March 29, 2008

THERE REALLY OUGHT TO BE A KEG BY HOMEPLATE:

Coliseum configuration confounding: Dodgers, Red Sox taken aback by stadium's dimensions (Tom Singer, 3/30/08, MLB.com)

As Dodgers and Red Sox made their slow way down the Coliseum tunnel, normally where crimson-and-gold USC Trojans mill before charging on the gridiron, the baseball players felt like they'd just stepped through Alice's looking glass.

They looked at a left-field foul pole 201 feet from home plate, foul territory down the right-field line roughly the width of Pee Wee Herman's belt, and dugouts on either side of the infield -- literally, pits shrouded by blue tents having been dug into the grass.

And no warning track.

"It's wild. I look around, and it's like someone dropped acid in my oatmeal this morning," Theo Epstein, Boston's youthful general manager, said with a smile.


Over 100,000 watch Red Sox and Dodgers (John Nadel, March 29, 2008, AP
As he walked down the Los Angeles Coliseum tunnel and glanced toward the left-field screen, Boston catcher Jason Varitek smiled and said sarcastically: "Wakie's a fly ball pitcher. That's great."
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Then, in his best broadcast voice, he intoned: "Dodgers 85, Red Sox 81."

Esteban Loaiza, the Dodgers' starter who opposed knuckleballer Tim Wakefield in Saturday night's exhibition game, followed a few minutes later, took a look and shook his head.

"It's short, man. It's like playing a whiffle ball game," he said.

It was 3 1/2 hours before gametime -- long before fans began filling the Coliseum for the first big league baseball game at the facility since September 1961. The Dodgers said 115,300 tickets were sold, including some 25,000 for standing-room only.


It's a great spectacle....but it ain't baseball.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 29, 2008 10:02 PM
Comments

Hmm, little-league dimensions in left field and a giant obstruction to counter those dimensions?

That sounds familiar.

Was the place filled with drunks and did it smell like urine?

If so, Sawx fans must've been right at home.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at March 30, 2008 1:59 PM

They won, so it's just like every park this Century.

Posted by: oj at March 30, 2008 3:53 PM

Did they play there again today? Cause the Sawx got one-hit and LaptopThief got lit up.

Which seems a harbinger of the rest of the century.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at March 30, 2008 8:18 PM

They only win the big ones.

Posted by: oj at March 31, 2008 6:36 AM
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