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Most of the time when we throw a Chris "Mad Dog" Russo blog post at you with embedded audio, it's because he's going off on one of his classic rants.
This time, that's not the case. But it's "Mad Dog" talking baseball with Don Mattingly about the state of the Los Angeles Dodgers at the moment.
Mattingly addressed Matt Kemp's health, all things Yasiel Puig and more. The audio is embedded...Read more »
Actor Will Ferrell did the pre-game introductions for the Dodgers on Wednesday night before Game 5 of the National League Championship Series in Los Angeles.
We know what you're wondering and, yes, he did manage to work in a chupacabra joke.
Though not shown in the video below, Ferrell introduced starting pitcher Zack Greinke as "today's winning pitcher." Granted, Greinke was...Read more »
It was 25 years ago today...
No, this is not about a set of alternate lyrics for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Dodgers slugger Kirk Gibson launched his dramatic 1988 World Series home run off Oakland closer Dennis Eckersley 25 years ago on Tuesday. We all rememer the moment, alive or not at the time, since the footage is classic -- Gibson pumping his arm as he rounds the bases...Read more »
One Division Series is wrapped up and another will go to a deciding Game 5 on Wednesday. On Tuesday the Tigers and Rays try to prolong their postseason in a pair of exciting Game 4’s. Here are some statistical notes from the playoffs so far:
Rays have an edge
The Rays continue to try and extend their American League Division Series against the Red Sox, sending Jeremy Hellickson to the...Read more »
How did the Los Angeles Dodgers top the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series? Simple: They dominated them in every imagineable way.
The club that looked like a bust at the start of June now seems like a smart World Series bet. They may have never looked stronger than after dispatching of the Braves in four games.
Here's how the clubs stacked up during a lopsided series:...Read more »
The Braves were wire-to-wire winners of the National League East. The Dodgers stumbled out of the gate but used an exciting rookie to rise to the top of the NL West. They meet in their end of the NLDS on Thursday at 8 p.m. Here’s what you need to know to prepare for the series:
Atlanta won the season series against the Dodgers, 5-2. They scored 27 runs and allowed 17. But...Read more »
You wouldn't expect Arizona Senator John McCain to be a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Then again, you'd also expect him to refrain from a twitter rant against the team, an NL West rival of his Arizona Diamondbacks.
But when the Dodgers celebrated their NL West title by taking a dip in the pool at Chase Field, the Diamondbacks' home field, all bets were off:
No-class act by a...Read more »
Mets fireballer Matt Harvey was locked in a tight National League Cy Young battle with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw until it was discovered Harvey had a partially torn ligament in his right elbow and would be shut down for the season.
It seems like the award is Kershaw’s for the taking at this point, and Harvey’s case has all but gone out the window.
But Marlins rookie phenom Jose Fernandez...Read more »
Yasiel Puig wasn't voted into the All-Star Game as a starter by the fans. He wasn't picked as a reserve by NL manager Bruce Bochy or though the players' vote. He was selected to be a candidate for the final vote, but lost out to Atlanta's Freddie Freeman. So when the All-Star Game came to Citi Field, the Puig circus was not in tow.
Boy was that a missed opportunity.
At the time, Puig...Read more »
The old hidden ball trick is alive and well, thanks to Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays.
Here's how it unfolded: Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to center in the fourth inning Saturday at Dodger Stadium, giving the Dodgers a 5-0 lead with one out. Skip Schumacker and Juan Uribe advanced to second and third, respectively, and Andre Ethier scored on the play.
With...Read more »