Wednesday, June 11, 2014

We Want the Cup! Go Kings Go! We Want the Cup!

Tonight could be the night.

Starting at 5:00 PM will be the start of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.  The Kings have a chance of closing the series out, and I can't wait to see if they can do it.  A part of me wants them to lose so that they can win it at home on Friday, but I know that would be foolish.  If they can finish it now, then do it now.

BTW, today's date happens to be the anniversary of the Kings Stanley Cup clinching victory over the New Jersey Devils two years ago.  So, the Kings have a chance of making this date a team official holiday for years to come.

Go Kings Go!

Here's a video to get you pumped up for the game.

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I thought I would share a video I saw yesterday that pokes a little fun at the Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.  That man has become an integral part of the team, and his way of doing things has remarkably endeared him to Kings fans.  We love him for his quirkiness, his direct honesty and his rather dismissive attitude towards the press.  Why can't Mattingly be more like him.

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Pic at the very top featured Kings announced Bob Miller, via SiriusXM @wilshire1259.

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2014 Topps Tier One Baseball - The Dodger Autographed Cards

Following up on yesterday's post featuring Dodger relic cards that can be found in Topps 2014 Tier One Baseball card set, I now share the Dodger autographed cards that are available.  Check them out below.  Go here to check out my past post on this set.

Of special note, Juan Uribe has an autographed card!  Yeah!

Acclaimed Autographs Set Checklist

#AA-AG Adrian Gonzalez

#AA-CKE Clayton Kershaw

#AA-DBA Dusty Baker

#AA-JUI Juan Uribe

#AA-JUR Juan Uribe

There are four different former Dodgers available in Tier One's Cut Signature Set - Don Drysdale, Johnny Podres, Leo Durocher and Pee Wee Reese.  These cards are all "1 of 1" cards, and are very rare.  Below is a complete checklist of Dodger Cut Signature cards that are available. 

Cut Signatures Set Checklist (All 1 of 1's)

#CS-DD Don Drysdale
#CS-JP Johnny Podres
#CS-LD Leo Durocher
#CS-PR Pee Wee Reese

Unfortunately, the Autographed Prodigious Patches card of Adrian Gonzalez is only available through a redemption card.  The card is limited to just 10 total copies.

Autographed Prodigious Patches Set Checklist (/10)

#PPAR-AG Adrian Gonzalez

Sandy Koufax is the lone Dodger in the 2014 Tier One Autographed set, and it's only available through a redemption card.

Autographs Set Checklist

#TOA-SK Sandy Koufax

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Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Turner, Butera and a Double Dose of Reuss

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.


Justin Turner will be at the new Sports Authority store on Pico in Los Angeles from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday, June 14th.  Be sure to contact the store for more info.  Hat Tip: True to the Blue.
Sports Authority
4550 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90019
(323) 634-0438
Jerry Reuss will be at a couple of places this weekend signing autographs for fans.

On Friday, June 13 starting at 7 PM he will be at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena for a talk and book signing.
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
On Saturday, June 14 he'll be at World Class Motoring from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
World Class Motoring
28714 Canwood St #120
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Dodger catcher Drew Butera will be signing autographs in Riverside at Enzo's Pizza & Pasta on Sunday, June 15th.  Check out the flyer below.
Enzo's Pizza & Pasta
10170 Indiana Ave.
Riverside, Ca 92503
(909) 510-4925
Clipper Reggie Bullock will be signing autographs at Dr. Alex Corbin Liu optometry practice in Rowland Heights on Saturday, June 14th from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM.  Go here for information.
Dr. Alex Corbin Liu
19735 Colima Road
Rowland Heights, CA

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Blog Kiosk: 6/11/2014 - Dodger Links - Remembering Welch, Kershaw and the Shift

Dodger photographer Jon SooHoo posted up some great photos of Bob Welch on his blog.  Check them out here.  My favorite is above, and features Welch and Pedro Guerrero on a big slide during Christmas at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida in March 1986.
"I just got over [Don] Zimmer's death and now we got another one real quick," said former manager Tommy Lasorda. "Bobby Welch was just one of my all-time favorite pitchers. He had a lot of heart … He had tremendous ability, he was a great guy and everybody loved him."
  • Check out this great auction that benefits the LA Dodgers Foundation:  "Josh Beckett Autographed 'No-Hitter' Game-Used Baseball and Dodger Stadium Experience"  It's for a great cause and it includes an unique experience.
“The shift comes from you hitting the ball to one part of the field and they’re just playing percentages, so I think the more you use the whole field, the less they’re going to shift you and I always feel like the ball tells you where to hit it,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “When a left-hander hits a ground ball to the right side, it just tells you he’s a little bit out front. Hanley (Ramirez) does the same thing when he’s struggling, just hits too many ground balls to short and third. 
  • How great is this?  Topps has just produced a 60th Anniversary 5-card 5" x 7" Dodger set using the vintage 1955 Topps Baseball design, and it's only available direct from Topps.  Go here to check it out.  It's limited to only 99 copies and it's suppose to be just as thick as a vintage Baseball card.  It even comes in a old-style wax pack.  Wow!  I just had to order it.

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