Thursday, October 04, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 10/4/2018 - Dodgers Links - March to 11 Victories

It'll take 11 wins for the Dodgers to capture a championship, and tonight's starter, Hyun-Jin Ryu, will have an opportunity to get things started right. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“I’m very happy that the team trusted me, and I would like to say that I’m going to go full throttle from the very first pitch in the very first inning tomorrow, make sure that I get my job done as the starting pitcher and put the team in the position where it can win,” Ryu said.
Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1955 the day Dodger fans had been waiting for finally happened. On this day the Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the World Series to win a championship for the very first time in its franchise's history. In 1959 the Dodgers won the teams very first playoff game in Los Angeles when they defeated the Chicago White Sox, 3-1.  92,234 fans attended the game at the LA Coliseum, setting a new record for attendance for a World Series game. This win put them up two games to one in the series.  They would win the World Series in the sixth game four days later. In 2006 the worst play in Dodgers playoff history happened (in my opinion) when two runners are thrown out at home plate on the same throw during Game 1 of the NLDS against the Mets. You can relive the horror here.
  • Happy BirthdayRip RipulskiJohn DuffieMike SharpersonDennis CookAdam RiggsTony Gwynn, Jr. & Stephen Fife!
  • ICYMI: Per Steve Adams at MLB Trade Rumors; "Qualifying Offer Value Set At $17.9 Million."
  • Per Ken Gurnick at; "Jansen galvanized by criticism going into G1: Roberts' confidence in Dodgers closer is unwavering."
"I'm not mad at you. I'm mad at the question and I'm fired up to be that guy again," Jansen said before the team worked out at Dodger Stadium in preparation for tonight's Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Braves.
"I have a responsibility to this team. I want that responsibility. You build on failure. It's been a tough season, but I've learned a lot. From this moment, it's on. There's nothing I won't do to get us a World Series."
Ask Roberts what he considers the most important elements of his job and he does not mention putting together the lineup or running the bullpen.
“I would say being open-minded, being able to communicate with the front office, players and coaches, and being able to earn trust in the clubhouse,” he said. “If you don’t have any one of those three things, I think that you are doomed to fail.”
  • Guess who's starting at shortstop for the Braves today... Charlie Culberson. Below is a brief interview with him about the upcoming series against his old team, via a tweet from 680 The Fan:

For Amaya, he became the second member of his family to be selected by the Dodgers. His grandfather, Frank Amaya, also a shortstop, was in the Brooklyn Dodgers organization starting in 1955. He spent three years in the Class C Pioneer League, playing for the Great Falls Electrics.
“It was amazing when I got drafted by the Dodgers,” Amaya said. “My grandpa was always watching the Dodgers games when I got home. To follow in his footsteps. Growing up it was always him and my dad, giving me knowledge about the game.”
Everyone I grew up with had an endless supply of family stories about where so-and-so was when Branca gave up that home run: My grandma was working in a cookie factory and the game was so important that it was broadcast to the workers over loudspeakers. An uncle of mine was 7,800 miles away in war-torn Korea and listened via Armed Forces radio as the pennant was snatched away from his beloved Brooklyn Dodgers. I had a friend who could send his grandfather into a snarling, swear conjuring rage just by imitating Russ Hodges’ dreaded call of “the Giants win the pennant! the Giants win the pennant!” And thirty years after that home run it was humiliating to me when the shortstop on my team yelled “nice one, Branca” after I gave up a cheap home run that lost us a ballgame. It wasn’t a playoff game, or even the 9th inning, but man, it was an insult that cut worse than any swear word we had in our already salty vocabularies.

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