Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Walk Off Loss

Just when I thought the Dodgers had tied it up the Baseball gods decide to slap me across the face. Jamey Carroll hit a bloop single to left which, under normal circumstances, would have scored Reed Johnson from second base. Unfortunately, Russell Martin rounds second a bit farther than he should have and gets thrown out by an attentive Juan Rivera before the tying run could score.

What tha....!

When things aren't going right nothing goes your way. Fortunately, we still have over half the season to go, so there is more than enough time to right the ship. On the other hand, with our luck so far this year I can't blame someone for overreacting.

Keep this in mind, though, we didn't lose because of this play. There were plenty of other mistakes throughout the game that set this all up, and I can't help but think that we were destined to lose this one.

Vintage Spokesman: Billy Loes

Here is 1958 magazine advertisement featuring former Brooklyn Dodger Billy Loes endorsing Nokona Gloves.

USA! USA! USA!

What an exciting finish in this mornings World Cup match between the USA and Algeria. See the last minute goal by Landon Donovan below.

(TwitVid Link)

Card of the Week: Power of the Big Unit

Here is Randy Johnson's 1993 Stadium Club card, #501, as this weeks "Card of the Week." It shows the power this man brought to the field.

Wha???? Holy Cra???? Strasburg is at What?

The world must be coming to an end because the Red Bordered 2010 Bowman Auto Strasburg is officially over $100,000.00 right now. That's right, a card made just months ago now eclipses, in value, many of the most rare and cherished Baseball cards and memorabilia items ever created over its 100+ years of history. Very few items have sold for this much.

Not only that, the chap who bought the 2010 Bowman Superfractor for $16,403.00 just a few weeks ago has listed the card back on eBay. With a little over 5 days remaining it is already at $18,600.00- potentially garnering him a nice little profit. On the other hand, since it has a reserve floor value that has not been met yet it may not sell at all.

As I slap my forehead in utter disgust I wonder aloud, "what the hell is going on here?"

Lopes Throws Some Dirt

Davey Lopes had a heck of a day against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday afternoon, August 20, 1974. He went 5 for 6 with a lead-off home run to start the game, another home run in the 2nd inning, and then a third dinger in the 6th inning. Throw on top of that a double and a single, and I guess you can say that he single-handily beat the northsiders. So, I imagine it would not have been a surprise to learn that he received a little bit of chin music from the Cubs.

Dave LaRoche threw a high and hard one that caused Lopes to hit the deck. He got up in a hurry while hurling some dirt in LaRoche's direction. Davey walked towards the hapless pitcher as the benches cleared. No fight ensued, but considering the drubbing the Cubs received, 18 to 8, I think the message was clear. Don't mess with these Dodgers- especially Davey Lopes. Below is a pic from eBay memorializing the moment.
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