Tuesday, November 22, 2016

2017 Dodgers Home Promotional Schedule - Blue Friday Sale!

The Dodgers have officially released their 2017 home promotional schedule, and it includes ten bobbleheads, a chips and salsa dish, kids replica Corey Seager bat, a kids trash can, and eight Great Dodger Moments collectible coins. On Jackie Robinson Day fans will receive a Jackie Robinson replica statue -- which means the long promised statue that was supposed to be put at the stadium this past season will finally be going up.

Of special note, on May 3rd against the Giants, the Dodger will honor Vin Scully on the field and fans will receive an yet unannounced commemorative item.    Go here to check it all out. 

Unfortunately, none of the ten bobblehead subjects or eight Great Dodger Moments coins have been unveiled.
(Schedule above, via Dodger Insider)

On another note, the Dodgers will be hosting a Blue Friday sale at Dodger Stadium this coming Friday, November 25th.  Go here for more information.

From 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Top of the Park store in Dodger Stadium they will offer a day of merchandise sales, player autographs, fun photo ops and more!  Below is the currently announced schedule of autograph signers:
Dennis Powell
10:00am - 12:00pm

Al Ferrara

Billy Ashley
2:00pm - 4:00pm

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Vin Scully's Big Day -- Presidential Medal of Freedom Fantasy Baseball Cards

I just couldn't help myself. 

While watching this afternoon's Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony, I opened up my photoshop and started making some fantasy Baseball cards to commemorate the occasion.  Fortunately, there were plenty of pics on twitter to choose from -- just do a hashtag search #MedalOfFreedom to check some out.

A Brooklyn Dodgers "Bum" Gold-Tooth Stanford Pottery Coin Bank

Although I had highlighted this piece in the past, I thought it was worth taking another look -- especially since Inside the Park Collectibles provides a bunch of detailed photos to look at.  Featured here is an late 40's - early 50's Stanford Pottery figurine coin bank that shows a gold-toothed, cigar smoking "Bum".  In fact, this piece is commonly known to collectors as the "gold-toothed" mascot coin bank of the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Emblazoned on his chest is the word "Bum" -- an obvious reference to the anti-hero/mascot conceived by editorial cartoonist Willard Mullin. (Auction Link Here)

Blog Kiosk: 11/22/2016 - Dodgers Links - Vin Scully Goes to DC

As you certainly know, this afternoon is the White House ceremony for the presentation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in Washington DC, and Vin Scully is one of just a handful of folks to be honored.  The festivities begin at 11:55 PT, so I think it would be well worth your time to spend your lunch with Vin, the other honorees and the President.  Here is a link to watch a livestream of it all:  Whitehouse.gov.

The other recipients are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, Lorne Michaels, Robert Redford, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, Elouise Cobell, Richard Garwin, Bill and Melinda Gates, Frank Gehry, Margaret H. Hamilton, Grace Hopper, Maya Lin, Newt Minow, Eduardo Padrón and Cicely Tyson.

Photo above is of Vin Scully arriving in DC yesterday for todays ceremony, via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • I think it's important for me to note that you shouldn't get too worked up about the abundance of rumors being thrown around.  Most of what you're seeing and hearing is just clickbait; i.e bored reporters and writers trying to make something out of nothing, and hoping to get paid ad dollars in the process.  
Rest assured, the Dodgers front office has or will soon speak with every agent that represents a free agent... Every one of them... And they are likely to speak with every team in the league to explore trades.  At the end of the day, none of this stuff is really news -- it's just a regular course of their business. 
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1954 the Pittsburgh Pirates took future Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente in the Rule 5 Draft from the Brooklyn Dodgers.  In 1982 Dodger second baseman Steve Sax is named the NL Rookie of the Year.  He is the fourth consecutive Dodger to win the award.
  • Happy Birthday, Ricky Ledée!