No fun allowed in the Dodger Stadium parking lot

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Technically speaking, it’s always been illegal to tailgate in the Dodger Stadium parking lot, whether you’re drinking booze or not. Practically speaking you’ve always been able to do it. Until the last two years, anyway, when police have started cracking down.  Carla Hall of the L.A. Times has a story from yesterday’s home opener in which people who were merely enjoying a sandwich and chips before the game have had police officers descend upon them to tell them to move along.  According to my calculations, this surpasses A.J. Pierzynski’s flop job by 2.3 metric weaks on the official weakness scale.

Frank McCourt’s grand plans include putting a football stadium in that parking lot in order to attract an NFL team.  If that ever comes to pass, someone had best rethink the tailgating rules. Outside of Milwaukee baseball can survive without tailgating. Football though? Forget it.

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.