Time for them to turn page

Times Staff Writer

Now that the Dodgers are creating an all-you-can-eat section in the right-field pavilion, how do they plan to wrap those thousands of extra hot dogs?

Maybe in copies of the Major League Baseball-licensed "Los Angeles Dodgers 2007 Calendar?"

That would be putting the calendar to better use than asking fans to root for the players pictured within. Featured on different months are Eric Gagne, J.D. Drew, Odalis Perez, Kenny Lofton, Bill Mueller and Dioner Navarro. None will be playing with the Dodgers this season.

Of course, press deadlines cannot accommodate all off-season transactions. But there is no excuse for any Dodger, past or present, appearing on the page for October.

As everybody knows, the Dodgers have no Mr. October.

Trivia time

Who is the only player to receive more than one red card while playing for England's soccer team?

No dice, Lo Duca

The group of ex-Dodgers on the Dodgers' 2007 calendar does not include Paul Lo Duca. He remains a New York Met, which is one reason free-agent pitcher John Thomson just signed with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Thomson told the Associated Press he had offers from both the Blue Jays and the Mets but turned down the Mets, partly because he didn't want Lo Duca catching his pitches.

"As far as just looking at Paul Lo Duca across the field, I'm not really into how he acts behind the plate," Thomson said. "I know a bit about [Toronto catcher] Gregg Zaun, and I know he wants to win and he's not going to let anything get in his way to do that, and I like that.

"And then with Vernon Wells in center field, I'm not really concerned about the outfield with him out there.... Just watching the Mets' outfield, if Cliff Floyd is still there it's not a real good fit for him out there. He can hit the ball, but as far as defense, he's a little shaky.

"I just liked what's happening in Toronto."

Thomson pitched for the Mets in 2002, finishing 2-6 with a 4.31 earned-run average in nine starts -- before Lo Duca and Floyd joined the team.

Week 2 Power Rankings

Two weeks into the new year, and the Heisman Trophy quarterback jinx has already claimed Troy Smith ...

1. University of Florida: The pressure's really on Gators baseball Coach Pat McMahon.

2. Tim Tebow: All-purpose performance against Ohio State prompts the question: Did Tebow TiVo Tebow?

3. David Beckham: After saving soccer in this country, his next assignments are tennis and hockey.

4. JaMarcus Russell: Louisiana State quarterback moves ahead of Brady Quinn on some NFL draft boards. Confused, the Raiders decide to pick a cornerback.

5. Ducks, unlimited: Oregon ends UCLA's winning streak; Anaheim leads Western Conference in points.

6. Kobe jersey: Back on top of the NBA's sales list. Proving that this country will forgive anything, given enough 40-point games.

7. Tom Brady: If you had one game to win, who would be your starting quarterback -- Brady or Philip Rivers? And we don't mean the Pro Bowl.

8. Tom Coughlin: Jim Fassel led the Giants to the Super Bowl and was fired three years later. Coughlin goes 2-7 down the stretch and gets a contract extension. It must be his personality.

9. Tony Gwynn: Where do cheeseburgers and pizza rank on baseball's list of performance-enhancing substances?

10. Baseball writers: They block Mark McGwire at Cooperstown's door; they don't make Cal Ripken a unanimous selection. Call it a split decision.

Trivia answer

During a World Cup qualifying match against Austria in October 2005, David Beckham became the first player to be ejected twice while playing for England -- and the first England captain to be sent off.

He got his other red card infamously against Argentina during the 1998 World Cup.

And finally

Reader Janice Hough on the Dodgers' all-you-can-eat ticket option: "Who says the price of gas in Los Angeles will never go down?"



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