Dodgers' new owners celebrate first home game

Dodgers' new owners celebrate first home game

LOS ANGELES -- A noticeable buzz could be felt throughout Dodger Stadium on Monday night as the Dodgers played their first home game under Guggenheim Baseball Management, defeating the Giants, 9-1.

Television cameras lined the third-base foul line before the game, photographers snapped shots of the day's events and fans cheered as they filtered in to watch the Dodgers take on the Giants in the series opener.

To mark the special occasion, Magic Johnson, one of the team's new owners, escorted Rachel Robinson and Don Newcombe to the mound to throw out the celebratory first pitch.

Robinson, the widow of Dodgers Hall of Famer and civil-rights pioneer Jackie Robinson, and Newcombe, the Dodgers legend, signified a fresh start for a Dodgers franchise previously under the ownership of Frank McCourt from 2004-2012.

"It is a special day and the pregame ceremony is pretty cool," manager Don Mattingly said. "Guys are excited. It is an exciting time for us."