Happy Jackie Robinson Day!

Today is the anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson played his first game as a Dodger. The event not only made baseball history, but also became part of the American history textbooks. Every MLB team has his number 42 displayed at their ballparks and once Mariano Rivera retires, no player will ever wear that number again.

Vin Scully will be back to take part in the celebration and return to his microphone. The last few days are a little taste of what we fans will have to face up to once he is gone for good.

Bring out the brooms… it’s time to sweep the Padres.

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102 Responses to Happy Jackie Robinson Day!

  1. trublu4ever says:

    I dread the day Vin is gone. When it does happen, I hope they replace him with another class act…..not Charlie!

  2. vl4eccjr says:

    No one can replace Vin. No other broadcaster still living can hold a candle to him. He is in his own league.
    Sure Vin won’t be around forever, but instead of starting off this thread with such a depressing note, let us all enjoy the greatest treasure of a broadcaster that ever got behind a microphone for as long as we can. Wouldn’t it be great if the boys in blue could win at least one more World Series with Vin broadcasting?
    .
    GO DODGERS!!!

  3. trublu4ever says:

    Ahhhhh, Vinny….love you! Go Dodgers!!!!!

  4. trublu4ever says:

    Yay…a run!

  5. vl4eccjr says:

    Nice start!

  6. enchantedbeaver says:

    Hey, rumor has it there’s a ballgame today.

  7. enchantedbeaver says:

    Well that sucked.

  8. trublu4ever says:

    Gordon tried to “Hoover” the ball….love Vinny 😉

  9. vl4eccjr says:

    Shit!

  10. trublu4ever says:

    We were the first team to sport a number on the front of the jersey….60 years ago. I didn’t know that.

  11. enchantedbeaver says:

    Need to get a few back. Kersh isn’t as sharp as usual today.

  12. vl4eccjr says:

    WOW! Matt is dialed in!

  13. sparkleplenty1 says:

    THANK YOU, MATT!!!

  14. vl4eccjr says:

    I think Loweenio may be looking forward to the road trip. . .

  15. enchantedbeaver says:

    WTF was that?

  16. enchantedbeaver says:

    Wasting a lot of opportunities today.

  17. trublu4ever says:

    Yay…a walk for James!

  18. enchantedbeaver says:

    How many DPs has Uribe already hit into this year? Bad enough he strikes out a a lot for what he brings to the table, but when he does manage to hit it, he makes two outs.

  19. 32and53fan says:

    An excellent documentary called Harvard Park debuted today on the BET channel. It was co-produced and narrated by Darryl Strawberry and Eric Davis and that talks about their days practicing at that inner city playground.

    You can read more about it at http://www.dailynews.com/ci_20400619/sunday-q-former-major-league-superstars-darryl-strawberry?source=most_viewed and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/13/darryl-strawberry-harvard-park_n_1415504.html

    Strawberry was not thrilled with the Dodgers fans, calling the experience “…blasé, blasé L.A.” and saying that he felt no excitement in the stands compared to his time in New York.

    Both Strawberry and Davis, who were born and raised in South-Central Los Angeles, talk about their experiences in that dangerous neighborhood. They also cover their battles with colon cancer, discovered a year apart from each other.

    The program will be repeated tonight at 8 PM PST on the Centric channel. Check http://www.centrictv.com/misc/find-centric/ to see if the channel is available in your area.

    • vl4eccjr says:

      If Strawberry would have played ball in a Dodger uniform like a major leaguer, contributed, been a better team mate, and kept his nose away from the ‘Peruvian Marching Powder’, the fans might have given him more support. Like the old saying goes; ‘You make your bed, you have to sleep in it.’ I will never feel sorry for a professional ball player that had it all, then blew it due to drugs – multiple times!
      Sorry, but ‘Game of Thrones’ will have to trump that program for me tonight.

      • 32and53fan says:

        I think he was referring to the fan excitement level in general, not in respect to how they treated him.

        You’re right that he blew his opportunity with the Dodgers and baseball due to his personal problems. He could have had a HOF career if his head was screwed on right.

  20. trublu4ever says:

    WTF….Dee!

  21. vl4eccjr says:

    CRAP!!

  22. sparkleplenty1 says:

    Kersh pitched on heart, guts and determination today. Too bad the game imploded on him.

  23. trublu4ever says:

    Damn…..not the way I planned this!

  24. trublu4ever says:

    Gordon is mentally challenged today!

  25. 32and53fan says:

    More on baseball history. Here is an article titled “Progressive Politics Played a Big Part in Integrating Baseball” that shows that Branch Rickey was not the sole force clamoring to integrate
    baseball. I had not heard this part of the story before.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christopher-lamb/jackie-robinson_b_1426732.html

  26. trublu4ever says:

    UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. vl4eccjr says:

    Opportunities wasted again.

  28. enchantedbeaver says:

    Ain’t Dee’s day that’s for sure.

  29. nellyjune says:

    Today definitely wasn’t Kershaw’s day, but he muddled through it. It’s been a whole day of missed opportunities on both offense and defense, but it’s still tied and anything can happen.

  30. trublu4ever says:

    Now is not the time for the umpire to make the strike zone the size of a pea!

  31. vl4eccjr says:

    CRAZY!!! A triple play! Adios Bud!

  32. trublu4ever says:

    Now…that was a freaky ass triple play!

  33. sparkleplenty1 says:

    Amazing!!!

  34. vl4eccjr says:

    Walk off time!

  35. enchantedbeaver says:

    Gotta win after that play…

  36. sparkleplenty1 says:

    The “walk” part has happened.

  37. enchantedbeaver says:

    Does Uribe even know how to bunt?

  38. nellyjune says:

    That was wild!!! That triple play was a gift because the home plate umpire has his hands up indicating a foul ball. Great heads up play by Ellis…….AJ that is 🙂

  39. nedisajerk says:

    I didn’t realize Cain came so close to pitch a prefect game and I see McDonald got the only hit. Wow a TP no way.

  40. vl4eccjr says:

    Uribe bunts? That’s gotta be a first!

  41. nellyjune says:

    Let’s go AJ!!!!

  42. nellyjune says:

    To IBBs for AJ!!!
    .
    Let’s go Jerry!!!!

  43. enchantedbeaver says:

    Time for some mojo… Hairston sucks.

  44. sparkleplenty1 says:

    Damn!

  45. trublu4ever says:

    Wouldn’t you know it….Gordon does it!

  46. sparkleplenty1 says:

    Dee gives away and Dee takes back.

  47. vl4eccjr says:

    Woo hoo! Dee redeems himself!

  48. nellyjune says:

    Dee just made his day much better!!

  49. sparkleplenty1 says:

    This game was so full of improbabilities that the Dodgers HAD to win it. After all, that IS the Dodger Way 🙂

  50. enchantedbeaver says:

    Difference between last year and this year so far – games they try and give away they’re coming back to win.

  51. 32and53fan says:

    Kemp is on track for 97 home runs and 16 stolen bases. His OPS is an incredible 1.548! Other stats for a 162 game season: 632 AB, 211 R, 308 H, 259 RBI, 113 SO.

  52. oldbrooklynfan says:

    9–1, quite a start, even if it’s said it was against 2 weak teams. At least it show how much better we are than them.(lol)

    • nellyjune says:

      I have a question for you….since your an actual resident in the great state of New York. I am looking for some kid-friendly fun facts about Flushing (Queens), New York and
      Bronx, New York. We are doing the Mets, Yankees and the Athletics this week in baseball geography, and each year I add a little bit more information. This year, I am really focusing on the city itself, and I am trying to tell my class fun things about the city so that way when they hear the city mentioned, they will connect using some of the fun facts they have heard. For example, Did you know the game Scrabble was invented in Queens? It something the students can connect to because they all have at least seen the game Scrabble. The Bronx Zoo is also fascinating to them. Just trying to explain how New York and all of its boroughs is fascinating to them. Actually, I have a question about the Mets. There address says Flushing,NY, but if you look up Flushing, it mentions Queens. Are they the same? Believe it or not, I am having just as much fun learning as they are…..all the things that have been invented, founded and done in some cities. We have 10 teams left after this week, and it’s been so much fun. Thanks for any info you can think of, and if not, there’s always Google – lol!!!
      GO DODGERS!!

      • 32and53fan says:

        Here is a fun fact if you want to include poetry in your lesson plan:
        In poetry, the Bronx has been immortalized by one of the world’s shortest couplets:

        The Bronx
        No Thonx
        – Ogden Nash, The New Yorker, 1931

        Another tidbit, about which I’ve always
        wondered, from examiner.com:

        Of the five boroughs of New York, the Bronx is the only one that’s always accompanied by the word the. Why is that? And where did the name Bronx come from?

        The borough is named for Jonas Bronck, a Swedish immigrant and major landowner who lived in the area in the early 17th century, according to this Bronx history. The land back then carried his name, but over the years only the Bronck’s — abbreviated or misspelled Bronx — River kept it.

        When it was annexed by New York City in the late 19th century, the area was known as the Annexed District. But when Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island merged with Manhattan, officials made the annexed area a borough, too. But it needed a proper name.

        The Bronx River ran through it, so they named it the Borough of the Bronx, clipped to the Bronx, and the article became a permanent part of the name.

  53. oldbrooklynfan says:

    NELLYJUNE
    Well I can answer that question. Yes Flushing is in Queens and that’s the section where the Mets and Citi Field is located. Citi Field was designed (at least the building behind home plate and along the left and right field stands) after Ebbets Field. The main entrance brings you into the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. Yankee Stadium sometimes known as “The Bronx Zoo” is located in the Bronx, as you may know.
    Oh Yes there is actually a real Bronx Zoo.()lol)

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      Also the place where Shea Stadium and now Citi Field stands is where O’Malley turn down the offer to move.
      We had the 1939 & 1964-65 World Fairs in that area

      • 32and53fan says:

        Arthur Ashe Stadium, home of the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, is in the same area. Obviously millions of fans have attended events there. It is less than 12 miles from Ebbets Field. It is closer than Dodger Stadium is to Beverly Hills.
        It seems like O’Malley could have had the much larger venue he desired, though probably not under his private ownership.
        Maybe he did not want to be called The Brooklyn Dodgers of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY. It’s kind of hard to fit all that on the front of a uniform. 🙂

    • nellyjune says:

      Thank you so much!!! I will definitely mention the two meanings of “zoo” – lol!! And, I didn’t want to misrepresent “Queens””Flushing” by saying something wrong. The Mets are always fun to talk about because of the connection to the Dodgers and Giants.

  54. nellyjune says:

    I’m not sure what’s more fun, watching JP playing for the Phillies or watching Tim Lincecum get shelled! LOL!!! Both are pretty entertaining right now.

  55. nellyjune says:

    Well, Doc Halladay didn’t look so hot either. All that said, I find it hard to watch any pitcher struggle these days. It’s the life of a mom who has a son who is a pitcher I guess. It hurts to watch!

  56. nedisajerk says:

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Timmy go on the DL lol.

  57. nedisajerk says:

    I know it early but who would’ve though that Zito would be there best pitchers after 2 games?

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/stats/bycategory?cat=Pitching&conference=NL&sort=137

    • nedisajerk says:

      Well actually Cain is a little better other than record, ERA, h/9 and k/9 and so on but I hate seeing Kershaw way down there.

  58. vl4eccjr says:

    It aint all bad. Lincescum left the game losing 5-2, but he did manage to get his ERA just under 11. . .What’s that German word? I could try to type it out, but I would butcher the spelling! LOL

  59. nellyjune says:

    It’s the only place I can say this…….Gnats lost again!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! ……and JP went Juan for four 🙂

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