The Dodgers will commemorate the 30th anniversary of “Fernandomania” with a bobblehead giveaway presented by Kaiser Permanente on Tuesday, July 26 (7:10 p.m. vs. COL). Valenzuela will also make a special one-hour long appearance at “Viva Los Dodgers Day” presented by State Farm, Time Warner Cable and Chevrolet this Sunday, July 24 at 11:30 a.m. The legendary lefty will meet and sign autographs for fans.Of special note: Tommy Lasorda announced his wife Jo asked for Valenzuela's autograph, the first time she has ever requested a players signature. (Photo Credit Above: LA Dodgers)
“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the fans that are so friendly and supportive even after 30 years, it really means a lot to me” said Valenzuela.
- You gotta check out Tommy Lasorda's story about Jack Fimple.
- Roto Hardball takes a look at Dodger minor league pitching prospect Nathan Eovaldi.
- Bob Lemke points out a, until now, uncatalogued Dodger premium card featuring Carl Furillo pitching TV Treat ice cream from the late 1950's.
- Matt Kemp get some Sports Illustrated love. Oh, and check out the newest SI cover. Sorry, Hope.
- Ken Levine has the story of a minor league team that faced a revolt from its manager, players and radio play by play announcer. Heck, there's even a clip of the announcer saying his goodbye's.
- Gaslamp Ball has a great video featuring Super Dave and Steve Garvey. Really! It's great.
- With "The National" card convention soon approaching, Chris at Vintage Sportscards writes about visiting the show in Cleveland in 2004.
- Talk about dumb. A foul ball from Jeter's 3000 hit at-bat is up for auction. Via Sports Collectors Daily.
- The best the National League has offer praise for Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw at the 2011 All-Star Game.