Dodgers’ fans take best ap­proach

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Is there a Los Angeles Times front-page curse like the Sports Il­lus­trated cover? If so, the Dodgers are doomed! Wayne Mu­ra­matsu


Re­gard­ing this Dodgers team as their best of all time, Yogi Berra may have said it best: “You have to be care­ful about mak­ing pre­dic­tions, es­pe­cially about the fu­ture.” Bob Ginn


“C” you in October. Cody Bellinger, Corey Sea­ger, Chris Tay­lor, Clay­ton Ker­shaw and Chase Ut­ley. For the 2017 Dodgers, th­ese five C’s equal an A-plus. Steve Abrams

Lake Bal­boa

While the cur­rent Dodgers team may end up with the best record in the regular sea­son, I still have to go with the 1963 Dodgers as the best team and I would take them over the 1927 Yan­kees in a World Se­ries. The main rea­son is that Sandy Ko­ufax would start three games if nec­es­sary, Don Drys­dale would start two and Johnny Po­dres two.

Re­mem­ber, the 1963 Dodgers swept the two-time de­fend­ing champ Yan­kees. Gary Co­cayne

Santa Monica ::

To all ra­bid Dodgers fans out there siz­ing their fin­ger for that com­mem­o­ra­tive ring and fig­ur­ing out the best spot to watch the vic­tory pa­rade, just re­mem­ber: The last team to win at least 110 games, the 2001 Mariners, lost in the AL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries.

But don’t worry, the Dodgers will find a way to lose, just like they did in that one-game play­off against the Gi­ants in 1962 or their sweep by the Ori­oles four years later or their de­feat by you know who in 1977-78 or their most re­cent four-year streak of not reach­ing the Big Dance af­ter win­ning the di­vi­sion.

Lonzo Ball will lead the Lak­ers to the NBA ti­tle and be named Fi­nals MVP be­fore the Dodgers bring home the ba­con. Bill Bell

Mar Vista

In Au­gust 1951 as a de­voted Brook­lyn Dodgers fan, I ex­uded con­fi­dence that their 131⁄2-game lead made them a lock for the pen­nant and prob­a­bly the World Se­ries as well. How­ever, they man­aged to lose that lead and wound up tied with the Gi­ants at the end of the sea­son and faced a three-game play­off. Eventually Ralph Branca faced Bobby Thom­son. Let’s hope 2017 turns out much bet­ter for the Dodgers. Sol Tay­lor

Stu­dio City

To all Dodgers fans: We have all been part of the great­est sea­son the Dodgers have ever had. We are all hop­ing for a World Se­ries cham­pi­onship.

If for some rea­son it doesn’t hap­pen, life will go on. Never for­get this sea­son. It will be in your mem­ory for­ever. Mark Ber­glas

Hunt­ing­ton Beach ::

What, pray tell, did Dy­lan Her­nan­dez [“Dom­i­nant start has World Se­ries ring to it,” Aug. 5] mean with the de­scrip­tion “pas­sion­ate but sim­ple-minded fans”? And his state­ment that “even” such dummy fans could com­pre­hend it was a good idea to ac­quire Yu Darvish? Th­ese ref­er­ences read as an in­sult to Dodgers fans who are in­deed pas­sion­ate, but hardly sim­ple-minded. Per­haps Dy­lan, com­pared to them, thinks he is a rocket sci­en­tist, which we could de­bate, but I do not be­lieve Dodgers fans, even the ones who call talk ra­dio, are “sim­ple-minded.” We tend to get even the highly com­plex con­cepts that a ge­nius like Dy­lan throws at us most of the time. Michael Gold­man

Van Nuys

Dodgers man­ager Dave Roberts pulls dom­i­nant right-han­der Bran­don Mor­row, re­plac­ing him with lefthander Tony Wat­son. The next hit­ter, Jake Lamb, hits a grand slam. Oops. Some­times th­ese things hap­pen, but not what hap­pens af­ter the game when Roberts dou­bled down, of­fer­ing, “As good as Jake is, I’ll take Tony against him any day.”

Well, as good as Sea­ger, Turner, Bellinger and the rest of the play­ers are, with wis­dom like that, the Cubs’ and Na­tion­als’ best chance may be Roberts’ de­ci­sion-mak­ing. Kon­rad Moore

San Diego

Bill Plaschke has fi­nally found his soul­mate: the Rally Granny. John Mark

New­port Beach ::

Wouldn’t it be won­der­ful if Vin Scully could be ca­joled into sit­ting with Joe Davis and Orel Her­shisher for the six Dodgers games to be shown on Chan­nel 5? Jim Joecken


Down on the dump

An ar­ti­cle on the An­gels af­ter a loss to Bal­ti­more men­tions the team dous­ing Mike Trout on his birth­day with a con­coc­tion of stuff be­fore the game. How about the An­gels sav­ing those Ga­torade dumps until they clinch the pen­nant, the di­vi­sion or at least a wild-card spot? Yeah, right. Dan Gard­ner

Lake For­est

Hoop schemes

The only thing that puzzles me re­gard­ing the Clip­pers’ re­moval of Doc Rivers as pres­i­dent of basketball op­er­a­tions is that it took Steve Ballmer this long to act. The two re­spon­si­bil­i­ties are greater than one man can han­dle. Now we can see if Doc Rivers is as good of a coach as the Los Angeles me­dia has sug­gested. Jim Olsen

Hunt­ing­ton Beach

Too rich

The deal for Ney­mar by Paris Saint-Ger­main, pay­ing al­most half a bil­lion dol­lars, is the worst thing that could hap­pen for soc­cer as well as all other pro­fes­sional sports. PSG is lit­er­ally owned by an oil-rich country, which is will­ing to shell out as much as it takes to win, with­out a thought. Where does that leave other teams, who are try­ing to be com­pet­i­tive?

I hope PSG’s gam­ble fails, so that teams are built from the bot­tom up, by play­ers com­ing out of col­lege or acad­e­mies or spot­ted by scouts, like in the good old days. Soumi­tra Sarkar

Long Beach

Stand­ing up

If Colin Kaeper­nick was ca­pa­ble of throw­ing strikes again and putting Ws on the board, he would be en­ter­tain­ing mul­ti­ple of­fers and there would be no dis­cus­sion of his politics tak­ing place. Zero. Pete Howard

San Luis Obispo

Quiet down, guys

It is about time that some­body pur­chased a pair of heavy wool socks and stuffed one each in the re­spec­tive pie holes of LaVar Ball and Stephen A. Smith. Th­ese two mo­tor­mouths have taken the spew­ing of sense­less blather to new heights. Bud Chap­man


What’s Bruin

If Cho­sen Rosen thinks that UCLA doesn’t pri­or­i­tize the aca­demics of its stu­den­tath­letes, why doesn’t he spend a week as a regular stu­dent in West­wood? He can com­pete with tens of thou­sands of other stu­dents for classes and ap­ply for loans, grants, and also work a full­time job just to pay for things like gro­ceries, text­books, and rent. Let’s see if Mr. Rosen changes his tune when he lives and works like 99% of col­lege stu­dents in the U.S. Rob De­mon­teverde


I to­tally agree with Jim Mora that UCLA has bal­anced aca­demics and ath­letic pro­grams. Both av­er­age.

Fight On! La­mont Paul

Hunt­ing­ton Beach ::

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