The first full-squad workout took place today and I’m glad to report that the sun has come out in Vero and things seem to be getting better by the day. There were no injuries to report, unless you count my pulled groin muscle from our nightly football games among the front office staff. I’m not going on the DL, though…this one should be day-to-day.
Along those lines, though, Yhency Brazoban took a huge step today in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, as he threw off the mound for the first time since injuring his elbow. Tony Jackson of the Daily News had a nice feature on him in this morning’s paper and though he does seem like a forgotten man at times because he’s not in the news a lot, you can rest assured that no one here has forgotten his abilities.
One really important thing to mention to those of you who haven’t filled your thirst for Dodger news – tomorrow is the start of Dodgers On Demand straight from Vero Beach, where our partners at Time Warner Cable will be posting 5-7 minute reports every day from Vero Beach, making them the only place on TV where you can get original news every day from Dodgertown. For any subscribers of Time Warner Digital Cable, you get this completely free. Just go to channel 1 and look in the "local" folder. This is a huge benefit to Dodger fans and TWC has a crew of four guys who have been working around the clock since they arrived to get this off the ground, so be sure to check it out.
Today was also a busy day in the PR Department, as we sent off the final proof to our yearly media guide, which we’re no longer calling a media guide. It’s now an information guide because the truth is, it’s equally as valuable to fans as it is to the media. You’ll be able to purchase copies at the Top of the Park Gift Store once the season starts and inside, you’ll find 500 pages of player bios, executive bios, history and records, player development bios and information and all sorts of other really interesting info for true fans. On the cover this year is Jackie Robinson because as you probably have heard, we’ll be celebrating the 60th anniversary of his Major League debut all season long.
And finally, we have had our partners from KCAL/CBS out here the last couple days, so Jim Hill taped about 20 interviews with various Dodger players. Be sure to check that out in the next couple of weeks, as they’ll be airing throughout the spring.