September 26, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Manager Don Mattingly said he viewed the fatal stabbing of a Dodgers fan in San Francisco on Wednesday night as part of a global violence epidemic. “It's something that's happening everywhere nowadays, isn't it?” Mattingly said. “It's like senseless. We see it all over the world, it seems like. Killing for no reason. It seems senseless to me.” Asked if he thought there was an increase in sports-related violence in recent years, Mattingly replied, “It just seems like everywhere.
August 23, 2013
In almost unbelievable news for Dodger fans, Koufax and Drysdale are back. Funny thing, they changed their names to Kershaw and Greinke. Cecil Worthington Los Angeles :: While I'm as thrilled as anyone at the return of Vin Scully next year for his 65th season as a Dodgers announcer, I think it's time management took a serious look at finding and grooming his replacement. We don't need a Scully clone, but at least an announcer who doesn't announce every play as if it were the ninth inning with two outs, a la Eric Collins, or announce the game as if you were sitting next to him, a la Charley Steiner.
August 9, 2013 |
Even the warmest of stories can have the saddest of endings, and so it is with Joshua Jones, the fatally ill young fan befriended so memorably by Matt Kemp last May. Jones is the 19-year-old Dodgers fan Kemp gave his cap, jersey and cleats to after making the final out in a Dodgers loss at AT&T Park. It was heartwarming, even touching Giants fans. Then, three weeks later, Kemp flew Jones and his family to Los Angeles for a game at Dodger Stadium, bringing them on the field to meet teammates.
July 31, 2013 |
Some trade deadline. Seen more movement in a three-toed sloth race. Maybe the word deadline was lost on the GMs this year. The Dodgers, who left all of baseball trembling last year with a series of audacious trades, were oddly silent. Unless you count that Earth-shattering, last-second deal to acquire Drew Butera. What, no bells go off? He was a triple-A catcher for the Minnesota Twins. Currently batting .229 for the Rochester Red Wings. Also, he's 29. Fear not, Dodgers faithful, the deadline still was not completely devoid of intrigue.
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July 13, 2013 |
Angelenos heading to Dodger Stadium should allow for extra time and avoid the northbound 5 Freeway, officials said. Traffic on the 5 Freeway in the Elysian Valley area was stopped Saturday morning when a tanker truck overturned and caught fire at a transition road tunnel at the interchange of the 2 and 5 freeways , the California Highway Patrol reported. The northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway are closed and the wreck will not be cleared for quite a while, said CHP Officer Ed Jacobs.
June 27, 2013 |
Dear Dodgers fans, let me just say that interviewing you in the first inning is a far different experience from speaking to you in the sixth, when that icy concoction you've been slurping completely Novocains your mouth and you almost swallow your tongue. Don't get me wrong: They're both good experiences. One is just more entertaining than the other, like those snippets that go yard on YouTube. But this much is clear from 75 interviews Tuesday night: You Dodgers fans are loyal, almost to a fault.
June 18, 2013 |
It was a graduation speech. Each fifth-grader at Burlingame's Lincoln Elementary gave one. They were allotted one minute to describe their favorite school memory. Some talked about their first teacher. Others talked about a recent field trip to the Hyatt. A blindingly hopeful 10-year-old named Casey Johnstone changed the subject, using his moment to speak for the blinding hope of generations. In the heart of San Francisco Giants country last Friday night, he stepped to the microphone in his bright blue shirt and talked about his love for the Dodgers.
June 6, 2013 |
Wednesday night's game between the Dodgers and the Padres wasn't held at Dodger Stadium, as scheduled. It took place at Yasiel Puig World. Disney might try to buy the place and raise ticket prices some more. Hours before the Cuban overnight sensation had to face curves and fastballs from San Diego right-hander Jason Marquis, he had to face the media music. The microphones and notepads swooped in like vultures. This is Hollywood and a star had been born. No long labor here.
May 31, 2013
It's hard to believe that Matt Kemp has made the Dodgers' $160-million investment disappear quicker than Bernie Madoff ever could have. Herb Schoenberg Tarzana :: I have never heard of a team being worse off if a guy that's hitting .251 with two home runs and 17 RBIs goes on the disabled list. I'm pretty sure that a minor leaguer could equal or exceed those numbers in half the time. How does Matt Kemp injure his hamstring when he hardly, if ever, goes full speed? Geno Apicella Placentia :: Lest we forget, Matt Kemp is a paid performer and he's not earning his keep.
May 15, 2013 |
We recently asked you to list your choices for the 10 greatest Dodgers of all time, and vote you did, as we received an amazing 12,231 ballots. So many people voted that we have decided to expand the list from the top 10 to the top 20. Each weekday at 11 a.m. PDT, a new person will be listed as we count down all 20. Remember, any Dodger, Brooklyn or L.A., was eligible, including managers, owners, announcers, etc. Points were assigned based on where you listed the person on the ballot.