4. Vin Scully provides update on Dodger Stadium
Earlier this week California Governor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti cast doubt on baseball returning to Dodger Stadium this summer, at least in front of fans, but that hasn’t stopped the team from making progress on their $100 million renovation project.
Vin Scully, who could narrate grass growing and make it sound amazing, provided an update on the renovation via the Dodgers social media feed on Friday.
“When we get back to baseball, Dodger fans will be greeted with the most significant upgrade to the fan experience in the history of our storied venue,” Scully explained. “This renovation will create a new front door to Dodger Stadium, along with two acres of new interactive areas, vantage points, retail and concession options, and more.”
Dodger Stadium is technically still scheduled to host MLB’s All-Star Game in July, but obviously that seems unlikely to happen in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
5. Dave Stewart auctioning 1981 World Series ring
Former Dodger, Dave Stewart, is auctioning off his 1981 World Series ring on a sports memorabilia auction site. You can place a bid on the Dodgers world championship ring, but it’s going to cost you at least $6,050, which is the current high bid.
Stewart was drafted by the Dodgers in 1975. He made 32 appearance in relief during the ’81 season, pitching to a 2.49 ERA. After making the postseason roster, he was roughed up during the NLCS, but redeemed himself with two strong outings in the World Series.
The ring is listed as a large .75-carat diamond set inside a baseball diamond with Los Angeles Dodgers and World Champions text surrounding the border.
Of course, Stewart made a name for himself pitching for his hometown team, the Oakland Athletics. He won two more championships with the A’s, and earned the World Series MVP in 1993. His 1988 and 1989 rings are also up for auction.
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