Most of you know by now that it has been about a month since I re-started LA Dodger Talk after a year “retirement.” Hey, if Michael Jordan can do it so can I – now we are eternally joined at the hip. 😉 So, give me some input – how are we doing? We have had over 500 people sign up for the site, but of course, most don’t post. Even if you don’t post everyday, let me know what you think.
My goal was to make this a “clean and easy site” with no banner ads, pop-ups and all that crap. I don’t do it for the money – I go into the hole every month but I don’t care about that. I just want this site to be a place where Dodger fans can come everyday – I want this to be your Dodger Dashboard where you can navigate the world wide Dodger web.
I am always looking for suggestions to make this place better. We don’t talk religion and politics and we agree to disagree without being disagreeable. Give me some suggestions and criticism – I want this site to be a place you love to come to.
How I Became a Dodger Fan
Since I live in Indianapolis, Indiana a lot of people wonder how I became a Dodger fan. OK, here’s the story:
I grew up in a small town near Dayton, Ohio which is close to Cincinnati. I remember going to Crosley Field to see the Reds play when I was 6 years old. When I was 9 years old, I got my my Father to buy me a Baseball Yearbook. It had all the projections, rosters, stats, depth charts and addresses of all the MLB teams. Of course, there were only 20 teams back in 1963 when this happened.
My father worked for a company that had a mimeograph machine, which was a stencil duplicator that works by forcing ink through a stencil onto paper. So, I got all the 20 teams addresses and wrote one letter that went something like this:
I am you biggest fan – send me stuff!
That was pretty much what I wrote and I copied it 19 more times and sent it to all 20 teams.
Every team sent me something – a schedule, a hat, a baseball, but the Dodgers send me a huge box of stuff – a t-shirt, a yearbook, a toy bat and a bunch of other stuff, but they also sent me a baseball signed by the entire 1963 Dodger team, including:
- John Roseboro
- Ran Fairly
- Jim Gilliam
- Maury Wills
- Ken McMullen
- Tommy Davis
- Willie Davis
- Frank Howard
- Wally Moon
- Moose Skowron
- Dick Tracewski
- Sandy Koufax
- Don Drysdale
- Johnny Podres
- Bob Miller
- Ron Perranoski
- Pete Richert
- Larry Sherry
- Waler Alston
- and others.
I was hooked. The Dodgers bought me and I have been a fan ever since! I wonder what that ball would have been worth today? You see, when I was 12 or 13, we ran out of baseballs and I used it in a neighborhood pick-up game. I never said I was smart…
In case you don’t know, I am a big music fan and have very eclectic taste in music from the Beatles, to the Beach Boys, to Pitbull, to Kid Rock, to Toby Keith to Miley Cyrus to Michael Buble and everything in between. So, I am going to start posting a Music Video of the Day. If you don’t like it – don’t click to watch. It’s that simple.
Dodger Press Release: DODGERS TRADE VIDAL NUÑO TO ORIOLES
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today acquired minor league right-handed pitcher Ryan Moseley from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuño.
Moseley, 22, made his professional debut last season with the Orioles’ Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds, going 0-1 with four saves and posting a 3.20 ERA (7 ER/19.2 IP) in 12 relief appearances. Moseley posted a 1.12 WHIP and limited batters to a .191 average, including a .091 mark (2-for-22) against lefties. The Lubbock, TX, native was originally selected by the Orioles in the eighth round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas Tech University.
Nuño, 29, has a 5-20 record with a 4.02 ERA in 126 games (42 starts) in four Major League seasons with the Yankees (2013-14), D-backs (2014-15) and Mariners (2015-16). The National City, CA, native was acquired by the Dodgers on November 7, 2016 from the Seattle Mariners.
The Dodgers needed a roster space for Gutierrez, and Nuno, while in the mix, was the odd man out. The Dodgers got a young power arm back.