October 30, 2014

It’s All About Ethier (and Blake), Baby!

Lots of news about Andre Ethier as the Dodgers go for their 10th consecutive win at Chavez Ravine tonight against the San Diego Padres (Russ Ortiz vs. Jon Garland).

First up, it was Andre Ethier Bobblehead Night last night!  The first 50,000 fans picked up one of the little guys, and Andre was even cool enough to sign a few autographs for the fans.  Roberto over at Vin Scully Is My Homeboy says that scalpers were outside the stadium asking fans if they wanted to sell their Ethier figurines.  Apparently the going rate was $40.  Crazy!  Here’s the schedule for the remainder of the Dodger Bobblehead Nights…and judging from the traffic numbers, this is a huge deal for many of you!

Next up for Ethier was filming an ESPN Sportscenter commercial this morning.  Josh Rawitch tweeted out this photo of ‘Dre in action, and notes in his blog that the Dodgers Media Network is going to have some behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot up sometime soon, which is cool.  Here a few other notes for the Ethierholics out there:

Well, he’s got an upcoming action figure night (July 8), a poster (Aug. 20) and a few other big time media requests we’ve gotten for him. We’re going to try to bang out most of these while he’s hurt because unfortunately, he can’t play at the moment. But, hopefully he’ll be back soon and by then, who knows, maybe the Dodgers will be on a 23-game winning streak…

Also, on an unrelated note, how great was it to see a newly scruffy Casey Blake come up huge last night, going 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and a homer?  As Steve Dilbeck notes, Blake broke a 2 for22 skid with last night’s effort.  THE BEARD IS BACK!  Looking for my “In Beard We Trust” shirt as we speak so I can wear it to the game tonight.

Finally, I can’t recommend the blog Dodger Divorce enough for all things depressing when it comes to the McCourt v. McCourt legal action.  Josh has a great post up about the latest shady legal maneuverings and breaks it down for the common fan.  A must read every time something happens in the courtroom involving the team.

Looking forward to my first game of the season at Chavez Ravine as a regular fan tonight.  Hope to post a few updates and pics throughout the game.

Photo Credit: Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2010 (Ethier Bobblehead); LA Dodgers 2010 (Ethier Sportscenter)

Dodgers (and Their Fans) Hold Their Collective Breath Over Extent of Ethier Injury

As has been widely reported, left fielder Andre Ethier broke the first knuckle in the pinkie finger on his right hand while taking batting practice before Saturday night’s game against the San Diego Padres.  Tony Jackson has a report detailing how the injury happened and how the Dodgers subsequently (and correctly) reacted, and another with the Dodgers possible roster moves.

Per Jackson, on Sunday, Ethier traveled back to LA to meet with the Dodgers’ physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache and hand specialist Dr. Steve Shinn. The Dodgers have not released any additional information about Ethier’s condition, but a trip to the 15-day DL might be the likely next step, with Xavier Paul likely taking Ethier’s spot on the roster.  In the meantime, Ethier is wearing a splint on the pinkie.

Of course, this is especially big news for the Dodgers, as Ethier is far and away the team’s most consistent (and clutch hitter) this season, batting .392 with 11 homers and 38 RBIs, leading the National League in all three categories.  Oh, and if you want a quick guide to how Ethier continues to progress in the chase for the Triple Crown, be sure and visit Eric Stephen’s chart on the left sidebar at True Blue LA.

We’re on the story and will report back as soon as any new information is available.

Photo Credit: Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2010

New Song Needed for Potential Game Winning At Bats by Ethier

As we all know, each player has their own personal song played when they come to bat during home games at Dodger Stadium.  I don’t think a list of 2010 entrance songs is available yet, but the Dodgers do have the complete 2oo9 list up on their site, and Roberto over at Vin Scully is my Homeboy has audio clips to 17 of them.

Here’s my suggestion: sure Andre Ethier has his regular entrance song (in 2009 it was Tres Delinquents by Delinquent Habits), but shouldn’t he also have a seperate song for when he comes to bat with a game-winning hit on the line?  No player has been as clutch at the plate as Ethier, rightfully earning him the 2009 Pepsi Clutch Performer of the Year award.

Ethier, who has nine career walk-off hits, with six coming in 2009 (including a Major League record four walk-off home runs) did it again on Friday night, delivering the game winning hit in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat the Diamondbacks.  Simply incredible stuff, right?

Here’s my thought: the Dodgers should honor him with a special entrance song whenever he comes up to bat in the bottom of the ninth or later when the game hangs in the balance.  Something that symbolizes the moment.  Let us know what you think Dodger fans, and submit your suggestions!

And I had to include the picture below of Slash rocking the National Anthem and God Bless America during Thursday night’s game.  How cool is that?

Photo Credit: Juan Ocampo/LA Dodgers 2010

Rihanna Roots on Dodgers as LA Rolls Past AZ

Ah, the home opener of baseball season…there’s nothing sweeeter than when Vin Scully utters those wonderful words, “It’s time for Dodger baseball!” 

And the Dodgers powered through the game, knocking in four home runs, more than doubling their total from the first six games of the season.  Manny Ramirez, Casey Blake, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier all contributed bombs.  It wasn’t perfect as the bullpen once again struggled to maintain the lead they were given by starter Clayton Kershaw, but everything ended well. as the Dodgers survived with an 9-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Rather than recapping the game as many other fine Dodger bloggers have already done today, we wanted to share some of today’s great moments, as captured by Dodgers photographer Jon SooHoo. Enjoy!

Rihanna shows her support for Matt Kemp after he homers against the Diamondbacks

Kemp and Ethier proudly show off their Silver Slugger awards

Manager Joe Torre talks on the phone prior to the game

Matt Kemp and his Gold Glove award following the game

Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda and members of the media check out his locker

Photo Credit: Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2010

Hometown Hero: Ethier Gets Jersey Retired by His High School

Today was a big day for local boy Andre Ethier, as his his jersey retired by his Phoenix alma mater, Saint Mary’s High School.  Rick Monday served as emcee for the event and Tommy Lasorda entertained the crowd by speaking about the Dodgers outfielder.  Pat Murphy, the former Arizona State Head Baseball Coach and current Padres Special Assistant to the General Manager, was also in the house (or in this case, the gym).  Congratulations, ‘Dre!

Photo Credit: Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2010