Friday, February 25, 2011

Day 9 Spring Training Report

Here are some Day 9 notes from Dodgers Spring Training in Glendale.
(Steve Yeager and Tommy Lasorda)
  • THE X-FACTOR: The Dodgers would like to wish outfielder Xavier Paul a happy 26th birthday. Paul shares his birthday with Dodger amateur scout Orsino Hill, who covers the Northern California area.
  • WINNER, WINNER: Jonathan Broxton and Clayton Kershaw were honored last night at the 6th Annual LA Sports Awards with Broxton’s save of the 2010 All-Star Game in Anaheim tying for the 10th-Greatest Los Angeles Sports Moment of the year and Kershaw’s first career shutout, which came on Sept. 15 at San Francisco, being recognized as the greatest Dodger moment of the season. Don Newcombe represented the Dodgers at the star-studded event last night at The Beverly Hilton, which was hosted by the Los Angeles Sports Council.

(Lenny Harris and Tommy Lasorda)
  • BRING YOUR RESUME: The Dodgers and the Dodgers Dream Foundation will host the 16th Annual Community Job Fair tomorrow from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on the Field Level Concourse at Dodger Stadium. Job seekers are invited to join more than 100 companies from the public and private sector at the event, which drew more than 10,000 participants a year ago with approximately 1,500 attendees finding employment.

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(Matt Kemp signing for the fans)
  • FIRST BALLOTT HALL OF GAMER: The Cartoon Network’s First Annual Hall of Game Awards will air tonight from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on the Cartoon Network. Dodger organist Nancy Bea Hefley played the organ for the red carpet at the event, which was hosted by skateboarding legend Tony Hawk and is the first-of-its kind sports and entertainment awards show for kids, honoring favorite sports stars and sports moments of the year. Award winners tonight will include Blake Griffin, Landon Donovan, Kobe Bryant, NASCAR driver Carl Edwards and Venus and Serena Williams and First Lady Michelle Obama will make a special taped appearance.
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  • IT’S ALMOST TIME: Single-game Dodger tickets will go on sale tomorrow, with fans having the opportunity to purchase a limited number of Opening Day tickets that will be available only at Dodger Stadium. Individual tickets will also be available for purchase starting at 10 a.m. online at
    or by calling 866-DODGERS. Fans are invited to celebrate the start of the 2011 season beginning at 8:00 a.m. in parking Lot P and enjoy their first Dodger Dog of the year for just $2. The Dodgers’ annual On Sale festivities will include music, trivia contests, new-for-2011 Dodger merchandise and will be hosted by KABC 790 TalkRadio’s morning host Peter Tilden. Additionally, fans that purchase at least one ticket at Dodger Stadium tomorrow will receive a fleece blanket.
  • CHEESE!: This morning, the Dodgers held their annual photo day in which a bevy of entities snapped pictures of the 2011 Dodgers at Camelback Ranch - Glendale. Among those on site were the Associated Press, Getty Images, MLB Photos, Baseball Magazine Sha, Dodger broadcast partner KCAL 9, Topps and

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Auto Collection: Billingsley Sweet Spot

When I got back into collecting about 6 years ago or so I initially focused my attention on vintage Baseball cards. I put together a 1972 Topps set and various other sets- going as far back as 1887. Heck, I still have a bunch of sets I'm still working on; including some sets I've finally reconciled that I may never complete. I had thought I would be done with collecting modern issues with their shiny gloss and endless parade of inserts that made me want to puke when I initially left the hobby.

Then, one day, I came across a Upper Deck's Sweet Spot autographs on eBay. I was instantly enamored. The idea of putting a piece of leather from a Baseball in a card with a players autographs just seemed brilliant. I had to have one in my hands. That became my reentry into the modern card market. Soon, I was tracking down any Dodger autographed card I could find.

I have several Sweet Spot cards in my collection and promise to eventually show them all here. For know, here is a 2007 Upper Deck Sweet Spot card of Chad Billingsley that has both silver (maybe satin?) stitching and a silver autograph of the pitcher. It is numbered 45 out of 58.

Blog Kiosk: 2/25/2011

"Gossip is just news running ahead of itself in a red satin dress." - Liz Smith, The Grand Dame of Dish
  • Wrigley Wax pays homage to the classic Baseball movie "The Bad News Bears" with some homemade cards. All I got to say is that those uniforms would look better in Satin.
  • The Japanese always get the cool stuff. A limited release "Satin Silver" PS3 game system was released earlier this month, via neoseeker.
  • Kirsten Dunst looks great in satin.... and with a lion, via Huffington Post.
  • Put your money on Satin Shoes in the Silver Slipper Stakes at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse this weekend.
  • There's a guy named Satin, Josh Satin, in the Mets organization, which is kinda funny since the Mets are supposedly the replacement team for the Dodgers who actually wore satin on the field in the 1940's. I know... that's kind of a stretch, but do you know hard it is to find stories about satin? Do ya? OK, I'm done.

Woo Hoo! Satin Wins!

(credit: Jon SooHoo, Los Angeles Dodgers)

The final results are in as satin becomes the word of the day.
The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that the 1940s “satin” uniform was selected by Dodger fans as the winning “throwback” uniforms for six mid-week day games in 2011. Each of the games will feature half-price food and drink, including alcoholic beverages, for the first time ever at Dodger Stadium, with a special half-price six-game ticket plan available for fans who want to attend each of the games.

Nearly 50,000 votes were cast at with the winning uniform edging out the 1911 road uniform by less than 2,000 votes.

Though the original uniform worn in the 1940s was made of a highly reflective satin fabric to make it more visible under the lights for night games, the throwback jerseys will maintain a similar feel as those worn by the Dodgers throughout the 2011 season.

Unfortunately, the uniforms won't have the same reflective qualities as the vintage brethren, but beggars can't be choosers.
(credit: Jon SooHoo, Los Angeles Dodgers)

2011 Topps: Even More Dodger Inserts

OK. I promise that this is my last post showing the various Dodger cards within the 2011 Topps set. There are far more I have failed to show, but, frankly, I'm getting bored of looking for them all.

These cards represent retail store exclusives available only at either Target or Walmart. These are Hanger Pack Exclusives. The blue design cards are from Walmart and the Red design cards are found at Target.

#THP14 Andre Ethier

Here is another group of retail exclusive sets that can be found. Again, red background cards are from Target and blue background cards are from Walmart. There is also a Toys 'R Us set (in Purple), but no Dodgers are a part of that set.

BDW14 - Andre Ethier