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.
August 23, 2008 |
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.
April 11, 2013 |
Against the crummy San Diego Padres, in just the second week of the season, the Dodgers' title hopes took a difficult blow Thursday. Zack Greinke, the Dodgers' new $147-million starting pitcher, fractured his left collarbone in a sixth-inning brawl. After Greinke hit the Padres' Carlos Quentin with a pitch -- on a full count in a game the Dodgers were leading by a run - the outfielder took umbrage and charged the mound. The two rammed into each other with their shoulders.
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.
June 20, 2013 |
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.
March 26, 2013 |
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)
October 25, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS - It has been 11 years since the World Series last visited Southern California. If you're a Dodgers fan, these are pretty good times. Your team just got within two games of the Series, and baseball's biggest wallet remains wide open. If you're an Angels fan, these are fair times. Your team has a pitching staff riddled by question marks, but you can enjoy the best player in baseball, Mike Trout. If you're a San Diego Padres fan, these are maddening and miserable times.
April 9, 2004 |
Sean Burroughs became the answer to a trivia question while providing a meaningful lift for the San Diego Padres on Thursday night, hitting a game-tying single in the ninth inning and a game-winning single in the 10th as the Padres opened Petco Park in memorable fashion.
April 7, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO — This town could use a little Magic too. Magic Johnson won't hit home runs for the Dodgers. He won't run the team. He won't pay the bills. Yet, he smiles, and happy days are here again. In Magic we trust. The San Diego Padres could use someone like that. Tony Gwynn, please save your team. The Padres are up for sale, after Jeff Moorad's bid to buy the team from John Moores collapsed last month. Moores has retained Steve Greenberg of Allen and Co. to broker the sale, according to two people speaking on condition of anonymity because Moores has made no announcement.
April 10, 2013 |
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.