Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Miguel Rojas and a Hanley Bobblehead

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.

(pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014)

Dodger shortstop Miguel Rojas will be at Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Cafe in the City of Industry on Saturday August 16, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Go here for information or here. I believe this is his first Southern California autograph appearance.  Prices:  $25.00 any item (baseballs, photos, helmets, bats, jerseys etc.) and inscriptions: $10.00 each.
Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Cafe #2
13131 Crossroads Pkwy South
City of Industry, CA 91746

The Rancho Cucmonga Quakes will be giving out a Hanley Ramirez Bobblehead to fans on Friday, August 15th during their home game against the Storm.  Go here for information.
(Photo via @RCQuakes on twitter)

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2014 Donruss Series 2 Baseball - The Dodger Autograph & Relic Cards

Here's a final look at the 2014 Donruss Series 2 Baseball card set.  This time I share pics of the Dodger autograph and relic cards.  Go here to see all of my posts on this set.

Bat Kings Set

#15 Hanley Ramirez                                   #21 Yasiel Puig

#24 Adrian Gonzalez                             #39 Carl Crawford

#46 Matt Kemp

Jersey Kings Set

#28 Hanley Ramirez

Passing the Torch Signatures Set

#5 Clayton Kershaw & Fernando Valenzuela (#/15)

Turn of the Century Signatures Set

#3 Adrian Gonzalez                             #13 Clayton Kershaw

There are also a couple of different (parallel) die-cut autographed cards of Adrian Gonzalez and Clayton Kershaw.  There is a Gold Status Die-Cut Signatures Set with #3 Adrian Gonzalez (#/10) and #13 Clayton Kershaw (#/25).  There is also a Red Die-Cut Signatures Set with #3 Adrian Gonzalez (#/5) and #13 Clayton Kershaw (#/10).

Below is a pic of a Clayton Kershaw Gold Status Die-Cut Signatures card.

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Blog Kiosk: 8/13/2014 - Dodger Links - Haren, Barney and Six Games Up - Oh, My!

Dan Haren was sharp for the second straight game as the Dodgers pulled out a 4 to 2 victory against the Braves.  Unfortunately, his nemesis, BJ Upton, slammed his sixth career home run off of him, but it wasn't enough to overcome his effort.  Haren went six innings, struck out seven, walked one and allowed just two runs to score. Graphic above via @Dodgers on twitter.

The afternoon, though, belonged to Darwin Barney.  He was outstanding on the field and with bat in his first career start for the Dodgers.  As you might expect, he flashed the leather like a former gold glover should.  The surprise was that he was great at the plate and on the basepaths.  He knocked in the first run of the game in the second inning, and manufactured a run, just like a modern day Jackie Robinson, in the ninth inning to give the Dodgers an insurance run.

That last play was a thing of beauty.  Barney got on base via an error by the shortstop, then proceeded to take second on that very same play when the ball skipped to the outfield.  He quickly moved to third base on a groundball out to the right side, and scored when a wild pitch bounced in front of the catcher and scampered down the third base line. Wow!  It was just like watching some olde-tyme Dodger Baseball.
(GIF via Dodgers on tumblr)

The Dodgers are now 6.0 games ahead of the Giants.  Now, here are some more links to check out.
  • ICYMI: Dodger teenage prospect Julio Urias turned 18 yesterday.  Happy Birthday, buddy!
  • BTW, Topps 2014 Finest Baseball card set officially goes live today, so go to your local card shop to check them out.  I'll photos of all the Dodger cards soon.  In the meantime, check out some preview pics of Yasiel Puig and Mike Piazza (as a Dodger) below, via @Toppscards on twitter:
“I think it was almost like that last year, too,” Kershaw said. “Coming up short didn’t feel good, and now we have that experience of what it’s like to go deep and not win. Especially with the team we have now and the guys brought in from last year, we feel like it’s World Series or bust, for sure.”
  • Via Mike Petriello at FanGraphs, "Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez and Appreciating Greatness."
  • If you have SportsNet LA this is great news.  They will be televising 5 of the remaining home games of the Albuquerque Isotopes.  Below is a schedule:
SportsNet LA Isotopes TV Schedule
Game Date                                     Opponent                     SportsNet LA TV Time
Fri., Aug. 15 @ 6:05 p.m.              vs. Memphis                Sun., 8/17 @ 11:00 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 16 @ 6:05 p.m.             vs. Nashville                Mon., 8/18 @ 2:00 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 18 @ 5:35 p.m.           vs. Nashville               Wed., 8/20 @ 11:00 a.m.
Fri., Aug. 29 @ 6:05 p.m.              vs. Las Vegas              Sun., 8/31 @ 6:00 a.m.
Sun., Aug. 31 @ 5:05 p.m.            vs. Las Vegas             Tues., 9/2 @ 11:00 a.m.
All times listed are Pacific Time.

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