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Former Dodgers starter Ismael "Rocket" Valdez was at Dodger Stadium to visit with old friends. In the photo above (tweeted by Ismael) he is sandwiched by Fernando Valenzuela and Pepe Yniguez in the pressbox.
Below are more links to check out:
- This Day in Dodger History: In 1947 Jackie Robinson stole home for the first time in his career. It was in a game against the Pirates and left-hander Fritz Ostermueller was the pitcher.
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA; "Dodgers sign Randy Choate to minor league contract."
- Yesterday Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced a bill that would name a portion of the I-210 freeway between State Route 2 and Orange Grove Boulevard the "Jackie Robinson Memorial Highway.” It is along a commonly used route to Dodger Stadium for fans coming from the Eastern Los Angeles County. Per a press release:
“Jackie Robinson is not only an inspiring figure to us for his accomplishments in athletics, but also as a civil-rights-era trailblazer who advocated for social change,” said Assemblyman Gatto. “His contributions to baseball and society have made an everlasting impression on our nation.”
“It’s only fitting to honor Jackie Robinson by naming this stretch of highway near the home he grew up and lived in,” said Gatto, whose father and uncles were present at Dodger Stadium in 1972 when Robinson had his number retired. “The sacrifices and differences he made will always be remembered.”
- As a part of this weeks Topps "Throwback Thursday" limited edition sets, Clayton Kershaw is available on a vintage 1958 Topps TV Westerns card. Check it out on the right. It is a part of a six-card set of flamethrowing pitchers. Go here to check it out and order.
- Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider; "As others gush about his future, A.J. Ellis stays in the present." I would be very disappointed if he doesn't become a Dodgers coach.
“I just always have the faith and confidence that there’s a great plan in my life, and it’s going to be taken care of, that as long as I continue to be a man of integrity and a man of character, things will work out the way they’re supposed to work out.”
- Yesterday was not a good day for Hyun-Jin Ryu. He got pelted in his second rehab start at Oklahoma City. Via an MiLB report; "Round Rock Downs Dodgers, 9-6: Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ryu charged will loss in his second rehab start with OKC."
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu continued his rehab assignment with a second stint and start with Oklahoma City. He was charged with the loss, allowing eight runs (five earned) and 10 hits, including two home runs, over 4.0 innings.
Ryu did not issue a walk and recorded four strikeouts. He threw 77 pitches, including 57 strikes.
- Tomorrow, Saturday 25th will be the third annual Dodgers RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) PlayerFest at Dodger Stadium from 1:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Six-thousand youngsters outfitted in their Dodgers RBI uniforms will have the opportunity to participate in this mid-season celebration for the Dodgers RBI program. The PlayerFest will include a brief program with remarks from Dodgers RBI Gold Sponsor Bank of America and a tribute to the late John Young, founder of Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities. All in attendance will be invited to watch the Dodgers take on the Pirates on DodgerVision at 4:15 p.m.
Dodgers RBI PlayerFest will include various activities including: rock climbing, obstacle courses, bungee trampolines, face painting, mazes, Kids Run the Bases, Dodger alumni autographs, stadium tours and the Dodger Pitching Inflatable. The Dodger character will be on hand, free eye screenings will be offered by LADF partner Vision To Learn and stadium tours will take place throughout the day. Gazillion Bubbles will be on site with their bubble car and five-foot tower, Read Conmigo will distribute bilingual books, Chef Merito will offer seasoning samples, iHeart Radio will provide a DJ for PlayerFest and KIND will distribute snacks. Mattel will provide a 25-foot Hot Wheels track, Bounce off, Barbie box and a Hot Wheels photo op. The LA Sparks will also be on hand with giveaways.
- This is for the Lakers fans. Via Rich Mueller at Sports Collectors Daily; "Jerry West Collection Gets Home at West Virginia."
Don’t look for Jerry West’s basketball memorabilia to come to auction anytime soon—at least not all of it. West has donated a chunk of his collection to his alma mater, West Virginia University. He appeared at a special dedication there this week.
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