Wednesday, December 18, 2013

UPDATE! Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Landreaux & Sweet Lou Join the Dodgers Mall Tour this Weekend

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 finishes up this weekend with Kenny Landreaux and Sweet Lou Johnson in Baldwin Hills at Crenshaw Plaza on Saturday, December 21stGo here for more information, or go here for my most recent updates on this mall tour.  BTW, these are free autograph appearances.
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, Center Court
3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Players: Ken Landreaux 11am-1pm; Sweet Lou Johnson 1pm-3pm

UPDATE:  I've just been made aware that there will also be a Holiday Mall Tour event on Sunday.  Below are the details.
Westfield Century City - Food Court
10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Sunday, 12/22
Tommy Lasorda 11:00am-1:00pm
Ron Cey: 2:00-4:00pm


Famed Dodgers scout Mike Brito will be at Manuel's El Tepeyac in the City of Industry on Saturday December 21st from 1:00pm - 3:00pm.  It is $15 per autograph.  Go here for more information.
Manuel's El Tepeyac 
13131 Crossroads Pkwy 
City of Industry, CA

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Vin Scully Sure Can Carry a Tune - Watch Him Sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at Wrigley

It's amazing how one little video can keep you smiling for hours.  Check out what I mean below.

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This video is from April 1998 at Wrigley Field, and was just posted by MLB on youtube last week.  This happened just a couple of months after the death of Harry Caray.

(Hat Tip: Reddit UEFL)

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Blog Kiosk: 12/18/2013 - Dodgers Links - Dodgers are Odds On Favorites, Puig's Workout and Adding More Scouts

Yasiel Puig shared a video of a part of his winter workout routine on Instagram.  A short .gif of it is above.  Go here to watch more.
  • Via Paresh Dave at the LA Times, "Oddmakers like Dodgers to win World Series, but is that a good thing?"
  • Eephus Blue at Paint the Corners made a couple of impressive fantasy cards of Tanaka and Price in Blue.
  • Via Harold Uhlman at Think Blue LA, "The Ogden Raptors: Small Town Baseball – Big Town Heart".
  • Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Dodgers hit with $11.4 million luxury tax bill".
  • Remember former Dodger outfield prospect Jamie Hoffman?  Well, he's to be inducted into the New Ulm Legion Baseball Hall of Fame for his stellar high school work, via
  • GCRL takes a look at the evolution of Dodger shortstops with Baseball cards - from Reese to Russell.
  • The Dodgers continue to additions to their scouting staff.  Beyond the high priced salaries, this is the real reason it's a great luxury to have wealthy owners willing to spend.  Per a Dodgers press release:  (An no, Juan Garcia-Puigis not related to Yasiel)
 The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced eight additions to their professional and international scouting staffs.

Los Angeles will have two new advance scouts next year with Willie Fraser, who originally joined the club in 2012 as a professional scout, and the hiring of long-time White Sox scout Gary Pellant. Chris Smith returns to the Dodger organization as a professional scout after four seasons with Cleveland, joining pro scouting additions Ron Mahay (14-year MLB pitcher), Peter Bergeron (former MLB outfielder) and Greg Booker, who is returning to the scouting ranks after spending the last four seasons as pitching coach for Washington's Triple-A Syracuse club. In addition, Special Assistants, Player Personnel Josh Bard and Aaron Sele will expand their duties to include pro scouting.

Internationally, the club hired Hidenori Sueyoshi as Senior Manager, International Scouting Operations, Rafael Colon as Special Advisor, International Player Performance and Juan Garcia-Puig as a scout for Spain.
  • Via Dan Zinswki at Call to the Pen, "Here’s Video Of Masahiro Tanaka Dancing With Tiny Women On a Japanese TV Show".  Tanaka is likely to be posted and made available to MLB soon.

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