Saturday, April 05, 2014

Bid on Vin Scully and Magic Johnson 2014 Opening Day Memorabilia

A couple of items from yesterdays Opening Day festivities at Dodger Stadium have just gone up on auction at  Although the game was less than memorable for Dodger fans, I think we can all agree that these two memorabilia pieces could assuage your frustration.  Besides, they would look great in anyone's collection.

These items are a part of a Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation auction that benefits the Dodgers RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), a comprehensive, urban youth baseball program for boys and girls ages 5 to 18.

With an opening bid of $5,000 you can take home the actual Vin Scully first pitch mound from the 2014 Opening Day ceremony.  You can see it in the photo below (pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014).  It is the circular white Dodger logo Scully is standing on.  Per the auction description:
The item comes signed by Vin Scully and the 2014 Los Angeles Dodger roster.
Go here to check out the auction.

You can also take home the actual Dodger jersey Magic Johnson wore yesterday.  He has also signed it for you.  See him wearing it in the photo below (pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014).  It also starts at an opening bid of $5,000.00.  Check out this auction here.

Here is some background on Dodgers RBI (from a press release):
Working together with local organizations, parents, coaches and volunteers, Dodgers RBI currently offers 2,400 youth the opportunity to learn and enjoy the games of baseball and softball with special emphasis on education, recreation and healthy habits for young people. Dodgers RBI is a cornerstone program of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, the official charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation provides uniforms and equipment, recruitment assistance, cash grants, coaches training, youth clinics and education and health resources to all teams. Using the power of sport to mold major league people, Dodgers RBI seeks to impacts 10,000 youth in some of the most under-resourced areas of Los Angeles during a three-year period.

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Blog Kiosk: 4/5/2014 - Dodgers Links - A Billingsley Rehab Start on Sunday, Beckett Tweaks Ankle and Puig Forgettable Day

Vin Scully make the Opening Day pitch to Sandy Koufax in the above photo, via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014.  Check more pics of Opening Day from Jon here.
"We’re hoping that he’ll get better making the right decisions with his life," Johnson said. "He has to remember that those decisions also can affect what you do on the baseball field."
“It was 100 percent my fault,” Puig said. “It was nothing to do with my teammates and my manager. I didn’t realize stretch was as early as it was. But it was absolutely my fault, and I ask forgiveness from my teammates and obviously from my manager.”

Puig said that once he realized he was late, he knew that “there’s pretty much no chance that you’re going to play, and I certainly felt bad about that.”

“I want to ask forgiveness from the fans,” he added. “I was very sad that I wasn’t able to play on Opening Day. It’s something that I’m not proud of and I take full responsibility.”
What everyone with the Dodgers is hoping, is that days like Friday make him realize that the chaos he creates actually does affect other people sometimes. That it isn't just something to charge him up or push him to another next level. The dust he kicks up gets in other people's faces sometimes and has real consequences. Once he sees that, once he experiences a day like Friday, there is a real moment to change. Not to save the season or his career or anything so dramatic. Just to make it easier on himself and everyone involved.
"It's getting close. I'm just going to start working and prepare for each [rehab] start like it was the regular season," Billingsley said. "But I'll work on things too, using these starts at my spring training."

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