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When the Lights Went Out In Chavez Ravine

It was a strange thing. During the game last night, the lights suddenly went out. The field went dark for about 20 minutes. Along with that, the Dodgers offense also went dark. The lights finally went out for the night 3 hours 44 minutes after the first pitch. But the lights went out on the Dodgers long before that. There were a total of 5 Dodger hits in the game. Eleven players were left on base. The Dodgers were 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position. Not good.

News flash: Joe Simpson, Atlanta broadcaster had criticized the way the Dodgers dressed during batting practice on Saturday during the Atlanta game. Monday he apologized for his remarks to Chase Utley especially. He did call our consummate player unprofessional. How dare he.

He took offense that Chase had his pant legs rolled up. It is a bit hot on the field. There should probably be a dress code for fans. Many of the women look like they are going to a club.

I really never even noticed. I just wondered if Kiké was wearing his girlfriend’s leggings.

Meanwhile at the dugout…Hi Matt!!

Clayton stopped and signed a couple of autographs….literally he signed a COUPLE of autographs.

Walker Buehler, on the other hand, signed a bunch. He’s signing my friend Cindy’s batting gloves.

Walker is just a super nice guy. He does look like he’s still in high school tho.

What brought a huge smile to my face was Austin Barnes. <3. I held up his 4th of July jersey and showed him. He looked pleased and asked me if I wanted him to sign it. He did a nice job, I think. That made my day. I couldn’t care less how the rest of the night went. I was in heaven. I LOVE Austin.

I missed the food in the club during the all star break. This wonderful dish is called Ropa Vieja a La Cubano. Does that mean old woman clothes? Just asking for a friend.

Back to the game. I can sum up all the Dodgers offense in one paragraph…and a short one. Most of the time the Dodgers got on base, it was because of walks.

Joc did hit a single in the 1st inning however.

Chase was hit by a pitch in the 2nd.

Manny walked in the 3rd.

Max tripled scoring Manny which was the only run for the Dodgers. For some reason Manny got all the credit.

Yasmani walked

Cody walked but both were left on base when Chris Taylor struck out. What is wrong with Chris lately?

In the 4th inning Puig walked.

In the bottom of the 5th inning, Yasmani walked but was left on base.

Logan walked in the bottom of the 6th inning but was left on base. The stadium was already starting to clear out.

In the bottom of the 7th, Manny walked. Yasmani singled and everyone was left on base when Chris again was out.

That pretty much tells the story. I left in the 9th so I missed Manny’s homerun which didn’t win the game. The final score was 2-5. The Dodgers looked pretty awful. I was so sleepy because I had worked the night before and came to the game with almost no sleep.

What made the game worth it was seeing my friends from Texas…aw those lovebirds!! Relationship goals!!

And then my boo Dave was at the game too. It wasn’t all horrible.

On Tuesday our Walker Buehler 4-3 ERA 3.92 fresh from Triple A faces Wade Miley 1-1 ERA 2.01.

It has been a sad all star break for me. My long time friend Carmen lost her oldest daughter Florabel age 49 to cancer. When you think your life is sad, there always is someone who has it worse.

But everyone has a place where you can find a little comfort.

Here’s mine. It’s the Long Beach Marina. I used to go there a lot with my Dad. It was our quiet place.

And I did make a new friend from the funeral service: Fr. Craig from the Peter Chanel Catholic Church. I’m not Catholic but somehow this priest made me feel at peace. God does look out for me. The choir called Mary’s Voice brought me to tears although they sang in Tagalog and I couldn’t understand it. The music was so haunting but beautiful.

I look terrible in this picture. I was wearing scrubs. I went to the wake the evening before, worked 12 hours and then went to the funeral mass. By that time I had been up about 24 hours.

Thanks for stopping by. Glad to be back at Dodger Stadium!! Thanks also to everyone who sees me at the stadium and takes time to say hi!!

It’s amazing that today marks the 10 year anniversary of the Dodgers acquiring Manny Ramirez. I remember the day. The stadium was electric. I love Manny for the fact he brought new excitement to the Dodgers. He took us to the playoffs. He was always nice to me. I can’t count how many balls he threw at me. Everyone would crowd me trying to catch those balls while I would cover my head and duck. He always teased me. “Ball? You want the ball.” I would shake my head and he would still send one my way.

Love you all! GO DODGERS!!!

Welcome Manny

The talk of the day is the new Dodger Manny Machado.

I always worry about the chemistry in the clubhouse. It looks like Matt is already a friend. That helps. There will be a reshuffling of where everyone will be on the field. But otherwise he will join our power hitters: Max Muncy, Matt and Joc who has found his swing.

I’m hoping the Dodgers can find some relief pitching. Too many of our relief pitchers have lost games in the first half.

I’ll be posting a long blog about the last homestand with the Angels. I’ve had a few technical problems with WordPress which I hope are resolved.

Thanks everyone for still checking out my blog. I am thrilled that the Dodgers ended the first half of the season in first place in the Western Division as tenuous as it is.

The All Star Break is over and they start a long road trip tomorrow against the Milwaukee Brewers. We will get our first glimpse of Manny Machado. Will there be another Mannywood? Do we all remember the excitement Manny Ramirez brought years ago? It was enough to bring the Dodgers to the playoffs.

Friday our Rich Hill 2-4 ERA 4.55 will face a pitcher still to be determined. That’s a bit strange since this is the first game after the All Star Break. Everyone is rested.

Go Dodgers!!!

Staying In First Place

The Dodgers had just overtaken the D Backs to finally reach first place in the western division for the first time this season. It was a great feeling.

It’s a very short homestand: three games against cross town rival Angels. Friday’s game was hot. They said it was in the 80’s but it felt more like 100 degrees. In fact it was extremely hot all three days. Saturday’s game was early so the heat permeated the stadium during the entire game. Sunday was a day game so of course it was horribly hot.

It was batting practice as usual on Friday.

Austin looked a little hot.

Matt had some interesting shoes on maybe more appropriate for Easter.

Everyone was pretty much dressed for the heat.

The talk of the day was the Chase Utley’s announcement that he would be retiring at the end of the season. Dad was going to spend more time with his real kids. Chase will be retiring at the top of his game.

Yasmani

Walker Buehler…he would be sent down to minors shortly after the game.

It was also a memorable day because it was Greg’s birthday. Happy Birthday!!

And there was my Dave out there with his long sleeves. It was also Japan Day.

I had picked up my Japan Day tee shirt. I think it says Maeda.

I asked Dave what he thought of the Nisei week princesses.

He said he didn’t notice them. Uh ok. That’s what you call focused on his work.

The guys in the dugout seemed upbeat.

Logie turned down a selfie with my friend Cindy but he stayed at the bottom of the steps for a while. Go figure.

My goal had been to get something from the 4th of July game, preferably a hat. Unfortunately Austin’s uncle had beat me and had already bought it. Austin’s jersey was still there but it was super expensive. Some of the 4th of July jerseys were going for $1000. Kike’s was going for $1200. They were a bit pricey because they were the first holiday jerseys they had to sell. There were no Mothers Day or Fathers Day jerseys. I just couldn’t put Austin’s jersey back so I bought it. There goes all my mad money for the month!! Hopefully he will autograph it for me.

A little love between Matt and the Angels.

Since it was Japan Day, Doc’s Mom threw out the first pitch.

Lots of love for the trainers always.

definitely a family day

First pitch

In the first inning Andrelton Simmons singled to left field. Not a good start. Then Mike Trout singled to right field. Luckily Justin Upton and Luis Balbuena both struck out.

Always consistent Max Muncy hit a solo home ruin in the bottom of the 1st inning. 1-0.

Matt Kemp walked. Cody doubled with Matt going to 3rd base. Yasmani walked. Everyone was left on base when Chris Taylor ground into a double play.

In the top of the 2nd inning, Ian Kinsler singled but was thankfully left on base.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Kike doubled but was left on base.

In the top of the 3rd inning Kole Calhoun hit a solo home runner to center. 1-1. Andrelton Simmons singled, Justin Upton walked. With Ian Kinsler batting, Simmons stole 3rd base. Everyone was left on base.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning Cody walked.

But was left on base when Yasmani struck out.

In the top of the 4th inning, the Angels were out in order.

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

In the top of the 5th inning Calhoun hit a solo homer in breaking the tie score. 1-2.

In the bottom of the 5th inning Chase Utley singled.

Joc ground into a force out with Chase out at 2nd.

Matt singled to left with Joc going to 2nd.

Frustratingly, everyone was left on base.

In the top of the 6th inning, the Angels were out in order. Score still 1-2.

In the bottom of the 6th inning Yasmani singled but was left on base.

In the top of the 7th inning the Angels were again out in order. Caleb Ferguson now pitching. He has been pitching better.,

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Logie singled to center.

Joc doubled to right with Logie going to 3rd.

Powerhouse Max does it again. 3-2. Cody was intentionally walked. Everyone was left on base but now the Dodgers were ahead.

In the top of the 8th inning Justin Upton walked but otherwise the Angels were quiet. The Dodgers maintained the 3-2 lead.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Logie walked but was left on base.

In the top of the 9th inning with Kenley unavailable, Scott Alexander came out to close the game. All eyes were on him. He seems to allow homeruns at the worst times. I covered my eyes as Shohei Ohtani doubled to center. Jose Briceno singled with Ohtani going to 3rd. David Fletcher ground into a double play ending the inning and the Dodgers win!!! What a relief!!

I can tell you we were all sweating bullets. It was a hard fought game.

One of the best things about this game other than the wins is meeting wonderful fans.

Meet Miguel and Lily. Miguel actually lives in San Diego so they had actually gone to see the Dodgers in San Diego and also at Dodger Stadium. True fans!!!

Saturday should have been a great day. It was Kershaw bobble head day and also it was the day of the Dodger wives autographed ball grab bag event. However the Dodgers couldn’t beat the Angels that day. It was another frustrating day where the Dodgers should have won.

Bobble head days are not my favorite. It was also an early game so it was blazing hot. It was crowded. It was difficult to go anywhere in the stadium through all the hot bodies. My goal was to go to all 3 places where the Dodger wives had their autograph balls. They were $50 each so I wasn’t sure how many I was going to get. I had already spent a large amount on the Barnes jersey so I wasn’t ‘t sure. It was for charity so I thought I might get at least one. I went first to Club level.

The first person I ran into was Austin’s wife Nicole. She was very sweet. She was waiting for all the other wives to arrive. Dave’s wife was also there.

I went down to field level where most of the wives usually were. They were happy to take pictures.

From left to right: Mariana, Nicole, Maddy, Suzanna and ME. Mariana took the selfie because she said she had long arms. She is so funny. I LOVE this picture.

Beautiful Kourtney took a selfie with me. She is absolutely glowing as Mrs. Justin Turner.

Oops. Both Alex Wood and Austin Barnes were starting. I had promised both of them that I would wear their jerseys when they start. I hate it when that happens. I think I must have jinxed them. Alex had a no decision so I guess that was ok.

They worked out as usual. The sun was glaring down since it was an early game. There was absolutely no shade. The sun doesn’t go down until about 8pm.

Since it was Clayton’s bobble head day, his children Cali and Charlie were throwing out the first pitch. Cali was pretty wonderful…a natural.

The sun was killing me. Not a cloud in the sky. The Dodgers stretched on the field as though it were a mild 60 degrees.

The National Anthem

Always good to see Andrew Toles. I told him he was still my favorite. I remember the first time I told him that a couple of years ago, he looked at me with a look of surprise and said, “Really?”

Cody signed for some fans.

Austin and Alex. I could feel Austin staring at me. I was wearing Alex’s jersey. Maybe that was just my imagination. Uh no I guess not.

Alex: You see whose jersey Cat’s wearing?

Alex already looked a little hot before the first pitch

First pitch

In the top of the 1st inning Andrelton Simmons doubled. Mike Trout singled to second with Simmons going to 3rd base. Justin Upton singled to left field with Simmons scoring 0-1. Definitely not a good start.

In the bottom of the 1st inning the Dodgers were out in order. I was already eyeing the baseline club. I was really getting hot. So was my camera and my phone.

In the top of the 2nd inning Kole Calhoun doubled, Andrew Heaney singled with Calhoun going to 3rd. Fletcher hit a sacrifice fly scoring Calhoun. 0-2. Simmons doubled. Trout walked (haha maybe he swam). Upton walked scoring Heaney.0-3.

Max Muncy doubled.

Logan singled to shortstop with Max going to 3rd.

Cody singled to left field, scoring Max, Logie to 2nd.

Alex Wood went to 1st on a throwing error. Logie to 3rd and Cody to 2nd.

Chris Taylor was hit by a pitch.

Logie scored. Cody to 3rd. Alex to 2nd. 2-3.

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

In the top of the 4th inning the Angels were again out in order.

In the bottom of the 4th inning, Austin singled to left field but was left on base.

In the top of the 5th inning, Ian Kinsler singled but was left on base.

In the top of the 6th inning, Chris Taylor hit a solo homerun to right center field tying the score. 3-3.

Kike singled to center. He was left on base. Frustration.

In the top of the 6th inning Maldonado was hit by a pitch but was left on base.

In the bottom of the 6th inning all 3 Dodgers hit flies and all were out.

With new pitcher Dylan Floro pitching, Justin Upton hit a homerun. 3-4. I couldn’t believe it.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Yasmani walked but was left on base.

In the top of the 8th inning with Rich Hill taking over in relief, Kole Calhoun walked, Sho Ohtani walked but both were left on base.

In the bottom of the 8th inning Matt singled to left field.

Joc walked. There were many Angel mound visits. Both Matt and Joc were left on base . There were so many chances for the Dodgers to score.

In the top of the 9th inning the Angels were out in order.

In the bottom of the 9th inning forever the clutch Chase Utley singled to right field.

Yasmani doubled scoring Chase and tying the score. 4-4.

Kiké walked. Max Muncy was intentionally walked. Joc hit a fly to center ending the 9th inning in a tie. Dodgers should have won. I was distraught. Extra innings.

In the top of the 10th inning with Kenley pitching Kole Calhoun hit a solo homerun to right center breaking the tie. 4-5.

In the bottom of the 10th inning Andrew Toles hit a double to left field. There was a passed ball by Maldonado with Andrew to 3rd. With Chase flying out and Yasmani striking out, that was the end of the game with the Dodgers losing.

Andrew should have gone onto 3rd but why did he stop? If that had happened, it would have been a tie score again. Oh well. Lost chances. The Dodgers should have swept the Angels.

Sunday was a day game. I dread day games. Clayton was pitching so I thought maybe it would be a fast game. I planned on sitting in the club anyway as I do all Sunday day games.

Clayton did his usual warming up.

It was a very hot cloudless day. I was already dying out there in the sun.

I think that young folks just don’t mind the heat. Ryan and his little sister Sammie seem to be enjoying it.

Their parents Cindy and Robert were happy to be in the club.

I was also happy to stay in the club with all this good food.

The Dodger movie “Only in Hollywood” was showing on the MLB network that night so they advertised it on Dodger vision. There we were. From left to right: ME, Donna, Norma, Mika (who hates taking pictures) and Ron Cervenka.

Max, Matt, Ross and Kenley were presented with their All Star jerseys.

Hi Matt

Yasmani and Clayton as they make their way down the hot steamy field.

Always a lot of love for the trainers.

Hi Sue

First pitch. I told myself I would try to stay in my seat at least through the first inning. It would be a stretch.

In the top of the first inning first up David Fletcher doubled. Trout walked. Ian Kinsler walked with Fletcher to 3rd, Trout to 2nd. We were all groaning. Again?

In the bottom of the 1st inning, Joc was hit by a pitch. Max was called out on strikes and Joc was caught stealing.

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

In the bottom of the 2nd inning Yasmani hit a solo homerun. 1-0. Andrew Toles singled. Chris Taylor singled with Andrew to 3rd. Kike hit a sacrifice scoring Andrew 2-0. Meanwhile during the 2nd inning there were 2 challenges, one by the Dodgers which they won (will wonders never cease? The Dodgers never win the challenges but this was obvious) and they other by the Angels. Clayton singled scoring Chris. 3-0. Joc walked. Every one was left on base.

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

In the bottom of the 3rd inning Yasmani walked but was was out at 2nd with a Toles groundout.

In the top of the 4th inning Upton singled, Kinsler singled and then Marte hit a 3 run homerun tying the score. Maldonado walked after getting hit by a pitch. He was left on base.

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

In the top of the 5th inning Simmons doubled but was left on base.

In the bottom of the 5th inning the Dodgers were out in order.

In the top of the 6th inning Marte singled.

In the bottom of the 6th inning Cody singled but was picked off at 2nd. Yasmani singled but was left on base.

In the top of the 7th inning Valbuena walked. Fletcher out on a sacrifice bunt with Valbuena to 2nd. Mike Trout walked. Maeda came out in relief. This is the last game before the all star break so he was available to pitch. Upton was hit by a pitch. Kinsler out so everyone was left on base. Ways to go Kenta!!

In the bottom of the 7th inning Kike hit a solo home run to left field breaking the tie. 4-3.

In the top of the 8th Alexander replaced Maeda. The Angels were out in order.

In the bottom of the 8th inning Cody singled. Yasmani singled. Andrew Toles singled.

In the top of the 9th inning, Kenley came out to close the game. He felt horrible about the night before. Sho Ohtani struck out, Fletcher lined out. Simmons ground out ending the game with the Dodgers winning.

So the Dodgers ended the first half of the season in first place.

My family loves to surprise me during games. My baby sister Sara was at the game.

I’m glad the Dodgers were able to win for her and her friend.

So there is a long break until the Dodgers return to Dodger Stadium. I’m missing them of course. In the interim the Dodgers acquired super star Manny Machado. I’ve already ordered a Machado tee shirt. Can’t wait to watch him play. It should be an experience.

The Dodgers are playing the Brewers on Friday with Rich Hill 2-4 ERA 4.55 matched against Wade Miley 1-1 ERA 2.38. The Brewers are in 2nd place in the Central Divison with a 55-43 record. It should be an exciting series with Kershaw starting on Saturday and Wood on Sunday.

Thanks everyone for stopping by. GO DODGERS!!!

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!