Joc Pederson flew home after playing only 22 Dominican Winter League games because of a stomach ailment traced to gluten or dairy sensitivity. (John McCoy/staff photographer)
It started last November in the Dominican Republic with a bowl of soup and some fish. It might have been a side dish. Joc Pederson
Whatever it was, something Pederson ate turned on him quickly. He woke up the next day feeling so bad he couldn’t play baseball, caught a flight home, and was ultimately was unable to return to the Dominican Winter League after playing just 22 games.
“I had to meet a bunch of doctor specialists down here,” Pederson said Friday at a Dodgers Community Caravan stop in Northeast Los Angeles. “They told me I can’t digest gluten or dairy so I haven’t eaten gluten or dairy since, like, Thanksgiving. It’s not really a choice. I wish it was a choice.”
The Dodgers announced all the major details for their annual FanFest on Thursday. The free event will be held Saturday, January 31 at Dodger Stadium from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will feature appearances and autograph availability from Dodger players, coaches and alumni.
Parking gates A, C and E open at 9:30 a.m. and fans may enter the stadium through the left or right field plaza gates at 10 a.m.
Here are the scheduled autograph times and locations:
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (holding the Stella Artois can) and comedian George Lopez play ping pong Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. (David Crane/Staff photographer)
When Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw
and Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul team up, how can they lose?
On a superficial level, Thursday night proved it was possible. Columnist Jill Painter reports that the two were bounced in the first round of Kershaw’s second annual “Ping Pong 4 Purpose” charity event at Dodger Stadium.
In all the ways that matter, Kershaw carried the day. A slew of Hollywood celebrities and Dodger players participated in the event, whose proceeds benefit Kershaw’s Challenge. From Jill’s column:
The money raised from the event will go toward building another orphanage in Africa and money to help pay for surgeries and medical care. In addition, funds will help the Dream Center, an organization that helps people move from the street to transitional housing.
Click here to view a photo gallery from the event.