Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: CJ Cron and Jose Canseco

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.


Angels infielder CJ Cron will make his 1st EVER Public Autograph Signing appearance at The OC Dugout in Anaheim on Saturday, August 9th from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  FREE photo-ops with autograph purchases!  Go here for more information.
The OC Dugout
1238 S. Beach Blvd. Ste. K
Anaheim, California 92804
(714) 761-6414

Jose Canseco will be siging at Harry's Dugout on Saturday, August 9th from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.  Go here for more information.  Check out the flyer below.
Harry's Dugout
10715 Beverly Blvd
Whittier, CA 90601

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Free the Dodger Bubble Machine! UPDATE! We Won!

This is probably the most inane thing to happen to the Dodgers all year, but ya know... When it's a lazy hump-day afternoon, I need something to keep me going.

Ryan Walton of Valley Bay News caused quite a stir (at least I think it was him who first brought this to the attention of the masses) on twitter this morning when he tweeted this:

And with that, every fun-filled Dodger fan from coast to coast had something to say.  After all, when the MLB shuts down fun in the clubhouse a passionate fanbase like the Dodgers will react.  And react they did.

Language, Evan... Language!

Austin Handler gets down to the point.

And our fake GM had something to say.

There's no word yet if this rumor is true, but considering the recent disappearance of the soapy Dodger good luck charm something definitely is afoot. 

Frankly, this is small tomato's compared to the soon-to-be-breaking expansion of the Biogenesis steroid scandal; which fascinates me to no end, but still within their rights to regulate.  On the other hand, it seems like this action is a far overreach for the boys in the NY offices.

BTW, the missing Dodger bubble machine has just started a new twitter account in hopes that he doesn't disappear from our collective memories.  Go here (@LABubbleMachine) to follow and say hello.

Hat Tip: Vincent Samperio at Dodgers Nation

UPDATE:  We've won!  The bubble machine is coming back!  Via a tweet from LA Times reporter Bill Shaikin:

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Blog Kiosk: 8/6/2014 - Dodgers Links - Just Another Dodger Victory

Super Model Chrissy Teigen was getting chummy with all of the Dodgers before yesterday's game, so I blame her for Kershaw not being quite himself.  She sure is distracting.  The photo above features her with Tommy Lasorda, via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014Go here to check out a whole bunch of photos featuring her with other Dodger stars from yesterday.  UPDATE: BTW, Kevin Kaduk at Big League Stew lets us know that Teigen was a drunken mess for her first pitch.  Awesome!

To start the game, Clayton Kershaw just didn't have the kind of bite on his pitches that we have grown accustomed to.  He struggled and gave up a flurry of hits before finally locking it down.  In seven innings of work he gave up three runs while striking out seven.

In the end, the game was won an a walk-off flub.  Juan Uribe was on 3rd when Andre Ethier meekly tapped the ball to the 3rd base side.  Uribe immediately headed straight for home, and scored when the attempted throw was dropped by the catcher.  Overall, it was a fortunate play that lead to a Dodger victory, and as you know good teams win games like that.  The Dodgers are now ahead of the Giants by 2.5 games.
  • ICYMI: Another injury has hit the Dodgers.  Recently recalled reliver Paco Rodriguez has been sent to the 15-day DL with a Teres Major strain.  Right-handed reliever Pedro Baez has been recalled Albuquerque.
  • Panini America's 2014 Donruss Series 2 Baseball card set officially comes out today.  Go here to see a bunch of preview pics from the card set.  Below are preview cards of Alexander Guerrero and Clayton Kershaw.
  • On the waiver front, Via Jon Heyman at CBS Sports, Hanley Ramirez was claimed by a mystery team.  It's unlikely he gets traded, but you never know.  Heyman speculates that he was claimed by a team hoping to block a trade - but who would want him right now?
  • Via JP Hoornstra at Inside the Dodgers, "Local Congressman clarifies proposal for ‘binding baseball-style arbitration’ over SportsNet LA."  Hoornstra notes the high level of specificity in the Congressman's letter.  He also has a copy of the entire thing for you to read.
  • GCRL shares even more Steve Garvey oddball baseball cards.  Awesome!
  • Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider tells us all about the appearance of Ashley Whippet at Dodger Stadium in 1974.
  • I love learning about obscure Baseball card sets.  Jerry Spillman at Sports Collectors Digest writes about the 1908-09 Rose Company Postcards.

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