Let the games begin

The intrasquad game today was certainly enough to whet the appetite of Dodger fans. It was only 4 1/2 innings of baseball, but two Dodger squads squared off against each other at Holman Stadium this morning in front of several hundred fans, media and staff members, all wanting to get their first glimpse of the 2007 Dodgers. The “home” team ended up winning 8-3, in a game where the teams banged out 17 hits, thus defying the old adage that pitchers are ahead of hitters this time of year. Fernando Tatis keyed a four-run third inning with a three-run homer for the winning team and Larry Bigbie ripped a solo shot for the losers. Andre Ethier went 2-for-2 with two line drive singles and Jason Repko was 1-for-1 with an RBI. Matt Kemp made the only defensive gem of the day while playing center field by diving to rob Juan Pierre of a single. Luis Gonzalez was hit on the arm by Mike Megrew, but stayed in the game and the team came out of the contest without injury. Derek Lowe, Joe Mays and D.J. Houlton all tossed two innings, while Megrew, Zach Hammes and Scott Elbert worked one frame apiece.

We had CNBC here today to film a piece on Matt White which will air throughout the day tomorrow (Thursday), including confirmed hits at 8:20 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:55 p.m. The Associated Press also wrote an article that will now circulate around the country, but this will probably be the end of this story for a while, as Matt is obviously trying to focus on making the team rather than this truly unique article that has captivated tons of people.

Another part of our day was spent meeting with individual players about their intended efforts in the community in 2007 and the various things they’d like to do. This is a huge part of what our organization is about and we’ve got some guys this year that are really looking to do some unique things, so be on the lookout for more of that.

Meanwhile, after a Vero Beach bowling outing last night, tonight was the annual softball game between the L.A. Dodger employees and the ones here from Vero and I’m sorry to say that despite taking a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh and final inning, the L.A. Dodgers somehow lost, 5-4. It was a tough loss and we’re all trying to get over it. I just won’t sleep much knowing that we couldn’t hold the lead.

The night is slowly coming to an end, as we just spent two hours meeting with our broadcasters and Ned Colletti. Every year during spring, Jaime, Pepe, Rick, Charley, A Martinez and any others that are in town get to sit down with the general manager and let him recreate the offseason for them so that they can pass that along to the fans. Tonight, Ned gave them two hours of interesting information that will make the spring broadcasts far more enjoyable.

And with that, be sure to tune in tomorrow on KFWB 980 and dodgers.com for the first game, which will start at 1:05 p.m. ET. Time to get things going…

43 comments

  1. old_fogey_la@yahoo.com

    “Matt Kemp made the only defensive gem of the day while playing center field by diving to rob Juan Pierre of a single.”

    Excellent!!! Center Field! Such poetic justice.

  2. sad-panda77@hotmail.com

    Kemp then got up, walked five steps from where he was positioned, and tapped on second base for a double play.

    OK, I made that up.

  3. max_power_05@yahoo.com

    i am so pissed off right now! first you cant stream the KFWB broadcast online and the station here in Bakersfield that carries dodger games is playing that fascist Rush Limbaugh. I officially hate MLB.com!

  4. alex41592@aol.com

    Dodgers at Braves: Spring Training Update: Top 1: Kyle Davies pitching
    Furcal grounds to second

    Pierre grounds to the pitcher

    Kemp strikes out

    0 runs 0 Hits 0 LOB End of 1/2 Inning No Score

  5. alex41592@aol.com

    Dodgers at Braves: Spring Training Update: Bottom 1: Randy Wolf Pitching
    Kyle Johnson singles up the middle

    Renteria forces Johnson at 2nd Furcal to Martinez

    Chipper Jones flies to Ethier in right

    Andrew Jones walks

    Pena hits a high infield chopper to short and beats it out for a single

    Francoeur grounds to short

    0 Runs 2 Hits 3 LOB End of 1 No Score

  6. alex41592@aol.com

    Dodgers at Braves: Spring Training Update: Top 2: Davies Pitching
    Saenz popped up to second

    Betemit popped up to second

    Martin grounds to second

    0 Runs 0 Hits 0 LOB End of 1 1/2 No Score

  7. alex41592@aol.com

    Dodgers at Braves: Spring Training Update: Bottom 2: Wolf pitching
    Thorman singles

    Langerhans singles to right

    Davies sacrifices to first, runners at 2nd and 3rd

    Johnson hits a sac fly to Kemp in Left 1-0 ATL

    Renteria flies to Kemp

    1 Run 2 Hits 1 LOB End of 2 1-0 ATL

  8. alex41592@aol.com

    Dodgers at Braves: Spring Training Update: Top 3: Cormier now pitching
    Ethier line drive base hit

    Martinez flies to center

    Tatis batting for Wolf flies to center

    Furcal strikes out

    0 Runs 1 Hit 1 LOB End of 2 1/2 1-0 ATL

  9. alex41592@aol.com

    Dodgers at Braves: Spring Training Update:
    Chipper Jones put out

    Andrew Jones singles

    Pena singles

    Francoeur singles

    Thorman forces Francoeur at 2nd, Jones scores 2-0 ATL

    Langerhans strikes out

    1 Run 3 Hits 2 LOB end of 3 2-0 ATL

  10. nodal@facnet.ucla.edu

    Josh,
    Really need to vent. At work, wanted to listen to the Dodger game online. I go to the link on the homepage, takes me to the MLB radio signup where I have to pay 14.95 for the whole year. SO I go to the KFWB page to see if maybe I can stream it there and they say on the message that due to MLB they are unable to stream the spring training game. I understand about having to pay for regular season but come on. During the regular season, it’s useless to have MLB radio/TV when 160 games are televised. Even when they play back east I’ll just be recording it on my DVR to watch when I get home. Is there no way that spring training can be broadcast for free? or maybe a discounted spring training price?

  11. alex41592@aol.com

    Dodgers at Braves: Spring Training Update: Top 4
    Pierre bunts for a base hit

    Kemp HIGH AND DEEP OFF THE WALL for a Double

    Saenz singles, Pierre scores Kemp to 3rd 2-1 ATL, Choo Freeman pitch runs for Saenz

    Betemit puts out

    Martin grounds out, Kemp scores 2-2 tie

    Ethier grounds out

    2 Runs 3 Hits 1 LOB End of 3 1/2 2-2 Tie

  12. fansince53@yahoo.com

    I’ve tried to bite my tongue for nearly a year, but I just can stand it anymore. Am I the only one who thinks that Sarah Morris (of “Sarah’s take”) doesn’t have a clue about the Dodgers or about baseball in general?

    In every one of her articles, she painstakingly goes out of her way to find something negative to write about; and she is usually wrong.

    Today (after trying to explain what she wrote about last week), she felt compelled to write: “What worries me about the upcoming season is the Dodgers’ ability to manufacture runs.” Sure, we are all entitled to our opinion (just as I am doing right now), but girl, this 2007 Dodger team will likely produce more runs than any Dodger team of the past decade. I can only anticipate that in her next article, she will try to explain what she was really trying to say in this week’s article.

    I owe an apology to Ken Gurnick, who I thought was the worst writer for the Dodgers. Ken’s work of late has (again in my opinion) been a lot better and now stands head and shoulders above anything that Sarah has written.

    Perhaps it would be best if Sarah were to travel north about five hours and write about the Giants. There’s plenty of negativity to write about up there – and it’s all true!

    I have absolutely nothing personal against Sarah Morris (after all, she IS a Dodger fan – I think), I simply have difficulty finding accuracy in her work.

    Go ahead guys – fire away.

    GO DODGERS!

  13. drj884@yaho.com

    Sarah’s Take is really written for people who follow the game and the Dodgers a fair bit less than the folks in this blog do I suspect.

  14. graffitigenius@hotmail.com

    i felt a little perturbed reading that as well although I am in full agreement with her power hitter views. shes right on the money right there, we need at least one intimidating presence in our lineup.

  15. alex41592@aol.com

    Dodgers at Braves: Spring Training Update: Bottom 4: Billingsley pitching (he also pitched the 3rd inning) Loney is in for Saenz, Freeman is in center
    Lillibridge reaches on error by Betemit (2nd error of the game), Lillibridge goes to 2nd on Wild Pitch

    Orr grounds to second, Lillibridge goes to 3rd

    Cormier grounds to second

    Yunel Escobar infield single to the catcher, Martin fielded it 30 feet from home plate down the third base line and just missed throwing him out, Lillibridge scores 3-2 ATL

    Gregor Blanco forces Escobar at 2nd

    1 Run 1 Hit 1 LOB end of 4 3-2 ATL

  16. alex41592@aol.com

    Dodgers at Braves: Spring Training Update: Top 5: Buddy Carlyle Pitching: Lots of substitutions for both teams
    Martinez singles by the 2nd baseman Orr, Tony Abreu pitch runs for Martinez

    Wilson Valdez lashes a base hit DOWN THE LINE for a double, Abreu to third

    Jason Repko broken bat grouder to third, THROWS HIGH, Error, Repko runs hard and reaches, bases loaded

    James Loney strikes out

    Kemp slow roller to third 5-4-3 Double Play

    0 Run 2 Hits 2 LOB End of 4 1/2 3-2 ATL

  17. alex41592@aol.com

    Dodgers at Braves: Spring Training Update: Bottom 5: Travis Smith pitching: Sandy Martinez takes over for Martin behind the plate, Bigbie takes over for Kemp in left and Delwyn Young takes over for Ethier in right:
    Corky Miller grounds to short

    T.J Bohn reaches on error by Valdez

    Thorman strikes out looking

    Doug Clark pops up to Freeman in center

    0 Runs 0 Hits 1 LOB End of 5 3-2 ATL

  18. alex41592@aol.com

    Dodgers at Braves: Spring Training Update: Top 6: Carlyle pitching:
    Freeman flies out to center

    Andy LaRoche grounds to third

    Sandy Martinez strikes out

    0 Runs 0 Hits 0 LOB End of 5 1/2 3-2 ATL

  19. alex41592@aol.com

    Dodgers at Braves: Spring Training Update: Bottom 6: Smith pitching:
    Lillibridge walks, Lillibridge steals 2nd on bad throw by Sandy Martinez

    Orr lines to center, Freeman goes for the catch and ball comes out of the glove, error , runners at 2nd and 3rd

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia lines a double down the line, Lillibridge and Orr score, 5-2 ATL

    Yunel Escobar singles, runners at 1st and 3rd

    Gregor Blanco 1-6-3 Double Play

    Corky Miller base hit to right, Saltalamacchia scores, 6-2 ATL

    T.J Bohn flies to center

    3 Runs 3 Hits 1 LOB End of 6 6-2 ATL

  20. alex41592@aol.com

    Dodgers at Braves: Spring Training Update: Top 7: Manny Acosta pitching:
    Delwyn Young broken bat grounder to 2nd

    Tony Abreu grounds to third

    Wilson Valdez bunts to pitcher

    0 Runs 0 Hits 0 LOB End of 6 1/2 6-2 ATL

  21. alex41592@aol.com

    Dodgers at Braves: Spring Training Update: Bottom 7: Chin-Hui Tsao now pitching:
    Carlos Mendez doubles to left

    Doug Clark base hit to left, runners at 1st and 3rd

    Lillibridge 6-4-3 Double Play, Mendez scores 7-2 ATL

    Orr base hit to center

    Willie Harris strikes out

    1 Run 3 Hits 1 LOB End of 7 7-2 ATL

  22. alex41592@aol.com

    Dodgers at Braves: Spring Training Update: Top 8: Chad Paronto pitching
    Larry Bigbie singles to right

    James Loney 6-4-3 Double Play

    Damien Jackson grounds to third

    0 Runs 1 Hit 0 LOB end of 7 1/2 7-2 ATL

  23. alex41592@aol.com

    Dodgers at Braves: Spring Training Update: Bottom 8: Tim Hamulack now pitching
    Yunel Escobar singles up the middle

    Gregor Blanco strikes out

    Corky Miller forces Escobar at 2nd

    T.J Bohn walks

    Mendez foul pops out to Loney

    0 Runs 1 Hit 2 LOB 7-2 ATL

  24. alex41592@aol.com

    Dodgers at Braves: Spring Training Update: Top 9: Tyler Yates pitching:
    Choo Freeman walks

    Andy LaRoche flies out

    Sandy Martinez flies out

    Delwyn Young grounds to first

    0 Runs 0 Hits 1 LOB

    R H E

    Dodgers 2 7 3

    Braves 7 15 1

    Time of Game 2:32

    WP: Cormier

    LP: Billingsley

  25. fansince53@yahoo.com

    drj884 – “Sarah’s Take is really written for people who follow the game and the Dodgers a fair bit less than the folks in this blog do I suspect.”

    Ok, I’ll buy that. Nevermind (and thanks).

    GO DODGERS!

    PS: Only 39 more days until the home opener!

  26. s.infantino@comcast.net

    53,
    I have to agree about “Sarah’s Take.” Personally, I click onto it just so I can clear it, i.e. so the title doesn’t stay blue on the front page of the site- I’m xxxx that way. From the few times that I have read them, my take on her articles is that she rehashes what every other columnist writes while putting it into her own words. That’s okay I guess, just not what I want to read on the website. So I just don’t.

  27. s.infantino@comcast.net

    But maybe it gives her some purpose in her life. And that would be a good thing. So good for her.

  28. fansince53@yahoo.com

    Hey s.infantino – “I click onto it just so I can clear it, i.e. so the title doesn’t stay blue on the front page of the site- I’m **** that way.” That is too funny; I do the EXACT same thing to all of the blue titles. How funny is that?

    Don’t worry graffitigenius, it’s nothing personal and I certainly do not question her loyalty as a Dodger fan. I just wish that she would lose that perpetual negative chip on her shoulder.

    GO DODGERS!

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