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?
January 30, 2014 |
If you watch Clayton Kershaw pitch a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium this year, you can pretty much forget about saving your game ticket. The Dodgers are just about doing away with paper tickets this season. No longer will season-seat holders get a shipment of tickets. Instead, those fans will display bar codes to enter Dodger Stadium, either by printing them at home or scanning them directly from a smartphone. “This is a real fan enhancement,” said Lon Rosen, the Dodgers' executive vice president and chief marketing officer.
September 20, 2013 |
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.
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."
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.
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.
May 8, 2012 |
Which is it? Either Magic Johnson, the face of the Dodgers, is clueless on how the organization will be run ... Or he knew he wasn't telling the truth when he became the dominating voice of last week's news conference and told the media enough already with the questions about Frank McCourt. We can all understand "enough already with Frank McCourt," but the Guggenheim folks should have taken that into consideration when they bought the Dodgers. Now they have some explaining to do. But so far for Magic, it's been one turnover after the next.
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.