Forget about the game. Let's talk about the Angels (Los Angeles South?) class act. Yesterday, several players and coach's - many of whom are former Dodgers - payed tribute to Vin Scully in a small get together prior to the start of the game. They greeted him like an old friend and passed along numerous gifts as a sign of their affection. Via Fabian Ardaya at MLB.com:
"This is no fanfare," Scioscia said as he surprised Scully in front of a small group consisting of former players, coaches and members of the Angels organization. "All the words have already been said about you and your career."Along with Scioscia, also on-hand was Mike Trout, Jared Weaver, Dave Hansen, Ron Roenicke and Alfredo Griffin.
Scioscia spoke fondly of Scully, who called most of his games throughout his playing career when he was a catcher for the Dodgers.
"I've never considered myself a neighbor," Scioscia said. "I've always considered myself a part of the Dodger family."
As for last nights game, I think Dodgers starter Ross Stripling said it best. Via Fabian Ardaya and Jack Baer at MLB.com:
"Another frustrating game. It just feels like I'm always battling," Stripling said. "I couldn't get the first guy out to lead off an inning and was constantly in the stretch. Felt like the game was at a snail's pace for me, couldn't imagine what it feels for you guys."The photo above via @Angels on twitter. Go here to check out a bunch of great pics by Jon SooHoo from the game. Below are more links to check out:
- This Day in Dodgers History: In 1971 Al Downing shut out the Astros, 3-0, in a game that lasted just one hour and 30 minutes - a record at Dodger Stadium. In 1979 Don Sutton defeated the Reds to become the winningest pitcher in Dodgers franchise history. He won his 210th game in Blue.
- Happy Birthday, Jason Werth!
- Video: Backstage: Bob Geren's Routine (Link Here)
- Here's a nice story about our new organist - Dieter Ruehle. Via Brian Bencomo at LA Weekly, "The Dodgers' New Organist Might Sound Familiar — He Plays for the Kings and Lakers, Too."
Although this is the first year that the 47-year-old Ruehle will be playing full-time at Dodger Stadium, he’s no stranger to Chavez Ravine.
“I had been filling in on the organ at Dodger Stadium since 2013,” Ruehle says. “During this past off-season, the Dodgers asked if I was interested [in a full-time position].”
Dodgers director of production Greg Taylor says that Ruehle was at the top of the team’s list when longtime organist Nancy Bea Hefley retired at the end of last season.
“There was definitely a comfort level there,” Taylor says. “We knew that he was familiar with the routine and we knew what his capabilities were.”
- So, I answered some Dodgers related questions about the season for Peter Schiller at Baseball Reflections. Check it out here.
- Just to keep things in perspective. Via Grant Bisbee at SB Nation, "The Dodgers are contending right now because of the trades they didn't make."
- George Vrechek at Sports Collectors Digest shares his interview with Baseball photographer Doug McWilliams. (Link Here)
- So when will AGon be back to the Dodgers lineup? Bill Shaikin of the LA Times tells us on twitter:
Adrian Gonzalez is expected to return to #Dodgers starting lineup Saturday, Dave Roberts said— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) May 20, 2016
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