December 11, 2009 |
I haven't seen the books. I don't know the budget. But I recognize the silence. While other teams noisily scrambled through an Indianapolis hotel this week in hopes of improving themselves, the Dodgers were in an entirely different race. The Indy 000. No talk about improving the team through high-priced free agency or expensive trades. No talk about improving the ballpark through needed renovations. And, most ominous of all, no Randy Wolf or compensation for losing him. The only move they made at baseball's winter meetings was to stick their general manager in neutral, announcing that Ned Colletti will be the first Dodgers baseball boss in Los Angeles Dodgers history to report to the money guy -- President Dennis Mannion -- instead of directly to the main guy, the owner.
January 11, 2009 |
You can imagine Page 2's reaction to the news that the Los Angeles Business Journal recently selected the McCourts the city's "Power Couple of the Year." Time for Jerry Buss to lock onto one of those 18-year-olds for keeps to become eligible for Power Couple of the Year. Now it'd be easy to scoff at such acclaim, but the McCourts have always placed a premium on hiring the very best image makers in the business, so finally their money's well spent.
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.
November 6, 2009 |
On the day the Angels re-signed Bobby Abreu to a multiyear deal, the future of the Dodgers started to take shape on the eighth floor of the Los Angeles Superior Court building. Slowly. While Jamie McCourt was denied her request to be immediately reinstated as the Dodgers' chief executive in an emergency hearing Thursday, the more important issue of whether she is a co-owner of the storied franchise along with soon-to-be ex-husband Frank McCourt did not become any clearer -- and probably won't be for some time.
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.
July 24, 2009 |
From grand slam to grand sell, Manny's a hit on EBay. By Thursday afternoon, more than 260 dreadlocked Manny Ramirez bobbleheads were being auctioned, each going for close to the same price as four Dodger Dogs, a couple of beers and a bag of peanuts. Perhaps best known for sitting on car dashboards, bobbleheads come in many shapes and sizes.
August 30, 2010 |
The Manny Era came to an official end Monday, when the Dodgers let him go to the Chicago White Sox on a waiver claim without receiving anything more than salary relief. "It's kind of sad to see this time come and go," Andre Ethier said in a silent clubhouse where Latin music could no longer be heard from the far end. The party ended long ago, probably around the time Ramirez was suspended last year for violating baseball's drug policy. The final days were particularly heavy-hearted ones for Ramirez, sources describing him as being upset that he was benched Friday and Saturday in Colorado.
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.