Dodger Stadium: Serving Up Road Beef Since 1962

Spent Friday night in some badass buckets @ Dodger Stadium. My personal ticket broker in L.A., Barry’s Tickets (Blake Griffin! Ron Artest!) hooked it up: 3rd row from the field, less than 50 feet from a deflated-looking Manny Ramirez.

Lovely Lady Sitting All By Herself At Dodger Game

(Stadium for one, Madame?)

While the Cubs embarrassed themselves that night by sleepwalking through a 1-hit, 2-run loss to capellini-armed Randy Wolf and Jim Belushi  Jonathan Broxton, at least the Cubs (or Dodgers, who knows) continue to savor the finest road beef the National League has to offer. (And I’m not talking about Canter’s on the concourse.)

Usher To Manny Fan At Dodger Stadium: SDASTFU

(Mannywood the inspiration for acronym SDASTFU?)

We were seated about three sections over from where Mannywood officially begins, which is why the above scenario was a common refrain throughout the evening.

Cute Mannywood fan at Dodger Stadium

(Manny has done the impossible: Dodgers are dope with my kind of demo)

Ramirez has singlehandedly turned the Dodgers into cool around town - and last night was yet another example. Young women all around us shrieked every time he twitched into position or blew one out of his left nostril. I’m talking about hundreds, if not thousands of women. (If I ever sit next to Mannywood again, I’ll be plowing a half-pint of Ancient Age pregame.)

Now you might say that the reason this is playing out is L.A.’s inordinate obsession over celebrity. Baloney, if Manny was in Kansas City (my hometown) or anywhere else, exactly the same thing would be happening. Being the best right-handed hitter of our generation whilst going Jamaican Gold, mon, will do that to the ladies.

One more thing about the female dynamic at Dodger Stadium …

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Jim Rice Rips Manny, A-Rod; Makes Children Cry

If there’s one thing I hate about the Little League World Series … well, there are a lot of things. But if there’s one thing I love about it, it’s when old Major Leaguers show up and tell the youngsters grouchy yarns about how things were better in the old days. Kids love that! You go, Jim Rice.

Jim Rice

Rice was a featured speaker on opening day of the Little League World Series today, and instead of the generic gladhanding that one would expect from someone who was recruited by the staid, conservative Little League organization, Rice proceeded to tell the kids what’s wrong with the game today. Read more…

Week In Review: Pitino Pays $3,000 For Abortion

Rick Pitino’s reputation has taken a huge hit, as the Louisville b-ball coach impregnated the woman who’s been trying to extort him, then paid $3,000 for the abortion.

Rick Pitino Karen Sypher

And now Karen Sypher says her marriage to Cardinals equipment manager Tim was all just a sneaky plot by Pitino to keep an eye on her. But hey, don’t blame Rick - blame 9/11!

• The release party for the new Miami Dolphins cheerleaders bikini calendar was quite the spectacle.

Jay Mariotti denies that he’s going to be writing for the Chicago Tribune. Can’t wait to see Jay’s debut column in the Trib on September 1st!

Manny Ramirez gets a memorable reception from San Francisco Giants fans - the same kind of reception that Barry Bonds used to get everywhere else except in the Bay Area.

• Engaged Malibu fashion designer Ali Kay may have encouraged Reggie Miller’s unwanted advances by sending the ex-NBA star photos of herself in bed & in a bikini. At least Ali’s still pretty good at making clothes.

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Bronson Arroyo Loves His Drugs, You Bet He Does

When last we left Bronson Arroyo, he was telling the world on the eve of the trading deadline that he took androstenedione and amphetamines back in 2003, and that he wouldn’t be surprised to see his name pop up on baseball’s “secret” steroids list. The Reds, who were trying to trade him, were then shocked to learn there were no takers. So Arroyo remains on his yacht, strumming his guitar as a member of the Reds. Wait, they have yachts in Cincinnati?

Bronson Arroyo and friend

Anyway, our long-haired hero — who seems more like he should be a character in “John From Cincinnati” than a pitcher for Cincinnati — is amplifying his steroids remarks, even though no one is asking. Seems smart to me!

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Manny Being Booed By Bonds-Loving Giants Fans

• Suspected steroid abuser Manny Ramirez gets a rude reception from San Francisco Giants fans - the same Giants fans who were so passionate in supporting suspected steroid abuser Barry Bonds.

Manny Ramirez Giants fan sign

• 49ers coach Mike Singletary makes a mountain out of a molehill, forcing QB Alex Smith to watch the rest of practice from high above.

Bobby Bowden would like to share his prostate problems with you.

• EA sports donates advanced copies of Madden 10 to a U.S. submarine crew who are shipping out before the game’s official release date.

• Would it really kill the NHL to let Jim Balsillie move the Phoenix Coyotes to Hamilton, Ontario?

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Toto, I Don’t Think We’re In Mannywood Anymore

So here’s the highlight of last night’s Giants-Dodgers game, I suppose. Fans in the AT&T bleachers are really letting Manny Ramirez have it: “Manny’s on steroids,” “Manny takes women’s hormones,” the stuff you might expect. One woman, wearing a Dodger-blue baby bonnet, has a sign that reads, “It’s a boy.” Then one particular guy screams at Manny, “Are you even a man!?

Manny abuse

(Love you, Manny! Signed, the guy in the Giants No. 22 jersey)

To which Manny turns, points at the guy and then grabs his crotch. Although he denied it afterward, the fans were in Manny’s head big-time (and it sure was spacious; lots of room for bookshelves). So today the Bay Area media is writing about how the Giants-Dodgers rivalry is back, how important this series is, and why there were so many fights in the bleachers (there were).

But I was there as well, and here’s my take: Giants fans are among the biggest hypocrites in sports.

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Red Sox Bust Two For Roids (Not Papi & Manny)

After the shocking-but-not-really news about Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz getting outed as two of the positive tests in the “anonymous” MLB steroid tests of 2003 (can we get a list of all “lawyers with knowledge” and out them, by the way? This leaking is kind of shady.), it seems like Boston’s eager to make sure their championship team doesn’t get rebranded as the “Roid Sox.”

Jared Remy Nicholas Cyr
(Wait, that guy had access to steroids? Get right outta town!)

This latest news can’t help, though. The BOSTON GLOBE is reporting that the team had to fire two longtime security employees - one of whom is an announcer’s son - for owning and using steroids. Whoops.

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MLBPA Head Fehr Tries To Put Fear Into Reporters

It looks like the leak of David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez’s names as having tested positive for steroids back in 2003 is going to have consequences after all. Just not for the players, or for the person who leaked the sealed information. Instead, EDITOR & PUBLISHER says that the MLB Players Union is focusing its wrath on NEW YORK TIMES reporter Michael S. Schmidt, who broke the story on Ortiz and Ramirez’s positive drug tests.

Donald Fehr

(Donald Fehr might be retiring, but he’s taking people down with him.)

Union head Donald Fehr issued a statement on Friday saying that Schmidt and the New York Times had broken the law by reporting the leaked information, and that the MLBPA intends to take the appropriate legal steps to see that the court orders are enforced.” Which means that Schmidt might want to get a sitter for his cat, if the treatment of previous reporters breaking blockbuster baseball steroid stories is any indication.

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Bronson Arroyo Has Those Androstenedione Blues

It’s just one day before the trading deadline, and your team, the Cincinnati Reds, are trying to trade you. So if you’re pitcher Bronson Arroyo, you do the logical thing: Tell a major newspaper that you were using both androstenedione and amphetamines in 2003. That should grease the wheels.

Bronson Arroyo

With the news that his then-Red Sox teammates David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez are among the 104 players on MLB’s confidential doping list, Arroyo told the BOSTON HERALD that he wouldn’t be shocked to see his name on the list as well. OK then. Read more…

Ines Sainz Makes Watching Sports Much More Fun

Ines Sainz of TV Azteca: A sports reporter we can all get behind.

Ines Sainz

Phil Jackson makes Jonah Hill feel super bad during game: “Next time you move around during a play, I’ll kick you the f*** out of here!”

Ron Artest reenacts the Malice In The Palace for aspiring Chinese pop star Shin Shin. How nice nice of Ron Ron.

• British soccer club asks US firm to find a buyer for their team. Firm decides the best action is to sell the team by way of eBay.

Manny Ramirez & David Ortiz are among those named as testing positive for PEDs in 2003.

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