Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dodgers Blog Kiosk: 9/19/2012

2012 Topps Triple Threads is officially out.  Topps shared the above photo of the Jackie Robinson bat knob card on twitter in celebration.  Below is a really great looking Steve Garvey book card they shared.  Both of these cards are "1 of 1".  BTW, I'll be featuring cards from the set, including base cards and some of the relics, soon
  • So, wait a minute here... Kershaw might pitch again this season.  Why are we playing with danger.  Via Mike Fiammetta at we find out that Clayton got a second opinion.
Clayton Kershaw was examined Tuesday by a hip specialist, who said the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner can continue to pitch without risking further damage to his right hip, but the Dodgers will not allow Kershaw to take the mound if the pain persists.
Q: What are the similarities between hockey and baseball?
A: “I think the grind. You don’t play every day in hockey but the physical grind of playing an NHL season is not easy, much like playing baseball where you play it every single day. They’re different type of sports, baseball’s not a contact sport as hockey is, but the daily grind, traveling all the time and getting ready to play every day is very similar. From an athletic standpoint you need great hand-eye coordination in both sports.”
  • Michael Winerip at the New York Times shares some letters from his father who had written to both Lou Gehrig and Jackie Robinson with a questionnaire.  Check out their responses back to him.  Jackie named HOF Al Barlick as his favorite umpire, Branch Rickey as the greatest influence on his career, Dick Tracy was his favorite comic, and his favorite song was Mona Lisa.
  • Eric Stonestreet of "Modern Family" fame was kicked out of a Dodger game for a little altercation, via TMZ.
  • Three year old Christian Haupt is everywhere.  Here, Joe McDonnell at FoxSports writes about the pitching prodigy.
Christian Haupt is just three-years-old. That's not a typo. He's really just three. And with the perfect motion — at least for a prodigy — he threw the ball harder, straighter and longer than most of the men, women or children chosen to throw out the ceremonial first pitch over the course of a season in Chavez Ravine.
And this kid is passionately Baseball crazy.
 "He started watching a black and white baseball documentary one time, and it was the only show he would watch on television for a year-and-a-half. He would watch it for 10 or 20 minutes a day—nothing else. Not a live game; not cartoons. So, that's when we knew he had the passion."
Fans of L.A.'s Big Blue, your team's Chavez Ravine digs are destined for a new look. The Los Angeles Dodgers have selected Ashton Design to do a renovation of the historic baseball stadium.

The Baltimore-based firm made the announcement themselves on their site blog, revealing two members of "team Ashton," Jonathan Han and Ronnie Younts, have already been doing some preliminary walk-throughs of the venue.
  • AEG is for sale.  They are the owner of the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings and the Galaxy.  Via The Fourth Period.

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