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MAGAZINE
October 24, 2004
Eric Gagne is not an "unlikely L.A. sports icon" ("Showtime at Chavez Ravine," by Bill Shaikin, Oct. 3). Gagne's dominating talent, streak of 84 consecutive saves and fierce competitive spirit have made him so popular and fun to watch. In all of my years as a Dodger fan, I have never experienced such frenzied excitement at Dodger Stadium as when those bullpen doors swing open and Gagne comes stomping and jogging toward the mound. Also, to describe him as "large" and "shaggy" is inaccurate.
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SPORTS
October 17, 2009
Dear Frank and Jamie: Would you mind putting off all the ugly accusations, recriminations and posturing by attack-dog attorneys until after our team tries to win the World Series? We'd all appreciate it. Keep in mind who the other children of this divorce are. And, by the way, we don't want to have to go to two Dodger Stadiums when this is over. Dave Stuart, Westlake Village To all of you blue-clad visitors who tried to turn Petco Park into your house, don't expect any sympathy from Padres fans on the impending McCourt divorce.
SPORTS
August 23, 2008 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA -- They got Manny. They got Maddux. So far, they have gotten nowhere. On the night the Dodgers traded for Manny Ramirez, they were two games out of first place in the National League West. They are two games out of first place today, losing no ground in the standings but losing three weeks on the calendar. And, after Greg Maddux was routed in his latest Dodgers debut Friday -- an 8-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park -- Dodgers Manager Joe Torre set an audacious goal for a team with a record barely above .500.
SPORTS
June 18, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
This might be the perfect storm of Padres apathy. San Diego might lose 100 games, not that very many people would see them. The Padres' attendance has fallen by one-third since Petco Park opened in 2004, and the Padres' broadcasts have been blacked out in much of San Diego all season because Fox Sports and Time Warner Cable are fighting over money. In some cities, the mayor would shame Fox and Time Warner into getting the home team back on TV. In San Diego, better to worry about getting the home team sold.
SPORTS
July 8, 2006
Intentionally throwing at a batter in retaliation is the same mind-set children display in a sandbox. How about a pitcher making his point by executing a really good pitch? That would be the more mature approach. But then, baseball is a game played by boys of any age, isn't it? CAROL MARSHALL Anaheim So the Angels carry Esteban Yan for a year and a half, and they won't try Jeff Weaver in the bullpen? It's certainly going to be an interesting Thanksgiving at the Weaver household.
SPORTS
June 20, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers returned to Petco Park on Thursday, for the first time since the April brawl in which Carlos Quentin slammed Zack Greinke to the ground and broke his collarbone. "We've been in turmoil ever since, it seems like," Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. The Dodgers won on fight night in San Diego, improving their record to 6-3. They entered play Thursday with a 24-37 record -- a .393 winning percentage since then. To Mattingly, those numbers reflected correlation, not causation.
NEWS
May 23, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
If you're a baseball fan, you probably know that the Omni San Diego Hotel offers a unique tie to the game: It overlooks Petco Park , with a pedestrian skywalk connecting the hotel to the action. It's the only hotel in the nation attached to a major league ballpark. The Omni offers visitors other perks too. It's in the historic Gaslamp Quarter across from the convention center and is convenient to other city sites.  But the hotel really shines in summer, when the ballpark is in use. The deal: Celebrate America's pastime with the "Beer, Brats and Baseball" package, which starts at $289 and offers lodging, plus two tickets to a P adres game, beer and brats.
NEWS
March 26, 2013 | By Mary Forgione
The Omni San Diego Hotel attached to Petco Park offers savings on a spring stay that includes valet parking and other extras. For those who want to unwind on a weekend getaway, the 511-room hotel has a heated pool and jacuzzi and a stone fireplace -- with no resort fee tacked on to the bill. The deal: The Sun Diego package starts at $281 a night plus tax and includes valet parking, two Sea Breeze cocktails at McCormick & Schmick's and a bottle of sunscreen. When: The offer is good through May 31. Tested: I found availability for a room on Mother's Day weekend (May 10-12)
SPORTS
April 10, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Last time the Dodgers saw Chad Billingsley, he was pitching the best baseball of his career. Then his right elbow screamed and he was shut down. The diagnosis was a partially torn elbow ligament, the kind that typically leads to Tommy John surgery. Which could have meant Billingsley would miss all of the 2013 season. But Billingsley elected to try to rehab the elbow, had a couple of platelet-rich plasma injections and started working to regain arm strength. His comeback was pushed back during spring training with a nail injury, but in his first start of the season Wednesday he looked pretty familiar, pitching the Dodgers to a 4-3 victory over the Padres at Petco Park.
SPORTS
April 12, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN DIEGO--What Carlos Quentin did to derail the Dodgers' season is pretty ugly. What he did to the derail the San Diego Padres' season might be worse. When Quentin threw Zack Greinke to the ground and broke his collarbone, the slugger said he was settling a score from years before he ever joined the Padres. Quentin appears satisfied, no matter how much pain he inflicted on the team that made him its highest-paid player, a team that had absolutely no quarrel with Greinke. PHOTOS: Dodgers vs. Padres The Padres need Quentin now, and desperately.
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