April 24, 2012 |
Home is where the heart is, even if not the cheering throngs. But very early, home has been very good to the Dodgers. Heck, it's actually been perfect. Not all the warm fires and mom's chicken noodle soup in the world could make Dodger Stadium a more comfy place for the Dodgers these days -- they've started the season 7-0 there. April numbers on most anything can change in a hurry (see: Juan Uribe's four hits Monday raised his batting average 75 points), but the Dodgers can at least take some early comfort in knowing that Chavez Ravine has been one friendly place thus far. Of course, it could be argued that their good run at home has been aided by six games against the lowly Padres and Pirates, but still, they did win the games.
April 29, 2013 |
It's admittedly too early to get all wrapped up in splits, but Carl Crawford's numbers are at least getting a tad difficult to ignore. At home, Crawford has been more than the Dodgers could have secretly wished. He's been a terrific leadoff hitter, has shown power and speed. On the road, he's looked like Crawford Lite. Neither powerful nor particularly speedy. For a guy who had never played at Dodger Stadium before, he's made himself quite at home. In 12 games here, he's hit .409, hit three of his four homers and has all four of his stolen bases.
April 16, 2013 |
Can there be too much of a good thing? The NHL recently announced that the Toronto Maple Leafs will face the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1, 2014 in the resumption of the Winter Classic outdoor series, and it was reported here that the Ducks will face the Kings outdoors amid the palm trees at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25, 2014, pending the completion of some logistical and financial details. But on Tuesday TSN reported that the league is planning six - count 'em six - outdoor games next season.
February 25, 2013 |
And here we go again … The Times' Sam Farmer picks up on a Business Daily report that says the NFL has had direct talks with the Dodgers' new owners about putting an NFL stadium in the Dodger Stadium parking lots. Cats don't have this many lives. At some point, you have to wonder whether the NFL ever wants to come back to Los Angeles. It has so much fun just talking about it. The idea was a good one when Peter O'Malley wanted to do it back in the Bronze Age, but it's tired now and hard to imagine the city getting all excited about starting this stadium process over again.
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April 5, 2011 |
The family of Giants fan Bryan Stow issued a call for civility among rival sports fans and asked people to help catch the two suspects. At a news conference Tuesday outside County-USC Medical Center, where Stow remains in a coma due to a brain injury he sustained during a beating at the Dodger Stadium parking lot on opening day, the family thanked the public for their support and prayers. Stow is a father of two and a paramedic who made a road trip from Santa Cruz to attend the game.
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.
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.
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.
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.