Monday, July 26, 2021

A Trip to Dodger Stadium and More EuroBall Results


Wed.-Sun., July 21-25, 2021

Mostly a calm few days with one really fun night at Dodger Stadium thanks to blog fan Paul Sabolic.

Paul and his bride Joanne were not going to be able to use their Dodger tickets on Friday night and offered them to us including their ritzy parking pass.

Not only "yes" but "HELL YES!"

First stop once we entered was the
new Center Field area

There were lots of historic Dodger things to see, fun areas for kids and plenty of places to eat and drink.

Your Los Angeles Dodgers were taking on the Colorado Rockies at 7:05 p.m., but we wanted to arrive early enough to see the latest Stadium renovations and enjoy a Dodger Dog or two before the masses arrived.

By the Jackie Robinson statue

The view of Dodger Stadium
from the Center Field area

Dodgers World Series success

The club is the defending World Series Champions as you can see.

The 1955 title was the only one that the Brooklyn Dodgers won, the next six were claimed as the Los Angeles Dodgers.

I'm confused

We were just 11 and 12 year olds
when the Dodgers beat the
Chicago White Sox in six games

The Captain

Harold "Pee Wee" Reese was the Dodgers shortstop for 16 years and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.

My favorite Dodger when
they moved to L.A. in 1958

Edwin "Duke" Snider, aka The Duke of Flatbush, was the Dodger centerfielder from 1947 to 1962, belted 407 career home runs and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980.

Laurie may still have
a crush on Sandy

Sandy Koufax was the most dominating pitcher of the early 1960s. From 1961-66, Koufax posted a record of 129-47 including a 27-9 record in 1966 his final campaign as elbow problems forced his early retirement.

He was a Dodger from 1955-1966. During his career, he won three Cy Young Awards as the best pitcher in the National League, threw four no-hitters including one perfect game, pitched a today unheard of 137 complete games the included an astounding 40 shut outs!

He was a Baseball Hall of Fame inductee in 1972.

Great Ambassador of the Game

Because of a tragic car accident in the Winter of 1958 that left him paralyzed, Campy never got the chance to play as a Los Angeles Dodger.

A Dodger from 1948 to 1957, the power hitting catcher was the National League's MVP in 1951, 1953 and 1955. The Baseball Hall of Fame welcomed him in 1969.

He broke the MLB's Color Barrier

Jackie Robinson was one of the most important people in the history of the United States, not just baseball. He famously was the first black man to play in the major leagues during the modern era in 1947.

He was the National League's Rookie of the Year in 1947 and MVP in 1949. He played his entire MLB career with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 to 1956.

In honor of Jackie's historic, difficult pioneering experiences in integrating baseball, his number 42 has been retired in all of Major League Baseball.

He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

Our first view of the diamond
as the grounds crew added a few
final touches


I love it when the Sun goes down
and the lights take over

For the third time this week, the Dodgers blew a ninth inning lead and this time lost to the Rockies 9-6 in ten innings.

Because the game lasted so long, the post game Friday Night Fireworks Show was cancelled at the last minute.

Lots of families with kids were not happy.

At least it didn't turn into a Disco Demolition Night response.


Meanwhile, in EuroBall action . . .

The Final Game of the 2021
Italian Season

It was the Italian DIII or CIF9 Championship Game between two undefeated squads.

At the CIF9 level, the field is slightly smaller as the teams play nine-man football.

The 7-0 North Conference Champions

The 7-0 South Conference Champions

The QBs always get the ink

I was rooting for the Elephants

After all, I coached the Catania squad in 2008 and 2009.

While still a DI squad, the Elephants had lost the Italian Bowl twice. In 2010, the Parma Panthers beat the Elephants 56-26 for the DI title.

The same two squads met again in 2012 for another Italian Bowl DI championship contest with the Panthers prevailing again 61-43.

Granted it was now at the CIF9/DIII level, but would the third time the charm?


The long road to the CIF9 Championship
was finally over


On the European League of football action . . .

Our favorite squad, the 0-4
Barcelona Dragons were at home
against the 1-3 Berlin Thunder


Six weeks down, six weeks to go
in the ELF's inaugural campaign

In the first half of the season, every team played five games and had one bye. The same format will occur in the final six weeks.

The Hamburg Sea Devils are the
mid-season class of the ELF
not just the North Conference

In the South Conference the
Frankfort Galaxy lead is a tad thinner

The week #7 slate of games:

Barcelona Dragons (1-4) at Hamburg Sea Devils (5-0)
Wroclaw Panthers (3-2) at Cologne Centurions (3-2)
Berlin Thunder (1-4) at Leipzig Kings (1-4)
Stuttgart Surge (2-3) at Frankfort Galaxy (4-1)

I continue my four to five mile daily walks . . .

I spotted a lion in the wilds
of Camarillo on Sunday

I was both in stealth mode and fortunately downwind of this King of the Beasts.

I survived to blog another day.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Our Golden Wedding Anniversary Weekend

Sat.-Tues., July 17-20, 2021 

What an amazing weekend!

It started with a reminder from the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration.

A Day of the Dead tile

Why the tile you ask?

Simple answer . . .

On July 17, 1971, we were married

Yes, I had hair once upon a time.

Laurie looks lovely, don't you think.

As Jacob reminded me at lunch,
it meant that Saturday was our
50th Wedding Anniversary!

On July 17, 2021, we were still in love!

As I said earlier, AMAZING!

It must be noted that after our lunch
Jacob had the chance to meet the
author of this cool science book
at Camarillo's The Bookworm bookstore

We enjoyed a great meal to
celebrate our special day at
Ventura's Cafe Fiore

Cafe Fiore serves solid
Italian cuisine . . .

. . . and a sparkling tiramisu

On Sunday, we headed north to extend our special day with a mini vacation.

We saw this trailer when we stopped
for lunch in Orcutt just south of Santa Maria

A pizza oven on wheels

That's a first for me.
Our wonderful home base for
a couple of days in Avila Beach

The Avila La Fonda Hotel has
a great Mexican resort vibe

Being only a short block from the Pacific Ocean is a plus as well.

This large animal crawling on our
room's wall was a negative though
Laurie wanted to bring this sun
home with us

Cooler heads prevailed.

Avila Beach south of the pier

Avila Beach north of the pier

The Pier

A "NO FUN ZONE" if that sign is to be believed.

Lots of bikes in Avila Beach
which reminds me . . .

. . . this is a cool, bicycle related
wine tasting bar . . .

. . . with an interesting racing
bicycle gear bar motif

This place woke both the Ice Cream
and coffee Krakens within us

Laurie in front of the
Avila La Fonda Hotel

Another sun worshipping
piece of art in our hotel

At 8:00 p.m. each night, the
Avila La Fonda offers their guests
delicious homemade mini-pies

My blueberry-peach pie is on the left next to Laurie's olallieberry pie.

A little whip cream never hurts.

A view of the off shore Fog Monster
on Monday morning

We decided to drive north about 15 minutes to the city of San Luis Obispo before coming back to Avila Beach for some afternoon sun and surf.

Cool SLO fountain

SLO's original Public Library

SLO is an artsy city

See what I mean?

We passed on eating here today
but would not say no to their
Pismo Beach branch on Tuesday

Part of the quaint Avila Beach
boardwalk area

The Avila Beach Pier as seen on
my early morning walk Tuesday

Port San Luis in the distance

Anybody want to rent a kayak?

Seals resting at Port San Luis

The Billy Boy was parked on
land this morning

Port San Luis with not one
artsy ceramic . . .

. . . but two!

Apparently there is a lot of
crabbing in the area

After checking out of the Avila La Fonda Hotel, we stopped in Pismo Beach for that great BBQ meal at Mo's and then headed on to one last stop in Santa Barbara.

The classic entrance to
Santa Barbara's Arlington Theater

The Granada Theater is a grand
one in Santa Barbara as well

Art is a staple in this great
Central California Coast city too

Live turtles

A mysterious, unidentified
Native American statue

Our final stop was at
Santa Barbara High School

They have been renovating venerable Peabody Stadium for about three years now and we wanted to see the final finished product today.

It looks GREAT!

Again, we had an AMAZING and relaxing time celebrating our 50th over the last few days.

Meanwhile, in the world of EuroBall . . .

What does this mean?

Ah yes, the 40th Italian Bowl with
the winner taking home the
DI National Championship Trophy

Played in a neutral site, Stadio Garilli in Piacenza, it featured the 9-0, #1 seeded Parma Panthers vs. the 7-2, #2 seeded Milano Seamen.

The two teams had met twice during the regular season with Parma winning both times, 24-20 and 30-27.

It promised to be a good one for all of the proverbial marbles . . .

. . . and it was, in Overtime this time

Three close wins over the Seamen
cemented the Panthers claim to the crown

On to the ELF weekend . . .

It was Week 5 of the ELF's
inaugural 12 week season

Our Dragons came up short again
but by all accounts fought to the end

Big Game in the North this coming week,
Hamburg Sea Devils (4-0)
Wroclaw Panthers (3-1)

The Galaxy continue to be the
team to beat in the South

Week 6 is the halfway point
of the EFL's ten game,
12 week regular season

The Frankfort Galaxy (4-1) and the Leipzig Kings (1-4) finally get to both enjoy a bye this coming weekend.

50 years . . .
. . . AMAZING!