Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Blog Kiosk: 4/17/2013

Tonight is Hello Kitty Fleece Blanket Night at the Dodgers game.  50,000 blankets will be given out.  Also, Hello Kitty will throw out the first pitch and help fans sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” on the field.  Oy Vey!
Through it all, Carl Crawford has been held up as more than just another player; he’s been the bully pulpit for both sides. Now healthy and away from the spotlight on the west coast — yes, he’s in LA, but he’s playing fifth fiddle to Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, and Zack Greinke — Crawford has been given a chance to get his career back on track. And he is taking full advantage.
"Everybody is going to be shocked," Ramirez said.
  • Check out the below vintage video of Jackie's first visit to Wrigley Field in 1947.  (Hat Tip: 2 by 3 Heroes) From the video description:
On May 18, 1947, Jackie Robinson made his first career appearance in Chicago, in front of a sold out Wrigley Field crowd. It still remains the largest paid attendance in the ballpark's history. When the Dodgers announced that Jackie Robinson would be playing for them that season, the Cubs players held a closed door vote about whether or not they would take the field when he came to Chicago. The final vote tally was not released, but the Cubs voted no. Their owner, Phillip Wrigley, also voted no. He was afraid that the white North Side neighborhood surrounding Wrigley Field would rebel and take it out on the Cubs. The players and owners were overruled by Commissioner Happy Chandler, who forced everyone to accept Robinson or be barred from the game.

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2013 Topps Tribute Baseball - Dodgers' Relic Cards

Holy Mackerel!  This years Topps Tribute set has a bunch of Dodgers' relic cards- like a whole bunch.  And that's not all, there are a bunch of Dodgers' autographed cards, as well.  I'll show those later on.  For now, take a look with me at the various Dodgers' game-used relic cards that are available.  As always, each card has numerous parallel cards available that come in different tints and shades.  Click any pic to embiggen.

Check out my past blog post on Dodgers' cards from this set here.

Commemorative Cuts
#CC-AG Adrian Gonzalez                   #CC-MK Matt Kemp
Famous Four Baggers
#FB-AG Adrian Gonzalez                     #FB-MK Matt Kemp
Superstar Swatches
#SS-AG Adrian Gonzalez             #SS-CK Clayton Kershaw

#SS-HR Hanley Ramirez                       #SS-MK Matt Kemp
Tribute to the Stars Relic Cards
#TTSR-AE Andre Ethier                     #TTSR-AG Adrian Gonzalez

#TTSR-CK Clayton Kershaw                #TTSR-HR Hanley Ramirez

#TTSR-MK Matt Kemp
Prime Patch Relic Cards
#PPR-CK Clayton Kershaw                          #PPR-MK Matt Kemp

Take a close look at the below Tommy Lasorda card.  They spell Tommy's last name in an unusual way. 

#PPR-TLA Tommy LaSorda
Tribute Transitions
#TT-AG Adrian Gonzalez                      #TT-EM Eddie Murray

#TT-HR Hanley Ramirez

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