Wednesday, June 27, 2012

This Weekends Autograph Alley

Here are this weekends Autograph Alley/ Viva Los Dodgers signers.  I received this information too late to include in todays Weekend Autograph Opportunities post.

Thu, June 28 Dennis Powell  Autograph Alley 5:10pm – 6:30pm
Fri, June 29 Billy Ashley  Autograph Alley 5:10pm – 6:30pm
Sat, June 30 On-Field Photo Day at Dodger Stadium
Sun, July 1 Tim Leary  Viva Los Dodgers 3:10pm – 4:30pm

Amir “King” Khan  Two-time world champion at Viva Los Dodgers 

Dodgers Blog Kiosk: 6/27/2012

Talk about fair-weather.  Josh Macciello can kiss my rear-end.  I'm not sure why he thinks the current Dodgers owners are getting a free pass.  A team excelling well beyond expectations goes through a rough patch and this guy blames the fans for not demanding immediate changes.  I suppose we should trade the farm for a short term fix.

I should also add that I do trust Stan Kasten to steer this ship in the near-term and long-term interest of the team.  That said, I'm not quite at "In Stan, I Trust" mode yet, but considering his track record I wouldn't be wrong in believing that.
  • Matt Kemp is the National League team captain- which means he gets to choose who will be in the Home Run Derby.  Adam Berry at MLB reports that Kemp has decided that Bryce Harper will not be participating.  
"It's not because he's a rookie. It's just that there are other guys out there that are capable," Kemp told USA Today. "I'm not saying he wouldn't do a good job in the Home Run Derby. He's going to have plenty of time to participate in many Home Run Derbies. Just not this year. Nothing against him. I love watching him play." 
The Dodgers have informed their season ticket holders that they’ll have the exclusive opportunity to purchase individual tickets to the Sandy Koufax (August 7 vs COL) & Vin Scully (August 30 vs ARI) Bobblehead Nights starting at 10am this Friday, June 29.
In the email they informed that those tickets won’t be available to the general public, each season ticket account is limited to 8 tickets per game.
Obviously, this isn't the best solution for non-season ticket holders, but I don't begrudge the Dodgers for doing it.  After all, there's still StubHub, and this is a back door way of rewarding their season ticket holders.  Check out Eye on LA Sports to comment.
  • MLB's Official Historian, John Thorn, writes about Baseball's first professional contract.
  • Via Deadspin, A Dodgers son makes a big mistake.  Raul Mondesi Jr. failed to touch home plate on a game tying home run.
"On any home run, the umpire has one job, and that's to watch the plate and make sure the runners touch it. He said he (Mondesi) missed it by eight inches. It's a terrible way to lose a ballgame, but the guys learned a good lesson. From now on, make sure you jump on the plate on a homer," he added (Helena manager Jeff Isom).
  • "How to be Classy in 3 Easy Steps," via Will Cady's Ego.
  • Nephew to Don Mattingly, Danny Mattingly, commits to play football at Notre Dame, via CBS Sports.
  • Get your Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup Champions wallpaper, right here!

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Sellers, Johnstone and a Blood Drive

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  Click on any pic to embiggen.

UPDATE:  For information on this coming weekends Autograph Alley at Dodger Stadium, go here.  Dennis Powell, Tim Leary and Billy Ashley will be signing for fans.  I had received this information too late to include with this post.

Join the 14th Annual Angels vs. Dodgers Booster Clubs Life-Saving Partnership Blood Drive 

The Angels Booster Club and the Los Angeles Dodgers Booster Club are asking you to help save lives and cast your vote for your favorite team by giving blood.  It is on Saturday, June 30, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Schedule your appointment now or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Go to this link for location information.

All presenting donors will receive a SPECIAL Commemorative t-shirt, a voucher for 2 tickets to an Angels or Dodger Home Game. Quantities limited. Schedule an appointment now!


 Dodgers infielder Justin Sellers will be signing in Woodland Hills.

*$25.00 $20.00 per Autograph Ticket ( ANY ITEM AT THE DOOR)
$5.00 for inscriptions /personalization
$3.00 per authentication (Hologram)
2 Autographs for $30.00
* Price dropped to $20.00 for 1 autograph ticket

All Star Collectibles 
Westfield Promenade Mall 
6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd,  2nd Floor Store #2330 
Woodland Hills, CA 91367 
(818) 710-0513
Go to this link for more information.


Former Dodger Jay Johnstone will be signing free autographs in the City of Industry on June 30, 2012 from 10:00 Am to 12:00 PM.  

Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Cafe #2 
13131 Crossroads Pkwy South 
City of Industry, CA 91746
(626) 968-3230

Collection: Preacher Roe Fleer Greats

Following up on my post from earlier this week featuring a 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game autographed card, I come back today with another Preacher Roe card.  This time it's a 2004 Fleer Greats autographed card. 

Did you know that there is a Preacher Roe website?  See it here. I found that out last night as I did just a little bit of research for this post.  I figured I would see if I could find some choice quotes for a man not considered to be at a loss for words.  Fortunately, his website did not disappoint.  Check out what I found below:

This is probably his most famous of quotes-
"I've got three pitches, my change, my change off my change, and my change off my change off my change."
This one just made me laugh-
"One day in a tough game I was passing Lonnie Warneke and he said, 'Preach, I may have my superiors on the bases, but when it comes to balls and strikes, I'm second to no man.' And I commenced thinking careful and when I was done I told him, 'Horse@#, Lon.'"