Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 9/15/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends


I missed this recent release from Topps yesterday. Featured here is a Topps 2020 Turn Back the Clock online exclusive card made available yesterday, and it celebrates Clayton Kershaw's complete game shutout ten-years ago. Per the description on the reverse:
September 14, 2010 -- In a game where the Dodgers only mustered one run, 22-year-old Clayton Kershaw gave the team a much needed dominant performance. The left-hander fired a complete-game shutout. allowing just four hits and leading the Dodgers to a tight, 1-0 victory over the division-rival Giants.
BTW, this Kershaw win was his first career shutout and complete game. Check out the boxscore here. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1946 the second game of a doubleheader between the Dodgers and Cubs at Ebbets Field is postponed during the fifth inning due to a giant swarm of gnats attacking the field and players and the coming evening darkness. In 1978 the home attendance at Dodger Stadium of 47,188 fans marks the first time in Major League history that a team has drawn more the three million rooters during a season at home.
  • Happy BirthdayDoc BushongBud ClancyFritz OstermuellerCharley Smith & Jim Barbieri!
  • YouTube Video: Locker Tour: Will Smith via What Pros Wear (Video Link).
  • Per Buster Olney at ESPN/ABC30 -- "'We have a heartbeat': How A.J. and Kate Pollock faced their daughter's premature birth during COVID-19."
A.J. texted friends: Pray for us. Pray for Maddi. Pray for Kate. He told the Dodgers' chaplain, and the chaplain of his former team, the Diamondbacks, and the power of good will was mustered. The avalanche of response moved him. When you're going through something like that, he would say later, you feel the sincerity of others, how genuine they are. "I think that was the time we realized, OK, she's been blanketed in prayer," Kate said. "She's going to be OK.
"I never even really questioned it. I just had this feeling that everything was going to be OK." 
Kate was in labor for 16 hours. "When she came out, and they said, 'We have a heartbeat," Kate remembered. "And there's tons of people in the room -- nurses, the doctors, labor and delivery nurses, obviously the whole NICU team. And they all shouted, 'We have a heartbeat.' And everyone's cheering, and obviously, I was crying.'"
Signs ranged from profane to punny. One said “Cheaters never prosper” along with a reminder that the Astros have a 22-23 record. Another simply stated “we hate you.” 
  • Per Mark Townsend at Yahoo Sports -- "Report: MLB has locked in four ballparks that would host games in proposed postseason bubble.' There'll be some games played at Dodger Stadium.
  • Via Matt Borelli at Dodger Blue -- "Former Dodgers Outfielder Andre Ethier Elected To 2020 Arizona Sports Hall Of Fame Class.'
  • Via Lauren Campbell at NESN -- "How David Price Continues To Help Dodgers Despite Not Being With Team.'
“I’m watching the games, first pitch to last,” Price said, via Rosenthal. “If I see anything, I try to let our people with the Dodgers know. I have no problem doing it. I enjoy doing it. Even if they don’t ask me to do it, I’m still going to do it. I guess for me it’s kind of a way to feel a part of the team.”

  • Just more riches for the Dodgers. Via a tweet from Ken Rosenthal, we find out who is one of the prospects we received in the Ross Stripling Trade -- RHP Kendall Williams:

  • Here's a must watch video featuring Vin Scully talking about his personal memorabilia currently available at Hunt Auctions.

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