What a fantastic Game 1 to the 2015 World Series. There was hi-jinks (inside-the-park home run). There was drama (death of Edinson Volquez's father before the game). And then there was this guy sitting in the stands behind home plate.
I see you Dodger fan. I think all of the Baseball watching world saw you last night, and depending on your affiliation you either loved it or hated it.
Below are more links to check out:
- I found this totally fascinating. Via Les Carpenter at The Guardian, "How the Dodgers and baseball shaped Bernie Sanders' world view." Apparently, Sanders was a Brooklyn Dodger fan as a youth, and the team leaving his hometown had an indelible impact on him.
“Bernie and I were both Dodger fans and we talk about that,” Gutman says. “It was the (first indication) that those with a lot of money may have an interest that is different than the community’s interests.”
When asked what he means, Gutman replies:
“We never understood that he who pays the piper plays the tune. It was a lesson that it doesn’t matter whether people love (a team) it’s all about the money. I don’t think there had been those kinds of things. We all know now the sports world is all about making money but this was the first time we saw it. This was uprooting a club that had all these historical links to the community.”
- Yeah. This is awesome. Via Bill Shaikin at the LA Times, "Juan Uribe and son of Raul Mondesi make World Series rosters."
- Via Joel Sherman at the NY Post, "Chase Utley is coming back — if he can find a team."
- You can listen to Don Mattingly's interview with Dan Patrick here. He talks a bit about the Marlin's interview what happened to cause him to leave the Dodgers.
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Tim Wallach reportedly interviews for Padres managerial job."
- This is fantastic. You can now get a Hiccups The Clown bobblehead from the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, here. A portion of the proceeds for each bobblehead will go to PADRES Contra El Cáncer (Parents Against Cancer). They are individually numbered to 500 only.
- Panini America shares some preview pics from their upcoming 2015 National Treasures Baseball card set; including the four-player relic card with Clayton Kershaw as seen on the right. Go here to check out more pics. BTW, the set comes out in early January 2015.
- I didn't even realize... Via Dave Zirin at The Nation, "For the First Time in History, the World Series Is Between 2 Teams That Were Never Segregated."
But this World Series represents more than just series of tantalizing face-offs. It also has some historical bite. Baseball has long been looked at as a mirror of where we are as a country on issues of race, “a canary in the coal mine,” to quote sports sociologist Dr. Harry Edwards. This World Series offers a particularly bracing and lucid look. In the entire 112-year history of baseball’s championship round, we are presented for the first time with a Fall Classic pitting two teams that never fielded all-white, segregated rosters.
Zirin also addressed the decreasing rate of African-American participation within the game.
- Here's a couple of stories about how good Dee Gordan really was in 2015. Via Scott Andes at LA Dodger Talk, "The Risks of Selling High." Also, Ryan Romano at Beyond the Boxscore, "Don't write off Dee Gordon,"
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