For anyone who made it out to yesterday’s game, I certainly hope you enjoyed the festivities, if not the game. Obviously the outcome wasn’t what we had all wanted, but the good news is that Jason Schmidt should be fine for his next start and that Matt Kemp’s X-rays came back negative, which is actually a positive. Rafael Furcal is heading to Rancho Cucamonga tonight to play for the Inland Empire 66ers against Bartolo Colon (and tomorrow against Jered Weaver), so hopefully he’s close to returning to the lineup.
I noticed that the comment section in yesterday’s post only included two comments on parking: one positive and one negative. I guess that’s about the same as an early peek of the morning media, as the L.A. Times seemed to have found a lot of fans who were frustrated, while the Daily News seemed to have spoken with those who thought it was better than in years past. And among my friends who came to the came, some said it was easier than ever while others battled heavy traffic on the streets before getting into the parking lot. I think that’s to be expected on Opening Day, when parking is at its absolute worst, particularly as the crowd lets out onto freeways that are backed up already from regular afternoon traffic. But, thank you to everyone for their patience and hopefully everyone will wait to see how the new parking plan works under normal circumstances. I can tell you this much – every Dodger employee parked offsite and was shuttled in to try and make more spots for the fans, so any parking issues were certainly not from a lack of effort. We are committed to fixing a problem that has lasted nearly 50 years and as always, we welcome everyone’s feedback.
Meanwhile, the aforementioned L.A. Times article seemed to give positive reviews to the All-You-Can-Eat Right Field Pavilion, which was certainly a hot topic during the winter.
And of course, there are probably 50 articles on the various media websites that we check each day, so rather than link to all of them, feel free to peruse them yourself at dodgers.com, L.A. Times.com, Daily News.com, Orange County Register and Riverside Press Enterprise, among others.
Finally, as you’ve probably seen on the site all week, Brett Tomko will be chatting with the fans today at 2 p.m., where you can ask him about tonight’s start, Spring Training or even the incredible Jackie Robinson poster he drew in charcoal that fans will get this Sunday at the April 15 game.