Celebrities at Dodger Stadium

October, 4, 2008
10:33 p.m. ET
LA being LA, the list of celebrities attending the game is almost as important as the Dodgers' lineup. Here is the list as provided by the Dodgers' media relations staff: Vince Vaughn, Ellen Pompeo, Dennis Haysbert, Pierce Brosnan, Larry King, Paul Walker, James Denton, Isiah Thomas and Eric Balfour (yeah, we don't know who he is either).
--Jorge Arangure Jr.

A SAVE FROM SVEUM (10:17 p.m. ET)
Brewers manager Dale Sveum had as much to do with keeping the Phillies off the board in the ninth inning as his closer did.

After Salomon Torres loaded the bases by allowing three straight hits to kick off the ninth, Pedro Feliz hit what looked like your basic 5-4-3 run-scoring double-play ball.

But hold on. Even though the Brewers turned that double play, and even though the runner on third (Ryan Howard) crossed the plate, second-base umpire Jim Joyce called obstruction on Shane Victorino for a late takeout slide on second baseman Craig Counsell.

The run went up on the scoreboard. But out raced Sveum to confer with plate ump Brian Runge. Runge then motioned for a huddle with the other five umpires, and after a brief discussion of Joyce's call, Howard was waved out of the dugout and back to third base. The other Phillies runner, Greg Dobbs, was sent back to second base. And because Torres then retired Carlos Ruiz for the final out, the Phillies never did score in the inning.

But if Sveum had never raised that point with Runge, no one ever would have noticed. So you can give this save to Salomon Torres AND his manager.
--Jayson Stark

Brewers reliever Carlos Villanueva marched up and got a hit in the sixth inning. Which means he now has more hits in this series than Prince Fielder (who's now 0-for-9 through six innings).
--Jayson Stark

Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks just left the game, before the top of the fourth inning, with what was announced as a sprained left knee. There was no immediate indication as to how Weeks injured himself. He was one of the few Brewers in the lineup with good career offensive numbers versus Jamie Moyer. Weeks came into the game 3-for-7 (.429) against Moyer, before grounding out to third in his only at-bat. He was replaced by Craig Counsell.
--Jayson Stark

The commissioner himself, Bud Selig, was in attendance for Saturday's Brewers-Phillies game. And while the commish mentioned several times that he's "supposed to be neutral," he didn't even try to hide how much joy it gave him to see a postseason baseball game being played in his hometown.

"Even though I've been gone from here for 16 years, we founded the Brewers in 1964, and we went through a lot of things," Selig said. "Every time I drive by this stadium, I'm reminded of what we went through. ... So it's a wonderful day for Milwaukee and Wisconsin -- an emotional day. I've been here [at the park] for an hour and a half, and it's been emotional just having people come up to me."

Selig revealed that he is scheduled to throw out the first pitch before Sunday's game -- except he couldn't be too sure there will even be a Sunday game.

"If I don't," he joked, "I'll do it in front of my house, and [Tom] Haudricourt [longtime Brewers beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel] can be the catcher."

More Selig highlights:

• He remains opposed to adding a second wild-card team in each league, because "I happen to think this system is fine."

• He also downplayed talk of expanding the Division Series from best-of-five to best-of-seven. "We're going to play this year until Oct. 30. Next year, it will be early November, which I'm not thrilled about. What I've said to the clubs many times is that, if we go to seven games, you're going to have to cut some games [off the regular season]. Do you know there isn't a vote in the room?"

• He's concerned about rising ticket prices in an increasingly tough economy: "We need to protect our ticket prices. ... We should be very careful not to get too cocky and over-price ourselves."
--Jayson Stark

Jamie Moyer had a first inning like few he's ever had in his life.

He walked the first hitter of the game, Mike Cameron, on four pitches. He'd done that only one other time in this millennium. And it was also against the Brewers -- a four-pitch walk to Rickie Weeks on April 24, in this same ballpark, Miller Park.

Moyer then walked the second hitter, Bill Hall. It was just the third time in his career he has started a game by walking the first two hitters. Here are the others:

• July 8, 1987 against San Diego -- Stanley Jefferson and Tony Gwynn
• May 19, 1997 against Anaheim -- Tony Phillips and Darin Erstad
--Jayson Stark



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