Today there was an explosion of activity on Twitter. Several mini-explosions, really. Buster Olney teased us all before telling us that Justin Verlander was getting a huge contract extension courtesy of the Tigers. There was the Buster Posey extension soon after, which we posted about and eight minutes later became official after the Giants texted all the beat writers with the information. Then the Seattle Seahawks traded Matt Flynn to the Oakland Raiders. But all that paled in comparison to this bombshell:
Now I can’t help picturing this sad scene during the 2012 season, with Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez sitting on a dirt floor around a 17-inch tube TV in the middle of a candlelit cave under Dodger Stadium, sweating like crazy while watching the Giants win games in mid-September to expand their lead in the NL West. Someone should have held a telethon or something for those poor boys in blue. Thankfully, now they will finally get their dimmers.
It’s easy to poke fun at the Dodgers. Rivals needle each other all the time, as some photoshop-loving Seahawks fans who act like 12-year-olds proved today. As a matter of fact, I took a cheap shot at the Dodgers as well this afternoon.
We’re heading down south for my sister-in-law’s wedding this week, and we’ll be making a stop at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday to watch the Giants and Dodgers in game two of their opening series. Got tickets in the fourth row next to the right field foul pole for $18 each, a lot better than a comparable fourth row bleachers seat at AT&T when the Dodgers are in town, but I’m getting off-track. The point is I was on the Dodgers’ website trying to find one of those 3D Seat Map things. They don’t have one (I was surprised, too), but they do have a page that touts the greatness of DodgerVision.
As a response to the over-the-top locker room chatter, I quoted from the Dodgers’ website:
“DodgerVision is a 23mm ProStar manufactured by Daktronics (as are all the screens). It is the largest Standard Definition video screen in Major League Baseball (tied with the Cincinnati Reds).”
Bragging about a standard definition screen seemed a little out of place, what with the Dodgers’ champagne lifestyle and caviar dreams and all. A little after I made fun of the Dodgers and their Daktronics screen, I walked my snarky self down to the Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria on Lombard to grab a couple things for tomorrow’s Sharks game, where myself, Ruthless and 12 people who won last week’s contest will watch from Amici’s luxury suite.
This is the part where I tell you about their Ultimate Takeout Contest. From Amici’s website (where you can enter):
In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, we’re giving each of 25 lucky winners one of the iconic Brearley Collection framed 16″ x 20″ B&W photos like those that adorn the walls of every Amici’s restaurant. All you have to do is visit any Amici’s location, tell us which of ANY of the images is your favorite and in 25 words or less what makes that image special to you. Our judges will pick 25 favorite entries and each winner will receive their chosen image framed and shipped directly from the gallery in Boston.
Here are three samples from the over 200 images available for your selection.
I’ve been to Amici’s restaurants before, but today when I came in I made sure to check out the photos inside. There were several NBA photos (including Robert Parrish driving on a completely petrified-looking Manute Bol), and New York Giants like Willie Mays and Bobby Thomson graced the walls. There were several other photos, and then one in particular caught my eye:
Tommy Lasorda is baseball’s perfect heel. Even Matt Kemp’s rabid 49ers fandom does nothing to quiet the boos when he steps into the box at AT&T. But Jackie. He’s the one thing about the Dodgers that is unassailable. And the Brearley Collection includes nine different photos that include the first black man to play Major League baseball.
Robinson’s story ranks among the most important in American history, sports or otherwise, and now it’s getting made into a movie. The Dodgers still deserve praise for taking the first step toward integration — a step that should’ve been taken years before, obviously, but Branch Rickey and the Brooklyn Dodgers were the first to take it.
Surely the movie will touch on all the important social points, but I’m hoping for a couple things from the film. First, that it’s good (Robinson deserves an Oscar-caliber movie in his honor). Second, that the film somehow captures Robinson’s athleticism. After all, he lettered in four sports at UCLA (and from what I’ve read, baseball was far from his strongest).
If there’s one Dodger that even the most ardent Giants supporter could never complain about seeing on a wall, it’s of him. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enter the contest and request a framed Mays photo, though.