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Dodgers Web musings: All eyes on the start of the season

March 31, 2011 | 11:59 am

Opening Day across the Web:

-- The Times’ Dylan Hernandez takes a look at the impact of the Fernandomania phenomenon that rocked the Dodgers and all of baseball 30 years ago. Fernando Valenzuela will throw out Thursday’s first pitch.

-- Hernandez also writes that the Dodgers appear to have a new sense of purpose under Don Mattingly as they open the season.

-- The Times’ Jerry Crowe doesn’t think Andre Ethier’s words were the ones he was looking for to rally the troops.

--’s Ken Gurnick thinks the Dodgers have discovered a new enthusiasm under Mattingly.

-- ESPN/LA’s Ramona Shelburne goes the question-and-answer route with Mattingly.

-- ESPN/LA’s Jon Weisman thinks the nature of the Dodgers-Giants rivalry has evolved differently up north.

-- Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti admits to 710-AM’s Steve Mason and John Ireland that he was surprised by Ethier’s recent comments but has no interest in trading him.

-- The Daily News’ Vincent Bonsignore thinks the rest of the country doesn’t give teams in the West enough credit.

-- Fox Sports’ Joe McDonnell looks at the return of Davey Lopes to the Dodgers.

-- Sports Illustrated’s Cliff Corcoran
previews the Dodgers and the NL West.

-- LA Dodger Talks’ Mark Timmons offers his Dodgers predictions for the coming season (sorry Tony Gwynn Jr.).

-- The San Jose Mercury-News' Andrew Baggarly writes that Giants fans are excited to finally walk into Dodger Stadium and crow, "We’re world champs."

-- The Dodgers, Diamondbacks and the town of Oro Valley, Ariz. are teaming up to improve the baseball field dedicated to Christina Taylor Green.

-- Steve Dilbeck