July 24, 2014

Even More Celebrity Photos!

And here are a few more celeb photos from the Dodgers – Yankees series, including Flea and Josh Klinghoffer from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, actresses Minka Kelly and Jamie Lynn Sigler, Laker Pau Gasol, Zac Effron, the “Entourage” guys (Adrien Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara), as well as  a few more of Alyssa Milano, Jack Nickolson, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher and Tom Cruise.

  • And of you haven’t already, be sure and check out our earlier gallery of celeb photos from the weekend series as well!

    Photo credit: Jill Weisleder/LA Dodgers

  • Celebs Show the Love for Dodgers and Yankees

    A and B-list celebrities were out in force throughout the weekend at Dodger Stadium, with Sunday evening’s prime-time game on ESPN being the primary draw.  For those fans that are more concerned with people watching than the baseball game itself (hey, this is LA), Sunday’s game was the place to be.  Noted Dodger and Yankee fans like Alyssa Milano and Jack Nicholson were representing their team’s logos, and then there were a bunch of other celebs that I had no idea were such huge baseball fans, including Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jane Seymour, Ashton Kutcher, Zac Efron, Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and more.

    Here are a few shotsfrom throughout the weekend for your enjoyment:

    And for even more celebrity photos from the weekend series, check this out.

    Photo credit:  Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2010 (“Entourage” cast photos) and Jill Weisleder/LA Dodgers

    Thoughts on the Dodgers-Yankees Crowd Makeup

    Wow, that game was ugly, ugly, ugly. I’m going to need a little time to process everything that happened, but I do have a theory on the crowd tonight, and I welcome your feedback.  Here goes:

    The Dodgers were only selling tickets to this Yankees series if consumers also bought a ticket plan of some sort.  This means that the average Dodger fan who can’t afford to go to a bunch of Dodger games could theoretically be priced out of the Yankee series altogether.  In theory, the people that could then afford the higher ticket output for multiple games are less rabid about the Dodgers than those that can only attend a few games a year.  If the mix of fans at Dodger Stadium changes and includes a smaller number that are willing to scream their guts out, it stands to reason that we’ll hear more cheers for the opposing team throughout the game, and we’ll also see more Dodger fans leaving early.

    Second, the Yankees are by far the hottest regular season draw on the Dodgers’ schedule, so these tickets would be worth the most on Stub Hub, eBay, etc.  If consumers who purchased the mini-plans felt that the total cost of the required plan was too much, it’s within reason that a certain percentage would take advantage of this increased interest and sell their NYY tickets to the highest bidder, thereby reducing their total financial output for the mini-plan they quite possibly did not want in the first place.  This could then lead to even more less passionate Dodger fans, as well as more Yankee fans at the games.

    I don’t have any knowledge of the Dodgers ticket-selling practices or what percentage of fans traditionally root for the visiting team at Dodger Stadium compared to this series, but I think there’s something to this.

    Enjoying the Hype of the Dodgers and the Yankees

    I have to say, I’m pretty psyched for this weekend’s Dodgers-Yankees series at Dodger Stadium, and all the hype that goes along with it.  It’s only the second time the two clubs have faced each other in the regular season, and the Dodgers have won 10 of 14 games played at Chavez Ravine.  Overall, the Dodgers are 31-38 against New York.

    And the big series couldn’t come at a better time.  After losing 11 of their last 13 games, the Dodgers’ bats came alive last night in a critical win.  Plus, the club could use a distraction, and this weekend will be all about Joe Torre - the perfect way to take some of the pressure off of the team’s players.  I’ve got to admit, there are some intriguing story lines with Joe Torre and Don Mattingly facing their old team, to say nothing of Manny Ramirez playing against one of his former rivals.

    According to the Dodgers pre-game notes, Ramirez has the fourth best batting average against the Yankees in the regular season, going .321 with 55 home runs in 200 games.  Oddly, Garret Anderson has the fifth best average against the Yankees at .310.  Something tells me that the surging Manny has a MUCH better chance to come through in the clutch this weekend than GA does.  Prove me wrong GA, prove me wrong.

    On the surface, the Yankee influence on the Dodger coaching staff reminds me a lot of Mike Scioscia and the Dodgers influence on the Angels coaching staff (the big difference being that Scioscia has delivered a championship and is in place for the next 10 years, while Torre could retire as soon as the end of this season).

    One of my earliest Dodger moments was being 11 years old and listening to the Dodgers-Yankees play during the 1981 World Series while my mom drove us to soccer practice.  This is the baseball equivalent of the Lakers and the Celtics, and cold only be topped if the two clubs met in the World Series later this season.

    And just to wrap up, following are a few interesting notes in how this series, and some of it’s sideshows, are being painted by the New York and national media:

    The New York Post looks at Alex Rodriguez’s frosty take on Joe Torre, while Derek Jeter says “He has been like a father figure to me.”

    The New York Daily Newsparticipates in Joe Torre’s pre-game media session yesterday, where the skipper shared his thoughts about the weekend series against his former team.

    Lee Jenkins at SI.com looks at “Joe Torre vs. Joe Torre.”

    Photo credit: Fantasysportsday.com

    Red Sox Fans Want Manny Ramirez!

    The regular season series that Dodger fans are most excited about in 2010 is understandably when the New York Yankees come to town.  One series that may be a bit overlooked is when the Dodgers go on the road to play the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park from June 18-20, 2010.

    According to a recent poll conducted by the New England Sports Network:

    Sixty-eight percent of respondents to the NESN.com Question of the Day tabbed hosting the Dodgers the most enticing, while 11 percent looked forward to the San Francisco Giants on the road. Hosting the Phillies rounded out the voting with 21 percent.

    And like you would expect, the Boston media is cynical that Manny will even play:

    You never know what injuries are lurking in the hitting savant’s body, and no one would put it past him to avoid having to return to Fenway Park.

    Personally, even if he’s still not talking to the media, I would think Manny would be excited to return to Fenway Park and show them what he can still do.  Either way, it should be an entertaining series!

    Photo Credit: Jon SooHoo / LA Dodgers 2010