Check out the above epic rant by Dodger second baseman Howie Kendrick that he posted on instagram yesterday. (Hat Tip: r/sgtjoo on reddit) I say epic because... Well, I kind of like it when players, who are often treated like they are mere things that exist to only entertain us, come out of the shadows to show us how human they are.
Like just about anyone under the constant glare of the public, Howie often gets degrading and demeaning comments from anonymous idiots with nothing better to do. Sure, he should just ignore them, but sometimes you just get sick of it. Sometimes, you need to lash out.
BTW, I don't think he's ranting at all fans - just the nobs who are not nice. In fact, I would be willing to bet some of those idiots think they're funny. For the record, most of them aren't... Not by a long-shot... Oftentimes, they are just mean... And I've had enough of the schadenfreude so persistent on social media.
So Howie, you keep being you... And as a Dodger fan I will always root for your success. And yes, I agree with you, the Dodgers are fine. I do think we'll need some tweaking here and there, but for the most part I'm not unhappy with where we are. Oh... I happen to like guns too. So, feel free to continue enjoying your hobby.
Below are some links to check out:
- Just some more great LA Dodger history from Mark Langill. Via his post at Dodger Insider, "Who threw the Dodgers’ first ceremonial pitch in Los Angeles?"
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Chris Anderson wins Texas League Pitcher of the Week honors."
- I think this is the best one yet. Jeff Pearlman shares his recent interview with writer Molly Knight about here new Dodger book here.
Then when it became clear that McCourt was going to be forced to sell the team, I basically moved in with my sister in West Hollywood and continued reporting. I got tired of paying New York rent when I wasn’t there—and I needed a change of scenery for a variety of personal reasons. So in March, 2011 I basically sent for my stuff and continued covering all the craziness around McCourt. Then when he sold the team for $2 billion to this really interesting guy from Chicago, I became even more intrigued. But it wasn’t until the Dodgers signed Zack Greinke, honestly, that I thought about writing a book. And it was because a few Dodger players who knew me texted and said “Shit. We were bankrupt and now we have Greinke and Kershaw and we’re going to win a title. You should write a book.” That’s what happened.
- The Dodgers on twitter shared an early peek at the Fernando Valenzuela bobblehead that they will be giving away on 9/16. Check it out on the right.
- Via the MLPAA, Joc Pederson has been named the Dodgers representative for the 2015 Heart & Hustle Awards.
- Via Hugh Bernreuter at MLive.com, "Dodgers prospect Tommy Bergjans takes long path back home."
"I was probably throwing around 85 or so when I got to college, but then it started to bump up to 87-88 my freshman year, then 89-90 after my sophomore year and in the 90s after my junior year," Bergjans said. "All of a sudden, I'm starting to think that maybe baseball won't be done after four years."
- GCRL shares even more Steve Garvey cards in his collection, here.
- Nick Diunte at Baseball Happenings lets us know about a short biography about Lou Boudreau.
- Panini opened up a couple boxes of their 2015 Cooperstown Baseball and shares what they received; including the Sutton and Drysdale cards below. Go here to check out what else they got. BTW, this set officially releases today.
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