Believe it or not, back when Fox used to own the team and I was starting out here full-time, we had a day at Dodger Stadium to launch something called “That 70s Show.” It was really one of the first times the Dodgers had tried something so unique – most of the time we just had cap night or baseball night (which was ended after the debacle of ’95 when I was an intern).
I never thought in a million years that the show would have an eight-year run on TV or be in syndication around the world, but I guess it just goes to show the love that Americans have for that decade. So, it should come as no surprise that the luncheon we held today for the 70s reunion of Dodger players was an overwhelming success. In fact, so many people came we might have to move the 1980s one to the Stadium Club for more room, but if you’re interested in attending that one on Aug. 2, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Three-fourth of the record-setting infield were in attendance today, as were countless others like Tommy Lasorda, Rick Monday, Jerry Reuss, Tom Paciorek, Lee Lacy, Billy Grabarkewitz, Bobby Castillo, Kenny Landreaux, and many more. It’s very cool to have a history like that to celebrate and now we just need to start winning in the 2000s so that the kids growing up this decade know what it’s like to have a World Championship. Of course, we didn’t win any titles in the 1970s, but we were in the Fall Classic three times, which I’d certainly settle for in ’08, ’09 and 2010.
But, before we start thinking about championships, we have to be able to get to the postseason and beat some of the best teams in baseball and the Angels’ record would seemingly put them in that group. Here’s tonight’s lineup against them, with a pregame ceremony to honor the 70s players, so come on down if you’ve got no plans yet for tonight.