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I just can’t see how San Diego start­ing pitcher An­drew Cash­ner didn’t pitch around Adrian Gon­za­lez in­stead of al­low­ing him a third straight home run in three at-bats. I just can’t see it. Thanks, Time Warner Ca­ble.

Roger Sypek


If any­one were to buy the Dodgers and fire Vin Scully, they would be thought of in Los An­ge­les as the worst owner in the his­tory of pro­fes­sional sports. To say noth­ing of their to­tal dis­re­gard for a moral obli­ga­tion to a fan base they would in­herit and choose to ig­nore. Yet for all prac­ti­cal pur­poses, this is what is hap­pen­ing. If the cur­rent own­er­ship group truly cared about the fans they would find a way, right now, for ev­ery­one to share in the joy that is Vin.

Con­grat­u­la­tions, Magic, you and your group have made Vin Scully dis­ap­pear. Shame on you.

Tom Hansen

Oak Park

Here is a so­lu­tion to the Dodgers’ tele­vi­sion de­ba­cle: al­low DirecTV and other ca­ble providers to tele­vise the first six innings of ev­ery Dodger game, and view­ers pay to see a pa­rade of in­ef­fec­tive Dodgers re­liev­ers for the re­main­der of the game.

Paul An­der­sen

Santa Ana

The or­gan played by Nancy Bea He­fley, that was once the heart of a Dodgers game ex­pe­ri­ence, has been shunted aside just as Dodger TV view­ers have been sur­gi­cally re­moved, prov­ing once and for all that Lon Rosen, Mark Wal­ter, Magic John­son and Stan Kas­ten do not have one beat­ing heart among the lot of them.

Ron Wells Corona del Mar

What you won’t see at Dodger Sta­dium this sea­son: (1) sum­mer camp kids en­joy­ing a week­day af­ter­noon game; (2) work­ers play­ing hooky from their week­day jobs; and (3) Dodgers play­ers in a week­day get­away game be­fore they de­part on a trip. You won’t see th­ese things be­cause own­er­ship has elim­i­nated Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day day games be­cause they aren’t prof­itable enough. The An­gels still have four such games on their home sched­ule.

Vaughn Har­den­berg


My aver­sion to ma­jor league greed has kept me from go­ing to Dodgers and An­gels games for decades. Still, I’ve got­ten my base­ball fix, by seek­ing out such mi­nor league venues as the five Class-A Cal­i­for­nia League ball­parks lo­cated within 90 miles of Dodger Sta­dium.

From Lake Elsi­nore to Lan­caster, young, gifted play­ers play their hearts out. More­over, a down­home, fam­ily at­mos­phere prevails at mi­nor league ball­parks. Dur­ing in­ning breaks, lo­cals and their kids par­tic­i­pate in amus­ing side­line con­tests, and af­ter the game’s fi­nal out, young­sters are in­vited down to run the base paths.

The tab for at­tend­ing mi­nor league games? A box seat right be­hind home plate costs less than a hot dog and soda at Dodger Sta­dium.

Let the Dodgers shun their fan base. We true-blue base­ball fans have gen­uine, en­tic­ing op­tions else­where.

Gary Dol­gin Santa Mon­ica

Dodgers fans cheer­ing for Matt Kemp on open­ing day? Did they for­get what a mal­con­tent he was for many years on the team? I then read this from Kemp in Tues­day’s sports sec­tion: “I left my heart and soul on the field for the Dodgers.” Yet I re­call a cou­ple of years ago when he did not hus­tle from third to home be­cause he did not think there would be a play at the plate. Not only did he get thrown out, but he se­verely in­jured his an­kle. Cheer if you like, but re­mem­ber the past be­fore you make your de­ci­sion.

Mark Kais­er­man Santa Mon­ica

In Sun­day’s base­ball edi­tion, Bill Shaikin pre­dicts the Gi­ants will fin­ish last in the Na­tional League West be­hind Ari­zona and Colorado. Th­ese are teams that have been out­played by the Gi­ants the last five years and I have seen noth­ing that shows they will be dif­fer­ent this year. A lot of peo­ple have forgotten it and most prob­a­bly don’t know that this guy picked Kansas City to beat the Gi­ants in four. I’m sure if asked he would prob­a­bly pick the Dodgers in the World Se­ries.

Arthur P. Nel­son Jr.

North Hills

ESPN did a great job of cov­er­ing the Cubs-Car­di­nals sea­son opener, but I found it most dis­turb­ing to see that they are su­per­im­pos­ing a box that rep­re­sents the strike zone. It’s noth­ing but a dis­trac­tion. Please dump this. Can’t we just watch the ball­game like it was meant to be seen?

Jack Beard­wood

Los Osos, Calif.

End game

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Coach Bo Ryan of Wis­con­sin for mak­ing it clear that he and his school will not buy into the “one and done” rule when re­cruit­ing high school play­ers, de­spite los­ing the fi­nal game to

Duke. Coach K took the com­ment per­son­ally, when there was no rea­son to. Ryan was not judg­ing oth­ers, he was sim­ply say­ing he wanted no part of it. John Wooden would be the first to shake Ryan’s hand.

Ralph S. Brax


The NCAA of­fi­cials look at th­ese re­plays as if they are watch­ing the Zapruder film, and their de­ci­sions are about as be­liev­able as the War­ren Com­mis­sion Re­port.

Gregg Scott

Los An­ge­les

Ice creamed

I know that the Kings won the Stan­ley Cup twice in the last three sea­sons (some­thing that I never thought I would live to see). Hav­ing said that, the fact that this team, with the pay­roll and the tal­ent that it has, will fail to qual­ify for the Stan­ley Cup play­offs is sim­ply un­ac­cept­able. Thank you for the Cups, Mr. Lom­bardi. Now get back to work.

Jeff Davine

West Hills

Two Stan­ley Cups in three years is pretty darned good, es­pe­cially from the per­spec­tive of a fan since 1970. I feel sad, but also ex­tremely proud of what the Kings fran­chise has be­come af­ter all those lean and of­ten di­rec­tion­less years.

And with that for this year, if you’ll ex­cuse me, as I don’t pay ran­som to the “cor­rect” cor­po­rate gi­ant, I’m go­ing to go not watch the Dodgers now.

Mel Pow­ell

Sher­man Oaks

Feel­ing a draft

Isn’t it fit­ting that one of the lot­tery teams is go­ing to get Frank “The Tank”?

Ge­orge Sands


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Luis Sinco Los An­ge­les Times

IT MIGHT BE TIME for Dodger base­ball, but most in the South­land are miss­ing out on Vin Scully.

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