Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Collection: 1975 Waterbury Dodgers

Here is another Dodger minor league Baseball set from my collection. Below are a couple of the key cards from the AA affiliate Waterbury Dodgers from Connecticut. They were members of the Eastern League and only represented the Dodgers for 4 years from 1973-1976. In 1975 they finished 3rd in their division, going 77-59.
There are only a couple of notable players in this set.

Above is Rafael Landestoy. He played for the Dodgers for only a handful of season, but he spent some quality time with the Houston Astros in the late 70's to early 80's. Below is our former bench coach and current Mariner Manager Jim Riggleman. He looks funny in those giant frame glasses.
Check out the rest of the cards in the set here in my photo album.

Game Face Time

Andre Ethier updates his blog in preparation for the series.

There are no descriptions of local Chicago delicacies. There are no photos of specially prepared veggies or beef cooked to order. Neither Sushi or Pizza was on his mind.

Preparation was the order of the day.

Heck, from the sounds of it, the Dodger plane ride to Chicago felt different according to Andre.
You could just sense from the way the guys were acting on the plane that this wasn't just another trip.
Then, Dustin Pedroia sent Ethier a message that helped put it all in perspective.
"This is where champions are made -- Let's go."

The right frame of mind, for a young player, sometimes is all that is needed to take you to that next level.

Champions! As Dustin said, "Let's Go!"

Roster Set... Series Opener Begins

Could you sleep last night?

I laid in bed wondering about tomorrows event. My mind was in a manic state. I was reeling with fantasies of Dodger homeruns and well pitched innings.

I imagined runners on first and third and two men out. The new king of Hollywood was readying his swing. All I could see was a flash of black dreadlocks passing by my eyes.

Sinkerballs would zing in and out of the strike zone. The hapless Cubbies would look on in amazement.

In just a few hours the Dodgers begin their quest for their first World Championship in 20 years. I can't wait for it to begin.

Below are the players who will represent us in this series.:

Pitchers (11): LHP Joe Beimel, RHP Chad Billingsley, RHP Jonathan Broxton, LHP Clayton Kershaw, RHP Hiroki Kuroda, RHP Derek Lowe, RHP Greg Maddux, RHP James McDonald, RHP Chan Ho Park, RHP Takashi Saito, RHP Cory Wade

Position Players (14):C Danny Ardoin, IF Angel Berroa, IF Casey Blake, IF Blake DeWitt, OF Andre Ethier, IF Rafael Furcal, IF Nomar Garciaparra, OF Matt Kemp, IF Jeff Kent, IF James Loney, C Russell Martin, IF Pablo Ozuna, OF Juan Pierre, OF Manny Ramirez,