Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mailbag: A Paul LoDuca Auto'd Card for My Collection

Here's another eBay buy that was a nice steal.  For just a buck I got the above 2002 Leaf Clubhouse Signatures card of former Dodger catcher Paul LoDuca.  Shipping was a little outrageous ($3.99), but I won't complain too much.  After all, Pauly was one of my favorite Dodgers and the price was right. 

With the Christmas holiday upon us I find myself doing a little bit of shopping for me.  I've recently identified a handful of vintage items that I would love to add to my collection, and I am paying very close attention to them.  They close in the next few days, so hopefully I'll have even more collection items to share with you.

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Jerry Hairston to Stay Blue After Hangin' it Up

This is really no surprise.  It is now being reported that Jerry Hairston Jr. will retire from the game after 16 Big League seasons and 1 World Championship with the 2009 Yankees.  In his career he was known for his versatility on the field and his clubhouse personality.  In fact, it is those latter skills, his "gift of gab", that will propel him towards a new future.

Reporter Bruce Levine out of Chicago tweeted this morning that Hairston will join the Dodgers in a new capacity.

Anyone who has watched Hairston perform on video knows this is a perfect role for him.  No one in the Dodger clubhouse was more comfortable with a mic, and no one relished the opportunity to be in front of the camera more then him.  I wouldn't be surprised if he excelled in his new profession, and I suspect we'll be seeing a new Dodger-centric show hosted by him in the near future.

Congrats, Jerry!

In celebration, I made the above fantasy Baseball card of him using the 1987 Topps card design and a photo taken by Jill Weisleder/LA Dodgers 2013.

This new hire helps solidify an already vastly improved Dodgers broadcast crew.  Hairston will join new hires Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra in the booth.

I also decided to track down a couple of his more notable videos to give you a glimpse of what he will bring to Dodger TV.  First, Hairston tell us everything we need to know about him in this MLB Minute.

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Jerry interviews Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes before their game at Dodger Stadium.

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This one cracks me up.  Magician Jason Latimer shows Jerry Hairston Jr. and Juan Uribe a new hidden-ball trick.

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Also, below are his career stats, via Baseball Reference:

UPDATE:  Here's an official message from Hairston on twitter:

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Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Dodger Mall Tour with Lasorda and Yeager

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.


The Dodgers 2013 Holiday Mall Tour continues this weekend with Tommy Lasorda and Steve Yeager in Century City on Saturday, December 14thGo here for more information, or go here for my most recent updates on this mall tour.  BTW, these are free autograph appearances.
Century City - Center Court in front of Zara
10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Players:     Tommy Lasorda 1:00pm-3:00pm; Steve Yeager 3:00pm-5:00pm


Honabach & Sons is holding a Open House Dodger signing event at their store in Ontario.  See the flyer below, or go here for more information.  Al Ferrera, Tommy Davis and Steve Yeager will be signing.
1614 South Carlos Avenue, Suite K
Ontario, CA 91761

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Blog Kiosk: 12/11/2013 - Dodgers Links - Puig in the Community, Another Kershaw Award and RIP Don Lund

Yasiel Puig made a visit to Childrens Hospital LA yesterday.  Pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013.  See more photos here.  BTW, Adrian Gonzalez will visit CHLA later this afternoon.
"I am so happy with this city and I don't know how I can thank our fans for making me feel happy but I can try by doing nice things," said Puig. "I don't like to be proud of myself for what I've done because it's only a little and I just want to keep doing more. I want to thank the Dodgers for helping me in making my ideas come true."
  • Via Matt Snyder at CBS Sports, "Best Winter Meetings exchange: Kirk Gibson vs. LA media person (Dylan Hernandez)".  Just awesome.
  • Another award for Clayton.  Via Ken Gurnick at, "Kershaw wins Starting Pitcher of the Year GIBBY".
  • RIP, Don Lund.  Former Brooklyn Dodger Don Lund died yesterday.  He was 90 years old.  Dave Brandon at the UofM website writes all about him.  Don had was a coach for the Wolverines Baseball team and the Detroit Tigers after retiring from the game.
  • Mark Mulder is trying to get back to the big leagues.  He credits Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez for his potential return.  Via  Jerry Crasnick at, "Mark Mulder attempting comeback".
But things changed in October when Mulder watched Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez on TV and found something in Rodriguez's delivery that he could emulate.

  • Via Chris Olds at Beckett, he introduces us to an Asian-market Baseball card set created by Topps called 2013 Topps Supreme.  Check out a couple of preview images of the Hyun-Jin Ryu cards, below.  BTW, there are also Asian-exclusive cards for Bowman Sterling and Museum Collection. 

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