It's been 20 years since a professional football game was played in Los Angeles. For our second-largest city, with all of its wealth, entrepreneurial spirit and energy, that's simply not acceptable. True, you have near-professional quality some years with UCLA and USC. Unfortunately, it's not quite the same.
Once again, baseball writers are about to discriminate against a talented player for merely being the best at his position. If the sport was more about being a meritocracy, we would have a few more votes for Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel for the Cy Young Award.
With this postseason, these two teams have pretty much solidified the identities they've carved out in recent years: the Giants rise up when it counts, while the Dodgers fold.
It's bad enough having to drive by Dodger Stadium four times a week on my way to work. Down Academy Road, along Stadium Way, onto the 110 South. P...
The heavily favored Dodgers, Angels, Nationals, and Tigers were quickly eliminated in favor of the Cardinals, Royals, Giants, and Orioles. If big money was the key to winning in the playoffs, different teams would have won.
Thanks to Matt Kemp and his beautiful, empathetic swing, we still have the Dodgers. At least for another day or two. Let's see what the Gods have in store for them in Game 3 in St. Louis Monday. Hold your breath, LA, it might be another lesson in... humility.
Kershaw leads the entire MLB in ERA, wins, WHIP, strikeouts per nine innings, complete games, and winning percentage, while also placing in the top-5 in strikeouts, average allowed, strikeouts per walk ratio, and hits per nine innings. He picked up wins in each of his last seven starts.
An all-West Coast World Series, a distinct possibility at this point, would present an image of baseball that is young, new and forward-looking, despite the inconvenient time zone for many in the East Coast.
From the moment I could walk, talk or understand the spoken word, there was only one voice that was in my house, in my parents' cars, even in my ear when I went to camp or snuck a transistor radio into school -- Vin Scully.
Fox hunting. Why is that fun? I don't get it. The hounds do all the work. Why do they need you?
Ryan Vogelsong got off to a great start. He retired the first nine batters he faced but unraveled in the fourth. Again he got no run support as the Giants got shutout 5-0 by the Dodgers.
Baseball is halfway through the season and the All-Star Break is upon us. This lull in the normal game routine gives me my own hiatus to reflect upon what I love about baseball.
Clayton Kershaw just pitched the best month in MLB history in June, going 6-0 with a 0.82 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 44.0 innings of work. Kershaw is the only pitcher in MLB history to be unbeaten with that many wins, that many strikeouts, and an ERA that low in a single calendar month.
Yes, I know we have of the games left in the 2014 MLB regular season. But still, somebody has to predict who will taking home baseball's biggest awards by season's end (and who'd deserve these awards if the season ended today).
Over the last five years, no team in baseball has been more successful than the San Francisco Giants, who have won two World Series. The Giants have done it in a strange way, winning the World Series in 2010 and 2012 while missing the playoffs entirely in 2011 and 2013. 2014 is another even-numbered years so Giants' fans expectations are high.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are taking a beating, and I am not talking about their uneven on-field performance. Yes, given that they have the most expensi...