July 2007

Lineup

Furcal, SS

Pierre, CF

Martin, C

Gonzo, LF

Nomar, 3B

Loney, 1B

Kemp, RF

Martinez, 2B

Penny, P

Dodgers Re-Acquire Scott Proctor

Former Dodger farmhand Scott Proctor is coming back to the team. Four years after he was dealt to the Yankees with Bubba Crosby for Robin Ventura, Scott was re-acquired today in exchange for Wilson Betemit.

As most of you probably know, Scott seems to have an ability to pitch almost every other day in the big leagues, which is pretty tough to find.

A tough day for the Dodger family

Yesterday was a very tough day all around, with the worst news coming from Las Vegas, where minor league hitting instructor Bill Robinson passed away while visiting our Triple-A team. I only met Bill a handful of times, but he was extremely friendly and every person I’ve spoken to that knew him well is really saddened by this stunning loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the family of Brett Butler, who suffered a minor stroke over the weekend, too.

Under these circumstances, losing yesterday’s game seemed rather insignificant, and with Jeff Kent hurting himself in the final inning, it was a day that we’d all just as soon forget (while honoring Bill’s memory, of course).

Today, in the spirit of giving, Manny Mota is hosting his annual golf tournament that benefits the kids in the Dominican Republic and Derek Lowe is hosting his first (the Dodgers Dream Foundation’s third) annual bowling event in Hollywood to benefit the DDF and UCLA’s Mattel Children’s hospital. He’ll have about 10 teammates there and just about everyone involved in the Dodger organization will be doing something today to make a difference in someone’s life who is less fortunate they we are. Hopefully each of you can do the same…

Sleepover…sort of

So last year I posted a blog from the sleepover here at Dodger Stadium and I’m doing the same again this year, only I’m heading home. It’s 11 p.m. and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves downstairs, but they’ll still be able to enjoy themselves without me.

The fans are in good hands with Jane Biondi, Signe Hilton and the rest of the Dodger staff that is here. ESPN 710 is broadcasting live starting right now until 1 a.m. with Steve Mason and John Ireland. John also just did a live hit on KCAL, which obviously didn’t get to show the game tonight.

Tomorrow is just one game, with the makeup scheduled for sometime in September. If I can get a lineup in time, I’ll post it or you can always check game day.

Good night…

Tonight's lineup

As you can imagine, much of today has been spent planning for next week’s onslaught of media that is following the home run chase. There was an interesting article on SI.com about those covering it, many of whom we’ll see next week en masse. Among the many things we have to take into consideration is where all these people will park, where they’ll sit, where all the photographers will shoot from, etc.

And we’re hoping to see some of you at the Sleepover tonight at Dodger Stadium. The game will be on DodgerVision, with this lineup:

Furcal, SS

Pierre, CF

Loney, 1B

Kent, 2B (five career homers off Fogg, tied for his most against any pitcher)

Gonzo, LF

Nomar, 3B

Ethier, RF

Lieberthal, C

Tomko, P

Can't We All Just Get Along?

I wish there was more I could do to moderate the comments on the blog but to be honest, I simply don’t have enough time to figure out who’s starting fights with whom and try to keep you all in grown-up mode. I certainly hope that you can learn to police yourselves and ignore those who are out of line.

If you think about all the different personalities that visit this site, you’re obviously not going to get along with everyone. It’s that way in any walk of life, so engage in conversations with those who are acting like adults and ignore the others. That’s really all I can tell you guys and hopefully you’ll work it out amongst yourselves.

Still no word on Derek’s MRI…here’s the lineup for tonight in Colorado:

Furcal, SS

Pierre, CF

Martin, C

Gonzo, LF

Nomar, 3B

Loney, 1B

Betemit, 2B

Kemp, RF

Penny, P (looking to become the first Dodger starting pitcher to start the year 13-1 since 1920 and first in baseball since Roger Clemens in 2001, according to STATS, LLC)

Tonight's game

Furcal, SS

Pierre, CF

Martin, C

Kent, 2B

Gonzo, LF

Betemit, 3B

Loney, 1B

Kemp, RF

Lowe, P

Also, Saito threw off a mound today, about 40 pitches and everything went well. I can’t imagine he’ll be in the game tonight after that many pitches earlier in the afternoon, but hopefully he’ll be available tomorrow.

Also, Hong-Chih Kuo had arthroscopic surgery today to remove loose bodies from his elbow and as soon as more info is available, we’ll pass it along.

Public Appearances

The lineup is the same as last night.

As for the question about public appearances or a chance to meet the Dodger players, here are some upcoming opportunities:

8/3 James Loney at the Staples in Burbank

8/4 Matt Kemp at the Staples in Venice

8/4 Chad Billingsley at the AT&T store in Alhambra

8/8 Ramon Martinez at the Cacique Cheeses in Valencia

8/8 Joe Beimel at the AT&T Store in Sherman Oaks

8/13 Wilson Betemit at the Cacique Cheeses store in Los Angeles

In most of these cases, the signing is from 12-1 p.m. but please contact the store directly to confirm the time.

Eric for Eric

Despite Eric Stults’ great game yesterday, more pitching is needed right now so he was optioned back to Triple-A and Eric Hull was recalled. He’s with the team in Houston right now. Takashi Saito should be arriving in Houston tonight and I still don’t have any sort of update yet medically, but once we do, I’ll pass it along or it will surely be in Ken Gurnick’s notebook.

Here’s the lineup:

Furcal, SS

Pierre, CF

Martin, C

Kent, 2B (has reached base in 33 straight games, the longest streak in MLB in 2007)

Gonzo, LF

Nomar, 3B (birthday boy, along with Kuo, Stan Johnston and the late Pee Wee Reese and Don Drysdale)

Loney, 1B

Ethier, RF

Billingsley, P

Autographs Abound

The Dodgers have the best record in the NL and tickets are still available to see them play the team with the second-best record. Plus, if you’ve got kids, they can come and get autographs from Dodger players, who will be at the entrances signing from 11:15 – 12 p.m.

And if you’re a big kid and want an autograph, you can even purchase the jerseys worn by the players in today’s game at the silent auction on the Club Level during the game or a live auction right after the game.

It was great to meet many of the Dodger Thoughts people out here yesterday and our thanks go out to Jon Weisman for the kind words on his site. However, I cannot personally take all the credit. As with everything we do, it was a team effort and Camille Johnston was the one who had the idea of inviting Frank McCourt. I think he genuinely enjoyed chatting with those who were here, as did Camille and I.

One thing that came up that surprised me was how few people knew about the guest relations department. So keep in mind that if you’re at a game and a fan nearby is getting unruly or ruining the fan experience for everyone else, all you have to do is call (323) 224-1507 and let them know where you’re sitting and security will come down and warn that person so you don’t have to point them out publicly and worry about upsetting them. The number is also posted regularly on the ribbon boards that wrap the Loge Level.

That was just one of the many subjects touched on, but we certainly encourage people to post their questions here and we’ll do our best to get back to everyone.

Here’s today’s lineup:

Furcal, SS

Pierre, CF (14-game hitting streak)

Martin, C (chat with him on Tuesday at 2 p.m. PT)

Kent, 2B

Gonzo, LF

Nomar, 3B

Loney, 1B

Ethier, RF (batting .425 in July)

Stults, P

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