Thursday, July 03, 2014

Puig Goes on Kimmel Show to Get Your Vote - Vote Puig!

With the voting for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game coming to an end tonight (Thursday, July 3rd at 8:59 PM PT) Guillermo of the Jimmy Kimmel Show visited with Yasiel Puig at Dodger Stadium yesterday to lobby on his behalf. 

First, though, Puig had to go through a grueling Q&A session with Guillermo to earn his vote.  Watch it below:

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So, what do we find out about Puig?
  • He totally knows who plays first base for the Dodgers, but obviously has no clue why the question is funny.
  • Puig doesn't wear a cup, and that's a big mistake!  He claims he is always prepared for anything, but can you really be totally safe if you don't take the appropriate precautions.  Just ask LaTroy Hawkins (Video Link), or this guy (Video Link), or this guy (Video Link), or this guy (Video Link) or this guy (Video Link).
  • Puig is a deeply emotional fellow: "Sometimes the pitcher breaks my heart, too."
  • Finally, Puig can't sing... Like, really... He's horrible... Like, Rosanne Barr trying to sing the National Anthem bad... Or, Troy from West Virginia bad.
Anyway, be sure to cast your final ballots tonight for Yasiel Puig.  At last report (via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider), Puig stands in 3rd place for National League outfielders.  So, he needs your help to maintain his status.  Go here to vote.

Pic at the very top via @Dodgers on twitter.

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Blog Kiosk: 7/3/2014 - Dodger Links - Kershaw is Player of the Month, Jury Deadlocked in Stow Trial and 1st Round Pick Holmes Shines

To no one's surprise, Clayton Kershaw has been named the National League Pitcher of the Month of June.  Congrats!  Graphic above via @Dodgers on twitter.  Per a Dodgers press release:
Kershaw, who threw his first career no-hitter on June 18, was tops among qualifying Major League pitchers with a 0.82 ERA (4 ER/44.0 IP) last month while pacing the big leagues with six wins (6-0) and 61 strikeouts. The left-hander tied Philadelphia's Cole Hamels for the most innings pitched during the month and held opposing hitters to a .161 batting average, which was good for second in the N.L. behind Chicago Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta (.157). Kershaw went the distance in two of his six outings last month and did not allow a single run in his last three starts - a span of 24.0 scoreless innings. The 24.0-inning scoreless streak marked the longest such streak in Kershaw's career, besting a previous high of 22.0 scoreless innings from May 8-19, 2012.
A Los Angeles jury said Wednesday it was deadlocked over whether the Los Angeles Dodgers organization was responsible for the devastating injuries suffered by a San Francisco Giants fan beaten during the 2011 home opener at Dodgers Stadium.

But the judge in the case ordered the jury to return for further deliberations.

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Right-hander Grant Holmes, the Dodgers' first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, threw two scoreless innings in his professional debut Wednesday, helping the Rookie-level Dodgers defeat the Mariners, 5-2, in the Arizona League.

Holmes struck out five batters and walked one. Outfielder Alex Verdugo, the Dodgers' second-round pick, went 1-for-2 with a double, a run and three walks.
  • Via Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA, "Behind every great man there stands a great chef – even for Vin Scully."  Ron writes a great story about Chef Dave Pearson.
“Besides being a wonderful cook his personality is remarkable,” said Vin Scully of Pearson during a recent interview. “When you realize that there are so many demands on his time and trying to serve so many people coming and going, and yet he never appears upset, never appears short-tempered or grouchy, always everything is fine. He’s always smiling and that’s the key. He is a great gift to us besides the food that he cooks, oh yeah.”
  • This might be the most horrible thing ever.  Via a tweet from @MLB_PR, take a look at the caps the players will be wearing.

  • This might be the greatest thing ever!  In the new MLB 14 video game there's a moment where the umpire takes the bat from Yasiel Puig and shows him the proper way to bat flip.  I kid you not.  Watch it below.  (Hat Tip: Tom Ley at Deadspin)  How do you do this?
(You) unlock by holding onto the ball on the mound and leaving the game unpaused for more than 30 seconds. 

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