Bob Baffert, seen above shaking hands with coach Tim Wallach, was at Dodgers Stadium last night to throw out the first pitch. His horse, American Pharaoh, recently won the Triple Crown - the first to do so in 37 years. When asked who he'd compare his horse to on the Dodgers he said (via an AP story on ESPN):
"I guess he'd be like [Yasiel] Puig," Baffert joked. "When he gets out there, he dominates."The pic above is via Dodger photographer Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015. Go here to check out more photos taken by Jon from yesterday's game. Below are some links to check out:
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Walker Buehler no stranger to Dodger Stadium, looks up to Zack Greinke."
"I have always looked up to Zack Greinke," Buehler said. "We have similar body type, and are similar-type pitchers, I hope I can say."
"I hate to get into comparisons because it sets expectations too high, but it's not far off," Gasparino said. "We didn't really have a Zack comp for him, but Zack would be in his mold of pitchers. He's lean-built, athletic, really smart, and a guy who can really pitch."
- Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider, "There’s never been a Dodger quite like Justin Turner."
- Via Mark Saxon at ESPN, "Los Angeles Dodgers getting healther, looking more dangerous."
"The main thing is, when you're getting guys banged up everywhere, it's not your team," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Howie is a middle-of-the-order guy who has gotten big hits for us all year. Yasiel hasn't been around all that much, but now that he's back he gives us a different lineup, allows us to do a lot of different things. Just getting your pieces back allows your lineup to flow."
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, "Dodgers scout Lamb having historic Draft."
"Part of it is luck," said Lamb, in his 17th Draft for the Dodgers. "They've got to fall to the right places, and we've got to like them. As an organization, our cross-checkers and Billy [Gasparino, scouting director] did a great job. And Buehler and Funkhouser, they had to fall so we'd get a shot at them. So, it's a team deal.
- WTF NBC!!! Via Ed Sherman at the Chicago Tribune, "NBC Sports boss: Shave the hockey playoff beards."
Lazarus said he has lobbied the NHL and its players to end the tradition of the playoff beards. He says the excess facial hair hurts player recognition for fans, perhaps hindering the development of new stars during the highest-rated games of the season.
“The players won't like this, but I wish they all would stop growing beards in the postseason,” Lazarus said. “Let's get their faces out there. Let's talk about how young and attractive they are. What model citizens they are. (Hockey players) truly are one of a kind among professional athletes.
“I know it's a tradition and superstition, but I think (the beards do) hurt recognition. They have a great opportunity with more endorsements. Or simply more recognition with fans saying, 'That guy looks like the kid next store,' which many of these guys do. I think that would be a nice thing."
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