Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 9/27/2016 - Dodgers Links - AGon Won his Bet and More Vin Scully

I just love this photo of our rookie shortstop and MVP candidate Corey Seager taking batting practice within the bowels of Dodger Stadium. 

"It's Time For October Baseball," indeed.

The photo was shared yesterday afternoon by NikeLA on twitter.  Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1951 future baketball Hall of Famer Bill Sharman was a prospect for the Dodgers.  On this day he was thrown out of the game, along with 14 other teammates, for "bench-jockeying" after a close play at home.  He would never get a chance to play a Major League game, and thus became the only player to be ejected from a game without ever appearing in one.  In 1961 Sandy Koufax struck out seven Phillies batters to pass Christy Mathewson's National League record for strike outs at 269.  Mathewson struck out 267 batters in 1903.  In 1993 Mike Piazza broke the Los Angeles Dodgers record for home runs at 34.  In 2000 the Team USA Baseball team, skippered by Tommy Lasorda, beat the overwhelming favorites Cubans ballclub to win the gold medal in the Olympics.
  • Happy Birthday, Vicente Padilla and Jon Garland!
  • This is wild.  You can now download your very own copy of Vin Scully's rendition of "Wings Beneath My Wings" on iTunes.  Go here to check it out.
  • BTW, I don't know if you listened to Sunday's radio broadcast of the game but Charley Steiner emotionally broke down a bit following the playing of the above song sung by Vin.  You can listen to a recording of it here (courtesy of Dodgers Redditor u/sleepontheground)
  • The Drabble cartoon in this past Sundays comics section was all about Vin Scully.  Check it out here (courtesy of Dodgers Redditor u/JessieJames).
  • Awesome!  Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider; "AM 570 to simulcast Vin Scully’s entire final broadcast." 
Vin Scully’s entire final broadcast Sunday in San Francisco will be simulcast on SportsNet LA, KTLA and AM 570 LA Sports, meaning that radio listeners will hear Scully from start to finish.

“We wanted to make sure that all of Vin’s fans are able to share in his final Dodger broadcast of an incredible 67-year Hall of Fame career,” Dodger executive vice president and chief marketing officer Lon Rosen said.  “We want to thank our partner, IHeartMedia, Charley Steiner, Rick Monday and Vin for making this possible for all our viewers and listeners.”
  • ESPN reporter Buster Olney needs to pay off his debt to Adrian Gonzalez.  As yo may recall, in March AGon offered a friendly bet to Olney, who did not pick the Dodgers to win the western division, that would result in Olney having to wear a full Dodger uniform on a future segment of Baseball Tonight.  Obviously, Olney lost that bet.  Yesterday, Adrian tweeted the following to Buster:

“We’ve had a chance to do this the last few years but this one feels special,” Turner said in a champagne and beer-soaked clubhouse on Sunday.

“The perseverance, things we’ve gone through this season, to be able to come back (in the division standings), we just kept pushing forward. This burn in my eyes has never felt so good.”
“This is a team that has gotten contributions from everybody. It’s a special feeling knowing that we have a full team and group of guys who have done incredible things,” Gonzalez said.
But the lines between veteran and rookie, between newcomer and holdover, blurred when the division was clinched. The story of how so many players felt at home in one clubhouse is difficult to appreciate from the outside, and perhaps an underrated part of the club’s success.

“You saw the injuries happen and they didn’t let it factor into anything,” pitcher Jesse Chavez said. “They just picked those guys up who were on the DL. That’s something you saw from the other side before I got here. It’s impressive to watch.”

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