Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Blog Kiosk: 4/17/2013

Tonight is Hello Kitty Fleece Blanket Night at the Dodgers game.  50,000 blankets will be given out.  Also, Hello Kitty will throw out the first pitch and help fans sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” on the field.  Oy Vey!
Through it all, Carl Crawford has been held up as more than just another player; he’s been the bully pulpit for both sides. Now healthy and away from the spotlight on the west coast — yes, he’s in LA, but he’s playing fifth fiddle to Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, and Zack Greinke — Crawford has been given a chance to get his career back on track. And he is taking full advantage.
"Everybody is going to be shocked," Ramirez said.
  • Check out the below vintage video of Jackie's first visit to Wrigley Field in 1947.  (Hat Tip: 2 by 3 Heroes) From the video description:
On May 18, 1947, Jackie Robinson made his first career appearance in Chicago, in front of a sold out Wrigley Field crowd. It still remains the largest paid attendance in the ballpark's history. When the Dodgers announced that Jackie Robinson would be playing for them that season, the Cubs players held a closed door vote about whether or not they would take the field when he came to Chicago. The final vote tally was not released, but the Cubs voted no. Their owner, Phillip Wrigley, also voted no. He was afraid that the white North Side neighborhood surrounding Wrigley Field would rebel and take it out on the Cubs. The players and owners were overruled by Commissioner Happy Chandler, who forced everyone to accept Robinson or be barred from the game.

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