Last night, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw became the second fastest to 2,000 strikeouts. Randy Johnson hit 2k in 262 games. Kershaw pitched his 276th game last night, which betters all time strikeout leader Nolan Ryan (287) and Roger Clemens (294).
On the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s major league baseball debut, I sit here in 2017, and can’t begin to comprehend how he had the metal to deal with all the hatred that he faced on daily basis.
Earlier tonight, I watched the first two episodes of “Brockmire”, a show starring Hank Azaria and Amanda Peet. Azaria, created the show and character based on an alcoholic former major league broadcaster that lost it on air after walking in on his wife having sex with multiple partners. He went on a rant that was pretty sexually explicit on air rant and obviously lost his job.
10 years pass, he “chases women like a Kennedy”, and it appears he might drink like one too, but Peete owns a nowheresville independent baseball team and hires/tricks him into becoming their PA announcer with free top shelf liquor and sleeping with her (non contractual) as perks.
It has a bit of a Kenny Powers/”Eastbound & Down “ feel to it with a good mixture of comedy, lewdness and baseball.
I read that it has been renewed for a 2nd season on IFC. Sounds like good news to me.
It’s opening day for the Dodgers, so I’ll roll with “The Bulldog” . It’s going to be different this year not being able to hear Vin Scully a all. I guess there is a chance he could show up at a game and they put him on air, but I’m not counting on it, and since I don’t live in Southern California, most of my Dodgers broadcasts will be ESPN/MLB/FOX and not the local broadcast. Even last year there was a twitter account that would play clips of him telling this story or a highlight. So he will certainly be missed.