Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 5/14/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Above is a fantastic 1932 International News press photo of future Hall of Famer Hack Wilson wearing a Dodger uniform for the very first time. It had recently sold at RMY Auctions.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1933 Hack Wilson came off the bench for the Dodgers to belt a pinch-hit inside-the-park walk-off grand slam -- a first in Dodgers history (boxscore). In 1978 Dodger killer Dave Kingman of the Cubs belted three home runs against Los Angeles to defeat us, 10-7, marking the second three-homer game of his career against the Dodgers. This also infamously lead to one of Tommy Lasorda's most epic rants -- when KLAC radio reporter Paul Olden asked what he thought Kingman three dingers. Listen to it here (NSFW). Per Kevin Roderick at LA Observed
“I was in the front row with my arm extended, holding the microphone, and no one was asking about the main thing from that day: the three home runs by Dave Kingman,” Olden said. I just needed a quick sound bite, 10 or 15 seconds, and then get the heck out of there.
“So I sort of innocently asked his opinion of Kingman’s performance. A minute and a half later, he’s still talking.”
We're told a witness called cops claiming Urias was in the parking lot arguing with a female companion and shoved her to the ground. 
Cops responded and spoke with the woman, who denied anything physical took place ... and insisted it was nothing more than a heated verbal argument. 
However, sources connected to the situation tell us ... witnesses were adamant they saw Urias push the woman and video from the scene appeared to back up the witness accounts.
Here's a Dodgers response to TMZ: "As a result, we have no comment at this time regarding the incident. However, every allegation of domestic violence must be taken seriously and addressed promptly, and we will cooperate fully with the authorities and Major League Baseball to ensure that that happens in this case."
Domestic violence at any level can not be tolerated, so swift action must be taken. At the same time, we are all afforded the right to innocence before proven guilty. If anything, the only saving grace here is that it doesn't appear that this was a hyper-violent physical altercation (and I hope we don't find out about any). Hopefully, what ever issues exist can be ameliorated through counseling.
    I will note that this is a far cry from the domestic violence committed by former LA Kings defenseman Slava Voynov in 2014 -- who spent 90 days in jail and then was immediately deported to Russia (and been trying to get back to the NHL ever since). He punched, kicked, and choked his wife on Halloween -- causing visible lacerations and bleeding. 
    • In case you don't subscribe to the LA Times, here's Bill Plaschke's fantastic story about Jaime Jarrin at Finger Lakes Times -- "Jarrin returns to full-time Dodgers job after losing his wife."
    Jaime phoned the Dodgers and asked if he could return to the booth and go back on the road full time. They said yes before he could finish the sentence.
    "When I'm doing a ballgame, it's the only time I feel normal," he said. "I will now carry Blanca's spirit with me, to every city, every game, in the seat right next to me."
    "I like to think about today," he said. "It's hard for me to think about the future because I know how much work goes into every single day. For myself, to perform at the level that I want every day -- it's a huge commitment. I want to make sure that I can live up to it. Because if I feel like there's going to become a time when I show up to the field and I don't want to do the work, I don't want to be signed up to that. I don't want that.
    "There's a huge responsibility and expectation when you sign a contract, and you have to live up to it. And I don't take that lightly. And so for me, any length of time that a team is willing to commit to you is the length of time that you have to commit to absolutely, 100 percent effort every single day you're at the field. And three years is what I felt comfortable with."

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