Touchdown in Denver
No, it’s not a Mile High salute to my favorite football team, the Broncos. Just a weak title for our arrival in Colorado.
The plane ride in was a bit bumpy and it was raining here when we landed, but we’re no worse for the wear. With several hours left in the evening, everyone is about to scatter for some good dinner. The hot spot seems to be Rodizio, a Brazilian churrascaria (steakhouse) down the street from the ballpark. Hopefully the day off will help, as the team is 5-1 in games after an off day.
People talk about Grady being a player’s manager and it’s the little things that continue to impress me. As is the case with most baseball teams, when we travel, we’re all required to wear sport coats or suits so that we look like a professional organization. I think that’s a great rule and it is important that we project ourselves in a professional manner. But for this one trip, Grady relaxed the dress code and allowed guys to pack a little less than normal because we’ll only be gone for three days.
I know, it seems like a meaningless change to most people, but it just shows that Grady is thinking of ways to mix it up a little and show his players that he cares. Of course anyone would be more comfortable in nice jeans or khakis (and in Brad Penny’s case, a cowboy hat), but I think the gesture meant more than the actual ability to pack lighter for Denver. Anyway, just one of those little things that people seem to enjoy reading about on this blog.
I haven’t forgotten about the draft day contest. We had eight winners and all of them will be getting the baseline seats, as we decided it’s not fair to penalize those that got in late (as long as they got their picks in before the draft). An email will be coming your way shortly if you picked Clayton Kershaw and Bryan Morris.
And for you history buffs, here’s an interesting note. It was on this day in 1955 that a young left-hander named Tommy Lasorda was optioned to Montreal to make room for another young southpaw named Sandy Koufax, who had been on the injured list.