Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 4/17/2019 - Dodgers Links - "That's Called a Winning Streak"

Winning is infectious.

Last night Kenta Maeda continued the parade by going a solid 6.2 innings to help the Dodgers win their third consecutive game (boxscore). Since Stripling's start on Sunday Dodger starters have given up just 13 hits in 21.2 innings -- yielding just four earned runs, four walks while striking out 14 batters. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“That’s what our guys are capable of,” Roberts said. “It’s one of those things where I think Ross started that and the momentum sort of builds from there and the next guy wants to do the same thing.”
Photo above Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1934 Casey Stengel made his managerial debut as the Dodgers skipper as Brooklyn defeated the Boston Braves, 8-7In 1947 Jackie Robinson recorded his first major league hit -- a bunt single down the third base line off of Boston Braves hurler Glenn ElliottIn 1955 Roberto Clemente, who started out as a Dodger prospect, singles off of Dodger pitcher Johnny Podres for his first major league hit. In 1956 future Hall of Famer Don Drysdale pitched in his very first game. He threw one inning of hitless relief in the ninth inning of a losing game. In 1994 the Dodgers belted 19 runs against the hapless Pirates to tie a club record for most runs in a game. In 2013 Clayton Kershaw struck out his 1,000th batter of his career -- the victim was Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso.
  • Happy BirthdayAd YaleJake DaubertStan AndrewsMarquis Grissom & Gary Bennett!
  • Dodger Talk - Dodgers legend Reggie Smith joins David Vassegh to talk about Jackie Robinson (Link Here).
  • Via an AP story at ESPN -- "Fan sues Dodgers, says security roughed him up."
Antunez's lawsuit said he went to the game with a woman who accidentally spilled beer on another fan. The irate fan called security, and Antunez's friend was asked to leave.

We’ve all heard stories of Rube chasing fire engines, but Todd has a different take on it:
“Rube chased them because he wanted to help the firefighters fight the fire. At one time he lived in the loft of a firehouse in Wheeling West Virginia. I know of a story where he was walking down the street in the city in which a wood burning stove caught fire and was going to burn the building down. Rube proceeded to bear hug the stove and carry it outside to save the day.”
  • Here's a great read about one of the first Cuban Baseball refugees. Via Rachel McDaniel at FanGraphs -- "The 17-Year-Old Boy in the 16-Foot Boat."
The story of Manuel Gazmuri, like those of all Cuban players who have made their way to the major leagues, is remarkable. It is a striking display of willpower and determination, of the strength that people can summon under extraordinary circumstances. But it is also a story from which Gazmuri’s own perspective is shockingly absent. It is a story whose meaning changed depending on who was doing the telling. In Cuba, Gazmuri was a model of revolutionary youth and excellence, until he was a vicious traitor. In the United States, Gazmuri was a symbol of Castro’s tyranny, a heartwarming symbol of the value of American freedoms. And then, to both, he was nothing. He faded away, never having the opportunity to take control over his own narrative. He was at all points a signifier of some broader ideological meaning. He never got to signify himself — his determination, his experience, his incredible baseball talent.

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