Thursday, January 30, 2014

Kershaw's Cameo on 'New Girl' is Hilarious

It's a good thing Clayton Kershaw is married because that man has no game!

Immediately after Sunday's Super Bowl, a new episode of 'New Girl' will air on FOX, and it includes a guest appearance by our ace hurler Clayton Kershaw.

Clayton is hanging out at a house partyand approaches a couple of ladies (one of which is Zooey Deschanel).  He proceeds to use a pick-up line that would have anyone slapping their face in utter embarrassment. 

Dude!  No name dropping; especially your own name.  Jeeez!

Anyway, you gotta watch it.  See it below.

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Hat Tip: Josh Tucker at Dodger Insider

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Dodgers Reveal New Alternate Road Jersey's - It's Just Like Their Road Jersey's From 1998

With having such an iconic uniform design, the opportunity for any dramatic changes are small.  After all, a large departure from what we have is likely to be met by scorn, so management is keenly aware that real change is impossible. 

Other than the possibility of using vintage Brooklyn Dodger designs, all the team could really do is what they've just announced.

Per a Dodgers press release:
The Los Angeles Dodgers will have an alternate road jersey in 2014, as the team will utilize one of the most identifiable team names in sports today, "Dodgers," as well as their home city, "Los Angeles," on the two jerseys.

When the Dodgers came to Los Angeles in 1958, the road jersey featured the name Dodgers. The next year, the team's road jersey featured Los Angeles and continued that way through 1969. The team name, Dodgers, returned to the jersey in 1970 through 1998 and the city name, Los Angeles, returned in 1999 to the present. The last time the Dodgers wore alternate jerseys was in 2011, when they wore the powder blue Brooklyn jerseys for six home dates.
So, we go from using the "Los Angeles" script to using the "Dodgers" script, instead.

Ho Hum... it's nice, but hardly blows me away.

Dodgers Marketing guru, Lon Rosen, had this to say:
"Because we are equally proud of our iconic brand name and the city we represent and with the number of Dodger fans across the country, we felt it important to have two sets of road jerseys to feature both the team name, as well as Los Angeles. This will begin when we start play in spring training and we plan to wear the `Dodgers' jersey when we open the regular season in Australia on March 22."
 I do love this photo of Hyun-Jin Ryu below. 

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Check Out These Hilarious Vintage Dodgers Press Photos at HYEE Auctions

Following up on yesterdays post featuring several vintage Jackie Robinson Press Photos, I now bring to you some Dodgers' Press Photos on the more lighter side.  These group of photos made me chuckle.

Below is a Spring Training photograph of the mighty Duke Snider twirling away from a high hard one.  It has a newspaper stamp date of March 26, 1956, and was taken by UPI photographer Mike Ackerman.  The newspaper clipping glued to the reverse says, "Hefty Cut and Miss Make Duke Snider a Dancing Dodger... Tommy Byrne's pitch has him swinging". 
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The below photo is just great.  It is from the Dodgers' clubhouse celebration after winning their very first World Series Championship in 1955.  The photo is from UPI and was used for a report on the 10 best news stories of 1955.  As you can see, Don Newcombe is seen serenading (or screaming, whatever the case may be) Duke Snider.  On the reverse is the below caption:
One of the biggest stories of 1955, as selected by the United Press, was the victory of the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series.  This was the "Next Year" about which Brooklyn fans were always talking.  There, Dodger stars Duke Snider and Don Newcombe symbolize the jubilation that swept Brooklyn after the won the World Championship from the New York Yankees.
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Here is another vintage press photo from a Dodger Spring Training, dated March 31, 1960.  It is from the Miami Herald and features a couple of local sheriffs clowning around with Duke Snider and Don Drysdale.  On the reserve is a newspaper clipping with the following caption:
Squeeze Play - That Grapefruit League stuff can be taken too seriously, two members of the Los Angeles Dodgers learn at Vero Beach.  In the squeeze play, from the left, are Deputy Sheriff Frank Aber, Duke Snider, Don Drysdale, and Sheriff Sam Joyce of Indian River County.  It's all in fun though, and the boys split a beaker of fresh citrus juice and go off to the ball game.
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Holy Moly! Season Ticket Holders Will Not Be Getting Hard Tickets!

I just find this to be unbelievable.

It's so unbelievable, I have to ask you folks out there whether this is really true.  Please let me know!  I need further confirmation.

(I should add that I am not a season ticket holder.  I go to games casually on a game by game basis.  From time to time, I get tickets from friends who have access to season tickets, and cherish those tickets since they are always uniquely Dodger themed.)

According to Bobby Crosby at Dodger Film (via a posting on Reddit r/Dodgers), he was notified by his season ticket rep that the Dodgers would not longer be providing them with hard tickets.  Instead, season ticket holders will have to print them out or use their smart phone to get into the game.

Say wha...?

Here is Bobby talking about it in his latest video.

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So, you're telling me that there will not be any of those cool fancy tickets available to collect?  A fan will no longer be able to take a Dodger ticket stub and put it away as a keepsake?  Are those days long dead and gone?

I get that times are changing, and we need to get with the system.  Still, this is the kind of change I didn't have in mind.

It's the beginning of the end of ticket stub collecting.

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Blog Kiosk: 1/30/2014 - Dodgers Links - Puig's Surprise Visit, Scully Going Down Under and Adrian Gonzalez

Yasiel Puig made a surprise visit to fans at yesterdays Select-A-Seat, pic above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014.  See more pics at Jon's photog blog here; including pics from Day 3 of the Dodgers Community Caravan.  Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider shares a video and some quotes from Puig.  BTW, Dodger blogger Dodger Penguin was at Dodger Stadium yesterday and has a photo with himself and Puig to prove it.  You lucky dog, you!  Go here to check it out
“They asked me to go because they’re the first games to be broadcast by Time Warner,” Scully said. “So I said, `Sure, I’ll go.’ ”
"I think any good-hitting pitcher sees it as an advantage coming into a game," said Haren, who signed as a free agent with the Dodgers after a strong finish to 2013, his only season with the Nationals. "If you're facing a pitcher who doesn't see himself as a good hitter and doesn't take his at-bats as seriously as you do, it's definitely an edge.

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