- Jeremy Rosenberg at KCET put up his weekly "Arrival Story" column that features our very own Tommy Lasorda. This feature asks various Angelinos, "How did you - or your family before you - end up living in Los Angeles." You should check this out and pay close attention to the photos. They are absolutely hilarious. There is one of a rotund Lasorda attempting a slide and another of him Hula Hooping. Awesome!
"I'd always felt, 'Out of sight, out of mind.' But if we moved out here at least they'll see what I can do and what my capabilities are. So we come out and never went back. Since 1963 we've been living here.
- Mark Langill at Dodgers History notes that Hanley Ramirez is the 14th former ROY to be a Dodger.
- Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA notes "A New Challenge for Matt Kemp."
There isn’t anyone on the Dodgers roster who will dispute that Matt Kemp is the team leader (or captain, if you will). Matt has inspired the team like no one else, even while on the DL for nearly two months. In addition to being the best player on the team (and perhaps in all of baseball), Kemp is also the team’s biggest motivator. The question is, will Kemp be able to motivate the ego-driven Hanley Ramirez?
- Don Mattingly speaks with Mason & Ireland about Hanley Ramirez.
- Greg at Plaschke, Thy Sweater is Argyle traded for an awesome Matt Kemp relic card. I am officially envious.
- Bob Lemke creates a wonderful 1958 Roy Campanella card-that-never-was.
- I'm loving Hanley's attitude. Jim Peltz at the LA Times reports on the Dodgers warm welcome.
Ramirez said "it's kind of hard" leaving Florida, where he played seven years, but that he viewed the Dodgers as "a new beginning. I'll do whatever for the ballclub to help them win."
- Topps already has a mock-up of Ichiro's new Baseball card in a Yankees uniform. This is likely to be in their end-of-the-year Update set. Pic via twitter @Topps.
- Sports Illustrated delves further into the recent Mastro Auctions indictments. I didn't realize when I first read the reports yesterday that one of the allegations of fraud has to do with the well known hobby fact that the PSA 8 Gretzky T206 Honus Wagner card is trimmed. It's not smaller than the normal card, but was trimmed from an uncut strip to make it appear as if it came out of an actual pack. I actually find this charge of fraud to be a little dubious. Certainly, the original buyers of the card where duped, but the card has reached such mythical status I don't think it will effect the value negatively. Recent owners of the card must have known, by now, exactly what they were getting. (UPDATE: Keith Olbermann comments on the "trimmed" Wager with his recollection of seeing photos of it just before McNall/ Gretzky bought it.)
- The Stanley Cup made a special appearance in Redondo Beach on Wednesday. check out a video of the event from the Daily Breeze below. See some photos at the Redondo Beach patch.