December 20, 2008
Being as how Rafael Furcal missed 32% of the games over the last three years, $11 million is a real bargain! Excuse me while I gag. As one who speaks from personal experience, once a bad back, always a bad back. I guess this will placate the long-suffering Dodgers fans for not signing Ramirez, CC, Teixeira, et al. Oh, by the way, the McCourts were reportedly sighted closing escrow on another Malibu beachfront mansion. The word is they're going to name it Casa de Manny. John R. Grush, Mission Viejo Have you noticed how much the McCourts resemble the Big Three automakers who flew to Washington in their private jets to ask for money?
December 21, 2012 |
If Tim Lincecum is related to Samson, we will find out soon enough. After years of having long, flowing hair, the San Francisco Giants pitcher has gotten a haircut. Jake Gravbrot, a hair stylist in Seattle, tweeted the news Dec. 9 and there are various pictures on Twitter showing Lincecum with short hair. Lincecum, of course, won two consecutive Cy Young Awards (2008-09) for the Giants after growing his hair long. He had an off season in 2012. Will he totally fall apart without the long hair?
April 3, 2011 |
Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella Neil Lanctot Simon & Schuster: 516 pp., $28 He was a three-time National League most valuable player, an eight-time All-Star, and played in five World Series, but Roy Campanella was something else when the Dodgers began playing in Los Angeles in 1958. He was a quadriplegic, his body broken in a tragic automobile accident after the 1957 season. Few Dodgers fans in Los Angeles ever had a chance to fully appreciate the Hall of Fame catcher in action, but Neil Lanctot's rich new biography, "Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella," should change that.
November 9, 2010 |
Don Mattingly rolls up his uniform sleeve, revealing a tattoo of a cross wrapped in blood-dripping thorns. On his right biceps is another with the words, "No turning back. " From a necklace beneath his jersey, three crosses dangle. To some Dodgers fans, the 49-year-old Mattingly might seem like the managerial equivalent of a trust fund baby, a once iconic player who rode into Los Angeles on Joe Torre's coattails and inherited the manager's job at the end of last season. But as he sits for an interview in the small and simple manager's office before a recent Arizona Fall League game, it's clear that the ink and the jewelry are symbols of a rise far more complicated than that.
March 28, 2014 |
Good news for Dodgers fans. This Sunday's regular-season game against the San Diego Padres is on ESPN, which means everyone with a pay-TV service will be able to see it. The bad news for Dodgers fans is that Tuesday's game against the Padres is on SportsNet Los Angeles, the team's new channel that is being distributed by Time Warner Cable. Unless there is some last-minute deal-making, subscribers of DirecTV, Charter, Dish, FiOS, Cox and AT&T U-Verse will have to whip out their AM radios to keep up with the action.
August 13, 2006
Pat Jordan would have us believe that Frank and Jamie McCourt's naivete and concern for privacy have led to their bad rap from the local media ("Frank and Jamie McCourt Sooooo Love L.A." July 23). In fact, the opposite is true: The McCourts desperately crave fame and adoration, and they mistakenly think they can micromanage the press they receive. Their overwhelming desire to sell themselves to the residents of this city is evident by the directive they gave their employees: to "think of the McCourts as the brand and the Dodgers as the product."
August 22, 2013 |
Drew James guesses he went to a total of five Dodgers games in the last five years. This season, the Hollywood resident has been to six games, bought two Dodgers jerseys and gathered with friends at bars to root for Los Angeles' red-hot baseball team. Struck by Dodgers fever, James and many other Southern Californians are generating extra and unexpected sales business for Southland restaurants, sports bars and apparel shops. "Demand just shot through the roof," said Coby Goodman, owner of Los Feliz sporting goods shop Bling Circus.
March 20, 2012 |
PHOENIX -- Utility infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. has a torn oblique muscle in his left side, an MRI exam he underwent earlier in the week has revealed. Manager Don Mattingly said there was no timetable for his return. De Jesus, who was injured taking a swing in a game on Saturday night, was the Dodgers' minor league player of the year in 2008. He appeared to be on the verge of a breaking into the majors the following year, but broke his leg during spring training. Now 24, De Jesus is battling for the final spot on the bench.
March 21, 2012 |
This is called a decent spike in assessed valuation. Also excellent timing. If only the Los Angeles housing market could follow suit. Forbes has come out with its latest evaluations for Major League Baseball teams, and guess which team was credited with a 75% jump in value? Your very own bankrupt Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers, valued a year ago by Forbes at $800 million, are now estimated to be worth $1.4 billion . And that's for the team, Dodger Stadium and the lease to the parking lots.