I’m sure you’ve noticed that at times I tend to throw the lineup up and don’t get much time to comment on it. Your comments were correct…Lofton had a scheduled day off today. Guzman was Grady’s decision and is okay after last night’s HBP. Drew is available to pinch-hit.
Before the game, when Grady addressed the media, I was in the visitor’s dugout and managed to sit down in day-old red gatorade. Fortunately, with Grady’s relaxed dress code, it only messed up my khakis, not a suit, but the visiting clubhouse manager was kind enough to wash them for me. I had to borrow a pair of shorts from someone inside the clubhouse and not surprisingly, I took quite a bit of grief from our reporters, announcers and players for my dress shoes, brown socks and shorts. It was a sight not to be missed, but fortunately the pants came back clean before first pitch.
Finally, with nothing much to discuss on a Sunday morning, the topic of quotes came up among the beat writers. For those who read every article in all our papers each day, you might have noticed that Grady had a similar quote in the Daily News, L.A. Times and O.C. Register regarding our starting rotation. The words were only slightly off in each version, but it might have made fans wonder if Grady actually spoke to all three writers about the same thing but at different times. In reality, these sorts of minor differences come from the normal shorthand notetaking that each writer uses. In this case, Bill Plunkett’s quote that said, "The changes we’re going through with our starting rotation now are about all we can stomach at this point in time," was the correct quote.
It’s little things like this that keep everyone entertained at a high altitude. Of course, each quote is basically the same, but one person used the verb "stomach," one used "stand" and one used "handle." At the end of day, it doesn’t mean much, but in case you all were curious…
Back to the game, where Matt Kemp just hit his second homer of the game…his family drove out from Oklahoma to watch the series and are being rewarded handsomely.