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.
June 15, 2013 |
Of all the important numbers rolling around Stan Kasten's busy brain, from a giant Dodgers payroll to shrinking Dodgers victories to the size of the line at reserved-level bathrooms, the number that most shaped his life is the one he's never known. It was tattooed in blue on the left forearm of his father. The number was blurred because, during the five years Nathan Kasten spent in Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust, he would continually gnaw his skin in an attempt to suck out the ink. "His memories, my lessons," Kasten said.
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?
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.
July 25, 2013 |
As the sports world is learning with every jaw-dropping win, these suddenly delightful Dodgers are a team of many faces. They include Yasiel Puig's giant look of wonder, Juan Uribe's impish grin, A.J. Ellis' grimace, Clayton Kershaw's scowl, and occasionally even Don Mattingly's smile. Then there is The Stare. It's solid, expressionless, powerful in its confident calm, a constant in the Dodgers' dizzying array of emotion. It's also apparently really cute when Mark Ellis' 6-year-old son, Briggs, imitates it while playing tee ball in the middle of his living room.
April 14, 2009 |
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.
March 28, 2012
So Magic Johnson is in, Frank McCourt is out and Dodgers fans will be flocking back to Chavez Ravine in 2012. Right? That's got to be the assumption, isn't it? Johnson is part of the ownership group that won the right to purchase the Dodgers from McCourt on Tuesday night. And everyone in L.A. loves Magic, with that trademark smile and all those NBA championship rings he won with the "Showtime"-era Lakers. Plus, pretty much everyone in L.A. hates McCourt; at least that's the way it has seemed the last couple of years as he drove the team into bankruptcy and the fans away from the stadium.
June 27, 2009
I suspect that the Dodgers organization lost its integrity when the O'Malleys sold the team. Now it appears that their fans have as well. I will enjoy seeing all of the Dodgers fans give a hero's welcome to Manny when he returns from his suspension next week; the same fans who would boo Barry Bonds and others because of suspicions of drug use. The blind support that the team and its fans are giving a player who has been caught cheating, has shown no...
February 26, 2013 |
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.