Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Blog Kiosk: 7/30/2013 - Dodgers Links - Kershaw Vs. Neil Patrick Harris in Ping Pong

Clayton Kershaw was on the Jimmy Kimmel show last night and was spectacular.  Who knows, maybe he has a future in television when his Baseball career is done. In the above photo tweeted by his wife Ellen you see Clayton waiting patiently in the green room.  Then, Clayton tweeted the below photo of him playing ping pong against NPH (who was also a guest on the show).  BTW, Kershaw mentioned a charitable ping pong tournament he'll be hosting at Dodger Stadium on August 29th.  As soon as I get information I will pass that along. BTW, you can watch Clayton's entire interview with Kimmel at the very bottom of this blog post.

There is no word on who won the ping pong match-up featured below.
  • David Wharton at the LA Times writes, "Old baseball scout tells of when play, not money, was the thing: George Genovese, 91, still a consultant to the Dodgers, made $80 a month in 1940 in his first job with a pro baseball team."  This is a must read!
  • "Dodgers' reliever J.P. Howell is liking his view from the bullpen,: via Lance Pugmire at the LA Times.
“Anytime you get some backing from management and Donnie, it feels good and it’s a reminder to keep driving because the job isn’t done yet,” Howell said. “It’s a nice little pat on the back.”
There’s more energy, but I think we have to give Yasiel [Puig] a lot of credit, because he brought a lot of energy. It’s always good to have a mixture of young and old. You get too many old guys, guys who are settled, they’re in the big leagues, nothing makes them excited. This kid’s exciting. The way he plays is infectious and, if you don’t like the way he plays and the reaction from people … man, that’s the way you’re supposed to play. You’re supposed to play like a little kid.
  • Stan Kasten on 'Max & Marcellus Show' via ESPN.  Listen to the entire recording.
Dodgers president and part owner Stan Kasten joined Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley on ESPNLA 710 on Monday to talk about the organization's gutsy move in taking a chance on Yasiel Puig, the Matt Kemp trade rumors, the atmosphere at Dodger Stadium and leading the league in attendance. 
If everything goes according to plan, the iconic baseball park will look, feel and react like a soccer field."This is our first time," said Eric Hansen, the head groundskeeper at Dodger Stadium, "so this is going to be a learning process for us."Dodgers president Stan Kasten said Dodger Stadium was first discussed as a host site for the tournament earlier this year. Hansen -- who's a baseball guy, not a soccer guy -- said his first order of business was to consult with grounds crews at Petco Park in San Diego and Oakland Coliseum, home of the A's. Both stadiums have hosted soccer games in the last three years.
  • TMZ is stalking Yasiel Puig.  This time they corner him at a Cuban restaurant in Hollywood.
  • Below is the Kimmel interview with Clayton Kershaw.
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