Sometimes you just need a break. A break from the hard work you've put in to prepare for a long season. A break from drudgery of everyday life. Heck, I know I need a break from the incessant 'hot stove' filled with inane rumors and speculation. Will someone please put a stop to it all! Why do we have to go through all of this year after year?
But I digress. Featured above is a ACME press photo I ran into on eBay recently that I just needed to share. Check out that auction here. It is dated 2/26/1951 and was taken on the practice fields of Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida. Below is what is written in the caption attached to the reverse:
SHUT-EYE DREAM OF SHUT OUTS
Vero Beach, Fla.: After a tough morning's workout and a hearty lunch, there's nothing like a little snooze. And taking full advantage of a two-hour rest period, Brooklyn Dodgers' hurler Dan Bankhead covers his eyes with his cap and starts his siesta in the "pepper pot", a contraption used by pitchers during practice. The Dodgers are going through spring training at Vero Beach, Fla.At first I thought Dankhead was resting on a futon-type bed, but now I read that it's a tool used by pitchers called a "pepper pot." What the heck is that? How in the world could that thing help a pitcher? I need to know. Can anyone out there help me?
In the meantime, below are some links to check out:
- Via Steve Dilbeck at the LA Times, "Arbitration deadline to force Dodgers' decision on A.J. Ellis' return." Don't worry. I absolutely expect the Dodgers to keep AJ Ellis. I also expect that Dee Gordon, Kenley Jansen, Juan Nicasio and Justin Turner will be tendered contracts by this evening. I believe that Darwin Barney and Drew Butera are on the cusp.
- Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider, "The Dodgers’ biggest December deals of the 2000s."
- Don Mattingly has just had a baby, via @Dodgers on twitter. Congrats, Donnie!
Congrats to Don and Lori Mattingly on the birth of son Louis Riley Mattingly, who now shares Vin Scully’s November 29 birthday.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 1, 2014
- On Wednesday Topps will be releasing their Tek Baseball card set and Chris Olds at Beckett has a bunch of preview pics. Check out the Sandy Koufax and Yasiel Puig autographed cards below.
- Via John Thorn at Our Game writes, "Baseball’s Wright Brothers and the Cincinnati Red Stockings." Thorn is the official MLB historian.
More than thirty years before a pair of brothers named Wright made aviation history, another Wright duo was instrumental in changing baseball from a social-club pastime to a professional game. Baseball’s Wright brothers were George and Harry, cricket players who saw the future in the American game.
- Panini America shared a bunch of preview pics of their upcoming 2014 USA Baseball box set. Check that out here.
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