Angels first baseman Albert Pujols waits to bat during the second inning… (Mark J. Terrill / Associated…)
My text to my friend Joe Carillio at 9:37 Wednesday night: "How bout them Angels! no hitter!"
Joe's reply 10 minutes later: "Weaver or Pujols?"
"El Hombre" is looking more and more like "El Mendoza."
Albert Pujols has turned into MLB's version of Lamar Odom, and he's not even married to a Kardashian.
Wait, the McCourts are really gone and the Dodgers actually reduced the cost to park? The next thing you'll know Dee Gordon has one more home run than Albert Pujols.
It's a Magical world indeed.
The Times quotes the Angels GM saying it was hard for the organization and Arte Moreno to swallow the $9-million contract of Bobby Abreu. I wonder how difficult it will be to swallow $240 million?
It's obvious that the Angels tossed everything into an effort to take over the Los Angeles market, unseating the Dodgers as the No. 1 baseball team in SoCal. Using fan and media anger over the McCourts, Arte Moreno gave it his best shot, but the law of being first is a difficult one to overcome. Add to that the Dodgers are no doubt the most historic franchise in baseball and Moreno is left in second place in the market.
If the NFL deal falls through and the Angels move into a downtown stadium [April 29], then Moreno can look up toward Chavez Ravine and realize the Angels are not the Dodgers. If he wanted to be No. 1, he should have bought the Dodgers.
When is someone going to inform Victor Rojas and Mark Gubicza that they are announcers, not players?
While there is a long-standing baseball tradition that teammates not mention to a pitcher that he has a no-hitter in progress, that does not apply to announcers not mentioning such a dramatic event to their listeners as it unfolds.
An announcer's job is straightforward. Inform. Rojas and Gubicza failed to do this during Jered Weaver's no-hitter. Just as they failed when Ervin Santana was pitching a no-hitter last year.
Can you imagine Vin Scully not mentioning that a no-hitter was in progress? His call of the ninth inning of Sandy Koufax's perfect game is legendary.
Rojas and Gubicza's calls of no-hitters are simply embarrassing.
So Angels announcers Victor Rojas and Mark Gubicza decided to stick to the unwritten baseball code of not mentioning Jered Weaver's no-hit bid as it might jinx it. Just wondering if they would also extend the same "courtesy" to an opposing team's pitcher. If not, they would be breaking the unwritten broadcasting code of being cheerleaders.
A pitcher for a team with the third-worst record in the AL pitches a no-hitter against a team with the worst record in the AL. Sorry, but that's not something to brag about.
At Wednesday's news conference at Dodger Stadium, Mark Walter was asked repeatedly about Frank McCourt's continuing involvement with the parking lots. He evaded questions as best he could, until Magic stepped up and assured us, "Frank is not here anymore. He is not part of the Dodgers."
The map on the front page of the April 16 Times says otherwise. With the first step you take outside the stadium doors, you enter McCourt's 230-acre spectacular dupe. As of this writing Wednesday night, the Dodgers will not reveal the details. However, Magic did add that we should trust him because he's 6 foot 9!
In the great movie "The Sting,"Robert Redford recruits Paul Newman to help him get revenge on Robert Shaw for killing his friend. Newman accepts, but he cautions him that, whatever they take him for isn't going to be enough. At the end of the movie, after they've "stung" Shaw's character for $500,000, Redford tells Newman, "You were right. It's not enough." Then he breaks into a big smile and adds, "but it's close."
That's how I feel about finally being rid of McCourt, in spite of him leaving with tons of money: It's not enough, but it's close. (And then a big, big smile).
After changes upon changes, some things thankfully stay the same. If the Dodgers' changing-of-the-guard news conference told us anything, it is that through all of the turmoil and embarrassment, the one constant has been the humility and class of Vin Scully.
Let's get physical
Come on, you guys, it's not like the Clippers' game Wednesday night wasn't on television and no one saw it. Wouldn't it be more accurate to write a headline that indicates a more accurate portrayal of the game than "Clippers pushed around." Something like, "Clippers play physical basketball, and the Grizzlies push back." Of course, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin don't seem to like it when the opponents push back. They cry to officials about it. Maybe a more appropriate headline could have been "Pushing begets pushing for the Clippers."