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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?
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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?
SPORTS
September 20, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  There have been a lot of highly charged opinions expressed about the Dodgers' celebration of their victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday. The win gave the Dodgers the NL West title, and, considering the horrible start the Dodgers got off to this season, it seemed to make them release a lot of pent-up emotion. Many Diamondbacks fans are criticizing the team for running out onto the field and jumping into the swimming pool the Diamondbacks have just beyond the right-field fence.
SPORTS
April 14, 2009 | Jim Peltz
Orlando Hudson hit for the cycle and Andre Ethier belted two home runs. But when Ethier was asked to name the Dodgers' star Monday in the team's 11-1 win over the San Francisco Giants, he replied: Chad Billingsley. "The marquee guy of this game was Billingsley," Ethier said of the right-hander who limited the Giants to one run in seven innings and struck out 11 to boost his record to 2-0. "He was the guy who gave us a chance," Ethier said.
SPORTS
February 26, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  Former Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza has been surrounded by controversy since the release of his book, "Long Shot" recently. In it, he took a shot at iconic broadcaster Vin Scully, blaming Scully for Dodgers fans booing him before he was traded in 1998. That will be just one topic of discussion during today's live video chat with Dodgers writer Dylan Hernandez today at 10:30 a.m. As Hernandez wrote on Monday, "In his book, "Long Shot," Piazza described Scully as instrumental in turning the fans of Los Angeles against him during the contract stalemate that led to his trade to the Florida Marlins in 1998.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2014 | By Joe Flint
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.
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."
SPORTS
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.
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July 8, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
PHOENIX - The firefighter was a Dodgers fan. His wife's family are Dodgers fans. His nephew is named after Vin Scully. Perhaps it only made sense that Andrew Ashcraft's survivors would seek a moment of peace at a Dodgers game. Barely a week ago, Ashcraft was one of the 19 elite wildlife firefighters from Prescott, Ariz., who perished in the Yarnell Hill blaze. On Monday, several dozen of his family members climbed into a bus supplied by the Arizona Diamondbacks and rode it 125 miles south to Chase Field to watch the Diamondbacks play the Dodgers.
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