Friday, October 04, 2013

Gametimes for Game 4 & 5 is Now Set - Tonight's Game May Start on TNT

We finally have the game times set for Game 4 & 5 of the division series between the Braves and Dodgers.  As you know, on Sunday Game 3 in Los Angeles will be at 5:07 PM.  Now we know that game 4 and 5 will also be evening games.

Per a couple of tweets from the Dodgers:

Furthermore, if tonight's ALDS game on TBS runs past 3:07, then the Dodgers game, which starts in less than half-an-hour, will begin on TNT.  Per another Dodgers tweet.

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Tonight's Lineup for Game 2 - Dodgers vs. Braves / Greinke vs. Minor

Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves
Zack Greinke vs. Mike Minor
Game Start: 3:07 p.m., PST
Radio: Dodgers 570 AM (English), 1020 AM (Spanish), ESPN Radio
This is Game 2 of the NLDS game between the Dodgers and Braves. The Dodger lead the series 1 to 0. 

As you can see, neither team make any changes to their starting lineups.

Dodgers Lineup:

Braves Lineup:

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Some Brooklyn Dodgers Photographic Negatives from the Brearley Collection at Hunt Auctions

Last month, I shared some photographic negatives taken by New England area photographer Dennis Brearley that were on auction through Hunt Auctions.  Now, Hunt continues their sale in October with more Brearley negatives to bid on.  Check out some of the vintage Brooklyn Dodgers available below.

Taken in 1948, Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella pose with a young fan in the dugout.
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Fans have always chased after autographs.  Below, Jackie signs for fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
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Here are a couple more great photographs.  First, Roy Campanella is about to be interviewed.  Below that is a great shot of Carl Furillo crossing home plate after a home run.  He is congratulated by Gil Hodges.
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A personal Letter from Gil Hodges

Probably one of my favorite finds when it comes to auctions are personal letters written by old-time Dodgers.  They add a great dimension to player who you only really knew from afar.  It's like having an opportunity to see a little bit of their personality.

Well, Clean Sweep Auctions just closed a recent offering that included this great letter by Gil Hodges, and I thought I would share it here.  It is written to a Mort (I am unsure if this is a fan or a fellow ballplayer) and it includes some Baseball content.  Below is a snippet.  See the auction item here.

I can't tell you how much I appreciate your kind letter.  I certainly enjoyed being in Arlington and meeting so many wonderful people.

Good luck in the coming baseball season. I'm pulling for a pennant for you as well as the Dodgers. Win, lose or draw I'm sure the boys will gain a lot about baseball and fair play, just being under your care.

My Best To You and Your Family
Gil Hodges
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Blog Kiosk: 10/4/2013 - Dodgers Playoff Edition

The Dodgers took Game 1 of this playoff series.  They face the Braves again this afternoon at 3PM.  Pic above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013.
  • "Co-ace Greinke feeds off Dodgers' success: Righty goes 12-2 in final 19 starts after igniting club's historic 42-8 stretch," via Paul Casella at
"It's not just us two," Greinke said. "I feel like just the whole team has been pitching good. And when you watch other people do good, it makes it easier for you. You start to think that it's normal and not out of the ordinary to pitch that good."
As you might expect, the Braves had advanced scouts following the Dodgers very closely over the course of the season and especially during the final three or four weeks of the season. These scouts were undoubtedly well aware that Yasiel Puig is very fast, but I honestly believe that they failed to realize just how fast he really is.
"It's the postseason. You can kind of throw pitch counts out the window," Kershaw told Craig Sager on the TBS broadcast after the game. "This is what you get taken out early for earlier in the season, for games like this."
"It's on another level," he said. "The energy from the first pitch, every pitch counts. Every pitch, It's an unbelievable feeling."
  • Not that I consider him the authority on the issue.  "Magic says Dodgers won't pursue free agent Cano," via Bob Nightengale at USA Today.
"I can't talk about the other guy,'' Johnson said, "but you already know that guy in New York is going to be paid. Not by us. But he's going to get paid.''

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