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So in honor of the 50th anniversary of their move to Los Angeles, the Dodgers are going to play the Red Sox in an exhibition game on March 29 in the historic Los Angeles Coliseum, which was originally built for the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics and was the home of the Dodgers for four seasons from when they moved to LA in 1958 until Dodger Stadium opened in 1962.

Baseball games at the Coliseum are of course famous for having a ridiculous short left-field line. It was 258 feet back in the 1950s, and is going to be even shorter than that this time around. Back in the day, they had a 42 foot mesh screen out in left field to compensate, but even so, it was still pretty easy to hit homers, and lefthanded Dodgers outfielder Wally Moon famously adjusted his swing to poke inside-out homers down the short left-field line, which became affectionately known as “Moon Shots.”

90,505 tickets for the game went on sale this past week, and every ticket was sold the first day. One hundred percent of proceeds from the game go to “ThinkCure,” a new charity founded by the Dodgers to fund cancer research, and modeled after the Red Sox’ Jimmy Fund, continuing the McCourt’s quest to turn the Dodgers into Red Sox West. Still it is a good cause, and the McCourts are going to match donations up to $1 million dollars, so I can’t really say anything bad about this event.

We get to see baseball in the Coliseum again after all these years, it’s Dodgers-Red Sox, and all the money goes to charity. Now that is just cool all around.

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9 Responses to “Now this is just cool!”

  1. That’s a nice obtuse angle the foul lines are cutting on that seat map of the Coliseum. Whatever happened to 90 degrees?

    Nomar is gonna tear up his shoulder trying to throw from third to first on that field.

  2. Paul Moro says:

    The Dodgers belong in Brooklyn. There, I said it.

  3. Haha, yeah Danny, you’re right! And somehow the angle in the photograph actually looks acute to me, but that must just be a trick of the angle from which the photograph was taken.

  4. “The Dodgers belong in Brooklyn. There, I said it.”

    How original.

  5. You’re absolutely right, P. Oswald. It’s really about as original as pointing out cliched statements by saying “How original”. Man, I’m so embarrassed.

  6. Sarah Green says:

    “Shall I bring my dueling pistols…or my sword?”

  7. Why did they have to schedule the game with the Red Sox, meaning that all of their douche bag fans will be purchasing tickets. They should have scheduled the Angels.

  8. Sarah Green says:

    NFL Adam, I don’t get it. Are you pissed that you’ll be at the game with a bunch of douchebags, or that you won’t get to go at all?

  9. A little of both, actually. I will end up scoring a ticket, but I’m not going to be happy about sitting among the transplants complaining about the Coliseum.

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