With his arm in a sling, Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Matt Kemp took his busted left shoulder out clubbing Tuesday night ... just FOUR DAYS after undergoing surgery.
Kemp -- who had arthroscopic work done on his rotator cuff and shoulder -- and the Angels' Torii Hunter hit up Supperclub in Hollywood Tuesday night ... where they battled crowds and the dreaded rose-seller lady on the way out.
Kemp seemed to be in good spirits for a guy who won't be able to swing a bat for the next three months.
Buuuuut ... Kemp just signed a $160 MILLION contract .... so is it a smart move to take your tender, vulnerable shoulder to a place packed with crowds and drunk people?
On the other hand, it's not like the Dodgers have a game anytime soon.
'Modern Family' Actor
STARTED Dodgers Fight
9/17/2012 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet picked the fight between himself and a Cardinals fan this weekend at the Dodgers game -- this according to the Cardinals fan, who tells TMZ, Stonestreet took a friendly rivalry WAAAY over the line.
The Cardinals fan in question -- a guy named Michael Gallagher -- says the drama began when he heckled Matt Kemp for grounding out at the bottom of the 8th.
Gallagher says he yelled, "Hey Kemp, 0 for 4, nice job!" ... and Kemp rolled his eyes, laughing it off.
According to Gallagher, Stonestreet was sitting next to him and yelled back, "Matt Kemp should've come over and punched you in the face."
Gallagher claims Stonestreet then approached a security guard and said something to the effect of ... "Someone needs to kick this guy's ass."
Gallagher tells us, Stonestreet continued to yell insults at him and his friend, such as "Nice v-neck" -- and finally his friend snapped, yelling back, "Well you're a fat ass!"
According to Gallagher, that's when things got out of hand -- and the actor came over to exchange words up close.
Security quickly intervened and escorted everyone up to the main concourse -- at which point Gallagher says Stonestreet whipped out the infamous line ... "Don't you know who I am?"
Gallagher says security let Stonestreet go back to his seat, but kicked him and his friend out -- for no good reason. As for Stonestreet, the "Modern Family" actor told us nothing happened, despite admitting he was escorted out of his seat.
'Modern Family' Star
of L.A. Dodgers Game
9/17/2012 3:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet was escorted out of his seat at last night's Los Angeles Dodgers game after he allegedly got into a verbal altercation with a St. Louis Cardinals fan.
According to a witness, Stonestreet said something to the Cardinals fan after the guy heckled a Dodgers player. The two exchanged words, but we're told it never escalated to the point where either threatened the other in any way.
In the video, you can see Stonestreet and the fan exchanging words before security eventually came over and asked Stonestreet to leave. The guy who Stonestreet appeared to be arguing with was asked to leave as well.
Stonestreet was later seen in the hallway, talking to security staff.
Calls to Stonestreet's rep were not returned. A rep for the Dodgers tells TMZ that Stonestreet was not ejected from the stadium and, after speaking to security, was allowed to return to his seat.
FYI -- The Dodgers won the game in dramatic fashion, scoring two runs in the bottom of the 9th (with 2 outs) to beat the Cards.
After our story went up, Stonestreet tweeted his version of events, saying, "i did NOT get kicked out of the Dodgers game last night. did i get escorted to the top of the stairs by security? yes. yes i sure did." He also spoke to our cameras on Sunday night (see below).
L.A. Dodgers AA Team
Is That an ASS TATTOO
in Left Field?
8/27/2012 12:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Chattanooga Lookouts are a minor league baseball team affiliated with the L.A. Dodgers ... they're also the only team with a picture of a naked man's tattooed ass hanging in left field.
This photo was taken yesterday at AT&T Field in Tennessee ... showing what appears at first glance to be a harmless ad for Champy's Chicken right near the scoreboard.
Upon closer inspection ... turns out the Champy's logo is actually a tattoo that happens to be located on the right ass cheek of a very big Champy's fan.
A rep for the restaurant tells TMZ ... Champy's gave the ass model $200 in store credit so they could use the shot in their ads. The credit was all up front ... so, the model gets nothing in the back end (rimshot).
We're told the ad has been up at the stadium all season long and it hasn't been a distraction ... in fact, the Lookouts are currently in 1st place.
L.A. Dodgers Star
Sued Over Maserati-
Smashing Car Crash
6/11/2012 5:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Another interesting twist in James Loney's bizarre Maserati-crashing, eyelid-twitching, super-sweaty, breathalyzer-refusing incident -- TMZ has learned the L.A. Dodgers star has been sued over one of the cars he allegedly hit that day.
Mid-Century Insurance Company just filed a lawsuit against Loney -- claiming the baseball player CAUSED the infamous multi-car wreck in L.A. back in November ... and therefore he's liable for the $30,506.79 worth of damage to a 2008 Mercedes that was banged up in the pileup.
At the time of the crash, cops said Loney was acting incredibly strange ... and blamed the accident on another driver -- telling one officer, "The b*tch hit me from behind."
Cops said Loney didn't know what day it was ... and spit the mouthpiece of a breathalyzer at a cop when they tried to test him for booze.
Shockingly, Loney's toxicology tests came back NEGATIVE -- and officials decided not to prosecute him over the incident due to insufficient evidence.
'VERY HAPPY' for Magic
to Take Over the Dodgers
4/2/2012 5:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Matt Kemp is fired up about the change in Dodgers ownership ... telling TMZ he's "very happy" that Magic Johnson is taking over the team.
Kemp was leaving Philippe Chow (great noodles) in L.A. this weekend ... when he told us, "Magic's the man" ... and noted it's "World Series time."
Kemp isn't the only Dodger fired up about the post-McCourt regime ... Andre Ethier and pitcher Clayton Kershaw have both expressed excitement about the change as well.
When we asked Kemp if Magic was gonna bring a little of the old "Showtime" flair to the Blue Crew ... Matt told us, "I hope so man."
So do we.
I WOULDA Bought the Dodgers ...
If I Had the Money
3/30/2012 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Charlie Sheen tells TMZ, he's rich ... but he ain't Dodgers-buying rich -- and that's the ONLY reason he didn't throw down to acquire the struggling L.A. franchise.
Charlie was out in NYC yesterday -- telling us, it's "pretty cool" Magic Johnson and his investment team have agreed to purchase the Dodgers for $2 billion.
But when we ask why Charlie -- a notorious baseball fanatic -- wasn't buying the team instead of Magic, he replies, "I didn't have any money at the time."
"Any" is a bit of a stretch.
LOVES LA Dodgers
Makes $2 BILLION Purchase!!
3/28/2012 2:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Magic Johnson is in as part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers -- and Frank McCourt is out -- after the NBA legend's investment group sealed a TWO BILLION dollar deal to purchase the team ... and the crowd went wild!
Magic and McCourt announced the deal late Tuesday night ... which should unite LA's most storied sports franchise with its most beloved athlete by the end of April.
Magic was the face of the investment group -- Guggenheim Partners -- which closed the $2 billion deal that still has to be approved in federal bankruptcy court. The controlling partner of the team would actually be Mark Walter, CEO of GP.
As part of the deal McCourt would get to buy the land around Dodger Stadium -- mainly the overpriced parking lots -- for around $150 million. Face it Dodger fans ... he's never leaving.
But hey, "In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened" ... we got Magic!
L.A. Dodgers Star
The Maserati-Smashing 911 Call
He 'Tried to Flee the Scene'
12/19/2011 2:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ has obtained the 911 call placed moments after L.A. Dodgers first baseman James Loney crashed his Maserati into multiple cars last month -- and according to the caller, Loney tried to flee the scene.
When asked how many cars were involved -- the caller responds, "Possibly up to seven" ... though police claim the accident only involved four, including Loney's Mas.
The caller claims Loney had "passed out" moments before the accident ... and that's what caused the initial collision. According to the caller, Loney then woke up and attempted to "flee the scene," accidentally crashing into another car. Thankfully, no one appeared injured.
As we first reported, cops believe Loney was drugged up during the November 14th accident -- so they handcuffed him and transported him to a nearby hospital where the baseball star allegedly refused a breathalyzer ... spitting the mouthpiece back at cops.
Cops say they obtained a blood sample to test for drugs -- but it came back negative.
Attempts to reach Loney for comment were unsuccessful.
L.A. Dodgers Star
Allegedly Spits at Cops
12/8/2011 11:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Los Angeles Dodgers star James Loney was arrested while being hospitalized in L.A. last month ... after allegedly smashing his Maserati into THREE other cars ... and then spitting at a cop ... this according to a police report obtained by TMZ.
Loney -- who plays 1st base for the Dodgers -- was arrested on November 14th ... because cops say he appeared to be under the influence of drugs after he swerved into a Toyota around 6pm ... and then careened into a Mercedes and a Mini.
According to the report, when cops first arrived to the scene ... Loney told one of the officers, "The bitch hit me from behind."
Cops say Loney appeared to be "restless, unsteady, aggressive and irritable" ... and he "exhibited eyelid tremors and his shirt was soiled and moist from perspiration, from his armpits down to his waistline."
Cops say when officers asked Loney what day it was ... he replied, "7/15 and Saturday" -- when in fact, it was 11/14 and Monday.
I'm Selling the Dodgers!
11/2/2011 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The hits just keep on coming for Dodgers owner Frank McCourt -- who just announced he's selling the team!
"The Los Angeles Dodgers and Major League Baseball announced that they have agreed today to a court-supervised process to sell the team and its attendant media rights in a manner designed to realize maximum value for the Dodgers and their owner, Frank McCourt," read a joint statement from Frank and the MLB.
The Blackstone Group LP will manage the sale process.
There are rumors that Frank will fetch as much as $1 billion for the team -- but so far, that number is still unconfirmed.
The news of the sale comes a few months after the team filed for bankruptcy -- and one month after Frank's $130 million divorce settlement with ex-wife Jamie.
Frank & Jamie McCourt
Strike Divorce Settlement,
Dodgers Still in Limbo
10/17/2011 6:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Frank and Jamie McCourt have reached a divorce settlement which will secure Jamie as a very rich woman, but at a price ... she's relinquishing all claims to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Under the settlement, which must still be approved by the judge, Jamie will snag $130 million ... this according to a report. The judge rejected an earlier settlement proposal, partly because of an unorthodox TV deal that fronted money to Frank. The TV deal is not part of this settlement.
So on the surface -- when it comes to the Dodgers -- it's a big victory for Frank. But insiders say far from a victory, Frank is probably going to lose the team, because at the end of the month a bankruptcy judge will decide if the Dodgers will go on the auction block.
Insiders think the judge will force the sale -- which should produce anywhere from $700 million to a billion bucks for the team.
12:17 PM: Frank and Jamie just released a joint statement ... Jamie will no longer stand between Frank and his TV deal -- claiming, "Jamie will be withdrawing her opposition to the Dodgers proposed sale of media rights and instead will be filing papers in support of the process."
Dodger Beating Victim
Out of Hospital, Into Rehab
10/11/2011 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow has finally been released from the hospital -- more than 6 months after he was beaten within an inch of his life in the Dodgers Stadium parking lot.
Stow has been making tremendous progress in his recovery -- recently talking with family members and friends.
Doctors say Stow will continue his treatment at an undisclosed long-term rehabilitation facility. Stow's doctor says his recovery will take years.
The 42-year-old paramedic's family released a statement -- saying, "We feel immense relief today, knowing that Bryan is ready to start the next chapter of his story."
Stow suffered severe brain injuries on March 31 after the Dodger's regular season opener against the Giants.
Two suspects have been charged in the beating -- both have plead not guilty.