April 1, 2011 |
It started with the starting lineup, Don Mattingly forgoing the usual manager's trot to home plate, instead running down the third base line to shake hands with all the reserves and club personnel who had been introduced before him. I've never seen that before, have you? It closed with the chilling closer, Jonathan Broxton giving up a liner into the left-field seats but somehow managing to trudge off the mound in possession of both his skin and a save. It feels as though I've never seen that before, either.
June 30, 2010 |
Reporting from San Francisco — First, a name was absent from the lineup card. Then, there was a clumsy slide into second base. Suddenly, the Dodgers outfield appeared to be in as much turmoil as the team's downtrodden starting rotation and thin bullpen. Matt Kemp was out of the lineup for the third consecutive day and only starting to emerge from Manager Joe Torre's doghouse. Manny Ramirez was listed as day to day and potentially looking at another two weeks on the disabled list because of a strained right hamstring.
September 18, 2009 |
Arnold Hano grew up across the street from the Polo Grounds, home of the New York Giants, in the same apartment building as Giants slugger Emil "Irish" Meusel. So you could say he was born into the Giants-Dodgers rivalry. And there was a time, Hano says, when the animosity between the two teams was so strong that pitchers regularly knocked down batters and runners knocked down infielders. Once, in 1965, Giants pitcher Juan Marichal even knocked Dodgers catcher John Roseboro in the head with a bat. That one wound up in Superior Court.
July 13, 2009 |
We have waited, and waited, and waited some more. We have anticipated a Freeway Series in October for 49 years now, for the Dodgers and Angels to challenge each other in the World Series. What we have not anticipated is something just as delicious, perhaps more so: The Dodgers against the San Francisco Giants, for the right to play in the World Series. Can you imagine?
April 5, 2009 |
(in predicted order of finish (2008 records) ) Arizona (82-80) 3B Mark Reynolds led majors in strikeouts and errors last season, first since 1965 AL MVP Zoilo Versalles. Dodgers (84-78) Jonathan Broxton, 24, who arrived in 2005, has the longest tenure with the Dodgers among current players. San Francisco (72-90) San Francisco was 22-12 when Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum pitched last season, 50-78 when he did not.
March 31, 2008 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Brian Sabean sat alone at the end of the home dugout Friday afternoon, bundled up in a black jacket beneath gray skies and persistent drizzle, watching this year's edition of the San Francisco Giants take batting practice. The Giants could be dreadful this season, perhaps historically so. Sabean, the general manager, cannot put a happy face on this product, and to his credit he does not try.