With the Dodgers chances of getting to the post-season looking more dicey — they lost 1-0 last night, the game ending on a called strikeout of new slugger Adrian Gonzalez — fans' minds can naturally wander to next season looking for a little excitement. On that angle, the Dodgers cooperated by just announcing next year's schedule.
They will host the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays at Dodger Stadium — the first visit ever to Chavez Ravine for the Tampa Bay team. And the Dodgers will make their return to Yankee Stadium, scene of so many great World Series battles. The two-game series scheduled June 18-19 will be the Dodgers' first regular season games in Yankee Stadium. They also will be the Dodgers' first appearance in the Bronx since winning Game 6 of the World Series on October 28, 1981.
Tell you what: the Dodgers should offer their Hall of Fame announcer a first-class plane ticket home to New York, and the Yankees should make at least part of the hoopla a Vin Scully party. He's as much a link to the Mickey Mantle era in the Bronx as anyone in the Yankees organization. Bring Yogi Berra along.
As of today, the Dodgers are one game out of the wild-card spots in the National League — not bad. But they are six games behind the Giants for first place in the NL West.