First off, sincere congratulations go out to Roberto Hernandez on his 1,000th game last night. He’s only been a Dodger for a month, but I’ve found him to be a very classy guy when I’ve dealt with him and to pitch in that many games is an absolute amazement. In trying to put that into perspective, Troy Percival, a successful closer for so many years, has 623. Derek Lowe isn’t even halfway yet at 492 (he was only a closer briefly but has never been on the DL in 10 years in the Majors). So needless to say, it’s a pretty cool thing for Roberto and we saved the lineup card for the archives because this has only happened 12 times in Major League history.
Today, we spent the early afternoon at the Staples in Hawthorne with Grady Little, Jonathan Broxton and Jason Repko, who were with their wives and several kids who went on a back-to-school shopping spree. It was great to see their faces when they realized they could "buy" almost anything they wanted in the store and the guys (and their spouses) were really great with the kids.
Although it’s only two games, it’s nice to see the team putting a little "streak" together. A big game tonight from Eric Stults would be great, as well as the offense.