April 11, 2011
Fans are fed up Re "Ballpark violence," Editorial, April 7 The Times encourages fans not to tolerate rowdiness at Dodger Stadium. As a Dodgers fan who has attended many games, I find that the bad behavior usually stems from individuals who have consumed a few too many beers. At the very least they interfere with my enjoyment of the game. The Times says it is not suggesting that the stadium go dry. I am. There are plenty of soft drinks and water available. I am an 84-year-old man, and I am not about to confront several drunk individuals who are rowdy.
April 8, 2011
Frank McCourt is finished as owner of the Dodgers. Everyone knows it from Bud Selig down to the fans who buy seats in the bleachers. It's just a matter of time. And it is mostly for financial reasons, but McCourt's tepid response to the brutal beating of a Giants fan on opening day reminds me of three more. He doesn't respect the game, doesn't understand the rivalry and seems oblivious to the responsibilities of the owner of one of the great major league franchises. Instead of expressing outrage and disgust at the near killing of a baseball fan in the parking lot outside of his stadium, he spoke like your everyday landlord trying to avoid a premises liability suit.
February 12, 2011 |
Whenever someone asks me if I want to do lunch, they always wonder if I have a favorite spot, and I always lie. I tell them about a funky steakhouse in Glendale, a bustling Chinese joint on Broadway, a bright Mexican diner in Pasadena. I never tell them the truth, because they couldn't handle the truth. I never tell them about my real favorite place, because it's my place, my secret, my unvarnished connection with this city's sporting soul, my midday siesta among this city's sports dreams, the darn near perfect spot for a sportswriter and his peanut butter sandwich.
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July 13, 2011 |
In an otherwise horrible season for the Dodgers, Ronnie Nelsen is having a pretty good year. He can throw either right-handed or left-handed with equally good arm strength, and he's an inspiration to teammates and fans. Just shy of 80, Nelsen has been a Dodgers vendor for 53 years, focusing mainly on peanuts. And he hasn't missed a home game in nine years. Kathy Paris, a fan in Section 39, was Nelsen's first sale of the night at a Dodgers-Mets game last week. She and her friend Brenda Barnett said it's an inspiration to see a guy his age working such a physically tough job. Nearby, a fan named Anita Morland had this to say: "God bless him. He goes up and down the stairs like he's a young man. " A slight exaggeration, perhaps.
August 5, 2009 |
Musings from the far reaches of Dodger Stadium, while wondering how big the tea pot-shaped Prince Fielder would be if he weren't a vegetarian: From a fan's standpoint, Dodgers games are dramatically better this year, and not just from the win-loss perspective. Security is tighter, the gangy vibe of the last few years on the mend. Families are back, and the entire atmosphere, from field level to the top deck, is vastly improved.
September 17, 2009 |
My favorite new yoga position -- you should try this -- is slanted kind of sideways in a loge-level seat, a bag of peanuts balanced on my knee, a foamy beverage in my left hand like a six-gun. This position stretches the torso and loosens the hamstrings. A couple of innings like this and you'll feel like a new man -- or a new woman, if that's your preference. Honestly, I can't recommend this yoga stuff enough. It's a good season to stay loose, we all know that. The Dodgers are obviously saving their best for the playoffs, which makes these next 15 games sort of a chore for purists like you and me. So it goes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2002 |
Los Angeles police were investigating the shooting of a man late Friday by an off-duty police officer in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium, authorities said. The shooter was not an LAPD officer, police said. His police affiliation has not been disclosed. The gunfire in parking lot No. 33 erupted around 10:16 p.m. as fans left the stadium after the Dodgers lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The officer was with one of two groups of people who had been interacting shortly before the shooting.
April 4, 1986 |
The annual Freeway Series between the Angels and Dodgers, which begins tonight at Dodger Stadium, will be without Pedro Guerrero, but not without intrigue. Guerrero, who injured his left knee during an exhibition game Thursday, will miss at least the first three months of the season. The Dodgers must decide who will take Guerrero's place both in left field and as a hitter. There are other interesting sidelights, including the status of Angel pitcher John Candelaria and his fickle left elbow.
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August 23, 1996 |
Six students from Sepulveda Middle School in North Hills who planned a school dance and donated half the proceeds to charity were honored in a pregame ceremony on the field at Dodger Stadium this week. The Sepulveda students were among six groups selected as grand winners in the Dodgers' "Team Esteem Program," a public service project also sponsored by the Times In Education program and the Foundation for Self-Esteem.
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May 23, 2011 |
After hundreds of dead-end leads and bogus tips from reward seekers, it was a routine meeting between an ex-con and his parole agent that may have cracked open the case of Bryan Stow's beating. Shortly before 7 on Sunday morning, a SWAT team from the Los Angeles Police Department crept into the courtyard of a dreary, run-down apartment building on Mariposa Avenue in East Hollywood. With weapons drawn, the officers made their way toward apartment 25 -- the rear unit on the second floor.