Warming up in Vero Beach
I’m not sure if it’s the fleece I borrowed from the clubhouse or the fact that the sun came out, but it’s getting warmer here at Dodgertown. The first workout was today and it was great to see baseballs being thrown again at full speed, as I watched bullpen sessions from Derek Lowe, Brad Penny, Brett Tomko and several other Dodgers.
Derek showed up this morning wearing a snow hat, which tells you just how cold it was early in the day, but by the time noon rolled around, it was much more comfortable.
There was a question about the mood here at Dodgertown and I’d have to say it’s extremely optimistic – probably more so than in any of the last few years that I can remember. People are excited to be here and position players are showing up early in hopes of impressing those around them and getting more work in. We’ve already seen Andy LaRoche, Wilson Betemit, Jason Repko, Matt Kemp, Wilson Valdez and Chin-lung Hu, all of whom are battling for either a spot on the team or a starting position. Juan Pierre is also here and from what I understand, he’s one of the hardest workers in baseball, so that didn’t really surprise me.
In terms of the mood regarding the likely move to Arizona in 2009, it doesn’t really seem to be affecting many people as far as I can tell. Honestly, it seems pretty far off and everyone seems far more focused on 2007.
I love the idea of a live webcam and will see if that’s feasible, but it could be tough just because everything is so spread out here from field to field. But it’s a good thought and I’ll see what others think about it over here.
Joining the blogging world in addition to the Kameneztky brothers at the L.A. Times and Tony Jackson at the Daily News is Diamond Leung, who is starting as our beat writer this year at the Riverside Press Enterprise. To read his blog, go here or check out the links on the left, where I’m adding all these as permanent links.
Also, as a side note, for those of you who haven’t heard, you can actually determine who the third bobblehead will be this year. Check out the fans’ vote to help pick the winner.
And finally, most of you have probably already read this on the site but in case you missed it, Ken Gurnick wrote an awesome article about non-roster invitee Matt White. Ken always has a way of finding a unique angle (remember Eric Langill’s story from last year?) and has also had a knack for picking a dark horse candidate early in camp. As an experienced writer and reporter, I really think Dodger fans are fortunate to have him giving up-to-the-minute news on a daily basis for MLB.com and dodgers.com.
And finally, there seems to be a ritual here in Vero Beach to see as many movies as we can see in the time we’re here. Last night, four of us saw three different flics and each got good reviews – The Last King of Scotland, Hannibal Rising and Music & Lyrics. So, if you’re seeking a decent film, those seem to be good choices.