Dodger Dumpster Dive: Signings, Crowds & Sharknados
On this, the first day of the All Star break, I have a whole slew of odds and ends that didn't really fit anywhere else.
Book Signing: Former Dodger Talk co-host Josh Suchon is on a book signing frenzy in Southern California during this break. In case you didn't know, he authored the book Miracle Men: Hershiser, Gibson & the Improbable '88 Dodgers.
Suchon interviewed the players and coaches and also delved into the newspaper archives to compile this reexamination of this team. The signings are:
* Monday, July 15 -- at Barney's Beanery in Santa Monica, from 5-8 pm, during the Home Run Derby.
* Tuesday, July 16 -- at Brent's Deli in Northridge, from 11 am to 1 pm
* Wednesday, July 17 -- at the Barnes & Noble in Huntington Beach, from 7-8 pm.
Suchon is currently the play-by-play announcer for Triple-A Albuquerque.
Draft Signings: The Dodgers announced on Friday that they signed 28 of the 40 players they drafted by the deadline at 2 p.m. PT on Friday. They inked their top 12 selections including first-round pick Chris Anderson, a right-handed pitcher from Jacksonville University.
The Dodgers also signed two non-drafted free agents: Dimitrios Papantonopoulos, a catcher from Cal State Dominguez Hills (Carson reprazent!) and David Reid-Foley, a catcher from Mercer (GA) University.
Attendance Note: In the four-game series against the Colorado Rockies, the Dodgers drew a total of 206,930. This was the fifth largest crowd for a four-game series in the history of Dodger Stadium.
Sharknado: I am appalled at the lack of concern by the Dodger organization about the threat of a sharknado. To protect the players I talked to, they all gave me a look of confusion when I brought it up. They remained unmoved when I described the awesomeness of Sharknado.
I got the same look when I broached the question to a Dodgers PR representative. I explained, and then asked what precautions were made to protect Dodger Stadium, the players, staffs and fans from Sharknado. The representative walked away from me.