It’s like the Baseball Gods read my blog & decided to grant me a wish. Rafael Furcal will be joining his teammates Andre Ethier and Jonathan Broxton in the 2010 MLB All-Star Game this Tuesday, July 13th. This will be his second ASG appearance since his MLB debut. I couldn’t be happier to hear that he was given the opportunity (though I do wish Jose Reyes NYM a speedy recovery). I’m glad he is being recognized in this manner. I will quote some of the fan comments from the Dodgers website about the news. They just describe him so well!
“You really deserve this after all you’ve been through…”
“Raffy has been the veteran backbone of this team…”
“I’m sure your dad will be proud and so are we.”
“A just reward for a player who has persevered over adversity…”
“When Furcal was playing for the Braves, I watched him turn a bunt into a double…”
“He is the key to the Dodgers’ lineup.”
“Seriously a well-deserved honor…”
Cubbies maul the Dodgers: Ely’s short outing earned him the L in yesterday’s game, as the Dodgers were unable to capitalize and lost 7-3 against Chicago Cubs. Dodgers send Padilla to the mound today (5pm) to close out strong before the All-Star break. He is 2-1 in his last three starts, giving up just 3 runs in 20 1/3 innings and striking out 21. I’m hoping to see another great outing! It’ll be a good game. I’m looking for tickets now, so hope to see you there!
Blogger Support: Roberto did me the great honor of shouting out my blog on his blog (love the blogger-blogger love/support) so if you don’t follow his blog already, check it out: Vin Scully Is My Homeboy
Until next time,
Arriba Los Doyers!
[Addendum: Looks like God is a Dodgers fan! Hong-Chi Kuo has been named a 2010 All-Star! Although he replaces Jason Heyward due to injury, we’re glad he was the one. He will be the first Taiwanese-born player ever to be an All-Star. Congrats Hong-Chi! You definitely deserve it :)]
I cannot even begin to discuss tonight’s game. Angels, you took game 1. We will come back and fight tomorrow. That’s all I can promise. Instead, I will talk about this thing known as team rivalry.
I’m sure all Dodger fans have had their share of encounters with countless Angels “fans” & had some sort of argument to whatever degree or extent. These are the fans that have either hopped ship because they lost hope in the Dodgers not having a WS since ’88, those that hopped ship back when the Angels were from “California,” or the those who were unfortunate enough to grow up in an Angel fan family (then the rare few that actually love the team lol jk).
They speak of Dodger players going to the better team or of loving a good team, blah, blah, blah. Now, don’t get me wrong, the Angels organization is an excellent one, with amazing roster acquisitions & countless playoff appearances. However, I can still argue that my team is better. Statistically speaking, Angels have won more games against the Dodgers than the Dodgers have the Angels. SO WHAT! My team is better =) The rivalry that happens between certain teams are sometimes what makes a season, too! Take a series, bragging rights! Lose one and you shake your head & say your team will get them next time. Being a fan is about being loyal to your team, no matter how they play. Sure, get angry. Give them the Bronx Cheer (boooooooooooo), but love them no matter what. Win, celebrate with them. Lose? Cry, shake your fist, throw something or punch someone (I suggest an Angel fan). Regardless of stats or win/losses, or averages, or a lucky game, your loyalty lies in your team, whether haven’t won in 22 years or whether they’ve only been around for 40.
Take for example, the country selections for the World Cup. These teams have the most loyal fan-base you could ask for. People have cried for team losses & cried for team wins. For a championship that comes around every four years and that has been dominated by Brazil & Italy since it’s conception in 1930, these fans have a lot of heart.
So whether your team hasn’t won a WS in 100+ years (Cubs) or you’ve dominated the WS since the beginning of time (think Yankees), cheer & boo with all your heart because one day, you may be part of history!
Today’s game: Elymania goes up against Kazmir & the Halos to try & take game 2. I will be at the Ravine in Reserve 25. Catch me there =)
Arriba Los Doyers!
FIFA World Cup 2010:
South Africa 1-1 Mexico
Uruguay 0-0 France
All teams have 1 point.
Arriba Mexico! Arriba Chicharito! Arriba Vela!
The Comeback Kids do it again against the Braves in a 5-4 walk-off victory by none other than A.J. Ellis, back-up catcher on Martin’s day off!
Ely’s pitching tonight was a bit erratic. Not to say that he was wild, but his command just wasn’t what we were used to seeing. Pitches were too high. They just never came down. He gave up 4 run on 9 hits, walking and striking out a pair each in 5 IP. Unfortunately, two of the hits were long balls. He was pulled from the game before pitching the 6th. The combined relief of Miller, Kuo, Weaver, Broxton, & Belisario pitched 6 scoreless innings (Welcome back, bullpen!). Despite Ely’s lack of control on his pitching, offense showed up with run support.
Dodgers’ catching duo were the heroes of today’s story. Ellis came to the rescue with a RBI single that scored in Martin from 2nd. Congrats to Ellis also for the birth of his second child!
Furcal: Homered for the first time in 2010. Hoping to see more power coming from Raffy this month!
Today’s game: Dodgers send Monasterios (2-0, 1..87 ERA) to face Hawksworth (0-2, 5.14 ERA) & the Cards for the first time this year. Welcome back STL! Thanks for opening the door to the NLCS 😉 Let’s show ’em why we bleed blue! 7pm, Dodger Stadium
I was first introduced to the Dodgers in 2006. Cinco de Mayo to be exact. Chris, a long-time friend, invited me out to the ballpark the month before & that was the fabled day he chose. Never having been to a baseball game before, let alone to a Dodger game, I had my typical girl moment where I had nothing to wear. Chris was nice enough to let me borrow his brother’s Dodger jacket. So we headed out to Dodger Stadium at 4:30pm from my house (Wow, super early! It wasn’t even a giveaway night lol). From the first pitch, I was sucked in & it didn’t let up. Dodgers were tied against the Brewers 3-3 in the bottom of the 9th. I know what you’re thinking, “That’s too fairytale-like for me!” I kid you not, it WAS. Furcal had just slapped a single and managed to get on first & advanced to second thanks to Cruz, Jr. Then Nomar came up to the plate, took his 10-15 seconds with his OCD-like ritual that, to this day, I am still mesmerized by! I mean, he adjusts his gloves maybe 4 times and circles the bat while tapping his feet about 3-5 times JUST to set up (I actually do the glove adjusting before batting in softball, but that’s another story for another time), but true to fairytale form, Nomar gets that hit on the perfect pitch to line it barely fair of the right field foul line & scores Furcal! Dodgers win 4-3. Dodgers celebrate & Nomar steps out in a Dodger poncho for a curtain call. This is what dreams are made of & this is where my romance with the Dodgers began, with a strong passion for baseball following quickly thereafter. Russell Martin made his MLB debut on this day. He went 2-for-4 with two RBI’s & remains with the organization at the present time 🙂
I can only describe how I felt that night by painting this picture for you:
It was firework night as were most Friday night games that year. Lights were turned off with the exception of the light blues that illuminated the stadium in a way that made it seem surreal. Maybe it was the high of the win (that I later found out ended their five-game losing streak). Fireworks started and it was something out of Sandlot where the world stopped except for you & all you heard was fireworks in the background. It told me it was the beginning of something beautiful.
Four years later, here I am, hardcore Dodger fan as I’ve ever been & loving every minute of it. Owner of a mini-plan for the 2010 season & attending every other possible game I’ve been able to. Recently introduced to the amazing fans that sit in LFP & I must say, that section is the place to be. There are some die-hard fans there. I’d heard much about LFP, but you don’t know anything until you’ve sat there yourself.
Today’s game: Godsend Ely will go up against Hudson & the Braves in the rubber match. Ely is 3-2 with a 2.54 ERA. Giving the Dodgers much-needed quality pitching, he has just given up 13 runs on 35 hits over 46 IP, none of which have been homeruns. Let’s get a W today, boys. Arriba Los Doyers!