Monday, October 16, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 10/16/2017 - Dodgers Links - Walk Off!

Holy Moly!

And it happened 29 years to the day when Kirk Gibson hit his own walk-off during the 1988 World Series. Unbelievable! Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“I can’t even put it into words right now,” Turner said. “It’s incredible, and the most important thing was obviously helping us get another win. But, that’s something down the road, hopefully many, many years from now, I’ll get to tell stories about.”
“I hit a ball pretty good to center earlier in the game, and Almora’s an unbelievable center fielder,” Turner said. “He’s been taking hits away from us every time we play him. So, I was just watching him hoping he wasn’t going to catch it. When it did end up going over the fence … obviously, I was fairly excited.”
You can watch the Celine Dion version of Turner's massive homer here. BTW, Justin also got the game ball, as you can see in the photo on the right.

Photo above via @Dodgers/Jon SooHoo on twitter. Photo on right via @Dodgers/Jon SooHoo on twitter. Below are more links to check:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1949 the Brooklyn Dodgers elect to not renew the contract of Dodger President Branch Rickey. He would soon join the Pirates the following season. In 1985 Jack Clark of the Cardinals created one of my worst memories as a Dodger fan. He belted a come-from-behind two-out, three-run home run in the ninth inning off of Dodger reliever Tom Niedenfuer to take the National League pennant. Watch it here if you must. 
  • Happy Birthday, Nick CullopBoom-Boom Beck!
  • Video: Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner address the media after Dodgers defeat the Cubs 4-1 with a 3-run walk-off homer from Turner in the bottom of the ninth. (video link)
  • Video: Hear from Dave Roberts after the Dodgers take a 2-0 series lead against the Cubs. (video link)
  • Video: Rich Hill speaks to Alanna Rizzo after the Dodgers 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday night. (video link)
  • Video: All autograph collectors should watch this. Per ESPN; "ESPN Films: The Counterfeiter Greg Marino is known as "the world's greatest forger" when it comes to counterfeit autographs and sports memorabilia. "The Counterfeiter" explores the true story of how the largest counterfeit operation in US history was born and later busted by the FBI." (video link)
  • Via Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider; "In their words: Nine Dodgers take you inside Justin Turner’s moment."
Cody Bellinger, who was in the on-deck circle:
“I had a front-row seat. Right guy at the plate. I think we would all pick him in that certain situation. I think I threw my bat. I think I almost hit Joc (Pederson) with my bat or my helmet or something. I just started jumping. I don’t even remember what I did.”
"When JT came up to bat I turned to my son and said, 'Hey, it was almost one year ago today that he hit that home run, wouldn't it be cool if he hit one and I caught it again?'" Hupp said. "During his first three at-bats I was envisioning the flight of the ball and he didn't hit a home run.
"And in the ninth inning, he hit it, and it looked like it was tailing and going into center field and man, did I get lucky. I ran across as quick as I could and I reached out three or four feet and caught it."
"Everybody else tried to do this," Lasorda told Roberts during a quiet moment outside the clubhouse. "But you're doing it."
Roberts smiled, bent down to shake Lasorda's hand and thanked him for the support. 
"Just trying to follow in your big footsteps," Roberts said.

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