September 1, 2014

Dodgers take a shot at the record with historic Coliseum game

 

 

Looks like the Dodgers exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox on March 29 sold out in under an hour – not bad for 90,000+ seats!  DodgerFan.net scored four seats to the historic game, and you better believe we’re going to be there (even though our seats are a long, long, long ways away in left field).  If the Coliseum folks can find away to squeeze a few more seats in, they’ll be able to break the record for most people ever at a professional baseball game.

 

According to the Baseball Almanac, it was October 6, 1959 when the LA Coliseum played host to the Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox with 92,706 in the stands during game five of the World Series.  Check out the 1959 roster…this team was stacked with legends like Koufax, Drysdale, Podres, Hodges, Wills, Zimmer, Furillo, Snyder…the list goes on.  Needless to say, LA won that Series 4-2.  Hopefully the Dodgers will bring back some of the guys from the ’59 team for this special game.

 

Of course, DodgerFan.net will be on hand to document the game for those who can’t make it.  If you’re lucky enough to be going, leave a comment and we’ll invite you the inugural DodgerFan.net pre-game tailgate! 

Vin Scully and Dodger MVPs Ride on Rose Parade Float Commemorating 50 Years in L.A.

Steve Garvey at the Rose BowlDodger players of past and present, along with veteran Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully, kicked off the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers heading to Los Angeles by riding on the Dodgers’ first ever Rose Parade Float. 

Key Dodger greats on the float included famed pitcher Fernando Valenzuela and first basemen Steve Garvey and Erric Karros.  Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda was also in attendance and said, “This is the daddy of them all.”

Said Garvey, “This is back to our youth…to be on a float in the greatest parade in the world and representing the Dodgers — it’s just going to be a great morning and a great day.

“You have great former players and, of course, the great voice of Vin Scully, great managers and the young players — it really is a generational float that will touch everybody’s heart. I was a bat boy at the age of 6 with the Brooklyn Dodgers and today I’ll be standing next to Carl Erskine, so it’s going to be very sentimental. And to look at Tommy Lasorda and to look at Vin and to look at the future in players like James Loney, it’s going to be fun, fun for the crowd too.”

Garvey, coincidendally, went to the Rose Bowl game featuring USC and Illinois and sat several rows behind Dodgerfan.net contributor Alex Volk who happened to snap a picture of the legend exclusively for Dodgerfan.net!

Andruw Jones May Get Dodger Dogs for Life

[SATIRE ALERT]

The Dodger DogSerious Sports Networkis reporting that there is a rumor circulating that Andruw Jones asked for a lifetime supply of Dodger Dogs as part of his contract with the baseball franchise.

In response to questions from reporters, Scott Boras – who represents Jones – said “…Certainly Andruw loves Dodger dogs – and will receive a generous amount gratis – but he won’t receive them free for life…that’s just ridiculous.”

New Dodger manager Joe Torre also weighed in on the rumor when asked to comment by reporters.  Said Torre, “The guy’s an All Star, and all you people want to talk about his love of a delicious, ten-inch, spicy grilled hot dog that’s topped with mouth watering picante sauce.  Let it go”

Rest assured that we will be reviewing the Jones contract details to see if any hot dogs are mentioned.

[END SATIRE ALERT]

Tiger Woods gets personalized Sandy Koufax Autograph

Tiger Woods is an L.A. Dodgers Fan

Tiger Woods’ autograph is hard to come by.  He gives it very sparingly and uses Upper Deck to help limit forgeries that typically flood the market for autographs.

Tiger himself has only asked for two autographs in his entire life.  The first was from boxing great Muhammad Ali.  Who was the other?

Dodger great Sandy Koufax.

Why Koufax?  It turns out that Tiger Woods is a lifelong Dodger fan and has always felt that Sandy Koufax, along with Jackie Robinson, epitomized what the Dodgers were all about

Said Woods, “I’ve been a Dodger fan my entire life, and Koufax is the man.  For pitchers, you wouldn’t think of any other player.  During [five years in the 1960s] nobody could catch him.”

Tiger actually secured the autograph by reaching out to his sources at Upper Deck.  He mentioned to them that if any of them had contact with Koufax, could they possibly ask for an autograph.  The next time that Tiger bumped into his Upper Deck source, the rep handed him a baseball with a personalized inscription.

Woods has placed the ball amongst his other trophies and memorabilia.  “It’s at home in my bedroom, sitting right there.”

Tiger Woods – Golf Superstar and L.A. Dodgers Fan!

Dodgers Spring Training Schedule

Well, it’s official – the Dodgers spring training schedule is now live. The Dodgers posted their schedule via press release on mlb.com. There’s a lot of “tentative” and “likely” sprinkled through it, so I’m guessing that there is more detail to come.

Two interesting notes:

1. The Dodgers are pushing for an exhibition game in Beijing against the San Diego Padres on March 15 and 16. Not sure how all the travel and jetlag will affect the spring performance of the team.

2. The Dodgers will be headed to Arizona and work out of the Oakland facility (Phoenix Municipal Stadium). They will host the Chicago White Sox on March 20th. The Dodgers are, of course, headed to Glendale Arizona for Spring Training 2009.

Here is the entire schedule, straight from the Dodgers:

LOS ANGELES DODGERS’
TENTATIVE 2008 SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE
Day Date Opponent City Time
Thu Feb. 28 Atlanta Braves Vero Beach 1:05 p.m.
Fri Feb. 29 @ Atlanta Braves Orlando 1:05 p.m.
Sat March 1 @ New York Mets Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.
Sun March 2 New York Mets Vero Beach 1:05 p.m.
Mon March 3 Baltimore Orioles Vero Beach 1:05 p.m.
Tue March 4 @ Washington Nationals Viera 1:05 p.m.
Wed March 5 @ New York Mets Port St. Lucie 1:10 p.m.
Thu March 6 @ Boston Red Sox Fort Myers 1:05 p.m.
Fri March 7 St. Louis Cardinals Vero Beach 1:05 p.m.
Sat March 8 @ St. Louis Cardinals Jupiter 1:05 p.m.
Sun March 9 Boston Red Sox Vero Beach 1:05 p.m.
Mon March 10 @ Baltimore Orioles Ft. Lauderdale 1:05 p.m.
Tue March 11 Florida Marlins Vero Beach 1:05 p.m.
Wed March 12 Washington Nationals (ss) Vero Beach 1:05 p.m.
Thu March 13 @ Houston Astros (ss) Kissimmee 1:05 p.m.
Fri March 14 St. Louis Cardinals (ss) Vero Beach 1:05 p.m.
Sat March 15 @ Washington Nationals (ss) Viera 1:05 p.m.
Sun March 16 Florida Marlins (ss) Vero Beach 1:05 p.m.
Mon March 17 Houston Astros (ss) Vero Beach TBA
Tue March 18 @ Florida Marlins (ss) Jupiter 1:05 p.m.
Wed March 19 OFF DAY ******** *******
Thu March 20 Chicago White Sox Phoenix, AZ 1:05 p.m.
Fri March 21 @ Arizona Diamondbacks Tucson, AZ 1:05 p.m.
Sat March 22 LA Angels of Anaheim Phoenix, AZ 1:05 p.m.
Sun March 23 @ Colorado Rockies Tucson, AZ 1:05 p.m.
Mon March 24 @ Kansas City Royals Surprise, AZ 6:05 p.m.
Tue March 25 @ Milwaukee Brewers Phoenix, AZ 1:05 p.m.
Wed March 26 OFF DAY ******** *******
Thu March 27 @ LA Angels of Anaheim Anaheim 7:05 p.m.
Fri March 28 Boston Red Sox Dodger Stadium 7:40 p.m.
Sat March 29 Boston Red Sox L.A. Coliseum TBA
Sun March 30 Boston Red Sox Dodger Stadium 1:10 p.m.
Schedule subject to change; (ss) Denotes split squad game; all times listed are local