Friday, September 07, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 9/7/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

"Tested. Unselfish. Focused"

These were the words spoken by skipper Dave Roberts, via Mike Lupica at MLB,com, and it embodies the entire Dodger season. Now, they have to follow through and finish the job as they enter divisional rival territory in Colorado tonight. They begin a three-game set, and clearly the entire season is at stake.

Photo above of Roberts and Matt Kemp via Jon SooHoo/la Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1889 the most controversial game in American Association history is held in Brooklyn. The St. Louis Browns hold a 4-2 lead in the ninth over the Bridegrooms, and claim it is too dark to continue. They light candles in front of their bench to emphasize this, but umpire Fred Goldsmith becomes determined to finish the game -- no matter what. When the game ends, several St. Louis players are hit with bottles by fans as they leave the grounds. The Browns will forfeit the game the next day because they fear for their safety. In 1903 the Brooklyn Superbas/Dodgers and the NY Giants play a two-stadium, same-day doubleheader. The first game began at 10:30 AM at Brooklyn's Washington Park (Giants won, 6-4), and the second game got underway later that afternoon at the Polo Grounds (Brooklyn won, 3-0). In 1924 the pennant race between the Dodgers and Giants gets crazy. So much so, a cavalcade of fans with crowbars stormed the Ebbets Field gates to watch the already sold out game. 200 officers were called, but an estimated 7,000 fans got in anyway. In 1962 Maury Wills stole four bases against the Pirates to break the modern National League record for stolen bases at 82. In 2001 Shawn Green hit two homers against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium to eclipse a Dodgers franchise record for home runs in a season. Green would finish the season with 49 home runs.
  • Happy Birthday, Dave WallaceDave FoutzEd PooleLew RitterCurt DavisEddie WilsonWillie Crawford & Brent Cookson!
  • Podcast: Sully Avenue Podcast -- Episode 111: Chasing the Rockies (Podcast Link)
  • My deepest condolences to the Lasorda family. Via Gary Detman at the Sun-Sentinal; "Brother of legendary Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda killed in crash with Boca Raton cop."
  • Per Ramona Shelburne at ESPN; "Kenley Jansen opens up about heart troubles."
Most people would be terrified. Jansen was mad.
"I wasn't scared. I knew exactly what it was," he says now. "I was pissed. 
"I thought my season was over. I'm like, man, f--- this. Not again. We're trying to go back to the World Series. I have a chance to win another Trevor Hoffman award. Man!"
The Oklahoma City Dodgers and Memphis Redbirds split a doubleheader Thursday night to open the PCL American Conference Championship series at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, with Memphis winning Game 1, 4-2, and Oklahoma City winning Game 2, 5-4.
The best-of-five playoff series is now tied, 1-1, heading into Game 3 at 7:05 p.m. Friday in Memphis at AutoZone Park.
“Great job by Parker,” said Quakes manager Drew Saylor, immediately after the Quakes thrilling 6-5 win over the always-fierce JetHawks. “We had some extra bullets, he started before for us, he’s been long relief, he’s been spot starting, he’s been able to close games. So, as we got into that last inning, we were limited on what we were able to do with him, and I felt, and talking with Parker, he wanted the ball, so I felt we’ve got to be able to exhaust every option that we have with him before we move on from that.
  • Funny stuff. Via The Onion; "Shohei Ohtani Regrets Not Researching Which Teams Were Good Before Signing With Angels."
  • This is awesome, via Kenley Jansen's twitter:

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