Friday, June 26, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 6/26/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Wow! What a fantastic photo.

The base-runner is coming in hard with a hook-slide, while sticking his arms out like Spitfire in attack mode. Best yet, Ted Cieslak of the Phillies has his tongue out --  no doubt concentrating on making sure he swipes the plate before being tagged out by Brooklyn Dodger backstop Mickey Owen. Per the descriptor on the reverse (eBay auction link):
Even Insults Don't Help --
New York... Ciedlak, of the Philadelphia Phillies, sticks his tongue out at catcher Owen of the Brooklyn Dodgers as he tries desperately to beat the ball to the sack in second inning of the secon game of today's Didger-Philly Double-Header at Ebbets Field. Peacock's hit to right field started the play. Right fielder Walker got the ball down to Owen in time for the out. The Dodgers won the first game 4 to 1. 
Interestingly, the International Press Photo above considers the tongue lashing by Cieslak to be an insult. Nowadays, it's almost considered an endearment.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1944 the Dodgers, Giants and Yankees play an exhibit charity game in front of 50,000 fans for the war bond movement dubbed the Tri-Cornered Baseball Game. The Dodgers won the contest: Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants 0. Check out what I wrote about it hereNathalie Alonso at wrote a story about it that came out last year. It's excellent. Check it out hereIn 1996 Tommy Lasorda undergoes an angioplasty after suffering a mild heart attack. Bill Russell is named Los Angeles' interim manager. In 1997 Tony Gwynn broke my heart. During the seventh-inning against the Dodgers, he hit a inside-the-park grand slam at Dodger Stadium to lead the Padres in victory, 9-7. The homer put Gwynn over the .400 mark.  In 1999 Dodgers catcher Todd Hundley hit a three-run game-winning home run off of Giants closer Robb Nen in the ninth inning to spark a come-from-behind victory at Candlestick Park, 7-6. 
  • Happy BirthdayJean-Pierre RoyHenry SchmidtRodney Myers & Babe Herman!
  • Asked and answered, via a tweet from @djsevere:

“I think there’s no question we’re going to have a decent number of positive tests in Spring Training and the season,” Friedman said. “And to me it’s much more about how quick we are to respond to that, the treatment options, the quarantining part of it, making sure it doesn’t spread among the group.

“And to the extent that we can contain it, and we have really good health and safety protocols in place, I think it’s something that collectively as a group, everyone working together, I think it’s something we can manage,” Friedman added. “But here again, I think that anyone that pretends like they can sit here today and tell you exactly how things are going to play out, I don’t subscribe to that, I don’t agree with it. There’s a lot we don’t know. A lot of our conversations internally have just been about staying on our toes, staying nimble, trying to communicate our way through everything, read and react as things pop up. That’s our plan and as we continue to learn more, we’ll get smarter with how we do things”
  • I like Zaidi... I just wish you went to another team. Per Cassandra Negley at Yahoo Sports -- "Giants president Farhan Zaidi on politician mocking George Floyd at anti-mask rally: 'F--- that guy'"
Zaidi took issue with Phillips’ remarks mocking Floyd, and doesn’t buy the apology, but also takes issue with the government official’s push against masks. Zaidi told The Athletic:
“I think anyone would have difficulty getting beyond the abhorrent insensitivity of his statement,” Zaidi said. “But even if you can get beyond that — the fact that this guy is condoning behavior that put our staff and players at risk? Like, seriously. F--- that guy. I can’t believe that that guy is a public official in this country. It’s unbelievable.”
  • Ya know... I actually love this idea. The Giants plan to have fan portrait cut-outs of their season ticket holders in the seats during games, per a tweet from Alex Pavlovic:

  • Per Alden Gonzalez at ESPN -- "Dodgers security sued for $17M on allegations of racial profiling, excessive force."
The suit claims that David Verdin, 24, was placed in a choke hold and struck multiple times in his body and his head, and his brother, 26-year-old Rigoberto Verdin Jr., was pinned to the ground with an officer's knee on his neck. Javier Verdin, 16, was allegedly thrown to the ground by Dodger Stadium security, and Jamie Verdin, 18, was struck in the face and suffered a broken nose. David and Rigoberto Jr. were then taken to jail, but no charges were filed, the suit says.
  • Here's the newest episode -- "Dodgers Home Workout with Brandon McDaniel (2020)"

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