August 31, 2008
There was a “big” sports card show event here in Southern California. It wasn’t really big. Not alot of collectors came. The players that appeared were 5 former Dodgers, Jim Rice, and Gaylord Perry. I only bought autograph tickets for Rice and Perry. First up was Rice. I got a 11×14 picture of Rice. Got in line and ready to meet the great Jim Rice….Well he wasn’t that great of a person. Not very approachable. There was about 5 people in front of me. I wasn’t able to see what was going on but I noticed right away that Rice looked upset. It looked like the people were not ready with their items and then when it was my turn it looked like he was upset. I said “Hi Mr. Rice” and he didn’t say or look at me. I knew right away he was going to be a difficult person. While he was signing the picture, I was thinking “Should I ask for a picture ? He looks mad, maybe it’s not a good idea….ah what the hell, I will ask” Hahaha So I did ask for the pix and gave the camera to the person behind me. Rice didn’t respond to my question and I think that meant a “no” answer because he didn’t even look at the camera. I told him thanks and he just looked the other way. Wow, bitter dude. I mean I know you deserve to be in the Hall of Fame but do you really have to be upset with your life ? Maybe if I told him that I read his blog on a weekly basis, he would of been happy ? I gave the picture to my Wife so she can hold it for me while I get Perry’s Autograph. Later she told me that someone asked her “How was Rice as a person?” and she said “Oh no, I didn’t meet him, my Husband just met him and he said he was not that friendly” and he said “Oh yeah, I heard. He just looks bitter” Oh well…it was still cool getting that autograph and I do hope that he makes it to the H.O.F. one day. Thanks Jim.
Next up was Gaylord Perry. The Hall of Famer pitcher. I’m sure Mr. Perry is the biggest Hall of Famer you will see. Well….Tony Gwynn might be a close 2nd. I’m not sure what’s going on with Gwynn, but the dude keeps getting bigger. Anyways, Perry is one big guy. When they announced his name, he came out and you can tell he is getting old. Didn’t look good when walking. Right away, I noticed his San Francisco Giants hat. It’s good that I didn’t wear my Dodgers hat :) I bought a Hall of Fame ball for him to sign it. While in line, I was talking a guy behind me and he asked me what I was going to get signed. I told him a ball. With the autograph comes with 1 free inscription. If you wanted a extra inscription, it would be 10 extra bucks. Well he told me “I’m getting a ball and I’m going to tell him to put “H.O.F. 91″ and “No Vaseline” and I said “No way?” He said “yeah watch me” Well it was my turn and I greeted Perry and gave him the ball. He asked what inscription I wanted and I said “H.O.F. 91″ He was very nice. At least he did some small talk compare to Rice. I gave the camera to the “Vaseline guy” and he shot this picture…The sun blows away one of my eyes. Oh well, still looks good :)
I told him thanks and while I was putting my ball away, I wanted to see if Perry was going to put “No vaseline” The guy gave him the ball and told him “put No Vaseline” and Perry said “no…I can put my win totals” So he did that :) Funny. Have no idea what I’m talking about ? Read this NY Times article about Gaylord Perry using Vaseline. It was cool meeting these 2 guys. Later!
August 30, 2008
I met 2 current Angels. Ervin Santana and Robb Quinlan. First up was Santana. He was signing at a furniture store down in Irvine at 11:30 am. I showed up right before 9 am. A employee there told everyone that Santana will be signing 2 items per person. Sounded good since I needed to get a picture signed for my brother. Well right before 11 am, another employee said that he will be signing only 1 item per person plus a picture with him if you desire. Bad news for me since I had that extra item. Upon arrival to Santana, I gave him a 2008 All-Star ball to sign it. He signed it right below the All-Star logo. Then I put the picture down in the table and right away the employees said “NO! just 1 item plus a picture” They were very strict about it. It’s weird because most of the time they don’t want you to be posing with the players. It’s just the autograph and that’s it. But on this occasion, everyone was taking a picture with Ervin. Maybe that’s the reason the line was moving slow. My Wife got him to sign a mini-helmet that already has several autographs of current Angels. Then after meeting Santana we headed over to Laguna Niguel. Robb Quinlan was signing autographs at a at&t store. Nobody was there. I think less than 5 fans. I got him to sign the same mini-helmet. Quinlan was very nice and talked with us. Pictures from the events below….
3 game series – Los Angeles Dodgers vs Arizona Diamondbacks
I don’t know what to say….should I start thinking about 2009 ? Let’s see what happens this weekend. Lately, I have been blogging once a series. Should be able to get to a normal routine this Monday.
Video Time ! Troy from West Virginia @ Philadelphia over the weekend…
3 game series – Los Angeles Dodgers vs Washington Nationals
Wow we suck….Phillies embarrased us. All I can say is we need to move on and get some wins.
Video Time ! James Loney impersonates Manny Ramirez….
I don’t have the complete 2009 L.A. Dodgers Schedule. But I have the following dates….
UPDATED: I just added the White Sox and Mariners dates
April 6 vs Padres @ San Diego (Road Opening Day)
April 7 vs Padres @ San Diego
April 8 vs Padres @ San Diego
April 10 vs Diamondbacks @ Arizona
April 11 vs Diamondbacks @ Arizona
April 12 vs Diamondbacks @ Arizona
April 13 vs Giants @ Los Angeles (Home Opening Day)
April 14 vs Giants @ Los Angeles
April 15 vs Giants @ Los Angeles
April 16 vs Rockies @ Los Angeles
April 17 vs Rockies @ Los Angeles
April 18 vs Rockies @ Los Angeles
May 22 vs Angels @ Los Angeles
May 23 vs Angels @ Los Angeles
May 24 vs Angels @ Los Angeles
June 12 vs Rangers @ Texas
June 13 vs Rangers @ Texas
June 14 vs Rangers @ Texas
June 16 vs A’s @ Los Angeles
June 17 vs A’s @ Los Angeles
June 18 vs A’s @ Los Angeles
June 19 vs Angels @ Anaheim
June 20 vs Angels @ Anaheim
June 21 vs Angels @ Anaheim
June 23 vs White Sox @ Chicago (White Sox)
June 24 vs White Sox @ Chicago (White Sox)
June 25 vs White Sox @ Chicago (White Sox)
June 26 vs Mariners @ Los Angeles
June 27 vs Mariners @ Los Angeles
June 28 vs Mariners @ Los Angeles
July 16 vs Astros @ Los Angeles
July 17 vs Astros @ Los Angeles
July 18 vs Astros @ Los Angeles
July 19 vs Astros @ Los Angeles
October 2 vs Rockies @ Los Angeles
October 3 vs Rockies @ Los Angeles
October 4 vs Rockies @ Los Angeles (last game of the season)
This of course is a unconfirmed schedule. In interleague play, the Dodgers will play against all the A.L. West and the Chicago White Sox.
4 game series – Los Angeles Dodgers @ Philadelphia Phillies
I’m sure some of the players will hit these 2 places…
Video Time ! Pat’s vs Geno’s. Which Philadelphia Cheese Steak is better ?
Dodgers on the verge of getting swept ?
I love this place,” he says. “Just wish they had a different wall out there so I could go in there and go the bathroom.” [link]
Video Time ! Ozomatli – Can’t stop the Blue
Keeping it short today… :)
Who’s next ? Joe Torre opens a blog. Not sure if he will update it often. But seems like a good idea.
Video Time ! El ultimo corrido del Toro
Greg Maddux joins the Dodgers. Ned Colleti had this to say…
“It’s very rare that you get the opportunity to add a pitcher like Greg even one time, let alone twice,” Colletti said in a club release.
Really ? Even let alone twice ? So why did you let him go in the first place ?
Not Joe’s Fault
According to Wallace Matthews of Newsday, Joe Torre deserves apology from the Yankees. Matthews writes the following…
They came with 6 million bucks in one hand and brass knuckles in the other. Torre walked away because he knew that, even at that kind of money, he wasn’t going to be a manager, just a punching bag.
Can you imagine how hard and fast the fists would be flying in the Bronx today if Torre had accepted the deal, only to find himself 10 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays of all teams, and 5 1/2 games out of the wild-card race with fewer than 40 games to go?
For a guy dubbed Clueless Joe before his first day on the job, it was an incredibly shrewd and prescient move by Torre. -
I disagree that the Yankees need to apologize. They knew very well the way they treated him. I do agree Torre would of been a punching bag. Imagine if your only purpose is to win a World Series every single year ? It’s impossible to win every year. The Yanks didn’t treat him fair. I’m glad Torre is with us but I do believe we would of been ok with a younger manager that can fire up these young players.
Stamp This !
I noticed this last week. The U.S. Postal Service released a baseball theme stamps. Pretty cool. Nice to add to your collection. From the USPS site…
On July 16, 2008, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ issued a 42-cent Take Me Out to the Ball Game commemorative stamp. The stamp was designed by Richard Sheaff of Scottsdale, Arizona. This issuance commemorates the 100th anniversary of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” one of the most popular baseball songs of all time. For decades, the song’s catchy chorus has been part of the musical tradition at ballparks around the country, especially during the seventh-inning stretch. The song was born on a New York City train in the summer of 1908, when passenger Jack Norworth (1879-1959), an actor, singer, and songwriter who had never attended a major league ball game, saw a sign about an upcoming game at the Polo Grounds. Suddenly inspired, he took out a piece of paper and began dashing off lines about a fictional fan.
Video Time ! Troy from West Virginia is going to Philadelphia this weekend to catch the Dodgers. Just don’t get arrested again Troy :)