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Ned Roach

Please indulge me for a moment while I tell you why my opinion matters.  If you really don’t give a bulls’ crap just jump right to my report.  Otherwise, read on.  I love the Dodgers, plain and simple, though it might just be the result of fate though.  See I was born in the winter of 1957 in Brooklyn.   In the spring of 1958 my Dad conveniently got a job he couldn’t turn down in Los Angeles so we moved.  I don’t remember much about the old neighborhood because I was raised in California, and that’s the typical recall potential of most 5-month olds.   My brother had a few more borough memories, having been born in 1951…October 3, 1951.  Uncle Louie said Dad was not happy about my brother peeking out of the birth canal on that day, until the day was over, after which he was happier to have spent it looking at what he hoped was a future dressed in blue starting shortstop instead of where he was planning on spending that day.  He cried, right along with every other Dodgers fan was doing at the Polo Grounds at that exact same time, but for an entirely different reason.   So like I said, I love the Dodgers.  So much so, I’ve spent the better part of the past 35 years writing about them under various names for various publications.  Now I find myself in El Paso, and thanks to 600 ESPN and this marvelous electronic age where games can even be seen on my phone, I can do some regular writings while enjoying cheaper beers, even if they come sans Dodger-dog.  Plus after the last few seasons I’ve accepted the fact that more beer can sometimes make this team look even better thanks to alcohol induced memory loss.   Yes, I’m a serious writer, just not taking my literary contributions as serious as I once did.  Plus, having only been here a short time, I’ve learned to love El Paso’s tendency to involve a good cold cerveza with any recreational function or between occupational duties.  The only thing I don’t like about El Paso is all the damn Yankees hats.  I don’t know what’s with these kids who wear their hip-hop style Baseball cap as a statement.  Putting any team’s logo on your head should be about passion, not fashion.  Besides, what kind of real fan would ever wear a RED Yankees cap?!?  In my 35+ years of covering Baseball I don’t ever remember seeing one Baseball card documenting a game-used variation of red.  You might as well replace those pin stripes with polka dots, same credibility.   So there you have my back-story…fated fan, writer because it beats lying in the gutter with a bottle in my hand, and now an El Pasoan.  Hopefully I will give you some insight into the team I love as the season unfolds.  I would like nothing more than to take a thrilling 6-month joy ride together, one that ends with a real ride along westbound I10 because there’s nothing better than being at Dodger Stadium in October.  Just ask Kirk Gibson.*       *Game 1 of the 1988 World Series took place in Los Angeles on October 15.  Gibson’s 2 out, 2 run pinch-hit homer in the 9th was his only plate Series appearance.
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The Magical World of The Baseball Card – Some Great Dodgers Cards Part 1

Once upon a time there was a magical world full of color, fueled by imagination. This was the world of the Baseball card. Baseball cards have been around since the 1800’s, but the modern era of the card came during Baseball’s golden age with the arrival of the Topps bubblegum card. Now days you’ll find numerous companies contributing to both fans' passion for the sport, and the investment portfolios of collectors.

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Let’s Make El Paso Less Green – And More Dodger Blue

Instead of making El Paso more “green,” I think we need to make it more blue…Dodgers blue. Though I see Dodgers caps more often than other teams, the amount of fans representing the team’s colors could use a boost. Part of the solution to increasing sightings is as simple as availability and thanks to the internet you can order just about anything no matter where you live. Every single piece of Dodgers clothing is available on line.

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Will the Dodgers’ Early Season Success Continue Until October?

Before the season started I noted the convergence of prophesies stating that the Dodgers were on their way to something less than the best record in baseball by Mid-May. A season is a marathon not a sprint, and there’s a long way to go until October. Even so, Dodger fans have got to be pretty thrilled with how things are unfolding. Here are 5 reasons to believe the Dodgers early season success will continue.

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Don’t Underestimate Mom’s Contribution to Our Love Of Baseball

Every fan can thank certain people in their family who helped influence their fandom. With a team like the Dodgers the love for the team is often generational, especially when many of your family members were transplanted to the same new land as the team. The nucleus of my family wasn’t the only ones who moved west when the Dodgers bolted Brooklyn.

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What’s In a Nickname? Let’s Give Nicknames to Some Dodgers Stars

What’s in a nickname?
The name Dodgers has its roots in the 19th century and their original home, Brooklyn, New York. Back in the old days…and I mean really old, not pre-Internet…Brooklyn was a maze of interlocking, crisscrossing trolley lines. Residents of Brooklyn had to maneuver through the trolley traffic and were affectionately referred to as “trolley dodgers.”

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Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez, the greatest Dodgers player ever!
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Greatest Dodgers Player Ever

Who is the greatest Dodgers player of all time? Would it be the Dodger who has had the greatest historical impact such as Jackie Robinson? Would it be an all time stat leader like Zack Wheat, the all time hit leader with 2,804? Or should it be a player who had the greatest contribution to a World Series winning team?

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The 83rd Annual All Star Game – The Irony, The Irony

(I am about to contradict myself. You’ve been warned.)

First I’ll express my giddiness over the Dodgers 9-1 start. There are benchmarks along the season’s timeline which are considered key points where one can start to get an idea of the promise of the season, or force one to accept the inevitable. The 10 game mark is not one of those.

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In Praise of Alyssa Milano – The Perfect Dodgers Woman

I met a guy at a bar – imagine that, a sports writer (ok…now blogger) in a bar – he was commiserating over the fact his wife didn’t fully appreciate baseball or his desire to watch every single Dodgers game he could locate. Fortunately, for my employment continuation, I was able to emphasize the wonderful service to Dodgers fans provided by 600 ESPN El Paso.

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Some Things El Pasoans Can Look Forward To During This Year’s Dodgers’ Baseball Season

Thanks to such minor factors like the on field roster and the off field ownership transitional situation, little to no faith has been bestowed on this year’s edition of the Dodgers, no matter how positive the spring proclamations of “Donnie Baseball” (Manager Don Mattingly).

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