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KINDRED BLUE RECENT BLOGS

TOMMY

TOMMY

Tommy Lasorda was a lot more than just a unique and lovable baseball manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He won titles in the minors, in the majors, and as well in the Olympics. Yes, colorful. Yes larger than life. Also, managed to an appreciable degree by instinct,...

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS (And Don’t Forget)

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS (And Don’t Forget)

I complain too much, and I know it.  Covid.  Dissension in the country.  Unemployment rising. Baseball may not start on time again.  I look in the mirror, and it is not quite what I would most like to see there - older, grayer, a bit of a paunch. A friend of mine...

I PROTEST

I PROTEST

That there is a photo of Babe Ruth the Sultan of Swat Way larger than life Swagger legend loud brash a whole hurricane of things that guy I protest Struck down too soon Gehrig, look what he went through "You should cherish the memories!" I should cherish his being...

ANAL LYTICS

ANAL LYTICS

Taking out Snell in the sixth game of the world series... based on analytics. The Dodgers are so grateful. After all Dodger management has done stuff like that for years now, confounding and frustrating fans so much it is hard to put into words (at least words you can...

NOTHING WILL EVER BE THE SAME

NOTHING WILL EVER BE THE SAME

You think life will ever be the same? Nope not with Covid Presidential politics Climate change Yep but that isn't why Oh? Something I missed? Something else? Baseball the world series the Dodgers won first time in 32 years Changes everything Every thing (silent pause)...

MARVELLOUS MOOKIE

MARVELLOUS MOOKIE

Mookie Betts, full name Markus Lynn Betts (yes, that is M L B in initials) is a wonderful player to watch on and off the field. Last night the Dodgers were in game three of the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Mookie found himself on second base, saw his...

OH TO BE A FAN

OH TO BE A FAN

A fan is entitled to be a little fickle But when the bases are loaded with no outs to then feel a nervous tickle To pray and to say "Please please win today!" To boo and to hiss when the umpires miss To exhort your great team through thick and through thin To second...

IMAGINE BEING NAMED WHITEY

One of the great qualities of baseball is that it really does not focus on names, colors, creeds, or political views. Baseball at its best is tolerant and utterly non discriminatory. It is about agility, and character. Grace and determination. Not many, if any, name...

WHAT A SCREEN SAVER!

WHAT A SCREEN SAVER!

No crowds... playing in a bubble... shortened season, but you still get this. In the thick of a post season game, Codi Bellinger steals a home run from Fernando Tatis Jr... and probably saves the win. He had to circle back, he had to time it just right. Wow. This is...

A PIONEER R I P

https://www.legacy.com/news/celebrity-deaths/betty-bushman-1931-2020-pioneering-baseball-announcer/

SAFE BETTS

SAFE BETTS

Markus Lynn Betts - yes, the initials are MLB. We know him as Mookie. The fact that nickname was based on his mom's sister's name Cookie, notwithstanding. The Boston Red Sox parted with Mookie, the Dodgers are the team he is with, they have signed him up for 12 years....

WHO GOES ON BASEBALL’S MOUNT RUSHMORE?

WHO GOES ON BASEBALL’S MOUNT RUSHMORE?

I have been a lawyer many years, and time and again we hear: "You put three lawyers in a room, you get 3 different opinions..." Now, if we baseball fans were to select the four to go on baseball's Mount Rushmore, I suspect we would have a lot of opinions there too!...

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