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November 9, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
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.
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SPORTS
February 17, 2007
Two "L.A." teams. Two general managers. And the stakes are high. Ned Colletti, one card away from a royal flush, looks into the eyes of his fellow gamblers and goes all in, betting on drawing an ace. Bill Stoneman, needing two cards to fill out his six-high straight, draws only one, preferring to hold onto a pair of threes and figures to bluff his way to the pot. DAN ROSENFELD Arcadia Frank McCourt says that the decision to...
SPORTS
August 9, 2008
I was puzzled at the reaction of supposed Angels fans to the Mark Teixeira deal in the letters last week. All the talk of "chemistry" and trading "home-grown talent" is just a bunch of Plaschke-inspired hooey that one would expect more from Dodgers fans. Have these fans not been watching the last four seasons when the lack of an additional big bat has kept the Angels from further postseason glory? Kotchman is a nice player, but he is no better than an average offensive first baseman and guys like him are easily replaceable.
SPORTS
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?
SPORTS
December 21, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
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?
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October 19, 2009 | Diane Pucin
Ron Cervenka is a 55-year-old Burbank police detective who went to Game 3 of the 1963 World Series, when the Los Angeles Dodgers swept the New York Yankees. And if the Dodgers were to play the Los Angeles Angels in a 2009 World Series, he is pretty sure he could get tickets to Angel Stadium -- except he'd rather not. Cervenka wants the Dodgers to play the Yankees again. He's not alone. Thoughts of a Freeway Series between the Angels and Dodgers may make hearts sing in Anaheim and Brea and Huntington Beach and Tustin, but with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, advertisers, marketing experts and television executives love New York.
MAGAZINE
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."
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March 20, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2011 | By Russ Stanton, Los Angeles Times
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.
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