Monday, August 15, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 8/15/2016 - Dodgers Links - Puig, Ethier, Magic and Kershaw

Check out who made it to the LA Coliseum for the Rams first preseason game in Los Angeles since coming back to California, via a pic tweeted by the NFL.  Clayton Kershaw, following an afternoon win at Dodger Stadium over the Pirates, 8-4, was spotted on the sidelines during the Rams victory over Dallas. 

I wonder who he was rooting for.  Being a Texas native it wouldn't be surprise to find out that he's a Cowboys fan.  On the other hand, he did send the LA Rams players, coaches and personnel 200 bottles of Johnnie Walker Blue Label scotch whisky as a welcome gift to the Southland.

BTW, this past Sunday was Magic Johnson's birthday, so the team presented him with his own cake on the field.  Photo directly above via Jill Weisleder/LA Dodgers 2016Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game from Jill and Jon SooHoo.  Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodger History:  In 1914 Jake Daubert set a NL record with four sacrifices in one game.  In 1926 Babe Herman famously tripled into a double play.  Per a description at
With one out and the bases loaded, Herman hit a line drive off the right field wall and Hank DeBerry, the runner on third, scored easily. Dazzy Vance, the runner on second, rounded third, but stopped 30 feet past the bag and started back. Chick Fewster, the runner on first, was coming full steam around second and soon found himself at third with Vance.

Herman, meanwhile, oblivious to what was transpiring at third base, tore around the bases until he also was at third base. Both Fewster and Herman were tagged out, ending the inning.

"Everybody," Herman said years later about the play, "overlooks the fact that the run I knocked in on that play was the winning run."
  • Via Adam Berry at; Cole, Hurdle delighted to meet Scully: Dodgers' legendary broadcaster shares stories with Bucs pitcher, skipper."
Cole spoke with reverence about Scully's style and stories. He was dumbfounded when Scully -- a man who narrated Jackie Robinson's story, Kirk Gibson's home run and countless other historical baseball moments -- said he enjoyed watching the "local boy" Cole.

"He was really looking forward to watching me play this series because he remembered me," Cole said. "I was like, 'What the ... come on.'"
“Dre has exchanged some text messages with some players; I haven’t talked to Dre in a couple of weeks, but as I understand it he is swinging the bat, taking some batting practice, doing some weight-bearing jogging,” Roberts said. “So September is certainly realistic, but to what capacity or extent, I don’t know.”
“The thing I realized most is that you’re not going to make everybody happy — not the players, not the media, not the fans,” he said. “I realized that quickly. Every decision you make, someone is going to be upset and disagree with. That just comes with the job.”
Q: Is your ultimate goal to be back in the big leagues?
A: I’m here because I was not doing the right things over there. I’m here to improve myself, I’m here to become a better athlete again. That’s their position. Right now I’m going to focus on being better at the plate, being a better athlete and a better teammate.
  • Via Harold Uhlman at Think Blue LA; "After making history Dean Kremer makes Loons debut: Young right-hander becomes first Israeli citizen to sign with MLB team."
  • Baseball America made note of Dodgers prospect Yusniel Diaz in this mornings prospect report:
L.A.’s No. 9 prospect at midseason, Diaz drove in a career-best six runs Sunday as high Class A Rancho Cucamonga routed Visalia (Diamondbacks) 17-8. Diaz went 4-for-6 with a homer and overall is slashing .272/.338/.420, including .326 in the past 11 games. A super athletic player, Diaz has great bat speed. He’s learning to sync up his long swing with his lower body, which will lead to more power. 
  • American sprinter Jesse Owens became lifelong friends with fellow 1936 Olympian Luz Long, a German long-jumper.  A strange relationship considering the times.  Via Letter of Note, "Tell him about his father", Long writes to Owens prior to his death in WWII and asks Jesse to:
Tell him, Jesse, what times were like when we not separated by war. I am saying—tell him how things can be between men on this earth.

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