Thursday, April 20, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 4/20/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Clayton Kershaw is a focused and intense beast when he's pitching, and usually this is a plus. Last night though, you have to wonder if his feelings towards the gamesmanship by Rockies starter Tyler Anderson might have boiled his blood too high. In last nights postgame press interview he said:
Yhea that was uh... that was one of the more disrespectful things I've been a part of in a game. I really didn't appreciate that.
The games start was delayed when Anderson finished his pregame warmup behind schedule and then he proceeded to nonchalantly walked back to the dugout. Kershaw, as intense as ever, had his routine knocked off balance, and as a result experienced a shaky first inning. The Rockies got their first three batters on base to load them up. Fortunately, they could only get one runner across the plate.

Now, I'm not saying that one thing absolutely lead to another, but you do have to wonder if his intensity got the better of him. Nevertheless, he was able to right the ship quickly, and lead his team to a 4-2 victory. Kershaw went seven innings with ten strike outs, one walk and only two earned runs.

Photo above via the Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1999 the Dodgers surpass the 100 million mark in attendance at Dodger Stadium. In 2011 it is announced that MLB will be taking over the operations of the Dodgers due to concerns over the finances of team owner Frank McCourt. 
  • Happy Birthday, Don Mattingly, Germany Smith, Pat Hannivan, Dave Bancroft, Hal Peck, Tom Hutton, Todd Hollandsworth & Ian Thomas!
  • Audio: Listen to Yasiel Puig discusses his strong start, his Wild Horse Foundation poker tournament and more with Petros and Money (audio link)
  • Video: Hear from Clayton Kershaw after pitching seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out 10 in the Dodgers 4-2 win over the Rockies. (video link)
  • Video: Kelli Tennant speaks with Kike Hernandez, while standing on a bucket, after the Dodgers win over the Rockies on Wednesday night. (video link
  • Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider tells us more about our Dodger-for-a-day; "Dodgers make wish come true for 17-year-old Michael Gonzalez."
  • ICYMI: Logan Forsythe was placed on the 10-day DL due to a fracture on his right toe. Utilityman Chris Taylor was called up from Triple-A OKC.
  • I maintain that the Dodgers have always been the #1 team in LA. Via Bill Shaikin at the LA Times; "Survey: Dodgers pass Lakers as L.A.'s favorite team."
The Dodgers are more popular than the Lakers, for the first time in the four years a Loyola Marymount survey has asked Los Angeles County residents to identify their favorite pro sports team.

The Dodgers got 36% of the vote and the Lakers 35%, making each team more than four times as popular in Los Angeles as any other local team.
“What Dr. Jobe did in 1972, and what he did when I got hurt in ’74, he talked to me more like a father than like a doctor.”

That fatherly advice helped create trust between doctor and patient. And it cemented a relationship and set the stage for an operation two years later that would transform sports medicine.
  • Per Chapman University; "Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten speaks at Fowler School of Law symposium."
With sharp business insights and wisecracking barbs at sports agents, Kasten laid out philosophies that he says have not changed despite a rapidly evolving sports universe.

“Whether you’re building a team or whether you’re building a company, it’s really the same principles,” he said. “In the corporate world, I talk about building your product, building your relationship with your customer, building your brand.

“If you’re in sports, for me, the translation is your team, your stadium experience, and your community relations network. It’s all the same.”

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