Dodgers -Notes- February 19, 2008
Troy from West Virginia is going to Vero Beach! He sends a shout-out to us.
Penny Likes Bowa:
Brad Penny says Dodgers need what fiery Larry Bowa offers. I have to agree. Bowa is not going to allow any mental mistakes. "If we make stupid mistakes, something will be said. If you’re hustling all the way, I have no problem with that," Bowa said. "Guys running through stop signs, you’re not supposed to do that. If you’re afraid do say something when things go bad, you’re not doing your job. "Joe Torre is under control at all times. Joe can get mad, he handles it his own way. I don’t hold grudges, but I get stuff off my chest" He sure does. If you don’t believe it, check out this video of a younger Bowa. 25 Seconds into the video you can see him screaming. So my message to Matt Kemp is simple, don’t make stupid mistakes if you don’t want Bowa to be all over your face. You better believe it! lol
The Dodgers have had a great relationship with Japan since the O’malley years. That’s one of the reasons that Hideo Nomo, Kaz Ishii, Takashi Saito and now Hiroki Kuroda have come to Los Angeles. They feel comfortable playing in this city. The Dodgers have an advantage in getting those players. Hopefully in the future we can keep getting these players and maybe one day find the next Ichiro.
World Baseball Classic 2009:
The World Baseball Classic teams has been selected. It will be the same countries. The venues will be announced next month. Petco Park in San Diego is again a front runner to host the finals. Hey Frank McCourt, try to get these games in Los Angeles. I went to a couple of games in 2006 and it was great. I had the chance to go to Phoenix, Anaheim and San Diego.
Castro’s Pinga is getting old:
Haha! Some in the Baseball community reacted to the news that Fidel Castro will step down as President of Cuba. Former Dodgers and current Baltimore Orioles pitcher Danys Baez says he still has family in Cuba and added "I’ve been out of the country for nine years already," he said. "I don’t know how the people think or how they’re going to react. I don’t know if they’re going to celebrate or not, but I guarantee you they won’t celebrate in the streets. That’s for sure. The government doesn’t let you do that — celebrate in the streets when the leader’s going down." The Dodgers low single-A Great Lakes manager is Juan Bustabad. He was born in Cuba and said "nobody likes to live under communism. It’s one of those situations where eventually it had to come to an end. That time had come, and hopefully, things will be different. But with his brother in power, you just don’t know.” Atlanta Braves catcher Brayan Pena says "Everybody is so happy. … Now we really believe we’ve got serious hope to go back to Cuba." Retired pitcher Luis Tiant says "The people have suffered enough. They’ve gone through a hard life. Forty-six years I’ve been out. I hope it changes." Sports Illustrated has some great photos titled "Castro and Sports" My opinion in all this is that I don’t think we will see a change soon. My Dad is cuban and he feels the same way. It’s not like he can ever go back and get everything that he left behind. He came to the U.S. in 1962 and he knew the country was going towards a communist nation. As for Baseball, it would be great if they let those players come here and play in the Major Leagues. Look at all the players that leave Cuba and come here. They play great. Plus look at what happened at the World Baseball Classic a couple of years ago. They went all the way to the final before loosing to Japan.
I have to get this:
A & E Television Network will release the 1988 World Series on a 7 DVD Box set. It will include all the games plus lots of Bonus coverage including the ’88 World Series Trophy and MVP Award Presentations, 1988 Ring Ceremony, Inside the Moments: Gibson’s Home Run, Orel Hershiser: The Scoreless Streak, Locker Room Interviews Following the Gibson Home Run, Award Ceremonies: Kirk Gibson 1988 NL MVP, Orel Hershiser 1988 NL Cy Young and much more! This is a great set to have. It will be available March 4, 2008
YouTube: Kirk Gibson ’88 World Series game.
Remember seeing those brake lights when Gibson hit the homer? I found the driver…lol