Since Manny was a Dodger, I had to attend a game to see him in real life. I couldn’t find any decent tickets for his first Dodger game, but I was hooked up with tickets from a fellow Dodger fan I met at signings. He has season tickets in reserve and he always has extra tix so I got some from him. My father and sis went as well. I knew the seats we were going to sit was a great spot to get noticed on Dodgervision so I made a custom Manny Ramirez jersey which was taped on a Dodger jersey. I got their around 5:30 and saw that Tommy Davis were signing autographs so I decided to get a ball signed. He was a very nice guy and offered to put inscriptions on the ball as well (most players dont put any inscriptions). I met my friend, Nick around 6 and headed for the seats. All in all, the game was awesome and the atmosphere was electrifying. Also, Manny hit his first HR as a Dodger and I was on the Dodgervision 3 or 4 times waving my Manny Jersey. We won 4-2! Here are some pictures. My sister’s camera battery died so I’ll post more pictures as soon as my friend, who took some more pics, emails them to me:
(they celebrated the 1980’s with bringing back former players from the 80’s and the 88′ WS they won)
(My sister, Tommy Davis, and Me)
(Manny Ramirez first AB of the game, seconds after this he hit the HR)
(Me waving the Manny Jersey i made)(First of many times i was on Dodgervision)
(After the game with my sister, dad and me)(This is the famous Dodger banner my friend let us take a picture with. This banner has been everywhere SD, SF, ARI, etc)
Manny Ramirez to Hollywood
Breaking News: Manny Ramirez traded to Dodgers in a 3-team blockbuster. RedSox acquire Jason Bay from the Pirates, and the Pirates get 4 minor leaguers with Andy LaRoche being one of those four. ~WoW, what a steal!! I know we’re only getting Manny for 2+months but RedSox are paying the remainder of $7mil that is owed to Manny. And he declined salary arbitration which means we will get 2 draft picks if he signs with any team in the offseason. Andy LaRoche never panned out to be the top player even though he didnt have enough playing time. I wish him well and good luck in the future~
Our potential lineup:
(Not Bad at all except for the cluster in the OF position. I have a feeling Young will be sent down to get some playing time in 2B so he maybe taking over Kent in the future. Jones and Ethier will probably be in the bench)
So the trade deadline has come and gone and there have been some trades. Lets look at the other trades:
- Reds traded OF Ken Griffey Jr (my all time fav player) to the White Sox for prospects Danny Richar and Nick Masset.
- Mariners traded RP Arthur Rhodes to the Marlins for prospect Gaby Hernandez
- Yankees traded SS Alberto Gonzalez to the Nationals for Jhonny Nunez.
Ethan Martin, the Dodgers’ first-round pick in last month’s First-Year Player Draft, is scheduled to undergo season-ending knee surgery. Martin, a right-handed power pitcher taken with the 15th overall pick out of Stephens County High School in Georgia, suffered the injury during fielding drills. He signed earlier this month for a $1.73 million bonus. ~I hope this doesn’t affect his future playing time and is healed 100%. ~
**GameTime will be up later when the lineups are posted**
Hey everyone! So, this is my first post and I am still getting use to this site. But, I guess it’s like that with every other blogs, homepage sites. First time it can get little confusing to use but after awhile you get use to it. (ex. myspace, facebook, xanga, etc) I read my friends blog, Roberto, occasionally and I thought maybe I should start a MLB blog as well. I will try to post every day but with school coming up, I might not be able to. But, we’ll see how it works out.
On Saturday July 26th, I attended the Chad Billingsley signing at AT&T store in Los Angeles. It was scheduled from 12-1 PM. I had a feeling many fans would show up and since I live in Lakewood, I had to leave earlier due to the notorious LA traffic. I got there around 11:30 because I was stuck in traffic. Anyways, when I turned the corner I noticed there were many fans already waiting in line. I saw some of the usual fans I see at signings and saw my friend Roberto there as well. Chad came on time (usually players arrive late), and signed for the fans pretty quickly; with some taking pictures with him. Whenever I get autographs, I try to take pictures with them as well, so here are the pics:
(thanks to Richard for taking this pic)
As you fans already know, Mark Teixeira was traded to LA Angels for 1B Casey Kotchman and a Pitching prospect Stephen Marek. In my opinion, Angels got the better end of the deal because they get a power bat they desperately needed to help Vlad Guererro and only gave up a 1B and a pitching prospect which writers say he’s not a top tier prospect. Now the only thing we have to wait for is if Teix will sign an extension with the Angels. And everyone knows that his agent, Scott Boras, will certainly test the free agent market. I guess we wont know until the offseason but one thing is for sure, the Angels just got way better after picking up Teix.
If you haven’t noticed, Manny is not happy in Beantown and is welcome to a trade. And the one team that’s showing the most interest and needs a power bat is….Dodgers. The centerpiece in this trade is obviously Kemp. Now, I’m not a big fan of Kemp and his K’s and under par defense, but giving up Kemp for a 2 month rental is not what I have in mind. Manny is a power bat but his defense is worse than Kemp (ex. rolling around to get the ball), adding a huge salary, and a distraction. Lets wait until this offseason and sign a better player in Vlad Guererro (if the Angels dont pick up his option) and dump Druw Jones.
Dodgers vs Giants
Cain(6-8) vs Johnson(0-0)