Journalist explores history of racism in America, connection to modern-day

first_imgJournalist Jelani Cobb explored America’s history of racism as well as its present existence Tuesday night. Cobb, a professor in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has been published in The Washington Post and has written a series of articles centered on race, the police and injustice for The New Yorker.Kathryne Robinson His lecture, titled “The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today,” was hosted by the Dean’s Fellows of the College of Arts and Letters. Cobb said race replays itself constantly as a theme in history.“It’s not simply an issue,” Cobb said. “We can’t fundamentally understand how the country came into existence or what the country is without looking at this subject. … This idea of ‘We the People,’ this founding creed, that the ultimate authority is ‘we.’ But the more important question is who is this ‘we’? It’s a question we have never reconciled.”Cobb said he previously taught at Moscow University, and it was there that one of his colleagues mentioned a particular optimism he thought defined Americans. He said it’s this sense of optimism that is applied to our understanding of the past. However, he said he stands firm on the belief that progress is not permanent, and there’s always the potential of moving backwards.“Progress doesn’t look like a straight line,” Cobb said. “It looks more like an EKG. We’ve seen these great moments of peaks which have been followed by valleys with the hope that the peaks are higher and the valleys are shallow.”Cobb said the rise of hateful organizations like the Ku Klux Klan and acts such as lynching was fueled by an underlying objective to eliminate a sense of racial progress and was part of the resistance to racial integration and equality.Cobb said discrimination was not limited to African Americans and cited examples through history such as the Chinese Exclusion Act. He talked about inequality for African Americans among areas such as health care, life expectancy and unemployment rates.“We find that race matters in all these kinds of ways and that it continues to replicate the hierarchies that are baked into this country’s history,” Cobb said.Cobb said it is people’s responsibility to move the world in a desired direction. He said 2.9 million people took to the streets to protest after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, which demonstrates that movements come about when “abstract principles become concrete concerns.”“Despair is the ally of the people who you are fighting against,” Cobb said. “The whole point is to break people’s will and to leave people dispirited. But keep in mind the victories people have achieved against really large odds. Optimism is the fundamental building block of anything that comes after.”According to Cobb, that optimism is tragic because he believes racism will never fully disappear, but that it will turn from a fatal illness to a chronic ailment as people find better ways of addressing it.Cobb said there is no notion of a “post-racial society.” According to Cobb, there was an anxiety felt among some white groups who felt other racial groups were becoming more advantaged after the election of President Barack Obama in 2008, but that anxiety was a result of racism.“[If] you are defining your citizenship by your cumulative advantages over this group of people, then yes you will find progress to be threatening,” he said. “There’s no other word for that than racism.”Cobb said it was particularly the testing times of racism and injustice that acted as an impetus of moving forward with social progress.“The place where I find optimism is in each moment where we have encountered these values, where we find ourselves moving backward [that] has had a catalyzing effect on people of conscience who have come together and demand that we create a more decent, equitable and more democratic world,” he said. “We have seen that shockingly small number of people summon the will to perform acts of importance far beyond their numbers.”Tags: Discrimination, Jelani Cobb, Journalism, Obama, Politics, post-racial, Racismlast_img read more

Men’s hockey: Tony Granato’s hockey journey comes full circle

first_imgThere aren’t many people who have more experience and exposure to the game of hockey than Tony Granato.He has skated with Wayne Gretzky, and coached legends like Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy. But he has not only dealt with stars, he has been one himself. He has seen it all in the industry as a player and coach, being injured, traded, fired and promoted.So where else is there left for him to go? For Granato, the answer is the place where it all started: Wisconsin.“I get the opportunity to come back to the program that means a lot to me and gave me a chance to have a life after college,” Granato said. “I never really left the program.”From Downers Grove, Illinois, Granato came to Wisconsin as a freshman student athlete in 1983. He played all four years of his college career in red and white and eventually landed himself a spot in the UW Athletics Hall of Fame. Granato had success every year he was at Wisconsin, but his final season as a Badger was the most impressive campaign by far.In his senior season, Granato netted 28 goals and dished out 45 assists, finishing with a career high 73 points. Over his four-year stint as a Badger, he totaled 100 career goals and 220 assists, ranking third and fourth respectively in the program’s history. He was also a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award his senior year and finished as a two-time All-American. Granato undoubtedly made a mark on Wisconsin hockey.Following his college career in Madison, Granato’s next stop was the Big Apple after the New York Rangers selected him 120th overall in the 1982 National Hockey League draft. He continued his prolific play in New York, scoring 36 goals in his rookie season, which still stands to this day as a Rangers’ team record.After two years with the Rangers, he headed to Los Angeles where he would spend seven years playing alongside arguably the greatest hockey player of all time, Wayne Gretzky. In the Los Angeles Kings’ playoff run to the 1993 Stanley Cup finals, Granato recorded 17 points in 24 games. It was a fitting performance to tie the bow on his best year as a professional, headlined by 82 regular season points.In 1996 Granato headed to San Jose to play for the Sharks in what would prove the final stop in his 13-year career as a player. Five years later, he retired after the 2001 season.In 2007, Granato traded his jersey for a suit and made his return to the ice as the assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche. There he would coach hockey greats such as Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy, while bouncing back and forth between the head and assistant coaching positions.“I think the biggest thing [in coaching in the NHL to college hockey] is the fact that the recruiting side of things has so many more things involved that are more than just coaching,” Granato said. “You have to be good on the practice side of things and the administrative side of things.”Two years later, he was fired as the Avs’ head coach, but he wouldn’t be out of hockey for long. Later that year he signed on as the assistant coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who were led by star center forward Sidney Crosby. By the time 2014 had rolled around, he left Pittsburgh for Detroit to claim his last assistant coaching position with the Red Wings.Now in 2016, his hockey journey has ultimately come full circle, returning to where it all began at UW.“When I came here I knew I wasn’t just coming here to coach a team,” Granato said. “I didn’t realize all the things that come along with it, and every one of them is exciting. It’s being part of somethings that’s bigger than just coaching hockey; it’s being party of a community, a university and the city of Madison.”For someone with such an incredible career as a player and a coach, some might find it incredibly challenging to leave the top of their profession. Granato, however, is a fan of opportunity and loves Madison for what it is — a place he has viewed as a second home that gave him the chance to pursue his professional career.Madison is also the home for many of his family members too, including his brother Don Granato, who returned to Wisconsin to coach alongside his brother this year as well.“When the opportunity presented itself to get the chance to work with Mark and Donny and come back here and be a part of this staff and part of this athletic department, I said ‘Why wouldn’t I?’” Granato said.The Wisconsin coach has his work cut out for him in his pursuit to bring the Badgers back to their winning tradition. The team has won only 12 games in the last two seasons, but Granato is optimistic and ready to get to work.For Granato, that even means taking classes at UW to finish off a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies. In order to keep a head coaching job in college hockey, the coach must have a degree or be able to complete a degree within a 12 month period.Badgers look to begin Granato era on a high note against WildcatsThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team will kick off their 2016-17 season in Green Bay Friday and Saturday for Read…After Wednesday’s practice before his first regular season game as the Badger’s head coach, Granato shared some of his thoughts on upcoming challenges.“I think there’s a lot of pieces in place, the group that was left here has a lot to offer … I think we’re going to have a really exciting team to watch,” Granato said.There’s no doubt that coach Granato will put everything he has into the team that helped him become everything he is today. It’s hard to argue with a list of accomplishments and success in the hockey world as long as Granato’s, but what separates him from other coaches is his dedication, knowledge, and most importantly, his passion for the team and city that he loves.last_img read more

Joe Panik homer stands alone as Giants edge Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw in opener

first_imgBut the Dodgers couldn’t summon the echoes of another era – last summer – and put together a winning rally. Instead, Joe Panik’s solo home run stood alone as the San Francisco Giants handed the Dodgers a 1-0 defeat.It was the Dodgers’ first Opening Day defeat since 2010 and Kershaw’s first in those eight season-opening assignments.“We didn’t get the offensive performance we wanted,” said first baseman Cody Bellinger, whose 0 for 4 was part of a collective 0 for 17 from the first five spots in the Dodgers’ batting order. “Kershaw was great again. He gave up one run. We should win when he only gives up one.”Kershaw certainly did what he could. Although he allowed eight hits – the most of any of his Opening Day starts – he stranded five baserunners in the first four innings, including leaving a runner at third in three of them. He even had two of the Dodgers’ three hits off Giants starter Ty Blach.“I was fortunate to get out of some jams there,” Kershaw said. “Panik put one good swing on me and unfortunately it cost us the game.” “That would have been epic,” he said.But the Dodgers went down in order after that, striking out five times in the final three innings.“It just didn’t happen,” Kemp said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousDodger fans celebrate as the starting lineup is introduced before their 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor rects after striking out against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate against the San Francisco Giants in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSan Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ty Blach throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) steals second base ahead of the tag by San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager forces out San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik (12) at second base before completing the double play on a ground ball by San Francisco Giants’ Andrew McCutchen (not pictured) in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal singles against the San Francisco Giants in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik, second from left, hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, left, watches along with catcher Yasmani Grandal, right, and home plate umpire Mark Wegner, top right, during the fifth inning of an opening day baseball game Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) watches San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik (12) home run in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik, top, watches his solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) also watches during the fifth inning of an opening day baseball game Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) watches San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik (not pictured) home run in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik shakes hands with teammate Andrew McCutchen (22) after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (not pictured) in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik high fives teammates after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (not pictured) in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw after giving up a base hit against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Cory Gearrin high fives teammates after getting out of the seventh inning during a Major League Baseball game against he Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik watches his solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (not pictured) in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez wearing Dodger socks against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Baseball fans in the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) looks at home plate umpire Mark Wegner (14) after striking out agains the San Francisco Giants in the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) walks back to the dugout after striking out against the San Francisco Giants as manager Dave Roberts looks on in the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)in the eighth Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, left, along with Cody Bellinger, center, and Yasiel Puig react in the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ESPN announcers Alex Rodriguez, left, with Jessica Mendoza, center, and Matt Vasgersian during a Major League Baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. San Francisco Giants won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw walks off the mound during their 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig smiles after fouling off a pitch in front of Giants’ catcher Buster Posey the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw contemplates his last pitch as the Giants’ Joe Panik rounds the bases during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw looks at the scoreboard as he walks to the dugout during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Cody Bellinger strikes out swinging to end the sixth inning in front of Giants catcher Buster Posey during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw reacts after throwing a ball during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp blows a bubble as he walks to the dugout after lining out in the seventh inning during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)San Francisco Giants pitcher Ty Blach throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Corey Seager snags a blooper during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig hauls in a fly ball during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Cody Bellinger removes his gear after striking out swinging to end the sixth inning in front of Giants catcher Buster Posey during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig stands in the dugout during the night inning during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig is tagged out by Giants catcher Buster Posey in the sixth inning during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw throws the first pitch of an opening day baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Los Angeles Dodgers Yasiel Puig argues with home plate umpire Mark Wegner during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw in the dugout during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodger fans sing along during the seventh inning stretch during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodger fans participate in the wave during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodger fans sing along during the seventh inning stretch during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)A full moon rises over Dodger Stadium during the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Giants’ Hunter Strickland shakes hands with catcher Buster Posey after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 during their 2018 Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodger great Kirk Gibson throws out the first pitch before the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)A Dodger fan with a painted head in the stands before the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Orel Hershiser is interviewed in the tunnels of Dodger Stadium after catching Kirk Gibson’s ceremonial first pitch before the Dodgers’ 1-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants during their Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers Orel Hershiser, left, with Fernando Valenzuela and Sand Koufax prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers grounds crew prepares the field prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela signs autographs prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers Joc Pederson prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers either Sandy Koufax signs autographs prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Sandy Koufax prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers Cody Bellinger prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers Orel Hershiser, left, with Fernando Valenzuela and Sand Koufax prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Baseball fans make their way through the stadium prior to a Major League Baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)A empty Dodger stadium prior to a Major League Baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Orel Hershiser, left, with Kirk Gibson the 1988 World Series heroes prior to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Former Los Angeles Dodgers Kirk Gibson and 1988 World Series hero after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants’ Evan Longoria, left, high fives teammates prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)American idol constantan Pia Toscano sings the National Anthem prior to a Major League Baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers fans look on prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Baseball fans look on during the National Anthem prior to a Major League Baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The San Francisco Giants line up prior to a Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) speaks with Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts (30) prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dodger fans celebrate as the starting lineup is introduced before their 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The National Anthem is played before the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodger fans celebrate as the starting lineup is introduced before their 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers line up for the National Anthem before their 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodger fans celebrate as a flyover occurs over Dodger Stadium before their 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The National Anthem is played before the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The San Francisco Giants’ Joe Panik greets his teammates during introductions before their 2018 Opening Day matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw throws the first pitch of the season against the San Francisco Giants during their 2018 Opening Day matchup at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)The grounds crew wets down the infield before the Dodgers’ 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodger fans celebrate as the starting lineup is introduced before their 2018 Opening Day matchup against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor rects after striking out against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 83Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor rects after striking out against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Something in the air at Dodger Stadium on Thursday afternoon made your eyes water – and it had nothing to do with the plumbing problem that sent sewage spilling onto the field Tuesday night. The Dodgers had apparently jiggled the handle and cleared away all signs of that embarrassing flow pas.No, it was the nostalgia. The air was thick with it.As the 30th anniversary season started, the Dodgers brought out the heroes of 1988 – Tommy Lasorda, Orel Hershiser and Kirk Gibson – and kicked off Opening Day with the kind of warm embrace of history which this franchise does so well.Clayton Kershaw made his own (latest) mark on that history, taking the ball on Opening Day for a franchise-record eighth consecutive season. Baseball’s toughest entrance exam, Kershaw allowed just one run in six innings while striking out seven.center_img Dodgers choose Joc Pederson over Andrew Toles – for now That swing came unexpectedly with two outs and no one on in the fifth inning. Kershaw dropped down to a three-quarters delivery to mess with Panik. It didn’t work. Panik was on the 2-and-2 fastball and lofted a high fly ball down the right-field line.The drive was met with an odd silence many in the park assuming it had gone foul. But a look of disgusted disbelief on Kershaw’s face confirmed that Panik had tucked it just inside the foul pole for a solo home run.The Giants had just two hits after Panik’s homer. But only one of the Dodgers’ eventual six hits came from any of the first six hitters in the lineup (a ninth-inning single by Matt Kemp).“He’s thrown the ball well against us,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Blach. “I should have batted Clayton third.”The Dodgers’ best chance to end their season-long scoreless streak came after Blach left the game.In the bottom of the seventh, Yasmani Grandal’s second single and a two-out pinch-hit single by Chase Utley put runners at the corners. Getting a massive jump against Giants reliever Cory Gearrin, Utley stole second, putting the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position for Chris Taylor – who took a full-count slider right down “Copperhead Road” for strike three and flipped his bat away in an act of self-loathing.“It was right down the middle. I was angry with myself,” Taylor said of his reaction. “I was thinking too much, I think. Taking a two-strike slider down the middle is inexcusable.”There was still time for the kind of heroics that characterized the 2017 season. Playing his first game as a Dodger since 2014, Kemp led off the ninth with a single. Visions of a storybook ending were dancing in his head.Related Articleslast_img read more