The Dodgers are in first place and look poised to play well in the second half (providing they pick up some arms for the bullpen and a 3rd starter) and make the playoffs again. Of course there are still questions– can Clayton Kershaw shrug off his St. Louis demons? Will the bullpen ever be good? Will the team click offensively in the playoffs?
No matter what, it should be an entertaining stretch run and if you’re planning to attend some games or watch in Dodgers bars, you may need a new lid. Here are four suggestions to set you apart from the crowd.
Bobby Crosby is one of the very few (only?) fans to ever have his name mentioned during a game by Vin Scully. Why? Because the season-ticket holder not only catches a ton of homeruns in the front row of the Left Field Pavillion, but films himself doing it. His YouTube channel, Dodgerfilms, recently broke 100,000 subscribers and is the most popular non-official Dodger channel in the world. His infectious fandom, impressive editing skills, cast of left field pavilion regulars, and star-making homerun catches have made him a celebrity in the world of hardcore Dodger fans. We count ourselves among his fans, so wanted to bring you this interview touching his past, future, and present as Mr. Dodgerfilms.
How long have you been attending Dodger games, and when did you first start filming the games?
I’ve attended games since I was a little kid. Got season tickets in ’97, the same ones I have now, front row in the left field pavilion. I first brought a video camera to games in the mid ’90s just for home movies, but I didn’t start bringing one consistently or sharing my footage with others until May of 2008 when I started up the Dodgerfilms YouTube channel. (Continued)
It’s all over for Hollywood Park, and yesterday they blew up the grandstand to smithereens. They grandstand was built in 1950, and used to draw big crowds from all walks of life, include literary luminaries like Charles Bukowski. Now the land is in the process of being redeveloped by owner Stan Kroenke, who wants to build an 80,000 seat football stadium. The stadium could become home to the St. Louis Rams, also owned by Kroenke. For now, you can enjoy the destruction…
Baseball season kicks off today as pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. The Dodgers already have a nice group of players working out the team facility in Arizona, which means as a fan it’s time for you to practice drinking beer, wearing hats, and yelling at Don Mattingly’s bone-headed bullpen bloopers.
It’s been very hard to find one of the most sought-after Dodgers caps– Dodger blue with a Dodgers logo “D” instead of “LA”. The team’s new AAA affiliate in Oklahoma City has come to the rescue with this Dodgers D fitted cap. The team plans to wear these hats as alternate home caps to compliment their standard “OKC” version. We assume supplies are pretty limited so if you’ve been scouring ebay for this lid, you may want to jump on this now before word gets out.
The above drone video shows surfer Allen Sarlo “shooting the pier” at Malibu the other day. Shooting the pier is a classic California surfing maneuver meaning to go between the pilings and not fall off (or die, see below). Back in the early days of California surfing in the 1950s and 1960s it was what could set you apart from the rest of the gang and get all the beach bunnies riled up. From a Malibu Patch article from a few years back that mentions Sarlo shooting the pier during the last huge Malibu swell:
Sarlo made it through the pier several times, approaching it at speed and looking for the gaps that hid broken pilings that could have killed him if he’d hit them. Sarlo shot the pier several times, made it through on all of them and even did a big reentry in the shorebreak— detonating in front of the parking lot.
Shooting the Malibu Pier is dangerous business. The pilings aren’t angled correctly, and you have to pick a wave that stays green as it moves through. Back in the late 1950s, an African-American surfer named Nick Gabaldon died when he hit the pier while trying to shoot it. The incident is mentioned in the 1957 novella Gidget.
Another angle from the beach when Laird Hamilton shot the pier.
Want to know more about Nick Gabaldon? Check out the clip below:
We strive to bring you the latest in LA headgear, and this latest entrant combines things you know you want– faux snakeskin with captain’s crests. The all black fitted cap is sold by New Era and is available here. This is the full product description:
WOLFPACK HUSTLE has taken an underground bike racing event and turned it into a legit international competition that will rock the streets around City Hall next weekend. The head-to-head battle on the closed-course bike race in Downtown Los Angeles is known as the Civic Center Crit, and is drawing racers from all over the world.
The highlight of the Wolfpack Hustle Unified Race Title, the Civic Center Crit will lead racers through the streets of L.A., with a ceremonious start and finish in front of the historic City Hall building. The second annual Crit has a racer list that reads as the who’s who of the underground urban racing world, with entrants from Chicago, New York, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Switzerland and many other cities and countries. Entrants will converge on Downtown L.A. on July 12th to compete against local talent for a chance at claiming a set of Wolfpack Hustle dog tags.
The World Cup starts Thursday. Join our Yahoo Group and let’s see who can correctly guess the path the tournament will take. To make it more interesting, we have the following prizes (with more to be announced if enough people join):