Believe it or not, Angelenos, it's still baseball season...
First and foremost, the Dodgers. Now follow the Militant: Close your eyes, take a deep breath, inhale...exhale...think positive thoughts...ease your mind...forget about the second half of the 2007 season. There you go.
We all know that 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and that a Dodger float will run down Pasadena's Colorado Blvd. on New Year's Day. But according to Dodgers.com, some interesting preseason games are currently in the works.
First off, the MLB is working out an exhibition game in Beijing, China between the Daygo Padres and the Dodgers, at the 12,000-seat Wukesong Baseball Field, which will be a venue for the 2008 Olympics later that year. Should be even more interesting if Taiwanese players like Chin-Lung Hu, Chin-Hui Tsao or Hong-Chih Kuo are still on the team and get to play in the Mainland next March.
Next, the report goes on to reveal that the "home" games of the annual Exhibition Freeway Series against the Angels are slated to be played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (pictured above), right where they first played ball half a century ago. Generations of Dodger fans, including the Militant, never got a chance to see a baseball game at the Coliseum, so this would be one totally awesome opportunity - left field screen and all - for today's True Blue to have that experience. Too bad this thing won't be open in time so that Los Angeles Dodger fans can finally dodge a trolley to see a game. But perhaps the Exhibition at Exposition will either open the dialogue on transit access to Dodger Stadium or even resurrect the idea of replacing the outdated Memorial Sports Arena with a new stadium for the Dodgers. Oh well, at the very least there's always Metro Rapid.
Perhaps the Dodgers should take it one step further in '08 and have their season opener at the Coliseum and an actual home opener back at the Stadium - that way we'd have two home openers in the same season.
Heck, if this offseason's Stadium renovation takes too long, that might just happen.
Rox, Not Sox!
The Militant just found out today that there's still some baseball being played somewhere in some old-ass green-colored stadium Out East. Though those Purple Pebbles have annoyed the hell out of this Militant all season long, especially having players with equally annoying-sounding names like Hawpe, Spillborghs, Tulowitzki and some dude named Yorvit, if they do win the World Series this year, they'd join the Dodgers (5 titles) and the Diamondbacks (1 title) as the only National League West teams to have ever won a World Series. And guess which NL West teams have an empty trophy case?
That's right...the Frisco Giants and Daygo Padres. Great way to stick it to 'em next season!
Oh yeah, one more reason for rooting for the Rockies right now: They're playing against the BoraSox. That's right, a team filled with hos that work for their pimp, agent (and baseball antichrist) Scott Boras. Especially when those hos have familiar names like J.D. Drew, Julio Lugo, Alex Cora and that skanky, gold-digging ho...ER*C G*GNE! (cough, cough, cough...damn, that smoke's still bothering the Militant...). 'Nuff said. Oh yeah, that and BoraSox fans are one of the most annoying in baseball. Yes, the Militant was on their side in the '04 World Series, and would be on their side anytime they play against a team from NYC, but sheesh, winning one title for the first time since before radio was invented does not automatically make the BoraSox baseball gods. Enough already.
Although the Rox were humbled by the BoraSox on Wednesday by losing their first game since September 28, maybe they can make a comeback. So go Rox! The Militant would really want to stick it to those Giants and Padres fans next season.