Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Blog Kiosk: 6/12/2013 - Dodgers Links - Gaines Caused the Bench Clearing Brawl

Davis Gaines is one of my favorite regular National Anthem singers at LA Kings games of all-time.  His operatic voice just resonates throughout the arena.  That being said, is it any wonder a hockey-style bench-clearing brawl broke out on the evening he came out to sing?  I think not.  Pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013.
  • This is getting out of hand.  Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Yasiel Puig making noise in NL Rookie of the Year odds".
  • Via Chad Moriyama, "It’s not a positive that Yasiel Puig has accounted for over 40% of the team’s offense".
  • AJ Ellis played his first rehab game in Lake Elsinore yesterday, via Ken Gurnick at
  • It has now been confirmed by the Daily Telegraph in Australia that the Dodgers and Diamondbacks will start the 2014 season in Sydney Australia. 
The games have been described as the biggest internationally recognised event in this country since the 2003 Rugby World Cup final and come exactly 100 years after the Chicago White Sox played against NSW at the SCG.

"Sydney will host the first two games for the opening series of 2014 Major League Baseball at the Sydney Cricket Ground," Premier Barry O'Farrell said.

"The opening series will feature the LA Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks playing the first two games of the season.

"This is a significant win for Sydney and again delivers on my election commitment to bring major events to NSW. It's estimated the matches will deliver a $13 million benefit for the local economy, as well as attract visitors from interstate and overseas."
  • Via Rob Neyer at Baseball Nation, "The increasingly poor decisions of Donnie Baseball".
  • Kristi Dosh at ESPN, ranks the highest paying professional sports team by average pay per player.  The Dodgers are ranked second highest in the world.
  • Take a look below of the Dodgers beach towel being given out on June 25th.  Pic via twitter @Dodgers.
I'm usually skeptical of the impact of pressure on professional athletes. Often times I see it as the media inserting themselves into the story. The pressure (…from the media) was so great that the players just couldn't play properly! Oh, that powerful media! That said, it strikes me that just this year alone, we have three separate cases of this kind of thing, as the Dodgers and, to a slightly lesser extent, the Angels both fall into a similar category.
(twitter link)
  • This seems like the worst idea ever.  Via John Ourand at Sports Business Journal, he tells us about "Mandalay developing TV show based on life of Times writer (TJ Simers)".  Here is the video Mandalay produced to create interest featuring Simers, his daughter and Dwight Howard.
  • All I gotta say is, EPIC!  Listen to Hank Azaria reading the Dodgers lineup from this weekend as Moe, Apu and Chief Wiggam.

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