December 8, 2008 |
It's the symbolism, stupid. As Americans lose their jobs and homes at a frequency unseen in decades, baseball convenes today for its annual holiday shopping spree in Las Vegas. The setting, according to the hotel website: "Contentment and opulence are the hallmarks of your Bellagio hotel luxury experience." The pitch, according to baseball executives from the commissioner on down: Believe us, times are tough.
December 13, 2005 |
It already has been an emotional fall for Dennis Gilbert. The Los Angeles activist and lifetime baseball man contributed to the Chicago White Sox's World Series victory as special assistant to the chairman, but lost out in bidding for the Dodgers' then-vacant general manager position.
February 15, 2004 |
Former agent Dennis Gilbert, who has spent the last three years working as a special assistant to Chicago White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, interviewed for the Dodger general manager job Saturday. Gilbert, a Los Angeles native and longtime Dodger follower who was part of a Jeff Smulyan-led group that failed in its bid to purchase the Dodgers last year, was recommended for the position by Reinsdorf.
January 23, 1998 |
He has played for some of the best teams of his era, been to several Super Bowls. Yet he's never won one. Football fans throughout the country sympathize with him, especially those who followed him as a college player on the West Coast. Even one of the Packers says losing the Super Bowl on Sunday would hurt less because it would result in a ring for him in what could be his last game. I am talking, of course, about Mike Lodish. Who did you think, John Elway? Why does he need a ring?
September 22, 1996 |
Phil Pote stands dwarfed among the dirt and steel and grumble of the earthmovers, and rarely has a man looked so big. This churned-up bit of Los Angeles Southwest College is going to be a tidy little corner of hope one day, he just feels it, the way an old scout can look at a kid and feel his fastball. Pote is only $150,000 short. And what's $150,000 to a guy who has spent a lifetime picking up gems from the streets of South-Central Los Angeles? He wanted to call his project "Field of Dreams."
October 8, 1994 |
The producer of "Saturday Night Live" is holding on Line 1. . . . Better pick up Line 2, Bret Saberhagen is calling from an airplane. . . . Did you call back the people at Fox? . . . Is everything set with Michael Bolton? . . . When does "Seinfeld" need Danny Tartabull again? Dennis Gilbert, perhaps the most prominent agent in baseball, works in a fancy office building in Beverly Hills, complete with a panoramic view of the city from his penthouse suite.