Dodger golfers get a mulligan…

Penny_indoorsIt was another rainy day here at Dodgertown, forcing the workouts indoors. Several players, including Eric Gagne, Derek Lowe (pictured) and Brad Penny threw bullpen sessions inside the batting cages, while other players took batting practice before departing early.

Eric Gagne had set up a golf tournament for players and staff members as a team-building event, but it got washed away with the workouts. It’s impressive, though, that Eric took it upon himself to try and create the chemistry that is so important on a big league club. His ability on the field speaks for itself, but he’s also great in the community and the clubhouse.

Gagne and some of his teammates will get a mulligan, though, as he, Brett Tomko, Kenny Lofton and Derek Lowe will film "The Big Break All-Star Challenge" for the Golf Channel on Wednesday at Pointe West Golf Course here in Florida. They’ll have a skills competition, interviews and more, which will all be shown as a  half-hour special. We’ll let you know once it airs.



    I certainly hope that the Dodgers strongly consider Gagne’s intangible effects off the field when it comes to deciding whether to extend his contract. It’s hard to identify with other Dodgers since they haven’t been here long. He is now my wife’s favorite player (since LoDuca was traded away). I’d like to keep her interested in the team. It makes things easier for me. On an unrelated topic, can you give us ome insight into how the camp might be conducted differently under Little than it was Tracy? Are fundamentals stressed any differently?


    I’d like to point out that the caption for the picture is incorrect. DLowe may be the pitcher in the background, but #31, with the beard and long sox, is Brad Penny.

  3. trublu4ever

    I mentioned earlier today that the Giants’ Buster is out with a broken leg. Now, Krud, Krap and Bochy want a rule change for sliding into home! Why now? What if the runner would have broken his leg…would they still be crying about it? i don’t think so. Nobody said they should change the rule when Hamilton was put on the DL or any other player getting hurt in a collision at home.

  4. messagebear

    They obviously want to make it a pussy game; make sure nobody gets hurt. It’s already disgusting how many players get put on the DL these days for no better reason than shuffling personnel back and forth. How many people got put on the DL back in Drysdale’s and Sandy’s day?
    They had to gut it out, because otherwise they wouldn’t have got paid. Bunch of f’ing pussies!

  5. 32and53fan

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    • JhallWally

      Well, that’s good to hear. From what I gathered from reading all the articles about Bud turning down the Fox deal, Frank has already leveraged the future ticket money and doesn’t see any of it. It is going to pay for loans he took out against it.

  6. Nellyjune

    Cmon Andre!!!!
    A week from tonight I will be a Target Field watching the Dodgers play the Twins.

    • enchantedTheBeav

      If I remember Dad’s chart correctly, this game last year was 56000, so that’s a nice drop. πŸ™‚

  7. enchantedTheBeav

    I’m glad to see that some of our starters have figured out it pays to help yourself with the bat.

  8. dodgereric

    Well, I’m with those who aren’t celebrating yet. Selig’s decision is merely the baseball equivalent of getting some insurance runs late in the game. Our lead is more comfortable, but our bullpen is tired. I’ll only celebrate when that fat lady is belting it out.
    Tonight’s game was a welcome return to the under-30,000 class. We also got to within about 600 of attaining the biggest single-game drop yet. As predicted, using the Yankee series was going to accelerate the figures. The upcoming Angel series might likewise slow us down a little as we hit the midway point of the year at Game 41. We need to keep the boycott going. Now is not the time to weaken.
    Game 38 attendance (2010): 56,000
    Today’s attendance courtesy of trumom : 29,355
    Greater than last year = 5 / Less than last year = 32
    21st straight game of negative attendance
    Games less than 30,000 this season – 6
    Games less than 30,000 in 2005 – 2010: none
    Last game was 9/14/2004 – 29,704
    Lowest attended game of the year: Game 8 – 27,439
    Largest single game drop: Game 18 (55,662 – 28,419 = 27,243)
    2010 attendance (38 games) – 1,692,743 (44,546 average)
    2011 attendance (38 games) – 1,355,670 (35,676 average) #10 in MLB
    Drop of 337,073 total
    Average drop of 8870
    Extrapolated for 81 games – 718,498
    Projected 2011 final attendance – 2,889,718
    2010’s final attendance – 3,562,318 (#3 in MLB)
    Next game’s (39) attendance in 2010 – 56,000

  9. Nellyjune

    I look at today as a good first step of a very long an unsturdy staircase. It’s going to take a long time to get to the top with a lot of stopping along the way.

  10. nedsajerk

    I just notice we played the Tigers last year at DS and why are we playing them again this season? I could understand the Angels vs Dodgers every year same with the A’s and Giants but it seem we never get to played the A’s.

    • nedsajerk

      Why couldn’t it be a Kershaw vs Scherzer duel? Those 2 were in the same draft class and was picked ahead of Lincecum and what’s rare that they played a team that drafted Miller ahead of Kershaw.

  11. nedsajerk

    The Tigers was lucky with Verlander because of the Padres drafting Bush but would’ve that been something if they had Kershaw over Miller? A staff of Verlander and Kershaw in the top 2 look like a nightmare.

    • nedsajerk

      P Clayton Kershaw: 1-3, 2 RBI, 1 BB.
      Kershaw’s night at the plate was indicative of the Tigers inability to get National League pitchers out on this road trip. In four games, the opposing pitchers have a pair of bases-loaded singles, three walks, and five RBI in four games.
      You’d think National League teams would start batting their pitchers cleanup against the Tigers. Hell, the Tigers seem to pitch around them like they’re Babe Ruth reincarnated.

  12. dodgereric

    Another day, another letter to The Times:
    Don’t count me in as someone who is celebrating Selig’s decision to nix the Fox deal. Not yet anyway. It’s kind of like being helped out of the pool by the guy who shoved you in there in the first place.

    I read the Simers and Plaschke articles Tuesday morning. I’ve listened to sportstalk radio. Now that everyone’s finally getting on the same bandwagon that I and other enlightened Dodger fans have been riding for years, we enjoy the company. But my frustration continues on.

    We all need to realize that the timing of the hopeful sale is critical. We need to not only get a new owner in here immediately, but he/she absolutely has to have money this time because:

    Carroll, Miles, Furcal, Blake, Barajas, Navarro, Thames, Broxton, Garland and Kuroda are all free agents after the season. We don’t need any of them back, with the exception of Carroll and possibly Miles. Broxton too, if he comes back looking like the Broxton we used to have. The 100mph Broxton. But we’ll probably get most of them back because no one else wants them.
    Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols, Brandon Phillips, Mark Buehrle, C.C. Sabathia, Jonathon Papelbon – all these guys might well be on the market. The Dodgers used to be players for talent like this. Even if he would be willing to pony up the money, we will never be even considered a place the higher talent will want to play for with McCourt as the owner.
    Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Clayton Kershaw will leave as soon as they become free agents in another year or two. Guaranteed.
    McCourt, stop being the petulant little boy you must have grew up as. Please be a man and sell the team now.

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