- NOTICE!: There is a news conference this morning featuring the new ownership that will be carried live on PRIME TICKET, KCAL-9, MLB-TV, MLB.com and Dodgers.com at 10 a.m. Be there of be square.
- The Sons of Steve Garvey blog has pics of the newspaper advertisement from this mornings paper. The new Dodgers owners let us know what to expect.
- Roberto at Vin Scully is My Homeboy shares a pic of a bobblehead featuring Kobe Bryant in Lakers and Dodgers garb.
- Steve Dilbeck has McCourt's final email to the Dodgers staff.
- Oil Can Boyd is not a stranger to controversy. He recently commented, via Larry Brown Sports, that he is not thankful for Jackie. "Wha.......?" I can understand where he is coming from. The unfortunate consequence of the integration of Baseball was the eventual demise of the Negro Leagues.
“Why’d you do this? I don’t really think that Negro League baseball shoulda been broken up. It was — it was individuality … I’m not real thankful to Jackie at all because I’m me – my style of baseball, the way I played it in the major league transpired from the Negro Leagues. So that’s why people found that I was a hot dog or I was flamboyant.”
- Lew Freedman at Call to the Pen wonders if "Yu Darvish is the Next Fernando Valenzuela."
The year was 1981, but in that more innocent time, Los Angeles Dodgers southpaw Fernando Valenzuela set the nation on fire with his off-the-charts start to his career. Just like Darvish, he came from a foreign country. Just like Darvish, he was blowing hitters away with more than a fast fastball. Just like Darvish his first language was not English and he spoke to reporters through an interpreter.
- Night Owl Cards introduces us to a little known set called "Little Sun Writers" from 1990 that consist of 24 cards featuring professional Baseball writers.
- Keith Olbermann relays that Vin Scully has not only broadcasted the first Major League game of Bryce Harper, but also did the same for Mickey Mantle in his first game (an exhibition) in 1951.
- Dmitri Young is interviewed by CBS about his rookie card collection that is current available at auction through SCP. He takes a little swipe at Barry Bonds.
Q: Is there a favorite card?
A: It's the Hank Aaron. The Home Run King -- there's another guy that has the record, but the Home Run King is Hank Aaron. I was there for the game when 756 was hit, I was playing first. Deep down inside, when (Barry) Bonds hit it, I wanted to stick my foot out and trip him.
- Be sure to check out the vintage Babe Ruth pic at If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger...
- I found this Deadspin article about a scam artist fascinating. Heck, as a blog/website owner I get strange request all of the time, so this scenario is something I will keep at the back of my mind. Apparently, this Sarah Phillips person leveraged her freelance writing gig with ESPN to scam some money and the control of a FB page for her personal benefit.