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October 15, 2013 |
The man who donned a bear costume for a frantic dance atop the St. Louis Cardinals dugout Monday night in Game 3 of the National League championship series says he's been banned from Dodger Stadium for six months. The 50-year-old man behind "Rally Bear," Mark Monninger of Rancho Cucamonga, said he pulled the stunt to promote the idea of the Dodgers' getting a mascot. The moment came as the Dodgers fought their way to a 3-0 win Monday over the St. Louis Cardinals. In the bottom of the eighth inning, during a pitching change, Monninger jumped out of his seat dressed in a bear costume and rushed on top of the Cardinals' dugout.
January 7, 2014 |
There is more tweaking than major renovation scheduled to take place at Dodger Stadium this off-season, not that the 52-year-old ballpark won't undergo some noticeable changes. The most significant upgrade, however, will go unseen by the fans. After spending more than $100 million on stadium improvements last season that included a new Dodgers clubhouse, this season the visitors' clubhouse gets a makeover. The Dodger Stadium visiting clubhouse was the smallest in the majors, but now visiting teams will have a new clubhouse behind the dugout that will be adjacent to the batting tunnel and training areas built last season.
June 30, 2012 |
The Dodgers' new owners have not spoken to the NFL about building a stadium next to Dodger Stadium and have no immediate plans to do so but are open to the possibility. Clarity can sometimes be derived from reading between the lines. Which might just be what's required here. Mark Walter, the Dodgers' new controlling owner, was in attendance at Dodger Stadium on Friday, the same day The Times' Sam Farmer broke the story about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell setting guidelines for any teams interested in moving to Los Angeles.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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.
March 27, 2014 |
They didn't tear up the ballpark to give it a fairly significant makeover as they did last year , but that doesn't mean the Dodgers ownership group wasn't at work this off-season. Now they're calling the changes “enhancements,” which is fine. Sitting in your seat at Dodger Stadium as the Dodgers take on the Angels on Thursday, you won't notice any major alterations, but there are some there that will debut tonight: -- There are now seating areas of two rows each behind both bullpens.