There’s something about this video (embedded below). I watch it over and over again. I can’t put my finger on it, but I think it’s because I want to see more, I want to see Robinson play.
It’s May 18, 1947. Jackie Robinson becomes the first black ballplayer in the major leagues to step on the diamond at Wrigley Field.
This is one year before the military’s integration. Seven years before Brown vs. the Board of Education and eight years before the tragic death of Emmett Till.
This date remains the largest paid single game attendance at Wrigley Field(47,101). Current MLB commissioner Bud Selig, then 12, watched from the grandstands.
The Dodgers overcome three fielding errors (one by Jackie) to score four runs in the seventh in route to a 4-2 win against the Cubs. Robinson plays first base; bats second and goes 0-for-4 with two strikeouts–both looking.
Robinson played in 151-games for the season, hit .297 with 12 HRs and 48 RBI. He won the Rookie of the Year Award.
Over the course of his 10-year career Robinson played 93-games at Wrigley Field hitting .295/.400/.446, 5 HRs, 43 RBI.
This past Thursday (Jan. 31) was Robinson’s 94th birthday. He was celebrated in a Google Doodle drawing on Google’s home page.
Trading for Ryan Dempster today would be fortuitous for the Dodgers.
Dempster could realistically join his new team (playing on the road in New York) by Saturday and replace the Dodgers’ weakest link in its rotation, Nathan Eovaldi (1-6) 4.33 ERA, who’s scheduled to start the series finale against the Mets on Sunday.
Dempster, of course, shut the Mets down two starts ago going five shutout innings on a limited pitch-count in his return from the 15-day DL recovering from a sore lat muscle.
Chad Billingsley, recovering from an inflamed right elbow, is scheduled to make his return from the 15-day DL against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Monday. This sets up a formidable threesome in the Dodgers rotation of Dempster, Billingsley & Clayton Kershaw (followed by Harang & Capuano).
The Sunday rotation spot also gives Dempster a favorable pitching schedule. He’d quickly be baptized into the always heated Dodgers vs. Giants rivalry in his next start at San Francisco before making his Dodgers home debut vs. Arizona, who Demps made quick work of over 6.0 shutout innings last Saturday at Wrigley Field.
The most appealing start, however, would be Dempster’s third outing with L.A.–a possible home game against none other than his former mates, the Cubs.
WHAT’S TAKING SO LONG?
We can only hope the Cubs are paying attention to what’s transpired with Manny’s arrival in Hollywood.
Despite Philadelphia’s 3-1 series lead in the NLCS, the Dodgers’ over-hyped, over-paid knucklehead is once again the headliner and for all the wrong reasons, of course.
Instead of enduring L.A.’s tough loss in Game 4 with his teammates on the bench, Manny gets caught showering in the clubhouse before the end of the game.
And in typical fashion, the Dodgers’ entire organization covered for him…again.
I know it will never happen, but I’ll suggest it anyway.
Why not shorten the baseball season by 12 games?
The season could start later in the spring and finish earlier in the fall.
Then, perhaps, we wouldn’t be left watching the postseason play out in 30-degree weather, or in early November for that matter.
The owners will never go for it, though: too much money to be lost in those precious 12 games.
I’m already thinking Dodgers vs. Yankees in the World Series.
I’d just love to see Torre, who was shamefully pushed out of Gotham; take it to the Steinbrenners.
The former Yankee skipper doesn’t get the credit he deserves for winning four championship rings.
Back-to-back NLCS appearances with the Dodgers, however, can’t be ignored.
The Cardinals played much better in the NLDS than the Cubs did the past two Octobers, but still left with the same result: no wins.
It’ll be interesting to see how Holliday responds after his error cost the Cardinals a split in L.A.
St. Louis, remember, was suppose to be the team to beat because of Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright.
That’s now out the window with the Dodgers leading two-zip.
Series isn’t over, of course, but Holliday’s miscue most likely cost St. Louis its season.
By the way, how much does Mark DeRosa hate the Dodgers!
Lou says he’s playing his veterans down the stretch.
The skipper believing this gives his club its best chance at postseason baseball.
What doesn’t seem to matter is that over the course of five months these same veteran players have also dug themselves an eight-game hole in the division.
Some lineup, eh?
Lots of places to find authentic burritos in Chicago, but I still prefer Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Chicken with black beans, corn, salsa, hot sauce and guacamole (yes, I know it cost extra) is how I roll.
Trying to eat the whole thing without spilling a single drop is a weird habit of mine, and it’s not often that I pull it off.
Tonight I gobbled one down to about the last three bites before it completely fell apart–call it a four napkin cleanup.
That burrito was looking a lot like the Cubs this season: plenty of good stuff on the inside, but a real mess towards the end.
Here you go Ricketts Family, she’s all yours.
What a way to celebrate new ownership: one freakin’ hit Friday night. Whoopee.
Heck, the opposing pitcher had the game-winning hit for goodness sake, a double scoring two unearned runs.
Besides the Dodgers completing a sweep, can this 1-4 road trip get any worse?
I’m past emotions at this point, and apparently, so are the Cubs.
Another embarrassing loss on the West Coast has dropped Chicago seven back of St. Louis warranting nothing more than the occasional shoulder shrug and head shake–my reactions following Russell Martin’s grand slam in the sixth.