Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Dodgers Blog Kiosk: 9/26/2012

This is probably the best photo of Endeavor flying over Dodger Stadium, via twitter @Dodgers.
In the book, Gagne does not provide any names of players he says used PEDs. Baseball began stricter testing in the spring of 2006. Players are subject to HGH testing during spring training and in the offseason, but not during the season.

"I was intimately aware of the clubhouse in which I lived. I would say that 80 percent of the Dodgers players were consuming them," Gagne says in the book.
  • Congratulations to AJ Ellis for being named this seasons winner of the 7th Annual Roy Campanella Award, via a Dodger press release.
The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that catcher A.J. Ellis was named the winner of the seventh annual Roy Campanella Award, which is given to the Dodger player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame catcher. The award, which was voted upon by Dodger uniform personnel, will be presented to Ellis by Campanella’s daughter, Joni Campanella Roan, during pre-game ceremonies Saturday night.
At this year’s dinner for the Baseball Assistance Team, honoring the 50th anniversary of the New York Mets, former Mets shortstop Bud Harrelson spoke of the importance of manager Gil Hodges to the miracle world championship won by the ’69 team.

“Gil taught us the Dodger way to play baseball,” he said. “The fundamentals. In a way, the win for the ’69 Mets was sort of another win for the Dodgers, for the way they did things. That’s what Gil brought to us.”
  • Ha! Ha!  Jamie McCourt is now suing Frank McCourt, via Fox Sports.
''Mr. McCourt got about 93 percent of the family assets, and Mrs. McCourt got about 7 percent,'' Fields said in a phone interview. ''We would've much preferred to have this massive imbalance resolved with some modification, but we got no response to that approach. We didn't want to have more family litigation, but now it's up to the court.''
  • Wow!  This is the farthest-ever view into the universe.  Via Mashable,
The picture, called eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF, combines 10 years of Hubble telescope views of one patch of sky. Only the accumulated light gathered over so many observation sessions can reveal such distant objects, some of which are one ten-billionth the brightness that the human eye can see.
  • No More Hockey Games.

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Weekend Autograph Opportunities: An Autograph from a King

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events 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.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.

UPDATE:  A complete listing of events for Dodgers autographing at Dodger Stadium on Saturday is below!!  This is the last homestand, so the Dodgers are going all out for the last Viva Los Dodgers event.

I have yet to hear from the Dodgers about any "Autograph Alley" signers (other than La Gran Fiesta signers) for the upcoming homestand.  As soon as information gets passed down from the Dodgers I will be sure to update this post.

Jonathan Quick of the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings will be in town to sign some free autographs for fans.  Go here for information.  He will be at the La Mirada Living Spaces on Saturday, September 29th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  Only 300 fans will get an autograph, so get there early.
La Mirada
14501 Artesia Blvd
La Mirada, CA 90638

(877) 266-7300


LA GRAN FIESTA at Dodger Stadium

On Saturday, September 29 the Dodgers will hold La Gran Fiesta! This event will feature performances by Los Cuates de Sinaloa, OzoKidz, Kinky, and Boogaloo Assasins. The Dodgers will pay tribute to Dodger coach Manny Mota's 50th anniversary in MLB, and the Spanish-language broadcast team of Jaime Jarrín, Fernando Valenzuela and Pepe Yñiguez will be on hand for autographs. Gates open 4 hours prior to game time and the event is FREE with a ticket to the game.  Autograph times have yet to be released, so check back here later on.  I will update this post when news is passed down by the Dodgers.

UPDATE:  Check out the Updates with times for player signings below!!

In the meantime, check out this promotional video put out by the Dodgers.

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Ron Cey will also be signing on Saturday during La Gran Fiesta.  He will be at the Time Warner booth from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Here is a complete listing of signings for Saturday during La Gran Fiesta at Viva Los Dodgers.
1:30 p.m.     All Dodger Stadium auto gates open
2:00 p.m.     La Gran Fiesta – Viva Los Dodgers begins
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.     Dodger players including Alex Castellanos, Luis Cruz, Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez and Paco Rodriguez autograph signing*
*subject to change, players will be signing for 30 minutes each between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.     Boogaloo Assasins perform
2:30 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.     George Lopez Q&A with Dodger Coach Manny Mota
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.     Al Downing and Maury Wills autograph signing
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.     Manny Mota autograph signing
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.     George Lopez on stage
3:10 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.     “Sweet” Lou Johnson, Joe Moeller and Derrel Thomas autograph signing
3:32 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.     Kinky performs
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Jaime Jarrín, Fernando Valenzuela and Pepe Yñiguez autograph signing
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Ron Cey autograph signing in the Time Warner Cable booth
4:05 p.m. – 4:18 p.m.     Dodger giveaways and trivia on stage
4:20 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.     Al “The Bull” Ferrara and Kenny Landreaux autograph signing
4:20 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.     Ozomatli presents: OzoKidz performs
5:00 p.m. – 5:12 p.m.     Dodger Spanish-language broadcasters on stage
5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.     Los Cuates de Sinaloa perform


Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Cafe  will have Manny Mota signing free autographs on Sunday, September 30th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  This originally going to be on Saturday, but has been rescheduled.  Go here for information.
Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Cafe #2
13131 Crossroads Pkwy South
City of Industry, CA 91746
(562) 695-2277


Los Angeles Galaxy Defender, Omar Gonzalez will be at a Macy's on September 27, 2012 from 6:00PM to 7:30 PM.  Receive Omar's autograph plus the first 75 customers to spend $25 or more will receive a free soccer ball for him to sign. Enjoy amazing soccer tricks performed by the LA Galaxy futboleros and you'll have a chance to win prizes from the LA Galaxy street team.  While supplies last. One per customer. Event subject to change or cancellation.  Go here for more information.
3400 N Sepulveda Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 546-5525

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Collection: 2002 Shawn Green Autographed Card

I don't know much about this card.  I believe it is a 2002 Topps Gallery autographed card of Shawn Green.  The artwork on the front was done by Stephen Gardner.  Check out Gardner's website here.  He also has a blog where he shares various sketches.

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2012 Topps Triple Threads- The Vets: Garvey, Koufax, Wills & Snider

Continuing on my quest to feature every Dodgers card within this years Triple Threads set, I bring to you some autographed relics cards of some veterans. 

Below is a Jumbo Plus Autographed Relic book card of Steve Garvey.  To see other cards I've already written about from this set go here, here, here and here.

TTLPAR-14 Steve Garvey - Dodgers

The next grouping of cards are all Autographed Relics of several Dodger veterans.  There are anywhere between 1 to 5 different versions of each player, so there is a possibility that I might have missed one.  I believe, though, that I've nailed down every variation out there.  Steve Garvey has 5 differed Autographed Relic cards. More common parallels of this card have been selling from $35 to $55 each, while "1 of 1" variations have been selling for hundreds.  For Instance, the "Dodgers Great" card is a "1 of 1" White Whale variation that recently sold for $126.27 on eBay. 

TTAR-4 Steve Garvey - Dodgers

Here is the prize of the bunch.  This is the only Koufax version I am aware of.

TTAR-142 Sandy Koufax - Dodgers

Maury Will has at least 3 different variations.

TTAR-211 Maury Wills - Dodgers

I love the fact that they can still make Duke Snider autographed cards.  I bet Topps has a whole bunch of his sticker autographs sitting around in their warehouse.

TTAR-274 Duke Snider - Dodgers

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