Matt Kemp didn't have the best 2010 -- he was called out by his general manager, benched for not hustling, saw his batting average drop nearly 50 points and had a public split with girlfriend Rihanna. Is Kemp, 26, the breakout superstar of 2009 or is he the talent-wasting malcontent of 2010? The Dodgers need him to be the vintage model for their season to be successful.
Sandy Koufax played with Claude Osteen for the 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers
Claude Osteen played with Jerry Mumphrey for the 1974 St. Louis Cardinals
Jerry Mumphrey played with Greg Maddux for the 1988 Chicago Cubs
Greg Maddux played with Clayton Kershaw for the 2008 Los Angeles Dodgers
In the capital of America's entertainment industry, Los Angeles, the Dodgers are no strangers to pop culture -- from celebrities at the ballpark to ballplayers in movies and TV shows.
There's no shortage of movies and TV shows that have used Dodger Stadium as a backdrop, but my favorite is probably 1985's Better Off Dead (a CBS Production!). It's one of the mid-80s John Cusack classics, with Cusack playing sad-sack Lane Meyer, who falls in love with French foreign exchange student, Monique Junot (Diane Franklin). Monique came to the United States just to see Dodger Stadium -- "What else is there of interest but the Brooklyn Dodger?"
The end of the movie shows the two kissing, sitting on the hood of Meyer's 1967 Camero parked at home plate.
Other movies using Dodger Stadium as a set:
Naked Gun (1988)
Strange Days (1994)
Matchstick Men (2002)
Be Cool (2004)
Rocky Balboa (2005)
Star Trek (2007)
-- C. Trent Rosecrans