Thursday, July 05, 2012

Video: Stadium Secrets at Dodger Stadium

I believe this video is a pilot for a TV show called "Stadium Secrets".  I do not know if it has been picked up, but I love the concept.  I would definitely watch it. 

Check out a short 6 minute video on Dodger Stadium below.  They briefly talk about the stadium, walk around its bowels and share a little secret about the Stadium I had never heard before.  Wait til the end as they introduce a plaque on the Top Deck that has a hidden gem.  This video was put together by REP Interactive.

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Weekend Autograph Opportunities: A Couple of Angels and a UFC/Las Vegas FanExpo

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.

There does not appear to be much on the docket this coming weekend.



Due to recent changes in the Angels lineup, this planned signing has been postponed for both players!

In the heart of Orange County, Angels pitchers Jerome Williams and Garrett Richards will be signing autographs at THE OC DUGOUT on Saturday, July 7th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Autographs will be just $20 for small items and $25 for large items. Inscriptions are FREE. Go here for more information and to pre-order tickets.
The OC Dugout 
1238 South Beach Blvd., Ste. J 
Anaheim, California 92804 
(714) 527-6319

BTW, The OC Dugout is also hosting a PRIVATE SIGNING with Mike Trout and Albert Pujols.  So, here's your chance to get autographs from these two stars.  Go here to Go here for more information and to pre-order tickets.  Prices for Trout range from $60.00 to $90.00; and for Pujols are $324.99 to $749.99.


I wasn't planning on featuring this event, but with so little happening in Southern California I thought this event was worth noting.  If you happen to be in Las Vegas (or going there for a weekend jaunt) and the UFC is your poison then be sure to check out the UFC FanExpo.  Go here for more information.

It will be from July 6 to July 7 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

The largest collection of UFC fighters ever to appear in one location, exciting special events, interactive Q&A sessions, meet & greets, Training & Development Seminars, the Octagon, and Autograph Sessions will be there.

BTW, this weekend is not the time to pick a fight in Las Vegas.

Dodgers Blog Kiosk: 7/5/2012

Here is Matt Kemp in a Rancho Cucamonga Quakes uniform from Tuesday, July 3rd via twitter @IEPhotoNow.  Below, Kemp signs for fans, via twitter @IEPhotoNow.
  • The revolving door leading to the Disabled List continues to haunt the Dodgers. Andre goes down.  At least Mark Ellis came back to the roster.  Via a Dodgers press release:
    The Los Angeles Dodgers today placed outfielder Andre Ethier on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique (retroactive to June 28) and reinstated Mark Ellis from the disabled list. Ethier was batting .291 with 23 doubles, 10 homers and 55 RBI in 75 games this season.
  • Are you kidding me?  Dee Gordon steals third but dislocates his thumb in the process, via Alex Angert and Ken Gurnick at
But a dislocation is bad enough, because it means ligaments were completely or partially torn, and it is the thumb on his throwing hand. Gordon said the swelling was significant. He's virtually certain to go on the disabled list.

"I stole third and I actually don't know what was caught, but I think it went underneath the base," said Gordon, who swiped his Major League-leading 30th base. "It was a weird play and a weird thing happened. I felt I hit something real hard and got up and looked at my batting glove and it looked big. I looked at my finger and it was not a good sight."
“I always had the dream of taking an untutored kid who showed some promise and of putting him on the air for what he was, a neophyte learning the trade,” said Barber in his autobiography, Rhubarb in the Catbird Seat. “Scully was a perfect choice. He was a green pea, but he was a very appealing young green pea. It was obvious he had something on the ball; you didn’t know precisely what it was, but he had it.”
First of all, as you know, no matter how long you’re in the game, losses really hurt (chuckling) and losing streaks are the worst of all. So yeah, this is a bad week for all of us who are Dodgers fans. I do have to say, to be fair, I was thrilled that we were doing as well as were doing up until two weeks ago, given the unbelievable injuries to the key people that we’ve had. Ya know, we’d love to have Matt back, we’d love to have Mark Ellis back, we’d love to have Ted Lilly back, and yet without guys like that, and other people that we’ve lost along the way, we really held up well. That was a real testament to the fortitude of this team, the resilience of the backup players who had to step up and the managing of Don and the coaching of his coaches. So that’s a real strength I think and that hasn’t gone away, we still have those strengths. But when we get players back, we obviously expect to get better.”
And all I will say to you is this, I think we demonstrated with Andre Ethier that we will be aggressive in retaining the players that we really appreciate. I think that when we get going on these international signings, we will demonstrate there too that we’re going to be aggressive in pursuing international talent. 
And I think going forward, it’s a new day with a little more resources, with a little more aggressive philosophy than they’ve been able to have recently, and I don’t think I need to say more about that. So I hear what you’re saying. There IS a value to a veteran bench. We’ve had many nights this year, where our veteran bench has really come through and, in fact, until two weeks ago, they were doing it regularly all season, so lets give them that credit.
It won’t be a matter of resources as I’ve described to you before. At the trade deadline, the currency that is most valuable is not money, it’s prospects… and there are a number of teams that are deeper in those than we are, frankly. So that’s why you need to build that organization up, not just to build the pipeline and use players yourself, but to use as currency to improve your team in other ways.