Blogging from Albuquerque New Mexico about the Los Angeles Dodgers, Albuquerque Isotopes, and Baseball. Just like millions of Dodger fans around the world I Bleed Dodger Blue 2. A member of Rio Grande SABR. All photos were taken by me Evan Chavez
Sorry the photos are a couple of days old but I have had to work. It was a great opening day here in Albuquerque.
Lets start with the funniest thing that happened. Somebody who works on the ground crew forgot to turn off the sprinklers. When the University of New Mexico basketball team was being announced the sprinklers turned on.
Head Coach for the Lobos basketball team Steve Alford threw out the first pitch to Josh Lindblom. Josh is from Indiana where Alford played his college years for Bobby Knight.
Josh also caught a first pitch from Mayor Richard Berry.
The Isotopes have a core group of players who played last season. Jamie Hoffmann, Chin-Lung Hu, J D Closser, Xavier Paul, Josh Lindblom, James McDonald, Scott Elbert, and a few others spent time in Albuquerque last season.
Josh Lindblom is one player I am going to enjoy watching this season. I am going to enjoy watching him develop into a Major League pitcher.
Ivan De Jesus is alot shorter than I thought. He is pretty fast.
Xavier Paul hit the first home run at Isotopes Park of the 2010 season.
I think it is going to be a great season. If it wasn't for this thing called work I think I would spend even more time than I already do at Isotopes Park.
"As long as you live keep smiling because it brightens everybody's day." Vin Scully
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." Jackie Robinson
"My wife told me you love the Dodgers and baseball more than you love me and I told her ye but I love you more than football and basketball." Tommy Lasorda
“I bleed Dodger blue and when I die, I'm going to the big Dodger in the sky. " Tommy Lasorda
"If somebody comes up to you and says i'm a Twin i'd say where is your brother or sister. If somebody says i'm a Cardinal i'd say work hard your next step is Pope, but when you say i'm a Dodger you know immediately they are are with the best organization in baseball." Tommy Lasorda
"A guy that throws what he intends to throw, that's the definition of a good pitcher." Sandy Koufax
Kirk Gibson1988 Steve Garvey1974 Sandy Koufax1963 Maury Wills1962 Don Newcombe1956 Roy Campanella1955 Roy Campanella1953 Roy Campanella1951 Jackie Robinson1949 Dolph Camilli1941 Dazzy Vance1924 Jake Daubert1913
Dodger Cy Young Winners
Clayton Kershaw 2011
Eric Gagne 2003
Orel Hershiser 1988
Fernando Valenzuela 1981
Mike Marshall 1974
Sandy Koufax 1966
Sandy Koufax 1965
Sandy Koufax 1963
Don Drysdale 1962
Don Newcombe 1956
Dodger All-Star Game MVP
Mike Piazza 1996 Steve Garvey 1978 Don Sutton 1977 Steve Garvey 1974 Maury Wills (Game 1) 1962
Dodger World Series MVP
Orel Hershiser 1988 Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero, Steve Yeager 1981 Sandy Koufax 1965 Sandy Koufax 1963 Larry Sherry 1959 Johnny Podres 1955
Dodger Rookies of the Year
Todd Hollandsworth 1996 Hideo Nomo 1995 Raul Mondesi 1994 Mike Piazza 1993 Eric Karros 1992 Steve Sax 1982 Fernando Valenzuela 1981 Steve Howe 1980 Rick Sutcliffe 1979 Ted Sizemore 1969 Jim Lefebvre 1965 Frank Howard 1960 Jim Gilliam 1953 Joe Black 1952 Don Newcombe 1949 Jackie Robinson 1947