Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 4/16/2019 - Dodgers Links - Jackie Robinson Day Walk-Off Magic

Above is the only photo that matters. Vin Scully was on-hand at Dodger Stadium to help celebrate Jackie Robinson Day with Rachel Robinson. Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter.

The photo on the right comes a close second. As you surely know, Joc Pederson belted a two-run walk-off homer to help defeat the Reds, 3-2. Pic on the right via @Dodgers on twitter. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
“He just comes up big in big moments,” Roberts said. “This closer, Iglesias, is one of the best in the game. Joc got a hanging breaking ball, stayed in there and walked him off. We kind of stole it from them.”
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1945 the Boston Red Sox give tryouts to three Negro League ballplayers at Fenway Park -- Sam Jethroe, Jackie Robinson, and Marvin Williams. None are signed by the club. Their loss is our gain. In 1975 newly signed free agent and soon-to-be Hall of fame pitcher Juan Marichal made his last appearance in a game when he started for the Dodgers against the Reds. He would throw 2.1 innings and give up four runs. He would retire soon afterwards. In 1983 former Dodger Steve Garvey appeared in his 1,118th consecutive game to break the National League record. He broke the record as a Padre, but played 1,107 of those games in Dodger Blue.
  • Happy BirthdayNed ColletiPaul WanerBabe PhelpsSergio Robles & Paco Rodríguez!
  • ICYMI: When the Dodgers activated Clayton Kershaw from the 10-day injured list, they optioned right-hander reliever Jaime Schultz to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
  • Paul Lukas at UniWatch does a, "Jackie Day Recap, 2019 Edition."
  • Via Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider; "LADF, Kershaw’s Challenge partner to refurbish “Jackie Robinson Stadium” and construct “Field 42” in Compton."
  • Per Alden Gonzalez at ESPN; "Why evolution of changeup could be make or break for Clayton Kershaw." 
"There's a lot of things that have gone into last season to now that I'm not going to talk about," Kershaw said. "But I think what I've learned is that I can learn a lot more, because there's a lot of stuff that you can't take for granted. Not to say that I did, but there's a lot of things that I can learn from talking to people around here and different guys, just learning how to do the whole thing. Because in past years, I've been stubborn. I've had success, and I've wanted to do the same things over and over again. As you progress in your career, there's times when you have to make some adjustments. Maybe I haven't been as fast with that as I've needed to at times."
“That one hurt,” Bellinger said. “Hit me in a good spot, so, nothing serious and wake up [Tuesday] and see how I feel. That hurt real bad, for sure. It took a minute or two to stop grimacing. Walked to first, so I knew it was fine. Tried to walk it off, but we decided to get to the training room.”
On the 100th anniversary year of Jackie Robinson’s birth, his daughter Sharon Robinson spoke on Monday about how special it was to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium.
“There was no doubt in our minds that we would be here for this particular year, the centennial. We love coming to Dodger Stadium. This is a second home for us,” Sharon said. “We love our Dodgers, so it’s very special.”

  • Check out Kenley's Jackie Robinson Day outfit, via his twitter:

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