In old news (as of Friday) the Dodgers placed Billingsley on the DL for inflammation in his elbow. Billingsley is 10-9 this season with a 3.55 ERA. In a statement Dodgers GM Ned Coletti said; “You can’t look at our rotation and tell me we don’t need Josh Beckett.” Beckett is penciled in to make his first start against the Rockies (Francis) on Monday.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to announce Sunday that Vin Scully will return to the announcing booth for another year. I remember being a child and watching Dodgers games with my father and hearing his voice, and just thinking to myself; “this man is baseball.” Vin will turn 85 this November, but seems to have a little more vitality with the new ownership. The Dodgers are a relevant team again; serious contenders for the NL West and even the World Series. Vin would hate to miss that; and we as fans would hate to miss out on hearing Vin call the games. He is the man who gave us the unforgettable “In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened.” He has called games from transistor radios and to pronouncing tweet as “twit.” He is the reason for the title of this blog, nothing says summer like hearing “It’s Time For Dodger Baseball” from Vin.
“Now let’s get back to this one.”
Andre Ethier broke Ron Cey’s 1977 Franchise Record of 9-straight hits in today’s game against the Marlins. Ethier went 2-4 in Wednesday’s game, 4-4 in Friday’s, and 4-4 in today’s. In an interview with Don Mattingly Friday night, he said “I told him that I’d cut a hole in his hand each time he starts struggling.” Andre will look to continue the streak in tomorrow’s game.
Name- Shane Patrick Victorino
Born- 11/30/1980, Wailuku, HI
Debut- 4/2/2003 San Diego Padres
School- St Anthony High School
Victorino was drafted out of high school in 1999 by the LA Dodgers, playing for their AA team, the Jacksonville Suns. In 2002 he was selected by the Padres in the Rule-5 Draft and debuted that April as a defensive replacement. The following day, he grounded out to third against the Dodgers, and got his first hit a few week s later on a single to right against Colorado. That May, Victorino was returned to the Dodgers, and then selected by the Phillies in the Rule-5 draft in 2004, and sent down to their farm teams. Victorino hit .310 in 126 games with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons with 18 HR, 70 RBI; good enough to earn him a spot as a AAA All-Star and the Phillies Minor League Player of the Year. He was called up September 2004, hitting his first home run against the Braves. In game 2 of the NLDS against Milwaukee, Victorino hit a grand slam on CC Sabathia. This was Victorino’s first grand slam, as well as the first in Phillies postseason history. In the NLCS that year, Victorino became a sort of villain for the Dodgers, as he cleared the benches during a dispute with Hiroki Kuroda, later hitting a two run home run in Game 4; and eventually going on to win the 2008 World Series. In 2009, Victorino was named as an All-Star, setting a record with 15.6 million votes. Victorino was traded to the Dodgers July 31, 2012. Victorino boasts 1 World Series Title, 3 Gold Glove Awards (2008 2009, 2010), 2-time All-Star, and a 2008 Lou Gehrig Award.
Quick link to an article on the Dodgers website. I figured now would be as good a time as any to post it, in the 2nd inning while down 2-0 to San Francisco! Watch the twitter feed for live tweets throughout the game. Enjoy the article here.
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