Sunday, October 18, 2009

Tommy Says It All

Tommy is in Philly and let's us know how he feels.
I hate the Phillie Phanatic.

It may have something to do with this.

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UPDATE: This comes directly from Tommy's blog.

I called the front office of the Phillies and told them how I felt. They can play with kids in the stands, but running over the dummy was simply wrong, and that kids would get the wrong impression. Apparently, they didn’t care.

The next time we were in Philadelphia, I confronted the Phanatic. I told it not to use my jersey anymore, and so the next time he did, I was forced to act. I went right up to it and body slammed it to the turf.

I often wondered how it got my jersey, and then I found out how. Steve Sax would give it the jerseys because my players thought it was a funny thing to do.

That is so great. Steve Sax is my new hero.

Dodger Correspondence: Ralph Mauriello

Here is another edition of vintage correspondence with an old-time Dodger player. USC graduate and former Dodger pitcher Ralph Mauriello writes to Roy and shares his main career highlights.
My career highlights were two:
  1. My first (and only) major league win against Chicago, September 1958.
  2. Being a member of the Dixie Series Champions of 1955, the Mobile Bears. We were in last place on July4.
Ralph only had a opportunity to pitch for the Blue Crew in three games in 1958, two of them starts. In 11.2 innings he struck out 11 (not too bad), but yielded 8 walks and 10 hits. Unfortunately, his lack of control with the big club meant a short Major League career. Nevertheless, he did find success on the diamond at one time. In 1955 with the AA Champion Mobile Bears, a Brooklyn farm club, he went 18-8 with a 2.76 ERA.
(pic link: Opening Day 2008, Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images North America)

Blog Kiosk: 10/18/2009

I choose to ignore the divorce talk. After all, they are but temporary holders of the "Boys in Blue."
  • Will Ohman has bee released. His option with the Dodgers for 2010 has been declined and his contract was bought out.
  • Great pic of a Dodger fan from twitter: @DodgerLadies.
  • I'm hoping for a quick recovery for rising soccer star Charlie Davies after a deadly car crash this past week.
  • Zack Hample visited the MLB Network and has pictures to prove it.
  • Here's a nice story about Josh Gibson in the NY Times. (Hat Tip: Vin Scully is My Homeboy) Below is his one and only known vintage Baseball card, a 1950-1951 Toleteros from Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, it came out several years after his death. There is no known card produced during his playing days. Vintage collectors still hope one will show up from his playing days in the Mexican Leagues, Puerto Rico, Cuba or the Dominican Leagues.
  • The Topps Archives introduces us to the 1956 Topps Western Round-Up non-sport set.
  • Giving credit when credit is due. T.S. O'Connell writes a great commentary about the disappointment of not getting the Olympics in Chicago.
  • Check out these never before seen photos of the 1969 Miracle Mets.
  • College phenom, Stephen Strasburg, pitches 3.1 innings in his professional debut in the Arizona Fall League.
  • A Brazilian paint fight.

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Yhea, I'm a geek. Stormtroopers reminisce about the Death Star.

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