The Newest Dodger, Michael Young, met with reporters in the Dodgers clubhouse for the first time yesterday. He got into his first game for the Dodgers as a pinch-hitter, but struck out on three pitches. Pic via @Dodgers on twitter.
- "Michael Young joins Dodgers, gives first interview," via Tony Jackson at Dodger Scribe. Young definitely has the right attitude.
“They did (tell him what his role would be), but they didn’t have to,” Young said. “You could probably ask every guy in this locker room if he would like to have five at-bats a game, and they would say yes. But it’s a winning team, and I just want to contribute. And with it being a National League ballclub, I will have a chance to contribute every day.”
- "Late-Season Moves Reveal Dodgers Season-Altering Realization," via Jeff Spiegel at Dodgers Nation.
- "Paco Rodriguez gaining confidence, Dodgers gaining confidence in him," via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA.
"In that situation I thought he's bring Wilson in, but I know they have confidence in me. When Honey came out I knew it was all mine. We came up with a game plan, and it was one of those things. Once you know they have trust in you it just makes you that much more confident in yourself," Rodriguez said. "I'm just happy there is confidence in me, that I'm able to do that job."
- Peter Gammons makes note that the Dodgers are in the top-4 of batter clean-up success.
- "Dodgers to give look at Volquez in rotation," via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com.
Mattingly was impressed with Volquez's bullpen session Sunday, which would put Volquez in line to start Wednesday. That would bump Hyun-Jin Ryu, Wednesday's scheduled starter, to Friday and give him two extra days of rest.
- Just a sign that Kings hockey is around the corner, via a tweet from Bailey LA Kings.
All done.... Lets play some hockey!!! @egole86 your photos rock! pic.twitter.com/QuOmCOSMAs
— Bailey LA Kings (@BaileyLAKings) September 2, 2013
- "A Different Side of Ty Cobb," via Tom Bartsch at Sports Collectors Digest.
It is a side of the great Cobb that few have ever seen. The book portrays the aging Tiger Hall of Famer as a man deeply dedicated to his grandchildren. The book provides a rare glimpse into the private life of the Georgia Peach – a retired ballplayer who still loved the game he helped make the National Pastime. Hersch warmly recalls that Granddaddy Ty would often listen to ball games on the radio: “It really didn’t matter who was playing, so long as the company of his past was with him.”
- Kershaw's Challenge recently shared a video on their blog that features two kids they sponsor in Zambia. They tell their story about where they came from, and what life is now like living in the Arise Home.
- Dodgers team photographer Jon SooHoo shares some of his favorite photos from the last few decades.
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