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Rest, Relax And Put Your Blue On. Dodger Blue passion mixed in with an obsessive compulsive desire to scour the world for rare and interesting Dodgers and Baseball collectibles.



Updated: 2016-10-01T13:56:33.801-07:00

 



Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Jay Johnstone in Anaheim and Some Dodgers at SoCal Fair in Perris

2016-09-30T13:33:44.714-07:00

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.---------------------------On Saturday, October 1st from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm former Angels and Dodger outfielder Jay Johnstone will be signing autographs at The OC Dugout in Anaheim.  Instead of charging for his autograph, all the OC Dugout ask is for anyone who attends the signing to make a donation to Make-A-Wish at the event.  (The amount of money you donate is completely up to you.)  All funds taken in will go to granting the Wish of an Orange County/Inland Empire child with a life-threatening medical condition.The OC Dugout1515 S. Sunkist St. Ste. GAnaheim, CA 92806 ---------------------------Tommy Davis, Darrel Thomas, Bill Russell and Kenny Landreaux will be signing autographs at the Southern California Fair in Perris, CA on Wednesday, October 5th from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the The Press-Enterprise Stage. The 2016 Southern California Fair is a 9-day event that runs October 1st through October 9th at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. The annual event will feature concerts, motorized events, exhibits, entertainment, carnival rides and games and of course, delicious fair food!  Go here or here for information.Southern California Fair18700 Lake Perris DrivePerris, CA 92571* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



2016 Topps Triple Threads - The Dodgers Autographed Rookie and Combos Cards

2016-09-30T13:00:06.975-07:00

Now that you've seen the base cards here are some of the autograph and relic cards below.  Featured are the Base Rookies & Future Phenom Autographed Relics, Autographed Rookies, Relic Combos and Autographed Relic Combos cards. On a side note, the Corey Seager autographed relic card directly below is available as a redemption card, as well.  It appears they ran out of "sticker autographs" to make them all.Base Rookies & Future Phenoms Autographed Relics #RFP-CS Corey Seager               #RFP-JP Joc Pederson Autographed Rookies #ARC-TTH Trayce Thompson - redemption card#ARC-JY Julio Urias                          #ARC-KM Kenta Maeda #ARC-RST Ross Stripling Triple Threads Autograph Relic Combos #TTARC-PSM Kenta Maeda, Corey Seager & Joc Pederson #TTARC-TGG Justin Turner, Adrian Gonzalez & Yasmani GrandalTriple Threads Relic Combos #TTRC-KPS Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig & Clayton Kershaw #TTRC-PSP Joc Pederson, Corey Seager & Yasiel Puig * Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Blog Kiosk: 9/30/2016 - Dodgers Links - Kershaw, Reddick, Toles, Puig and Vin Scully

2016-09-30T10:00:46.373-07:00

Before the start of yesterdays game a nice little moment happened between a young fan and Yasiel Puig.  As you can see in the pic above, the Dodger fan held up a sign offering to do push-ups in exchange for a bat.  Obviously, Puig couldn't help but take the bait.  So, he negotiated an exchange.  For 50 push-ups he would get one of his bats.  You can go here to watch the kid complete the task -- all the while, Puig provided all the encouragement he could muster.BTW, the Dodgers defeated the Padres, 9-4, to remain just a couple games behind the Nationals for home field advantage during the upcoming NLDS.Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016.  Go here to check out a more pics of yesterdays game taken by Jon SooHoo.  Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1923 Ebbets Field in Brooklyn held Zach Wheat Day in honor of the retiring Hall of Fame outfielder.  In 1956 Don Newcombe won his 27th game of the season.  He defeated the Pirates, 8-6, at Forbes Field.  In 1999 the Dodgers Giants play the very last Baseball game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.  The Dodgers defeated the Gnats, 9-4.Happy Birthday. Johnny Podres, José Lima, Kenley Jansen and Nap Rucker!Audio:  Listen to Tom Goldman speak with Dodger fans about the retirement of VIn Scully. (Link Here)Video: Watch Joe Davis' sign-off on his last broadcast this season, via Chad Moriyama on Streamable.  He thanks the fans and spends a bunch of time talking about Vin Scully.  (Link Here) Starting last night at midnight the Dodger Insider blog began their Vinathon that will include hourly post featuring photos, videos and stories on anything and everything related to the retiring Vin Scully.  Go here to check them all out. (Link Here)Via Julie DiCaro at Culturess; "How Vin Scully Saved My Sanity and Made Me a Better Mother." But at night, I would sit in front of the open window, feeding my baby, and let Vin’s voice, his stories, his memories of baseball from a time gone by, wash over me. It got to be a ritual every night in which I could lose myself, float up out of my body and hover somewhere in the warm wind over Chavez Ravine, just listening to Vin and thinking about baseball. It was better than meditation. It was (almost) as good as sleep. I could begin to relax, feeling some of the frustration with my never-quiet, never-sleeping, never-happy baby start to dissolve. As Vin would talk, I would unwind. Those few hours of relaxation every night recharged my soul, kept me going, and allowed me to be the mother I wanted to be the other twenty-one hours of the day.  Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "LA's Jarrin looks back at 58 seasons in booth: MLB's longest-tenured broadcaster plans on making it 60 years, maybe more." This really isn't a surprise.  Via Carlos Collazo at MLB.com; "Roberts adds Toles to LA's NLDS roster." "He's done nothing to disappoint," Roberts said before the Dodgers' 9-4 win over the Padres at Petco Park. "He's been great: offensively, defensively, running the bases. But I still want him getting out there, and see his name on a Major League lineup." (pic via Jon SooHoo/Dodgers 2016)Via Doug Padilla at ESPN; "Don't bunt? Dodgers' Josh Reddick says you can't be so literal."Reddick said the shirt was meant to honor the wacky “Baseball Wisdom” videos on YouTube. He found the shirt online, and it has kind of taken on a life of its own, helped, of course, by the fact that he wore it when he went up to see Scully, while the Hall of Fame broadcaster was wearing a dress shirt and tie.“I’m a man for funny T-shirts,” Reddick said. “I follow (the shirt’s message) just most of the way. If something like that comes around or if I have to do it, then I do it. It’s all about whatever it takes.”Via Tony Blengino at FanGraphs; "Clayton Kershaw and the NL Cy Young Award."The numbers are almost laughable. In a season when over 100 players have hit 20 home ru[...]



2016 Topps Triple Threads - The Dodgers Base Cards

2016-09-30T11:22:55.248-07:00

Finally, after a short delay related to shrink wrap packing issues, Topps has released their highly anticipated 2016 Triple Threads Baseball card brand.  Go here for a complete checklist.  Below are all of the Dodgers base cards in the set.  I hope to have pics of all, if not most, of the various relic and autograph cards that exist soon.  So, stay tuned.#20 Yasiel Puig #32 Kenta Maeda #33 Sandy Koufax                                    #37 Clayton Kershaw #71 Adrian Gonzalez                               #78 Jackie Robinson #100 Julio Urias * Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Blog Kiosk: 9/29/2016 - Dodgers Links - Urias, Kershaw and an Congressional Resolution for Vin Scully

2016-09-29T10:06:54.370-07:00

Check out an fantastic candid press photo found in the current RMY auction above.  It features an obviously dejected Dodger manager Burt Shotton (left) being consoled by team president Branch Rickey (right) after being defeated by the New York Yankees in the 1947 World Series.  It was taken by local New York photographer Bill Meurer.  Go here to check it out.Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1966 Sandy Koufax struck out 13 Cardinals' batters to become the first pitcher to record three 300-strike out seasons since Amos Rusie in 1892.  In 1976 Tommy Lasorda is named the new manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.  In 1979 Manny Mota set a Major League record with his 146th career pinch hit at Dodger Stadium against the Chicago Cubs.  In 2000 Gary Sheffield tied the Dodgers franchise mark for home runs in a season at 43.  He hit is against the Padres in San Diego.  Podcast:  Charlie Culberson recently spoke with Vince Samperio and Jeff Snider on the Scully Avenue Postcast (Link Here).Via Daniel Brown at The Mercury News; "Behind the scenes with Vin Scully: Giants broadcasters share favorite memories." Dave Flemming: I probably should not tell you this story, but there is one moment recently where I walked into the men’s room and Vin is there. Vin’s famous line at the beginning of a Dodgers broadcast is “Pull up a chair,” right? Dodgers fans hear that and they know Vin. I walk into the men’s room and Vin goes, “Dave, pull up a urinal.” He’s got a great sense of humor. He does. And he makes us laugh every time we see him. Via David Adler at MLB.com; "Scully honored in resolution by US Congress." Three California Democrats -- Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and House Democratic Caucus chairman Xavier Becerra -- introduced a resolution on Thursday honoring the life and career of Vin Scully. Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA; "Dodgers send 8 prospects to Arizona Fall League."  Play begins Tuesday, October 11th.The 2016 Arizona Fall League gets started in just under two weeks, and the Dodgers will send a total of eight players to play for the Glendale Desert Dogs.The already announced prospect trio of Cody Bellinger, Willie Calhoun and Alex Verdugo will be joined by pitchers Chris Anderson, Joe Broussard, Ralston Cash and Corey Copping, plus infielder Tim Locastro. Per Steve Adams at MLB Trade Rumors; "Dodgers release Bud Norris."Wow.  Ryu has had it tough.  Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA; "Hyun-jin Ryu has arthroscopic elbow surgery." Via Harold Uhlman at Think Blue LA; "Dodgers Devin Smeltzer wants to ‘give back’"  He battled cancer as a youth and now he wants to help others fight back.Via Carlos Collazo at MLB.com; "Short rest may not be option for Kershaw, Hill: Dodgers uncertain how injuries may affect pitchers' postseason usage." "Right now it's hard to predict. I think that Clayton's [pitched on short rest] before in the past, and I don't know if Rich has," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "I don't think he has. And so I think that's something that we'll talk about as we get closer. Via Doug Padilla at ESPN; "Dodgers' Julio Urias ready 'to take advantage of the opportunity'""Every game is important and obviously there are only [10] teams in the playoffs so it becomes a lot more important; everybody is watching," Urias said through an interpreter the day after the Dodgers announced he would be headed back to the starting rotation. "Especially when you are starting a game, a lot more people are paying attention. All you can do is to go out there and fight, fight for your team, take advantage of the situation and do your job." I'm not sure what to think about this.  Per Graphic Policy; "California Has Made Getting and Selling Autographs and Limited Edition Items More Confusing and Labor Intensive."  Apparently, a new law was passed to protect autograph c[...]



2016 Topps Heritage Minor Leagues - All the Dodgers Cards

2016-09-28T11:49:02.634-07:00

The newest Topps product to come down the pike is the 2016 Heritage Minor League Baseball card set.  It features most of the up-'n-coming ballplayers within the Dodgers farm system, and also happens to include a couple of prospects who have since been traded.  As you will recall, both Grant Holmes and Jharel Cotton were sent to the Oakland A's as a part of the Rich Hill and Josh Reddick trade on August 1st.  Go here for a complete checklist on this set.Please note that I will update the photo for the Grant Holmes sticker card when I come across a better pic.  Also, there is a Mike Trout autographed card available with him in a Rancho Cucamonga Quakes uniform.  It is in the Looming Legacy insert set.  For obvious reason, I have not included this card in the below listings (#LLA-MT Mike Trout) even though that team is now a Dodgers affiliate.Base Cards#41 Andrew Sopko                             #47 Cody Bellinger#48 Josh Sborz                                       #52 Yusniel Diaz#91 Jose De Leon                                      #122 Jharel Cotton#126 Willie Calhoun                               #141 Grant Holmes#170 Alex VerdugoBase Variation Facsimile Signature#91 Jose De LeonNormal Base                                          Variation Card 1967 Topps Sticker#19 Grant Holmes                            #33 Hornsby - Drillers Mascot'67 Mint Relics#67M-JDL Jose De Leon* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Blog Kiosk: 9/28/2016 - Dodgers Links - Culberson, Puig, Urias, the Nationals and Vin Scully

2016-09-28T09:50:21.736-07:00

Hey... We scored a run.Last night the Dodgers played their first game after clinching their fourth consecutive division championship and lost... Not that I'm fretting, or anything. The Dodgers are in the midst of preparing for the division series against the Nationals, so the outcome of the last five games of the regular season are less important than setting up the club for success in October.  Per Doug Padilla at ESPN:Manager Dave Roberts did start nearly all of his regulars in the first game after clinching the National League West on Sunday, but starter Kenta Maeda only went four innings, as did left fielder Andrew Toles and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez...."As you saw tonight, I normally wouldn't have taken Toles out as early as I did, but I want to get Andre [Ethier] some at-bats, and it was nice to see him get that last at-bat and get a walk and have a competitive three at-bats," Roberts said. "Toles will start tomorrow, and we'll see how the game plays out. And Adrian had a sinus infection, so that's why he came out of the game."It's not as if the Dodgers do not care about playing host to the Nationals for the opening two games of the NLDS, plus a potential deciding Game 5. But post-clinch baseball is usually different from the version that preceded it.Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers Baseball:  In 1988 Orel Hershiser broke Don Drysdale Major League record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched at 59.  He threw ten scoreless innings against the Padres in San Diego.  In 1997 Mike Piazza set the Los Angeles Dodgers record for home runs at 40.  Happy Birthday, Todd Worrell and Jerry Sands!Podcast:  Dodger’s historian Mark Langill talks about the incomparable life and career of Vin Scully with Colin Gunderson at the "Love of Baseball" podcast (Link Here). With regards to the upcoming NLDS playoff series against the Nationals, Washington may be down by three significant players.  Starting catcher Wilson Ramos has a torn ACL (via a tweet by CSN Nationals), starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg is unlikely to pitch during the series due to elbow soreness (via Chase Hughes at CSN Mid-Atlantic) and slugging second baseman Daniel Murphy might sit out the series due to a sore butt (via Jonathan Lehman at the New York Post).  BTW, their biggest star, Bryce Harper, jammed his hand on Sunday, but is expected to be ready for the playoffs.As for the Dodgers playoff starting pitching roster, we got some info on that too.  Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Dodgers set rotation for Games 1-3 of NLDS: After Kershaw, Hill and Maeda, Urias is a possibility for fourth spot."  Kershaw will pitch Game 1 on Oct. 7, Hill Game 2 on Oct. 8 and Maeda Game 3 on Oct. 10. Roberts would not name a Game 4 starter but said 20-year-old rookie Julio Urias is "on the table." Urias makes his third start of September on Thursday night in San Diego.Kershaw, whose scheduled start on Saturday in San Francisco is his fifth since returning from 2 1/2 months on the disabled list (herniated disk), will have six days until he opens the series with the Nationals. Kershaw said he was given the choice of pitching Friday or Saturday and chose Saturday because he didn't want to go a full week between starts. Gurnick at MLB.com also tells us that Yasiel Puig will be in the postseason:"Yasiel has self-admitted he's grown," said Roberts. "It's tough to humble yourself and check your ego and go to Oklahoma City and be a Minor League player, but he did that and he learned from it and earned the right to be a Major League player. We talk about it being a privilege to be a Major League player. I think to his credit, he really understands what that means. He's done a lot to help us win a lot of baseball games. He'll be on the postseason roster, and he's earned it." I totally missed this.  Via Stephen Douglas at The Big Lead; "Dod[...]



A Vin Scully Memorabilia Checklist - Records, Magazine Covers and Stadium Giveaways

2016-09-29T13:37:56.185-07:00

I decided to spend a little bit of time trying to catalog all the different Vin Scully memorabilia items that exist out there.As you may know, a few years back I attempted to do this with his various Baseball cards, postcards and Union 76 giveaways (see that original post here), but always felt is was incomplete.  After all, there is a bunch of other stuff I neglected to include; such as his records, magazines and Dodger Stadium giveaways.  Hopefully, the below listing takes care of that.  Unfortunately, I doubt this is entirely complete.  For instance, there's got to be more magazine covers featuring the Hall of Fame broadcaster than what I have shown here.  If you happen to know of other items please let me know.  Furthermore, I am planning an additional post focused solely on the 1966 Union 76 twelve-record 33 1/3 RPM set featuring Vin Scully interviews with 24 different players and team executives.  I made mention of it in my post a few years back. but didn't provide a lot of details back then.So, without further adieu, here is a listing of Vin Scully related records, magazine covers and stadium giveaways.  I will, of course, updated this post when new items come to my attention.1959Dodgers '59 RecordThe Season's Most Thrilling Moments as Reported on KMPC by Vin Scully1963Jackie Barnett Presents the Sound of the Dodgers Record1971 No-Hitter by Bill Singer RecordNarrated by Vin Scully1981Dodgers World Champions Record1985Los Angeles Times Magazine -  Dated 10/13/1985 1998Los Angeles Times Magazine -  Dated 4/26/199820072007 Dodgers Yearbook2009Fore Magazine - May 2009 Issue Dodgers Magazine - July 2009 Issue20102010 Dodgers Media Guide Dodgers Playbill - August 30/September 5 - 10th Issue 20122012 Dodgers YearbookDodgers Playbill - July 20/August 8 2012 Normal Bobblehead - Stadium Giveaway 8/30/20122012 Talking Bobblehead - 3,000 edition sizeA special edition of the above bobblehead was also created that actually talks.  It recalls Vin's memorable Kirk Gibson walk-off home run call from Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.  You can listen to it here.20132013 Bobblehead - Stadium Giveaway 7/25/20132014 2014 Rose Parade Grand Marshall Pin2014 Dodgers Yearbook2014 Talking Microphone - Stadium Giveaway 7/29/2014You can listen to the talking microphone here.  It has six different recordings.20152015 Bobblehead - Stadium Giveaway 9/23/20152016I want to note that SportsNet LA gave away throughout the season a six-poster set featuring Vin Scully.  I shared pics of them all here.Sports Illustrated  - 3/16/20162016 Dodgers Media Guide2016 Magnet Schedule - Stadium Giveaway 4/12/20162016 T-shirt Stadium Giveaway 5/10/2016 Dodger Insider Magazine - September 19/September 252016 Bobblehead - Stadium Giveaway 9/20/2016"Letter of Dedication" Retirement Letter - Stadium Giveaway 9/23/2016Limited Edition Commemorative Bronze Coin - Stadium Giveaway 9/24/2016Commemorative Edition of Dodger Insider Magazine - Stadium Giveaway 9/25/2016LA Times Commemorative Section - dated 9/25/16  UPDATE:  I have just been told of another Vin Scully collectible recently made by the Dodgers to commemorate his retirement (Thanks, CJ).  It is an oversized postcard and appears to have been made for this last homestand.  See it below.UPDATE II:  I have just been made aware of another Scully memorabilia item from Vin Scully Weekend.  Featured below is a pin made by the Dodgers, and from what I understand they were given to numerous Dodger employees, MLB employees and other broadcasters.  I do not know how many were made and distributed.   * Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Blog Kiosk: 9/27/2016 - Dodgers Links - AGon Won his Bet and More Vin Scully

2016-09-27T09:57:41.038-07:00

I just love this photo of our rookie shortstop and MVP candidate Corey Seager taking batting practice within the bowels of Dodger Stadium. "It's Time For October Baseball," indeed.The photo was shared yesterday afternoon by NikeLA on twitter.  Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History: In 1951 future baketball Hall of Famer Bill Sharman was a prospect for the Dodgers.  On this day he was thrown out of the game, along with 14 other teammates, for "bench-jockeying" after a close play at home.  He would never get a chance to play a Major League game, and thus became the only player to be ejected from a game without ever appearing in one.  In 1961 Sandy Koufax struck out seven Phillies batters to pass Christy Mathewson's National League record for strike outs at 269.  Mathewson struck out 267 batters in 1903.  In 1993 Mike Piazza broke the Los Angeles Dodgers record for home runs at 34.  In 2000 the Team USA Baseball team, skippered by Tommy Lasorda, beat the overwhelming favorites Cubans ballclub to win the gold medal in the Olympics.Happy Birthday, Vicente Padilla and Jon Garland!This is wild.  You can now download your very own copy of Vin Scully's rendition of "Wings Beneath My Wings" on iTunes.  Go here to check it out.BTW, I don't know if you listened to Sunday's radio broadcast of the game but Charley Steiner emotionally broke down a bit following the playing of the above song sung by Vin.  You can listen to a recording of it here (courtesy of Dodgers Redditor u/sleepontheground)The Drabble cartoon in this past Sundays comics section was all about Vin Scully.  Check it out here (courtesy of Dodgers Redditor u/JessieJames). Awesome!  Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider; "AM 570 to simulcast Vin Scully’s entire final broadcast." Vin Scully’s entire final broadcast Sunday in San Francisco will be simulcast on SportsNet LA, KTLA and AM 570 LA Sports, meaning that radio listeners will hear Scully from start to finish.“We wanted to make sure that all of Vin’s fans are able to share in his final Dodger broadcast of an incredible 67-year Hall of Fame career,” Dodger executive vice president and chief marketing officer Lon Rosen said.  “We want to thank our partner, IHeartMedia, Charley Steiner, Rick Monday and Vin for making this possible for all our viewers and listeners.”ESPN reporter Buster Olney needs to pay off his debt to Adrian Gonzalez.  As yo may recall, in March AGon offered a friendly bet to Olney, who did not pick the Dodgers to win the western division, that would result in Olney having to wear a full Dodger uniform on a future segment of Baseball Tonight.  Obviously, Olney lost that bet.  Yesterday, Adrian tweeted the following to Buster:Hey @Buster_ESPN what was the bet again, remind me? #NLWestChamps— Adrián González (@Adrian_ElTitan) September 26, 2016 Via Matthew Moreno at Dodgers Nation; "2016 NL West Title Has Different Feel For Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Turner."“We’ve had a chance to do this the last few years but this one feels special,” Turner said in a champagne and beer-soaked clubhouse on Sunday.“The perseverance, things we’ve gone through this season, to be able to come back (in the division standings), we just kept pushing forward. This burn in my eyes has never felt so good.”...“This is a team that has gotten contributions from everybody. It’s a special feeling knowing that we have a full team and group of guys who have done incredible things,” Gonzalez said. Via JP Hoornstra at the OC Register; "Dodgers' clubhouse chemistry blurred lines between rookies and veterans, holdovers and newcomers."But the lines between veteran and rookie, between newcomer and holdover, blurred when the division was clinched. The story of how [...]



Two More 2016 Dodgers Topps Now Cards Available - #505 & #506

2016-09-29T10:24:52.070-07:00

In addition to the postseason 15-card Dodger team set currently available (originally written about here), Topps Now has just release two more cards to add to their running set.  Both cards capture the excitement and joy of yesterdays big day.  Unfortunately, Vin Scully isn't featured on either.  The card on the top left celebrates both Corey Seager's game-tying home run in the 9th inning and Charlie Culberson's walk-off homer in the 10th inning. It is card number #505.  Go here to check it out and order.  Hilariously, it describes the events wrongly on the reverse (as seen on below left).  It says:The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the National League West Division title in grand fashion, with a 4-3, walk-off win over the Colorado Rockies.  With the game tied at 2 going into the top of the ninth inningm call-up David Dahl gave the Colorado Rockies a one-run lead with a solo blast off Kenley Jansen.  Corey Seager tied the game in the tenth inning with a solo shot of his own.  In the next inning, reserve Charlie Culberson sealed the victory with a two-out, walk-off home run off Boone Logan.Uhhh... Yeah... Seager's tying blast was in the 9th inning, but I digress.  Topps is likely to make appropriate changes to the paragraph above when the final product ships to customers.The top card on the right celebrates the Dodgers clinching of the 2016 National League West Division Championship.  Go here to check it out and order.  It is card number #506, and is actually shown with the number #506-A.  Why?  I dunno. Below is what is says on the reverse:The Dodgers clinched their fourth straight NL West Division title, and while this one certainly wasn't the easiest, it must have been the most satisfying.  First-year manager Dee Roberts guided a team that lost their ace pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, for more than two months, among other starting pitcher injuries, and saw the team start rookie pitchers a Major-League-high 65 times, to the top of the division.  With a team that put out 55 players this year, it's no surprise the team clinched the title with a walk-off home run by reserve Charlie Culberson.UPDATE:  The print run for the Seager/Culberson card is 704 copies.  The print run for the division clinching card featuring Clayton Kershaw is 433 copies. * Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



2016 SportsNet LA Vin Scully Poster Set

2016-09-26T13:02:53.275-07:00

I thought I would finally take some time to officially catalog a Vin Scully collectible that has been available all season at Dodger Stadium this year.  As you may know, SportsNet LA has been passing out special commemorate posters to fans for free that features Vin Scully, and if you haven't seen them before then you can now get a look at them all below.  They measure 18"x24". Click on any pic to embiggen.They all borrow designs from vintage Topps Baseball cards.  The posters have been selling briskly on eBay for a wide range of values -- from as low as $10 to as high as $60 a piece.  Frankly, these values seems way too high.  I suspect that the emotion of his upcoming retirement has pushed values to those levels.  Given enough time I think prices should fall to more reasonable prices.  On the other hand, I could be entirely wrong.  There is an significant lack of memorabilia featuring Vin Scully for fans to chase after, so we could be seeing a new normal for Scully collectibles.BTW, three years ago I put together a listing of all the various Vin Scully cards and other cardboard-styled collectibles that I was aware of.  You can check that out here.  Also, I am planning on putting up a new post featuring the various memorabilia items that exist; including the various stadium giveaways and magazine covers.Poster #1                                Poster #2Poster #3                             Poster #4Poster #5                            Poster #6* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Dodgers 2016 Postseason 15-Card Topps Now Team Set

2016-09-26T12:36:28.699-07:00

In honor of the Dodgers recent western division championship Topps has issued a limited edition 15-card postseason team set.  It is available for order until Thursday, October 6th at $49.99, and is limited in number based upon the number of orders received during that time period.  Go here to check it out and order.  At the very bottom is a checklist. A special catch to the set is that the size will expand depending on how far they get in the playoffs.  Each set will receive one extra exclusive bonus card for each playoff series they win.  Hopefully, we'll see three more cards added to this set.Corey Seager (RC) (Card Number: LAD-1)Adrian Gonzalez (Card Number: LAD-2)Justin Turner (Card Number: LAD-3)Yasmani Grandal (Card Number: LAD-4)Joc Pederson (Card Number: LAD-5)Chase Utley (Card Number: LAD-6)Howie Kendrick (Card Number: LAD-7)Yasiel Puig (Card Number: LAD-8)Josh Reddick (Card Number: LAD-9)Clayton Kershaw (Card Number: LAD-10)Kenta Maeda (Card Number: LAD-11)Julio Urias (Card Number: LAD-12)Scott Kazmir (Card Number: LAD-13)Joe Blanton (Card Number: LAD-14)Kenley Jansen (Card Number: LAD-15)* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



A Brief Vin Scully Weekend Wrap-Up

2016-09-26T11:12:36.526-07:00

Here are various links and stories related to Vin Scully Weekend.  As you can imagine it would be impossible to link to them all; nevertheless, I hope this allows us all to relive the most dramatic, if not most emotional Dodger weekend over the past twenty years.The photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016.  Go here to check out a bunch of great pics from yesterdays event from Jon, Jill Weisleder and Patrick Gee.  Video:  Vin Scully sings 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' and gets a nice ovation from the crowd at Dodger Stadium on Friday. (Link Here) Instead of listing every video related to Sunday's Scully retirement ceremony (and there are plenty) I will instead link to a post by Sons of Steve Garvey that has them all.  Go here to check them out.Video: Vin Scully talks to all the fans at Dodger Stadium about how much they mean to him and how much he appreciates the players.  (Link Here)Video: Listen to Vin sing "Wind Beneath My Wings" on Sunday, via DodgersNation on YouTube. (Link Here)Video:  Watch Vin's last walk-off home run call at Dodger Stadium (Link Here). Check out a copy of the letter given to fans on Friday, via Jack Baer at MLB.com.  See a pic of it on the right, via @Dodgers on twitter.Check out some fun pics from a Dodger fan at the game on Sunday here.  They were originally posted up on Reddit by u/Seabrooke. Via Rigo Cervantez at ESPNDeportes.com; "Vin Scully got 'sombreros' sailing, which Valenzuela will never forget.""Maybe I'll forget who my last out was, or how many walks I gave up in my career, but his quote, 'If anyone has a sombrero, throw it to the sky,' it's something I'll never forget. That will remain forever." That call was recently voted by fans as number five in the top 20 greatest moments in Vin Scully's 67 years as the Voice of the Dodgers."It's something that comes from someone who has great experience calling baseball. To hear it from someone like him, it's a really nice memory," added the 'Bull of Etchohuaquila,' who currently serves as a color analyst on Spanish-language telecasts of Dodgers games.How had this not already happened?  Per a press release from the office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Vin Scully received a key to the city prior to Fridays game.“Vin Scully’s legend will live long after he takes off his headset and leaves the booth for the final time in his storied career. For 67 years, Vin has been more than the voice of the Dodgers — he has been the soundtrack to some of the best and most exciting moments of our lives. It is close to impossible to imagine Dodger baseball without his incomparable way with words and the boundless wisdom he has shared with generations of fans around the world. Vin Scully is the very definition of an L.A. icon, and he will forever have the gratitude of the city whose story he helped to write.” Via Darren Rovell at ESPN; "Dodgers limit Vin Scully merchandise at Scully's request."Via Richard Justice at ESPN; "Scully happy to be riding off into retirement." "I have no idea," Scully said. "Maybe the first thing I'll do Monday morning is take my watch off and put in the drawer and think I can do anything I want, which is probably have a nice breakfast, read the papers, maybe take a walk and get a good book. That's the first thing I'll probably do."* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Blog Kiosk: 9/26/2016 - Dodgers Links - Division Champions!

2016-09-26T10:23:24.736-07:00

Wow!The Dodgers sure do have a flare for the dramatic.On an afternoon that would mark Vin Scully's last home broadcast and Fan Appreciation Day the Dodgers did the unthinkable.  Not only did they capture their fourth straight National League Division Championship, a first in franchise history, they also did it with a 10th inning walk-off home run by a journeyman infielder.Unbelievable.In some ways, the way in which the team took the title yesterday is reminiscent of who this team is.  They are a group of men all moving together in the right direction.  Some of them are superstars, while others are the gritty pieces necessary to last an entire 162-game schedule, but they all know that they need to play their part in order to take home the grandest prize in the league.  Considering how tough it is for a team to compete when experiencing a high number of injuries like the Dodgers have had, it should shock the system that the team has gotten this far.  By rights, this season should have been a wash.  We should not be where we are.Alas, though, here we are.  The Dodgers are the Western Division Champions, and I couldn't be more elated.The photos above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016.  Go here to see a whole bunch of great photos from both yesterday's game and the ensuing celebration.  BTW, I am planning an encompassing post featuring a rundown of Vin Scully Weekend related links, so stay tuned.  Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1908 Cubs right-hander Ed Reulbach pitches two shutouts on the same day against the Brooklyn Superbas (Dodgers), 5-0, 3-0.  The entire doubleheader is played in under three hours.  In 1981 Nolan Ryan of the Astros no-hit the Dodgers at the Astrodome, 5-0.  In 1988 the Dodgers clinched the NL Western Division title in their 3-2 victory over the Padres.  As you surely know, they would go on to win the World Series several weeks later.RIP, Jose Fernandez.  Really, a breathtaking loss for the game, and an especially stinging loss for Yaiel Puig.  Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Puig tearfully recalls his friend Fernandez: Dodgers outfielder, Marlins pitcher bonded by Cuban heritage."(pic via Jon Weisman, Dodger Insider)"He was a very, very close friend of mine," Puig said in the Dodgers clubhouse before their potential division-clinching game against Colorado."He was one of the first people I [knew] here, and I was thinking just a couple of weeks ago we were having dinner in Miami: He was a very good guy and I also liked the way he played baseball, the way he treated his mom, his grandma, his teammates and other ballplayers like myself."..."He would give me advice about how to better myself, and now I lost him," he said. Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider; "Culberson joins pantheon of Dodger heroes."“I’m floating right now,” Culberson said. “It’s awesome. I couldn’t have written it up any better.” FYI, here is the upcoming playoff schedule for the Dodgers against the Nationals:Game 1: Friday, Oct. 7 (Fox Sports 1 or MLB Network)Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 8 (Fox Sports 1 or MLB Network)Game 3: Monday, Oct. 10 (Fox Sports 1 or MLB Network)Game 4*: Tuesday, Oct. 11 (Fox Sports 1)Game 5*: Thursday, Oct. 13 (Fox Sports 1) Via Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs; "Clayton Kershaw Experimented On the Rockies."One of my favorite things about baseball is how Clayton Kershaw has never been able to master a changeup. There’s absolutely no one in baseball who needs a changeup less than Clayton Kershaw, but, drive is drive. He’s been frustrated by his own lack of progress, because as far as he’s concerned, he’ll forever see room for improvement.[...]



2016 Topps Heritage High Numbers - The Dodgers Autograph & Relic Cards

2016-09-23T10:01:54.685-07:00

Below are is a listing of all the Dodgers autograph and relic cards found in packs of Topps 2016 Heritage High Numbers packs.Real One Autographs #ROA-JU Julio Urias - redemption card#ROA-FM Frankie Montas               #ROA-KMAE Kenta Maeda#ROA-RST Ross Stripling Real One Dual Autographs #RODA-PS Joc Pederson & Corey Seager - redemption cardCut Signatures #67BCS-DD Don Drysdale (#/1) - not yet seenClubhouse Collection Relics #CCR-AG Adrian Gonzalez             #CCR-CKE Clayton Kershaw #CCR-YP Yasiel Puig Clubhouse Collection Autograph Relics #CCAR-CK Clayton Kershaw - redemption card* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Blog Kiosk: 9/23/2016 - Dodgers Links - Utley, Vin Scully and Yasmani's Stellar Day

2016-09-23T14:59:34.916-07:00

Guess who got to wear the Dodgers "Player of the Game" belt last night?Yasmani Grandal was a beast.  No... He was a monster... A big Blue switch-hitting behemoth bent on carrying the club the best way he could.  Grandal took out his mighty bat and launched not one, but two home runs (from each side of the plate) to lead the surging and obviously confident Dodgers to a 7-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies.  Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:“Now that we’re good and healthy and ready to go, we’ve got to turn it up,” Grandal said. “We have, what, nine games left? Let’s get this thing over. Let’s close this. Let’s win the division and keep on playing.”In other news, comic book legend Stan Lee was at the game to throw out the first pitch.  The photo on the right, tweeted by the Dodgers, features Stan with Josh ReddickPhoto at the very top via @Dodgers on twitter.  Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1901 the Brooklyn Superbas (Dodgers) set the franchise record for runs scored in a game at 25 against the Cincinnati Reds.  In 1947 the Dodgers held Jackie Robinson Day at Ebbets Field during his rookie season.  Jackie was noticeably moved when his teammates stood besides him at home plate.  In 1962 Maury Wills stole his 96th and 97th bases of the season to break Ty Cobb's Major League record for steals.  In 1978 Lee Lacy hit a pinch-hit home run on the first pitch of his at-bat in the seventh inning -- just moments before Dodgers thirdbase coach Preston Gomez came up to Lacy, shook his hand and whispered, "hit this one over the wall for Junior."  Dodgers coach Junior Gilliam was in the hospital fighting for his life from a brain hemorrhage.  He would pass away a couple of weeks later.Happy Birthday, Matt Kemp!If you hadn't seen Chase Utley's unbelievable behind-the-back sprawling-on-the-dirt no-look flip to first to get an out, then you need to do that now.  Go here to check it out.This is awesome.  Via Matthew Mesa at Dodger Insider; "Send personal messages to Vin Scully at #DearVin." Of all the glowing articles written about Vin Scully that have been shared over the past several weeks I gotta say that this one is the best.  It's refreshingly honest while at the same time sings his praises.  Via Keith Olbermann at GQ; "Vin Scully Is a Legend, But He's Not a Saint."This is not to say Vin Scully is not a terrific and endlessly patient human being, nor that anyone who has treated him with reverence, nor that the succession of ballplayers and managers who have bestowed the ultimate role-reversal praise by making the pilgrimage in full uniform to him in the press box are being insincere or overdoing it. It’s just that the real Scully—the one who once made us think not of Christ but of Manson—is far more human and far more capable of the unexpected. And thus far more praiseworthy. He’s not as good as everybody’s making him out to be—he’s better.  Wow!  This is fantastic.  DodgerBros Redditor u/throwupKID shares a great Vin Scully themed poster he designed and welcomes fans to download if for free.  Yuu should check it out here.  See it on the right.Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA; "Chase Utley named 2016 Roy Campanella Award winner."The award is given to the player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the three-time MVP and Hall of Fame inductee. Dodger players and coaching staff are the voters for this award.“That’s a fitting award for Chase,” said manager Dave Roberts after the game.“Just the way we go about playing every pitch with int[...]



2016 Topps Heritage High Numbers - The Dodgers Insert Cards

2016-09-22T22:53:55.168-07:00

Now that you've seen the base and variation cards, below are the Dodgers insert cards available in packs of 2016 Heritage High Numbers.1967 Bazooka #67B-KM Kenta Maeda Combo Cards #CC-6 Adrian Gonzalez & Joc Pederson Now and Then #NT-10 Kenley Jansen                         #NT-14 Clayton Kershaw Rookie Performers #RP-CS Corey Seager                                #RP-JU Julio Urias #RP-TT Trayce Thompson * Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Blog Kiosk: 9/22/2016 - Dodgers Links - Claire, Kazmir, Maeda and Yasiel Puig's Fantastic Day

2016-09-22T10:09:28.113-07:00

All Hail Puig!Wednesday evening Yasiel Puig decided he was going to drive the Dodgers train, and instead of running off the rails he barrelled through the Giants like there weren't even there.  Last night he showcased his magnificent arm (watch it here), made a highlight sprawling catch on the warning track in right field (watch it here) and powered the Blue Crew by hitting an three-run home run in the first inning of the game (watch it here).  Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:"That's the guy we all know he can be," said third baseman Justin Turner. "He has the potential to be a game-changer. He's an exciting player on both sides of the ball. When he's confident, having fun, playing the game the right way, he makes a big difference. That's why we all wanted him back in September. He can be a key player for us."He wasn't in the first half of the season, but Puig has responded to an August demotion to Triple-A like it was the wake-up call management intended. Teammates have noticed, and even Puig noticed how they came to his defense Monday night when Bumgarner told Puig not to look at him and the benches cleared."I really appreciate the way the team welcomed me since my return, and I try to show I'm grateful for the opportunity," said Puig. "It was nice for them to wait for me after the catch."As a result of Puig's herculean efforts the Dodgers defeated the Giants 9-3 and increased their lead in the West to six games.  They also dropped their "magic number" to five games.  BTW, his play on the field earned him the teams WWE-styled "player of the game" belt, as evidenced by a photo tweeted by NBC reporter Michael Duarte.Photo above via Juan Ocampo/LA Dodgers 2016.  Go here to check out more pics by Juan and Jon SooHoo from yesterdays game.  Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1926 Brooklyn Hall of Famer Zach Wheat hit his last home run as a Dodger.  While near second base he severly pulls a muscle and rest nearly five minutes before completing his obligatory run around the bases.  This marks the longest home run trot in history.  In 1986 Fernando Valenzuela became the first Mexican ballplayer to win twenty games in a season.Happy Birthday, Doug Camilli, "Sweet" Lou Johnson and Tommy Lasorda! Vin Scully got a nice gift from Yasiel Puig yesterday.  Check it out in the pic above, via Los Dodgers on twitter.  As you can see, Puig gave Vin the notorious custom painted cleats that earned Yasiel a warning letter from MLB.  He was threatened with an $5,000 fine for violating uniform rules.  Vin talks about the receiving the shoes here. Podcast:  Listen to Tommy Lasorda speak with Colin Gunderson about his 89th birthday (today) on his "Love of Baseball" podcast (Link Here).Via Eno Sarris at FanGraphs; "Kenta Maeda, Then and Now."He’s throwing more two-seamers and curves here in America, but it turns out he’s doing so for different reasons.The first of those reasons is something I’ve heard before: the ball is different in America. Hisashi Iwakuma says that’s the case, explaining to me that it helps him get more movement on the splitter here. “Seams are higher,” Maeda himself told me this past June. “More movement on the two-seamer and the break on my changeup is a little bit more than it was in Japan.” Via Nick Ostiller at Medium.com; "(Fred) Claire’s Baseball Evolution Spans a Half-Century."“My vision was to create a true, almost collegiate link between the fans and the Dodgers,” Claire said.“We created the theme and the ink and the branding, and [Do[...]



Rockies Series Starts on Thursday - Autograph Opportunities, Stadium Giveaways, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!

2016-09-22T00:15:47.970-07:00

The last homestand of the 2016 regular season starts on Thursday against the Colorado Rockies.   Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. The twelfth 2016 issue of the new Dodger Insider magazine, featuring Vin Scully on the cover, will be available at Dodger Stadium.  (see it on the left).  The 96-page September 19-25 issue of Dodger Insider magazine is devoted entirely to Vin Scully, in honor of the Hall of Famer’s final homestand with the Dodgers after 67 seasons.  The Dodgers merged their previously separate Playbill and Dodger Insider magazines into one publication with a new edition available each homestand.  They are distributed at auto gates (one per vehicle) and via Fan Services for those who use alternate transportation.   ---------------Thursday, September 22nd at 7:10 PMRHP Tyler Chatwood vs. LHP Brett Anderson SNLA / AM 570 (Eng.), KTNQ 1020 AM (Span.) Thursday's game starts at 7:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 4:40 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:10 PM.  The first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive a Tommy Lasorda Dodger Retired Number pin.  See it on the right.American comic-book writer and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee, will throw the ceremonial first pitch.Just added! In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage month, the Dodgers are now offering our Hispanic Night Ticket package on Thursday, Sept 22! This ticket package includes your ticket to the game and an exclusive Dodgers Hispanic Heritage Night t-shirt.  See that on the left.  Go here for information.The Military Hero of the Game is World War II veteran U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Ernest Thompson of Los Angeles. Thompson, a plank-owner of the USS Missouri, witnessed the end of World War II while aboard the USS Missouri on September 2, 1945. Prior to World War II, he served aboard the USS Tennessee, where he played on their baseball team from 1937-1940. Thompson was recently honored by chief selects of the Navy Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Center at his home, which was captured in a video that went viral. He will be joined at Dodger Stadium by his family and members of the U.S. Navy Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Center and Battleship IOWAThe Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) conducts silent auctions throughout the season featuring signed pieces of memorabilia from Dodger players, coaches and alumni. Auctions take place behind the Vin Scully press box on the club level. The items for auction tomorrow include a Dave Roberts autographed jersey, a Joe Torre autographed photo and a Chase Utley autographed baseball. More than 25 items will be up for bid. --------------- Friday, September 23rd at 7:20 PMRHP Jon Gray vs. LHP Scott Kazmir SNLA & KTLA / AM 570 (Eng.), KTNQ 1020 AM (Span.) Friday's game starts at 7:10 PM.  Auto gates open at 4:10 PM, and stadium gates open at 4:40 PM.  Today is Vin Scully Appreciation Night and the start of Vin Scully Weekend. It will include an on-field ceremony with very special guests, opportunities for fans to thank and pay tribute to Scully and the unveiling of the top two Vin Scully calls of all time (as chosen by fan vote).  The first 50,000 fans will also receive a Vin Scully letter of dedication to fans upon entering the stadium. DJ Sean will provide entertainment in the right-field plaza and a flash tattoo artist will be in the left-field plaza Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.Pregame ceremonies honoring Vin Scully begin at 6:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early. The ceremony [...]



Dodger Fans on Reddit are Trolling Bumgarner on Baseball Reference

2016-09-21T15:36:23.101-07:00

The trolling never stops.Yesterday I came across a Reddit post on /r/Dodgers and immediately busted out laughing.  (See it here)  Dodger fans on the site were working on pooling their resources together to officially sponsor Madison Bumgarner's Baseball Reference page, and apparently they gathered enough funds to do just that.  Check out a screen grab above.  Go to Bumgarner's page here.As you can see, the DodgerBros put up:DON'T LOOK AT HIMLook at /r/Dodgers instead!From what I understand the cost was a bit over $400 to sponsor this page.  Also, if memory serves correct the sponsorship will last for an entire year (I had personally sponsored a couple pages several years ago).  So, Giant fans will be reminded of #DontLookAtMe every time they go to that page.  Ha! Ha!Just when I thought we wouldn't be able to get more play out of that ridiculous incident someone goes on and proves me wrong.Well done, Reddit!Well done.* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



2016 Topps Heritage High Numbers - All the Dodgers Base, Variation and Parallel Cards

2016-09-21T17:47:10.858-07:00

Officially out today is Topps 2016 Heritage High Numbers Baseball card set, and below is a listing of all the various Dodger base card available; including the known variations (I'll update this is any more are found).  Go here for a checklist.Of note, Charlie Culberson, Joe Blanton and Bud Norris get their very first cards as a Dodger.  #528 Scott Kazmir                                #529 Enrique Hernandez #553 Joe Blanton #560 Charlie Culberson                                  #574 Bud Norris #575 Howie Kendrick #600 Julio Urias Short Prints#701 Kenta Maeda                             #720 Ross Stripling Variation Cards#528 Scott Kazmir - Team Color VariationNormal Base                                      Variation#600 Julio Urias - Team Color VariationNormal Base                                      Variation #600 Julio Urias - Error - No SignatureNormal Base                                                     Error#701 Kenta Maeda - ActionNormal Base                                       Action Variation#701 Kenta Maeda - Team Color VariationNormal Base                                        Variation#701 Kenta Maeda - Error - Blank BackBase Chrome Parallel #528 Scott Kazmir#600 Julio Urias#701 Kenta Maeda#720 Ross Stripling#528 Scott Kazmir                                #701 Kenta MaedaBase Mini Parallel #528 Scott Kazmir#600 Julio Urias #701 Kenta Maeda #720 Ross Stripling  #701 Kenta Maeda#720 Ross Stripling * Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



With Time Warner Gone -- It's Now Time to Hate Charter Communications

2016-09-21T11:24:33.596-07:00

Ugh!Just when I thought things could get better with Time Warner out of the picture, I've come to recently realize that Charter might be just as bad -- if not worse.  Based upon several comments in an article released yesterday by LA Times reporter Meg James ("Charter introduces Spectrum brand in Southern California") we should NOT expect to see Dodger Baseball broadcasted widely throughout the Los Angeles area next season.  Instead, we will likely be experiencing a fourth straight season of the "Dodgers Blackout."The SportsNet LA channel will be priced higher next season, returning to its initial rate of more than $4.50 a month per subscriber home. That is the amount that AT&T’s DirecTV, Cox Communications and Frontier Communications all have complained was too high. Time Warner Cable, which entered into a long-term deal to distribute the sports channel, in March had offered a reduced rate for one year to encourage other pay-TV providers to carry it — but the proposed discount has since been abandoned. “That deal is no longer on the table -- it didn’t work,” Charter Chief Executive Thomas Rutledge said Tuesday in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “We would love to sell the channel to others, but no one has bought it — and we are not giving it away. So if consumers want the Dodger channel, they’ll need to subscribe to us to get it.”Same sh*t, different company. Keep this in mind, the deal the Dodgers initially signed with Time Warner was for 25 years, so assuming the above stance remains constant over that time we might not see wide coverage until 2039!* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Ron Cey and Lakers Draftee Ivica Zubac

2016-09-21T10:58:52.683-07:00

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.---------------------------As far as I know this is still happening since it's still listed on the Dodgers "Player Appearances" section of their website.  Check that here.  Dodgers infield legend Ron Cey will be at an El Super 5 in North Hollywood (courtesy of Kellogg's) to meet and sign autographs for fans on September 23rd from 11am-12pm.El Super 512727 Sherman WayNorth Hollywood, CA 91605 ---------------------------Lakers rookie Ivica Zubac will be signing autographs at Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Cafe in the City of Industry on September 24th from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM.  Go here for information.  This is his first signing in Los Angeles.Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Cafe13131 Crossroads Pkwy SCity of Industry, CA 91746* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]



Blog Kiosk: 9/21/2016 - Dodgers Links - Puig, Newcombe and Vin Scully

2016-09-21T10:05:19.859-07:00

I was planning on saying a few words about last nights game but got distracted when I came across a a particular news article came out featuring the words and comments from the friends and colleagues of Vin Scully.  Per Jayson Starks article at ESPN:  From AJ Ellis:"You can catch him (in the clubhouse) on Sunday mornings on the way to Mass. He comes in and gets coffee. (One Sunday,) Brandon (McCarthy) and I are the only two guys in the clubhouse. And Vin comes in and starts chatting. ... And all of a sudden his phone rings, and he says, 'Sorry, boys, excuse me.' He's always so polite. So he says, 'Yes, dear. Oh thank you for reminding me. Yes, dear.' (Then he says,) 'Gentlemen, if you would excuse me, today is one of my grandchildren's birthdays. We have a tradition in our family that I have to sing to her.' And he steps into the players' bathroom and you can hear him singing 'Happy Birthday' over the phone to his grandchild. Me and Brandon are looking at each other like, OK, this is unbelievable. Here's Vin Scully in his great baritone voice, singing 'Happy Birthday' as it echoes through the bathroom of the clubhouse."It's hard to remember, since I've heard countless Scully stories over the years, but the one above might be my favorite of all time.  Thanks for sharing that AJ.  BTW, you should definitely check out the rest of Stark's article.  There are several more great comments.  Oh... And the Dodgers lost a close on to the Giants last night, 2-0.  Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016.  Go here to check out more great pics by Jon and Jill Weisleder from yesterdays game.  Below are more links to check out:This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1934 the Dodgers were no-hit by Paul "Daffy" Dean of the Cardinals, 3-0.  His brother, Hall of Famer Dizzy Dean, pitched the first game of that days doubleheader, and kept the Dodgers hitless for eight innings.  Overall, the two brothers threw an 18-inning two-hit shutout against Brooklyn that day.Via Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA; "Don Newcombe shares fond memories of Vin Scully." “I’ve known him all these years now, since 1950 I met Vinny. I started with him when he was a young rookie,” Newcombe recalled fondly. “He didn’t have a car as a young guy. I used to drive him to the airport in New Jersey and drop him at the train station so he could get the train to go see his mom in New Jersey where I lived, I lived in New Jersey. So I would take him to the airport over to the train station with me and we got a lot of chance to talk. Vin was always a gentleman and always a first class guy, and that’s what I care most about him. He’s such a classy guy.” Via Tom Hoffarth at Farther Off the Wall; "Vin Scully memories from the media: Derrick Hall."“My first meeting with Vin was one I will never forget because I grew up idolizing him and now here we were together in the press box. I was amazed at the eye contact, the genuineness and humility. I remember saying, ‘Vin, you are my only employee who could fire me if you wanted to.’ He laughed and said,'”I don’t think we’ll ever have to cross that bridge.’ I also remember calling my parents right after because I was still on cloud nine. Ross Yoshida of the Dodgers shares their Vin Scully commemorative logo on twitter, here.  See it on the right. Via Craig Calcaterra at NBC Sports; "Vin Scully to take an[...]



Let the Mockery of Bumgarner Begin -- #DontLookAtMe

2016-09-20T17:21:44.978-07:00

Yeah... They went there. After last night's unusual bench-clearing and subsequent walk-off victory several Dodger players decided to have some fun this afternoon at the expense of a certain Giants player who appears unable to "play the game the right way." What I mean is that this guy doesn't seem to have proper respect for his fellow ballplayers.   In fact, you can say that he freely "shows up" other players whenever he is looking for a way to pump himself up -- as he personally acknowledged earlier this year.Worse yet, he has a long... and I mean LONG... history of starting similar scuffles.  Heck, you wouldn't be remiss for comparing him to a schoolyard bully. Naturally, the best way to diffuse someone like that is to poke fun at him... 'cause, ya know, life's too short to let a bully give you any emotion other than laughter.  And that's what the Dodgers and much of the Baseball world is doing.  We are all laughing AT Madison Bumgarner, and frankly he has no right to complain. He deserves it.  He knows it, Dodger and Giants fans know it, and the entire Baseball world knows it.Now enjoy a couple of pics tweeted out by Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig with their brand new #DontLookAtMe t-shirts.  LOL!* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes ** Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook ** Dodgers Blue Heaven home page * [...]