I just think this is a phenomenal portrait photo of Andre Ethier taken by Jon SooHoo. Go here to check out more of his photos taken in San Diego yesterday. He includes a bunch of other great Dodger portraits.
- Via Maury Brown at Forbes, "5 Lessons For Business Learned From Vin Scully." (Hat Tip: Jon Weisman on twitter)
Scully never seems to come across as Hollywood, even though he’s been with the Dodgers in Los Angeles since 1958. He is baseball royalty, but comes across as genuine. Just after Kershaw’s no-hitter Weds. night, a network camera man told me that he saw how giddy Scully was when the LA Kings swung by Dodgers Stadium to let him hold the Stanley Cup.
“I have had conversations with him twice—1987 at Dodger Stadium and 2004 at Fenway Park–and he remembered the 1987 exchange. I was stunned.”
Scully shows that no matter how great you are, you don’t have to act like it. Your work will speak for itself, and along the way, don’t let climbing up the ladder turn you away from the qualities that got you there in the first place.
- Are the Dodgers ready to trade an outfielder? Jason Stark at ESPN shares a rumor on his most recent "Rumblings & Grumblings" column (Hat Tip: Matthew Moreno at Dodgers Nation):
Several teams report the Dodgers are telling them they'll listen right now on every one of their outfielders except Yasiel Puig. And that's a potential storyline to watch, in a market incredibly thin on bats. But those clubs believe the Dodgers are really just trying to lay the groundwork to deal Matt Kemp or Andre Ethier over the winter, when they'll be marketed as excellent alternatives to one of the weakest free-agent outfield groups in years. (Top of that class: Colby Rasmus, Michael Morse and Melky Cabrera.)
- Via Timothy Burke at Deadspin, "All 15 Of Clayton Kershaw's No-Hitter Strikeout Pitches In One GIF."
The stats are one thing, but overlaying video of all 15 of his strikeout pitches from the no-hitter offers something else. Pay close attention to Kershaw's delivery. We didn't align the video layers to his position; we used fixed positions. Despite that, from the first inning to the ninth, his delivery is perfectly consistent. Look at how little ghosting there is of the images up until the release point; that's amazing discipline.
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, "Kershaw gets message from Koufax after no-no."
"It's awesome to hear from a lot of people," he said. "They just said they were proud and it was fun to watch."
- LAKings.com shares a bunch of photos of the Kings and the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. Vegas, baby!
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