Anthony Rizzo walked. Not a good start. However Wilson Contreras struck out and Albert Almora ground out.

In the bottom of the 1st inning, the Dodgers were out in order. I had my fingers crossed that the Dodgers would give Clayton some run support.

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

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Logan Forsythe singled but was left on base. Logan has been the most consistent player in the last few weeks.

In the top of the 3rd inning, Jose Quintana singled. There were quickly 3 outs so Quintana was left on base.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning, the Dodgers were out in order. I know that the guys have been late starters but I was hoping they would start their offense sooner than later.

In the top of the 4th inning Contreras singled and then Albert Almora hit a homerun scoring two. I held my hands over my eyes in despair. The Dodgers would have to start scoring and soon. It was already the 4th inning. 0-2. I know the Dodgers like to come from behind. They have been doing that all season, but it’s bad for the nerves. One of my eyes has a subconjunctival hemorrhage from all the stress of the week. I don’t need my other eye to pop.

In the bottom of the 4th inning, the Dodgers continued to be out in order. OK guys…any time now. I was starting to get sleepy. It must be a defense mechanism when the guys aren’t scoring runs.

In the top of the 5th inning, as Clayton’s pitch count is climbing, the Cubs were thankfully out in order.

In the bottom of the 5th inning, dependable Logan walked.

Austin Barnes walked with Logan going to 2nd.

And then Yasiel was up. He’s been extraordinarily funny. I think that Dave probably told the guys to avoid swinging at the first pitch and to bring Quintana’s pitch count up. But Yasiel saw a great pitch and doubled.

Logan scored and Austin went to 3rd. 1-2. The crowd was on their feet. Actually that’s a problem for me. When everyone stands, I can’t see a thing even if I stand. There never was that much a problem during the regular season. If I can’t see, I can’t take pictures. Big problem. Why is it that the tall people in the first two rows like to stand. It’s not like they can’t see. Do they think it’s a concert?

Charlie Culberson was out on a sacrifice fly, scoring Austin making it a tie score. 2-2.

The Dodgers are truly amazing.

In the top of the 6th inning, Tony Cingrani replaced Clayton. He pitched to one Cub and was replaced by righty specialist out of the pen Kenta Maeda. The next two Cubs ground out.

In the bottom of the 6th inning, the Dodgers did their thing with Chris Taylor hitting a solo homerun bringing the score to 3-2.

Cody singled to right field and stole 2nd base.

Logan walked but both were left on base. Oh well!! If only the Dodgers could keep their lead.

In the top of the 7th inning, Addison Russell lined out and Brandon Morrow replaced Kenta. The Cubs were out in order. Our bullpen did their job.

There was always much discussion between the Cubs pitcher and catcher. Maybe they just couldn’t get on the same page.

The discussion didn’t help because Yasiel hit a solo homerun. 4-2.

Charlie doubled to left field

Brandon Morrow, one of the relief pitchers who never gets to bat, was up.

So much discussion over Brandon. He hit a bunt out.

Chris Taylor singled.

Justin singled scoring Charlie. 5-2. There was a challenge on the play that the catcher blocked the plate preventing Charlie from scoring. Cubs manager was ejected for arguing the call which came down from New York. Hot heads.

In the top of the 8th inning, with Tony Watson pitching, Ben Zobrist and Jon Jay ground out.

With 2 out in the 8th, Kenley came out to make the final out. Kris Bryant struck out.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Austin walked but was left on base. Now it was up to our closer Kenley to finish out the game and bring a victory to the Dodgers for game one!!

The guys don’t look too excited since the score is 5-2 in the 9th inning. Unless something catastrophic happens, the win is assured.

I love watching the dugout. Their expressions are priceless. Is Kike ever serious?

With the Cubs final out, the Dodgers jumped over the rail to give each other high fives. Not too much drama. It was another come-from-behind win. 5-2.

It was something that Dodger fans were used to during the season. The Dodgers seem to start their offense later on in the game. Walk offs are not unusual.

Game two was coming on Sunday. GO DODGERS!!! This TEAM!!

Amy

The Las Vegas attack was horrific. It hit closer to home than I knew.

I was at work when it happened. We learned about it little by little on the internet. It became more and more upsetting as details became evident. The death toll rose and the suffering continued. I was in tears that something could happen in one of my friends’ favorite places.

There are so many innocent people affected by this tragedy. Little did I know that it actually affected me personally.

I was reading an article in the LA Times when I realized that my Amy, batgirl extraordinaire, was one of the injured victims. Actually two of my favorite batgirls were involved. Christina also was a victim of the assault.

Amy is on the left, Christina second from the right, pictured with Christina’s parents.

Christina and Amy had to run from the bullets. Amy was injured stepping on debris when she lost her sandals. Christina carried her to safety. Later they both helped other victims.

It’s a story of terror, survival and of heroism. It was a miracle that they weren’t hit by the flying bullets. God was there watching out for my friends as he always does. How else can it be explained?

Amy and Christina will be at Dodger Stadium God please continue to watch over my friends. Protect them from evil. I love you Amy!!

Now Dodgers….win for Amy and Christina!!

Bring It On!

Saturday will be the first game of the NLCS. The Dodgers had already won a place in the series by beating the winner of the NL wild card AZ Diamondbacks. This was an eternity ago.

Somehow the cards are stacked in the Dodgers favor. If they can’t pull off a win, there definitely is a problem.

The games between the Cubs and Nationals were not without stress. It went 5 games using up most of their pitching staff and everyone’s nerves.

Last night the plane that the Cubs took out of town was diverted. Today the plane was on the ground 3+ hours in Albuquerque. We all know how tiring it can be to wait in an airport. They aren’t expected in LA until noon.

The first two games are at Dodger Stadium. What else can happen to make the games in the Dodgers’ favor? Come on Dodgers, bring it on!!

See everyone tomorrow!! GO DODGERS!!