Thursday, April 03, 2014

Blog Kiosk: 4/3/2014 - Dodgers Links - Dodgers Win Again, Ross Porter Back on Opening Day and Dodgers to be Broadcast in Korean

Dodgers won the rubber match against the Padres on the back of a stellar starting pitching performance by Dan Haren.  He pitched 6 innings, struck out 6, gave up 1 run and allowed only 4 hits.  (Pic above via @Dodgers on twitter) As Eric Stephen at True Blue LA noted,
"I definitely had nerves. On a new team you always want to make a good impression. I'm glad I did that," Haren said after the game. "I feel like part of the team now. I hadn't done anything up to now."
“I was appreciative of the fact they asked me to do this this year,” Porter said. “It’s a special honor to do on Opening Day. That’s nice, and I’m looking forward to that. It’s gonna be exciting just to be with the fans, to be able to speak to the fans. I’m just happy to be there and be back.”
How is it then that baseball doesn’t have a handshake after a playoff series? I understand none after regular season games when teams play each other three or four days in a row, but why not after a post season series? I expect it is an unwritten rule. I also expect it was an unwritten agreement that kept black players from playing in the Major Leagues until Jackie Robinson crossed the line in 1947. Unwritten rules can be over turned.
You're right about a hockey fans respect for the handshake rule after a playoff series.  Win or lose, you always stay and clap for the victor during the handshake.
The network announced today that it will launch Korean-language Secondary Audio Programming (SAP) for all live Dodger games on its air this season, a first for any Major League Baseball (MLB) team. 
"It's just slight discomfort. I think everything will be fine once I get four, five, six innings under my belt, just to kind of finish spring training," Wilson said. "I only threw four times because I had to get shut down for the same thing."

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