June 6, 2013 |
Wednesday night's game between the Dodgers and the Padres wasn't held at Dodger Stadium, as scheduled. It took place at Yasiel Puig World. Disney might try to buy the place and raise ticket prices some more. Hours before the Cuban overnight sensation had to face curves and fastballs from San Diego right-hander Jason Marquis, he had to face the media music. The microphones and notepads swooped in like vultures. This is Hollywood and a star had been born. No long labor here.
June 3, 2013 |
If Dodgers fans were expecting some fireworks when the Padres and Carlos Quentin came to Chavez Ravine, they'll just have to wait for their usual place on Friday nights. At least for today, as Quentin was left out of the Padres starting lineup. Monday night's game marks the first time since the infamous April 11 benches-clearing brawl that Quentin was eligible to face the Dodgers. Padres Manager Bud Black said Quentin will not be in the starting lineup because of a left shoulder injury that stems from a collision with the outfield wall in Sunday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
May 31, 2013
It's hard to believe that Matt Kemp has made the Dodgers' $160-million investment disappear quicker than Bernie Madoff ever could have. Herb Schoenberg Tarzana :: I have never heard of a team being worse off if a guy that's hitting .251 with two home runs and 17 RBIs goes on the disabled list. I'm pretty sure that a minor leaguer could equal or exceed those numbers in half the time. How does Matt Kemp injure his hamstring when he hardly, if ever, goes full speed? Geno Apicella Placentia :: Lest we forget, Matt Kemp is a paid performer and he's not earning his keep.
May 7, 2013 |
He had just made the final out in a city where his name is booed, his jersey is reviled, and his team had been swept. His power had disappeared, his swing was spotty, and his season was a wreck. Matt Kemp would have been excused for quickly disappearing through the dugout at San Francisco's AT&T Park on Sunday night and forgetting all about an earlier promise to third base coach Tim Wallach. “But that was the neat deal about it,” Wallach said. “He was standing there waiting for me.” PHOTOS: Greatest moments in Dodger Stadium history Kemp was waiting to cross the diamond to sign an autograph for a terminally ill Dodgers fan, waiting to summon the passion necessary to pass along the hope that he now found so precious.
May 1, 2013 |
Out at the old ballyard exploring the status of that 1st Amendment staple, the baseball heckler, because it's a cool ambivalence that will do us in, not the screamy passions of the borderline insane. The issue came to mind after hearing that Broadway types are developing a musical about perhaps the greatest heckler of all time, Hilda Chester, who famously shook a cowbell as she snarled at players at Ebbets Field. For you kids, that's where the Dodgers once toiled under the watchful eye of Howling Hilda, her booming Brooklynese bouncing off the walls.
April 30, 2013 |
What happened at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night was entirely scripted. But scripts are rarely followed in sports, especially in baseball, which why the Dodgers' 6-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies was perhaps more significant for the marketing department than it was for the players. The Dodgers handed out bobblehead dolls of Hanley Ramirez, who not only made his first start of the season but was two for four with a home run and a double. BOX SCORE: Dodgers 6, Colorado 2 Pop star Psy visited the ballpark to promote his music, and fellow South Korean Hyun-Jin Ryu struck out a season-high 12 batters in six innings.
April 15, 2013 |
The Dodgers have asked fans to treat the San Diego Padres with respect when the two teams meet at Dodger Stadium on Monday, four days after Padres slugger Carlos Quentin threw Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke to the ground and broke his collarbone. "Dodgers fans: What's done is done," catcher A.J. Ellis tweeted late Sunday night. "Please respect the Padre fans at Dodger Stadium tomorrow and do what you do best! Cheer US on!" Quentin himself lowered the temperature considerably on Sunday, when he agreed to serve his eight-game suspension immediately rather than continue the appeal process.
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.
February 14, 2013 |
Mike Piazza would never exist today. He would have to be created by the Hollywood machine that once embraced him. He was taken in the 62nd round of the 1988 baseball draft. There are no longer 62 rounds in the draft. He was given a private tryout at a locked Dodger Stadium as a favor to his family friend and quasi uncle, Tom Lasorda. There are few managers remaining with the longevity and power to make such arrangements. After two minor league seasons, he was no better than an average Class-A catcher, yet he was promoted to a higher Class A the following spring.
February 13, 2013 |
Mike Piazza has not set foot in Dodger Stadium since his retirement. When the Dodgers offered to honor him with a bobblehead night last season, Piazza declined. "He doesn't want to come back because he thinks the fans will boo," former Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda, the godfather to Piazza's brother, told The Times last month. Piazza did himself no favors on that score in his new book, "Long Shot. " In the book, he blames iconic Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully for turning fans against him during the contract stalemate that preceded his trade to the Florida Marlins in 1998.