Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 3/3/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Check out this fantastic vintage press photo (eBay auction) from the Houston Post featuring (from L-R) Billy Cox, Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson being filmed by the media. It is dated to September 23, 1958 on the reverse, but that can't be right. The Dodgers were in Brooklyn that day to play the Cardinals, and I'm fairly certain the Dodgers spring home in Vero Beach is in the background. Additionally, Billy Cox last season as a Dodgers was in 1954, so clearly this is a photograph taken many years before finally being archived by the Houston Post.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1872 future Hall of fame Dodger Wee Willie Keeler is born in Brooklyn, New York. He would play five season for the Dodgers -- slashing a remarkable .352/.389/.425/.815. Overall, he batted over .300 16 times and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1939. In 1987 the legendary entertainer and creator of The D-O-D-G-E-R-S Song, Danny Kaye, dies of heart failure. He was 74-years old. Go ahead and sing along to his famous ditty hereIn 1988 the famous incident between Kirk Gibson, a newly signed free agent outfielder, and reliever Jesse Orosco occurs in Vero Beach. Orosco was a well known practical joker, but his barb against Gibson caused an uproar. He put eyeblack in Gibby's cap, so Kirk walked out of training camp while excoriating the club for not taking their job seriously. This incident would be heralded as an important moment for the soon-to-be championship club. 
  • Happy Birthday, John WardWee Willie Keeler, Ed PhelpsJoe KoukalikBert GriffithScott RadinskyMatt Treanor!
  • Video: Steven Douglas at Sports Illustrated chats with Dodgers’ Prospect Andre Jackson (link here).
  • Per an AP report at ESPN -- "David Price makes spring debut for Dodgers."
"It's been a while since I faced hitters wearing a different jersey," the 34-year-old left-hander said. "It's the first time I've been in a game in six, almost seven months. My legs were shaking out there. It's just, if you love what you do, you're definitely going to have nerves. It was fun. I definitely enjoyed it, getting back out there."
Santana has been excellent so far for the Dodgers. He added to his sparkling spring numbers with a scoreless inning while striking out two. Santana has now thrown four scoreless innings, striking out eight and walking one.
“It feels like guys are working angry,” Wood said on Saturday, in the Dodgers’ clubhouse at Camelback Ranch. “There’s one clear-cut focus, and that’s what do we have to do to win today and how are we going to get to the World Series and win? That’s the overriding sentiment, at least to me. Leaving for a year and coming back, you notice a lot more things.”
Jansen is done looking back — “I’m just over that,” he said — and most of the Dodgers are understandably weary of the topic. Pitcher Ross Stripling worked out all winter in Houston, mostly before M.L.B. released its report, and grew tired of fans who tried to play down the impact of sign-stealing.
“I was like: ‘Dude, you just don’t get it. I’m not going to get into this with you,’” Stripling said.
  • Awesome stuff! Watch Art Cruz from Lamb of God auditioning for the Astros. (Hat Tip: Redittor u/xxjacobxx22)

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