By Cary Osborne
There were revelations on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium at the Dodgers All-Access event — a benefit for the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Council. Joc Pederson said he and roommates Trayce Thompson, Alex Wood and Corey Seager watch the shows “New Girl” and “The Bachelor.” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman revealed that Clayton Kershaw will pitch a rehab game this weekend in Rancho Cucamonga. And Chase Utley revealed his sense of humor when asked by Orel Hershiser about growing up a Dodger fan and how special it would be to bring a World Series championship to Los Angeles.
“Winning a championship in L.A. would be super special,” Utley began. “Being a Dodger fan growing up, 5 or 6 years old, watching Eric Karros …”
Fans who paid to be part of this experience cracked up with Karros sitting in the front row laughing himself. Karros is only 11 years older than Utley.
The event featured exciting experiences for all fans — from hitting in the Dodgers’ underground batting cage off Mickey Hatcher and Reggie Smith, to taking a photo with Tommy Lasorda and the 1981 and 1988 World Series trophies to pitching in the Dodger Stadium bullpen with legendary Dodger scout Mike Brito taking radar-gun readings. But the main event was Dodgers Chase Utley, Pederson and Justin Turner and the Dodger management trio of Dave Roberts, Friedman and Farhan Zaidi answering questions on stage from SportsNet LA’s John Hartung and Hershiser while fans dined in the infield.
A lot of the talk centered on all the adversity this team has had to go through to land in first place in the National League West. Utley and Zaidi had thoughts on the topic.
By Jon Weisman
I didn’t want to let the weekend go by without passing along the words Vin Scully recited to the Dodger Stadium crowd before Friday’s game, near the end of an incredibly difficult week in this country.
Ladies and gentlemen. At this time, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the tragic events that have occurred across our country over the past few days. As a community and a nation, we mourn the tragic loss of lives and injuries, and our deepest sympathies go out to all who have been directly impacted by those events and to their families and friends. As United States attorney general Loretta Lynch said today, “This has been a week of profound grief and heartbreaking loss, but as she also reminded us, “Today and every day we are one nation, we are one people and we stand together.
Therefore, we commend the heroic actions and courage of our first responders, volunteers, citizens and government officials, and we gratefully acknowledge the sacrifice that so many have made on behalf of those people. And as the organization that took a historic stance against racism, the Los Angeles Dodgers will continue to stand firm against all forms of hatred, violence and discrimination. At this time, we ask that you please stand silently for a moment of reflection and respect.
A few other items from recent days …
By Jon Weisman
Brandon McCarthy has officially been activated from the disabled list by the Dodgers, 14 months and three days after he had Tommy John surgery.
Brock Stewart, who struck out seven while allowing five runs over five innings in a spot start for Los Angeles on June 29, has been optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
In other business, the Dodgers outrighted minor-league pitcher Yaisel Sierra to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Sierra, a right-hander from Cuba, has been pitching for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Additionally, Layne Somsen has been outrighted, while Ian Thomas was released. Both pitchers had been designated for assignment.
By Cary Osborne
It started with an Instagram post by lifestyle blogger Jacqui Saldana.
It read: “It’s time for dodger baseball w/my very own Justin Turner!!”
Turner was tagged in the post.
And to the young Pasadena couple’s surprise, he responded.
“Looks like we have some planning to do!!! @court_with_a_k and I would love to meet you and host you guys at a game!! #BrothaFromAnothaMotha”
By Jon Weisman
Still feels like there’s a buzz in the air over how very #Puignotlate the ending was to Wednesday’s game. Let’s provide some epilogues to that, as well as catching up on some other recent Dodger ephemera.
- Puig’s dash around the bases was 15.2 seconds, which is tied for the fastest home-to-home run in baseball this year, as seen in the video above.
- What was going through Puig’s mind? “I was ready for the hit, and nobody thought that the ball would go through,” Puig said through an interpreter, according to Doug Padilla of ESPN.com. “So when I did see the ball go through, I had to talk to my hamstring so I can figure out how far I could go on the bases. … I didn’t see [the stop sign]. I was listening to my hamstring and I was trying to figure out how far it could go. If it exploded there, that’s what was going to happen, but I was able to make it home.”
- The big finish called to mind 1988’s Kirk Gibson scoring from second base on a wild pitch, as Phil Gurnee writes at his new blog, Dodgers, Yesterday and Today.
The opportunity for you to be a Dodger is back.
Deposits are being taken right now for the second annual Dodgers-White Sox Fantasy Camp — a joint offering from the two teams who share Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona as their Spring Training home. This 2017 fantasy camp will take place January 15-21, 2017.
Tommy Lasord and a new generation of coaches including Pedro Guerrero, Steve Sax, Eric Karros and Eric Gagne are among the former Dodgers already scheduled to appear. Tom Paciorek, the former Dodgers and White Sox player, is serving as camp commissioner.
By Cary Osborne
Vinyl and paint bottles are strewn everywhere. Paintbrushes are caked in dry paint. A pair of baseball cleats are taped up on a table. There are boxes on top of boxes on top of boxes.
The mess is a source of disagreement between 15-year-old Wes Burton and his mother Sabrina.
Sabrina works from home in Santa Monica and turned the family’s garage into an office. But her son Wes has sort of taken over.
Some of the dried paint is a royal blue — the primary color for the Los Angeles Dodgers. In March, the high school freshman finished a project for his favorite client, Kiké Hernandez.