Thursday, August 09, 2012

Dodgers Blog Kiosk: 8/9/2012

Apparently, Sandy Koufax was at yesterdays game.  Pic via Jon SooHoo/ Dodgers 2012.  Jon writes,
Thank you Sandy for allowing me to take you from the clubhouse up to the press box for this photo. Thank you Vin for allowing me to interrupt your pre-game ritual to take this photo. All of your fans in blue truly appreciate it. Now I really feel like Barney Stein.
"Absolutely," Tiger Woods said when asked if he’d be interested in owning one of his favorite teams. "I just need a lot more money. My teams are the Lakers, Dodgers, and the Raiders, so I’ve got to play really well."
"I'm not afraid to cry," said Treanor. "I'm not afraid to snap a bat over my neck or whatever it is. That's the way I am. That is the way I'm built. Being Irish-Italian doesn't always help, either."
At the start of the season, there's no one in baseball I would have traded Matt Kemp for. But now, I would exchange him straight up for Mike Trout, the superb fielder, baserunner and hitter who just turned 21. Not that the Angels are offering.
  • Former Dodger Rick Auerbach is True Blue.  As seen on Reddit via StickyStanceMikey we find out what he thought it was like playing with Johnny Bench when he was on the Reds.  
  • The Baseball Continuum takes a look at the other sports that Baseball has spawned.
  • Have you ever wondered what a formal warning from MLB looks like for taking too long on the mound?  Baseball Prospectus has a copy of a letter sent by Joe Garagiola Jr. (a Senior VP) to Rockies Pitcher Mike Eckstrom.
  • If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger... puts up a great photo of a 1955 women's Japanese softball team.
  • Best cake ever!  Via Puck Daddy.  It was made for Kings goalie Jonathan Quick to help him celebrate his day with the Cup.

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Encore Screening - BLUETOPIA: The LA Dodgers Movie

If you haven't seen BLUETOPIA: The LA Dodgers Movie yet, and want to enjoy it within a setting surrounded by Baseball then you should check out this encore screening of the movie at the Craft and Folk Art Museum on Wilshire.  Go here for details.
Thursday, August 16 | 7:00pm

Free with museum admission. In celebration of the Dodgers’ 50th year in Los Angeles, Bluetopia traces the lives of devoted Dodger fans throughout the 2008 season. Demonstrating how fans of diverse backgrounds can unite in their reverence of the team; this film is as much about love as it is about baseball. Producer/Director Timothy Marx will introduce the film and take questions after the screening.
Film has a running time of 88 minutes. RSVP requested to

Craft and Folk Art Museum
5814 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 937-4230


Also of note, there is another Baseball event at the Craft and Folk Art Museum this evening that looks interesting.  Tonight, August 9th at 7:00 PM is the "Beyond Dodger Stadium: LA’s Community Leagues Panel Discussion." For more information go here.
Galleries open at 6:30pm for exhibition viewing. Free with museum admission
Along with being home to the Dodgers, Los Angeles has a long and rich tradition of neighborhood baseball leagues. Learn about the history of LA’s Latino, African American, and Japanese American leagues with panelists Tomas J. Benitez, Terry Cannon, Daryl Russell Grigsby, and Bobby Umemoto. To view full bios of the panelists click here

Refreshments will be served. RSVP requested to

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2012 Topps Finest Baseball- Dodgers Base Cards

The newest Topps Baseball card set has been released.  It is their 2012 Topps Finest set, and it includes only two Dodgers players in the 100 card base set.  See them below.  Of note, the Kemp card is different than the preview image Topps provided just a few days ago- see that here.

#40 Matt Kemp

#50 Clayton Kershaw

Furthermore, this set is very light on Dodgers players.  You will only find cards of Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw as inserts.  Check some of them out below. 

This is a "Faces of the Franchise Inserts" and only Matt Kemp is represented.  According to a checklist on Sports Card Radio, there is a Matt Kemp autographed version of this card, but I have yet to see it.  (UPDATE: a redemption card for the Kemp auto are inserted into packs)

FF-MK Matt Kemp

Here is a "Finest Moments Inserts" card of Clayton Kershaw.  Again, he is the only Dodger represented in this insert set, and like the Kemp above there is both a normal card and an autographed version available.

FM-CK Clayton Kershaw

Finest Moments Autographs

FMA-CK Clayton Kershaw

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