Monday, October 23, 2017

UPDATED! - World Series Series Starts on Tuesday - Food, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!

The World Series starts on Tuesday against the Houston Astros. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming best-of-seven playoff series. 

Please note that temperatures are expected to be 100 degrees come game time in Los Angeles, so be prepared.

Here are some important links:
(WS Patch, pic via JP Hoornstra)
Pregame coverage can see seen on Facebook Live starting 90 minutes before each game with Dodger Insider, SportsNet LA’s Leadoff LA and Access SportsNet Dodgers. Postgame Access SportsNet Dodgers will also be streamed on Facebook Live, as will Dodgers Insider shows during workout days. 

Fox Sports will televise the World Series, and Joe Buck will be calling the play-by-play alongside analyst John Smoltz. They will also be joined by reporters Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci. 

The umpires for this World Series will be veteran John Hirschbeck (crew chief), Chris Guccione, Sam Holbrook, Marvin Hudson, Tony Randazzo, Larry Vanover and "Cowboy" Joe West.

At the moment stadium and pregame information is still a bit sparse, so I will update this post when more information is released.

UPDATE: There has been a recent change regarding game start times. Now, Game 3 and all following games will start at  8:20pm (ET) [7:20pm (CT)/5:20pm (PT)]

2017 Topps Update Series - Dodgers Inserts: All-Rookie, Heroes, Untouchables and 1987

Now that you've seen the base cards, here are some of the Dodgers' inserts that can be found in packs of 2017 Topps Update. You will find the 1987 Topps throwback cards, a Dodgers' Cut Signature checklist, Heroes of Autumn, Topps All-Rookie Cup and Untouchables cards.

BTW, it appears that neither Cody Bellinger or Corey Seager have autograph cards inserted into packs. There are only redemptions available. Also, the Topps All-Rookie Cup cards are lame. They include a reprint of the Fernando Valenzuela's 1982 card, but fail to include a "Rookie Cup" logo. I understand the original card didn't have one either, but if you're going to include him this kind of set then you need to make the effort to actually have the "Cup" in there. Heck, having that card reprinted with the "Cup" would make it a very unique issue. Instead, Topps has failed us all.

1987 Topps Baseball - Rookies and Trades

#US87-34 Cody Bellinger         #US87-39 Corey Seager

2017 Topps Now - World Series Matchup Cards - Dodgers vs. Astros

Today, it has been announced that a ten-card 2017 Topps Now World Series Matchup card set is now available for order. As the name suggest, each card compares the starters for the main top ten positions, and it offers bonus cards should the person highlighted earn the World Series MVP, has a 3 homer game or throws a complete game. So, you can pick and choose which one you want (and maybe get some bonus cards), or you can purchase a full-ten card bundle for $59.99 (go here to order). BTW, each card can be purchased individually for $9.99, and is discounted heavily should you buy a larger lot of the cards.

From what I can tell, the player or position favored in the matchup appears on the front of the card. Only three positions do not have the Dodgers favored, with the shortstop position left blank for the Dodgers (due to Seager's uncertainty at the time of this announcement). Below is a look at all ten cards.

Starting Pitching:

This card pits Kershaw, Darvish, Wood and Hill versus Keuchel, Verlander, McCullers and Morton. Go here to check it out and order.

More Dodgers Fantasy Cards -- Clubhouse Celebration

As I had promised previously, here are even more Dodgers' fantasy Baseball cards featuring the "Boys in Blue" celebrating after their Game 5 victory over the Cubs. As you will notice, I used only card designs from 1988 - for obvious reason.

I think I might make some more, so stay tuned.

Blog Kiosk: 10/23/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Are you ready for some World Series Baseball!

Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out: