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My Boyfriend was at it again. He hit is first career grand slam Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Not only was it merely a grand slam, he hit it in the bottom of the tenth tied 3-3. This only adds fuel to my argument that he is the MVP of this team.

As for this team, I’m plenty happy with them right now. After watching a preseason game against the Angels of Anaheim of Orange County of California I was afraid this team was going to be boring. I saw them beating the Angels 13-4, yet the game moved as fast as a fat man in a marathon.

That boredom was probably more from knowing that preseason games count for nil. So far each game has been terribly exciting occasionally getting me to be quite enthusiastic. There are times when I actually want to rescind The Useless One’s nickname. But let’s not get too carried away.

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The Dodgers now have a three-game series against the Hated Ones beginning Tuesday. The Giants have since gotten their hitting in order and have won seven of their last eight games. Their pitching has also improved giving up no more than two runs in each of their last four games.

The Dodgers need to show more focus than they have in the last two games. In both Saturday’s and Sunday’s games their errors and bad pitching caused them to give up three runs in each game. Sunday’s game proves that they can’t rely on a miracle grand slam to save the day.

Fortunately the team has Derek Lowe, Randy Wolf and Brad Penny pitching in the series. Combine that with the lights-out bullpen (sans Chad Billingsley whom I think should be demoted to AAA), they should be able to shut down the Giant’s offense and keep the Poster Child of Steroids at 740 career home runs.

My prediction: Dodgers win two of three.

Ideas

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At LAist headquarters Thursday night we talked about how to get you, the reader, more interaction with the Dodgers. I've since expanded on one idea brought to the table. I will take the pictures of two Dodger players into West Hollywood on the weekends and ask people who they would rather be in bed with. After a single-elimination tournament, I will crown a winner and hopefully present them with a tiara. My hope is the player will wear the tiara during the game.

This contest will be dubbed: The LAist 1st Annual Dodger (Gay) Icon Contest, DIC for short. I like the sound of that, don't you? I'll probably start this in the summertime after I settle in to my new apartment. Leave a comment if you have any suggestions.

Elsewhere in Baseball

Over the years the actions of Bostonians have left me annoyed. They always complain incessantly about the New York Yankees for one. I thought after they finally won the World Series they would shut their collective mouths, but no. And let's not mention their egocentric ignorant paranoia that led to the Aqua Teen Hunger Force promotion to bring their city to a screeching halt.

But they just had to go and steal a page from the Dodgers. In Sunday's game against the Yanks Boston sluggers hit four consecutive home runs in the third inning. While the feat is amazing unto itself, let's see them do it while in the middle of a pennant race in September against the Yankees in the bottom of the ninth with Mariano Rivera pitching. Hosers.

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Have a great week, and hopefully I'll see you at the game Tuesday night.

AP Photo courtesy Mark J. Terrill