Thank You!! CRZBLUE’s Dodger Blue World

Back in December ’09, one of my initial posts of this newborn blog was a little trip back to the present day site of Ebbets Field.  It was a simple post with a picture of the stone marker signifying the site of Ebbets and the street sign of Bedford Ave, alternatenly named Gil Hodges Way.  That post received one comment.  I was very new in the BloggerHood; very new.  I was happy.  It was a step forward.  A couple of posts followed I’m sure with me complaining about the Wilpons or the Mets in general.  Then I wrote the following quick post in what was to become (unofficially) “our” second TrolleyRide through the Hood.  Here is that post which is fairly brief, about the Brooklyn Dodgers.  But what made it different from just about any other post or Trolley Ride I’ve taken you on, I for the first time and maybe the last time, openly expressed my hate (hate? hate is strong.)…my hate for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  But I’m not one of those clouded cats.  I’m just a baseball fan above all else and to be quite honest, there’s nothing like taking in Vin Scully starting at 10:30pm my time to end my nights.  Take a quick peek because today’s post has everything to do with my commentor, not me…

http://mlblogsthebrooklyntrolleyblogger.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/trolley20at20ebbets20field.jpgarchives/2009/12/the-boys-of-summerat-least-whats-left-anyway.html

This post was visited by the one same commentor; CRZBLUE, or as we affectionately know her, Emma.
CRZBLUE’S Dodger Blue World.
She made no mention to my L.A. Dodger quips.
Very recently when I threw my SchoolYard, Hot Dogs Baseball and Brandy Bonfire to the Fans, Emma brought so many goodies for us to eat while we all cajoled about baseball.  As part of that School Yard post I took a little poke at “her” Dodgers (affectionately but intentionally) and this time she bit right back!
I loved it.  She’s been riding on the Trolley since day one and is one of my greatest supporters.  She followed me through the Caribbean Series.
Her recent posts celebrating black history month and the women who played in the Negro Leagues still have me fascinated.  She put together an amazing list of Brooklyn Dodgers still alive.  She just informed us that list was shortened by one less name with the passing of another former Bum.  Her desire for her Dodgers is insatiable.  Personally, I love her blog.  She keeps digging up things I’ve never known and that I find amazing..  We all pride ourselves somewhat on our knowledge about baseball.  Don’t we?  But I for one can say I’ve learned from you all.  Another recent post she made featured the L.A. Dodgers 2010 commemorative patch:
1st World Championship
1955 Dodgers
55 Since ’55

I salivated like Pavlov’s dog when I saw it, and in jest said I had to have one.
Today when I arrived home and checked my mail box, I received this item
and hurried myself to settle in for the evening.

 
Upon opening it, this is what I found inside:

  It’s the small things in life that make the most impact with me.
This is HUGE!!  Emma! What can I say?
I’m at a loss, –  I’m sorry my words may not come out the way I want them.  But to all my neighbors in the BloggerHood, and especially to you Emma…I’m very happy to know and learn and share with you.
Thank you for this gift!
 
AND…
For Emma and Brooklyn/L.A. Dodger fans,
CatLovesTheDodgers,BehindBlueEyes
I offer you my BrooklynTrolleyBlogger
55 SINCE ’55 Tribute
Trolley at Ebbets Field.jpgC’mon!…This is cause for celebration.  Everyone, I know this is a little unexpected…but,
Let’s Jump-the-Trolley!!
Emma…get up here…You’re drivin’!
NEXT STOP
1955 and the Party Time Hotel
 
 It was always wait till next year with them.  They were a buncha Bums.
                                       
 But Dem Bums were our Bums, Chum! Then one season, it happened.
They faced off against the N.Y. Yankees, our hated cross town rivals, in the World Series again.
After so many years of winning the National League Championship and loosing to them in the Series, 
 
…I’m gonna spare myself the details.
 
(my 1947 pin)
But in ’55
(program and tickets, T.S. Collection)
(Topps Cards, Mine)
after winning
and winning
and Winning.
In game seven at Yankee Stadium, Bronx
Johnny Podres shut-down the mighty Yankees and Vin Scully announced,
“Ladies and Gentlemen, the Brooklyn Dodgers are Champions of the World”
On the field…
….and the paper the next day looked like…
There was still the matter of some serious celebration and party to be had.
So, today we’re pullin up to the Bossert Hotel on Montague Street.
This is where the Dodgers celebrated their 1955 World Series victory.
The Bossert Hotel
That must have been some party!
Brooklyn finally had their..
(Yep..it’s mine. Autographs are real)
(on my wall)
(something I put together)
I know that was just a quick trip up the block, but I can really picture what that night might have been like in the Hotel.  Emma, I hope you enjoyed my little tribute to that day in 1955; 55 years ago this season. 
I appreciate the Patch so much.  Now I don’t know whether to put it on my –
(rookie jersey L.A.)
OR
because we spend a lot of time using the Brooklyn Cyclones (our Baby Bums as we call em) to celebrate our old Brooklyn Dodgers, many fans put their Dodger patches on their -
 
So I have to decide which it’s going to be. 
Does anyone have a thought which jersey to slap this patch on?
*note: The Bossert is no longer a hotel and was just recently sold.
But she should be fine.
 
 

24 Comments

Great trolley ride (as always). Cool gear. As for your decision? Maybe you should ask “What would Emma do?” Haha! See, I love this baseball bloggin’ community. We’re all quite vivid characters… on the interwebs and in my head ;-)
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

Great post, Mike! Great move, Emma! Enjoy your treasures, Mike!
I think the patch would look great on the Cyclones jersey. JMHO, but what do I know? ;)
Thanks for showing us your new gear, and your 1955 memorabilia!
Sorry, won’t be around as much–we’re setting up a new site of our own, to be ready by Opening Day! I hope to catch a trolley ride or eight, though! Take care, Mike.

Aw, it’s great that you Dodger diehards, Brooklyn and LA, can reach across the aisle and form a bond. Sweet!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

I’m telling ya….there’s a book in our furure! She’s in Arizona right now, remember? LOL

Dodger and Met fan teaming up.. scary… great post
~peter
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

First time I’ve seen this blog as I was referred to it. I know BBE and have met Crzblue (I think?) once a few years ago on a Dodger road trip. Am enjoying reading all your history. Are you aware this patch is still up in the air:

http://www.vinscullyismyhomeboy.com/2010/02/55-since-55-patch-killed.html

5 years ago I saw the 50th anniversary of the ’55 Dodgers game w/ pre game ceremony honoring the surviving ’55 Dodgers. Was great to see them all out there on the field. Lots of very old Brooklyn Dodger fans were in attendance that day.

Mark

Mark, thanks for the update. I checked out what Vin Scully’s Homie had to say. I’m afraid if I find out the reason why they are scubbing the patch my blood pressure will sky rocket! We are just better off not knowing.
Mike

Peter, I know it’s wierd. Baseball works in funny ways.

Yea Jeff….what would Emma do?

OMG! OMG Mike!
You are so sweeeeeet!!!!!! This entry would have been great without mentioning me. I LOVE, LOVE all your memorabillia and all the pictures you included in this post! I am glad you included the Borsert hotel pictures. Remember the storyabout Jonny Podres trying to give his hotel keys to a young woman that ended up being the daughter of one of the executives?
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Mike and MarK: The patch is a go!
Yes, Roberto posted that it was up in the air but that was a long time ago. There was a subsequent post that “IT WAS A GO.” All the players have it on their jersey. Now as far as a choice between the unis, I would say the Cyclones but MIKE do what your heart tell you!
.
I am so glad that you like it and that I made your day! You made mine with this post!! Is raining outside but reading your post I feel the sun is shining outside!! Thank you so much friend!
.
Buenos Dias a la vida!
Let’s go Dodgers!
Let’s go Mets!

Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

: )
!De nada!
Mike

wow! what an amazing collection there. i remember the cyclones very first game was against the mahoning valley scrappers. my hometown minor league team
http://pittpeas.mlblogs.com

Oh and Mike, you are letting me drive the Trolley!?! Wow!!!!
To travel in time and get to the celebration around Brooklyn in 1955! What a ride!! What a party in all Brooklyn and then to get a peek at THE party at TheBossert Hotel! What a celebration!!!
Again Mike, thank you so much! You make us all better human beings by knowing you here in the blogsphere!
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

Mike,
Great post. I have been reading your blog pretty regularly, but this is my first comment. Reading this one reminded me of my Dad. When I was a kid, we watched the Yankees on WPIX, never the Mets, so I always assumed that my Dad was a Yankee fan. I didn’t find out until after he passed away that he actually loved the Dodgers for many years. When they moved to LA, he started following the Yankees. So reading today’s post made me think of my Dad and smile. He would have loved this one, so thanks for making me think of him.
Shermn8r

I don’t understand how any Dodger fan could switch to the Yankees. Ever! From all I’ve read and heard, Dodger fans hated the Yankees as much as Red Sox fans did, and no Dodger fan could switch over to rooting for them because the Dodgers moved. It was my understanding that this was the reason for the Mets’ existence because Giants and Dodgers fans did not want to be Yankees fans.

I don’t understand how any Dodger fan could switch to the Yankees. Ever! From all I’ve read and heard, Dodger fans hated the Yankees as much as Red Sox fans did, and no Dodger fan could switch over to rooting for them because the Dodgers moved. It was my understanding that this was the reason for the Mets’ existence because Giants and Dodgers fans did not want to be Yankees fans.

JoeShlabotnick, I myself couldn’t see myself making a switch like that. But the sad truth is this city went from three teams to one literally over night. This city was without a National League representative for 4 years. The Mets came to be because a consortium of wanna-be-owners threatened MLB with the creation of a 3rd league to compete against theirs. That league would have been called the Continental League. Because of the threat to their monopoly, MLB agreed to expand. The NY Mets were born. They used the NY GIANTS inter-locking NY and orange and Blue from the Dodgers. Orange and blue are also the official colors of NYC. That’s the short version.
Thanks for Ridin’ Joe.
Mike

Sherm,
Anytime my friend! My Pop and I spent many hours watching the games on WPIX and WOR. My Pop was also a Yankees fan. He never short changed me as a Mets fan though.

Great post.
Got to admit, when the Dodgers left Brooklyn it is amazing how many people still blame the owners not knowing the political powerplay going on behind the scenes with the borough president at the time.
But that just shows the tradition and the pride they thought was being ripped out of their chest.
I still marvel every time I get to talk for a moment with our own Tampa Bay branch of that Brooklyn tree…Don Zimmer.
Who knows, maybe some day another team could come a calling……

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Great collection you got there. Very cool!!!
http://adriangonzalez23.mlblogs.com

RR,
I would love to pick Zimmer’s brain! His head must be packed with stories. Robert Moses is as much the villain around here as Walter O’Malley is.

Thank you thank you. Sorry about replying so late. Been a little busy hugging my cat!
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

Than you Emma

OBF (oldbrooklynfan) made it here!
.
Mike,
OBF lives in Brooklyn. He is the fan that the McCourts flew to Dodger Stadium. He is a regular poster in the InsidetheDodgers blog. Not sure if you the video from last year. I had recomended your blog to him.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/
http://DodgersBlueBlog.com/

I’ll check him out! My fellow Brooklynite is always welcome on the Trolley!
mike

Mike,
OBF does not have a blog, he posts in the theDodgers ITD (Inside the Ddogers blog) Just wanted to make that clear.

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