Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Want to Carve some Dodger Pumpkins? - Here Are Some Templates

I'm probably way too late in putting these up, so I apologize in advance.  Below are several templates for carving your very own Dodger-themed Halloween pumpkin.  Click on any of the pics below to embiggen.  If you've got any of your own you'd be willing to share please pass them along.  I'd love to have a Clayton Kershaw outline.

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Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Tommy Lasorda, Steve Garvey and JJ Redick

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.

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This coming Friday, October 30th Tommy Lasorda and Author Colin Gunderson will be having a book signing at the B Sweet Dessert Bar on Sawtelle Boulevard.  As you can see in the flyer below, it will be during the Game 3 of the World Series.  An exact time of their appearance has yet to announced.  Tommy will be there starting at 5:00 PM.  For more information go here, here, here or here.
B Sweet
Dessert Bar
2005 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025
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To kick off the grand opening of a new Dick's Sporting Goods store at the Glendale Galleria former Dodger great Steve Garvey and current LA Clippers guard JJ Redick will be making appearances.  Go here for information.
  • Steve Garvey will appear on Saturday, October 31st from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
WRISTBAND REQUIRED! Beginning at 8AM local time, 300 wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the store on the day of event only. Limit one wristband and one autograph per person. Fans must have a wristband and must be in the Special Appearance line by 11:00AM to receive an autograph. Times and appearances are subject to change without notice. See store for details. 
  • JJ Redick will appear on Sunday, September 1st from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
WRISTBAND REQUIRED! Beginning at 9AM local time, 300 wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the store on the day of event only. Limit one wristband and one autograph per person. Fans must have a wristband and must be in the Special Appearance line by 4:00PM to receive an autograph. Times and appearances are subject to change without notice. See store for details.
Dick's Sporting Goods 
Glendale Galleria 
200 W Broadway 
Glendale, CA 91210
818-476-5960 
Hat Tip: Roberto at Vin Scully is My Homeboy.

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2015 Topps Update Baseball - The Dodger All-Star Cards

Here is a final look at the Dodgers' cards found in packs of 2015 Topps Update.  Below are all of the 2015 All-Star Game related cards.  Go here to check out all of my previous post on this set.

Of special note is the MLB All-Star Game Access card of Clayton Kershaw below.  This might be my favorite Dodger card of 2015.  Seated on Clayton's lap is his young daughter Cali Ann Kershaw.  If she ever becomes a famous athlete herself this will be her rookie card.

MLB All-Star Game Access

#MLB-6 Joc Pederson                  #MLB-12 Zack Greinke

#MLB-15 Clayton Kershaw

Blog Kiosk: 10/28/2015 - Dodger Links - Bernie Sanders, Mattingly and the Dodger Hat Guy


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 C├íncer (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.

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