Just got back from The Best **** Sports show with Brad Penny. It airs tonight and was very cool, but somewhat jammed up my day so I’m behind.
Here’s the lineup:
The annual media game took place this afternoon following the Dodger game and it was far more low-scoring than last year’s affair. Rather than pit the electronic media against the print, this year the teams were split up randomly with Yvonne Carrasco and Signe Hilton of the PR Department serving as managers and they did a fantastic job. Signe now leads the all-time series, 1-0 and Yvonne has already started plotting next year’s strategy.
With just five errors compared to 15 in 2006, it’s obvious that these teams spent the past 11 months working on their defense. Not much can be said for the collective offense, with the exception of ABC’s John Hartung who actually went deep at Dodger Stadium, a seriously impressive feat. This was no cheap shot down the line, either, but actually a bomb to left-center that probably went 380 feet and that was with only five BP swings per guy before the game. The victim was Mariano Duncan, who was a great sport and pitched for the second consecutive year, this time to both teams.
Hartung went 3-for-3 with three RBI, earning MVP honors but there were far more notable performances. Don Hartack, the official scorer at half the Dodger home games, was the first man down as he pulled a hamstring running out a second-inning grounder to third base. But at least he didn’t call for a medic. The first one to actually utilize the nurse in Media Game history was Ben Maller, who turned a routine ground ball to second base into a fire drill – he stopped, dropped and rolled about four times, cutting his forearm and requiring (or requesting) a bandage. It was quite a sight.
David Singer of ESPN Radio’s "The Big Show" had two hits for the second consecutive year, but he made two errors on one play to saddle Duncan with an unearned run.
A Martinez of KFWB had the only other extra-base hits besides Hartung, as he doubled and tripled. He was even used as a bogus pinch-hitter by Yvonne in the bottom half of the sixth to try and get her team back in the game, but the rally fell short in the end.
Safe to say everyone had a good time and despite the minor nicks to Hartack and Maller and the certain soreness for the rest of these brave souls, I’m sure this will continue to be a favorite day of each year for the members of the local media. A special thanks goes out to everyone in the communications department who helped put this together, including Signe, Yvonne, Camille Johnston, Amy Summers, Christine Sabathia, Joe Jareck, Ben Olch and Chris Madden.
Here’s the box score or for a clearer copy, you can it.
More than two million votes for Russell Martin and he’ll be starting the All-Star catcher, it was just announced on TBS. On behalf of everyone at the Dodger organization including Russell, thank you. When I spoke to him before the game, he was truly grateful for all that you have done.
Reserves and pitchers are still be unveiled, but let’s hope Brad Penny is throwing to him in the first inning and Takashi Saito, Derek Lowe and any other deserving Dodgers hear their names called, too.
UPDATE: Penny and Saito are in. Game just ended 5-0.
Running late, as I had the honor this morning of spending about an hour talking with two executives from the Busan I’Park Soccer Team from South Korea, who were looking to hear about how the Dodgers operate their public relations, broadcasting, marketing, etc. Sometimes it’s easy to forget what a global brand the Dodgers are until things like this open your eyes again.
All-Stars are announced today live on TBS after the Braves game. I’ll post them as soon as I’m allowed to spill the beans.
Here’s today’s lineup: