Monday, September 19, 2016

Bid on a Scully Baseball - In Benefit of LADF

Many moons ago I got lucky.  I was visiting Dodgertown one spring over ten years ago, and decided to linger around Holman Stadium after a game.  To my surprise, a line had formed near the press box area after much of the crowd had left for the exits, and standing there was Vin Scully greeting and signing for everyone in line.

How fortuitous, I thought.  I had learned from other autograph hounds that you have to leave games early in order to get anything signed from escaping ballplayers.  So, that was my mode that week.  But, for whatever reason I didn't do that during one afternoon game.  Instead, I walked around and sought to enjoy the ambiance (as if on an quixotic search for Baseball meaning).  For daydreaming, I was able to get a Vin Scully autograph on an Baseball.  Today, it remains a prized treasure in my collection.

Unfortunately, instances like that are few and far between for Dodger fans these day.  Vin Scully is the toughest and most "in-demand" autograph in the hobby, so good luck trying to get his autograph. Worst yet, I find that many of his signatures found online are not real (in my opinion).

So what's a fan to do, eh?

Fortunately, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation has a solution.  Available for auction is a real Vin Scully autographed Baseball and all proceeds from its sale will go to a good cause.  Go here to check it out. 

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Blog Kiosk: 9/19/2016 - Dodgers Links - Kazmir, Jansen, Turner and the Champion Loons

Congratulations to the Dodgers Single-A affiliate Great Lakes Loons on their Midwest League Championship series win over the Clinton LumberKings last night.  This achievement marks their first championship in their ten-year history.  The game itself was highlighted by an five-run come-from-behind sixth inning that gave the Loons a lead they never would relinquished.  Per Hugh Bernreuter at MLive:
"I think the tough times in the first half made it possible for us to persevere in games like this," Loons manager Gil Velazquez said. "Winning a championship in the minor leagues means something.

"They learned how to play when the pressure is off the charts. They learned how to come through and play big in tough situations. They played in a playoff situation and succeeded. It shows what they're made of. They carry that for the rest of their lives."
Hopefully, many of them will carry the experience learned there to the Dodgers.  Photo above via Great Lakes Loons on twitter.  Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodger History:  In 2000 a Dodger fan, in addition to other court-ordered restrictions, has been banned from attending home games in Los Angeles for 18 months. The irate patron threw coffee in the face of a Mets fan who was cheering a grand slam hit by New York's catcher Todd Pratt.
  • Happy Birthday, Charlie Haeger, Joe Ferguson and Duke Snider!