Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Blog Kiosk: 5/12/2015 - Dodger Links - Olivera, Dee Gordon and the Ugliest Dodger Cap Ever Made

This moment just warmed my heart.

Former Dodger second baseman Dee Gordon came into town for the first time since being traded over the winter and received an overwhelming standing ovation from the fans.  Go here to watch a video of it.  He has gone through many ups and downs in his short Major League career, and has seemingly persevered through it all.  Ever conscious of his failings, he did what was necessary to rework his game, and in turn was reborn into the leagues most valuable lead-off hitter.

Of course, I could give you some fancy stats that indicate that his hot start this year isn't sustainable (duh!), but that would be gratuitous and ultimately irrelevant.  The only thing that really matters is that one of the "good guys" in this league is making good, and I can do nothing but continue to root for his continued success.

The above photo was taken by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015Go here to check out more photos of yesterday's game from him.  Below are some more links to check out:
  • Via Mark Saxon at ESPNLosAngeles.com, "The plan for Kenley Jansen."
  • Mike Bolsinger, who was pitching in AAA for the Dodgers, is now in Los Angeles (via a tweet from David Vassegh) and is slated to pitch tonight's game.  Chris Heisey has been optioned to AAA.
  • Via Earl Bloom at MLB.com, "Dodgers awaiting results of Puig's MRI." 
  • Here's some interesting news about a couple of recent Cuban Dodger signees, via a tweet from Bill Plunkett.  He is expected to be in Los Angeles soon to have a physical and finalize his contract.  I wonder if it is reasonable to expect either of them to wear Blue this season.

  • Clearly, the ugliest Dodger cap ever made.  Via Paul Lukas at UniWatch, an exclusive look at this years MLB 4th of July caps.
This is the kind of American flag cap you’d find at a gas station (right next to the cheap sunglasses and the air freshener thingies), but with a team logo slapped on the front. It’s tempting to call it self-parody, but it feels two or three levels more absurd than that. Come on, people — have some dignity out there.
  • This story at NJ.com has me very uneasy; "Jets' salutes honor N.J. National Guard but cost taxpayers."  The idea that the military/National Guard needed to pay a sports franchise to honor those who serve is a bit unseemly.  Ya know what I mean?  Do other teams in other sports receive compensation from tax payers for their "heroes of the game?"

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