March 11, 2010 |
Who's the face of the Dodgers? Manny Ramirez? He was signed to a two-year, $45-million contact last spring to be a headlining act in a star-driven city — only to be exposed as a drug cheat, slump miserably and return four months later promptly predicting that this season would be his last with the Dodgers. So who's on deck? Before Ramirez put himself under a gag order this spring, he encouraged reporters to spend less time talking to him and more time talking to the players he considered the cornerstones of the franchise: Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp.
March 2, 2009 |
Spring training never looked like this. At least not for the Dodgers. Pyrotechnics were set off in the outfield. Jordin Sparks sang the national anthem. Fighter jets flew over the stadium. The Dodgers and Chicago White Sox faced each other Sunday in the grand opening of the new spring training stadium they share, with the White Sox claiming a 3-2 victory at Camelback Ranch by scoring three runs in the top of the ninth inning.
May 8, 2009 |
The best and brightest neighborhood in the Los Angeles sports landscape is a very different place today. Mannywood has officially gone to hell. The giddy streets are lined in shadows. The colorful houses are painted in lies. The friendly shops are stocked with juice. The mayor is a drug cheat. Manny Ramirez dropped a bomb on Mannywood on Thursday, leveling the Dodgers' spirit, stripping the Dodgers' psyche, and blowing up the Dodgers' safe.
January 7, 2009 |
The ninth inning at Dodger Stadium could be Trevor Time this year. As the San Francisco Giants consider trumping the Dodgers' offer to Manny Ramirez, the Dodgers have offered all-time save leader Trevor Hoffman a one-year contract to be their closer. The Milwaukee Brewers also are in pursuit of Hoffman, who is expected to make his decision this week.
October 14, 2008 |
Welcome to Dodger Stadium! Come see the pitchers warm up in the Red Bull Bullpen. Sit in the Bicycle Playing Cards top deck! Leave your car in the Hertz garage for preferred parking, or the Avis lot, where they try harder to find you a spot. Dodger Stadium will still be called Dodger Stadium in the years ahead, but much of the rest of the place is now available to be renamed -- for a price -- by corporate sponsors willing to add their brands to familiar features of Chavez Ravine.
October 20, 2010 |
From San Francisco The fans of San Francisco look to Tim Lincecum for deliverance, for the lone victory standing between the Giants and the World Series. The fans of Los Angeles look to Scott Gordon for deliverance, to the judge handling the divorce between Frank and Jamie McCourt to decide who owns the Dodgers. The Giants have the magic. The Dodgers could use some, but Magic Johnson says no. For Gordon, the countdown is on. He has 68 days to rule. He would prefer the McCourts settle.
January 19, 2013 |
In the L.A. housing market, "gangnam style" appears to translate into "traditional condominium. " Psy , the South Korean musician and dancing phenomenon of "Gangnam Style" video fame, and his own "sexy lady," wife Hye-yeon Yoo , have bought a place in a 1989 building in Westwood for $1.249 million. The Blair House condo features city views, high ceilings, a den, a balcony, two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. The contemporary complex offers a saltwater swimming pool, a tennis court, a gym, a doorman and concierge services.
October 25, 2009 |
With the fight for ownership of the Dodgers expected to hit the courts this week, the commissioner's office is monitoring the proceedings but expecting little effect on the daily operations of the club. Frank McCourt, who asserts he is the sole owner of the Dodgers, fired his estranged wife Jamie as the team's chief executive Wednesday. Jamie McCourt, who claims she is a co-owner of the team, is expected to respond by initiating legal proceedings this week. "Obviously, there's a disruption there," said Bob DuPuy, president and chief operating officer of Major League Baseball.
May 8, 2009 |
There is no joy in Mannywood. For that matter, there is no Mannywood. The most talented and most popular player among all the Dodgers essentially vanished Thursday, banned from baseball for 50 games after flunking a drug test. Manny Ramirez, whose effervescent attitude and lethal bat had made him the face of this storied franchise, had been labeled a cheater before a largely adoring fan base at Dodger Stadium. "They embraced Manny here," Dodgers Manager Joe Torre said.
October 12, 2010 |
I have a list of questions for Dodgers fans, which I will get to in a moment. Last week Frank McCourt fired Dennis Mannion , the guy who has been running the Dodgers for the past year while McCourt has been in hiding. He also dismissed two secretaries, and because McCourt isn't talking, I can only assume they were deemed responsible for putting the team's poor bullpen together. The Dodgers announced McCourt "will resume a more direct and active role in managing the organization.