January 3, 2013 |
For openers, it is again the big, nasty, orange-and-back-clad San Francisco Giants. Also it should probably be mentioned, the World Series champion Giants. Major League Baseball announced the games and times for its opening week Thursday, with the Dodgers playing host to the Giants on April Fool's Day at 1 p.m. as part of a four-game package on ESPN. The official season opener comes the previous evening, MLB/ESPN selecting the Houston Astros' entrance into the American League at home on March 31 against state rival Texas Rangers at 5 p.m. The Dodgers-Giants game is the second of four games ESPN will broadcast on that Monday, the first being a 10 a.m. contest between the Red Sox and Yankees.
October 21, 2012 |
This one's not for everyone. There's not a whole lot that involves the Dodgers, and it's admittedly personal. But these moments come to us at some point, though clearly the perks of being a sportswriter make them much more common. The opportunity arrives in a flash, normally without warning, and if you don't act quickly is gone forever. This is about Brian Wilson. No, not the Giants' curious reliever. This is about Brian Wilson, Beach Boys legend. The moment occurred at the Dodgers' 2012 home opener against the Pirates on April 10. The Beach Boys, celebrating the start of the 50th anniversary tour, were to sing a song and the national anthem.
October 18, 2012 |
The Dodgers' opening-day payroll in 2013 could be double what it was last season, but the pricing structure for season tickets at Dodger Stadium doesn't appear to be changing significantly. Season-ticket prices for about 8,000 seats in the 56,000-seat ballpark will increase, but prices for more than 10,000 of them will go down. About 38,000 will remain the same. The price changes that occurred were largely the result of the reclassification of seats, according to David Siegel, the senior director of ticket sales.
October 3, 2012 |
Clayton Kershaw earned a major victory before he pitched eight masterful innings in a 5-1 win over the San Francisco Giants in the Dodgers' season finale Wednesday. Trainer Sue Falsone announced Kershaw wouldn't have to undergo surgery to repair his right hip. This month, Kershaw delayed one start and missed another because of pain in that hip. "He should have a regular off-season," Falsone said. Kershaw declined to talk about his hip, other than to say he hadn't been told by the medical staff that surgery was unnecessary.
September 18, 2012 |
Didn't mention in my feature on Jamey Wright , even if it is just sort of understood, but the right-hander said he hopes to return to the Dodgers next season. “I've always wanted to play here,” Wright said. “I thought I had an opportunity to come here in 2008 and it didn't work out. Ever since first coming here with the Rockies, there's something about being here, being in L.A., being in this city. It's something I've always want to get the opportunity to do.” Wright, 37, won a spot with the team during spring training , an experience he has now undergone with some club an amazing seven consecutive years.
September 13, 2012 |
The most popular dessert in Dodgers history is back, and cinnamon is the secret ingredient. The Cool-A-Coo, the ice cream sandwich that accompanied strikeouts by Fernando Valenzuela and home runs by Mike Piazza, returns to Dodger Stadium on Thursday. When Stan Kasten took over as the Dodgers' president May 1, he put the Cool-A-Coo revival at the top of his to-do list. He figured it would take a few weeks, not an entire summer. "We had to put Humpty Dumpty back together," Kasten said.