It never rains in southern California – Josh Rawitch
OK, so maybe the song is a little off base. It rained for much of tonight’s game and eventually got to the point that in the middle of the eighth inning, the game had to be called on account of rain. Truth is, there was concern for the players’ safety and given that this was an exhibition game, it only made sense to call it.
It was nice to be back at Dodger Stadium, though. For 40,000 fans, it was the first chance to see the restoration that took place at the ballpark and for us in the front office, it’s a chance to get a dry run before Monday’s game, when 56,000 fans pack Chavez Ravine. There really is so much work that goes on behind-the-scenes at the stadium and every year, the Freeway Series provides a chance for new and old employees alike to get on the same page.
It seems like most of the guys that are battling minor injuries right now (Gagne, Lofton, Furcal and Cruz) should all be ready by Opening Day, barring any setbacks, so now we have to hope that the rain stays away.
Tomorrow and Sunday we’re in Anaheim for the conclusion of the Freeway Series and hopefully Raffy will get to play a little bit in Sunday’s game. Gagne, despite having an inner and outer ear infection, pitched tonight. It was great just to hear the opening notes of "Welcome to the Jungle," as it had been a while since that took place at Dodger Stadium.
For now, let’s all keep our fingers crossed that we get through the weekend with everyone healthy and get some sun on Monday, which should be quite a day.