July 2008

Manny being Manny

Man-Ram

Manny Ramirez….what can I say ? I have mixed feelings. I’mmannyshirt.jpg happy we made a trade that might help us win this ugly division. But I’m sad that this might be a 2 month rental and Ramirez signs with another team in the off-season. I’m happy we didn’t trade Andre Ethier, James Loney, or Matt Kemp. But I’m sad that Andy
LaRoche (Good luck!) is gone. I’m happy that we don’t have to pay for Manny’s salary. But I’m sad that AndyLaRoche.jpgthis might of been a move to just sell
 more tickets. I’m happy that Manny will be our Power Hitter. But sad that Kemp or Ethier might not play on a daily basis. Get it ? I have mixed feelings. I only hope that Joe Torre plays Ramirez, Kemp and Ethier together everyday ! I’m sorry Juan Pierre but we don’t have room for you. I’m sorry Andruw Jones, but you….how can I say it….mmmm you suck….Sorry. I know you are a great player. You are a All-Star player. I know that, but we don’t have enough time to keep playing you. 2 months left. We need to start playing the best players everyday. You keep Pierre and Jones on the bench. Okidoki ? By the way Manny, you can’t wear # 24 ! You have to pick a new number ! 

Reaction 

LaRoche leads group sent to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Tommy Lasorda blogs about the trade and so does Alyssa Milano. L.A. Times has quotes from Joe Torre and Nomar Garciaparra.

Video Time ! (2 videos) 

Manny leaves Fenway Park for the last time. 

Ok another video…Manny supporting “Hip Hop Dominicano” Ok…

Manny Ramirez !

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WBC, Andre Ethier, Trades, Troy from West Virginia, etc

World Baseball Classic 2009

On Thursday afternoon, the Dodgers will hold a press conference to announce that Dodger Stadium will host the World Baseball Classic (WBC) semifinals and finals. The 16-nation tournament are tentatively scheduled for March 21-23 2009 at Dodger Stadium. The same countries will represent. They are planning to add more countries (How about Nicaragua!?) for the 2013 tournament. That’s cool ! I’m a big fan of this tournament. I went to a couple of games for the 1st WBC event. I saw games in Phoenix, Anaheim and San Diego. It’s really fun. The fans of the respective countries are really into it and want them to win so bad. As a American citizen, I should root for U.S.A right ? Not really…in 2006 It looked like they didn’t take it seriously (kind of like the U.S. Basketball teams in recent Olympics) The American team didn’t seem they were having fun and the ones who complained about the Classic were the Americans. I never heard complaints from the other teams. They were proud to play for their country and the fans came out in large crowds to root for them. When I went to Phoenix to watch the U.S. take on Mexico, I would say more than half of the crowd were Mexicans. If you saw the parking lot, most license plates were “Sonora” and “Sinaloa” On this tournament I rooted for Mexico (My mom is from Sonora, Mexico) and Cuba (My dad is Cuban) It was hard rooting for Cuba, knowing that the team is run by Fidel Castro but you couldn’t appreciate the way they played. They were good. Made it all the way to the final against Japan. I was there at Petco Park when Japan defeated Cuba. It was like going to a game 7 World Series game. Check out some photos below. Pix # 1 -Inside Chase Field- Phoenix, Arizona (U.S.A. vs Mexico) Que chingon no? lol

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2nd Pix -Angel Stadium- Anaheim, California (Korea vs Mexico) Viva Mexico cabrones!! lol

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3rd Pix -Angel Stadium- Anaheim, California (Korea vs Japan) The stadium was packed full of Asians. Those fans were really into it.  I’m sure I was the only brown guy and my Twin brother the only white guy at the Stadium :) lol (btw, I’m on the right) Konichiwa !! :) 


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4th Pix -Petco Park- San Diego, California -The Final game (Cuba vs Japan) I bought the Cuba hat that same day at the gift shop before the game. It cost me a blow to the ribs to “win” the hat. Let me explain. Before the game, a couple of hours before game-time, I asked a employee if they had any official Cuba hats. He told me they sold out all the hats. That they are the hottest items. Huh ? Cuba hats sold out ? He said “yeah and you wouldn’t believe it who is buying them, the Americans!” Crazy huh ? I didn’t believe it until he told me that a shipment is coming any minute. I waited patiently. Then a couple of boxes come in with Cuba hats. The employees tried to stack them by size but all the fans got crazy over the hats. Everyone wanted one. I remember I got smashed into a corner while I was trying to find my hat size! lol It was insane. Crazy! Next time, I will buy it online… The people you see me behind was a complete orchestra. I’m serious. They brought like over 20 intruments and played it all night long!  Se acabo el mundo !!  


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My last pix -This picture is Fernando Valenzuela and I holding the WBC Mexico Jersey. I already got autographs from Mexican players Benji Gil and Oliver Perez. I had to get Fernando to sign it since he was part of the Mexican coaching staff. Sweet !! :) Yaqui Power !! lol  

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Ethier playing for Mexico ?

Talking about the WBC reminded me that a couple of peEthier1.jpgople have told me that Andre Ethier is interested playing for Mexico at the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Can anyone confirm this ? I can’t find anything online except a line on Wikipedia that says “He has stated his intention to play for Mexico in the next World Baseball Classic” He did ? Wow, I never knew or heard about it

 . I know he is of Mexican heritage, but I never knew he wanted to play for Mexico. I remember Nomar Garciaparra was going to play for Mexico in 2006 but he opt out.  

Want to meet Ethier ?

Ok people have been telling me to give them upcoming appearances by Dodgers. Here is one:  

August 2, 2008

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Andre Ethier at: AT&T

3851 Overland Ave

Culver City, CA 90232

(310) 559-2019

I don’t think I will be going…I might head over to San Diego area and score some autographs there. But if you do go, tell me about it ! Ahhh y preguntale si va jugar para Mexico ? Comprendes wey ? lol :)

New Dodgers Blog

Check out a new Dodger blog made by Joseph. I see him during the autographs sessions.

Man-Ram

Manny Ramirez coming to the Dodgers ? Say it ain’t so Colleti ? Keep the youth intact ! DO NOT TRADE MATT KEMP. DO NOT TRADE ANDRE ETHIER. Understand ?

Kent is a loner

Did you read this from the L.A. Times…? Jeff Kent says “I don’t hang out with the guys — never have,” he says. “I don’t go out drinking, look at porn, have a girlfriend or get divorced — so I’m selfish”  

 

Lasorda speaks to Big Joe

Lasorda talks and talks and talks and talks.

Video Time

As you know, I’m a big fan of Troy from West Virginia. The dude is funny ! Well to my surprise, he posted a video about me meeting his idol. lol I don’t know if I should sue him or laugh about it. lol Just kidding, it’s all good Troy. Thanks. You’re coming August 12 ?  

Thanks for reading, I’m out! Peace :) Bookmark my blog!

Blog stats, MySpace, Andre Ethier, etc

Blog Star

Hey fans, what’s up! I learned today that my blog is the 10th most visited MLBlogs among fans. I want to thank everyone for visiting the blog. I never thought I would get any feedback from fans and it never was my intention. I just wanted to share my experiences in obtaining autographs from Baseball players and write once in a while about the Dodgers. If no one read this blog, it was ok by me. I did it for fun. It’s cool reading your comments and e-mails. Thank you.

Here are the top FAN MLBlogs over the last 7 days by page views.

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10. Blogging Dodgers and Baseball   THANK YOU !!!!!!!!
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25. Phillies Red Pinstripes

MySpace

A friend, Nick, called me the other day to tell me that I’m on Andre Ethier’s MySpace. I didn’t know what he was talking about so I asked him what does he mean I’m on his MySpace ? He gave me instructions to get to his page and click on photos. The first photo is me standing next to Ethier. How cool is that ? Nice. Of course, who knows if it’s really his MySpace. It does look legit but you just never know. Visit his page to check it out for yourself. Thanks Nick for the tip. Talking about MySpace, you can add me if you want. It’s not my personal MySpace. It’s my Baseball MySpace. I never update it, only the picture album. As far as the photo that Ethier
AndreEthier1.jpgposted, it reminds me when that picture was taken. It was taken back in June 24, 2006 He was signing autographs at a Home Show in Glendale, California. Not alot of people showed up. I think around 10 fans. I’m serious. I don’t remember anyone! I even got mad that day because the promoter of the Home Show was telling me that in order of me attending the Home Show, I need to pay a ticket to enter. I told him I’m not interested in  attending and that I only want Ethier’s autograph which was held outside the building. Ethier was not inside. He was outisde under a tent. He said it doesn’t matter. For me to get a autograph, I
AndreEthier3.jpgneeded a ticket and to get the ticket, I had to pay for it. What a punk! lol Speaking of being on MySpace, I got another tip from another reader of the blog, Joseph, who told me that he saw a different picture of me and Ethier at a Dodgers Site. I’ve never read this site before (sorry…!) but I guess the site posted upcoming appearances that the Dodgers will be making and a picture of me and Ethier was on top of it. Check it out here…  I have no idea who runs the site or why they posted one of my pictures. I don’t mind, it’s all good. I’m everywhere! lol

 

Milano, Ethier, Jones Blogs


Alyssa posted a entry about wanting Andre Ethier to play everyday or else trade him.
AlyssaMilano.jpgI wouldn’t go that far. I want Ethier to play everyday. I think he is able to do it. I see him as the future, which is now. Ethier also updated his blog. With another Restaurant review. This time, he reviewed a Spanish Restaurant. It’s cool reading blogs of players. You get a feeling they are normal people like me and you. Check it out. One guy that never updates his blog, is Andruw Jones… Another blogger, Dodger fan Stephamie Vu, who once in a while leaves me comments, also has a Dodger blog. If you go a little down on the right side, check out “Dodgerstuffs that I read” She has a link to my blog and says “Dude sure knows a lot about how to stalk players! I especially like his one entry with photos of Kemp, Martin, and Young out clubbing.” lol That made me laugh! I’m not a stalker, just a crazy dude that enjoys collecting autographs. :)

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Video Time!

Andruw Jones gets his daily dinner before the game… (Little Caesars Pizza? I prefer Pizza Hut or tortillas and beans lol) 

Autographs – Chad Billingsley


July 26 , 2008 Los Angeles, California

Chad Billingsley was scheduled to sign autographs at a AT&T location in Los Angeles at 12pm for 1 hour. I woke up late and not sure if I really wanted to go. I already got several items signed from him. But we went. We arrived around 11am and we saw this…

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About 100 people in line. I walked towards the front and saw a couple of fans that I know. I was tempted to cut in but decided not to do it. There was a rope and since I came with my Wife, I didn’t want problems with the other fans. I walked back to the end of the line and waited patiently. Chad came on time and started signing right away. He signs quick. We were able to obtain his autograph around 12:30pm We gave him 2 photos to sign. Chad was in a great mood and smiling. Thanks Chad!

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July 25, 2008 – Blake Dewitt & Rick Honeycutt

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July 25, 2008 Los Angeles, California

I met Blake DeWitt at a Staples Location here in Southern California. He was scheduled to sign autographs at 12pm. I got there around 10:00 am. I went inside and there was nobody ! So I just started walking around the store and check out some items. Then I asked a employee if it’s ok if I wait for DeWitt next to the counter. The employee told me I got here to early but you can wait here. Then a manager heard our conversation and told me “The line is outside” and I said “Huh?” I didn’t know. I thought the line was going to be inside like the Joe Beimel event, since it was also a Staples event. He said “Fans are already there, you should go outside” I told him “Fans? There is no one, I got here 20 minutes ago and I didn’t see anyone” He said “Well now there is” So I went outside and there was about 10 fans outside. I got in line and later came a couple of Autograph buddies and joined me in line. Blake came on time and quickly signed pictures and posed pictures with the fans. My Wife and I gave him 4 items (2 balls and 2 pictures) to sign. He signed all items without any problems. Very nice guy. Then in the evening we headed to Dodger Stadium to catch the Dodgers vs Nationals. It was Brad Penny Bobblehead night. I got there 2 hours before game time and was determined to get a ball during batting practice ! I even took a glove. Down the right field side in the field level (next to the Dodgers bullpen) I noticed a couple of players standing around shagging fly balls. A fan next to me yelled at the Dodgers pitching Rick Honeycutt to sign some baseball cards. He came over and signed autographs for the fan. I didn’t have anything for him. But I did get a picture with him……

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So after that encounter with Honeycutt, I was waiting for a ball to come to my direction. Waiting…waiting..waiting…then a ball came toward us but landed on the field. The ball was all alone for a couple of minutes…I yelled at Joe Beinel and he turned around and I pointed at the ball. He ignored me. I yelled at Cory Wade and he just looked at me and went away. Then a couple of minutes later a security guard grabbed it and gave it to a kid. That was the end of that. After being there for 30 minutes I decided to leave. I went to my seats, get some food and I enjoy the game. Here is a picture of the ball that was not destined to be mine… 


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A picture of the Brad Penny Bobblehead….Overall great game. We won!

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Autographs: Joe Beimel

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July 11, 2008 Burbank, California

Today I met Joe Beimel at a Staples Location here in Southern California. He was scheduled to sign autographs at 12pm. I got there 1 hour before and I thought I was going to see a big crowd but only about 15 people were in front of me. That’s cool for me. Once it was my turn to meet him, I gave him a couple of pictures for him to sign. On the table, there was a Joe Beimel Bobblehead. I assume it’s the one that they will give away at Dodger Stadium on August 12 ! The Beimel bobblehead looks good. Sometimes these bobbleheads look bad and don’t even look like the players. But this is one does look like Beimel. While he signed my items, I told him they did a
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P.S.

I was going to ask Joe if he was going to invite Troy from West Virginia a invite to L.A. for his Bobblehead night. lol But I totally forgot.

Peace!

Roberto 

 

MLB Notes – July 7, 2008

Russell is a All-Star

Bad News: Russell Martin is not going to be a N.L Starter this year. Thanks to the greatest fans in baseball (Tommy Lasorda says it) Dodger fans didn’t vote for him. I’m a big Dodgers fan, but I always disagreed with Lasorda. I did vote for him but I guess not enough of people did. Martin was a starter last year and with good numbers this year, I thought he would be a easy choice for fans to select him. I was wrong.
RussellMartin2.jpgGeovany Soto of the Chicago Cubs had a fast start and the Chicago fans went crazy in voting. They voted so much that Kosuke Fukudome was selected by fans to be a starting outfielder ! What a disgrace. More on that later. Let’s compare Martin vs Soto. Stats as of today. 

Martin  .305  9 HR 42 RBI’s

Soto     .289 14 HR 52 RBI’s

Martin is batting 14 points higher than Soto and since Martin was the starter last year and is known more than Soto, I would think Martin had a great chance to be the starter. But Soto started the month of April by hitting .341 with 5 HR’s and 20 RBI’s. With that hot start, the nation noticed and he got the votes. Soto deserves it. He is having a great year but I’m disapointed in Dodger fans for not supporting Martin. The good news is that Martin was selected to be a N.L. reserve.  Now, about Fukudome… Why is he a starter ? I know the fans of the Cubs went crazy, but why so much support for Fukudome ? Or was the whole country of Japan voting for him ? His stats as of today: .287 B.A. 7 HR’s 35 RBI’s Why is he a starter!! ? That’s funny. Well not as funny like reading the Cubs media guide. According the guide, it says the way to pronounce Fukudome is “foo-koo-DOUGH-may” I thought it was Fuc*-a-dome” ?

Baseball loves Statues

The L.A. Times have 2 great articles about statues. The first article is about how certain Baseball teams have statues of great players.

-Tony Gwynn is one of a group of baseball greats to have his likeness etched in stone. Two sets of sculptors have taken chisels to the Hammer, with statues of Hank Aaron on display in both Atlanta and Milwaukee, while at Willie Mays Plaza in San Francisco you can say “hey” to a larger-than-life likeness of the Say Hey Kid. Babe Ruth lives on in Baltimore,
RobertoClementeStatue.jpgGeorge Brett is still swinging in Kansas City and you could almost field full lineups with the number of player statues in Chicago, Detroit and St. Louis.
The second article is about how certain players don’t have statues. The Dodgers aren’t saying whether a statue — of Sandy Koufax or anyone else — will be included in their five-year, half-billion-dollar stadium expansion. But marketing vice president Charles Steinberg, who came to the Dodgers after stints with three teams whose ballparks feature prominent statues, is a fan of the idea.-

I think it’s a cool idea. Hopefully the Dodgers do it ! I think you can start with Jackie Robinson. It’s about time we do something like this. How cool would it be to go to Dodger Stadium and check out a Statue ? Even the New York Mets are honoring Jackie with a statue when they open their new stadium next year !  
 

Reggie and his cage

Since I met Reggie Willits, I was looking for a article that I read last year about him having a Batting Cage at his home. I found it. It’s titled “Life in a Cage: Baby Sleeps, Mom Cooks, Dad Bats” It was published by the New York Times on July 1, 2007 When Amber Willits is cooking dinner — crack! — or putting the baby to bed — crack! — or trying to get a little sleep herself — crack! — she has to wonder why she ever agreed to live in a

HomeBattingCage.jpgbatting cage. But Amber Willits, the wife of Angels outfielder Reggie Willits, has taken hardball devotion to a new level. For the past three years, she has made a home, raised a son and helped develop a .300 hitter — all in an indoor batting cage. “I could not have gotten here alone,” Reggie said. “I have an extremely supportive wife.” 
Cool story. Too bad he isn’t playing that much this year. Last year, he had a chance to play because of injuries to other Outfielders. But with proven outfielders like Torii Hunter, Gary Mathews Jr, Garrett Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero where is he going to play ?

Autograph Hunter

The N.Y. Times had a nice article about a old-time fan that got into autograph collecting back in the 1930’s.  

Dodgers having great chemistry

According to Tony Jackson of the Daily News, the Dodgers are having fun “We’re having fun,” Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp said. “Everybody is pulling for each other. Even when we get (behind), our mood never drops. We know we can come back and win the game, hopefully. I think winning helps a team come together more. When you win, it just changes the personality of a team.” How nice, “we’re having fun” Now can you get on a winning streak and win this terrible division ?

Video Time! 

A reporter tracked down James Loney when the Dodgers played in New York last month. I guess it was done at a hotel where Loney was staying. I don’t know who the reporter is. The light in the video is terrible but it’s worth watching it.  

Autographs: Reggie Willits


Today I met Reggie Willits. He signed the same Angels Mini-Helmet that I have been getting autographed for current Angels Players. Signing was scheduled at 11:30 am Guess where ? Yeah at a AT&T Location! I guess those Angels players are going to all the AT&T locations. lol :) I got there around 10:15 am Not alot of people were there. Then around 11 am it started to get full. Willits didn’t talk much. Just signed the items and went to the next item. My Wife got him to sign 2 items. I only got him to sign 1 item. I guess I was scared since he refused to sign 2 items to another fan.



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 On to the next one! Peace :)

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