Archive for April, 2011

The Parking Lot Attendant is GONE!

Frank has been fired! I saw this first on “Blue Heaven”

Let me just say…….It’s about Damn Time!!! Here’s the MLB Press Release:

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement today regarding the Los Angeles Dodgers:

“Pursuant to my authority as Commissioner, I informed Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt today that I will appoint a representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day operations of the Club. I have taken this action because of my deep concerns regarding the finances and operations of the Dodgers and to protect the best interests of the Club, its great fans and all of Major League Baseball. My office will continue its thorough investigation into the operations and finances of the Dodgers and related entities during the period of Mr. McCourt’s ownership. I will announce the name of my representative in the next several days.

“The Dodgers have been one of the most prestigious franchises in all of sports, and we owe it to their legion of loyal fans to ensure that this club is being operated properly now and will be guided appropriately in the future.”

Let’s wait and see how this may or may not benefit the team. The ONE good thing is that Frank and his drama is gone. Stay tuned!

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Can There Be an Urban NFL Culture? L.A. Stadium Proposals Built on Different Answers :: blogdowntown

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Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration

Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration.

Awesome! Gonna have to make sure i get to this!

Four days later, where is the Dodgers’ response to Giants fan being attacked?

This article is from Steve Dilbeck over at the L.A. Times Dodger blog.

April 4, 2011 | 2:01 pm

The Dodgers took three-of-four from the World Series champion Giants during opening weekend, and it wasn’t the big story. It wasn’t even close.

That happened opening night, when a couple of thugs beat up a Giants fan and left him fighting for his life. The San Francisco Chronicle said the victim, Bryan Stow, who is in a medically induced coma, has had a portion of his skull removed to reduce swelling.

That this was a despicable, senseless act is pretty much a universal reaction.

Beyond that, though, the Dodgers have struggled mightily in their response. They’ve said little to nothing. Taken no action. Probably are misguidedly listening to some lawyer worried about an inevitable lawsuit.

Which is incredibly stupid. This is a time when Frank McCourt needs to step forward and not hide in the shadow of words and carefully written statements. Needs to be at the forefront. Needs to demonstrate he’s concerned, not just talk about it.

And you just don’t express concern and then proclaim how satisfied you are with Dodger Stadium security in the same breath.

“You could have 2,000 policemen there, and it’s just not going to change that random act of violence,” McCourt said.

Wrote Paul Oberjuerge: “Now there is a man out of touch. … Frank doesn’t even grasp the depth of the problem.”

McCourt has been rightfully pounded in the media for his financial maneuverings and so has taken to going into hiding from the media. The only time he talks is at charitable endeavors.

Which allows others to shape public opinion. And they’re not making him look good.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich is the guy offering a $10,000 reward? The Dodgers aren’t the ones jumping forward here? A fund is being set up in the victim’s hometown to cover medical expenses? The Dodgers haven’t leapt at this first?

Some lawyer probably whispered that would imply guilt and not bode well in a lawsuit. Damn the lawsuit. It’s the right thing to do. It would show leadership and true concern.

McCourt stands to lose a lot more income down the road by losing nervous fans if he doesn’t seriously recognize and address this incident and the overall problem.

A joint statement by the Dodgers, Giants, et al, was fine but painfully obvious. A video in the eighth inning of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sitting with Giants and Dodgers fans asking they all get along, just swell.

That’s not going to solve the problem, or help Stow. The moment calls for action. A time to be proactive. It’s OK to say we want to do more and will.

Oberjuerge noted an English soccer match was once a dangerous place to be, but a comprehensive approach addressing the problem has largely made it disappear. If there are lessons to be learned, learn them.

A man is clinging to life. The Dodgers are looking impotent, rudderless, befuddled. It’s a time for more than words. A city and a sports community await.

— Steve Dilbeck

2011 L.A. Dodgers Opening Day……..revisited

Thursday was the Los Angeles Dodgers Opening Day and it turned out to be an awesome day as usual. The day started out at 11am to meet Erik and Rudy in Anaheim Hills and the weather couldn’t have been better for baseball! After we met up we headed downtown for an early lunch at The Pantry. I love this place, everything you order comes in a good size portion and is exactly what i needed before heading to The Short Stop for some $2 PBR’s. We all had a Chopped Philly Cheese Steak with fries and a heaping serving of their awesome cole slaw.

Then it was off to The Short Stop! I’ve never seen this place so packed! it was wall to wall people, standing room only! I proceeded to get my fill of $2 PBR’s in 2 hours then we headed for Opening Ceremonies at the Stadium. As we were leaving we noticed there was a line to get into the place that was probably 30 people deep. That was the first time we had seen a line to get in. Word has spread……

We got to the stadium parking lot about 3:30 pm and it was damn hot! had a few PBR’s in me and was feeling good! Damn Giants Fans did actually rent a plane to pull a banner that read “SF Giants 2010 Champs – Dodgers Still Suck! From Giants Fans”……… oh man, really? You had to go there? But then i saw another plane pulling a banner that read ” LA-5 SF-1 Giants Suck!”………… oh yeah, the banner wars! Baseball has officially begun! Check out coverage from the guys that took of the Dodgers banner here:

Somewhere in the middle of all this i took my hat off and put it on my hood and placed my iphone on the bumper of my car, but when we headed to the gates………. i forgot my phone. I realized it when we got to the gates and ran back to the car in 95° heat. It only took me 5 minutes to get back, but to no avail………. it was gone. Damn! Now i was all bummed out. Asked a few suspect looking Dodger fans hanging out around the cars if they saw a phone, yeah right! Like they were gonna tell me. So i got back to the gates where Erik and Rudy were waiting for me and asked Erik to call my phone to see if anyone would answer. No dice. So i had to call AT&T to stop service. At least they couldn’t use it anymore and i would have to get online and change some passwords when i got home since i don’t lock my phone, or didn’t use to lock my phone. That kind of put a damper on the game for me but i sucked it up and tried to enjoy the rest of the day anyway. There was nothing else i could do unless a good samaritan decided to investigate who’s phone it was and try and contact said owner……….. still waiting. C’mon holmes be a nice guy for once!

The opening ceremonies were classic as usual for Dodger Opening Day. Placido Domingo sang the national anthem whilst Old Glory took up the entire outfield and it was a beautiful sight. Brought a tear to my eye as usual. The flyover was a Stealth Bomber and you couldn’t even hear that thing flying in, hence the word “Stealth” i guess……… lol. Check out the video:

There were your fair share of Giants fans in the house but that was to be expected. Not really any unruly Giants fans and Dodgers fans weren’t out of control so, no fights in our general area to mention.

Clayton Kershaw pitched seven shutout innings to get the victory in the Dodgers 2-1 season Opening win and Clayton’s first Opening Day start. Kershaw struck out 9, walked 1 and held the Giants to 4 hits. The Dodgers bats didn’t exactly pummel Lincecum but they did enough. The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the sixth thanks to a couple of Giants errors. But hey, we’ll take it.

Kemp doubled the lead in the eighth inning, when he walked, stole second base and scored on a double by James Loney. Kemp looks like he could have an awesome season if he remains this focused throughout the year. Here’s a nice piece by Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times………. Matt Kemp makes strides in Dodgers’ win over San Francisco

Kuo came in to close the 8th and then Broxton finished them off, but not before giving up a solo shot to Pat Burrell.

I know Broxton is a mountain of a man, but he’s lost something. I don’t know what it is, i’d be rich if i did, but he’s not himself. Let’s hope we don’t have to endure this type of being unsure in what should be automatic shutdowns in the 9th inning throughout the season.

All in all it was another great opening day and i’m looking forward to a good season. As i write this, the Dodgers completed their home opening stand with the Giants taking 3 out of 4. Not bad against the defending world chumps and considering no one had much to say about the Dodgers making any noise this season. I know, i know……….. it’s only 4 games. But hopefully we saw something this opening weekend. Remember, the ’88 Dodgers weren’t exactly sporting a superstar lineup that year either and look what happened. Still wearing my Dodger Blue gear through thick and thin!