Wednesday, July 27, 2016

2016 Donruss Optic Baseball - The Dodgers Autograph Cards

Here is a final look at the 2016 Donruss Optic Baseball card set.  Featured below are all of the Dodgers autograph cards.  Of special note are the "Rated Rookies Retro Signature" cards of Corey Seager. It's really neat seeing Seager on these classic Donruss designs from the 80's.

Optic Autographs

#4 Clayton Kershaw

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Steve Yeager in Whittier

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.

Former Dodgers catcher Steve Yeager will be signing autographs at Jimmy's USA in Whittier this coming Saturday, July 30th from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM.  Go here for information.
Jimmy's USA
12327 Whittier Boulevard
Whittier, CA 90602

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Blog Kiosk: 7/27/2016 - Dodgers Links - Ruehle, Kershaw, Ethier and Kenta Maeda

I was going to make note of Bud Norris' fantastic performance on the mound yesterday evening (and I still might), but this is far more fun.  Featured in the photo above and below, via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016, is Kenta Maeda with his doppelganger.

From what I understand, this super-fan came to the game in full uniform, which happened to be both Maeda bobblehead night and Japan Night at the stadium, and was immediately noticed by someone with the Dodgers.  Soon, he was invited to the dugout, met with the pitcher himself and even hung out with the rest of the rest of the guys in the dugout.  Check out this fun video of the kid entertaining the "Boys in Blue."

As for Norris, he was fantastic in 6.1 innings of work.  He struck out six, walked two, gave up just two hits and no runs to earn his third victory as a Dodger.  Via Doug Padilla at ESPN:
“I think that even before he came over, he was really throwing the ball well, and I still think the best of Bud Norris, we’re still going to see,” manager Dave Roberts said. “Tonight he was really good. And he’ll say this too: There is even more in there. For him to come here, he wants to be a Dodger and to give us a huge lift, he expects that of himself and of us, the same.”
Go here to check out a bunch of great pics by Jon SooHoo and Juan Ocampo from yesterdays game.  BTW, the Dodgers remain 2.5 games behind the Giants in the West and hold a holds a 2.5 game lead over Miami in the Wild-Card race.  Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodger History: In 1996 Darren Driefort appeared in a game for the first time since having Tommy John surgery for the first time.  He threw 1.1 innings of scoreless relief against the Astros. 
  • Happy Birthday, Leo Durocher!