The Dodgers insist that hundreds of fans with tickets to Saturday’s game against the Padres showed up very late, unaware first pitch was moved up to 1 p.m. because Fox picked it as the afternoon regional telecast. When they arrived prior to 7 p.m., the place was empty, except for the cleaning crew and a few working sportswriters.
A plane flying a banner advertising the first episode of the new season for HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” was caught napping as well. It was flying above an empty Dodger Stadium late in the afternoon.
Those awake enough for the season-eight premiere Sunday night now know about the Dodgers connection to it.
Larry David, who once featured an episode where he picked up a prostitute so he could use the carpool lane and drive to Dodger Stadium game in time, had a storyline where he and fictional Dodgers owner “Joe O’Donnell” (played by Gary Cole) had the same divorce lawyer.
Who, as it turned out, wasn’t Jewish.
When David found that out, he suggested to O’Donnell that they change lawyers, to this new Jewish guy he came across. That lawyer ended up not only screwing up David’s divorce hearing, but awarded the Dodgers to O’Donnell’s wife — meaning when David showed up to a Dodgers game (on a set that didn’t look at all like Dodger Stadium) to sit with O’Donnell in the owner’s box, there was no where to go.
Then there’s a whole bloody subplot about O’Donnell’s daughter trying to sell Girl Scout cookies to David. Fast forward through it.
Another scene from the episode shows David in O’Donnell’s office — with the Dodger Stadium field outside his window. Which was completely made up. The owners’ office would have had to be somewhere on the loge directly behind home plate to have that kind of view.
Replays of the first episode: Today at 8:30 p.m. (HBO2), Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. (HBO2), Friday at 8 p.m. (HBO2), Sunday at 1:30 p.m. (HBO2).
There will be more baseball-related storylines in the upcoming season. The New York Times, in a recent interview with David, had him talk about episode nine (out of 10) — where David brings in Bill Buckner and Mookie Wilson into the plot. A ball rolls through David’s legs in an important softball game — he heard the music from a Mister Softee truck in the distance, which triggered a childhood trauma.
Who else but Buckner could offer him empathetic counsel?
“I wrote the outline and then called him,” David said of Buckner. “He’s a very quiet guy. It’s not like you’re talking to one of your friends. He’s quiet. He has a cowboy quality. You sense that he’s a decent guy.”