Tuesday, July 03, 2012

We Sure are an Ugly Bunch

The Onion has some fun at our expense.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were forced to stop play Sunday against the Chicago White Sox to allow the grounds crew to come out and pull a tarp over the unsightly Dodger Stadium crowd. "You hate to stop the game, but it was getting next to impossible for the guys to play in conditions like that," manager Don Mattingly said.
Check out the rest here.

Star Wars Night Pics from the Twittersphere

As you know, last night was Star Wars Night at Dodger Stadium and I was unable to attend.  Fortunately, the wonders of twitter was there to capture the event.  Below are numerous pics of the evening as found on twitter.  Before you check that out, though see these graphics put together by the Dodgers featuring several Dodgers as Star Wars characters.  The most outrageous of which was the Chad Billingley/ Chewbacca pic.  See it below.  It is really scary.  Go here to see all 10 made by the Dodgers.  Furthermore. Chris Hardwick of the Nerdist was there to throw out the first pitch and shares some photos from the day on their website.  Go here to see them.

(Pic Link: Dodgers Facebook)

These Stormtroopers take aim at a menace in the sky.
(Pic Link: twitter @dalillamma)

Here is an awesome group photo of some of the participants.
(Pic Link: twitter @Dodgers)

(Pic Link: twitter @kt_wells)

Fear the Empire!
(Pic Link: instagram @arashmarkazi)
 Matt Kemp is digging these uniforms.
(Pic Link: instagram @Dodgers)

Yoda knows!  Dodgers all the way!
(Pic Link: twitter @Dodgers)

Chewbacca looks like he's melting.
(Pic Link: twitter @antimodel)

Here's a close-up view of the Star Wars t-shirts.
(Pic Link: lockerz @Matthew Hernandez)

Blog Kiosk: 7/3/2012

Maybe the Dodgers can put up this cardboard version of Magic Johnson around Dodger Stadium since some folks seem to believe his presence is key.  (Pic via instagram @mcnocando)
  • Frankly, I think all of the recent flack hurled at Magic Johnson for being absent from Dodger Stadium to be a bunch of phooey.  On top of that, I don't want Magic to be hands-on with the Dodgers.  In other words, he's not a Baseball man and has very little to add when it comes to putting together the team.  That job belongs to Stan Kasten. 
  • Jon Weisman writes a piece for LA Magazine that deserves your attention. "Dodger Thoughts: 20 Years Ago, the Epitome of Joy".
In other words, you think things are bad with this year’s Dodgers right now – well, they had nothing on the Dodgers of ’92.
After going hitless in his previous 28 at-bats, Loney had an understandable smile on his face Sunday night after recording a hit and two RBI in the Dodgers’ 8-3 win over the New York Mets. He felt good enough to tell a skeptical Mattingly he had turned the corner.

“He came into my office and he felt like he’s got it, so we’ll see,” Mattingly said. “He feels good, so we’ll see. He’s confident.” 
  • I just realized that former Dodger farmhand Justin Ruggiano is breaking out in Miami.  He was drafted by the Dodgers in 2004, and subsequently sent packing a couple of years later as part of the "player to be named later" in the Toby Hall trade.  Ruggiano is batting .397 in 26 games, and has a 1.212 OPS right now.  As Bugs & Cranks notes:
However, as baseball fans, we should enjoy those small sample size rides when we can. Right now, Marlins fans are enjoying the hell out of Justin Ruggiano’s mind-bending performance.
  • Eye on LA Sports shares his photos from Photo Day at Dodger Stadium.
  • LA Brew Crew had a busy weekend.  Check out all of his photos from Karros Bobblehead Night and Hello Kitty Sunday.
  • Chad Moriyama has a .gif of last nights beaning of Cozart by Billingsley.  OUCH!
  • Matt Kemp will be playing in Rancho Cucamonga today, via Dylan Hernandez at the LA Times.
  • This is just to make you laugh.  
When a college professor is enlisted to investigate a series of unusual snake attacks, he gets more than he bargained for - an assistant with a chip on her shoulder, a massive military cover-up, and of course, a whole lot of snakes. Sound good? Well, it's not, but the gang from Cinematic Titanic is back to help you laugh your way through it.

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Collection: 1988 Dodgers Police Set

This team needs no introduction.  Featured here is a LAPD Police team set of the 1988 Dodgers- the team of destiny. 

Over the past several months I have periodically shared many of the Dodgers Police sets from the 80's, and plan on eventually posting up every card from the series going well into the 90's.  To see past sets going back to 1980 go here.

Here is what the reverse of the 1988 set looks like.  There is a small black & white portrait with basic player biographical data.  Also, each card has a different tip from your friendly neighborhood LAPD Crime Prevention Advisory Council. 

Here are pics of the rest of the set.  Click any photo to embiggen.