August 28, 2013 |
They laughed when Leon Botstein became president of Bard College in 1975, at the very idea that a 28-year-old could enliven a venerable New York liberal arts college. They laughed in 1990 when Botstein started the Bard Music Festival, which had the appearance of a vanity operation for his own seemingly dubious ambitions as a conductor. They laughed once more when he became music director of the American Symphony Orchestra 20 years ago, especially after some rocky early performances and scathing reviews.
July 17, 2013 |
Syfy is wading back into "Sharknado" infested waters. The cable channel's surprise viral sensation is getting a sequel -- or prequel -- to debut in 2014. "Sharknado," starring Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, is the latest low-budget science fiction thriller to debut on Syfy, which has been host to such films as "Sharktopus" and "Malibu Shark Attack. " But somehow, the film's absurd premise, about a tornado picking sharks up from the ocean and spinning them above the streets of Los Angeles, bringing serrated death from the skies, caught on with social media.
July 7, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - A.J. Ellis' three-run double in the ninth inning lifted the Dodgers to their second victory at AT&T Park in three days, a 4-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. But one player in the Dodgers' clubhouse argued that Ellis' double wasn't the most important hit of game, saying that designation belonged to Yasiel Puig's leadoff single that inning. "He was embarrassed yesterday," the player, who asked not to be identified for publication, said of Puig.
July 5, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Reinstated from the disabled list, Carl Crawford was faced with a new reality Friday. For a day, if not more, he was starting the game on the bench. Crawford was arguably the Dodgers' best offensive player when he went down with a strained left hamstring more than a month ago. But the emergence of Yasiel Puig has changed the dynamics of the Dodgers outfield. Puig figures to be the everyday right fielder for the foreseeable future, leaving Crawford and two other former All-Stars to split time in the other two outfield positions.
July 4, 2013 |
There wasn't much room for debate at Dodger Stadium on a recent summer evening. Not among the people who came out early to watch Yasiel Puig take batting practice. Not among those who wore T-shirts with the rookie's name and number. Dodgers fans seemed confident that Puig belongs in the All-Star game. "Are you kidding me?" said Javier Diaz, sitting along the third base line. "The guy is amazing. " No other player in baseball has generated more buzz this summer.
June 27, 2013 |
While the rest of the country debates whether Yasiel Puig should be invited to the All-Star game, the fans at Dodger Stadium have already bestowed him with an even more prestigious title. "M-V-Puig!" the announced crowd of 51,037 fans chanted over and over Thursday for a rookie outfielder playing in his 23rd game. Moments earlier, Puig had reached across home plate and pulled a slider by Justin De Fratus into left field, driving in two runs to reverse a one-run deficit, sending the Dodgers to their sixth consecutive victory, a 6-4 decision over the Philadelphia Phillies.