Friday, January 25, 2013

Some Reader Submitted Photos from 'A Night of Entertainment with Don Mattingly'

Sometimes, I really love you folks.  Yeah, you!  The reader!

When I started this blog in 2006 I didn't have very high expectations.  I figured that since I had the energy it would be fun to put this little website together.  Little did I know that it would become a passion that made me smile a little wider and my day a little brighter.  And, it's awesome to think there are some of you who feel the same way.  I know I'm far from challenging the heavyweights of the Dodger-blogosphere, but I really don't care.  After all, I really enjoy doing this.  Even better, though is when I get an email from you (the reader) passing along some personal pics about the Dodgers that I can share here.

This afternoon a reader named Cathy was kind enough to share a bunch of photos from the Don Mattingly event last night.  It was held at the Sports Museum of Los Angeles and included many special guest; including a plethora of Dodger players.  If you have never been to this museum, I suggest finding a way to go.  From my understanding, it is now closed to the public, but open for special events and private showings.  Anyway, check out some of Cathy's pics here.  Thank you for allowing me to share them.  Click on any pic to embiggen.

On the bottom left is Kenley Jansen with Tommy Lasorda, and on the Right is Councilman Tom LaBonge presenting a Certificate of Recognition to Don Mattingly.

Dodgers historian Mark Langill and Gary Cypres (owner of the museum) are on the bottom left.  Andre Ethier in a spiffy outfit and someone (Brody Stevens) from the Chelsea Lately show is on the right.  Dodgers photographer Jon SooHoo has a bunch of photos available for viewing here.

Now, here is the really cool stuff.  The Sports Museum of Los Angeles is an incredible place.  I had a chance to visit it when it first opened and still open to the public.  Unfortunately, taking photographs was prohibited at the time, so I couldn't really share the experience here.  After all, if there are no pictures then it didn't happen, right?

Anyway, there is more stuff there than I can ever describe.  Every sport is represented, with the Dodgers being a key focus.  Below are some Brooklyn Dodger relics.  A Brooklyn Dodgers Sym-Phony bass drum is on the left, and a real Babe Ruth Dodgers jersey is on the right.  Again, click any pic to embiggen.

Here are some more Babe Ruth items.

In December, I posted up a story about the awards of Don Newcombe coming up for sale in an auction.  Well, I guess we now know who bought them.  Check them out below.

Below is an Ebbets Field dedication invitation.

On the left is the deed to Ebbets Field and on the right is a ball from the very first game at Ebbets Field.  Wow!

Next to Dodger Stadium, this place is heaven on earth.

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Dodgers Blog Kiosk: 1/25/2013

I'm always excited when Topps releases their flagship Baseball card set before the season starts.  It's the ultimate benchmark indicating that the season is just around the corner.  Check out another Dodgers preview card Topps shared on facebook of a autographed Dee Gordon card above.
  • Dodgers President Stan Kasten has written a letter to the fans.  Check it out here.
  • Baseball America ranks the Dodgers Top 10 Prospects.  Brandon Lennox at True Blue LA analyzes it, a bit.
  • Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts has a revised version of '100 Things Dodgers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die' coming out.  This is a must read for any Dodger fan!
  • Mark Langill, the Dodgers official historian, tells us that on this date in 1950 Jackie Robinson signed a $35,000 contract, making him the highest paid Dodger in history.
  • Jon SooHoo has a bunch of photos from last nights Don Mattingly charity event.
  • All Trade Bait (or is it Stealing Home or Why We Fight.  I dunno.) gets inspired by Night Owl with an excellent post relating Dodgers Baseball cards to 20 different movies.  He starts off with movies number #20 to #15.
  • Bob Lemke shares an outrageous Baseball story.  In 1950, Los Angeles Angels (of the PCL) outfielder Stan Spence missed a game due to a ruse likely perpetrated by a known gambler.  BTW folks, this is one of the reason why the "no gambling in Baseball" rule is so stringent.  Baseball and gambling have a long and storied past together, going all the way back to the 1870's when Jim Devlin apologized to Baseball pioneer Harry Wright for throwing games.
  • The cinematography in this video is stunningly beautiful.  "Return of the Sun"
Return of the Sun from Glen Milner on Vimeo.

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Collection: Just Minors Tony Abreu and Andy LaRoche

Once upon a time, the Dodgers looked so incredibly stacked with prospects.  Broxton, Billingsley, Loney, Russell Martin, Joel Guzman, Kuo and Edwin Jackson were coming through the ranks.  And that was before the emergence of kids like Kemp and Kershaw.  Heck, we had the makings of a future championship club.  Soon, though we would discover that expectations do not often match reality.  This is especially important considering that Baseball America recently released their list of the Dodgers Top 10 Prospects.  I can say with certainty that many of those players will not pan out, and that's an unfortunate fact.  Of course, we could get lucky, so who knows, right?

Anyway, keeping with that theme of highly regarded Dodger prospects I bring to you a couple of Just Minors prospect Baseball cards featuring two kids who where destined for greatness. 

Featured here are 2005 Just Minor autographed cards of Tony Abreu and Andy LaRoche from my collection. Abreu looked like he could be our answer in the infield, while LaRoche was a power slugging 3rd baseman destined to be our version of Mike Schmidt.  Unfortunately, neither player would grow to fill those shoes.

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When the Dodgers and Star Trek Collide on a Pillow Case

This is weird and awesome at the same time.

The other day, as I do often, I was cruising around eBay and came across this strange sight.  Some enterprising person decided to meld together the 1988 World Champion Dodgers with the crew of  Star Trek.  It's called 'Star Trak II - The Repeat', and is filled with more puns than the Joker in a Batman movie.

Orel Hershiser plays "Bones" who is the Orel Surgeon.  Mike Sciocia is Spock - complete with pointy ears.  He's out of this world.  Kirk Gibson is 'Captain Kirk', of course.  Unfortunately, we can't see what ingenious pun they use for him.
(auction link)

Below is a closer look, if you dare.  I don't know if I would have enjoyed resting my head on this pillow case as a teen.  It probably would have given me some weird dreams.  See the auction item here.

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