Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles Dodgers


Padilla Does His Best Plaxico Impression

padillaVincente Padilla was unceremoniously dumped by the Texas Rangers in August despite the fact that he was a (reasonably) dependable starter on a contending team that is always desperate for pitching. His teammates and the organization were tired of his antics and decided they were better off without him, even though they didn’t have an adequate replacement.

Of course, he signed on with the Dodgers and then seemingly rejuvenated his career by going 4-0 with an ERA of 3.2o and pitching very efficiently (besides game5 of the NLCS) in the post-season. Back home now in his native Nicaragua there are several conflicting reports but what is certain is that Padilla was shot in the leg.

One report states that he was at a firing range and his bodyguard accidentally shot Padilla in the league when trying to fix Padilla’s gun. Another says that Padilla was hurt in a “hunting accident” and that is how is leg was grazed with the bullet.

Regardless, it was just an example of the extremely hairy-armed Padilla being  Plaxico. The injury shouldn’t be a problem by spring training but may make Padilla’s free agency a bit more interesting.

[LA Times]


You Want a Divorce? Fine. You’re Fired!

frank-jamie-mccourtThe soon-to-be ugly divorce battle between Dodgers owners Frank and Jamie McCourt has begun with Frank firing the first shot across his future ex’s bow when he fired Jamie as the team’s CEO. Jamie’s contention is that she owns 50% of the team, while Frank insists the team is all his.

While Frank holds the title of chairman and is the highest officer of the team, Jamie, up until the last few days was the team CEO.

“Jamie was disappointed and saddened by her termination,” Jamie McCourt’s lawyer Dennis Wasser said. “As co-owner of the Dodgers, she will address this and all other issues in the court room.”

I just hope this doesn’t affect the children, think about how this could really mess with Manny’s head…

This is going to get real ugly soon.

[Sports Illustrated]


I Prefer a Handshake, But That’s Just Me…

matt-kemp-t1Fresh off the Dodgers’ surprising sweep of the Cardinals this weekend the Dodgers jumped on one another on the field and then headed to the clubhouse to continue the celebration.

As super-stud Matt Kemp said, “It’s always good to come in here and spray all your teammates.”

Perhaps Kemp should heed the advice Michael Bluth from Arrested Development‘s gave to his brother-in-law Tobias to carry around a recorder and listen to the things he says because after all, “There has to be a better way to say that.”

[The Sun]


Steve Perry Doesn’t Get it How He Wants It

steve_perryJourney frontman Steve Perry is a die-hard San Francisco Giants fan, so it was a large amount of chagrin that he discovered that one his most iconic songs has been hijacked by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

During every 8th inning the Dodgers now play a karaoke version of Journey’s hit, “Don’t Stop Believing,” most likely a ploy by Dr. Charles Steinberg — the former Red Sox PR man who popularized the playing of “Sweet Caroline” at Fenway.

Perry when he goes to games at Chavez Ravine now finds that he leaves games before the 8th so as to avoid hearing his work bastardized. “It tweaks me to know they’re using the song as a rally song.” He told a San Francisco reporter, “I really wish we’d [the Giants] have hijacked it first. I think the song is about hope and power, and it’s working for them, damn it.”



RC Plane Divebombs Dodgers Game

Last night’s Dodgers/D-backs game wasn’t especially exciting in the gameplay department, but it did feature a notable appearance, a small RC plane executed some aerial moves to the delight of the crowd.

Is there anything that Vin Scully CAN’T make interesting? He continues calling the game while giving attention to what old-timers — I guess — call an airOplane and makes it all worth listening to.

Eventually, like Icarus and the sun, the plane flies too close to the dugout and a D-backs player comes out and rips the wings off, taking the plane out of service. Don’t let that keep you down though kids, you too should seek to soar for the untold heights, always reach for those stars!

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[The Fightins]


Michelle Wie Has a Potty Mouth

Michelle Wie took some time out of her schedule to stop by Dodgers Stadium over the weekend and throw out the first pitch. In addition she took part in an impromptu putting session with beefy Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton. After all that she took the time to speak with Fox Sports and drop an innocuous “kick ass” on TV. Fun! She seems just like any other normal, super-athletic 19 year old superstar.


The Worst Possible News

27131_Scully-Vincent-EdwardFrom the LA Times comes the worst news of the entire MLB season: after the 2010 season Vin Scully expects to retire.

“God willing, I will probably come back for one more year,” Scully said in a phone interview. “At this moment, my health is excellent, and I’m leaning toward one more year.”

And then retire?

“Yes, that makes sense,” he said.

Next year would be the 81 year old Vin’s 61st in baseball, all spent broadcasting games for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers.

I would happily have Vin Scully be the voice of ALL baseball games so that even if you’re watching the Reds/Pirates you get Vin. Hell, he can still do the Dodgers game, I just love to hear him call a game. One of the best things about having the MLB package is getting to listen to Vin. I always get INFURIATED when the player automatically goes to the non-Vin broadcast, why listen to someone else, no matter how good, if they aren’t Vin Scully? We have 15 months left to enjoy Vin on the air, I suggest you get busy.

Also, in a very morbid way, I am kind of interested in the idea of Vin dying on the air and describing seeing the light; which would probably be the most incredible bit of television ever. Tell me you wouldn’t be interested in hearing that.

[LA Times]


Mario Lopez Fabulously Throws out First Pitch

I’m not going to say Mario Lopez looks like he throws like a girl because that would demean AC Slater, from whom I learned much of how to approach the world. I’d say 90% of my social interactions and understandings about life are guided by or from episodes of Saved by the Bell. Besides I don’t need to SAY he throws like a girl, just look at the photographic evidence. Interesting side note, once, while playing catch in the backyard with my Dad, my sister came out and threw the ball to me, I told her she threw like a girl; she took it well, she beat me up later.

Also, peep the left wrist in the third photo in the gallery, I’m just saying…


I also really enjoy the picture of him batting where the ball is clearly already passed him.

[Socialite Life]


The Great One Doesn’t Miss a Meal

prostars-gretzkySpring training received an extra bit of greatness on Friday when two of the greatest athletes of all time, Muhammad Ali and Wayne Gretzky, came by to watch some of the game between the Royals and Dodgers. Unfortunately, we’ve grown accustomed to seeing Ali not as the world knew him as an athlete but now more a victim of his Parkinson’s.

At least Ali has a horribly debilitating illness as an excuse, Gretzky also looked awful, and all he’s been doing is owning an NHL team and hanging out. He certainly looks well-past his playing weight of 185; now the Great One looks more like the Great Buffet Eater. Look at that belly, is running the Phoenix Coyotes really that stressful? I get that you’ve been retired for 10 years now, but c’mon, get on the ol’ elliptical machine once in a while, Wayne, because this is NOT your best look. It’s a long ways from the Pro Stars days I suppose…


I Like Matt Kemp

“You’re late,” Manny Ramirez told Matt Kemp when he strolled into the clubhouse at 8:30 a.m.. “I was here at 6:30.”

“I was here three weeks ago,” replied Kemp.



Manny Being Kinda Scuzzy

During warm-ups for game 2, here is Manny enjoying the sights. Particularly those of the teenaged Philadelphia ball-girls. Classy!

"That's just Manny being Manny, I'm a bad man."

[Fan IQ]


Matt Stairs, Who Knew


Hammer it baby!

After hitting his game-winning home run last night to put the Phillies up a commanding 3-1 in their series against the Dodgers Matt Stairs, professional hitter–unlike the entire rest of MLB which features only amateurs–couldn’t wait to finish circling the bases and get to the dugout. It wasn’t because the portly gentleman was tired from running, no, he wanted to have his teammates hands all over him. “You want to get that one big hit where you feel like you’re part of the team. Not that I don’t feel like I’m part of the team, by no means, but when you get that nice celebration coming into the dugout and you’re getting your ass hammered by guys, it’s no better feeling than to have that done,” he said after the game. Yowzers.

Other fun Matt Stairs facts:

  • He’s Canadian, EWWWW
  • He coaches a high school hockey team in Maine in the offseason
  • He refused to report to a Mexican Winter League team until the team owner agreed to fly in Burger King once a week for him to enjoy

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