April 3, 2012 |
On Monday, Times Dodgers reporter Dylan Hernandez will unveil his choices as the 10 greatest moments in Dodger Stadium history in honor of its 50th anniversary. From now until Monday, we ask you to vote for your top 10 choices from our poll below. A quick look at each one: April 10, 1962 -- Opening Day. Walter O'Malley's wife, Kay, threw out the first pitch, Johnny Podres started for the Dodgers and Duke Snider got the Dodgers' first hit, but the Dodgers lost to the Cincinnati Reds, 6-3. Oct. 6, 1963 -- Game 4 of the 1963 World Series.
March 19, 2012 |
Reporting from Phoenix — Consider the excitement, arriving here and finding Vin Scully's car parked in the stenciled spot reserved for Dodgers "ownership. " If that were only true, but like Tommy Lasorda saying he never says something he doesn't believe, things are not always so. So far The Times has sent six writers here in the quest for truth. Most of them have left Phoenix singing the praises of the Dodgers as if this team suddenly got good. And believe me, you don't want to hear Dwyre sing.
March 12, 2012 |
Technology will soon envelop every living, breathing thing in the entire universe. Pretty sure Philip K. Dick warned us about this at some point. Still, when it makes things easier, what's to fight? It certainly has entered the Dodgers' clubhouse with force, as Dodgers.com's Ken Gurnick writes in this piece on the latest technology to take the team by storm . This is application for the iPad marketed by Bloomberg Sports that provides video of game situations 24 hours a day. It is available only to professional players at a cost of $200 per month.
January 18, 2012 |
Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers appear far apart on a contract for the coming season, with the National League Cy Young Award winner asking for $10 million and the team offering $6.5 million. The Dodgers avoided salary arbitration with two other players Tuesday, signing outfielder Andre Ethier for $10.95 million and first baseman James Loney for $6.375 million. The Angels also avoided arbitration with shortstop Erick Aybar, signing him for $5.075 million. General Manager Jerry Dipoto said he would continue to discuss a long-term contract with Aybar.
November 15, 2011 |
What a wonderful, heart-warming picture of Frank McCourt on the front page of The Times on Tuesday morning. He's smiling, and appears to be holding a little girl so they might get their picture taken together. My, how time flies. It wasn't that long ago the little woman would be the one standing with Frank mugging for the cameras at a charity event. Oh well, he still knows how to put on a good front. Matt Kemp is pictured, too, and he's smiling and saying nice things about McCourt.
August 8, 2011 |
I'm telling you, goose bumps. Does it get any bigger than this, a National League playoff preview between the Phillies and Dodgers, the teams that will probably meet for the right to advance to the World Series this October? A stretch, I know, because James Loney would want to know why I would take for granted the Phillies will be there. As you might have noticed, Loney already had his say in the morning newspaper, telling The Times' Dylan Hernandez , "I feel a sense of, 'We can win this thing.' " You can't blame him; the Dodgers recently taking two out of three from the Padres.
August 5, 2011
Dylan Hernandez reports that James Loney is expected to receive a "significant" raise from his current salary of $4.875 million. I fell over laughing when I read this, but then I realized that he was serious. That in itself is what is wrong with sports today. How in the world can a guy who has stunk for a year expect to receive a raise? No wonder these guys blow their money after retirement. They have absolutely no sense of reality. Furthermore … Don Mattingly says he doesn't know what happened to the player [Loney]
July 9, 2011 |
The Dodgers aren't the only ones struggling with attendance. A protest of the team's ownership also drew a relatively small but boisterous crowd Saturday in front of Dodger Stadium. About 75 to 100 people took part in a "Save the Dodgers" rally to protest Frank McCourt's continued ownership of the club, which he recently placed in bankruptcy proceedings amid an ongoing struggle with Major League Baseball over the team's future. "My kids are 4 and 2, and I want to bring them to games, but I'm not going to bring them here, and I'm not going to a game and give that man any more of my money," said one protester, Rob Stelmar of La Mirada.
June 27, 2011
They said it: "I want the ownership to be successful, so all we care about is what the Dodgers did last night and what they're doing today. People don't want to know the business. They just want to watch the game. " — L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge. "… From our standpoint, it sounds like everything's business as usual. Kind of back to the old answer: We just keep getting ready to play and try to win the game. " — Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly. "[Frank] McCourt is a carpetbagger, and what he's done to one of the most historical franchises in Major League Baseball is absurd," — Dana Reid, a 43-year-old Los Angeles insurance salesman.
May 19, 2011 |
Andre Ethier has learned how to control his temper when striking out. What he hasn't learned how to do is ignore the click of a camera. As a result, Ethier had to stand in front of his locker Thursday and explain why pictures of him flipping off credentialed photographers appeared on a sports gossip site earlier in the day. "It was an inspirational piece," he said. "They asked me what I thought of Dylan Hernandez . " He was kidding. Or so we would like to think.