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
Monday, November 12, 2012
A 2012 SEASON HIGHLIGHT AT ISOTOPES PARK MICKEY HATCHER
A good thing about living in Albuquerque and being a Dodger fan is you get to see alot of former Dodgers around Isotopes Park. When at an Isotopes game I always keep my eyes open for former Dodgers. One reason I have my season tickets seat by the tunnel to the club house is beacuse I want to know who is in town.
When I heard Mickey Hatcher was let go by the Angels I had a feeling he would end up doing something with the Dodgers. I was right the Dodgers hired him as an instructor. I knew as an instructor it was a matter of time before he ended up here with the Isotopes.
This wouldn't be Hatchers first time in Albuquerque, He spent 78, 79, 80 and 91 with the Albuquerque Dukes. He was also a coach with the Dukes when Mike Scioscia was the Manager of the Dukes. As a matter of fact I was once talking to this young lady at a local business, and I was wearing my Dodger jacket and Dodger cap and she asked me "Do you know who Mickey Hatcher is?" I told her "Yes I do" and She said "That's my uncle". so he must have some roots here in Albuquerque.
One of my favorite things about Mickey Hatcher is the way he ran around the bases after hitting a homerun in the 1988 World Series. He just looks like a fun guy. He looks happy.
It was an honer to get to meet him and of course if I get an opportunity to take a picture with a player I do it.
I also had him sign a couple of cards. Yea and he was smiling. Thank you Mickey Hatcher meeting you was a highlight of the 2012 season for me.
I hope you enjoyed my little story about Mickey Hatcher. If you bleed Dodger Blue I am sure you did.
"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
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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