Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rangers Series Starts Tomorrow - Scheduled Autograph Sessions, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!


The next homestand starts tomorrow against the Texas Rangers, and several former Dodgers are scheduled for an autograph session with fans.  Below are the scheduled autograph opportunities and other odds and ends for this upcoming homestand.

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Wednesday, June 17th at 7:10 PM
LHP Wandy Rodriguez vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw
SNLA / AM 570 (Eng.), KTNQ 1020 AM (Span.)

Wednesday's game starts at 7:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 4:40 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:10 PM. The first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive a Dodgers beach bag.  See it on the left.

It is also Korea Night at Dodger Stadium.  Folks who ordered a special ticket package in the All You Can Eat Right Field Pavilion or Infield Reserve will get an exclusive Korean/ Hyun Jin Ryu themed t-shirt with your ticket.  See that on the left.  If not already sold out go here for information.

Try the Kimchi Dog on Korea Night. The Kimchi Dog, a quarter pound all-beef Super Dodger Dog topped off Kimchi, will be available tomorrow only at Extreme Loaded Dog locations on the field, loge and reserve levels.

Popular Korean rock band YB will present a pregame mini-concert. The five-member Korean band led by Yoon Do Hyun will perform four songs, followed by the Korean and U.S. national anthems. YB is currently on tour in the U.S. with alternative rock band the Smashing Pumpkins. Schoolboy Records and YG Entertainment recording artist CL will throw the ceremonial first pitch. CL, member of the global mega group 2NE1, is currently in the U.S. promoting her new hit single, “Doctor Pepper.” Following pregame festivities, both CL and YB will be signing autographs for fans at the KTO tent in the right field plaza. CL is set to sign at 7:30 p.m. and YB will sign for fans at 8:00 p.m.

Dodger alumnus Kenny Landreaux will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
  • The Military Heroes of the Game are U.S. Army CIB Purple Heart Korean War Citations recipient Joseph A. Del Rio and U.S. Army Corporal Roman Morales. Del Rio fought in the Korean War in 1951. He was honorably discharged in 1954 and awarded a Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster and Korean Campaign Citations. He is now the commander of the Long Beach Chapter 210 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Morales fought in the Korean War in the early 1950s. Morales, along with others from the 40th Infantry Division, built a high school to honor the first American casualty of the Korean War. Korean Consulate General in Los Angeles Hyun-myung Kim will present the military heroes with a commemoration plaque.

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Thursday, June 17th at 7:10 PM
RHP Colby Lewis vs. RHP Zack Greinke
SNLA / AM 570 (Eng.), KTNQ 1020 AM (Span.)

Thursday's game starts at 7:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 4:40 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:10 PM. The first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive a Cy Young Collectors' Pin of Mike Marshall.  See it on the left.

Kelley Jakle, star of “Pitch Perfect 2” and great-granddaughter of Baseball Hall of Fame executive Branch Rickey, will perform the national anthem.


Dodger alumnus Derrel Thomas will sign autographs in the left-field pavilion from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • The Military Hero of the Game is U.S. Army E3 Robert “Bud” Salisbury of Glendora. Salisbury joined the U.S. Army to be a paratrooper, then volunteered to go to Vietnam as a Forward Observer which placed him in combat. Two months later, he was wounded. Salisbury was presented with the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and earned a Purple Heart for his sacrifices in Vietnam. Salisbury currently resides in the City of Orange as an attorney, with his wife of 45 years, Connie.

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2015 Topps Archives - All the Dodger Insert Cards

Now that you've seen the base cards, here are all of the Dodger insert cards found in packs of 2015 Topps Archives.  Go here to check out all of my previous post on this set.

Fan Favorites Autographs

#FFA-EK Eric Karros                      #FFA-SG Shawn Green

Congrats, 'Hawks!


If you haven't noticed, I've been rather silent for most of the hockey season this year.  A combination of some terrible play by my hometown team, LA Kings, and their eventually ouster from playoff contention had left me with an unmistakable void I had hoped would never again creep into my life as a hockey fan.  I was despondent and angry the season turned out the way it had.  And worse yet, I knew exactly who would be the favored club to take home the Stanley Cup... And that didn't exactly make me too happy either.

As King coach Darryl Sutter is want to say, "the road to the Stanley Cup goes through Chicago."  This has been true for many years now, and yesterday's outcome proves that point. 

The Chicago Blackhawks are a dynasty in the NHL, and as much as I hate writing this they are truly worthy of their third championship in six years.

Congrats, 'Hawks!

Now check out this fantastic interview with a 'Hawks fan roaming the streets in Chicago, via WGNtv.com.


Pic at the very top via @NHLonNBC on twitter.

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Blog Kiosk: 6/16/2015 - Dodger Links - Olivera, Hansen and Dave Roberts


Three former Dodgers' were on-hand at the home run derby at Z√≥calo in Mexico City this past weekend.  They transformed the central square into a ballfield for the event.  In the photo above (tweeted by Miriam Helena Reyes) are Ismael Valdez, Fernando Valenzuela and Estaban Loaiza. 

Below are some links to check out:
  • Is Olivera coming?  
Hansen is a Texas high schooler who received $78,900 above slot. He was committed to attend Stanford.
So far in 2015, Dodgers relievers have struck out more batters than any other bullpen in the National League — and more than any team in baseball, save for the Astros — flashing a 26.9 percent K rate. That’s up sharply from last year’s relief crew, who fanned 22.3 percent of the batters they faced, good for just 16th in MLB. A bit of that uptick is because of Jansen, who’s been absolutely spectacular since returning from an early-season injury, punching out 20 batters while allowing just four hits and no walks in 11 innings. But most of it is thanks to a group of no-names who’ve come up big in L.A., showcasing both the Dodgers’ scouting and player development chops, in addition to the franchise’s savvy in the trade market.
  • Here's an old friend alert.  Congrats to former Dodger Dave Roberts.  He has just been named the temporary manager of the San Diego Padres, and may soon be named the interim manager.  Via Mike Oz at Big League Stew, "Padres fire manager Bud Black after disappointing start to the season."
  • Ha Ha!  Via Michael S. Schmidt at the NY Times, "St. Louis Cardinals Investigated by F.B.I. for Hacking Astros."
Investigators have uncovered evidence that Cardinals officials broke into a network of the Houston Astros that housed special databases the team had built, according to law enforcement officials. Internal discussions about trades, proprietary statistics and scouting reports were compromised, the officials said.

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