Forget race, gender or politics. The true dividing line among Americans sits between those who are New York people and those who are Los Angeles people.
LA is smog and sprawl; NYC is brawn and brawl. LA people are looking for their next part; NYC people are looking for their next pint. LA people like Leno; NYC people like Letterman (who, by the way, did a weeks’ worth of shows from LA in 1995 and it was perhaps the greatest week of television known to man. I believe I still have a VHS tape of all five episodes laying around somewhere).
I’m a New York kind of person. I’ve never really liked LA. And tonight’s game time is a good indication of why. It’s at 7:40 p.m. PT, not 7:05. This is to account for the traffic to Dodger Stadium and, presumably, to give people like Alyssa Milano time to get here. And while I’m all for Alyssa Milano’s attendance, if baseball game times must be pushed back because of traffic, that tells you all you need to know about the traffic here. Driving anywhere is like trying to get in and out of Blossom Music Center.
So it was an inordinately pleasant surprise this morning when I picked up my rental car and discovered it had Sirius satellite radio. And if you know anything about Sirius radio, you know Channel 10 is “E Street Radio” — the all-Bruce Springsteen channel.
And just like that, LA instantly became tolerable. Leno, on the other hand, will never be tolerable.
This marks just the second time the Indians and Dodgers have faced each other in Interleague Play — the last coming in June of 2003 at the Ballpark Formerly Known as Jacobs Field. But this isn’t the Tribe’s first trip to Dodger Stadium. The indians played here when the California Angels called this ballpark home from 1962-65 while waiting for the building of Angels Stadium. The last time the Tribe played here was Aug. 23, 1965.
Without any further ado, here are tonight’s lineups…
INDIANS: CF Grady Sizemore, 2B Jamey Carroll, LF Ben Francisco, 1B Ryan Garko, RF Shin-Soo Choo, SS Jhonny Peralta, 3B Casey Blake, C Kelly Shoppach, LHP Cliff Lee.
DODGERS: LF Juan Pierre, CF Matt Kemp, 2B Jeff Kent, 1B James Loney, 3B Andy LaRoche, RF Andre Ethier, SS Angel Berroa, C Danny Ardoin, LHP Clayton Kershaw.
EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…
- It’s hot enough to make a brass monkey blink. Last I heard, it’s 99 degrees on the field. And Indians radio pregame host and amateur meteorologist Jim Rosenhaus tells me the forecast for first pitch Saturday is 114 degrees.
- Here’s anothere interesting note on Indians-Dodgers: The Dodgers are the only MLB team the Indians have yet to beat in the regular season. They have defeated all other 29 teams at least once.
- No players from the Dodgers’ current 25-man roster were on the 2003 club that swept the Indians in Cleveland.
- The Indians have lost seven straight and eight of their last nine Interleague road games, dating back to last season.
- The Tampa Bay Rays are the only MLB club yet to set foot in Dodger Stadium.
- Lee is 10-2 all-time in Interleague starts.
- Just met Sal Fasano. Sadly, he has shaved his famous ‘stache. But he does have a goatee in the works, so that’s something to look forward to.
- According to Elias, Jorge De La Rosa became the first pitcher in Rockies history to strike out 10 or more batters in six or less innings Thursday against the Tribe. I don’t know what’s more pathetic… the Indians striking out 10 times against De La Rosa or the Rockies never having a pitcher achieve this feat in 15 years.