Off to a Great Start

Yeah, yeah, there will be those that say the Dodgers are only beating less-than-stellar teams, and that’s why they are the best in baseball, 9-1, to start the season. All I know is THEY ARE THE BEST IN BASEBALL, 9-1. Nothing else matters. And Matt Kemp (or KEMVP as new T-shirts are proclaiming) is unbelievable! He leads the majors in like six categories, including batting average (.487), home runs (6) and RBIs (16). Are you kidding me? Those numbers are sick! Player of the Week both the first weeks!

It’s a good time to be a Dodgers fan, even if McCrook still has his sticky little fingers on the crust of the pie.

April 13-15, 2012

Captain Kemp Clobbers

(Padres @ Dodgers, April 13-15, 2012)

Captain Kemp clobbers
He’s our blue home run machine
Matt’s worth the long green

“Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast.”
Joe Garagiola, Baseball Is a Funny Game

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The Home Opener

April 10 marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of Dodger Stadium. Back then we had Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. Today, it’s Clayton Kershaw (who may end up being as good as Koufax and Drysdale put together!). See what I mean in this painting? Opening Day fills me with hope. Another thing that does that is Andre Ethier slugging it out over the right-field wall, which he did to mark his 30th birthday, winning the game against the Pirates, 2-1, and getting the fans excited about the first season under new ownership. Let’s keep it up, boys!

April 10-12, 2012

The Home Opener

(Pirates @ Dodgers, April 10-12, 2012)

The home opener
Always gives me hope!
Makes me feel alive!

“You may glory in a team triumphant, but you fall in love with a team in defeat.”
Roger Kahn, The Boys of Summer

The First Series

The Dodgers opened their season with a four-game series at Petco Park against the San Diego Padres. This alliterative painting marks a stellar season debut of shortstop Dee Gordon (pictured). The Dodgers had their best start since 1999, winning the first three games before letting the Friars have the last one. Homers by Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier bode well for the bats of the Boys in Blue.

Bold Bunts

(Dodgers @ Padres, April 5-8, 2012)

Bold bunts, big beautiful bombs
Brown brothers bang bats
Blue baseball battles begin

“Every baseball season has its share of satisfactions and disillusionment, its thrills and despair.”
Jim Brosnan, The Long Season

A New Season Begins

This year, as the 2012 season progresses, I will be posting my new baseball paintings as they are completed. For the exhibition Freeway Series between the Dodgers and the Angels, I present this first in a series of Baseball Bobblehead works. The paintings this year will break from the strict 17-syllable haiku, and will feature literary references about the national pastime.

April 3-5, 2012

Springtime Exhibitionists (April 2-4, 2012)

Springtime exhibitionists
Crack those maple bats
Break out that old blue magic

“And when you love the game of baseball, you eat it and sleep it.”
Mark Harris, The Southpaw