Thursday, August 11, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 8/11/2016 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Members of the LA Sparks came out to Dodger Stadium yesterday afternoon.  Kristi Tolliver and Jantel Lavender threw out an ceremonial first pitch, and as a group said those immortal words; "It's Time for Dodgers Baseball." 

Unfortunately, the ladies didn't provide the Dodgers much luck.  The Dodgers lost to the Phillies, 6-2, and fall one game back of the Giants in the NL West.

Photos above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016Go here to check out more more pics by Jon from yesterdays game.  Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodger History:  In 1951 the very first ballgame broadcast in color happened on WCBS-TV for a game between the Dodgers against the Braves at Ebbets Field.  In 1969 Don Drysdale announced his retirement from the game.  In 2015 every home team won their game, making that a first in the live ball era with a full slate of games.
  • Via Nick Diunte at Baseball Happenings; "Book Review: 'Handsome Ransom Jackson: Accidental Big Leaguer'"
The humble third baseman tells his narrative from a reflective position, at times in amazement of his own experiences and accomplishments. His ability to clearly recall detailed stories of how he played in college with Bobby Layne, to playing for Ty Cobb on a semi-pro team, as well as how he handled competing with Jackie Robinson for the third base position with the Brooklyn Dodgers, give his words the proper momentum to seamlessly roll one story right into the next. 
"My dad's a coach in the Alaska Winter League, my brother is in the process of starting his college coaching career, and I can see myself doing it, too," Pederson said. "I've learned so much from coaches over the years, like Johnny Washington, Shawn Wooten, Damon Mashore, Ron Roenicke -- people who have influenced my career.

"I wasn't the highest Draft pick or the best player in high school. Coaches have changed my career, and I appreciate them having put me in the right direction, shown me how to play the game the right way -- my dad, as well. It's fun to watch kids go out and compete, and I just want to share that influence with others."
  • Following up on the preview pic of Topps 2017 flagship Baseball card design, Blowout Buzz has even more preview pics to gawk over.  Check those out here.  Below are pics of a Julio Urias and Jackie Robinson cards.
  • FYI, this coming Saturday in National Baseball Card Day and hundreds of hobby shops throughout North America are participating.  Go here for more information; including a list of participating stores and a checklist of the cards being given out.  Collectors are to receive a free six-card pack.  BTW, the checklist includes both Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager.
  • Jeff Pearlman shares a fantastic personal story; "The Los Angeles Rams, my son and sport at its best." I hadn't realized that Rams training camp was in my neck of the woods - UCI.  I think I might have to check it out.

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