Monday, October 30, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 10/30/2017 - Dodgers Links - World Series Weekend Odds and Ends

I'm scared.

Not because I'm afraid of the Dodgers losing (yes, that certainly is a possibility). Rather, I'm frightened by what this series is doing to me. I don't know if my body can stand this anymore.

Clearly, last night was the most thrilling game ever. There were ups and downs experienced by everybody, and I suspect the roller coaster that has been this series will not abate any time soon. What we have here is a good ol' fashioned shootout between the games two most potent offensive forces -- pitching be damned. As most folks have already said, this is turning into one of the greatest World Series' of all time.

Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1956 the Dodgers sell Ebbets Field to real estate developer Marvin Kratter. The sale includes an initial three-year lease for the team and is eventually extended two more years. This sale is the first clear signal that the franchise would be seeking a new home soon. In 1963 Sandy Koufax is named the National League MVP Award winner. 
  • Happy Birthday, Bobby BraganChet KehnTom Brennan!
  • Video: Dave Roberts shares his thoughts after the Dodgers 13-12 tough loss to the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the World Series. (video link)
  • Video: Clayton Kershaw comments on his performance and the way the team battle in Dodgers' 13-12 loss to the Astros in Game-5 of the World Series. (video link)
  • Via Darren Rovell at ESPN; "Jackie Robinson game-worn cap breaks record for most paid at auction."
A Jackie Robinson game-worn Brooklyn Dodgers cap sold for $590,994 early Saturday morning, breaking the record for the most paid at auction for a hat.
The hat came from the collection of Robinson's widow Rachel, whose letter in the auction said it was from around 1948, and that it had metal plates in it to protect Robinson from "beanings."
The hat, auctioned by Lelands, blew by the previous record -- a 1934 Babe Ruth Yankees hat, which sold for $537,278 in 2012.
“He called the middle of the game, and he said, ‘Hey, if we take the lead, I want the ball, my body feels good.’ So in the seventh inning, you can't turn him down,” manager Dave Roberts said. “He felt good, he wanted to be in the game, and it's a credit to him to be used like he has been and want the baseball.”
  • Via Ken Gurnick at; "No quit in LA, and Puig affirms with prediction: 'There's going to be a Game 7,' OF says; history not unkind to Dodgers' predicament."
"My team, this is not going to be finished Tuesday. There's going to be a Game 7," said Puig, whose two-run homer helped the Dodgers send this wild one into extra innings with a three-run ninth. "All the fans in Los Angeles from the first day of Spring Training, and the team, do a lot of workouts and preparation, and this is the reason my team is in the World Series right now. And I want to say thank you to the fans for supporting my team on Tuesday, and there's going to be a Game 7."
  • Via Matthew Moreno at Dodger Blue; "2017 World Series: ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ Moment During Game 4 Hits Close To Home For Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal."
“I’m appreciative of everything MLB is doing in the fight against cancer, and I’m honored to be included in Stand Up To Cancer’s campaign,” Yasmani Grandal said. “My wife and I had a dear friend recently diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and we’re proud to stand with her and do what we can to support others in their battle against this horrible disease.”

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