Everyone's favorite Los Angeles transplant Dave Nelson radios in with his fun experience over the past weekend before and during Lima Time! at Chavez Ravine.
"A few hours before the game, we went to the Century City Mall to return a wedding gift where I saw Roger Cedeno and Albert Pujols shopping w/ their wives. I was tempted to go up to Cedeno and thank him for leaving NY to go suck somewhere else, but I didn't have the chance.
The game was great. Lucky breaks for the Dodgers, a truly inspiring performance from Lima, two dingers by our mensch Green....excellent. The seats were poor--last section of the upper deck in right field. But b/c the seats were crummy, we were sitting w/ a lot of the "real" (in other words, drunk and violent) fans. There were a couple of Cardinals fans fully decked out in red kit. They were treated.......inhospitably. First peanuts came raining down, then empty beer bottles, then full beers, and lastly entire hot dogs. Boy these guys took shit--it was just like the bleachers at the Yankee Stadium. One guy was wearing some kind of Cardinals mardi gras beads and had a red feather sticking out of his STL cap......he was instantly dubbed "Punkahontas" by a wordsmith two rows behind me."
And speaking of everyone's favorite part-time Jew (Shawn Green, not Dave Nelson- he's all Jew), how did I miss this news item about broadcaster Steve Lyons until today?
From today's NY Times:
Lyons was suspended without pay after insensitive remarks he made about the Dodgers' Shawn Green, who is Jewish and chose not to play against the Giants in San Francisco on Yom Kippur.
On that telecast, he said that Green had "probably" taken the day off "for the heritage and not the religion. He's not a practicing Jew," Lyons said. "He didn't marry a Jewish girl." Lyons should have stopped there, but he continued, saying, "And from what I understand, he never had a bar mitzvah, which is unfortunate because he didn't get the money."
Lyons was suspended without pay for the Giants-Dodgers game on Oct. 2 (Eric Karros sat in for him), but he was allowed by Fox to return for the playoffs without making an on-air apology, which he should do tomorrow night during Game 1 of the N.L.C.S. in St Louis.
In a statement, Fox apologized to those viewers who were offended and conceded that Lyons had "exercised poor judgment." The network said he "had expressed extreme remorse." A Dodgers spokesman, John Olguin, said in an e-mail message that Green had not been offended by Lyons's comments.
I have no idea who this kid is, but it damn sure isn't Shawn Green!