I just can't see how San Diego starting pitcher
If anyone were to buy the
Here is a solution to the Dodgers' television debacle: allow DirecTV and other cable providers to televise the first six innings of every Dodger game, and viewers pay to see a parade of ineffective Dodgers relievers for the remainder of the game.
The organ played by Nancy Bea Hefley, that was once the heart of a Dodgers game experience, has been shunted aside just as Dodger TV viewers have been surgically removed, proving once and for all that Lon Rosen, Mark Walter,
Corona del Mar
What you won't see at
My aversion to major league greed has kept me from going to Dodgers and Angels games for decades. Still, I've gotten my baseball fix, by seeking out such minor league venues as the five Class-A California League ballparks located within 90 miles of Dodger Stadium.
From Lake Elsinore to Lancaster, young, gifted players play their hearts out. Moreover, a down-home, family atmosphere prevails at minor league ballparks. During inning breaks, locals and their kids participate in amusing sideline contests, and after the game's final out, youngsters are invited down to run the base paths.
The tab for attending minor league games? A box seat right behind home plate costs less than a hot dog and soda at Dodger Stadium.
Let the Dodgers shun their fan base. We true-blue baseball fans have genuine, enticing options elsewhere.
Dodgers fans cheering for Matt Kemp on opening day? Did they forget what a malcontent he was for many years on the team? I then read this from Kemp in Tuesday's sports section: "I left my heart and soul on the field for the Dodgers." Yet I recall a couple of years ago when he did not hustle from third to home because he did not think there would be a play at the plate. Not only did he get thrown out, but he severely injured his ankle. Cheer if you like, but remember the past before you make your decision.
In Sunday's baseball edition, Bill Shaikin predicts the
Arthur P. Nelson Jr.
ESPN did a great job of covering the Cubs-
Los Osos, Calif.
It's clear Bill Plaschke understands the disease of addiction better than
It's too bad Mr. Carpino and Mr. Moreno didn't think to attend a few Al-Anon meetings before they spouted off about their marquee player. There they would have learned more about the disease, and would have known better what to do when their family member admitted he'd relapsed and asked for help. It's never too late.
As an Angels fan of many years, I strongly disagree with Mr. Plaschke's opinion that Arte Moreno needs to "remember his fans." If you can't stay sober for the money Josh is getting paid, you should be thrown out. We're so tired of this "sickness" cop-out, as if the cocaine crawls up your body and into your nose or pipe, and forces itself upon you at gunpoint. Ask a cancer patient about illness.
Congratulations to Coach Bo Ryan of Wisconsin for making it clear that he and his school will not buy into the "one and done" rule when recruiting high school players, despite losing the final game to Duke. Coach K took the comment personally, when there was no reason to. Ryan was not judging others, he was simply saying he wanted no part of it. John Wooden would be the first to shake Ryan's hand.
Ralph S. Brax
Once again a college championship basketball game outcome is affected by poor officiating. Three bad calls late in the Duke-Wisconsin game had a huge impact on the final score. There needs to be a review system put in place that will correct poor officiating along the lines of football where each coach has a set number of challenges.
The NCAA officials look at these replays as if they are watching the Zapruder film, and their decisions are about as believable as the Warren Commission Report.
As expected, the NCAA title was won by a freshman-led traditional power whose colors are blue and white. In predicting the right team, the (Blue) devil was in the details.
I know that the
Two Stanley Cups in three years is pretty darned good, especially from the perspective of a fan since 1970. I feel sad, but also extremely proud of what the Kings franchise has become after all those lean and often directionless years.
And with that for this year, if you'll excuse me, as I don't pay ransom to the "correct" corporate giant, I'm going to go not watch the Dodgers now.
Feeling a draft
Isn't it fitting that one of the lottery teams is going to get Frank "The Tank"?
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