Our fearless leader Mark was a month late sending us the October MLB Blog ranking. That is OK, Mark, we waited patiently, right? December 4th, Mark posted two blog posts with the latest MLB Blog leaders, one for October and one for November. I came in at #20 for both months!
The 20/20 rule is an easy way to remember:
- Chill White Wine in the the refrigerator and pull it out 20 minutes before serving.
- Put your Red Wine in the the refrigerator 20 minutes before serving.
I also found this 🙂
Haha, OK, enough of wine, let’s dedicate this post to two Dodgers that wore #20
#20 Don Sutton!
My! What big hears you have Mr. Sutton!
Don Sutton had 12 seasons with 15 or more wins, 20 seasons with 200+ innings, and 21 seasons with 100+ strikeouts. He was elected to the HOF in 1998 in his fifth year of eligibility.
#20 Charles Benjamin Osgood
Charles Osgood was born in Massachusetts on November 23, 1926. At the age of 17, he debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers on June 18, 1944 in a road doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies. He pitched three innings of relief in one of the games, allowing six baserunners but only one earned run.
OK, I have searched high and low for a picture of Charles Benjamin Osgood but I came up empty! Nada! I only find the other Charles Osgood.
I was coming out of work when I heard Dee Gordon hit a homerun. I stopped to double check that on MLB At Bat 12. Yep! is true! he hit one out! Of course I had to watch it too. He put it a few rows up. Congratulations @skinnyswag! Dee is in my baseball fantasy team. This time Dee could take his time running around the bases.
pic by Jon SooHoo
Those two are not the only ones that had a bet going. About a month ago I was having dinner with friends Terry of http://www.baseballreliquary.org/ and Steve Seemayer of http://labluebum.com/. Terry bet Steve that Dee Gordon would hit a homerun this year. The bet: the big sum of $1. 🙂
Dodgers were leading 4-0 in the first inning but as we all know, no lead is safe in Colorado. The score ended up being 7-6. Javy Guerra, yes, Javy Guerra saved the game! The snuggie curse on Javy has been lifted. Not posting another picture with the snuggie. I don’t want to upset the baseball gods or Santa Rita, the Baseball saint.
I felt asleep adding this post. hit post before I was done so update below.
#20 MLB Fan ranking for April 2012. Don Sutton.
Thank you all that visit my blog! It came in at #20 for the MLB Fan blogs. #20 is Don Sutton retired number. I saw him briefly When Atlanta was at Dodger Stadium. I asked Don if I could have a picture with him. He asked for what. I said for my blog and he said no, something about a bad experience. I was OK with it so I told him “Have a great day!”
OK, so I don’t know what made me check this but did you know that Don Sutton never had a homerun?
Back in March when my blog was ranked #26 I said that only two Dodger players had worn #26 and I dedicated it to Hall of Famer Heinie Manush ttp://crzblue.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/03/.
Well I was reminded by a friend at the stadium that Pitching Coach Red Adams had that number. Thanks Alex!
Also my good friend LuvtheDodgers23 told me “what about Mientkiewicz?” Thanks LTD23! It was funny ’cause I was asking as Dougie was coming up to bat.
Red Adams(baseball-reference picture)
Charles Dwight Adams (born October 7, 1921) was the longtime pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, He was born in Parlier, California. Parlier is in the Fresno area.
Adams won over 150 games in the minor leagues from 1942-1957. Among the minor league teams that he played back then were the Angels, the Padres, and the Miami Marlins. He also pitched briefly in the Major Leagues with the chicago Cubs in 1946.
After his playing career, he was a scout for the Dodgers from 1959-1968. He was the pitching coach from 1969-1980, helping develop many of the Dodgers pitchers.
Quote from Don Sutton at Cooperstown:
“Red Adams is a standard by which every pitching coach should be measured. No person ever meant more to me in my career than Red Adams, and without him I wouldn’t be standing in Cooperstown today.”
Tommy John also gave Adams a tremendous amount of credit:
“He saw me throw on the side and told me, `You know, you can win with just a fastball.’ I thought he was kidding. I had to pitch a certain way, or so I thought. But he kept pounding it into me that I could get by with just a fastball.” -Tommy John., remembering advice that Red Adams gave him in 1972 that helped him have the best years of his career in the 1970’s.
Red Adams is 87. I wonder if Tommy Lasorda still keeps in contact with his old pitching coach.
this picture was taken during the InsidetheDodgers (ITD) blog tour.
I love what Doug’s tshirt says here:
Minor setback for a Major Comeback
Doug Mientkiewics was injured back on April 16, dislocating his shoulder, and was told by docors his baseball career might be over. However, he persevered, making the long climb back to the majors. Mientkiewicz had a pinch-hit single in his first game back last Wednesday night.
Afer receiving congratulatory high-fives from teammates in the dugout, Mientkiewics ducked into the clubhouse and disappeard for 10 minutes. “I went and found a quiet place,” he said, not disclosing the location. “it was in the building. I knew no one would find me. The emotions exploded.”
Trainer Stan Conte, who oversaw Mientikiewics’s rehab assignment, admitted, reluctantly, that he was also touched by the moment. “I got misty-eyed,” Conte said.
Congratulations Dougie! Your hard work is paying off!
A big thank you! to all that have contribute to my ranking this month! I love you all!!!
references: Baseball-reference, L.A. Times