"The Los Angeles Dodgers will continue to stand firm against all forms of hatred, violence and discrimination."https://t.co/Z2iwBALGma
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 9, 2016
By Jon Weisman
I didn’t want to let the weekend go by without passing along the words Vin Scully recited to the Dodger Stadium crowd before Friday’s game, near the end of an incredibly difficult week in this country.
Ladies and gentlemen. At this time, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the tragic events that have occurred across our country over the past few days. As a community and a nation, we mourn the tragic loss of lives and injuries, and our deepest sympathies go out to all who have been directly impacted by those events and to their families and friends. As United States attorney general Loretta Lynch said today, “This has been a week of profound grief and heartbreaking loss, but as she also reminded us, “Today and every day we are one nation, we are one people and we stand together.
Therefore, we commend the heroic actions and courage of our first responders, volunteers, citizens and government officials, and we gratefully acknowledge the sacrifice that so many have made on behalf of those people. And as the organization that took a historic stance against racism, the Los Angeles Dodgers will continue to stand firm against all forms of hatred, violence and discrimination. At this time, we ask that you please stand silently for a moment of reflection and respect.
A few other items from recent days …
- In the next chapter of his 2016 season, Julio Urías is going to get some relief experience, as Ken Gurnick of MLB.com notes, both as a means to keep his innings in check, and also to potentially position him as a late-season contributor to the Dodger bullpen.
- Yasmani Grandal and Joc Pederson each have a chance to finish with more extra-base hits than singles this year, writes Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. That has happened only four previous times in Dodger history (minimum 30 hits), twice by Duke Snider.
- Adrián González and the Dodgers helped out a Mexican youth baseball team stranded in Southern California after their sponsor dropped out. Doug Padilla of ESPN.com has more.
- Boyd Robertson, Scully’s stage manager and right-hand man in the booth for nearly three decades, is profiled by Tom Hoffarth of the Daily News.