Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins takes a long look at owner Frank McCourt and the effect of the Bryan Stow beating on opening day in a piece titled "The Day That Damned the Dodgers."
Jenkins offered the most detailed piece I’ve seen on how the day’s events unfolded, Stow’s less-than-perfect past and some damning comments, including this one from Supervisor Mike Antonovich:
"What happened [to Stow] was the direct result of a culture McCourt allowed to exist in and out of the stadium. It was barbaric."
Also on the Web:
-- The San Bernardino Sun’s Pete Marshall offers a review of Dodger first-round pick Chris Reed’s professional debut Wednesday. He threw two scoreless innings for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.
-- The Times’ Jim Peltz said manager Don Mattingly is taking a watchful approach to James Loney’s sudden hot streak (11 for 17).
-- Dodgers.com’s Ken Gurnick writes Ted Lilly is crediting his speedy recovery from a stiff neck to the acupuncture performed by team massage therapist Ichiro Tani.
-- ESPN/LA’s Jon Weisman looks at the ups and downs of Chad Billingsley and wonders if he isn’t slipping just as he should be entering his prime.
-- This is from Tuesday, but if you missed The Times’ T.J. Simers wondering if Vin Scully can make the grade, take a look. There’s no end to this stuff.
-- In the wake of opening day, and last weekend’s violence at Candlestick Park, The Times’ Jason Wells writes on Assemblyman Mike Gato’s effort to write legislation to deter violence at sporting events.
-- The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sandy Spieczny looks at the Cy Young chances of Clayton Kershaw. Mike Petriello of MikeSckosciasTragicIllness thinks it will come down to a two-man race between Roy Halladay and Kershaw, and uses sabermetrics to analyze the two.
-- The Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer said Ned Colletti is on the short list for the Cubs’ GM job.
-- Sons of Steve Garvey’s anonymous Steve Sax attends Dodgers game in St. Louis as a member of the media. Unknown if he wore a mask.
-- Former draft pick Jordan Pratt didn’t make it with the Dodgers after eight years in the minors but is now a walk-on wide receiver at Stanford.
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Bryan Stow. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times.