November 20, 2013 |
There is a leftover tidbit to this year's World Series Game 3, when umpire Jim Joyce called obstruction at third base to end the game and send the Boston Red Sox to defeat. When Joyce's father died in 2009, among the things buried with him was a Red Sox cap. "He was flipping over in his grave when I made that call," Joyce says. There are umpires and there is Jim Joyce. He doesn't want to be special, other than to have people know he does a good job. But a triangle of fate and circumstance has singled him out. Oct. 26, 2013, St. Louis, World Series Game 3 The Cardinals and Red Sox were tied in the ninth inning, 4-4, when Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia rose from tagging out Yadier Molina at the plate to see Allen Craig running toward third base.
October 14, 2013 |
More than two hours before Monday's first pitch, amid the early stirrings of a stadium on the brink, two men made a single quiet decision. They each announced it alone. They each spoke while wincing in pain. There were no fans around to cheer it. There were no teammates nearby to inspire it. Yet it was a decision that altered legacies, energized a city and perhaps even saved a season. In the Dodgers' dugout, Hanley Ramirez announced he was going to play Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals with a broken left rib. "This is no time to lay down right now," said Ramirez.
February 26, 2013 |
In my story Tuesday about TED , one of the speakers I interviewed in advance of her talk was Nilofer Merchant, a Silicon Valley corporate strategist. On Tuesday, Merchant had her big moment on the stage to give her three-minute talk. The topic: "Sitting is the smoking of our generation. " "What you're doing right now, this very moment, is killing you," she told the thousands of TED attendees seated in the Long Beach Convention Center. "Sitting is so incredibly prevalent, we don't even question it. Sitting has become the smoking of our generation.
January 28, 2013 |
Tommy Lee Jones had the flu and didn't show up to the Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday night. He should have tanked up on Emergen-C and made the trip. Jones won the male actor in a supporting role prize for playing an abolitionist lawmaker in “Lincoln,” allowing the oft-terse actor to somehow be even less loquacious. In a show with few notable stage moments, perhaps the most conspicuous speech was the one Jones didn't give. The absence made for an awkward moment near the top of the SAG Awards, and it wasn't the only eyebrow-raiser of the TBS broadcast.
December 5, 2012 |
The Moment sounds like a name someone in a movie would make up for a hotel. But it's the real name of a small boutique hotel scheduled to open early next year that's part of that new Hollywood that keeps springing up from old haunts. The Moment , which is scheduled to open Feb. 1, is an old hotel that's been gutted and remade into a small hotel with 39 rooms and one suite. (If you go there now, you'll still see construction fencing, a spokesman tells me by email.) It used to be the unremarkable Sunset Inn & Suites at 7370 Sunset Blvd., across the street from the Hollywood Guitar Center.
October 30, 2012 |
Santa Anita's Great Race Place, with lots of workers and media on hand Monday, was abuzz. Down the street a couple of blocks, having lunch and itching to get to this weekend's Breeders' Cup, jockey Mike Smith was aglow. "Boy, I'm mounted well," he said. They will run six Breeders' Cup races Friday and nine more Saturday, with a total purse of $25.5 million. Like the money, story lines will be in abundance. Smith is best positioned to be a main character. It isn't just that he will ride in eight races, or that any of several rides could produce a treasured jockey record.