Tuesday, May 24, 2016
When Clayton Kershaw does something magnificent on the mound you want to release a Topps Now card featuring him pitching.
I get it. That makes perfect sense.
But come on now! Can't we find a more unique photo?
This newest card is basically a carbon copy of his very first 2016 Topps Now card that was issued in early May. Take a look at that card on the right (original post link).
The new card, featured above and below, uses the exact same pose. In fact, the only difference is that the latter card is from a day game, and this new card is a night game - which I assume Night Owl Cards would appreciate.
This is a tradition that I'm sure many are going to miss. Featured above, via a pic by Jon SooHoo, are the umpires from last nights game tipping their caps to the Vin Scully.
For years umpires from throughout the league have honored the man behind the mic with this symbolic gesture before the start of a game, and it'll be strange to not see this ritual once he's gone.
As for the game... Well, Clayton Kershaw is the best. Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"It speaks to Clayton. He knows where we're at, where our bullpen is at, how taxed they've been," said A.J. Ellis, who caught all 17 innings Sunday and was back in there Monday with Yasmani Grandal nursing a bruised foot. "For Clayton to meet that challenge and expectations every night, it seems like every time he's pitching it's coming off a tired bullpen. What he's done so far, giving those guys a blow, you should have seen the reception he got coming in from those guys. Expectations are off the charts, they seem unmeetable and he keeps meeting them. His consistency is mindblowing. Our expectations are unfair, what we expect him to do. Yet, he meets them.
"We all know how fortunate we are. I hope all of baseball realizes what they're watching right now. I know Los Angeles, with the ovation he gets going out there for the ninth inning, appreciates his work and completing his job. We don't take it for granted. We see what he puts into it. We are in awe with the consistency, and it's fair to say we all raise our game on the day he pitches."Dodgers defeated the Reds 1-0. The only run in the game scored on a double-play ball in the sixth inning. Go here to check out some pics from the game via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016. Below are more links to check:
- This Day in Dodgers History: In 1973 Willie Davis recorded six hits in an 19 inning loss to the Mets. BTW, both teams established a NL record for hitting into an combined nine double plays.
- Happy Birthday, Brad Penny!