Thursday, October 25, 2012

Dodgers Blog Kiosk: 10/25/2012

Here is a photo shared by Tommy Lasorda on twitter of a caricature of himself in the Baseball Cafe in the Tokyo Dome.
  • Are you looking for some Dodger Talk?  Well, now you can listen to the show this winter- starting this coming Wednesday, via a Dodgers press release.
The Dodgers announced today that starting Wednesday, October 31, Dodger Spanish-language broadcaster Jorge Jarrín will host a one-hour weekly show on AM 570 FOX Sports LA, “Dodger Talk – Offseason Edition.” The AM 570 Fox Sports LA program will air each Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Fans will have access to the latest Dodger news, interviews with Dodger players, coaches and front office executives. The inaugural guest on “Dodger Talk – Offseason Edition” next Wednesday is All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
"When I hurt it, I asked the doctors if I could damage it more by playing with it and they said no, so I kept playing, and when they got in there they were surprised that I could play with it. It was worse than they thought," said Kemp in his first comments to the media since the operation. 
While answering a question about Otani's impending free agency, (Jim) Callis referenced a meeting between Dodgers assistant GM Logan White and the Japanese media in September. White told the assembled press that Otani "had the talent to be the top overall choice in the MLB draft."
As the interview started, Red Wing fans started throwing glass bottles from the upper deck.  When one crashed close to Pete and Marcel, Pete said on the air, ‘This is London’ as reporters did during the bombing of that city during World War II.  Pete quickly decided to end the interview and he and Marcel got safely off the ice.
  • Ryan G at This Card is Cool finds a really cool card in Japan.  It's a Upper Deck/Kellogg Japanese card of old friend Takashi Saito in a Dodgers uniform.  Awesome!  And it can be yours for the right trade.
  • WAGs of the 2012 World Series, via Busted Coverage.
  • PSA just rolled out a new online resource for the autograph collector called PSA Autograph Facts.

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Did you catch it? Jackie Robinson's son, David, spoke with Bob Costas Last Night

The only thing I enjoyed about yesterdays broadcast of the first game of the 2012 World Series was the pregame show that featured a look back at some Dodgers history.

Bob Costas sat down with Jackie's son, David, on the 40th anniversary of his fathers death, and spent a few moments reflecting on his fathers legacy and his memories of him.  Check out the video below.

Although Jackie passed away when David was just a young man (at 20), it is obvious that he had a huge impact. 
“Him as a father, as a male and man figure in my life, as a strength and representing certain values. That’s the memory. The ballplayer is an image that’s known, but it really was the man that impact the boy.”
David spoke of his competitive spirit.
“I have a picture in my office in Tanzania. I’ve got his back, watching the field. Somebody’s hit a home run. My father is watching to see if he’s touched all the bases…I love that. I show my children that…to say, basically, it’s against our rules to give up. That’s a great motto for Jackie Robinson’s children and any children today.”
And of his ability to steal home plate.
“I’m always amazed to this day thinking about a man challenging the speed of a baseball…You got to have a lot of heart and a lot of confidence to figure you can make that run and beat that ball with the catcher and the pitcher against you.
Finally, David Robinson spoke of his legacy.
“There was a sadness, of course. He knew he was dying and his life was coming to an end, and what he had done was only partially done. There was not the manager that he saw, but there’s got to be the celebration. There’s tragedy in life and there’s the potential of taking the years you have, however short, and making them meaningful. In those short years, he did more than men who would live to 100. One of the definitions of greatness I think is someone who carries on until the final moment and continues to push the agenda and the issues that one has. That was forefront in his life…It was about something that impacted the civil development of American society and I think that’s an important and great thing that a baseball player did.”

Watch the video below.

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Video: When Baseball and Chemical War Collide

I happened to come across this video yesterday and thought it might be fun to share here.

For US soldiers in 1917 training for World War I required knowing and being comfortable using a gas mask.  Chemical warfare during trench battles was the norm.  So, as a part of their defense training all soldiers would wear a gas mask while practicing their individual task.  Heck, they even wore them while relaxing during a game of Baseball.

Check out the vintage video below from youtube that briefly shows trainees playing Baseball while wearing gas mask.  The video is just a clip from the 1918 film Chemical Warfare Activities in the AEF.

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