It’s a moment in L.A. sports that can morph into something supposedly magnificent again.
But the nagging question seems to be: Do the Dodgers have it in them to claim ownership of L.A without having actually gone out and done it yet on the field?
So far, they’ve paid plenty for the bragging rights.
Flash back to five years ago, there were all kinds of Dodger-branded billboards no one was dodging.
“This Is My Town,” they boldly stated. And everyone who thought they were someone wanted to be part of it.
Up on Sunset and Vine, with the giant white letters on the blue background, it was rapper Snoop Dogg or rocker Nikki Sixx. Poison frontman Bret Michaels or hip hop group the Black Eyed Peas. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. A cavalcade of Kardashians.
No horsing around with this thing — even Zenyatta got one.
The Dodgers players who were eventually featured on them may not have carried the same star quality. James Loney, Rafael Furcal, Casey Blake and Hiroki Kuroda?
Right, there was Joe Torre and Manny Ramirez, too. But looking back on it, that campaign didn’t provide a lot of champagne.