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PostPosted: Tue 4/10/18 5:12 pm    Post subject: The 40-Year Wait is Over! - ASG/LA Reply with quote

Well, the long wait is over!

Today, on the 56th anniversary of the first game played at Dodger Stadium, it was announced that Our Lady of Chavez Ravine will host the 2020 All-Star Game, after many years of being put off in favor of newer ballparks that Major League Baseball wanted to showcase.

Despite her unique blend of history, physical appeal, and natural beauty, Dodger Stadium has hosted the All-Star Game once and only once, in 1980. Ah, to be young again; that takes me back in time to an era in which the NL quite frequently dominated the Mid-Summer Classic. The unveiling of the first-ever (in all sports) DiamondVision board took place at that event on July 8, 1980. I had no idea I'd have to wait four decades to return!

In 2017, the venerable venue sparkled on two big stages--the World Baseball Classic in March, at which Team USA won the title game; and four games of the 2017 World Series, which went the full seven (though the Dodgers were--sadly-- Crying or Very sad on the losing end. And of course, that Fall Classic was the first to be played in Los Angeles in 29 years--another long drought which came to an end).

Her beauty and charm will be shown off to the world yet again two years hence, and hopefully between now and then in another World Series.

Welcome home, Major League Baseball! Nuestra Casa es su Casa!

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PostPosted: Wed 4/11/18 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations! I know your fans have waited a long time. How young were we in 1980! Laughing

I might even consider working at the Fan fest again.
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PostPosted: Thu 4/12/18 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm very excited! How many kids have grown up without seeing an All Star game played there? It's only right.
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PostPosted: Fri 4/13/18 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mixed reactions overall, but in general I agree with Dylan Hernandez in this article from the L.A. Times:

"Give Dodgers Ownership Kudos for Landing the 2020 All-Star Game"

By DYLAN HERNANDEZ
APR 11, 2018 | 9:10 PM

They spent more than any baseball owners before them to make the Dodgers contenders again. They made sizable investments to rebuild a neglected farm system. They upgraded their stadium without compromising the qualities that make it the city's most treasured building.

Wednesday, the owners of the Dodgers delivered on another long-standing promise.

They persuaded Major League Baseball to let them host the 2020 All-Star game, which will be the first Midsummer Classic to be played at Dodger Stadium since 1980.

So go ahead and complain about how the Dodgers vanished from television under Guggenheim Baseball Management. Disagree with how the group has empowered a baseball operations department that lacks a personal touch.

At the same time, acknowledge the role that Mark Walter and his partners have played in the improvements that have taken place over the last six years.

Take the announcement made Wednesday by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, which was much of an endorsement of the owners as it was of the storied ballpark or the vibrant city in which the stadium stands.

The Dodgers have won two World Series since the All-Star game was last played at Dodger Stadium. The Most Valuable Player of that game, Ken Griffey Sr., has a son in the Hall of Fame.

Asked about the four decades between All-Star games, Manfred joked, "I can only take responsibility for the last three years."

Manfred was elected commissioner in the summer of 2014.

The absence can in part be explained by MLB's practice of rewarding All-Star games to franchises and cities with new stadiums. But ownership is a consideration, too.

Speaking on a temporary blue-carpeted stage in center field, Manfred spoke about his involvement in Guggenheim's purchase of the franchise. Manfred was MLB's chief operating officer in 2012, when the group paid a record $2.15 billion for the franchise.

"We always take into consideration the commitment that the ownership group has made to the facility that will be used for the All-Star game," Manfred said. "I was very involved with the sale process where Mark and his partners took control of the Dodgers. They made an amazing financial commitment to purchasing the club and I think one of the things that really is most impressive is the money that they've put in to making Dodger Stadium a first-class modern facility while maintaining its history and tradition."

The reference was to the nine-figure renovations made under the direction of architect Janet Marie Smith, which included an expanded clubhouse and weight room. Team President Stan Kasten said the Dodgers would make further improvements over the next two years.

Manfred wouldn't say it, but this level of investment wasn't seen under the previous owner, Frank McCourt, as well as the corporate overlords at Fox from whom McCourt bought the team.

"Without drawing any comparisons to the prior group …" Manfred started before listing virtues of Guggenehim that McCourt clearly lacked: fiscal responsibility and a willingness to invest in the team.

The bid for the All-Star game required outside help, specifically from City Hall. In February, the Los Angeles City Council authorized the city to receive $100,000 for city services required to host the game. The City also helped ensure the Los Angeles Convention Center would be available for the four-day event, according to Naomi Rodriguez, the team's vice president of external affairs and community relations.

It's hard to imagine the City cooperating to this degree with someone as politically toxic as McCourt was in his final years with the Dodgers.

Councilman Gil Cedillo laughed.

"I'll say what the commissioner said," Cedillo said. "I could only talk about my experience."

Cedillo was elected in 2013, about a year after Guggenheim took over the Dodgers.

"This is a first-class organization," Cedillo said. "We have the responsibilities of security and transportation, but they're first class. They do all the lifting."

Which really makes it a shame the majority of households in the greater Los Angeles area can't watch the Dodgers on television.

"That bugs me," Cedillo said.

Manfred was also bothered.

"We want full distribution of our games," Manfred said. "We have two ways to grab our fans, in the ballpark and by television, and less than full distribution limits our ability to get at our fans. It's not a good thing for the game."

But Manfred didn't blame the Dodgers for the situation, which made a certain degree of sense, considering MLB approved the $8-billion agreement with Time Warner Cable.

"I commend the club," Manfred said. "They've really gone down every avenue that they could think of and we could think of to get fuller distribution. It's just been an intractable issue."

With the All-Star game nationally televised, it is guaranteed to be a nonissue over a few days in the summer of 2020. Guggenheim earned itself at least that.

dylan.hernandez@latimes.com
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PostPosted: Mon 4/16/18 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This must be seen and heard if one wants to experience chills.

"This special place is more than concrete, dirt, steel and grass. This is our home.

And we can't wait."

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PostPosted: Tue 4/17/18 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I loved it. I'm glad he still thinks of it as his home! Hopefully he will still be around to enjoy it.
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PostPosted: Wed 4/18/18 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice and I am sure it makes you want to fast forward 2 years. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu 7/25/19 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday, the Dodgers and MLB revealed the 2020 All Star Game logo during a press conference at Dodger Stadium. Even Vin was in attendance! Very Happy

Additionally, new renovations of the ballpark have been announced for the coming year.
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PostPosted: Thu 7/25/19 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like they are getting dressed up for the big show. I am looking into going to the game next year, like I did in both 2010 & 2016.
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PostPosted: Mon 7/29/19 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What do you think of the logo, DB?
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PostPosted: Wed 7/31/19 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's fine--nothing spectacular, though.
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