Matt Kemp was sure to wish everybody a Merry Christmas yesterday on instagram.
- Via Doug Miller at MLB.com, "Hollywood Dodgers wrote a heck of a script in '13".
If Hollywood executives in search of the next blockbuster script had only looked to the nearby Los Angeles neighborhood known as Chavez Ravine, maybe they wouldn't have resorted to that one extra remake of a bad TV sitcom.
As it turned out, "The 2013 Los Angeles Dodgers" turned out to be one heck of a flick, replete with a huge budget, an engaging cast of characters, a plot line nobody could predict, and a pulsating soundtrack of stadium cheers.
- The Dodgers winter in pretty much done, via a tweet from Ken Gurnick.
Colletti said he's "pretty much done" for the off-season unless something "presents itself." A utility infielder is a possibility, he said.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) December 24, 2013
- Carl Crawford is getting married, via Ashleigh Binder at Sports As Told by a Girl.
First, we found out she was carrying his baby and now the couple revealed that they are engaged! The former Mrs. Ochocinco has now moved on to her new man, Dodgers slugger Carl Crawford.
- I guess it'll be official soon. Via ESPN, Masahiro Tanaka will be posted and made available to MLB teams. I suspect the Dodgers would be willing to pay the maximum posting fee ($20Mil), along with several other teams. Then, the wooing begins. Tanaka will get to decide which team he goes to.
For 30 days from the time a player is posted, any MLB team can attempt to sign the player. It pays the posting fee only if it signs the player. A player who is not signed may not be posted again until the following Nov. 1.
Tachibana said his team is happy to retain Tanaka if he does not reach an agreement with an MLB team.
The new posting system was negotiated after some MLB teams objected that only the richest clubs could afford to bid on top Japanese players.
Under the previous agreement, which began in 1998 and ran through last offseason, there was no cap on bidding and only the highest bidder could negotiate with the player.
- LA Kings blog Mayor's Manor made a great t-shirt about Tommy Lasorda. Get it here. As you may know, Tommy has dropped the opening puck at numerous Kings games over the years, and he has a strange way of doing it. He walks up to center ice, never acknowledges the opposing player, barely acknowledges the Kings player, drops the puck and immediately walks away. It's hilarious. Watch his puck drop from Monday, here.
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