May 2010

Ethier, Yankees and other such stuff…

Andre Ethier jammed the pinky on his right hand during batting practice and was scratched from the lineup. Garret Anderson moves into his place…

On a happier note, by the time this blog posts to Facebook, we’ll probably be at 200,000 fans so nice work, people! We’re about 30 fans short but it never ceases to amaze me how many people out there love the Dodgers. Just looking around the ballpark here in SD tells you that.

And as a response to 636566cy’s post about tickets to the Yankees series, I’m glad you asked about why we aren’t putting individual tickets on sale. Here’s the deal.

Every year, for games like Opening Day and the Postseason, we offer our Season Ticket holders the opportunity to purchase additional seats prior to the public on sale. It’s a very common practice for sports teams across the country. As we stated in our news release, the volume of requests that we’ve already received from our season ticket holders has been extremely high. Obviously there are a lot of people who want to come to this series. While we have Opening Day every year and we’ve been fortunate enough to be in the postseason in four of the last six, the Yankees don’t come to down that often. Demand for these tickets is quite large.

At this point, we can already tell that once we give those season ticket holders the opportunity and take care of our internal ticketing needs, there will not be seats available to put on sale for the public. We obviously can’t sell what we don’t have and we have to take care of those who commit to season seats.

A side benefit that this also helps assure is that we will have Dodger fans in the house for those three games and that the ticket brokers won’t snap up every seat in the house. If we were to put them on sale to the individual public, I think it’s fairly safe to say that an enormous portion of those seats available would wind up on eBay or other such sites and begin selling for four or five times face value, if not more. And a huge portion of the people who will buy them will be Yankee fans in Los Angeles, whereas Dodger fans are much more interested in seeing seven games over the course of the season.

The seven-game plans start for as little as $9 per game, or $63 for an entire week’s worth of games. We believe that’s a very fair price, and there are plenty of other options, too (including some that have food included in the right field pavilion).

I hope that helps you understand the reasoning behind our approach…and now here’s to another win tonight in San Diego! First pitch is a minute away…

The hottest team in baseball…

A big win tonight and it’s really cool to see the sea of blue not only at PETCO Park, but at the team hotel. Dodger fans came out in full force tonight to show their love and it was a really fun game to watch.

And there’s another place where the fans are out in full force…Facebook, where we’re about to top 200,000 fans (we’re about 500 fans shy at the moment). That’s pretty incredible when you think of how recently we really started updating that page on a regular basis. But of course, there are a lot more than two hundred thousand Dodger fans out there. You guys are millions strong, all around the world.

Keep the streak alive…we’ve won 10 of the last 13 for the first time in about a year…

 

Last chance to nominate someone special in your life…

For those who have not yet heard, MLB and People Magazine have teamed up for the PEOPLE All-Stars Among Us program for the second year in a row. This Friday is the deadline and thousands of submissions are pouring in for everyday people who go above and beyond in their community.

Maybe they mentored disadvantaged children, cared for abandoned pets or started a community garden. You tell us! You can even nominate yourself.

A total of 30 everyday All-Stars (one representing each MLB team) will be honored at the 2010 MLB All-Star Game in Anaheim on July 13 and one will be featured in PEOPLE magazine.

Take a few minutes and think about the people in your life who make an impact in other people’s lives. You’ll be glad you did (and so will they!)

A nice night in the desert…

The roof is open at Chase Field and it’s nice to be in Arizona when the thermometer is still in double digits. And the Dodgers have won seven of their last 10, so hopefully they’re getting into a groove.

Meanwhile, how about this nugget we dug up today? The last time a Dodger flirted with batting .400 this far into a season was Willie Davis in 1971. After May 10 that year, he was hitting .375 and went 4-for-4 to put himself at a .395 clip. With Andre Ethier striking out in the first inning, I believe he falls down to .392 but it’s still pretty impressive what he’s done for the first five-plus weeks of the season.

And for those who have been waiting for individual tickets to go on sale for the Yankees series in June, we officially announced today that a mini plan is the only way to get tickets for that series. Based on the overwhelming demand we’ve had from our season ticket holders, who have always had first crack at buying extra tickets for games like Opening Day or the playoffs, it has become clear that there simply won’t be any tickets to put on sale to the general public.

Of course, that also means we’ll hopefully have a lot of Dodger fans in the house for one of the most anticipated series we’ve had in quite some time at Dodger Stadium.

Anyway, back to the game…John Ely just got out of the first inning and there’s no score. At this point, it’s probably too late to post the lineup. If you’re reading this, you probably already know our starting nine…

All You Can Ethier…

Got some grief yesterday for jokingly touting Jeff’s return to Weaverwood so trying a new one today…just trying to keep it fresh. I’m sure the Andre Ethier fans can’t get enough of the guy.

Prior to today’s game, Manny Ramirez was officially activated and he’s in the lineup tonight. Meanwhile, had the chance to catch up with Jim Tracy before the game and he’s one of the classiest guys in baseball. You can’t help but root for a guy like that…unless, of course, he’s playing against us. So, here’s to sweeping the Rockies but seeing them do well when they’re not facing the Dodgers.

For those still looking for Mother’s Day plans, we’ve got a game tomorrow and tickets are still available. No better way than to spend the day with your mom at Dodger Stadium. After the game, fans are allowed down on the field to walk around the warning track with their family, which is always a fun memory. And the players will be using pink bats to help raise awareness for breast cancer in support of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

That’s about all…first pitch just a few minutes away. Here’s the lineup:

Martin, C

Kemp, CF

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Loney, 1B

Blake, 3B

DeWitt, 2B

Carroll, SS

Haeger, P

Weaverwood opens tonight, Mannywood tomorrow

Jeff Weaver will be activated for tonight’s game from the DL, with a corresponding move to follow soon.

As for Andre Ethier, what more can you really say? The guy has been arguably the best offensive player in baseball for five weeks. Hopefully it’ll begin to rub off on those around him…

Joe Torre also said that Manny would be back tomorrow night, so that means we’ll likely start seeing fans returning quickly to Mannywood. Let’s hope he starts out as hot as he was when he got hurt.

For tonight, X Paul is in his place…here’s the lineup:

Paul, LF

Kemp, CF

Ethier, RF

Loney, 1B

Blake, 3B

Martin, C

DeWitt, 2B

Carroll, SS

Kuroda, P

Now these are some pretty lucky Dodger fans…

How cool is this?

Jackie and Gilbert Cisneros are two pretty lucky Dodger fans…

New Dodgers Magazine hits the stands…

For those who haven’t seen it yet (or who don’t have a subscription), the new Dodgers Magazine is out today and it features a very cool shot of Matt Kemp on the cover…if you remember the days of Bo Jackson, it’s somewhat reminiscent of that, only Matt’s shirt is on! Check it out…
p1_cover_final.pdf

Also, for those unaware at this point, Rafael Furcal is going to go on the 15-day disabled list to make sure he doesn’t aggravate his injury any further. Nick Green was recalled but is not in the lineup tonight.

And for those of you reading this and commenting on Inside the Dodgers, please know that I did not intend to ignore the comments. I try to read as many of them as I can, but I honestly hadn’t seen your concerns and I can assure you that we take the issue of fan safety more importantly than almost anything else we do. That’s not just lip service, that’s reality and I’ve been in enough meetings discussing it to assure you of this fact. And because of that, I ask those of you with concerns to email them directly to fanfeedback@ladodgers.com. That way, they will be logged into our system and can be addressed by our Fan Services department. 

One thing I do know is that on any given night, about 99 percent of the stadium behaves well and represents the Dodgers in the manner we’ve all come to expect. But, we need to make sure that the other one percent does not ruin the experience for others and your comments do not fall on deaf ears.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Johnson, LF

Martin, C

Ethier, RF

Kemp, CF

Loney, 1B

Blake, 3B

DeWitt, 2B

Carroll, SS

Kershaw, P

 

 

 

Hard to believe…

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, baseball’s official statisticians, Blake DeWitt’s 4-for-4 game yesterday was the first time a Dodger second baseman went 4-for-4 (or better) with three RBI in a game since Charlie Neal on June 30, 1960.

Wow, that is hard to believe. That includes Lopes, Kent, Sax, you name it. Pretty crazy.

Oh, and by the way, Andre Ethier is leading the NL in all three Triple Crown categories.

Hope to see some of you tonight at James Loney’s bowling event, which benefits the Dodgers Dream Foundation. I’m sure we’ll be tweeting, facebooking and all sorts of other ing things from there.

UPDATE: Thanks to the commenter for pointing out the news on Dave Roberts. What an incredible guy he is and we’re all pulling for him. I’ve worked with a lot of players over the years and you’d be hard pressed to find a more professional individual and genuinely nice person.

 

 

 

Homeboy Carlos…

It’s a combination headline today, with Joe Torre’s horse Homeboykris having just run in the Kentucky Derby, which has to be one of the coolest things you can experience as a sports fan. Joe watched the race from the coaches’ office at Dodger Stadium but unfortunately, his horse didn’t quite get out in front and finished 16th. But, his family got the chance to be on site and anyone who has ever attended that event will tell you it’s one of the more unique experiences you can have in sports. And Calvin Borel, the winning horse’s jockey, has no real equal in sports right now, having won three of the last four derbys. I don’t believe there’s anyone in sports currently at “hot” at their sport’s major event.

As for Carlos, the reference is of course to Mr. Monasterios, who gets his first big league start today. He’s pitched incredibly well so far this year and we’re hopeful he can stay on track and give the team a boost after last night’s win ended our losing streak.

For those who haven’t yet heard, one of our prospects, Andrew Lambo, unfortunately tested positive in a minor league drug test for a drug of abuse, so he will be suspended for 50 games. As Ned has told the several media members who have asked, we’re obviously disappointed to learn of the test results and we hope he’ll use this time to evaluate the decisions he has made and learns from this experience. And we’ll certainly use this time to help him work out his challenges.

Here’s tonight’s lineup at Dodger Stadium:

Johnson, LF

Martin, C

Ethier, RF

Kemp, CF

Loney, 1B

Blake, 3B

DeWitt, 2B

Carroll, SS

Monasterios, P

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