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OMG! Sandy Koufax at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live February 27, 2010

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  • OMG! Sandy Koufax at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live February 27, 2010

    Sandy Koufax at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live February 27, 2010.


    18 months ago, there was similar event at the Nokia Threatre put together by T.J. Simers of the L.A. Times to benefit Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA. The speakers were Vin Scully and John Wooden. The minute I found out about it, I purchased my ticket for that event! It was a night that I will never forget.

    Once again, T.J. Simers will moderate a conversation, this time with Sandy Koufax and Joe Torre.

    Sandy Koufax! OMG! The money raised will go to Safe At Home, Torre's foundation to end the cycle of domestic abuse. Ticket prices go from $25 to $200.

    Joe Torre who is in shock that Sandy accepted said "I didn't think he would," "This really is a friend indeed. He said he would do it for me and I' touched."

    I am so looking forward to this!


    article from T.J. Simers

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-...3541072.column

  • #2
    What will be especially interesting is how personal it will be. I doubt that it will be, though I bet Koufax tells a few old Dodger stories. A lot of people call him reclusive, and I really think the best description of him is private.

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    • #3
      Michael,
      You are right, the right word for Koufax is private. T.J. Simers likes to rip everyone. that is his stye, ripping people, making fun of them. He did a little of poking fun at Vin and John Wooden. There was this guy sitting next to me at that event that wa upset because he thought Simers was being disrespecful. I told him Simers was just Simers trying to be funny.

      But Simers did pissed me off once (but afterwards I thought "whatever T.J. ) when I send him an email correcting him and telling him to look at the date of a poll. He was ripping the Dodgers for including a player on the DL and Dodger fans for voting for that player. He reponsed with "I don't have time to be checking that ..unlike you I have a life...". Well, there was another time he upset me when I heard Jeff Kent joking around about something smiling at a Women baseball clinic and then T.J. Simers gave the story a different spin. I was furious at Simers that time.

      I don't care fo Simers, and don't trust him but I do give him credit for talking Vin, John Wooden and Joe Torre to do these events that benefit charity.

      Whatever stories Koufax wants to share, I am so looking forward to this event! Simers should do little moderating and just let Torre and Koufax talk.

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      • #4
        Only 9 days an hours 'till this event. More of my friends are getting tickets. I am sure I will run into more at L.A. Live! Wish I could afford the dinner prior to the event. Billy Crystal will be there. I am sure Larry King will also be there. He is usually at most of the Dodgers events.

        Emma
        http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/
        http://DodgersBlueBlog.com/

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        • #5
          A little late with this but better late than never

          I had such a wonderful time at this event that when I got home, I watched the recording that I had made sure to tape.

          Here is one of the pictures


          LA Times sportwriter T.J. Simers started his questions with "Where'd you go," "I went home," Koufax said, later explaining that it was something his grandfather taught him that has kept him out of the limelight.


          "Your most precious asset is time," Koufax said. "Spend your money foolishly, spend your time wisely."

          And the reason he came back?

          "Joe Torre," Koufax said.

          "It's about friendship, a very special friendship," said Torre, 69, of Koufax, even though the two were never teammates.


          Simers finally asked if it bugged Koufax that people perceived him as "soft."

          "Oh ... no," said Koufax. "That didn't bug me at all."

          "Then what did bug you?" asked Simers.

          "Sportswriters like you," replied Koufax to a thunderous ovation.


          At the John Wooden and Vin Scully, a kid was picked so that John Wooden would show him how to put his socks. Mr. Wooden was very particular that no creases should be left from the socks when his players put on their shoes. Well Simers wanted something similar to be done with Koufax. So he said the crowd had been scanned and a tall skinny kid was spotted so he was summond to go up the podium.

          The Kid? 21 year old Clayton Kershaw!



          Tommy Davis and Sweet Lou Johnson. Sweet Lou got the only hit in Koufax perfecto. and got two homeruns in the 1965 World Series. Koufax said Sweet Lou was a breath of fresh air.



          When Simers asked Koufax about the two homeruns that Torre hit off of him. His response was "We Brooklyn kids stick together."

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          • #6
            He Pitched a Perfect game, I get....

            So I am in the back of the car, my friend Marika and her son in the front. We are crusing thru the diamond lane on the 10 Freeway when my phone rings. This guy says "Emma, this is Jeff...... Were you at the Safe At Home Foundation event at the Nokia?


            I said "Yes! I had a wonderful time there!" He then says "Well, I am calling you to tell you that you were selected as the winner of the baseball signed by Joe Torre and Sandy Koufax!"

            I screamed "WHAT!? WOW! OMG! I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS!" WOW "You made my day! my week! my season! .." "THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!! " He said 'We knew we had the right person when we saw your email name crzblue"

            Jeff said he did not have the ball but that he talked to Torre and it was decided that I will be presented with the ball at Dodger Stadium sometime in April. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!! WOOHOO!!

            Thank you Safe At Home Foundation! Thank you Mr. Torre! Thank you Sandy Koufax! Thank you Jeff!

            Check Joe Torre Safe Af Home Foundation at
            http://www.joetorre.org/en/pages/default.aspx

            ------------------
            Emma
            http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/
            http://DodgersBlueBlog.com/
            Last edited by crzblue; 03-24-2010, 09:20 AM.

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            • #7
              I saw the event on TV. Must see for any baseball fan. There are no classier people in baseball (or maybe anywhere) than Sandy Koufax and Joe Torre.

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              • #8
                That's way cool, Emma. From the Top Deck to the field!
                No one can make you
                Do what they want to
                You know you're stronger
                Than the lies
                That they tell you

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                • #9
                  Expo,
                  That is great that you were able to watch it! It was truly a great treat!
                  .
                  ChineseDemocracy!
                  LOL! I love the Top Deck and the friends that I made there! They are great people! I am not sure how I will collect the baseball but Jeff will let me know! I watch BP as often as I can so a lot of time I enter thru the field level. After BP, I make my way up the Top Deck but not before I have stopped and chatted with many people along the way.
                  Emma
                  http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by crzblue View Post

                    ChineseDemocracy!
                    LOL! I love the Top Deck and the friends that I made there! They are great people! I am not sure how I will collect the baseball but Jeff will let me know! I watch BP as often as I can so a lot of time I enter thru the field level. After BP, I make my way up the Top Deck but not before I have stopped and chatted with many people along the way.
                    Emma
                    http://crzblue.mlblogs.com
                    Sounds like my routine when I go. Well, except chatting with many people along the way.
                    No one can make you
                    Do what they want to
                    You know you're stronger
                    Than the lies
                    That they tell you

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by crzblue View Post
                      I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!! WOOHOO!!
                      I don't think a simple all-caps WOO HOO is gonna do it. I think this is what you need...

                      X
                      Archie Bunker: All I can tell you, Edith, is I'm surprised at you! Dragging me off to a moving picture like that! It was absolutely disgusting!
                      Edith Bunker: Well, I'm sorry, Archie, how was I to know? I thought it was a religious picture, "Cardinal Knowledge!"

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                      • #12
                        [QUOTE=Gary Dunaier;1709401]I don't think a simple all-caps WOO HOO is gonna do it. I think this is what you need...

                        unfortunately I can't see what you are sending because of security at work, but I'll check when I get home!
                        Thanks!

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                        • #13
                          I wish I could have watched Koufax pitch. He is a legend.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Gary Dunaier View Post
                            I don't think a simple all-caps WOO HOO is gonna do it. I think this is what you need...

                            Gary!
                            I LOVE that WOOHOO!!!!!
                            THANKS!!!!!!

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                            • #15
                              Koufax

                              I saw Koufax pitch at Dodger Stadium. Drysdale, too. I believe they are the best 1-2 pitching combo in baseball history. Every time they were on the mound you knew the Dodgers had a great chance of winning the game.

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