Kiké Hernandez spent his New Years Day in Pasadena -- joining his father and former Dodgers GM Fred Claire on the City of Hope float at the Rose Parade on Monday. Above is a pic of Hernandez with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, via Garcetti on twitter. Pic on the right is of Fred Claire, via the City of Hope on twitter. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"For us, we get to see our patients participate in a big event, normal activities away from the hospital, and it gives us a sense of accomplishment," (Dr. Stephen J.) Forman said. "Having Kiké on the float is extra special because City of Hope is Dodgertown. There are a lot of fans among the patients and staff, and it gives us a lot of pride that he honored us by being on the float with his dad. To see father and son on the float together is what it's all about. We wanted them to have this special occasion."Below are more links to check out:
- This Day in Dodger History: In 1911 Dodgers president Charles Ebbets announces that he has completed the purchase of 4.5 acres of land in the Pigtown section of Brooklyn to build a new concrete and steel stadium. In 1935 the Dodgers selected Cubs catcher Babe Phelps off of waivers. He would go on to play seven seasons in Brooklyn -- slashing .315/.368/.477/.845 and attended three All-Star games. In 2004 the Dodgers signed free agent infielder and pinch-hit savant Olmedo Sáenz. All hail the "Killer Tomato".
- Happy Birthday, George Boehler, Bobby Reis, Cliff Dapper, Bill Madlock, Greg Heydeman, Mike Metcalfe & Scott Proctor!
- Podcast: Jim’s View at the Press Enterprise: A conversation with Trevor Oaks (Podcast Link).
- Rowan Kaver at Dodger Insider shares even more pre-wedding pics from Hyun-Jin Ryu & Ji-Hyun Bae wedding. They officially tie the know this coming weekend. Rowan also makes note that Justin Turner, Alex Wood and Ross Stripling also got married this off-season, and Kiké Hernandez, Austin Barnes and Joc Pederson got engaged.
- LOL! Via Daniel Starkand at Dodger Blue; "Dave Roberts Booed While Attending Chargers-Raiders Game."
- David Hood at True Blue LA shares his, "2018 top Dodgers prospects: No. 21-25."
- Sue Joe at Dodger Insider shares; "Top 10: Best social media posts from Dodger players in 2017."
- Via Timothy Rapp at the Bleacher Report; "Astros World Series Win over Dodgers Cost Las Vegas Sportsbooks Record $11.4M."
- This is an important observation. Per J.P. Hoornstra at Inside the Dodgers; "Headed for Japan, O’Koyea Dickson reflects on his Dodgers tenure."
“Having (farm director) De Jon Watson and (minor league field coordinator) Jeter Hines was a total complete 180 once (Andrew) Friedman and Kapler came over,” Dickson said. “I felt like we were kind of caged in. I don’t think they were allowing us to be the players that we all could be. Some of the limitations were kind of on us a little bit, whether it was the clean-shaven, wearing your pants a certain way – the ‘Dodger way’ – it felt like we were limiting ourselves. No disrespect to De Jon and Jeter, that’s how they wanted the organization, or at least the minor league side, ran. Some players blossomed in it. Some players didn’t. When Friedman and Kapler came in – ‘you can be the player you want; you know what your strengths and weaknesses are; continue to better your weaknesses but we’re going to focus on your strengths’ – complete 180 for sure. It was kind of an eye-opener.”
- Via Berry Tramel at NewsOK; "Rose Bowl travelblog: Lunch with LA icon Ross Porter."
On June 4, 1968, Porter had bought tickets for the musical, “Cabaret,” to celebrate his wedding anniversary. Also on June 4, 1968, Don Drysdale was pitching for the Dodgers against Pittsburgh, seeking his sixth straight shutout en route to what would become a 58-2/3 consecutive scoreless innings pitched. And June 4, 1968, was the date of the California presidential primary.
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