We touched down last night at about 9:00 p.m. local time and while a lot of guys wound up going straight to bed, a dozen of us headed to the Venetian for a 10:30 showing of Blue Man Group. As you’ve heard by now, they’re going to be doing KCAL’s commercials this year and invited us to check out the show while we were in town.
While I didn’t know this was going to happen, they asked several of our players if they’d be willing to participate in the show and much to my surprise, the guys were good sports about it. Brett Tomko was on stage for about 10 minutes during a bit in which he and the Blue Men were eating twinkies. Jason Repko was on stage during an indescribable bit in which it appears they string him upside down and slam him into a wall. Though they didn’t actually do that, he wasn’t too phazed. "I’ve run into walls before," he told me afterward and we’ve all seen that in action. Nomar Garciaparra and Jose Cruz Jr. were called out for "showing up late" to the show, as a spotlight caught them sneaking into their seats after the show was in progress.
It was a great experience and the fact that these guys played along was appreciated. Others who took in the show were J.D. Drew, Charley Steiner, Kim Ng and Pepe Yniguez, who was celebrating his birthday yesterday.
We’ve only got a little time here in Vegas and I’ll head to the park in a couple hours. Our split-squad team, managed by Dave Jauss, is playing in Kissimmee as I post this blog. After tonight’s game, it’s back to Los Angeles for the Freeway Series and everyone’s getting pretty excited for Opening Day.