Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 8/16/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Last night, the Blue Crew held off the White Sox until the inevitable rally began. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
“Kind of a weird night,” Wood said. “I didn’t feel like I had my best stuff. We made some (good) pitches. It’s a kind of an interesting dynamic became they’re one of the most aggressive teams in all of baseball, so it was a lot more of my secondary stuff, and I feel like we were able to command that for the most part and made some pitches and they put the ball on the ground and in the air. … I just had to hold us in there till we got that offensive explosion.”
Soon, a bases loaded hit-by-pitch drives in the go-ahead run and opened a floodgate that eventually lead to four more runs crossing the plate.

Oh... And where 50 games over .500... Let that sink in for a bit...

Pic above via SportsNet LA on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1950 Giants third baseman Hank Thompson hit two inside-the-park home runs off Dodger pitchers Don Bankhead and Carl Erskine at the Polo Grounds. Brooklyn got pummelled 16-7. In 1964 Cardinals great Curt Flood recorded eight consecutive hits against the Dodgers during a doubleheader in Los Angeles; including four hit against Sandy Koufax. Unfortunately, Koufax injured his elbow while on the basepaths and would not pitch again this season. In 1988 the Dodgers traded fan favorite Pedro Guerrero to the Cardinals for starting pitcher John Tudor. This move would prove to be an impactful one. I nine starts Tudor would solidify the rotation by going 4-3 with an 2.41 ERA and 3.36 FIP.
  • Happy Birthday, Hub NorthenBilly RhielRoger CedenoYu Darvish!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

More Dodgers Memorabilia at Heritage Auctions

A couple weeks ago I highlighted an original Norman Rockwell drawing featuring the Dodgers that is currently on auction at Heritage. With just days before the end of that sale I thought I would point to a some more Dodger memorabilia that I thought were cool.

For instance, check out the above twenty-one-pound slab of Italian white marble above. (auction link) As you likely guessed, it once resided in the Brooklyn Dodgers former home, Ebbets Field, and it's story about how it still exist is fascinating. Per the auction description:
Before a wrecking ball--painted at the whim of a dark humorist with the white hide and red stitching of a baseball--swung the more dramatic blows in wiping the Dodgers off Brooklyn's map, any contents of monetary value were salvaged. Seats were unbolted and hawked for five dollars each. Discarded bats and photos were sold at auction. And, as the exterior walls of the grandstands fell, the valuable white marble of the rotunda was carted off and repurposed in the Tri-State area's inexhaustible rush of progress.

Blog Kiosk: 8/15/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

The other day we were introduced, via a tweet from the Del Mar Racetrack, to a thoroughbred racehorse named "Puig." The four-legged speedster hit the track for the first time on Sunday in an maiden race (a race for horses who have not yet won a race) at a bit over 32-1 odds, and came in at a very respectable second place. You can watch the contest here.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1926 a daffy play happened to the daffiest of Brooklyn ballplayers. Outfielder Babe Herman, in the seventh inning and the bases loaded, hit a double off the right field wall and attempted to stretch it to a triple. Unbeknownst to him, two runners ahead of him failed to advance beyond third base. So, he cruised into third while two other Dodgers were standing there. Per the rules, the lead runner is entitled to the base, so Herman and the man who was on first (Chick Fewster) were called out. So, Herman doubled into a double play.

Monday, August 14, 2017

White Sox Series Starts on Tuesday - Stadium Giveaways, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!

The next homestand starts on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:
The Chicago Dog will be available for this homestand only against White Sox at the Extreme Loaded Dog concession areas located on the field, loge and reserve levels. It features an quarter pound of all-beef dog topped with Sport Peppers, Neon Green Relish, Diced Onions, Spicy mustard, Pickle Spear and Tomato Slices on a Poppy Seed Bun. See it on the right.
Tuesday, August 15th at 7:10 PM
TV: MLBN (out-of-market only), SNLA Spanish, SportsNet LA
Radio: 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

2017 Topps National Baseball Card Day Promo Cards - All the Dodgers Cards

As part of this past Saturday's National Baseball Card Day, Topps has issued both an in-store set and an in-stadium team set for every club in the Baseball. All thanks to a couple of great readers, I now have photos of all the Dodger players from both sets. Check them out below. Go here for a complete checklist.

In-Store Packs - Base

#3 Corey Seager

In-Stadium Packs - Dodgers Team Set - 08/11/17

#LAD-1 Clayton Kershaw

Blog Kiosk: 8/14/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

The Dodgers just win. Per Joshua Thornton and Nathan Ruiz at
"I think we take pride in just how we play the game," manager Dave Roberts said. "When you're hearing things, people get ahead of things, different things in a Major League season happen, success, struggle, whatever it may be. For us each day to come in and win a game, that's the thing we're most excited about and obviously is a byproduct of us winning a lot of games."
Last night Justin Turner lead the Dodgers with two home runs and four RBI's, and the Dodgers bullpen turned in another stellar performance. Overall, four relievers held the Padres scoreless for 3.2 inningd, recording four strike outs and allowing only one hit.

Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Go here to check out more pics by Jon and Josh Barber from yesterdays game. You can see photos from Saturday's game here. Friday's pics can be seen here. Below are more links to check out:

Friday, August 11, 2017

There's a Topps Baseball Card Promotion at Dodger Stadium Tonight

I was helpfully reminded by a reader last night that there is a Topps Baseball card promotion at Dodger Stadium scheduled for tonight's game. It is related to National Baseball Card Day -- an annual event being held at participating card shops throughout the country on Saturday, August 12th. Go here to check out a Topps press release about the promotion. Go here for a complete checklist of available cards.

The promotion consist of two different parts.

Blog Kiosk: 8/11/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Darvish was not perfect and he was far from efficient. Still, an ace pitcher, given a less than ideal start, will more often than not find a way to win. Yu Darvish, no doubt, did that last night. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
For the second time in as many games as a Dodger, Darvish struck out 10 batters. And despite the deep counts — nine 3-ball counts total — he walked two batters. 
“I fele like I was able to do the least job, going five innings, and I got the strikeouts to get (their) guys out,” Darvish told SportsNet LA’s Alanna Rizzo. “I struggled to throw first pitch strikes. … It was a battle throughout the game.”
In fact, according to ESPN Darvish is only the second Dodger since 1900 to record 10+ strike outs in each of his first two starts in Blue. Karl Spooner in in 1954 is the other.

Photo above via ESPN on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1950 the Dodgers were no-ht by Vern Bickford of the Boston Braves, 7-0. He needed only 97 pitches to accomplish the feat. In 1951 the first color televised broadcast of a ballgame is aired on WCBS-TV. It featured a game at Ebbets Field between the Dodgers and the Boston Braves. Unfortunately, the Boys of Summer lose the contest, 8-1. In 1962 the Dodgers protest the Giants tactic of wetting down the basepaths in order to slow down speedster Maury Wills at Candlestick Park. The Dodgers would lose 5-4. Giants manager Alvin Dark would forever earn the nickname "The Swamp Fox." In 1969 Don Drysdale announced his retirement from the game.  In 2015 every home team won their game -- making that a first in the live ball era with a full slate of games. 
  • Happy Birthday, Bobo NewsomLuis OlmoDennis LewallynRex HudsonMike HuffBubba Crosby!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Padres Series Starts Friday - Stadium Giveaways, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!

The next homestand starts on Friday against the San Diego Padres. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:
For this homestand against the Padres only the Dodgers have made the Taqui Changas that includes flour tortillas stuffed with smoked pork carnitas, California pepper sauce, shredded cheddar, shaved lettuce, Pico de Gallo and Sour Cream. See it on the right. It can be found at Reserve Section 32. 
Friday, August 11th at 7:10 PM
TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

2017 Topps Now -- #463 -- 80 Wins in 113 Games, Fastest in Franchise History

Featured here is a new 2017 Topps Now card that celebrates the accomplishments of the best team in Baseball. Go here to check it out and order. As you know, the Dodgers won their 80th game of the season last night, and that marks the fastest pace the franchise has ever experienced. In fact, that win put the team on a pace to win 115 games this year -- the highest win total in Dodger history. Not only that, they'll come shockingly close to tying the Major League mark for wins at 116 (held by both the 1906 Cubs and 2001 Mariners).

Players Weekend Brings Nicknames and Funny Socks

As I'm sure you know by know, the last weekend in August will be "Players Weekend" -- which happens to coincide with Little League World Series weekend in Williamsport. I mention that last part because the festivities that weekend is not only about celebrating each ballplayers personality and passion, but it's also an opportunity for them to be kids again.

Each player and coach on the field will get their own special uniform emblazoned with their own chosen nickname on the back, and the right sleeve of each jersey will have a patch with a blank space for them to write the name of a person or organization that was important to their development.

Obviously, the main draw for fans will be the goofy nicknames each player chooses, but I think there is something else worth noting first. Apparently, everyone will be wearing colorful and outrageous socks, as well. See what I mean on the right.

Blog Kiosk: 8/10/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

The Dodgers just go about their winning ways. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“I think it’s more a testament to the guys on our team,” Wood said. “It’s literally been a different guy every night.” 
On Wednesday, it was Wood, the bullpen and the No. 7 and No. 8 hitters in the Dodger lineup leading them to their 33rd comeback win of the year and moving them to 68–0 when leading after eight innings. 
“It just shows we can come back and get teams late, and our bullpen’s good enough to shut them down late,” said Joc Pederson, whose RBI double tied the game at 2 before scoring the go-ahead run.
Last nights win was the 80th of the season. Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1966 former Dodger manager Chuck Dressen died at the age of 67. In 1979 Don Sutton recorded his 50th shutout as a Dodger -- setting a new franchise record -- when he defeated the Giants at Candlestick Park, 9-0. In 1995 the first forfeit in 16 years happened during a game between the Dodgers and Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. Following the ejection of Raul Mondesi and Tommy Lasorda in the ninth inning, fans starting throwing souvenir Baseballs onto the field. The balls were given to them as a game giveaway as they entered the stadium. Watch an ESPN news story about it here.
  • Happy Birthday, Rocky ColavitoAl Osuna!

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Fernando and Kenley

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.


Blog Kiosk: 8/9/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Check out this fantastic, dated April 12, 1932, original type I International News Photo from Opening Day featuring three new Dodgers -- all of whom would eventually be inducted in the Hall of Fame -- that is currently on auction at RMY Auctions (link here). Per the description on the reverse:
A Trio of Newcomers at Brooklyn Opening
Three notables who came in for a large share of the attention at the game between Brooklyn and the Boston Braves which rang up the curtain on the new season at Ebbets Field this afternoon (Tuesday.) The new Brooklyn Men are, left to right: Hack Wilson, late of the Chicago Cubs; Max Carey, new manager; and George Kelly, another new recruit to the Brooklyn aggregation.
Unfortunately, the new faces did little to change Brooklyn's fortunes. After all, this team was still trying to shake off nearly two decades of futility experienced under Robbie Robinson's "Daffiness Boys".

On a side note, it was around this time that famed sports cartoonist Willard Mullin created the famous "Brooklyn Bum" caricature for the Dodgers.

Below are more links to check out:

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Welcome to the Blue, Dylan Floro!

Here's a little bit of news that escaped my attention over the weekend. On Friday the Dodgers announced that they had claimed right-handed reliever Dylan Floro from the Chicago Cubs. They immediately shipped him to Triple-A Oklahoma City in hopes that they found another diamond. As you know, the team likes to chase after ballplayers that have unrealized skills, and Floro appears to have something to offer. Per a brief report by John Sickels on Floro at Minor League Ball in 2016:
As you may anticipate from his background, he doesn't have a blazing fastball, working with heat in the 80s. He'll mix in a variety of breaking balls and change-ups and his delivery has some funky deception. He succeeded in college and the lower minors because he is allergic to walks and generally possess pinpoint location. Triple-A hitters exposed his thin margin for error when he started last year, but he's been more successful in shorter stretches coming out of the bullpen.

Blog Kiosk: 8/8/2017 - Dodgers Links - Yu's New Glove, Rear-Ending Seager and Cody's Bobble

The Dodgers recently announced than an 11th bobblehead would be given out to fans this season, and it will feature rookie phenom Cody Bellinger. Yesterday a preview pic was release, and it gloriously shows-off Bellinger's sweet swing. The bobble will be given out to the first 40,000 fans in attendance on Friday, September 8th against the Rockies.

Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1903 Dodger pitcher Henry Schmidt is thrown out of the game when he angrily threw the Baseball out of the park. He did this because a run scored while his infielders were arguing a close call. In 1954 Gil Hodges came up to bat in the eight inning three times. He started the inning by tripling, then hit a double his second time up, and finally flied out to center for the last out of the inning. Amazingly, 12 of the 13 runs scored that inning happened with two outs. In 1963 Frank Howard and Bill "Moose" Skowron of the Dodgers become only the second duo in baseball history to hit back-to-back pinch-hit home runs. In 2000 Dodger Stadium got a dose of homophobia. After being seen kissing during a kiss-cam, a female couple is removed from the stadium and told to never come back due to "lewd behavior". The Dodgers quickly realized what century they were in and profusely apologized -- contributing tickets to various LGBT groups and providing sensitivity training to its employees.
  • Happy Birthday, Alanna Rizzo, Clise DudleyTot PressnellFrank Howard!

Monday, August 07, 2017

Bellinger Superfractor Shows Up on eBay

Come on now... get your filthy fingers off that card!

There's nothing more annoying than seeing pics like this. As you might imagine holding this card that way is an easy way to damage it, and any bit of damage can be costly. After all, a superfractor of a stud rookie like Bellinger is likely to sell for thousands -- even if it's not the best of the superfractors available of him.

Dodgers Promo's from the 2017 NSCC -- Beckett, Topps and Panini

The 38th annual National Sports Collectors Convention, dubbed "The National", closed its doors a week ago in Chicago, and it included its fair-share of promotional cards for folks to chase after. First of all, there was a VIP program attendees could join that provided each member exclusive promo cards just for going through the door. Notably, Leaf Trading cards VIP promo featured Vin Scully (you can see that here). Other promo's were available at individual booths -- either as wrapper redemption's, a sale incentive or just for free (if you ask). Below are most of the Dodger promos given out by Beckett, Topps and Panini America that I've been able to track down

First of all, Beckett ran a sort-of scavenger hunt at The National. They produced ten different promos fashioned after their magazine covers, and partnered up with nine different retailers at the show to give them away. Only one of the cards had a Dodger on it, and it happened to also include Aaron Judge as well. See it below. It was handed out by Blowout Cards at the convention. Go here for a complete Beckett promo checklist.


Beckett Cover Promos
#4 Aaron Judge / Cody Bellinger (on reverse)

Blog Kiosk: 8/7/2017 - Dodgers Links - Weekend Odds and Ends

The Dodgers continue to punish. Last night they recorded their 15th series sweep of the season, and their first ever sweep of the Met's in franchise history. Heck, this year they haven't even been swept themselves. So, despite the numerous injuries that have hampered some of their core (Kershaw, Gonzalez, etc.) they continue to dominate like no other Dodger team ever has.

Photo above of Dave Roberts and Chris Taylor via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1915 rookie Dodger pitcher Ed Appleton committed an error due to a bit of trickery by Cardinals' manager Miller Huggins. While coaching on third base Huggins called for the ball from Appleton as he stepped on the mound. Appleton obliged and tossed the ball, only to see Huggins step aside and see the ball errantly roll on the field. A Cardinal runner then scored a run. In 2003 Eric Gagne tied the single season record for consecutive saves to start the season at 38. It also marked the 46th consecutive regular-season save overall.
  • Happy Birthday, Adonis TerryTom DrakeRocky BridgesJosé DomínguezJose De Leon!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

2017 Topps Now -- #443 & #447 -- Darvish and the Unbelievable Dodgers

Two different Topps Now Dodgers' cards have been issued this weekend. The Yu Darvish card above was made available on Saturday -- following his debut performance in Blue on Friday. It is now sold out, having sold 624 copies. Per the description on the reverse:
Yu Darvish pitched seven innings of scoreless baseball, only allowing three hit and one walk while striking out ten batters in the Dodgers 6-0 win over the Mets. Darvish is the first Dodgers pitcher since 1900 to collect 10-plus strikeouts and no more than one walk in his first start with the team.

Friday, August 04, 2017

A Whole Boatload of Yu Darvish Fantasy Dodger Cards

It is Yu Darvish Day, so naturally I had to make a whole bunch of fantasy Baseball cards featuring Yu in Dodger Blu.

Can you tell how excited I am about today's game?

2017 Topps Chrome - All the Dodgers Insert Cards

Below are all of the Dodger inserts found in packs of 2017 Topps Chrome; including the lone Dodger base variation card of Clayton Kershaw. Go here to check out all of my past post on this set.

Base Variations

#25 Clayton Kershaw
Base                               Variation

Blog Kiosk: 8/4/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

It is Yu Darvish Day! He'll pitch his first game as a Dodger this evening against the Mets, starting at 4:10 PM PST.

In other news, the Dodgers defeated the Braves last night, 7-4. Chris Taylor continues to just hit. He hit his 13th homer of the season to lead the club. Per Mark Bowman and Jaylon Thompson at
"It was a hitter's count with a guy in scoring position," Taylor said. "I wanted to be aggressive and be ready for the fastball. He has good life on his fastball, and I wanted to get in front as he left the pitch over the middle."
Photo above via Seiko Darvis on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1941 Dodgers backstop Mickey Owen became the first catcher to field three foul flies in the same inning -- during the third inning of an 11-6 win over the Giants. In 1942 the Dodgers and Giants played a game that ended up in a 1-1 tie at the Polo Grounds. It should've ended in a 5-1 Brooklyn victory when Pee Wee Reese whacked a grand slam in the ninth inning, but that was negated due to a wartime curfew of 9:10 PM. This would be the last twilight-wartime game played. In 1948 future Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell called his first Major League game. He was filling in for Dodgers legend Red Barber, who was recovering from a bleeding ulcer. The Dodgers attained Harwell's rights by trading catcher Cliff Dapper to the Atlanta Crackers -- the first and only time a trade like this was ever done. In 1980 Maury Wills becomes the manager for the Seattle Mariners. He is the third black manager in MLB history. 
  • Happy Birthday, Dolf LuqueTuck StainbackJoe PignatanoEric WeaverEric MiltonLuke AllenAlex CastellanosMike Freeman!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

2017 Topps Now -- #437 -- Cody Bellinger's 30th Home Run

This is the 16th 2017 Topps Now card to feature Cody Bellinger this season, and that doesn't include the two different autographed cards that have also been issued. As amazing as this seems to be it's no more amazing than the fact that Bellinger has now belted 30 home runs -- becoming only the second Dodger rookie to have done so (Piazza is the other) and just the 28th rookie ever in Major League Baseball to have hit as many. Heck, in the National League alone only ten batters (including Cody) have hit 30. So, he is definitely in some rarefied air. Per Jaylon Thompson at
"It is impressive and he is a baseball player," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "Cody does a lot of things defensively and in the batter's box. To be the 10th player is pretty phenomenal."

2017 Topps Chrome - All the Dodgers Base & Rookie Autograph Cards

New in stores is the super-shiny version of Topps flagship Baseball card set -- 2017 Topps Chrome Baseball. Below are all of the Dodger base and autographed base cards. Go here for a complete checklist.

Of note, we see Cody Bellinger in the Topps flagship set design for the very first time, and it's likely the exact card we'll see of him in the upcoming Topps Update set.

Base Cards

#14 Kenta Maeda            #25 Clayton Kershaw

#34 Andrew Toles

Blog Kiosk: 8/3/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

The worst thing about Baseball is learning that you are going to lose. It's inevitable. The beauty of the game is that it teaches you to persevere, regardless. More often than not, this Dodger team has soldiered on to overcome all obstacles to win. Last night, they just couldn't get over that hump. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
“They’re a scrappy bunch,” said Dodger manager Dave Roberts to SportsNetLA’s Alanna Rizzo. “They have some athletic ability and with (Freddie) Freeman in the middle of the order — he was on base three times tonight — we only put together six hits, couldn’t get a lot of baserunners and really couldn’t put things together tonight.”
Oh well, last nights loss to the Braves means it's time for a new winning streak. BTW, Cody Bellinger hit his 30th homer of the season -- becoming only the second Dodger and 28th rookie overall to have ever eclipsed the 30 home run mark. Mike Piazza hit 35 homers as a Dodger in 1993. The above pic via the Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

2017 Allen & Ginter - Dodgers' "What A Day" Insert Cards

I am finally getting around to the last subset found in 2017 Allen & Ginter that I've yet to share. Featured below are all six of the Dodgers' "What A Day" insert cards. Go here for all of my past post on this set.

What a Day!

#WAD-23 Kenta Maeda

Weekend Opportunities: Kenny Landreaux, a King and an Angel

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.


Blog Kiosk: 8/2/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

This team just wins, and it's ridiculous.

Since June 6th they are 40-6, and have won an MLB record 53 consecutive games when having any kind of lead in a game. Their starting pitchers have held other teams to two earned runs or less in 76 of their 106 games. Heck, they've reach 75 wins faster than any other Dodger team in franchise history. In other words, this team is becoming legendary.

And to add to the leagues misery, the Dodgers recent trade has already paid dividends. Lefty reliever Tony Watson got into last nights game, and immediately made an impact. With the game on the line he pitched a scoreless eighth to record his first hold as a Dodger. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“Made it exciting, but got out of it,” Watson said. 
Watson allowed a lead-off single to Brandon Phillips but recorded the next three outs, including a pop-out to Freddie Freeman to end the inning and strand a runner at third base. 
“I wanted to see him face Freeman right there, and that’s the reason we got him,” Roberts said.
Photo above via the Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1938 Dodgers President Larry MacPhail introduced the yellow baseball. It was used during the first game of a doubleheader at Ebbets Field against the Cardinals. The Dodgers won that game, 6-2. The yellow baseball would only be used three more times this season. In 1982 the United States Postal Service unveiled a new 20-cent stamp commemorating Jackie Robinson at a ceremony in Cooperstown, NY.  Robinson becomes the first ballplayer to be depicted on the US postage stamp. Check it out on the right.
  • Happy Birthday, Bill HillJim HolmesBill PosedelMike VenafroMatt GuerrierOnelki García!

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

2017 Topps Now -- #424 -- Yu Darvish is a Dodger!

I don't quite know if I would consider this Yu Darvish's first Dodgers Baseball card, but it'll have to do

As you surely know, Yu Darvish is now a Dodger, and as has been custom Topps has issued a 2017 Topps Now card to commemorate the trade. See it above and below. Sadly, there are no individual cards for the other two new Dodgers -- Tony Cingrani and Tony Watson.

Check Out This New Vin Scully Card - From the 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention

This past weekend was the 38th annual National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, and as collectors know it's an event that features numerous promos and giveaways. Fans flock to the booths run by Topps, Panini and Upper Deck in order to open up limited edition packs filled with exclusive cards, relics and autographs. Collectors also signed up for a special VIP passes that not only provided free autographs, but also a handful of promo cards to take home. One of those promo's is shown here.

Meet Yu Darvish -- In Video Form

I came across a video last night (thanks to a post by a Rangers fan on the Dodgers reddit) that made me immediately realize that I must share it here.... And heck, there's got to be other stuff online too. After all, this is the 21st century and nothing escapes the watchful eye of a fame-obsessed society like ours. Besides, I hadn't thought much of Darvish beyond the media circus that surrounded him when he first got signed. So, in the interest of learning about who he is I figured I should search high and especially low for anything that tells us about the man (and makes me laugh, too).

Firstly, here's the video that got me on this quest. I'm not entirely sure what event it originates from, but it's clearly a team sponsored show. It's from his rookie season -- 2012. Featured below is a musical skit by three scantily dressed Rangers rookies (Yu Darvish, Robbie Ross, Brandon Snyder) singing the Shania Twain song, "Man, I Feel Like A Woman." And, it's not lip-synced. Enjoy!