Royals or Giants will win the World Series tomorrow.
Tonight I saw great pitching by Ventura, he drew comparisons from Pedro and Felix and he gave us a little MJ has well.
SO MANY FEELS.
I never invested in an AL team before but after watching the Royals all month and seeing the great story of their catcher and their bullpen throwing insane heat, I might invest in this team next year. Their outfield is just as ridiculous good.
Tomorrow is going to be intense. Please baseball Gods, do the right thing.
The good thing is that there are awesome TV shows out there that will keep me entertained while baseball is gone. Currently watching: How to Get Away with Murder, Blackish, Gotham, Bar Rescue, Jane the Virgin, Chrisley Knows Best, Scandal and Walburgers. Not that I have time to actually watch these things, I have at least 8gb's of stuff saved and I watched maybe only 3 episodes of it this week.
Halloween is coming up and I just don't feel up to it. My sisters' kids aren't in school that day so hopefully they'll get to visit my work and show off their costumes. But with the dreadful rival making it to the world series, next week is going to be hell and my mind isn't on halloween. Baseball is cruel, never would I thought that SF would win the wildcard and go on to beat the Cardinals. It's mortifying and incredibly frustrating.
But this happened and it's HUGE news and I am looking forward to the next couple of years for the team.
With all these free time I guess it's time to be productive and while I am watching the ALCS and rooting for both teams (why can't an Ebola outbreak cause chaos to the NLCS and both AL teams advance to the World Series?) and when the NLCS play I'll be in hiding, avoiding the games because I can't handle seeing SF anymore than I would have to. >__< Please baseball gods. PLEASE. More importantly St Louis, the hell you gave us, give it to SF x10 times. Don't be burnt out and don't give up!
The great thing is now I can go take my car in to get an oil change and all the little recalls they keep sending me that I've put off, lol. So that will be done on late Tuesday. I can spend all my (little) free time I have with my niece and I get to take my brother-in-law out for his birthday next week. Plus throw in a trip to Sacramento next Friday and all that will keep my mind off the WS. But if it comes down to it, I want SF or the Cards to go down in some closed-game-shut-out-perfect-game-no-hit
I don't hear enough of Markie but that's ok. I'll still listen and get use to it and love it. Take That's best songs are usually the filler tracks anyway.
I just bought my niece this for Christmas.
If there is anything I needed in this time of need it's new Take That music! Tomorrow the single is released to radio and from what I've seen with the track listing and album cover, it looks SO SO SO SO GOOD. I was nervous for the trio but as long as Markie is in the band, I know I'll love the music because his vocals are perfection.
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Just like that the season is over. I spent the whole evening crying. I won't lie or sugar coat it. I really thought this was our year. Everything made sense, we had the players, the pitchers, we over came a 8.5 behind, the injuries really fixed themselves, We never gave up a grand slam or got swept more than once, we did well on the road and our bullpen was holding it's own. So many great aspects of the season and winning the division in the end really made it all feel we REALLY had a chance. So it's shocking that we repeat what had happen last year in the post season. I am so sad. Beyond sad. We talked and discussed and broke down the ending on reddit.
Once that happened, I knew it would cost us.
Kershaw gives up a 3 run HR and that will forever be talked about. Gave up four homeruns this season and TWO of them were in October. Just doesn't happen and yet baseball is so funny and cruel. Poor Kershaw, your legacy is so much more than a few lousy post season starts. Can't wait for November when the voting for MVP and Cy Young Award comes out.
I AM EXHAUSTED AND I AM HOME AND I HAVE A MILLION THINGS TO DO. Last night was the 2nd game of the NLDS and it was really important we win this one. Going in with Greinke pitching I already knew he was going to give 2000% and he can handle the post season stress/expectations. Our rotation is iffy after today with Ryu set to pitch on Monday and he hasn't pitched a game since the blow up in SF and we're all nervous with him coming back from the injury going straight into a post season game. If he blows up it was confirmed we would take him out and have Haren come in to pitch game three - AND LET ME TELL YOU, MY BODY IS READY FOR POST-SEASON-DAN-HAREN. I mean I hope Ryu does well and can handle it but I am not going to lie, I really want to see Haren pitch in the NLDS.
My seats were infield reserved and I really enjoyed the view. There was a foul ball that came into the section next to us with a ball hitting a man in the head. Thankfully he was ok. Our group was very into it and the tradition at the stadium is the beach balls. One lady did grab it and popped it and everyone gave me the hardest time for it. I had bought cake (lol. From Porto's a cuban bakery and I had no idea to eat it through out the game) to eat at the game but the heat killed it so I had to throw it out. :( The parking lot was packed and twice I was told to parallel park in front of a row of cars (if that makes sense) and both times it was the BEST PARKING EVER I was able to get on the freeway fast. I didn't take much photos or participated in the game chat, I wanted to sit back and enjoy this one because (heaven forbid) we lost, I don't think we would recover and if we didn't this would technically be the last game I would attend this season.
Greinke was straight up dealing tonight and if it wasn't for Kemp's homerun (which I loved! Don't think I didn't! But Kemp makes for good tv and Greinke won't get the media attention he deserves) he'd be in the press more. Greinke had seven scoreless innings, strike out 10 and did two hits. His slide was awesome to see. And the awesome Dee Gordon catch was SO GOOD TO SEE LIVE! Before I knew it the game was over, we got a win and it was an A+ Greinke start. He has yet to let me down and I am grateful to know my favorite ball player is a hard worker and doesn't let any of the politics/bs/stats/media hype get to him.
The new livejournal app update is dreadful . I don't know how to add photos or tags or use an LJ cut.. What I am doing wrong? Also don't update your Ipad OS. Biggest mistake I made. Way too many flaws and issues.
I have a million things to share and I have a feeling I will regret not sharing it/doing a proper post/taking the time to LJ but it's close to impossible with work, sisters kids, baseball watching and trying to sneak in whatever sleep I can. These weeks it's been five hours tops. I can't remember the last time I got six hours or slept in pass 7am. When baseball season is done, I can't wait to lose the weight I gained (or regain the muscle mass I lost), watching a game almost every night and not being as active took a strange toll on me. I don't need a belt anymore (because everything is too damn tight) and my face is too damn puffy. Not good.
This post was not meant to be whiny or negative. ITS OCTOBER. MY TEAM IS IN THE POST SEASON. I GET TIME OFF TO ATTEND ANOTHER GREINKE START. THE MOST SEXY MLB PLAYER FOLLOWS ME ON TWITTER AND LIKES MY TWEETS. I GET TO DRESS MY SISTERS KIDS IN DODGER GEAR AND PARADE THEM AROUND. I HAVE SOME AWESOME MLB FRIENDS WHO ARE GOOD PEOPLE. LIFE IS SO GOOD AND I AM SO BLESSED. BELIEVE ME THESE ARE SOME GOOD TIMES.
1. I get to go to my first post season game. (never been to one before because, it's too expensive, sells our or no time off).
2. I still need to pack and get my car ready for the trip.
3. I still have a whole work shift tomorrow. Ugh.
4. I don't even know what I am going to wear.
ETA: these photos.
My niece and nephew. Took them to lunch and target after work. The three of us wore Dodger blue.
The breakdown of what we need to do to win the World Series. 11 wins sounds so close and yet it's so far away.
LOOK AT THIS GQ GUY. THERE ARE NO WORDS AS TO HOW MUCH THIS MAN SLAYS ME.
THERE IS SO MUCH TO SHARE AND WRITE AND GUSH ABOUT AND I HAVE NO TIME TO DO SO. I WANT TO GO BACK AND START WITH GAME ONE BUT INSTEAD LET'S TALK GAME THREE.
I really wanted to stay for Game three. With SF getting swept by San Diego and us winning with Greinke, our magic number was one. With Kershaw up on the mound, while I don't like to think it's a guarantee win, our chances were pretty damn good. I wanted to stay for the win, the celebrations and to get my hands on the post season merch but I HAD to work on Thursday, there was no way I could call in or miss a day of work (since I am planning on missing next friday for the start of NLDS)
So I drove home. My coworker really wanted to stay but we had to leave. The drive home uneventful. We wished each other luck and went home took a nap and got everything ready to sit back and watch SF get slaughtered.
For three innings neither team gets a hit and the Umpire is being shady with the strike zone. Kershaw's pitching count slowly rises and you can't help feel a bit worried with SF scores in the third. Nothing new with Kershaw and the lack of run support.
Kershaw robs a hit with his glove backhanded! We are all FLOORED and the stadium shouts MVP! To do that against SF's pitcher is sweet justice. Nothing better when your pitcher can show up their pitcher. In the sixth is where we score: Puig does a homerun (CRYING! IT'S BEEN SO LONG!) and Carl doubles so Kemp and Hanley can score (CARL IS SO DAMN HOT RIGHT NOW!)
I don't know what's better, Puig's cannon throw, the Umpires weak "out" signal because he was starstruck or Kershaw's pointing of thanks. GREAT RIDIC PLAY THAT SHOWED JUST HOW SF WAS SLOWING FALLING APART.
The chants for MVP were so strong as the night continued. Kershaw was already at a high pitch count so we were we going to choose to close out the game? With it being 9-1, we couldn't use our elite closer Jansen (since we used him the last three days in a row) so Donnie picked Brian Wilson who was one of the more famous SF players and a man who took them to the world series. Did he deserve to be one to close out the game? Hell no. But it's all politics and a slap to the face to SF.
There are SO MANY GEMS TO SHARE during the celebration of winning the NL West but the biggest gem was Andre Ethier who SLAYED this year and was a class act. The man has been with us for NINE seasons, the longest player in the line up next to Kemp and he was treated so poorly by Donnie from embarrassing shouting matches and ESPN being shady and showing the cameras in the tunnels (a BIG no-no in MLB) and to being pulled from starting and basically being thrown into impossible PH situations. CLASS. ACT. ALL. THE. WAY. TO. THE. END. People forget this is his 5th time doing this, he's a professional with experience. Later on that night the announcers were choking up and fighting back tears on how Andre was being treated this year. SO MANY FEELS!!!
I can't wait for NLDS. I am going to the first two games (first two are at home, next two are at whoever we are playing, we don't find out until tomorrow and if need be game 5 will be back at home) Giants play their wildcard game on the 1st (they have a one shot do or die with their opponent.) Hopefully I don't have to see SF again till next year. PLS. SF, go away. After NLDS we play ther NLCS and god willing we make it that far, go to the World Series. The last time we won was in 1988, I sure hope we make it far this year. I'd really love a win but even I know the baseball gods are cruel and anything can happen. But with Kershaw, Greinke and Haren, who says we can't? We just gotta stay healthy, keep our bats hot and hustle out in the field.
Before I start this post, I got a couple of PM's in regards to my baseball posts. I only post the games I attend live. But out of 162, I've watched live at least 92 of them and attended over 27 games (as of writing.) So anyway, the game was a day game and after getting home at around midnight the previous night, it was far too early but I made the drive back up to the city, mind you, totally dragging our feet.
We get to the stadium and the atmosphere is already mighty different. The good thing about a Kershaw start is that people from all teams come out to the stadiums to see him pitch. I could already see (2 hours before game start) waiting in line, New York, Arizona, San Diego, Boston and Chicago fans in their jersey's. I wasn't sure how batting practice worked for a day game so when we get there only the local team got BP and our pitching bullpen was off to the side warming up.
I didn't have tickets for the game so on friday when I went to the stadium I went to the box office to ask for tickets, I was told the cheapest was 90.00 each and I told him I was hesitant to buy because of the market prices. He looks at me and goes, "Lady it's going to sell out." I look at him and tell him, "Yeah, I understand that, because of Kershaw." BITCH PLEASE. DON'T TELL ME YOU'RE GOING TO SELL OUT BECAUSE OF YOUR TEAM, YOU'RE GOING TO SELL OUT BECAUSE OF MY TEAM. Plus with market value the price could drop if they (SF) loses the game. So come Saturday's lose the tickets dropped to 48.00! So I bought them the morning on the game! :)
My sister hasn't been to AT&T park for a baseball game. She really hates the rivalry and wanted to avoid confrontation. I told her you can't take these people seriously, most SF fans are drunks and know nothing about our team. Infact when we got to our seats, three seats down was a fan who complained how most Dodger fans don't speak english and then he leaned over and looked at me and yelled "DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH!?!?" ... What the hell? How stupid is that? My sister was mortified. This guy wouldn't let up and kept complaining and booing my team, thankfully he left by the 3rd inning and he never came back.
A great highlight for the night was Puig throwing a cannon to get out Posey. Buster Posey has got to me my least favorite most privileged player on their team, so for Puig to get the ball going to get him throw out. SOOOOO GOOD. Jansen coming out for the save is easily the best moment to see at the end of the game. Great highlight recap of the game: I love Kershaw starts but it was shocking to see SF get some quality hits off him.
I don't go back to LA until Sunday night where I'll see Greinke's last schedule start of the season and hopefully with the way our bullpen is going Haren will be thrown out there to face SF on Monday. I know. I KNOW!!! All the internet is dying/crying/worried/anxious to have Haren go out there to face SF but with Ryu hurt what other choice we have? I love Dan Haren and called it the second Ryu got hurt, that I bet Donnie was going to send out Haren. GOD I HOPE SO. I WILL CHEER SO DAMN HARD FOR THIS GUY AND WISH HE THE BEST OF LUCK because it's literally do or die with him. He has 6 innings left to make that 10 million player option and what better way to earn it by holding his own to SF. We won't know until maybe after Saturdays game but regardless I'll be in LA for Monday and Tuesday games.
Also. This kinda happened:
Life is pretty A+ right now.
After that disappointing lost last night, I knew Greinke was going to be great. I have 200000% trust in Greinke. The great thing about Greinke is he's so oblivious to the rivalry that all he wants to do is pitch a great game. The bad thing about Greinke is we could be 7-0 and inside he's beating himself up for a walk. I am hopeful for #21 and know he's going to give 200%, it's the bats I am worried about. But all I knew is that today would be a good day because I get to see my favorite in the bay area and I would be sitting with my reddit friends.
We all meet up early to get to batting practice. They checked our bags and there was a giveaway that night. It was a drinking cup but they told it was for kids so we'd be obnoxious and tell them we didn't want it anyway. We slowly made our way up to the stadium. The different thing about SF and LA's stadium is with LA you have to hike your way up to the entrance and you're seats are right there. In SF, the stadium is street level, so when you get in you have to hike up to your seats. We go to batting practice which was my first time doing so, since last time they wouldn't let me down to front of the bleachers. Being so close to the batters was awesome. One girl in our group really knew what was up when it came to Ethier, once he came out to the field, she kept whistling and cat-calling him and screaming for DAT ASS. Infact, our whole group turned to mush when Ethier would very generously stretch and bend down and basically put on a show.
At batting practice the only ball that came to us in the stands, came and smacked this one lady two people aside from me on the arm. There as a group we all shared who we would do/want to be if we could from any of the players on the team. Of course all the guys wanted to do/be Matt Kemp, one girl wanted a Ethier/Greinke sandwich and I am just thirsty for Dan Haren. We talk about our walk up songs if we had choose and then left to get food at AT&T's food court. We all got chicken rice bowls. We head up to our seats (slowly because the ramps to get to your seats is ridic.) We settle in and start eating and the first inning goes underway.
THE FIRST INNING. SHAKING AND CRYING. EVERY SINGLE PLAYER ON GOT A HIT. (expect for Greinke, lol.) We score four in the 1st inning. For AJ to keep it all going is insane. The SF crowd was like, "OMG. THEIR CATCHER IS UP. THIS HAS TO BE THEIR GUY." As a group we all turn to tell the guy, our catcher is most def. not our guy and will probably end the inning, but no, AJ kept it going! In the 2nd inning we score 4 more. FOUR MORE! In the 4th, Uribe hits a homerun where we all start just screaming and laughing and it's now 10-0. This night can't get any better. There was a super close call when Greinke was up to bat, it was ALMOST a homerun but alas it bounced off the wall. It would have been AMAZING TO SEE GREINKE HIT A HR.
In the 6th inning, AJ gets on base and we were making fun of AJ's slowly rising batting average and how he was easily .2 away from being above Greinke and then, Greinke has a homerun! GREINKE HAS A HOMERUN. You could just hear the crack of the bat, the way the crowd was so silent, the ball just kept going. We all stood and jumped and started to cry. We all thanked the baseball gods but more importantly a heckler a few rows behind us spoke truth to the SF fans in the stands that night: YOU ALL THOUGHT YOU WERE GETTING GREINKE FROM ANAHEIM!?!? YOU ALL THOGUHT YOU WERE GETTING GREINKE FROM MILWAUKEE? BUT NO, YOU GOT GREINKE FROM LA AND HE DOESN'T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT SF AND THE DRAMA!!!!!!!!!!" We all turned around to face this man that spoke truth, bless his heart. We immediately went on reddit and it was so nice to see everyone say how this must be my most favorite day ever and how they immediately thought of me when the run was hit.
It's now 13-0. 13-0. And it didn't stop, we all started to warm up the Randy Newman, blow the bubbles and basically do all the traditions that are done at Dodger Stadium. It for a tiny second felt like I was back at the stadium in LA with the music, the clapping and seeing all the blue in the stands. By the 7th, the majority of the SF fans left so we went down to buy more drinks and take our group pic. Great night and it still wasn't over. In bizarre MLB stats news to make anyone feel old: It was a family affair as Andy Van Slyke’s son homered off Bruce Bochy’s son with Tom Gordon’s son on base. With the stands getting more empty, we made our way to the first row of our section and blew bubbles and had a great time.
We all left our separate ways, many hugs were had and at a stoplight there was Puig in a car!! LOL. What a surprise end to the game! Easily the second best game, the first was Greinke's first appearance at AT&T park. Baby showed everyone he can be taken seriously and he'd easily be #1 ace if he was on any other team. Instead he's #2 ace, because of, well... lol. Kershaw.
Some DAMN GORGEOUS HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE GAME:
1. Kemp throwing out to Pagan: You do NOT know how good this tag out was. Pagan has always given up grief so to get him out at the plate was damn good.
2. THAT GREINKE HOMERUN. Greinke slowly making his way around the bases, the bubbles and the pitchers reaction. Oh man. The only bummer is the camera caught Ethier being a pain and not caring for the hit. Shame on him.
That was saturday and well, tomorrow on sunday was Kershaw up on the mound. I never, never, never, NEVER take him for granted but just this once, I couldn't help but think: Good Luck.
Friday was the start of the 3 game battle with SF. A very important series that would either let us keep the first place spot or we'd get back to 2nd. I went with my coworker. I had my ticket, a view box seat and she was going to get her's up at the box office. It was her birthday and she really wanted to go to Benihana's. I tried to get her to go for some local eats but she really wanted the Benihana experience so we went to Japantown for Benihana and it was actually really GOOD food. We were beyond stuffed. We walked around and she bought lots of stuff in Japantown since she's never been and was fascinated by the purikura, so we did one! lol.
After that we were going to go to Mission but the traffic was horrible! A 7 miles ride shouldn't have turned into a almost hour drive, so we gave up and went to AT&T park. Parking is expensive but the walk up to the park is nice, you cross a small bridge and have a view of the bay. We had some pizza before going into the park.
We went straight to the arcade to watch Batting Practice and there was Dan Haren, JP Howell and Zack Greinke all right down below from where I stood. At AT&T park, the ocean is RIGHT there so it's quiet before the game so I saw other fans shouting for Kershaw who was off to the distance, so I figure, why not yell to Dan Haren who has been pretty hot from his last couple of starts but has also been given a ton of grief for some of his messier starts at the start of the season. I spent like 10 minutes trying to get his attention and after almost giving up I shouted, "HEY HAREN, DID YOU GET A HAIRCUT?!" and that fool turned around a nodded. Amazing! I shouted to him that he had a last great start and he waved. *_* Little did I know this would be the only good thing about this evening.
The game started and before I knew it from sloppy pitching, no hustle, our catching being a dumbass and in the first inning we give up 4 runs. Ryu is pulled out that first inning and I knew with Perez going up on the mound WE-WERE-DONE. (Ironically Perez held his own for a single inning, so I have to give him that.) SF wins the game 9-0 and it was surreal seeing the team fall apart to what should have been routine plays. I am a fair person and very humble when it comes to my team but the SF crowd was just terrible that night, instead of cheering for their runs and being exciting to see their players at bat, they instead focus on the Dodgers and constantly scream the typical nonsense the SF fanbase has to say like "DODGERS SUCK, PUIG IS PIG, BEAT LA" and whatever misc remark with a hint of racism. Whenever the team would make a bad play the row of SF fans would turn to look at me. I never blame the opposing team but instead focus on my own. No one to blame but ourselves. It was incredible awkward and even at the end of the game soon they're shouting and vulgar language turned to (fake) pity with "Oh it's ok, your team is STILL good." to "Wow, you're still here, I would have ran home." ... The game ended and we didn't score a single thing. My coworker is awesome and doesn't brag or boast (and neither do I!) so the drive home wasn't awkward but a bit sad. But I knew with Greinke tomorrow we were in good hands but I wasn't sure if the rest of the team would actually show up.
Do you all know HOW DAMN AMAZING THAT LOOKS. I CANT EVEN DESCRIBE WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO SEE A DAMN BEAT DOWN IN A RIVAL CITY..
WHEN THE WHPLE ROTATION GOES UP TO BAT IN THE FIRST INNING, YOU BETTER BELIEVE THERE ARE HAPPY TEARS.
WHEN YOUR PITCHER AND FAVORITE BALL PLAYER GETS HIS FIRST HOMERUN IN SF, YOU BEST BELIEVE WE ALL THANKED THE BASEBALL GODS.
THESE ARE THE FACES OF FANS WITNESSING SWEET GORGEOUS REVENGE FROM FRIDAY NIGHTS GAME..
KERSHAW TODAY. GOING BACK TO THE CITY IN TWO HOURS.
THIS TEAM BREAKS MY HEART ONE NIGHT AND THEN KISSES AND MAKES UP THE NEXT NIGHT.
Chase Headley just got hit in the face by a pitch this is kinda NSFW and it's easily one of the biggest nightmares for any player to have a 90 mph ball hit in the face. Looking at the reaction of the pitcher and the players, you know this was a bad terrible accident. Thennnn Giancarlo Stanton just got hit by a pitch in the face. I don't see him get up at all and don't know the status of him as of writing.
Again, safety! There is already so much hostility going into this series with SF. I don't go to their subs/messageboards/twitter handles but people are posting screenshots of their ignorance. I just pray we do well and they have fun.
But it'd sure be nice to win. It'd be exciting to see Greinke again in SF. I was there for his first ever appearance in SF and he blew everyone away. I was so proud!!
* Game 1: Bumgarner vs. Ryu
* Game 2: Hudson vs. Greinke
* Game 3: Petit vs. Kershaw
PRAYER CIRCLE GUYS. I AM SO NERVOUS AND ANXIOUS BUT HOPEFUL.
IT IS SEPTEMBER ALREADY? AMAZING.
Been do busy this whole week and a half and it doesn't look to stop anytime soon. Been very blessed and I should enjoy the baseball season. I worked all week and then went to LA over the weekend, IT WAS A GREAT WEEKEND.
❤ The Drive up was easy, I left after work and listened to the game while driving. It was Dan Haren pitching (and while I wished I could have been there to watch it because Haren is the most attractive player on the team and I love the underdog.) it was great to listen in and see him get another win. So the drive up was relatively fast.
❤ The next day the game started at 6pm, so we spent the day running errands and going to Frank and Sons' to pick up the last couple of stadium giveaways, I got Beckett's no hitter pin, the kids lunch box and the Ryu bobblehead. We had lunch at the Habit (which was meh.) and then got cleaned up for the game. The giveaway was headphones and they were super cute! We sat up in reserved and the cutest kid was in front of me, very well behaved and the family lasted seven innings.
❤ After the game we went out for late dinner at chick fil a. The next day the game started at 1pm so we went early for breakfast at Lee's. We went early to go to their family event held in the parking lot. Never went all seasons so I wanted to see what it was like. Good event for the kids and lots of free stuff. I had originally had tickets to the Top Deck but my sister wanted to sit in the Pavilions so last minute we got some 12.00 seats for the first row so that turned into an adventure of me redeeming the top deck tickets for the giveaway and then dropping them off at the car and the heading to the front of the stadium for the pavilions.
❤ I get to the pavilions and right smack in front of me is my true blue love Greinke warming up. What a surprise!
❤ The crowds in the pavilions are awesome! They're loud and they stand up and are totally into it! The pavilion is all sun and no shade so it was overwhelming and HOT LIKE HELL. But the seats were very spacious and it was a great game to see 3 homeruns! To have a new perspective on the outfielders is different, I am so use to the 3rd base perspective. I would def sit there agian but for a night game, the sun was intense. Made plans with some reddit friends to sit with when we all go to the game next weekend on Saturday in SF, so that's pretty exciting.
❤ Greinke was uncomfortable through out the game with some walks and sloppy pitching but with Agon and Kemp hitting those homeruns, and believe me they were NEEDED AND EXCITING because we didn't have a single hit up until the 6th and we all know what happens after the 7th, ESPN is going to have the game on for all the country to see, so we were nervous for a while there. But awesome game but my skin is so burnt, I need to just recover.
❤ Cutting this entry short, maybe I'll have a pic spam next time, I actually did this entry like 3 hours ago but I never pressed POST. lol.
Random post just to random because honestly I am waiting for the game to start. Today mlb.tv is ONLY 12.00! So i'll get to watch the rest of the season on xbox and IN ENGLISH! fyi all my Dodgers streams are in Korean because it's one of the few streams with no delay and no ads/spam/popup/etc and while I've grown accustom to the Korean broadcasters and they're love for the team (no really they laugh SO HARD when AJ goes up to bat, hehehe and they are in STARSTRUCK AWE when Kershaw deals, they are my people) But in english, ENGLISH!
I just realize the majority of the games I want to go all fall on the weekend so I am in danger! I might have to call in at the end of sept to see the last two games of the season. ~_~ And I don't even know about the post season nor can I plan that with my work, I just hopehopehope I can go to as many as I can but my mom's brother is getting married the first week of Oct so if my Grandfather is out of the Nursing home by then, than I am screwed (Not that I don't want him home but he enjoys it and he's covering at the moment and total first world problems but you know what I mean, IT'S THE POST SEASON, NOT EVERYONE GETS TO PLAY IN THE POST SEASON) but if he isn't, I SHOULD be ok. I am so blessed to have to worry about stupid things like baseball games, I know some are in far worst situations.
I went to a brand new Michaels yesterday and ... it sucked. Poor layout, tiny paper scrapbook collection and the workers were mortified that I would use a couple ("well who said you can use this? WHO USES COUPONS IN THIS DAY AND AGE? WHY ARE WE GIVING THINGS AWAY FROM FREE?!!?") Oh hell no, and I used my couple on a ink pad that waas only 8.00, imagine when I pull that thing out for project life core kit, they'll die! But I don't think I'll be back anytime soon it's at a location I'd never go to unless I had to go to my car dealership.
THIS KILLED ME. LOL.
It was a fast trip with only two games planned. I went for Zack Greinke's bobblehead, waited all season for it. I left a bit later than I wanted to do we barely made it into LA around 2pm and the game started at 7pm so there wasn't much time to see my Granddad, get ready and drive back up the stadium. The day went so fast and before I knew it I was at the stadium. For the first game I had field level seats, four rows from the field. I never sat that close but the price was too good and I wanted to at least get to see batting practice up close.
It was so crazy to see the players up close, plus I got to see Greinke run around in the tightest white pants. So already a good day. The game so beyond fantastic with a 8-6 win. We sat in pure foul ball territory, I didn't bring a glove because I assumed I'd be sitting with men but the two girly-girls showed up and we both looked at each other and said, "we're doomed". We had four balls come into our section with us screaming every time. I enjoyed the crowd and the usher that hung around was really cute. The two girls next to me were very nice and talked the whole time to me but they did take a MILLION selfies. I don't think I'd sit in those seats again only because it was hard to see the field and I had to stand (not that I didn't mind) but I didn't have a good view of the pitcher.
The next day was Greinke's bobblehead day. I already made plans to meet up with my friend from Reddit, so we were able to hang out before the game, he was in the section two down and we were hoping either of our sections would be free to sit together but it was pretty packed for the bobblehead but it was good to see someone that I talk to almost every day on reddit. He was an absolute gem and traded with me my damaged bobblehead for his perfect one! There was a large meet up the following Saturday but I had to work :( The bobblehead day was nice with Greinke's father-in-law throwing the first pitch and him being the catcher. His wife went out to say the words that are said before every game, I didn't mind, he was happy to have his family there and seeing him smile was pretty damn awesome. We lost that game at 4-1 score. By the 5th is was kinda boring but we still stuck around.
Before I knew it I was up at 6:30 already driving home. VERY fast trip and I wish I had more time to sepnd in the area, we barely ate twice a day and really didn't get to do any shopping. Next month I hope it's not as crazy. My plan for next month is:
Fri, 9/5: D-backs 7:10p
Sat, 9/6: D-backs 6:10p
Sun, 9/7: D-backs 1:10p
I would like to go to another fireworks game, my plan is to leave work around noon and drive up for the game, it'd be a long day but I hope my friend clos_vf can go, otherwise I'll go solo. My sister is back in school so she won't be able to go. On Sunday I will drive home after the game, most games end by 4:30 that start at 1, so I should be home by 10pm. Not TOO bad but I am so limited on time.
Fri, 9/26: Rockies 7:10p
Sat, 9/27: Rockies 6:10p
Sun, 9/28: Rockies 1:10p
I haven't seen the Rockies play at all this season, so I am excited. This is the last series of the season. I am not 100% sure if I'll go to this series or one before. PLUS there is also the series of the Dodgers coming to the bay area, I want to go support but just getting in the door at AT&T park starts at 40.00 and that's NUTS. Plus parking or a caltrain ticket, easily another 30.00 We'll see if I can get cowoworkers to go to that series than I am down for it. It's just hard to plan stuff with them because they are so spoiled and don't like to plan things.
The season is almost over. We are currently in first place in the NL West with a 4.5 lead over the Giants. We've held the lead for almost a good month so that's exciting but next month is going to be crazy. With six games faced with them anything can happen.
Also this happened:
Greinke loving that double play by Agon.
A quick post because I am restless in a 2000 light years away kinda way. Maybe I'll do a post on that. Maybe not.
Paul McCartney is playing in SF tonight. I really wanted to go but ticket prices and baseball got in the way and I already had the privilege of seeing him a while back. One of the greats and easily best top 5 show I've been to. It is incredibly frustrating to see on twitter and on the news all of these people in traffic missing the show. Candlestick has always been a mess but this IS Macca and I have no sympathy for anyone who thought they'd make it there In two hours. I would have left my home at 10am, get there by 2pm after slowly making my way to SF and having a meal. My Sisters will agree that better safe than sorry is my way. Setlist looks solid tonight and reading twitter and Instagram is awesome with those seeing him the first time. Enjoy it, who knows when us in the USA will get another opportunity.
The gif above? Have I posted it already? A rain delay left the two teams to play paper rock scissors,for opposite sides of the field. I love my sport and with the new commissioner announced hopefully they'll make an effort to market and bring it back to the masses. So many people tell me baseball is boring. Until you get them in the park, it's incredibly hard to explain THE SHOW. I feel sometimes America has given up on baseball and is starving for the return of (blah) football. October going to be interesting. If Oakland and LA make it to the end I'll have access to the WS from both ends. I have saved up 1k to see the post season for my father and I. But until then my anxiety creeps up and September will have me anxious, I was only 6 years old the last time we won. I'd like to see another ring before say, I have a six year old myself. I honestly deep down in my gut believe this is our year. Kershaw is King, Puig is improving, we have Dee making the opposite team nervous and old favorites like Kemp and Agon heating up. Uribe has the experience and our new talent like Rojas is taking us to wins. The chemistry is there and if we stay healthy, we can do this. Even Donnie is on his best behavior and Ned has really made the best choices with our new buys.
The worst thing is that if we win in the end, can we enjoy it? The media will say we bought the title because of our payroll. But if you look at the books the only person we ever really bought with our money is Zack Greinke. Everyone else we actually over paid (Kemp, Ethier, Crawford) or got for a steal by taking a risk (Puig) or had the player choose to stay because of his faith in the organization (Kershaw). Besides the start of our season was full of injuries and all of our lower paid players really carried us (Butera, SVS, Turner) but I know the stereotype we have like the Yankees of having money and buying wins.
Today we won our 70th game and continue to be in first place for the NL with 5.5 games up from SF. Baseball right now is pretty damn good, but anything can happen with the baseball gods and I don't want to take any of it for granted.
Ok, now I am just rambling.
Tomorrow is a Greinke start so I have that to look forward to. #21 is my baseball!love and I have all the faith in him but when he pitches against his ex's, he's in panic mode and loses the game. Royals, Angels and Brewers have all taken wins from him. I hate seeing him slap himself with his glove, throw a wild pitch or beat himself up. (if you aren't familiar with Greinke, he's suffers from social anxiety, avoids speaking to the media and will always shut down if things aren't perfect. I saw him pitch four perfect innings in SF last month and he was tearing himself up on the mound. The pouting, the grimacing and the way he would punch himself on the legs was difficult and he slaughter SF, he was AMAZING.) Hate seeing my player not enjoy himself. I really hope for a better start for him tomorrow, he's had a weak month.
Until then, will work hard and wait till next week when I can go back up to see my team in LA and then September comes. Man, for baseball fans the race begins. </p>
Vacation is a ton of work. I should make some mega pic-spam post but x_x. Today is NOT that day. How about a quick recap that didn't include baseball and LA shopping in the last post.
Big Bear: IS GORGEOUS AND FAR AND GORGEOUS. Our cabin was huge, spacious and had wifi. We played games, bbq, watched Baseball, went on a ski lift, slept in and was content. I would go back. Lots of shopping, lots of great places to walk around and explore and I really wish I got a day pass for the ski lift because the ski lift is AWESOME.
PRE-DISNEYLAND: We had a day before disneyland and I REALLY wanted to go to the game and I SHOULD have gone to the game but of course I wait till the last minute, prices were STUPID on stubhub (costed more on a playoff game last year!) and I just was too lazy to drive in traffic. NEXT TIME I WILL GO. At the end of the trip I did ask my cousins what was the best day of the trip and they said it was 12-inning-baseball-day. Awwwwwwwww. WARMED MY HEART UP AND MADE THE TRIP WORTH IT.
DISNEYLAND: Disneyland is, as always a ton of work. We got there 30 minutes after it opened, ran into Donald, took family photo with Donald, went to Space Mountain, went to Star Tours, went to Indiana Jones, went to Haunted Mansion. Basically we took advantage of fast passing everything and with my mom and nephew's ticket, there was always an extra two for anyone who wanted to go on a ride again. We had our share of churros, mickey mouse ice cream and ate chinese chicken salad. My niece and nephew lasted longer than my cousins and I. We left by 5pm while they stayed till 10pm! We went to Frank and Sons and I bought too much stadium giveaway.
California Adventure: The whole family went on the tower of terror, we all wore Dodgers' t-shirts. It was RIDIC and awesome. We did all our favorites, the tower, aladdin, the muppets and the rapids. California Adventure is always more fun with the shows, parades, even the tea party concert show was nice to watch. There was no big lines and we were able to fast pass all the rides we wanted. My niece and nephew had a great time and only had one melt down (one refused to eat and pouted and the other had a meltdown with wanting to stay and dance in courtyard. The only thing I didn't get to do was ride the monorail.
Heading home: Our hotel had a kick ass free breakfast so we'd all wake up really early and splurge on the waffles, biscuits, drinks and such. A+ We left early to get home but was stuck in an hour and a half in traffic. x___x I came home, did laundry, watched a baseball game and SLEPT as much as I could because I was back to work the following day.
Next trip?: In a week in a half it's Greinke's bobblehead night! Waited all season for this! I will be there early to get mine and the day before I splurged and bought field level seats, 3 rows from the field. Had to do it, only 43 games left and I think I only have 8 left to attending. (This isn't including the post season *assuming we make it* I plan on taking that week off we do play in October.)