Thursday, April 09, 2015

Blog Kiosk: 4/9/2015 - Dodger Links - AGon had a Huge Day

Adrian Gonzalez, along with fellow Gold Glove winner Zack Greinke, started the evening off in the best of ways - by taking home the award to add to their mantel place.  AGon did one better, though.  He also received his Silver Slugger award, and did his best to show the world why he deserves another this year.  The photo above is via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015Go here to check out even more great pics from yesterday by Jon.

Gonzalez had a heck of a game.  He accomplished a feat never achieved before in Baseball.  By walloping three dingers last night he became the first player in MLB history to slug five home runs in his team's first three games.  He also became only the third Dodger (joining Carl Furillo and Jimmy Wynn) to homer in each of the first three games of the season, and the 23rd player ever to homer in four consecutive at-bats (he also homered in his last at-bat on Tuesday).  Needless to say, Adrian Gonzalez is dialed in.

With regards to his fourth at-bat on the evening he said this, via Mark Saxon at ESPN:
"I definitely wasn't thinking of hitting another [home run] against the lefty, just thinking, 'Hit something hard up the middle,'" Gonzalez said. "I told myself, 'Don't try to do too much.'"
He hit a single to drive in an insurance run in the sixth inning.  Overall, he hit three home runs, had four hits total and recorded four RBI's.  Gonzalez is also the early favorite for the MVP.  OK, I'm getting way ahead of myself... I know... But I can't contain my excitement. 

Below are some more links to check out:
  • Via David Armstrong at Bloomberg, "How an Insurer Is Taking Money From the Fan Beaten at Dodger Stadium."  Bryan Stow continues to get shafted.
It’s all because Stow’s health insurer is entitled to a huge slice of the settlement, even before Stow is paid. A growing body of federal law, including a recent U.S. Supreme Court case, gives insurers power to recoup medical costs caused by a third party—in the face of state laws that specifically prohibit it. “This is what people pay premiums for,” says Stow’s ex-wife, Jacqueline Kain. “To worry about some insurance company taking what is his is absurd.”

"The mindset in everything we do is to be the casino," (Andrew) Friedman said. "We want to be the house. We're going to make a lot of decisions. It's a high-volume business. We can't be afraid of making mistakes. The key is to be right more than we're wrong and ... trust that it will work out well."
More interesting is this quote about the Heaney for Kendrick trade:
"That's a trade -- in a vacuum -- that you wouldn't make in a small market," (Josh) Byrnes said. "A guy like Heaney, a six-year [club-controlled] pitcher, for a one-year player? Even though Kendrick is a really good player, that's the one that went against our traditional instincts."
Other new items include an Asian-inspired "Far East dog," a "Gyro dog" and a hamburger with sliced ham and coleslaw on it named after Dodgers pitching ace Clayton Kershaw.
  • I love the Mother's Cookies sets.  GCRL takes, "an abbreviated run through the 1997 mother's cookies dodger set."
  • Joe Posnanski at NBC Sports wrote a fantastic piece about Earl Weaver and the enigma that was Steve Dalkowski: "How do you solve a problem like Dalkowski?"

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