Wednesday, August 23, 2017

2017 Topps Now -- #510 -- Adrian Gonzalez's 2,000th Hit

(pic via @Dodgers on twitter)
Milestones like this is what Topps Now is all about.

Last night Adrian Gonzalez recorded his 2,000th hit of his career, and available today is a 2017 Topps Now card to commemorate the feat. He accomplished the milestone when he lead off the sixth inning with a double to the right field corner. Gonzalez would then later score the tying run of the game on Corey Seager's single later that inning. Go here to check the card out and order. Via Ken Gurnick at
"It was only fitting for him to hit a double for 2,000, he's had a lot of doubles in his career," Roberts said. "The longevity for 2,000 hits, I can't fathom. It's quite a milestone. We have guys that can hit balls out of the ballpark, but to have that professional at-bat like Granderson also gives us, to run up pitch counts, take the walk, it's invaluable. The consistent quality of at-bat Adrian gives us when he's right is taxing on a starter."

2017 Panini Immaculate Collection - The Dodgers Base Cards

Panini's 2017 Immaculate Collection Baseball packs are now in stores. Below are the six Dodger base cards in the set. Go here for a complete checklist.

#25 Jackie Robinson               #26 Leo Durocher

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Joe Davis, Yasiel Puig and Vladimir Guerrero

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.

Blog Kiosk: 8/23/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Check out who's on the cover of the newest issue of Sports Illustrated -- Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig. Best yet, according to Alanna Rizzo on twitter, the photo used was taken by Dodgers photographer Jon SooHoo - a first for him on this magazine. Congrats!

In other news, Adrian Gonzalez recorded his 2,000th hit of his career last night when he doubled in to the right field corner in the sixth inning. Per Ken Gurnick at
"It's cool, one of those milestones that just means I have a lot to be grateful for and thankful for," Gonzalez said. "That was really cool, special, seeing the guys in the dugout, the Dodgers fans in the stands. I know there's a lot of people back home smiling as well, especially my wife and my kids and my parents and my brother. It's a cool feeling."
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1958 Gil Hodges hit his 14th career grand slam. It set a new National League record for grand slams in a career. BTW, Don Drysdale also walloped two solo homers himself during the game. In 1989 Tommy Lasorda had Expos mascot Youppi! ejected from a game in Montreal during the 11th inning. The mascot was causing too much noise by jumping on top of the Dodger dugout roof during the 22-inning game. You can watch Youppi! get tossed here. BTW, the Dodgers defeated the Expose, 1-0, on an home run by Rick Dempsey in the 22nd inning.
  • Happy Birthday, Red DownsPhil PageLonny FreyDale MitchellCasey Blake!