Monday, April 04, 2011

A Formal Joint Statement on Recent Fan Violence

Before I post the joint press release from the Dodgers, Giants and their respective Mayors and police chiefs I wanted to remind folks that a special fund has been set up for Bryan Stow. He is currently in a medically induced coma after being attacked in the Dodgers parking lot. Also, go here for info on the suspects- and how you can help. UPDATE: via Vin Scully is My Homeboy, we find out that his family has a blog in support of Bryan- see it here.
Donations for Bryan: Go to at any bank listed at or Common Wealth Credit Union and donate to account number #118881 at Common Wealth Credit Union.
Below is the press release:
The following statement was issued today by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, SFPD Interim Chief Jeff Godown, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, San Francisco Giants Managing Partner Bill Neukom and Los Angeles Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt in regard to the assault that occurred after Thursday’s Opening Day game at Dodger Stadium:
“This attack is unconscionable behavior that will not be tolerated in either of our ballparks or in either of our cities. Once apprehended, the attackers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Public safety is the top priority for all of us and even one act of random violence is unacceptable.
Baseball is a family sport that has unified our country after times of crisis and tragedy. This senseless act of violence has no place in our society and certainly not in our national pastime.
The Giant/Dodger rivalry is one of the most storied in all of sports, dating back to when the teams played across town in New York City before their moves to California. This is a great rivalry between teams competing on the field of play. That’s where it must stay.
We call on our respective citizens to stand together in honor of that rivalry as you have done throughout the years. Root hard for your teams, and do so with civility and common decency.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim Bryan Stow and his family. The best thing that we as a community of baseball fans can do to support Bryan and his family is to rise above this outrageous act and exercise good sportsmanship and mutual respect for each other.”

eBay: Dodger Smokes

Back in the 50's, smoking was not considered the health hazard we know it to be today. Players smoked and often lent their image to sell packs nationwide. Tobacco billboards were at every Baseball stadium. And, as we see in the photos, teams donated packs to serviceman through the VA.

Here is an eBay auction of a rare unopened pack of Lucky Strike cigarettes provided compliments of the Dodgers. This 50 year old vintage memorabilia item sold for $28.00.

Auto Collection: JD Drew Sweet Spots

J.D. Drew is a very good hitter. But, if you ask me, he isn't worth the aggravation and salary it takes to get him. As all Dodger fans remember, he came over as a power slugging outfielder that would help us fill a spot vacated by Shawn Green. And sure, he did just that. He went on to hit .284 with 35 home runs and a .905 OPS in his two years wearing Blue (including 1/2 a year struggling through injuries). Then, he left using an escape clause in his contract and signed as free agent to play for Boston. Ingrate!

Anyway, I should just destroy any Drew card I have in my collection. He obviously has no appreciation for the "Blue" and I should therefore remove him from my mental database. Unfortunately, reality trumps my fanatic desires. He once wore Blue; therefore, I am obligated to include him in my collection.

Above is my 2006 Sweep Spot Signatures card of him from 2006. I also had the fortune of picking up a very scarce "1 of 1" Sweet Spot Signature card featuring black stitching. See it below.