This is a reblog from Jon Weisman’s post this past Sunday from Dodger Insider as he puts baseball and life in perspective in regards to Saturday’s horrific shooting that took place at an Orlando nightclub. Are we really losing the battle against anger ? Or are we as a society just not doing enough ?
R.I.P. Shirley Temple Black.
As many of you know by now, Hollywood has lost another icon. Shirley Temple Black , perhaps the most popular child actor of all-time, passed away at the age of 85 . In this tribute to Shirley Temple Black , Jon Weisman from Dodger Insider shares this clip of Shirley Temple Black at a 1939 charity comedy baseball game .
Bills and Beckett Eager to Get Back On the Hill
Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett , two pitchers who we’re expected to make huge contributions to the Dodgers pitching staff last season, are looking to get back in the thick of things with both pitchers reporting successful throwing sessions. This could also be a battle of Comeback Player of the Year Award between the two. However, with the acquisition of Paul Maholm the battle for the 5th spot remains up in the air. Other than that, I really am excited about our pitching staff this year, as both pitchers and catchers have reported to Glendale.
Gay Athletes. What’s The Big Deal ?
The news of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam coming out has been headline news these last couple of days. Recently, manager Don Mattingly expressed that he expects an MLB player to eventually reveal their personal life choice . In a society where discrimination and phobias are still highly expressible, if not entirely visible, perhaps even more so today in this world of social media easily accessible to anyone, should an athletes sexual preference really be a big deal ? I would not doubt it if there are more professional athletes who have domestic interests when it comes to their preferences but have chosen to keep mum about it. Heck, if a ballplayer can hit a 95MPH fastball halfway up the LF Pavilion on a regular basis, can get a hit 3 out of every 10 times at the plate and drive in 100 runs, his or her choices in life outside the yard , whether you agree with them or not, should be irrelevant.
Spring Training. You Can’t Come Soon Enough
Spring Training . Of all my ballpark road trip experiences, I have yet to do Spring Training. My one regret is not ever seeing a game at Vero Beach, where the Dodgers trained until 2008. I have yet to do Camelback Ranch either. Perhaps one day, if i’m lucky, this March, I will get the opportunity to experience the joys of Spring Training in Arizona.
For those who just can’t wait for the first pitch…
Yes folks, that is an actual rain puddle behind Blue . Yup, L.A. finally got some rain today. Enjoy this rain, said no one ever…. Because according to this 10 day forcast , this will be the last we’ll see of it for a while, assuming the 10% chance for tomorrow is accurate. I really can’t remember a time here in Los Angeles, or throughout the state of California, where we did not have any kind of heavy rain during such a stretch between December and now, this 6th day of February. So our drought continues …..
No Plastic, Now No Paper ?
As many of you fellow Angelinos know by now, as of January 1st of this year, Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to ban the use of plastic bags in grocery stores and other retail outlets, most charging 10 cents per paper bag or offering the choice to buy a re-usable bag. Now comes the news that Dodger season ticket holders will be going paperless, as the team has announced a paperless ticket program for 2014 , much to the dismay of fellow Dodger fan blogger Emma over at Dodger Blue World and i’m sure many other Dodger season ticket holders.
That’s not to say the team is going entirely paperless, as they will continue to sell hard tickets at the box office. What’s was that I just said, hard tickets ? How many of you still collect your hard tickets ? How many of you carry such fond memories of your hard tickets like Jon Weisman over at Dodger Insider ?
Above, on the left, is a ticket stub, yes, that is an actual stub, from one of the automated will-call kiosks. I wouldn’t blame you if you confused it for an ATM receipt. This was from August 1, 2008, Manny Ramirez’s first game as a Dodger. To the right, the standard print at home ticket from Game 5 of last years NLCS . Nothing against the print at home option, and yes, it is a huge convenience especially when buying online from other season ticket holders from StubHub. I just say, give the season ticket holders their hard tickets as well, for memories sake !!!
As for my ticket stub collection…
Above, from Opening Week , 2008 . On the left, the Coliseum exhibition game against the Red Sox, and Opening Day against the Giants, the 50th anniversary of Dodgers baseball in L.A.
A couple of from the road. To the left, Opening Week at the Giants new yard, Pac Bell Park, in 2000. And what a way to help open our bitter rivals new yard, with a 3 game sweep !!! To the right, a season ticket from old Busch Stadium’s final season in 2005 with Albert Pujols on the stub .
Back to 2008. Kershaw’s MLB debut, and in both stubs, Dre’s first walk-off hit, and Dre’s first walk-off homer…
And my favorite one. From October 2, 2004
What happened that afternoon ?
Has it been 10 years already Finley ? Baseball can’t come back soon enough….
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