Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 11/29/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

What the heck is this?

Given that today is Vin Scully's 90th birthday I thought I would start off the morning with something I ran into on eBay recently. Above are commemorate Dodger Stadium and Vin Scully coins given away by 76 gas stations this year (much like the handful of pins they sent to fans the past couple years). This is the first I've heard of this promotion, so I am unsure if this is still going on, or is over. I guess I'll have to track down a 76 Station to find out. If you happen to know please pass that along.

Below are more links to check out:
So when Friedman, general manager Farhan Zaidi, vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes and the rest of new management took over the Dodgers' front office that fall (2014), their task was to turn a playoff-caliber team into a championship-caliber one.
By 2017, they had done just that. The Dodgers won 104 games, the franchise's most since moving from Brooklyn. They reached their first World Series since 1988, where they took the Astros to seven games before falling. They did it with a mix of standout homegrown players, shrewd trade acquisitions and fruitful scouting in every area.
  • This is fantastic. Per Tad Walch at the Deseret News; "Dodger Dogs, Mormons and Muslims: One couple's moral authority builds interfaith bridges."
The 2015 annual "Mormon Night" at a Los Angeles Dodgers game happened to fall during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. 
So Steve and Judy Gilliland, a Mormon couple who observe Ramadan in solidarity with their numerous southern California Muslim friends, fasted throughout the day. They invited a group of local Islamic leaders to attend the game with them.
After sundown, the Mormons and Muslims ended the day's fast together over Dodger Dogs. 
"What's more American Muslim than that?" said Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.
I get a text from my agent saying “Is this true? Were you not gonna tell me?” and I’m like what are you talking about? He said some guy is reporting that you talked to your family over Thanksgiving and you’re gonna retire. I said “I didn’t talk to anyone, actually we didn’t talk one dang thing about baseball all week.”

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