May 16, 2012 |
While breathlessly awaiting news of Johnny Depp's next movie in caked white makeup, a look at the Dodgers around the Web: -- It's getting be a regular A.J. Ellis lovefest out there. I told Ellis that I was going to have to find something to rip him about, simply to bring him back to planet Earth. Not that he's not deserving of high praise - his .455 on-base percentage is fourth in the majors, he's batting .322, and, with Matt Kemp down, his 15 RBIs are actually second on the club.
May 2, 2012 |
It's a new day at Dodger Stadium, with Wednesday's news conference featuring the new owners. It may seem overcast, but it somehow seems sunny at the stadium. Vin Scully is the master of ceremonies. Don Newcombe, Maury Wills, Ron Cey, Tommy Davis. Tommy Lasorda and Steve Garvey are in attendance in Dodger jerseys. Eric Karros and Steve Yeager are here in suits. So is Ned Colletti. Peter O'Malley and Fred Claire -- each part of failed bidding groups -- are here. First up to speak, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is wearing a Dodgers jacket.
April 10, 2012
Dodgers From Coast to Coast The Official Visual History of the Dodgers Introduction by Vin Scully, Foreword by Tommy Lasorda Skybox Press/Abrams: 256 pp., $40
April 10, 2012 |
At the outset, let it be noted that this book is for the faithful, those who bleed blue, who stay at the game until the last out (whatever the inning) and who don't think the day is complete at home until Uncle Vinny signs off with a cheery "good-night everybody. " "Dodgers From Coast to Coast: The Official Visual History of the Dodgers" is not an all-encompassing history, however, and the tone is far from objective. It has some wonderful bits of history and some glaring omissions.
April 3, 2012 |
I don't know where, but they send you there … to Dodger Stadium? It's true, there is an odd, commercial, but hopefully still wonderful marriage of two Southern Californian icons about to transpire. The Dodgers and the Beach Boys are attempting to merge 50-year anniversaries, complete with a mini-concert before the home opener, and naturally, co-branded merchandise. Still, these are the Beach Boys, the most iconic of all West Coast rock bands, if not the most iconic American rock band.
March 23, 2012 |
Right! Alas, it turns out Tommy Lasorda wasn't talking about Dodgers ownership but … Ontario International Airport? The Hall of Fame Dodgers manager for some reason is featured in a two-minute commercial sponsored by the city of Ontario, urging the city of Los Angeles to return the airport to local control. “I believe whatever business you're in, whether it's in baseball or the airport business, you have to know when to make the big change,” Lasorda says. The Ontario airport has been under L.A. control since 1967, but has reportedly lost a third of its traffic since 2006.
March 19, 2012 |
Reporting from Phoenix — Consider the excitement, arriving here and finding Vin Scully's car parked in the stenciled spot reserved for Dodgers "ownership. " If that were only true, but like Tommy Lasorda saying he never says something he doesn't believe, things are not always so. So far The Times has sent six writers here in the quest for truth. Most of them have left Phoenix singing the praises of the Dodgers as if this team suddenly got good. And believe me, you don't want to hear Dwyre sing.
March 15, 2012 |
Tommy Lasorda is still going strong at age 84. Yahoo Sports' Steve Henson hits it again with this wonderful piece detailing a spring-training day in the life of Lasorda . Henson, describing the scene as Lasorda navigates a golf cart behind a spring batting cage, writes: “This is Lasorda's turf. So is the clubhouse. So is a podium at a corporate banquet or college commencement. So is a dugout. So is the head of a table at a restaurant. But the ballfield during spring training is Lasorda's favorite place of all. “I love to teach the game,” he says.
September 22, 2011 |
Tommy Lasorda was holding court in the dugout. Nancy Bea Hefley was waxing melodic by the camera well. Don Mattingly was talking ball by the batting cage. But before the final major league baseball game at Dodger Stadium this season, only one voice mattered. "Did you hear?" somebody said. "Bryan Stow talked. " And so, one of the most awful summers in the history of Chavez Ravine ended Thursday with the empty seats and broken promises dusted in hope. Stow, the Santa Clara paramedic who was beaten into a coma in the parking lot here after an opening day victory over the San Francisco Giants, spoke this week for the first time since then.
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April 23, 2011 |
They were married, this town and this team, on a blustery spring afternoon in 1958. They were young and enigmatic, the dinner-party invite everybody wanted. Eventually, though, the union began to fray. The town started seeing other people. The team made one bad decision after another. They sold off some of their most precious possessions and then, last week, lost their home to foreclosure. At least they've hit bottom. Major League Baseball's takeover of the Dodgers on Wednesday marked a breathtaking collapse for one of America's premier sports franchises — and another test of loyalty in the 53-year romance between Los Angeles and the club.