When Clayton Kershaw delivers his first pitch to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday afternoon, it'll be 50 years to the day since Dodger Stadium opened its doors.
To the fans coming through those gates - and the players taking the field - there's a bit more optimism than usual within one of the majors' iconic franchises.
A new ownership group featuring Magic Johnson has things looking up in Los Angeles, and a 3-1 start hasn't hurt as the Dodgers go for their fifth straight home-opening win on the golden anniversary of Chavez Ravine.
After winning back-to-back NL West titles in 2008 and 2009, Los Angeles had mediocre finishes over the past two seasons that took a backseat to the drama playing out in the courtroom over the team's ownership.
Reports came out before the 2010 season that owner Frank McCourt had racked up $390 million in debt against the team, and by June 2011, the Dodgers filed for bankruptcy.
McCourt and MLB reached an agreement for a court-supervised auction of the...