Monday, May 19, 2014

Andre Ethier Embraced his Inner Surfer in "Point Break" Performance Today

With today being a off day for the Dodgers, many players decided to have fun around New York to de-stress from their struggles. 

Yasiel Puig visit the MLB FanCave to get his dance on, and Drew Butera and Dee Gordon played dodgeball with some local area kids.  Adrian Gonzalez, on the other hand, had a much nobler pursuit.  He visit the CNN en Espanol offices to discuss his All-Star Teachers campaign.
(pic via Knitting Factory Brooklyn on facebook)

Andre Ethier also made a public appearance that was worthy of note.  He tried his hand at some onstage acting by playing Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah in Point Break at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn.

I kid you not!

As the ladies know, his casting for this part is not off-base.  He's got those California surfer-boy good looks and a certain je ne sais quoi that makes him perfect for the part.  Heck, can't you just imagine him saying,
"The correct term is Babes, sir."
"You crossed the line. People trusted you and they died. You gotta' go down."
Fortunately, his appearance quickly spread throughout the 'net earlier today, so we thankfully were able to get a report of the happening.  Rodger Sherman at the LookIt blog at SB Nation was in attendance with a full report.
Still, the whole thing was quite funny, and Ethier was funny in it. The process is half the joke -- for instance, a director ordering Ethier to RUN, Ethier starting to run, the director reminding him that his character has a nagging leg injury, and then Ethier writhing on the ground in pain. Ethier clearly enjoyed the whole endeavor.

Sadly I didn't get any great videos -- Ethier yelling "I AM JOHNNY UTAH," for example -- but it seems the whole thing will be online soon thanks to the MLB folks filming the hell out of it.
I can't wait to watch what MLB puts out.  In the meantime, check out Rodger's story at SB Nation for some of his video and the below tweets.  Oh... and,
 "Vaya con Dios, Brah."

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Blog Kiosk: 5/19/2014 - Dodger Links - Some Dodger Odds and Ends

Yasiel Puig has certainly improved his batting eye this season.  He's being more selective and taking more walks.  Pic above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014.
"Until we can grind out wins, we're in trouble, from that standpoint," manager Don Mattingly said. "I think you've got to be ready to play every day, to play with some sense of urgency that every game's going to matter, every game's going to count, that you don't have time to wait. I don't think we can sit around and wait for a run." 
As much as Dodger fans would like to see Withrow remain, the painful truth is that he needs to work on his command and control, and the best place to do this is at Albuquerque or Chattanooga, not at Dodger Stadium or any other major league ballpark. Some time away from the intense pressure of the Bigs could be exactly what the 25-year-old Austin, TX native needs to get back on track.
  • SCP's auction came to a close this past weekend, and many of the items closed at record prices.  The Sandy Koufax game jersey sold for $268,664.00, and the Don Drysdale gamer sold for $31,129.00.  Check out my past post on this auction here and here, and here are a bunch of pics from a recent visit I made to the Newport Sports Museum that featured many of the auctioned items, here.
  • The Kings lost the first one in Chicago on Sunday, but have no fear.  They looked great in the loss - even on little rest after vanquishing the Ducks on Friday.  Via Eric Duhatschek at The Globe and Mail, "Resilient L.A. defies the script, but still loses Game 1."
Considering they were playing for the second time in 40 hours, after taking their first two series to the limit, Sunday’s meeting with the Chicago Blackhawks was always going to be a wish-and-a-prayer sort of game for the Los Angeles Kings anyway. The Kings were hoping that they could come in and steal a game, even though they were theoretically running on fumes, and weirdly, they almost did.

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