Monday, May 13, 2013

Blog Kiosk: 5/13/2013

Check out Steve Garvey leading the parade of dogs at Bark at the Park on Saturday.  Pic via Juan Ocampo/LA Dodgers 2013.  Check out other dog pics I ran into all over the 'net on my post from Saturday evening, here.  Also, Jon SooHoo has a bunch of picks from Mother's Day; including some Dodger players with their mom's.  See them here.
  • Via Tim Brown at Yahoo, "Blaming Don Mattingly for Dodgers' poor start is simple-minded."
The point being, the Dodgers have had a player problem, not a Don Mattingly problem, and that will continue for as long as they hit like they hit, and pitch like they pitch, and rehab as often as they rehab. This is on Kemp, League and Andre Ethier, and it's on Josh Beckett and Ronald Belisario. It's on Hanley Ramirez's thumb/hamstring, and Zack Greinke's collarbone, and Adrian Gonzalez's neck, and Mark Ellis' quad.
  • Here is a pic of the Matt Kemp bobblehead the Dodgers are giving out at tomorrow's game against the Nationals.
  • Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Matt Kemp 5th Fastest LA Dodger to 1,000 Hits."
  • Steve Dilbeck at the LA Times writes, "Dodgers hope Matt Kemp hitting streak hints at power to come."
“I don’t care if he hits five home runs, just get to the point where you’re hitting the ball into the gaps,” said Manager Don Mattingly. “That’s how you drive in runs. Five homers and 100 ribbies, it doesn’t matter how you get them.

“Everyone asks about the home runs and the power, it’s more about the doubles. That’s how you drive in runs. I’m not against home runs, don’t get me wrong. But it’s doubles that really end up being the ones that drive the runs in.”
  • Just manny being Manny in Taiwan, via Fox Sports.
  • Bernie Pleskoff at writes, "Puig could develop into true complete player: Dodgers prospect boasts package of power, speed but needs seasoning."  Bernie is a former scout for the Astros and Mariners.
  • Bob Lemke shares Topps sales numbers for their Baseball cards from 1951 to 1961.
  • LA Kings star goalie Jonathan Quick visited with Panini for a box opening, via Panini's blog called the Knight's Lance.
  • I do enjoy watching Adele and Anadel on their Dodger Fan Weekly youtube channel.  Below is the show for the week of May 12th.

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2013 Bowman Baseball - the Dodgers Insert Cards

Following up my flurry of post from last week featuring Dodger cards from the 2013 Bowman set, I finish it off with the Dodger insert cards below.  Check out my previous post featuring this set here.  Click on any pic to embiggen.

The below autographed Matt Magill card can only be found in packs sold at retail establishments like Target.

Retail Prospects Autographs

BPA-MM Matt Magill

 Chrome Autographed Rookies

#ACR-PR Paco Rodriguez
Top 100 Prospects

The Joc Pederson card on the right is a die-cut parallel card.

#BTP-48 Corey Seager                           #BTP-53 Joc Pederson

#BTP-58 Yasiel Puig                              #BTP-77 Hyun-Jin Ryu

Chrome Refractor Mini Cards 'Cream of the Crop'

#CC-LAD1 Corey Seager                     #CC-LAD2 Joc Pederson

#CC-LAD3 Yasiel Puig                         #CC-LAD4 Hyun-Jin Ryu

#CC-LAD5 Zach Lee

Under Armour Autographs

Jesmuel Valentin

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A Beautiful Sandy Koufax Photo by Ozzie Sweet

I love highlighting great photography and this one is clearly one of the best.  After all, you can't beat the subject manner, and when you consider it was taken by Ozzie Sweet... Well, you just can't beat it.

Featured here is an original portrait photo of Sandy Koufax that was taken by legendary photographer Ozzie Sweet.  As you may know, Ozzie was one of the most prolific photographers there ever was.  His work graced the covers of nearly 1,800 magazines; including titles like Sport, Newsweek, Saturday Evening Post, etc.  He is noted for his portrait photos of famous people and for the art of creating a photo.  Sweet would often pose his subjects in an interesting way.  This past February he passed away at the age of 94.

This photo was signed by Ozzie Sweet (on the bottom right corner) and was sold through Memory Lane Auctions at a very healthy $976.00.  It even included the original negative, so additional prints can be made.

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