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…