Dodgers won the rubber match against the Padres on the back of a stellar starting pitching performance by Dan Haren. He pitched 6 innings, struck out 6, gave up 1 run and allowed only 4 hits. (Pic above via @Dodgers on twitter) As Eric Stephen at True Blue LA noted,
"I definitely had nerves. On a new team you always want to make a good impression. I'm glad I did that," Haren said after the game. "I feel like part of the team now. I hadn't done anything up to now."
- Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider took a look back at the funeral of Gil Hodges. It was 42 years ago, yesterday.
- Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider, "Your Opening Day public address announcer: Ross Porter."
“I was appreciative of the fact they asked me to do this this year,” Porter said. “It’s a special honor to do on Opening Day. That’s nice, and I’m looking forward to that. It’s gonna be exciting just to be with the fans, to be able to speak to the fans. I’m just happy to be there and be back.”
- Harold Uhlman at Think Blue LA writes a great piece on "The Handshake – It’s All About Respect."
How is it then that baseball doesn’t have a handshake after a playoff series? I understand none after regular season games when teams play each other three or four days in a row, but why not after a post season series? I expect it is an unwritten rule. I also expect it was an unwritten agreement that kept black players from playing in the Major Leagues until Jackie Robinson crossed the line in 1947. Unwritten rules can be over turned.
You're right about a hockey fans respect for the handshake rule after a playoff series. Win or lose, you always stay and clap for the victor during the handshake.
- Via Tom Hoffarth at Farther Off the Wall writes, "The news just keeps getting better for Korean-speaking Dodgers fans who have TWC."
The network announced today that it will launch Korean-language Secondary Audio Programming (SAP) for all live Dodger games on its air this season, a first for any Major League Baseball (MLB) team.
- Via Dustin Nosler at Dodgers Digest, "Clayton Kershaw and Brian Wilson hurting, but don’t fret too much." He provides some positive words for those who are worried about the Dodgers.
- Oh crap! Via Bill Shaikin at the LA Times, "Could effects of Clayton Kershaw's injury linger after he returns?" The answer is likely yes.
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Brian Wilson downplays elbow injury."
"It's just slight discomfort. I think everything will be fine once I get four, five, six innings under my belt, just to kind of finish spring training," Wilson said. "I only threw four times because I had to get shut down for the same thing."
- Awesome! Via Sarah at We're Born Again, There's New Grass on the Field shares a great audio file of Vin Scully saying, "It's My Bad, Dude!"
- Rudd Cycleback at Sports Collectors Daily provides a helpful tip for vintage card collectors: "How to Use a Black Light to Identify Reprints and Fakes of Antique Paper Collectibles." There are two things a vintage card collector should always have - a loop (magnifying glass) and a black light.
- A dream come true for a fan. Via Chris Olds at Beckett, "Orioles collector from Maine is set to make his pro debut and become baseball player for a day."
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