September 2008

Holy Vaca !

I’m the featured blog on the main blog page! Check it out..click here. Scroll down a bit and you will see my pix and it says the following “Robert’s Dodger blog was one of the most visited MLBlogs this past week. Find out why!” Cool :) Only 1 mistake…my name is Roberto ! C’mon Yanks….! Then click here. You will notice that I’m # 5 among fans that have a MLBLog. I don’t remember but I think that’s the lowest I have ever been. I’m usually in the top 10 Thanks to all for reading. Since I’m the featured blog, I know I will get alot of new readers. If you’ve never seen this blog, welcome. Just read a couple of the entries and you will notice that I’m a big Dodger fan, write about meeting players and getting autographs, posting random YouTube videos and other nonsense stuff. Bookmark it ! Peace!

P.S.

Dodgers will clinch it tonight !

Roberto

Eddie Murray was choking…

9-24-08 Autographs – Eddie Murray

Tustin, California

I got a tip earlier today that Hall of Famer Eddie Murray was going to be signing autographs at a Restaurant. I was a little surprised. Murray is a complicating person. He doesn’t enjoy signing autographs. I’ve met him a couple of times and he’s always in a bad mood. Well the times I have met him. Back in 2006 the Dodgers held a caravan at the ESPN Zone in Anaheim and several Dodgers were going to be signing. Including Murray. I gave him a ball and he signed it with a sharpie !! I was upset. It was my mistake for not noticing what Murray was doing. Check out the pix below from 2 years ago. Murray holding a blue sharpie in his hand. Steve Garvey by his side saying “Oh Steady Eddie, relax…you need a woman” and the female bodyguard yelling “Get that camera out of here!” As you can see, not a good picture. Too many people in the picture. My purpose for today was to get him to sign a ball with a regular pen and get another picture. Will mission be accomplished ? Keep reading…

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If you don’t know, a ball signed by a sharpie is worthless. It will bleed into the ball and the signature will fade in time. A ball has to be signed by a regular pen. A couple of people have told me that Murray does that in purpose. Basically so you won’t sell the item. Of course, I’m not a seller or a dealer. I just collect autographs as a hobby. But Murray doesn’t care. Anyways, since I got this tip today, I didn’t have time to purchase items for him to sign. I didn’t have nothing. I’m sure I could of found something at home but I didn’t have time to check. Luckily I was able to purchase a ball from someone (The same guy that gave me this tip, thanks dude!) I arrived a little before 6pm. He was scheduled to appear at Beach Pit BBQ. I entered the restaurant and noticed there wasn’t alot of people. Someone approached me and asked me “Are you the guy that has a blog?” lol  I said “yeah that’s me” His name is Ryan and he told me he reads my blog all the time. Thanks Ryan ! Then I asked a employee if Murray was coming. He told me that Murray will be coming and signing autographs for free. I asked if I had to purchase a meal and he said no. That’s cool by me. But then I noticed a couple of people eating and it looked good. Since I’m always hungry, I told my Wife I was going to eat BBQ Chicken. We ordered the food and sat down. Then I will give you a Andre Ethier type review… lol I got this… 

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The BBQ Chicken was pretty good. But in no way does it compare to Lucille’s BBQ ! You want bbq Chicken or ribs ? Go to Lucille’s. Enough of my short food review :) When I was about to finish my food, I noticed that Murray entered the Restaurant. He talked to a couple of people and then sat down. A couple of minutes later, he started signing. Fans were already getting in line so I decided to wait until it gets shorter. Not alot of people were there. I think there was less than 30 fans in line. I finished my food and got in line. I asked a couple of fans who already got the autograph if he was in a good or bad mood. Some said he was in a bad mood and others said he looked alright. One guy told me he gave him 3 items to sign but he only signed 2 and if I could get him the other item signed for him. At first I said no because I wanted to get a picture with him and didn’t want to upset him. But then I remembered I could give it to my Wife since she didn’t have anything to get signed. So that’s what I did. I don’t remember the guy’s name but you owe me. lol Then right after he gave me the item, another fan asked me if I could get him a item signed. This time I said no. Sorry dude. So it was my turn to meet him and I gave him the ball with MY PEN ! I didn’t want the same mistake to happen. He grabbed my ball and looked at me….and looked….and looked some more….and a little more….While I was thinking “What is he looking at?” Then I noticed his eyes looking at my hat. Oh fudge, I forgot. I was wearing a Dodgers hat ! I put the hat on purpose but I forgot at that moment that I had it on. It wasn’t a regular Dodger hat. It was the hat that had the Stars and Stripes on it. To see it, click here. The hat that was worn by the players during the 4th of July weekend and on September 11 :) I told him “Yeah I’m a big Dodgers fan” and he coughed…and coughed more. “Dodgers treated you bad, huh?” I said. He coughed more. At this moment I thought he was going to need some medical attention. I thought he was choking. Maybe he needed CPR ? I don’t know. I mean I know he got fired by the Dodgers last year during the All-Star break but what’s the problem ? Then he said “Yeah…” Coughed some more. Then he started signing my ball with my pen and this is a picture that my Wife took when I tell him “Yeah brother, that’s right, you better not sign it with a sharpie!”


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I asked for a picture and believe it or not he obliged. You have to remember that he also played for the Anaheim Angels and I was in Angels territory (Tustin) so he might have been surprised that a Dodger fan showed up and it seems he is still upset at the Dodgers. Whatever. I got a ball and everything went well. I mean it could of been better. If I was prepared and had more items for him to sign. But in a short notice, it’s all good. Thanks Eddie !  Pix of Eddie telling me “Viva los Dodgers”

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Eddie Murray autographed ball on the sweet spot :)

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BTW, FYI Eddie choking (or coughing anger) True story. Me telling Eddie better not sign it with a sharpie, not a true story :)  Don’t want to get sued with false accusations :) lol

Peace!
 

Blue all over L.A.

9-23-08 MLB & Dodgers Notes

Bill Dwyre of the L.A. Times wrote a article about how nobody in Los Angeles cares about the Anaheim Angels. I didn’t understand the point of him writing this. I mean, why would we care ? This is a Dodgers town. It will always be. The Angels will always be in the last page compare to the Dodgers being on the front page. It’s the way it is and should be. Angels want front page exposure ? Read the O.C. Register. I have nothing against the Angels. I think they are a great team. I have met most of the players on the team and obtained their autographs. Great guys. But Dodgers own this town :) 

Video Time! Found this video honoring Latino Dodger Legends…

9-22-08 MLB & Dodgers Notes

Oh-oh

What’s going ? Dodgers are now 2 1/2 games ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Dodgers are off today. The Snakes play a 4 game series against the St. Louis Cardinals starting today. With a win, Arizona would only be 2 games back. With a loss, they would be 3 games back. After tonight’s game, the Dodgers and D-Backs will have the same amount of games left, which is EdgarMartinez_Rosie.jpg6 games. Arizona Schedule. Los Angeles Schedule.

Sad Story

I read this sad story on Yahoo! and the Seattle Times. Rosie Santizo was a inspiration to many people and helped alot of the Latin Ball Players. She died in a car crash. Rest in Peace Rosie.

A couple of her sites… Flickr, YouTube, and her blog.

Yankee Stadium

I watched the game on t.v. Very nice. I think they did a nice job in bringing all those old Yankees. It was cool. Now that Yankee Stadium will no longer host a game, Dodger Stadium becomes the third oldest park in the Major Leagues.

Fenway Park 1912

Wrigley Field 1916

Dodger Stadium 1962

Video Time!   The end of Troy ? 

Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium will host their last game tonight vs the Baltimore Orioles. There is alot of coverage of this historic game.

Dave Anderson of the NY Times wrote a article about the last game of Ebbets Field and the last game of Yankee Stadium.

Video Time! The Dodgers had alot of sad moments in Yankee Stadium. Except ’55

9-21-08 MLB & Dodgers Notes

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Final Week

This is it. One more week to go. Let’s go Dodgers !

Pierre HR Ball

Remember the Home Run that Juan Pierre hit last Monday against the Pirates ? Well the fan that caught it has decided to sell it on eBay. For $ 10,000 ! (or best offer) Huh ? Yeah I know it’s a rare item. I mean, it’s only his 13th career HR ! But who in the world would buy this ? Especially for that amount of $ ?

Video Time: Thanks Ashley for the tip. Here is a video of James Loney and Matt Kemp on the BDSS.

9-19-08 MLB & Dodgers Notes

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N.L. West

Dodgers have 9 games left. Diamondbacks have 10 games left. We are leading the Snakes by 3 1/2 games. It’s over. Dodgers will clinch this by next week. But of course…Bill Plashke, the King of writing negative stories, just published one in the L.A. Times

Viva Los Dodgers!

Good luck to all those that attend this event. I heard a couple of people will be signing autographs. I have no idea who will be. The usual suspects like Fernando Valenzuela and Jaime Jarrin will be there, but I hear some players might come out. I can’t make it…and I wanted to see Lalo Mora so bad. Oh well lol Hopefully next year :)  

Video Time! I was in Mexicali, Baja California last weekend. Attending a baptism. People there are preparing the Serie del Caribe. Mexicali is the home of the Aguilas, a Winter Baseball team. The series should be fun. I might take a game or two. Back in 2005 I saw Fernando Valenzuela pitch in Mexicali. A very different atmosphere than being in Dodger Stadium. Mexicali has a huge Chinese population and while there, it reminded me of this video I saw on the Aguilas website. Funny, funny. Sorry if you don’t read spanish or understand Chinese. :)

Here is a pix of me inside Estadio Casas Geo, Mexicali (November, 2005)

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 A pix of Fernando Valenzuela warming up….

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Finally, a pix of the greatest Concession Stand you will ever see ! :)

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9-18-08 MLB & Dodgers Notes

Dodgers win

Dodgers win today. I’m predicting we clinch this division by next Wednesday.

Leaving Vegas

The Dodgers left their Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas and signed a agreement to play again in Albuquerque. I don’t really have a opinion about this. Back in 2006 I saw a Spring Training game between the Dodgers and Mariners. I thought the park was nice but you can tell it’s not a modern park. Which looks like the Dodgers wanted. Remember, the Dodgers had a Triple-A team in New Mexico. They were called the Albuquerque Dukes. Cool name. Better than the current one, which is named Albuquerque Isotopes. Pix of me inside Cashman Field.

 

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Soy un 7

I’m # 7 among fans that have a MLBlog :) Thanks for viewing…

Video Time! Found this video…1993 Albuquerque Dukes. Home of the Triple-A Dodgers. Pedro Martinez pitches. Volume is very low…  

9-17-08 MLB & Dodgers Notes

I wish we can play the Pirates everyday….

2009 Schedule

Dodgers announce the 2009 Schedule.

Video Time ! Joe Torre…

9-16-08 MLB & Dodgers Notes

Meet Monday & Davis

You can meet Rick Monday and Tommy Davis. Here are the Details…

Rick Monday will be signing his book at Dodger Stadium on September 19 before the Dodger game. Tommy Davis will be speaking and signing autographs at El Cholo Restaurant on September 24 at 6:30 pm. Call to make your reservation:  949.673.0777 I won’t be attending any of those events. I already have their autographs. Talking about autographs, I have yet to get a autograph this month. I missed on several events because I have been extremely busy. Hopefully, I will get some chances by the end of the month.

Little Ethier

I want to congratulate Andre & Maggie Ethier for the birth of their first baby :)

Video Time! Troy just got his Beimel Bobblehead

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