Thirtysomething Latin tutor and resident of the ivory tower who's gotten sucked into the wonders of baseball.
I love baseball, more for the crazy stories and small ball and improbable victories (Gibson! Walk-off-walk! Jackie Steals Home!) than for the rivalries, big egos and bad behavior.
Also, I have a sneaking fondness for the little guy. Utility guys, catchers, base stealers -- those are my people. Forget the big bats and the DH.
My main claim to fame, however, is my music video, "The Matt Holliday Song". Because the poor guy is never going to live down that error. (Search for "Matt Holliday Song" on YouTube.)
Greetings baseball fans and friends!
I present a slide show of events from June 15th, when the Dodgers held an event which allows fans to come onto the field to hit, pitch, and field. There are some behind the scenes shots as well.
Was able to witness some history and talk to a GM, all on the Dodgers dime:
Hi Ellen - you still visiting this corner of the net?
Wrote this last nite, then had to work so didn't get the chance to make the rounds. Submitted for your consideration, Jackie Robinson and the office of the commissioner of MLB:
Greetings Ellen -
Just wanted to drop by and let you know I've started a series of game recaps on the Dodgers. Feel free to drop by for some info and a bit of fun. Will also be commenting on MLB in general.
All the best!
My first attempt at a slide show, featuring shots taken at the Dodgers new spring training camp in Arizona:
On the topic of steroids with a side order of Hamlet I present:
Hi Ellen -
You still hanging out in here? Spring training is just about to start.
My latest, fresh off the boat:
If you get a chance, please check out the new articles I have written. One is about Jeff Kent's retiring and his replacements, one is on how I would change the game of baseball from the commissioner's chair and the other is a all star break grading of the LA Kings hockey team.
All the best!
Yours may be the quintessential comment on what we lifers have taken fro granted for decades...Vinny destroys preconceptions the game, especially by those who never played at any level. Modern day announcers are often enough to make a person want to iron our ears...and possibly our eyes to seal the deal completely, oh wait, it's most of the players today who make us want to drag out that iron. ;)
It is a shame you missed out on the combo of Vinny, Jerry Doggett & Ross Porter...they formed an amazing team in the booth. Each with their own brand excellence. And at the same time across town we also had Chicky-baby...with Vinny in one ear and Chick in the other, this was probably the best city in the country to listen to sports on the radio or TV as it simply was not necessary to watch the game. Our guys in the booth painted as grand a picture which far exceeded what our eyes would show us.
Many of us even learned the games from these men...and we will never ever forget any single moment.
Otherwise, always remember this...our Bums...they will break your heart each and every year...that you can always count on...it's comforting in a way.
FYI if you have not found it there is a video on YouTube about or beloved Bums...it is a MUST see:
I also recommend reading (or buying the audiobook version) Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers...it will catch you up on Dodger history from Brooklyn to LA...I have the audiobook from Audible and was worth every penny!