Most of you probably saw a lot of references to Derek Lowe’s new commitment to the community, as it was covered in several media outlets yesterday, including the L.A. Times, Riverside Press Enterprise and dodgers.com. Derek and the Dodgers Dream Foundation have teamed up with Mattel Children’s Hospital on several events, including the annual bowling tournament on July 30. Coincidentally, he’s also playing in the annual golf tournament and there are still a few foursomes left if you’re interested in coming out and playing a round with some of the current and former Dodger players and coaches. Just call 323.224.1413 for more info.
But I certainly don’t want people to think that just because Derek’s meet and greet with the kids from the hospital yesterday got all the ink that he’s the only person doing stuff this year with local community groups. A bunch of players are doing this, including Rafael Furcal, whose group starts tonight and you can read more about it here.
Among the others with personal community initiatives that they have started are tonight’s starter, Randy Wolf with the Children’s Miracle Network, Juan Pierre with the Blazer Youth Center, Manny Mota at high schools throughout Southern California and several others that have yet to be announced, including programs from Russell Martin, Marlon Anderson, Brad Penny, Nomar Garciaparra, Luis Gonzalez, Jason Repko and several others. It’s been very refreshing to see so many guys volunteering their time and money for good causes, so be on the lookout for more about the other programs in the near future.
Anyway, as for tonight, here’s the lineup: