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Outside The Yard: When Professional Athletes Like Sandy Koufax, Shawn Green and…Colin Kaepernick Take a Stand (Or Seat)

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Much has been made these last few days over the last few days over San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem,” eliciting many a mixed response to the point we’ve asked What does The Star Spangled Banner really represent? “. Debate over whether The national anthem being played is necessary at not only sporting events but other prestigious venues has also been debated. If you even brought up the topic at some point chances are either your “Patriotism” among other beliefs was probably questioned.

Which brings the question: What makes for a true American ? Does taking a stand, or in Colin’s case, a seat, make him any less American? Is he the first one that has spoken over his disdain toward how things are in this proud country we live in? Of course not. Was he disrespecting those who fought for our rights and freedoms? Again, that is up for debate, which is what we, as a nation, have been doing.  

When the Star Spangled Banner is played, how many of you when at the games have actually put your hand over your heart? I see fans who won’t even take their hats off. Fans of all ethnicity. Would you dare walk up to a white fan and demand he take off his hat? Probably not. 

Prior to Kaepernick’s refusal to stand, how many of you, and even until now, even knew or know who wrote The Star Spangled Banner? How many of you even know the words past the first verse? Not many of you huh. Does that make you an untrue American? Of course not. If I was to ask a casual Dodgers fan what year Jackie Robinson broke into the bigs and didn’t give a response would that make him or her any less of a fan? No.

Of course Colin has dealt with a heavy dose of backlash. Of course we’ve heard the standard “If you don’t like it here, leave” quote. Well, I’m sure there will be lot’s of you out there who will complain about our country’s status come November regardless who are leader is. How many of you will be bolting north to the praises of Oh Canada. Yup. Didn’t think so.

 Colin has also received plenty of support from those who truly do put it all on the line. Of course, we thank them for doing everything within their power to protect all our rights…

 

Did Colin burn a cross while draped in a white-hooded robe ? Did Colin protest the funeral of a fallen military hero? Yet these same people who I refuse to acknowledge by name get the same rights of Freedom of Speech that Colin is being vilified for. How many of you have ever gone out and counter-protested?

Colin is far from the first athlete to use his prestigious stature to express his views. Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest boxers of all time, didn’t he refuse to join the military even if it meant being stripped of his World Heavyweight title and possible jail time? Even Jackie Robinson once said “I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag”

Taking a stand on one’s belief as we know, is not just limited to politics either. 

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Shawn Green missed a couple of huge games during the heat of the pennant race in 2001 and 2004 to observe the Day of Atonement. 

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 Of course most Dodgers and longtime baseball fans are aware of Sandy Koufax’s refusal to pitch in Game One of the 1965 World Series so that he may observe Yom Kippur. Yes, the Jewish Day of Atonement. 

Yes, it is true that we have a tendency to hold professional athletes to a higher standard. It’s also true that we as rabid sports fans, including this one, tend to place our favorite players on a higher pedestal because of feats accomplished on the field. There will be division among this but hey, it should be OK for an athlete to exercise their right and use a highly scrutinized platform to express their beliefs. All Colin did was refuse to stand for a song that we are all now debating whether it really represents patriotism and whether it should be played before sporting events. Sandy and Shawn took a game off to practice their beliefs. It was their right. The fact that the Dodgers allowed them to go forward and put their beliefs before a huge game says a lot about our Dodger organization as well.

 If there is one thing Colin accomplished, it got ALL OF US talking. Like it, or not…

9th Inning… 

Uh, make that…Top of the 9th…After trailing earlier 8-2…Dodgers down 2…2 outs…Bases loaded…1 out away from a 3 game sweep at the hands of the Colorado Rockies…And then this…From Rookie Andrew Toles…The Rookie who started the year in Single A Rancho Cucamonga…

RANCHO_AFTER SHOCK Hey ! Even AfterShock had to love that !!!

The fun is just beginning…Welcome to September…

Editors Note: I originally finished my post after the 8th inning when The Blue was still trailing…OOPS !!!! ( A good OOPS !!!) Note to Drei…Never publish any in-game thoughts until that 27th out…YOU KNOW BETTER !!!!

Extra Innings…1965 World Series, Game 7

If Sandy had any harsh critics for missing Game 1 over observing The Day of Atonement, he sure silenced them after Game 7…( A “Young” Vin Scully with the action…)

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On This Day, August 22…Dodgers…Giants…

roseboro_marichal 8/22/1965. The most famous on-field fight in baseball history took place between Dodgers catcher John Roseboro and Giants pitcher Juan Marichal. Juan Marichal would be suspended by NL President Warren Giles as he would miss two key starts that would be a huge key down the stretch. The Dodgers would edge the Giants for the NL Pennant en route to their 3rd World Championship in L.A.

Source: On This Day, August 22, 1965 , Marichal vs. Roseboro

On This Day, 8/22/2016…

I waited awhile to see our proud Blue on the left. Just like this day, 51 years ago when tensions came to a boil, the Dodgers and Giants find themselves in a heated battle for the pennant. So just how do these two heated rivals match up heading into the upcoming 3 game series at The RavineOne thing is for certain. In spite of the Giants recent struggles we do know this series will be anything but a walk in the park for The Blue….

Extra Innings…Koufax and Maury, The Dodgers in 1960s America

 

 Maury Wills. Neil Leifer for Sports Illustrated

 Sandy Koufax. Focus on Sport Via Getty Images

As the Dodgers would move into their glimmering new digs atop the hills of Chavez Ravine in 1962, Sandy and Maury would do more than dazzle the citizens of The Ravine. However, in the 60s, with Sandy’s Jewish heritage and Maury’s African-American roots, the two, 12 years prior to Hank Aaron, we’re not so immune to the racial prejudices of the time. As both we’re chasing historical personal feats,  the two would be united in not only their battles with the rival Giants but protecting each other as both received countless hate mail. Imagine if twitter had been around in the early 60s.

An excerpt from the recently released book The Last Innocents: The Collision of the Turbulent Sixties and the Los Angeles Dodgers, written by Michael Leahy, discusses the racial barriers the two would endure as they we’re setting records along the way of chasing a pennant. Also included as you click on the above link is a video of our Vin Scully reflecting on his Hall of Fame career in typical humble Vin..  

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Stuck at 2… Mr. Koufax Meet Mr. Ed

Dodgers_Lasorda Magic Number With the Dodgers 3-2 loss to the Giants last night the magic number to clinch their 3rd consecutive NL West title still remains at 2. It will be a battle of the aces tonight as Clayton Kershaw takes the hill against Madison Bumgarner. The Dodgers come limping into tonight’s game having lost 4 straight and 8 of their last 10. 

Dodgers_Lasorda and DreiWe will clinch this sooner or later Tommy…

Mr. Koufax Meet Mr. Ed

In this classic episode of Mr. Ed, the Dodgers lose the first game of a late season game to the Giants in San Francisco ( Sound familiar Dodgers fans ? ). Mr. Ed, that ever so lovable talking horse, finds a way to communicate to Dodgers coach Leo Durocher to help the Dodgers out of their funk. Audio from a young Vin Scully is also featured…

Perhaps some words from the horses mouth can help the Blue ?

Magic Number Countdown…16…Looking Back on Perfection

Yesterday…

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Rick Monday would patrol the Dodger outfield from 1977-1984 wearing number 16. His most memorable moment in a Dodger uniform would come in the decisive Game 5 of the NLCS on October 19, 1981. With the Dodgers and Expos tied at 1 in the top of the 9th and 2 outs, Rick Monday would deliver the decisive blow with a solo home run that would be the difference in a 2-1 win over the Expos, sending the Dodgers to the World Series to take on the Yankees. The day is still referred to in Montreal as Blue Monday

Drei_RickMonday With Rick Monday, 2008

And Today…

Dodgers_Ethier Walk Off Andre Ethier, photo credit to Jon SooHoo. Andre, with 14 walk-off’s, his latest against the Angels on August 2nd, is currently the longest tenured Dodger, now in his 10th season beginning in 2006…

ethier Since 2006, It Always a Good Dre Day …

Other Dodgers to Wear 16…

Ron Perranoski

Hideo Nomo

Paul Lo Duca

Sun Devils Turned Blue…

3 of the Dodgers to don the number 16, Monday, Ethier, and Lo Duca, at one time played their college baseball at Arizona State…

16×2… Celebrating Perfection On This Day

Dodgers_Koufax Perfect Game  On this day, September 9, 1965, 50 years ago, Sandy Koufax would throw a perfect game no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs. It still remains the only perfect game thrown in L.A. Dodger history…

Extra Innings With Kid N Drei… From The Park…

wpid-screenshot_2015-09-07-07-57-12-1.png Kid n Drei, from the Park at the Park, PETCO Park in San Diego, re-creating last season’s foam party . I guess we’re never to old to have some fun at the Park… ( Who was having the most fun ? Kid or Drei ? ) Kid n Drei got more from the park… Stay Tuned… ‘Til the Next Episode…

Dodgers Turn to a Horse For Offensive Help

As many of you know by now, earlier today The Blue we’re not only swept up north by the hated ones, but not a single run scored during the entire 3 games. After such a fast offensive start, The Blue is going through a stretch of offensive ineptitude that goes back to Saturday’s contest with the Colorado Rockies. During that stretch of 45 innings, only 2 runs have crossed the plate. The pitching has done a respectable job in that stretch, allowing 17 runs, equating to a 3.40 ERA during that stretch. 

Baseball can be such a maddening game. One night, your dishing out 21 hits and scoring 11 runs, and then of course, you come back and you cant hit a lick. It happens. Even against our rivals. This is not the first time in the history of baseball a team has gone 30 plus innings without crossing the dish. This dubious achievement also happened to The Blue in June of 2012 against the Giants as well, and also during the 1966 World Series, as the Dodgers we’re not only swept by the Baltimore Orioles, they would not score a single run the final 33 innings of the series.

Hey Mr. Ed !!!

It’s funny how life can imitate art. Or something along those lines… In this classic Mr. Ed episode from 1963, titled ” Leo Durocher Meets Mr. Ed “, that lovable talking horse, Mr. Ed, call’s Dodger coach Leo Durocher during the 2nd game of a doubleheader against the Giants at Candlestick Park to give him some offensive batting tips after the Dodgers struggle to lose the first game ( Sound familiar folks ? ). Mr. Ed and his trainer Wilbur Post would then be invited to Dodger Stadium to give more tips. How does this turn out ? A young Sandy Koufax, along with Moose Skowron, Willy Davis and Johnny Roseboro would also guest star, as well as another familiar voice that still keeps us entertained today. Some guy named Vin…

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Alan Young, Mr. Ed and Sandy Koufax. Dodger players and Hollywood often frequented each other…

Sandy Koufax Meet Mr. Ed

On Saturday the 16th, the Dodgers will be honoring the 1965 World Champion team  prior to their game against the Colorado Rockies. Among those who will be present is of course Sandy Koufax. Though Koufax would miss Game 1 of the 1965 World Series due to his religious obligations to the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, he would go on to win 2 games in the series, including the deciding Game 7 at Metropolitan Stadium against the Twins, pitching on only 2 days rest.

2 years prior, in addition to the Dodgers sweeping the Yankees in the 1963 World Series, Koufax, along with Moose Skowron, Willie Davis, Johnny Roseboro and Leo Durocher would guest in the classic Mr. Ed

Happy Birthday Sandy…Drei’s 2014 Holiday Greetings

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Happy 79th Sandy !!!

Holiday Greetings From L.A.

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To Grand Park…

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To Hollywood and Vine , Drei wishes you all a continued Happy Holidays !!!

And from Pasadena…
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A Happy New Year !!! Blue welcomes all visitors from Tallahassee to Eugene as we approach 2015 !!! Oh yeah… 98 days away from Opening Day !!!