Most days, as I drive into Dodger Stadium or walk into a visiting ballpark, I try to keep in mind how fortunate I am to be working for the Dodgers and remember how many people would gladly take my job in a second if I didn’t want it. And while there are long hours, travel and quite a few sacrifices that all of us in the front office make to do these jobs, there are very few people who don’t realize just how good we have it.
Today is yet another day where I think about how cool this job is at times. I’m currently on a boat in the Pacific along with Brad Penny, Tommy Lasorda and 40 kids from the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation who wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to spend a day fishing, let alone get to do it with a Hall of Famer, an All-Star pitcher and one of the most well-known fishermen in America.
Brad first brought up this idea back in Spring Training and while we looked into other programs, he told us to contact Dan Hernandez, who has a fishing show. Dan donates his time, money and expertise to trips like this and the kids are all having a blast on the boat. Tommy led the kids in "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and there’s several media members also on the boat, so you’ll get to see the highlights on TV and in the newspapers.
So while most of the team is enjoying a day off (and Brad’s horse is currently racing at Del Mar), he’s giving his time to these kids, as are Tommy and Dan and it’s a very cool reminder of just how fortunate I am to have this job and all of us are to have the things we have in life.
With a three-game sweep of the Padres and we’ll be a game out…two out of there would be nice, too. We’ll see how it turns out starting tomorrow…