Dodger Thoughts

Jon Weisman's outlet for dealing psychologically with the Los Angeles Dodgers, baseball and life

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Melissa McCarthy brightens Dodger Stadium

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Melissa McCarthy, joined at Dodger Stadium by husband and “Tammy” co-writer Ben Falcone, threw out the first pitch before Saturday’s Dodgers-Cardinals game. Jon SooHoo snapped several pics — some are below, while the rest can be found at LA Photog Blog.

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Paul McCartney to perform August 10 at Dodger Stadium

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Paul McCartney will bring his “Out There” tour to Dodger Stadium for an August 10 concert.

This will be McCartney’s first performance at Chavez Ravine since the Beatles’ penultimate live gig on August 28, 1966, and first in Los Angeles since two nights at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010.

The tour features music from McCartney’s entire career, as a solo artist (including his most recent studio album “New”), member of Wings and as a Beatle. The set list will also include material from Paul’s most recent studio album NEW, a global hit upon its release last year.

Tickets for the newly announced dates will be on sale May 5. American Express card members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning May 1. Check out paulmccartney.com or dodgers.com/mccartney.

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Video: Jason Bateman introduces ‘another Brandon’

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Guest public address announcer Jason Bateman couldn’t help but notice the three Brandons batting in a row in the San Francisco lineup today.

— Jon Weisman

Lupe Fiasco to perform Sunday at Dodger Stadium

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By Jon Weisman

Grammy-winning musician Lupe Fiasco will perform at Dodger Stadium before the Dodgers’ 5 p.m. game Sunday against the San Francisco Giants.

The performance is free to fans with a ticket to the game, and comes a day after Robin Thicke takes the Dodger Stadium stage, all part of the Dodgers’ Opening Weekend, presented by Bank of America.

Known for his sharp and dynamic lyrics, Fiasco had a breakout hit in 2006 with “Kick Push” and followed that with Billboard No. 1 “Lasers.” Next for Fiasco is the album “Tetsuo & Youth.”

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Farewell, Shirley Temple Black

Screen shot 2014-02-11 at 8.24.47 AMBy Jon Weisman

Let’s just say this – I knew Shirley Temple before I knew any Dodgers. It wasn’t the same with my kids, but when I was a young kid in the early 1970s, the mighty mite was still a huge presence. Heck, I even was watching the grown Shirley in “Fort Apache” with John Wayne.

Shirley Temple Black passed away Monday at age 85. Click the following link to see video of Temple at a 1939 charity comedy-baseball game.

Temple was also featured – or the Temple name and impact, at least – in the Betty Bao Lord book, “In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson.”

Shirley Temple Wong sails from China to America with a heart full of dreams. Her new home is Brooklyn, New York. America is indeed a land full of wonders, but Shirley doesn’t know any English, so it’s hard to make friends. Then a miracle – baseball – happens. It is 1947, and Jackie Robinson, star of the Brooklyn Dodgers, is everyone’s hero. Jackie Robinson is proving that a black man, the grandson of a slave, can make a difference in America and for Shirley as well, on the ball field and off, America becomes the land of opportunity.

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