Friday, October 09, 2015

Blog Kiosk: 10/9/2015 - Dodger Links - Hernandez, Lasorda and Vin Scully

It is finally playoff day for the Dodgers.  Are you excited?  I sure am.  

And I know for sure that the field at Dodger Stadium is raring to go.  Just look at the NLDS logo in the photo above, via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015.  Doesn't it look great on the field?  Heck the only thing that could possible look better is a World Series logo.  Am I right?

Go here to check out a bunch of pics from the Dodgers workout yesterday by Jon.  You can also find out information about all the events and pregame activities for Game 1 and Game 2 here.  Below are more links to check out:
  • As you have surely read by now, Vin Scully will be missing the playoffs due to a recent medical procedure that requires some rest.  He will sorely be missed.  I look forward to seeing him again next season.  
  • This is a great read.  Via Jacob Silverman at the NY Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Vin Scully."
You can listen to Scully for hours and never hear a familiar platitude or a half-­baked thought. His technique, however, is rather simple. He describes the action in front of him just as he encounters it. His demeanor is jovial, neighborly — Mr. Rogers goes to Chavez Ravine. He quotes Dylan Thomas and offers old-­fashioned homilies about the weather (Scully still refers to a breeze as a ‘‘zephyr’’). He coos over children and leads viewers, his ‘‘friends,’’ through stories about everything from the time he went ice-­skating with Jackie Robinson to the time he dreamed of being chased by a giant clam (he had just shared an Italian dinner with Tommy Lasorda, you see). In his voice, you can hear traces of radio plays, New York’s prewar slums, Broadway — a lifetime of experience spent in what, in its more romantic era, was called show business.
  • BTW, Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider passes along the game times for the remainder of the series.  Game 3 at 5:07 p.m. (if there are four MLB playoff games that day) or 5:37 p.m., Game 4 at 5:07 p.m. and Game 5 at 5:07 p.m.
  • Via Mike Petriello at, "Surging Ellis worthy of more reps in October."
  • Via Mark Saxon at ESPN, "Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez is ready for his close-up."
“I’m really excited, not anxious or nervous or anything,” Hernandez said. “As a little kid, you’re always dreaming of playing in the seventh game of the World Series, either pitching or hitting. To play in the World Series, you’ve got to make the playoffs.”
  • You earned this Justin!  Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Justin Ruggiano makes Dodgers NLDS roster."
    "How would I have seen this coming? I'm in Tacoma, I have the worst travel schedule that I've ever had in my whole life. My back hurt on the buses, my back hurt on the plane," Ruggiano said, smiling. "There's no way I could have ever seen this happening. It's kind of been a dream month."
  • Via Arash Markazi at ESPN, "Tommy Lasorda's Dodger Stadium office is a shrine to his life."
"This is my life," Lasorda said as he stretched his arms out and looked around. "It's all right here in this room. It's all my friends and family. It's like a museum."
"When you talk about what I learned -- I learned baseball, Dodger baseball," Collins said. "And at a time when you can walk out on the field in Spring Training and you had [Don] Drysdale and [Sandy] Koufax. And Maury Wills, Wes Parker. And Roy Campanella was talking after dinner at night. You talk about learning baseball and learning the history of the game ..."

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