Sunday, August 23, 2009

Volunteering at the Think Cure telethon

The Think Cure suite
Al Downing talking with Tommy Davis
Ethier's wife in on the left and Martin's girlfriend is on the right
Me with Al Downing
Me with Tommy Davis

Last week Bob received an email from the Dodgers looking for volunteers for the Think Cure telethon.  They needed people at the stadium doing different tasks on Friday and Saturday.  I was already going to the game Friday night so I sent off an email offering to help on Saturday.  I had no idea what to expect and really I thought we would be stuck in a room with maybe a tv to watch some of the game.  Well, I could not have been more wrong.  I was in a suite with a handful of former Dodgers and some of the Dodger's wives.  I was phone captain and was assigned to Tommy Davis.  Dodger owner, Frank McCourt, came in for about 30 minutes and he took Tommy's place.  What I was doing was calling people who had already donated and told them to please hold for Dodger Legend Tommy Davis, or Dodger owner, Frank McCourt, and that they wanted to personally thank them for their donation.  It sure was right up my alley.  We got to be in the air conditioned suite, watch the game and hang out with Al Downing, Kenny Landreaux, Sweet Lou Johnson, Jimmy Campanis, Tommy Davis, and Frank McCourt.  The wives of Mariano Duncan, Jeff Weaver, Andre Ethier, and Russell Martins girlfriend were there also.  I of course asked Maggie Ethier how the baby was doing.  She was very talkative and was telling me that just that day the baby who is almost one, had taken 5 steps, the most he had ever taken and that she was bummed because Andre had missed it.  
The best part of the day was just sitting next to the former ball players and listening to them talk about the players and the game now as opposed to when they played.  
Here is some of what I got to listen in on- "Did you ever get that much batting practice when you played?"  "I saw Manny take like 25 swings, and then he got back in line to do it again".  "I was lucky to get 10 swings".  "Why do all those guys wear such long pants?"  "They look silly"  "What pitch would you throw this guy now?"  "Now why did he swing at that pitch?"  "What was he thinking"  "Manny swings too hard.  You should swing fast but not hard.  He swings too hard"  When Matt Kemp hit his monster home run all of them were impressed!!  "Did you ever see a home run hit that far?"  "Man, that hit where those people are walking".  
At the end of the game Al, and Tommy were saying that they needed naps before they drove home.  Funny.  

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Who wants to see some pictures?

OK, these are all out of order so, sorry for that.
These were taken during the "Hollywood Stars Game" and the end of the real game where Casey Blake hit a walk off base hit.

Randy Wolf
I love this picture.  It is Russell leaning down to talk to Andre's baby while Loney and McDonald watch.  So sweet!!

Does he look like Andre or what??
Mariano Duncan confusing the poor child.
Kisses from daddy!

How cute is that face??

Broxton's baby looks so small in his arms!
Furcal and Manny

The Manny Frenzie!!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The other side of the tracks!

Dana and I took Christina down to see the Boston Red Sox take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim!  It was the second game played after Nick Adenhart was killed tragically when a drunk driver hit the car he was riding in.  

I am not sure why Dana is sticking a straw in my daughters nose.

Big daddy Vladdy
Terry Francona


Jason Bay



Mike Lowell


Brad Penny the SP
Nick Adenhart's number drawn in the pitchers mound

Rally monkeys
Rally Monkey lady