Saturday, July 26, 2014

Dodger Gamers Puig and Ramirez Visited Sony Playstation Headquarters

Clearly, both Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez were inspired by Sony Playstation yesterday.  After all, Sony makes the popular MLB 14 The Show Baseball video game, and they both battered Giants pitching like they were playing on easy mode last night.

Before the game, Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez visited the bay area headquarters of Sony Playstation and received the grand tour.  Check out the pic above tweeted out by @MLBTheShow featuring them inside, and below they are posed in front of the headquarters.
(photos above via Hanley's and Puig's accounts)

So, what exactly did they get to see?

No one seems to be saying.  Although, a revealing pic appeared on the /Dodgers Reddit yesterday.  The boys apparently spent some time with Project Morpheus. This is Sony's project working on their upcoming virtual reality headset.  As you can see, Puig is wearing Sony's VR headset below. As Reddit commenter Alberthere noted, we should call him "Daft Puig."

I wonder if this new video game tool helped them see the ball more clearly at PacBell Park.  It was video-game-like in how they both treated Giants pitching like they had used cheat codes.  How else can you explain three triples by Puig and Hanley's two-hit night? 
(pic via Reddittor: puress90)

As you likely know, both Puig and Ramirez have a growing relationship with Sony.  Earlier in the season they debut Sony's MLB 14 The Show during their Opening Series roadtrip to Australia.  Watch the video below to check that out. 

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Blog Kiosk: 7/26/2014 - Dodger Links - Puig, Greinke and Van Slyke Finding Success

Yasiel Puig had a monster night last night.  He absolutely punished the Giants and Tim Lincecum.  Puig belted three triples, a double and drove in 2 runs.  In fact, he was the first Dodger to have three triples in a game since Jimmy Sheckard in 1901.  Pic above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014.
While his defense has been more than adequate, it’s been with the bat where Van Slyke has provided the most value, hitting at a .393 wOBA and 157 wRC+ in 168 plate appearances (PA), each good for second place on the Dodgers (minimum 150 PA) behind Puig’s .399 wOBA and 161 wRC+, respectively.

  • Via Ken Gurnick at, "Greinke records rare four-strikeout inning."  He did it once before in 2012 as a memeber of the Angels.
"This time I didn't even notice," said Greinke. "I still wasn't pitching as well as I wanted. The strikeout pitch on Hunter wasn't where I wanted it to go and I was wrapped up in that and making sure it's not a big inning."

The previous Los Angeles pitchers with four strikeouts in one inning -- Pete Richert (1962), Don Drysdale (1965), Darren Dreifort (2003) and Brad Penny (2006).
"I just want to be on the field helping my team win," Puig said after the game. "Whatever position they ask me to play, I'm going to do my best. I do prefer center field a little bit, because I can run more."
    • This just new.  Topps is creating 75th Anniversary Hall of Fame Metal wall art featuring 20 star ballplayers on a 1972 Topps Baseball card design.  They are all numbered to just #/49 copies each and are for sale directly from Topps at $99.  Dodger legend Jackie Robinson is a part of the set.  Go here to order, and see a pic of it on the left.
    • Via TMZ we read a story about an elderly couple that's suing the team, "L.A. Kings ruined our sex lives... Lawsuit Claims."
    • Here's a great old news story written by John Eisenberg of the Baltimore Sun in 1995, "Ruthian myths don't stray far from facts BABE RUTH 100 YEARS."
    Yet it is true that Ruth once hit a ball between a pitcher's legs and over the center fielder's head. In 1927, he hit a line drive at Senators pitcher Hod Lisenbee, who jumped to avoid being hit. The ball nicked the underside of Lisenbee's thigh and, hit with tremendous power, took a huge hop when it landed just beyond the infield, bouncing over the head of center fielder Tris Speaker, who had been sneaking in hoping to pick off a runner on second (a favorite ruse of his). Ruth wound up with an extra-base hit.

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