Rick Monday, who hit the pennant-winning home run against the Expos to send the Dodgers to the 1981 World Series against the Yankees, returns to The Bronx as a broadcaster after 32 years. Monday told Danny Knobler of CBS Sports that winning the 1981 World Series at Yankee Staium was "My last memory of that stadium. In our mind, we had finally righted the wrongs. For us, it meant a lot."
Original Baseball Toaster titans Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts and Alex Belth of Bronx Banter got together for a chat about Dodgers-Yankees at Dodger Thoughts.
Because of the old school nature of the Dodgers-Yankees rivalry, and to commemorate the first ever regular season meeting between the Dodgers and Yankees in New York, the Wall Street Journal went old school with their sports page layout on Tuesday. My favorite part is the boxing story on the bottom left of the page has the subheader, "Will Any Sport Ever Surpass Boxing?"
I'm not sure if you heard, but Don Mattingly is returning Tuesday to the Bronx, where his number is retired. Take a stroll down memory lane with Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register and Austin Laymance of MLB.com.
Andrew Mearns at Pinstriped Bible was kind enough to ask a few questions of me prior to the Dodgers-Yankees series, and here is his series preview.
William Juliano at Pinstriped Bible looked back at the 1981 World Series from a New York perspective, including a public apology issued by owner George Steinbrenner and the aftermath of the Yankees' series loss.
Bronx native Vin Scully nearly became a Yankees broadcaster in 1964, wrote Brian Costa at the Wall Street Journal, but in the end loyalty won out. At a lunch meeting with advertising executive Jim Beal, Scully remembered "I said, 'I don't think so, Jim, because the Dodgers have been so good to me. And I feel I'm so much a part of the family. I don't think I could ever leave.' "
A former Dodger told Andy Martino of the New York Daily News of Don Mattingly and the Dodgers:
"I saw a lot of stuff when I was there," said the player, referring to what he perceived as a losing culture in Los Angeles that manifested in a general lack of hustle and intensity. In his view, this was rooted in players, not management. "I even went to Donnie (Mattingly), and said, ‘what’s going on here?’ He said, ‘I can’t hold their hands.’"
With a Clayton Kershaw contract extension possibly in the future, Dan Szymoborski at ESPN decided to calculate just how much Kershaw might be worth. The good news is Kershaw from 2015-2022 received the best eight-year ZiPs projection for a pitcher in history.
Former Dodger Jim Campanis, who was once traded by his own father, uploaded a song by Ron Cey, yes the former Dodgers third baseman, from 1976. Enjoy:
Dodgers fan Casey might have delivered the coolest fifth grade graduation speech ever. Hat tip to Big League Stew at Yahoo! Sports: