Friday, March 22, 2013

Blog Kiosk: 3/22/2013

Magic is in the house.  Pic via twitter @Dodgers Jon SooHoo/ 2013 LA Dodgers.
  • Chris Olds at Beckett has a one-on-one interview with "42" lead actor Chadwick Boseman (he plays Jackie Robinson) that he recently shared.  It's a fun read:
Autograph Hunting
So, if there was one autograph of a baseball player Boseman would want, who would it be?

“For baseball players, I would love to get Josh Hamilton‘s autograph — that would be cool. I would love to meet him,” he said. “I’m pretty sure I’m going to meet some of the Dodgers, so Matt Kemp would be a real cool autograph. And Ken Griffey Jr. of course.”

Then he jumped right into another thought, almost as if he were kicking himself thinking back about his experiences while making the film.

“You know, what I can’t believe is I didn’t get Hank Aaron‘s autograph,” he said. “I met him a couple of times. I have to remember to get him — what am I thinking? The next time I see him, I’ll get him to sign my 42 hat.”
"This could have happened anywhere," a disappointed Ramirez said Thursday, his right hand encased in a huge black brace. "It could have happened here."

He's absolutely right, which is why it's silly to blame the WBC.

Even though that won't stop people from doing exactly that.

But that's misguided considering the injury occurred on a play so routine Ramirez might as well have been taking infield practice.
  • Just to add more sorrow to the story.  Carson Cistulli at FanGraphs notes that Hanley Ramirez was the best hitter in the WBC.
  • Ken Gurnick at reports some good news.  "Zack Greinke, Chad Billingsley Report No Further Medical Problems."  He then tells us that pitcher, Stephen Fife, is turning some Dodger heads.
  • Chris Carlin at the Upper Deck Blog tells us how Baseball cards can help kids with Down Syndrome.
  • Upper Deck may have been shut out of a MLB card license, they did snag a license from the MLB Players Association.  Via their press release.
  • I'm not sure what prompted this but the Sacramento River Cats (or is it RiverCats, or river cats, whatever) is implementing a $1 fine on anybody who dare misspells their name.  See the press release here.  Hey River Bats, I dare you to try and collect from me!  BTW, this team is the AAA affiliate for the A's.
  • Check out the Smithsonian Magazine's 2012 photography contest finalist.  

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