September 30, 2006 |
It started with a conversation. It ended with a conversion. If anyone still doubts the 2006 Dodgers, they weren't watching in the final moments Friday night when every inch of this patchwork quilt of a team was thrown against the San Francisco Giants. The result was a smothering, stunning 4-3 victory. A victory that clinched at least a tie for the National League wild-card playoff berth.
September 26, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO -- Catcher A.J. Ellis won the seventh annual Roy Campanella Award, which is given to the Dodgers player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame catcher. The award was voted on by Dodgers players and coaches. Ellis will be presented with the award on Saturday at Dodger Stadium by Campanella's daughter, Joni Campanella Roan. Ellis is 31 years old but in his first full season as a major leaguer. Ellis ranks fourth in the major leagues with 125 games caught.
June 12, 2007 |
That little piece of square real estate behind home plate is sacred territory for a player in a Dodgers uniform. Sacred as in Roy Campanella, John Roseboro, Mike Scioscia and Mike Piazza. They are legends. The new kid in town is, well, the new kid in town. But oh, my, how quickly Russell Martin is convincing Dodgers fans that their catcher's box is well manned now and for the future.
March 26, 2010 |
Manager Joe Torre sent his newly named opening-day starter to the mound with the intention of stretching him out, only for him to last just 4 1/3 innings as owner Frank McCourt looked on from the Dodgers' suite at Camelback Ranch. McCourt's most expensive free-agent signing of the winter at $5.025 million, Vicente Padilla was pounded for five runs and eight hits in an 8-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals. But Padilla said he was encouraged by how he felt, pointing out the movement of his sinker and attributing the Royals' four-run outburst in the fifth inning to bad luck.
July 1, 2008 |
Although the second-place Dodgers began the second half of the season Monday five games under .500, they were actually better off in the standings than they were a year ago. After 81 games last season, the Dodgers were 45-36 but stood third in the National League West behind the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks. And most of the team stats are remarkably similar as well despite the disparity in the records with this summer's Dodgers carrying an average of .257 and a 3.73 earned-run average into the second half compared with marks of .266 and 3.78 last year.
October 2, 2013 |
The Dodgers have participated in the National League division series seven times. Here's how they fared: 1981 Dodgers 3, Houston 2 In the first NLDS - held because the season was split in two by a players' strike - the Dodgers rallied from a 2-0 series deficit to win the final three games at Dodger Stadium. Jerry Reuss outpitched Nolan Ryan, 4-0, in Game 5. Steve Garvey was the batting star, hitting .368 with two home runs. 1995 Cincinnati 3, Dodgers 0 The Reds outclassed the Dodgers, outscoring them 22-7.
June 6, 2010 |
Another unlikely walk-off hero emerged for the Dodgers on Sunday, this one a 29-year-old rookie, a former 18th-round draft pick and Class-A backup, the kind of player who is known in baseball circles as "inventory." Of the handful of highs afforded to him on his arduous path from Austin Peay State University to the present, A.J. Ellis said of what he experienced Sunday, "This is definitely the most special." And perhaps among the most frightening. Because moments after he hit an 11th-inning single to drive in Russell Martin to lift the Dodgers to a 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves that split the four-game series, the backup catcher looked up and saw Matt Kemp charging out of the dugout and heading his way. "That's like a strong safety coming up the middle," Ellis said.
September 17, 2006 |
For a few moments they were sleek and swift and strong again, their hair untouched by gray and their faces unlined by age as they sprinted toward an unlikely destiny. The 1981 Dodgers will forever be youthful and triumphant, as they were in the World Series film shown on the DodgerVision display board Saturday before the Dodgers-Padres game to great applause.
October 17, 2009 |
In what could turn out to be the most pivotal moment of his magical season, Andre Ethier said he didn't hear the roar of 56,000 fans at Dodger Stadium. Instead, he said, he heard the calming voice of his hitting coach. "Don't be too aggressive," Don Mattingly's voice told him. "Don't get yourself out." Game tied, bases loaded and down to the Dodgers' final strike in the eighth inning, Ethier let one pitch by J.A. Happ sail by him. Then another. And another. Ball four.