FROM Tomas Benitez
What about those Dodgers There's an air of excitement at Dodger Stadium that hasn't been there in decades, as the team with the highest payroll in Major League Baseball rolls toward the playoffs. Only, they haven't been rolling lately, and after losing a home series to San Francisco, they're in Phoenix, where they lost to the Diamondbacks last night two to one. That has not dampened the spirits of super-fan Tomás Benitez, development director at Plaza de la Raza and an advisor to the Baseball reliquary, a traveling museum and sports-history group.
Looking Back as Dodger Stadium Celebrates Its Jubilee The Dodgers played the Pittsburgh Pirates on this 50th Opening Day in Chavez Ravine. The Stadium was sold out, but the biggest single crowd may have been from the LAPD , which was present on bikes, undercover, and scouting in uniform for drunken tailgaters in the parking lots. Nobody's forgotten last year's opening game, when Giants fan Bryan Stow was beaten so badly he suffered brain damage. Two suspects have pleaded not guilty to mayhem, assault and battery. Die-hard Dodger fan Tomás Benitez went to the World Series against the Yankees in 1963. He's now development director at Plaza de la Raza and an advisor to the Baseball Reliquary, a traveling sports museum.
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