Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Is Cahill a Dodger at Heart?

On the lighter side of Blue, Trevor Cahill was caught on camera sporting what looked like Los Angeles Dodgers socks during the sixth inning of last night's game.  Check out the pic above as proof.

As you'll recall, Cahill joined the Dodger franchise after being released by the Braves this past July, spent over a month in the minors, then opted out of his minor league deal in August to eventually sign with the Cubs.  So, he has some history with the club.

Additionally, he was born and raised in northern San Diego County and might have been a Dodger fan as a kid.  Knowing how superstitious ballplayers can be maybe these were his lucky socks from those days.

Still, you would think having these on would be a major paux pas in any clubhouse.

I thought I would also add that Topps even made a Baseball card for him - complete with an airbrushed Dodger uniform - in their Heritage card release in September (I wrote about that here). Considering the above socks, his potential childhood fandom and past playing history - albeit short - I bet he was ecstatic about the card.

Hat Tip: Rob Ogden at the Chicago Sun Times.
Pic above via Ali Thanawalla on twitter.

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Blog Kiosk: 10/13/2015 - Dodger Links - Kershaw, Kasten and Thoughts on the Utley Suspension

Last night's game was a tough one to watch.  We took an early lead in the 2nd inning only to see it disappear minutes later.  Brett Anderson, who's been hit or miss all season long, was not on his game.  Via Anthony DiComo and Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"I thought he looked good the first inning," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Anderson. "Ball was coming out of his hand pretty good early. Obviously the second was not as good; threw the ball up more. And the third, you were kind of just hoping there that he has a chance to kind of find a groove and give you some innings right through there, but obviously it kind of ended. We couldn't get out of that inning."
Fortunately, the Dodger bats shows a little bit of life; albeit too late to really matter.  Hopefully, they can look at it as an foundation to build upon for tonight's game.

Photo above of Andre Ethier getting high-fives in the dugout via Jon SooHoo on twitterCheck out more photos from Jon of yesterday's game here.  Below are more links to check out:
  • Guess who's starting Game 4...

  • No doubt related to the Chase Utley situation, Dodger President Stan Kasten is seen having a rather heated discussion with MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred prior to last night's game, via a pic shared by Bill Plunkett on twitter.

  • Clayton threw in his two cents.  Via Mark Fishman at Yardbarker, "Clayton Kershaw: MLB 'bullied' into Chase Utley suspension."
    "Either change the rule or let it happen," Kershaw said. "I don't think you can be on the fence. I feel like MLB got maybe a little bit bullied into suspending him. Never happened before. I've seen slides a lot worse."
  • Now Lasorda responds.  Via Christian Red at the Daily News, "Tommy Lasorda wants rule change in wake of Chase Utley-Ruben Tejada play."
     "You know what I've been saying? They give catchers protection, right? What about those middle infielders? What kind of protection do you want to give them?" Lasorda said outside the Lotte New York Palace in midtown, where the Dodgers are staying.

    Told that he had been around baseball long enough to have probably seen plays similar to the one Utley was involved with, Lasorda chuckled.

    "Not with a broken leg," he said. 
  • Via Tom Bartsch at Sports Collectors Digest, "A Tale of a One-of-a-Kind Brooklyn Dodgers Championship Signed Poster."
    “The story that went with the poster is that it was made with cardboard and a laundry marker right in the locker room,” Rooney said. “I’ve always imagined that it was the first thing that group of players signed as the official World Champs.”

    The makeshift article was no doubt made in a hurry, in the midst of the Dodgers’ celebration. The words “Brooklyn Dodgers World Champs” are spelled out in large dark letters, no doubt made with a marker. Individual autographs are all in pencil.

    In the excitement, however, three players never put their “John Hancock” on the piece, including Dodger hurler Johnny Podres, whose Game 7, 2-0 shutout clinched the Fall Classic, earning him the Series MVP Award.
  • This is kinda funny.  Via jbox at Gaslamp Ball, "will.i.am gives lyrical "finger" to the Padres on The Game's new album."
  • I guess it's official.  Via ESPN, "Chewing tobacco to be banned in MLB parks under new California law."
  • WTF.  Come on people!  Via ESPN, "Police looking for those involved in fight that critically injured fan."  Orel at Sons of Steve Garvey grabs even more details here.

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