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Thoughts Going Into Game 163

Things are falling into place for Game 163. The Dodgers will clinch the Western Division on Monday. This is my prediction. It’s a day game and Dodgers do well on day games. When everyone else is sweating and complaining about the heat, they thrive. Walker Buehler will be the SP. He is a rookie but already has nerves of steel. This could be because he played baseball at Vanderbilt and knows what it’s like to be under pressure. He didn’t languish long in the minors. He has the poise of a well seasoned pitcher.

I was off work on Sunday night so I’m well rested. I don’t have to be at work until 7:30pm so I don’t have to rush home. I can watch the celebration after the game when they clinch. That sure worked out well.

Everyone questioned Roberts’ decision to have Rich Hill start on Sunday. Rich is a veteran and has been pitching well. I had every confidence in him. I was especially happy that he showed all the doubters that he is a contender. So now the Dodgers are playing for the title. Thank you Rich.

The Dodgers gave the Giants their final punch out with a 15-0 victory. Dodgers had 16 hits, 15 runs. Giants had 2 hits, no runs. The Rockies had a similar victory over the Nationals with a score of 12-0. Dodgers have a 3 game winning streak after sweeping the Giants.

And by the way, Austin hit a homerun during the game. That’s the 2nd homerun in a week. Way to go Barnesy!!!

I’m hoping that my prediction comes true. Monday is the tie breaker game. Who would have believed at the beginning of the season that the Dodgers might actually win the Western Division. If they happen to lose the tie breaker game, there is still the Wild Card race. The Cubs and Brewers will also be playing for the Central Division title. It’s definitely a “wild” race this year. It’s exciting to the very end for these 4 teams.

I had printed this ticket last week just in case. Definitely a ticket to keep as a souvenir.

I’ll be writing about the Dodgers victory and their celebration in a couple of days so stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by. GO DODGERS!!!

Norma’s Birthday

The Dodgers are not in first place anymore. Hopefully they are not on another losing streak because that would be the end for them. Hopes of a postseason are fading into the sunset. The problem with the Dodgers have been their inconsistency and their bullpen. What is the solution? I’ll discuss this later after the season is over.

I do have to post the pictures of the field experience I had on Norma’s birthday. Actually it was the day before her birthday.

The cake was delicious. Thank you Mika. No pic of Mika because she is camera-shy. The cake was from wonderful Porto’s.

There was a lot of oohing and awing over the cute presents.

The Dodgers were really nice when we were on the field.

I kept telling Norma she should ditch the hat.

Or she might poke someone’s eye out with it. Oops Cody.

Donna also had a great time. Isn’t this a great pic with Walker?

That hat!!! This is after I lightened it up. Manny looks pretty awesome though.

Clayton was definitely not feeling it.

Matt was kind of into his own thing.

And I was into my own element. This is actually the only selfie I had to take myself because the guys were happy to take the selfies for me. We all know Dave isn’t so good taking them.

I took this one with Tony Gwynn Jr. My selfies are too close because my arms are short.

And Joc had to be halfway to the bullpen

but how sweet was Dugie?

And Walker!!!

Kenley stopped long enough to take a pic with me. There’s Norma photobombing us.

And Turner Ward told us he only puckers up with Puig.

Don’t be jealous Cindy. Chris actually doesn’t have that Deer in the Headlights look in this pic.

At last a decent pic with Cody. I did take this pic. I don’t think Cody is too much into pics.

My very favorite coach…Chris Woodward. My favorite Chris.!!

Alex!! I’ll still wear your jersey when you pitch no matter what.

Here’s the selfie I’ve waiting for all season. Austin really isn’t into pics. He did take this selfie for me.

Of all the pictures, this one is my favorite. Not sure why. Manny….!

Meanwhile back at the farm…or should I say Club.

Sunday was Fan Appreciation Day. It was also Norma’s actual birthday. Thank you Norma for including me in your birthday celebration complete with on-field and birthday cake!

It’s been a long season…a definite roller coaster ride. One huge positive for me was Matt Kemp. He has always been my all-time favorite Dodger. I wish that the Dodgers could have gone to the playoffs for him. I also wanted that for Tommy who is now 91 years old. And for Norma’s Dad. I’ll always be a Dodger fan no matter whether they win or lose because they are my family!! There is always next season.

The biggest surprise for me was this text message I got on my phone. I happened to check my messages before leaving the club. And my smart phone informed me that this message was probably junk because the phone number wasn’t in my contact list.

The last time I won a prize on Fan Appreciate Day was a few years ago. My prize was a $100 gift certificate to a wonderful Mexican Restaurant. My Dad, sister and I ate $100 worth of the most delicious shrimp dishes on earth. I also told a little white lie and said it was my birthday so the Mariachi band put a sombrero on my head and played Happy Birthday to me. Nice memories.

What could my surprise be? I was shocked to learn that I had won 2 Dugout seats for Opening Day 2019. Why am I so lucky? I haven’t landed back on earth yet. It was a nice way to end Norma’s birthday. She is my guest on Opening Day.

Thanks everyone for reading my blog this season. I appreciate all of you. I’ll continue to write when there is something to report.

Tonight the Hyun-Jin Ryu 6-3 ERA 2.00 will face Giants Madison Bumgarner 6-6 ERA 3.20. The Rockies will face the sorry Phillies who have already rolled over and played dead during this series. It makes one wonder if they just have given up. Seriously, Phillies…wake up and win a freaking game. You losers!!! I probably won’t even follow the game.


Sweeping the Rockies

It was a scenario that I would never have imagined last week. The Dodgers swept the Rockies in their final meeting this season on Wednesday. I had hoped for a win but to sweep them was far beyond my expectations.

Wednesday was a gorgeous day. The area in the left field section was already in the shade during early batting practice. That’s always a positive and it also clues us in that summer is turning into fall and that postseason is near.

It also means that baseball season is almost over. I know I’ll miss the food in the club. I couldn’t believe how good the Jack Daniels chicken wings were. The salads were all delicious.

The guys will definitely miss each other as they enjoy the off season with their families.

We’re always making new friends and also enjoying the company of our true blue family

I’ve made friends over the years with many employees. A few were honored for their service of 25+ years. There’s Sweet Lou Johnson.

The setting sun made a gorgeous backdrop for Chris Taylor who is always the first to come to the field to stretch.

What can I say about the magnificent simplicity of Dodger Stadium?

Right at this point my camera ran out of memory. OK then. Walker and Yasmani. Yasmani was all smiles as usual. JK.

The National Anthem sung by the boy who was the main voice on Coco. I still get goose bumps when I hear the Anthem. When my son was deployed, I couldn’t get through it without getting tears in my eyes and a huge lump in my throat.

Walker Buehler our SP for this last game is sure to be our future ace.

Our hero from game two of the series: Chris Taylor signing a ball for a lucky child.

First pitch. And here we go.

It took Walker a little time to warm up but once he did, it was pretty much his game. He had an epic 12 strikeouts, the most in his young career.

In the top of the 1st inning, Charlie Blackmon hit a single into center. Oh no!! And then LeMahieu reached first on a throwing error by Justin. This doesn’t bode well especially with Blackmon going to 3rd. Dahl walked. Ian Desmond singled with LeMahieu and Dahl scoring. 0-2. This inning was lasting way too long. The Rockies were first on the scoreboard. The first inning is always the worst for the Dodgers. I should just go up to the Club and get ice cream after the first pitch. Thankfully Walker was able to get out of the inning with just the 2 runs scored.

In the bottom of the 1st inning, the Dodgers were out in order. Where was the offense?

In the top of the 2nd inning, Iannetta, Anderson and Blackmon all struck out.

And then the Dodgers answered the two Rockies runs with a Matt Kemp blast to left center field.

Maaaaattttt!!!! 1-2.

Yasmani walked but was left on base.

In the top of the 3rd inning, LeMahieu was able to reach first on another Dodger error. Dahl singled with LeMahieu going to 2nd. Arenado and Parra both struck out and Desmond ground out ending the inning.

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

In the top of the 4th inning the Rockies were out in order. The game just seemed to go on and on. To top it off, there was fan who kept talking talking talking without even stopping to take a breath. If only he could just pass out from lack of oxygen. I finally got up and went to the Club to get that ice cream before I started screaming.

Sometimes the games are boring. It’s been a long week and I was already tired. Believe me, going to every home game can be exhausting. I work full time as well so I rarely get a day off to just do nothing. My patience was wearing thin.

In the bottom of the 4th inning the Dodgers were out in order. I kept hoping that one of the guys would somehow use the small ball and tie the score so they could be back in the game. Nothing is more frustrating than losing by one freaking run. I wondered if it was against the law to stuff a Dodger dog in that fan’s mouth to SHUT HIM UP.

In the top of the 5th inning Blackmon, LeMahieu, and Dahl were out in order. Is it my imagination or are these three batting over and over?

Usually if the Dodgers are going to start a rally, it will be in the bottom of the 5th inning which makes it extra long. It could be because I go up to the Club AFTER the 5th inning to get my cookies.

Kike hit a single to left field right on cue. Brian Dozier doubled scoring Kike and also tying the score. 2-2. I went up to the Club to get my cookies.

In the top of the 6th inning Parra was hit by a pitch but was left on base after Desmond popped out and McMahon struck out.

In the bottom of the 6th inning Justin walked but was left on base. I knew in my heart that one of these guys would come through.

In the top of the 7th inning Petey Baez came out in relief. The bullpen has actually been pretty awesome the last few weeks so I was confident that they could hold the Rockies to only 2 runs. Ianetta hit a fly to right field Matt who caught it. Ferguson replaced Baez and was able to strike out Tapia and force a Blackmon ground out.

In the bottom of the 7th inning Joc popped out.

Max Muncy walked.

Yasmani doubled with Max going to 3rd. We all had wondered where Puig was. He had hit 3 homeruns while on the road and since then he had been sitting.

Yasiel has been hitting well and yet he has not been starting. I really don’t under the logic. The Dodgers should use the hot hitters. Does that make sense?

And he hit a 3 run homerun to bring the Dodgers way out in front. 5-2.

It was a joyous celebration. It felt like we had just won a playoff game. We all were on our feet. Yasiel came out for a curtain call.

In the top of the 8th inning Kenta came out in relief replacing Ferguson. Arenado singled. Scott Alexander replaced Kenta and was able to force a Holliday ground out.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, the Dodgers were out in order. The score was still 5-2.

The Rockies were in a muddle. They were heading toward their 3rd straight loss. Not good for them in the final games of the season but good for us. The Rockies have a tough schedule ahead: four games with the D Backs, 4 with the Phillies and 3 with Washington. They can’t even blink or the Dodgers will clinch.

And out came closer Kenley to do the job.

The Dodgers were watching with anticipation and “o” mouths.

Puig who was out in right field was getting a lot of love from the Dodger fans.

Ian Desmond ground out. Rockies challenged the play still scuffling around trying to salvage this last game. Hampson struck out.

And then it was strike two with two out in the top of the 9th inning. The crowd was electric. The Dodgers were on the verge of sweeping the once first place Rockies. Anticipation was in the air.

The guys were all ready to jump over that dugout rail.

Here they come. Ianetta hit a fly to center Cody. And the Dodgers sweep the Rockies.

It seriously was like winning a playoff game!! We were celebrating. These games with the Rockies were important and the Dodgers came through.

Could there ever be too many celebration pictures??

The Dodgers get a well deserved day off on Thursday. I go to work. Never a day of rest for me.

On Friday they begin a 3 game series with the San Diego Padres to end the regular season. Norma invited me to be on the field Saturday so I’m looking forward to it. Sunday is Fan Appreciation Day. And then it’s over. Until. Post. Season.

Our Rich Hill 9-5 ERA 4.02 will face Padre Eric Lauer 5-7 ERA 4.74 on Friday. The Dodgers must not be complacent in these final games. The magic number is “8”.

Thanks for stopping by. I’m starting to feel a little sad that baseball season is ending. Hopefully there will be a long post season with the Dodgers going to the World Series again. Have a nice day off. GO DODGERS!!!!

Getting It Done

The days are winding down. It’s seems like Opening Day was just yesterday. But the final game of the regular season is just a few days away. Will there be postseason for the Dodgers or should we just say good bye Sunday. These final games will decide that.

Monday’s game was like a dream. The Dodgers had beat the Rockies resoundingly with a score of 8-2. We Dodger fans had our fingers crossed that Tuesday would be the same.

It was Matt Kemp bobblehead day. Who would have thought that Matt Kemp would have a bobblehead let alone even be a Dodger? He had been acquired in trade with every intent to trade him again. But here he was, popular as ever, with his own bobblehead. The stadium was packed; they had run out of bobbleheads. My friend Norma was stuck in traffic and didn’t get one so I gave her mine. Everyone was trying to get into the stadium.

I was unhappy at the line at the gate. Typical bobblehead day.

Bobblehead giveaway days bring out the worst fans. Many come just to get extra bobbleheads to sell on EBay. The crowd watching batting practice was relentless asking for balls and autographs. Very few players even looked at those “fans.” I just sat in one of the seats just to wait it out until I could go into the club to eat. By the time we could go toward the dugout, the guys had already gone into the clubhouse anyway.

I love the food in the club so going up to the club early gave me more time to eat. The food was delicious. I always like anything with macaroni and the Italian chopped salad was wonderful. The chicken was served with sweet Chile syrup which gave it a nice kick.

I hurried back to the field because I knew it would get crowded quickly and I needed to get my spot.

Gavin Lux was being interviewed. He was chosen Branch Rickey player of the year. Such a nice guy.

There goes Clayton, our SP for the game. I was hoping he gets run support. Austin already was in the bullpen. I was wearing Austin’s jersey since he was starting. I was wearing Matt’s player weekend jersey underneath.

Surprise!! Look who was already waiting…He used to be barely my height and now he towers over me.

Austin and Clayton warmed up.

Judy, Matt’s mom was throwing out the first pitch so he gave her a few pointers.

The sky was gorgeous as the guys stretched.

National Anthem. Hi Tim.

And then Judy threw out the first pitch. Great job!!

Proud son

Lots of love to go around.

Here comes Clayton and Austin. I could tell Austin was giving me the side eye as he walked by and knew I was wearing his jersey. Play like a demon, Austin.

And wonderful Manny gave me my own personal photo shoot, throwing slow motion right in front of me. Thanks Manny.

Austin was ready for action

First pitch

This game was important. The Dodgers were 1/2 game up on the Rockies. The atmosphere was like a playoff game. The crowd was electric.

It was nice to see that besides the bobblehead fans, some of my favorite people were at the game too. Always wonderful to see my gorgeous friend Jessica and her cute kids.

Our traditional selfie. They were stuck in traffic and had big problems getting into the parking lot. They missed seeing their favorite Matt Kemp. Next time!!

In the top of the 1st inning, the Rockies were out in order. That was a good sign.

In the bottom of the 1st inning wonderful Manny doubled.

David Freese walked with Manny going to 3rd.

Matt singled with Manny scoring. 1-0.

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

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

In the top of the 3rd inning Garrett Hampson walked. This was the first of many walks for Clayton who seldom walks anyone. A few command issues. Hampson was able to steal 2nd base and score. Charlie Blackmon walked and LeMahieu reached first on a fielding error by Justin. Blackmon went to 3rd on a catching error by Chris Taylor. Two Dodger errors in one inning. Not good in this important game!! Nolan Arenado luckily ground out ending the inning with the Rockies only able to score one run. 1-1. The Dodgers were lucky not more runs were scored by the Rockies. Costly errors.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning Chris Taylor walked but was out at 2nd with Justin hitting hitting a double play. Geez…not Justin’s day.

Manny continued on his single handed tear by hitting a single to left field. Unfortunately he was left on base.

In the top of the 4th inning, Ian Desmond hit a single and then stole 2nd base. Chris Ianetta walked but everyone was left on base when Garrett Hampton ground into a force out. Scary.

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

Clayton always seems to allow at least one homerun a game and this game was no exception as Charlie Blackmon hit a solo homerun to center field. 1-2. We were not happy.

Austin was up. I stood up and screamed “Go Austin!!!” as loud as I could. My voice carried across the stadium. I think I saw Austin perk up. I don’t care that everyone stared at me. And he was able to draw a walk. I was in a frenzy. Way to go Austin. It doesn’t matter how you get on base. Just do it.

Clayton was out on a sacrifice bunt with Austin going to 2nd. Good job Clayton.

I would say that the Rockies were scuffling around not happy.

Chris Taylor singled with Austin scoring thanks to an error by Nolan Arenado, very unusual for him. 2-2. Yaaaaaay Austin! That tying run kept the Dodgers in the game.

When Austin scored, of course I was on my feet screaming like there was no tomorrow. Justin singled but was left on base.

In the top of the 6th inning Ian Desmond walked but was left on base.’

In the bottom of the 6th inning, the Dodgers were out in order.

In the top of the 7th inning Garrett Hampton singled. Charlie Blackmon walked. (Oh those walks) but both were left on base.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Austin was able to get to 1st on a throwing error by Nolan. What? Again? Big smile on my face. Suddenly Austin was replaced by Tim Locastro. Not sure why. Austin can run. Oh well. I knew that Austin would be replaced by Grandal. I thought Austin had done so well during the game and yet he never gets to catch an entire game.

In the top of the 8th inning Maeda struck out all three batters. Wow!

Kenta was on fire.

In the bottom of the 8th inning the Dodgers were out in order. Uh oh.

In the top of the 9th inning Kenley came out to finish the game. Now I’m a big Kenley fan but he hasn’t been the same. Gerardo Parra singled and then stole 2nd base. I was cringing at this point.

A little discussion. Kenley was able to get the final out.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Cody ground out. Chase Utley came out to pinch hit. Can’t figure out why Chase. Chase struck out. Yasmani hit a fly to left field barely missing a ball over the fence. Inches.

Extra innings. So scary.

In the top of the 10th inning, Scott Alexander came out in relief. I was really sweating. Luckily Charlie Blackmon ground out.

Dylan Floro came out in relief, striking out LeMahieu and Nolan. Luckily it really wasn’t Nolan’s day.

In the bottom of the 10th inning Max lined out.

Then Chris Taylor came out to hit. Chris has suddenly found his swing so we had our fingers crossed. Can he do it?

We were waiting to see what would happen. Then the unbelievable did happen.

He hit a huge walkoff homerun winning the game. 3-2.

The Dodgers couldn’t get out of the dugout fast enough to celebrate. It was a huge win. It was definitely a playoff atmosphere. I hope you get a feeling for how exciting that moment was for us at the game through my pictures.

There goes Chris thinking he was going to get away.

Let’s go get him guys.

It was a huge celebration. If nothing else it broke the Rockies spirit. The Dodgers had won the series no matter what the outcome of Wednesdays game. It was a no -decision for Clayton but he didn’t care because the Dodgers WON the game.

On Wednesday our Walker Buehler 7-5 ERA 2.88 faces Rockie Tyler Anderson 6-9 ERA 4.82. The Dodgers were able to prevail over Rockie ace Kyle Freeland so they will take the challenge of beating Tyler Anderson.

The Dodgers are now 1 1/2 games ahead of the Rockies. In August who would ever have thought that the Dodgers would be number one. I paid for my postseason tickets yesterday. Hopefully I’ll get to use ALL of them.

Thanks for stopping by. So happy to see my favorite family the Washingtons. It sure was the icing on the cake for me. Let’s keep winning!! GO DODGERS!!!

We All Came Together

It’s the last week of the regular season. It’s a little sad since we’re all like family no matter whether we’re fans or Dodger staff. We have our own little Dodger world and suddenly we’ll be separated for a little while.

We love our little world so much we celebrate our birthdays here. Happy Birthday Winnie!!

We come from far away places like Kansas City to actually see the Dodgers in person. Father Ted and beautiful daughter Stephanie.

I love you so much!! You make my life so much better

We really have the best fans in baseball. We bleed Dodger Blue.

Matt…. returned to Dodger Stadium excited and happy that he was back. And he has played his heart out and has shown everyone that he is a team player, that he will play any role he’s given.

Even when the Dodgers were behind in August and it seemed that there would be no playoffs, they overcame all odds and now are NUMBER ONE!! They beat the Rockies and Cardinals on their own turf.

They will climb over any obstacles in their way and triumph! Watch out Silver Fox.

And when everyone thought Ryu would never come back dominant, the Monster pitched 7 scoreless innings. Yes, I’m talking about you.

And when everyone thought the Rockies would dominate the Dodgers, look what happened.

The Rockies couldn’t figure out where this Dodger offense was coming from. Jon Gray was unceremoniously yanked from the game after giving up 6 runs in 3 innings.

Max Muncy happened. He found his swing again.

And Joc came from nowhere hitting like there was no tomorrow. I guess there would not be if they didn’t start hitting.

The Dodgers are a team who actually like each other and have fun.

I mean…they really like each other!!

And we all know that the Dodgers are always in the postseason. The sun never sets on them at the end of the regular season.

We always like a celebration.

And being in first place is a great feeling!!

The Dodgers beat the Rockies in fine fashion in the first of 3 must-win games on Monday with a score of 8-2.

On Tuesday in game two our Clayton Kershaw 8-5 ERA 2.51 will face Rockie Kyle Freeland 15-7 ERA 2.96. I’m hoping that Clayton gets run support and we can BEAT THE ROCKIES!!!

Thank you everyone for all your support this season. I appreciate you. GO DODGERS!!!