Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dodgers Dream Day Raffle- Help a Great Cause While Maybe Winning Something Cool

Do you want to have the ultimate Dodgers experience?  Well, check out the raffle at for details on Dodger Dream Day.

One lucky fan (plus a guest) will meet the Dodgers on the field for batting practice, shadow Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten, sit in the press box for a game against the Rockies on September 28th, and get field level seats.  

All you have to do is purchase a raffle ticket.  If you don't win, don't fret.  You should know that proceeds from the raffle sale will benefit InsideOUT Writers.
InsideOUT writer’s goal is to reduce recidivism among juvenile offenders by providing youth and young adults with tools for pro-social means of self-expression. IOW offers two innovative programs: The Writing Program offers writing classes for youth incarcerated at four Los Angeles juvenile detention facilities.  The Alumni Program provides a continuum of care for former Writing Program participants (Alumni) who have been released from detention.

Raffle tickets are inexpensive and looks like it helps a great cause.  Go here for more information.

BTW, has a whole bunch of charitable raffles going on; including experiences with Lady GaGa, Meet the Press, a recording session with Moby, etc.  So, be sure to check them out.

Hat Tip: Sports Business Digest

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Dodgers Blog Kiosk: 9/20/2012

Here is a photo of several Dodgers during the rain delay from Tuesday.  Taken by Jon SooHoo/ LA Dodgers 2012.
“I probably should’ve just been running forward and not looking back,” Kemp said. “That was close. I don’t know if I made it or not.”

Told he didn’t make it, Kemp smiled.

“Yeah, I don’t think I did,” he said. “We got lucky right there.”
  • Sports Collectors Daily features a scrapbook that was put together by a wife of a former White Sox scout that suggest that the Sox was offered Babe Ruth.  
Mills did as he was instructed and the next telegram from Comiskey, dated June 17, 1914, reads “Secure best price on men mentioned in your wire and when Dunn will deliver advise me at once.”  The names of the six players are written in vintage pencil notations along the base of the telegram: “Cree, Daniels, Twombley [sic], Midkiff, Derrick, Ruth.”

An unknown number of years later, Mills’ wife, Ethel, perhaps realizing the historical importance of this particular telegram, felt obligated to provide further details of the negotiations taking place at that time. Writing along the bottom and right-hand borders of the album page, framing the telegram, she added:  “Note: Earl told me he could have all six men for $18,000 but Comiskey turned thumbs down. Too much money. Ethel.”
  • I didn't watch Survivor last night, but I understand that Jeff Kent suffered a severe knee injury, per FoxSports.
Kent reportedly suffered torn knee ligaments during a scene with a raft on Wednesday — no more than 10 minutes into the episode. It remains to be seen how the injury will affect him going forward, but we hope that it doesn't force his fellow castaways' collective hand in voting him off the island.

They haven't even had the chance to know Kent and dislike him, yet.
  • With the news circulating that AEG is for sale (they own the Kings, Galaxy, several other sports teams, Staples Center and a bunch of other stadiums) speculation now circles around who are the likely buyers.  I suspect Guggenheim (the main Dodgers owner) will be involved, and now we hear from Bill Shaikin of the LA Times that LA's wealthiest man is also interested-- Patrick Soon-Shiong.
  • Sports Illustrated puts together their list of 100 Top Twitterer's to follow.
  • Chad Moriyama has a gif of the most awkward tag/non-tag ever.
  • This is easily the best Baseball story of the year.  Via John Erardi at, "Ted Joins Reds for a Day, but Changed Team Forever".
  • Jon Weisman at Variety writes about the newest Baseball flick to hit the big screens- Trouble with the Curve.

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2012 Topps Triple Threads- The Dodgers Base Cards

It's hard to believe that Topps Triple Threads is in its 7th year.  I didn't figure that it would be so popular, but here it is- a new set for collectors to fawn over.  As the name suggest, it features many of the games biggest stars paired with a triple dose of game-used jersey relics.  It remains to be seen if the set can survive the recent turmoil surrounding the game-used jersey's scandal, but for now we might as well enjoy what it offers.

Below are the Dodgers base cards to the set.  They do not have any jersey pieces embedded with in them (I'll feature those later).  Five Dodgers are represented; including 3 Hall of Famers.  Over the past several days I've been collecting images of the autographed/jersey relic cards of every Dodger I can find, so expect a bunch of postings over the next week or so featuring them.  There's a whole bunch out there, and I'm going to do my best to put them all up.

Anyway, check out the Kemp, Koufax, Snider, Kershaw and Jackie cards below.  As always, there are parallel versions of these cards in packs.  The below cards are the most common version.

12 Matt Kemp

34 Sandy Koufax

61 Duke Snider

95 Clayton Kershaw

98 Jackie Robinson

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