I meant to post yesterday and never got the chance, but all is still relatively quiet on the homefront. Obviously the Tigers and Marlins appear to have made a major splash, though until it’s announced anything can still go south.
As for the Dodgers, it’s still 18-hour workdays (not for the PR guy, but for the baseball people). These meetings always give me a chance to interact with some of the scouts and special assistants I don’t normally see during the season and I really get an appreciation for what they all do. They have been meeting with the various teams to see if our needs match up and of course, the agents for the players who are on the open market. Obviously there hasn’t been a deal made yet on our end, but those things change quickly in this environment, as everyone learned yesterday with Detroit.
We did get a special treat last night, as Tommy Lasorda hosted everyone at John’s A’s, a restaurant known for its ribs and catfish. Apparently Tommy has been going there for more than 30 years and the owner coaxed him to get on stage and do some singing with the band (ok, it didn’t require much coaxing). He also gave an impassioned speech about supporting our troops and about being proud Americans, at which point the band broke into Lee Greenwood’s "Proud to be an American." I’m sure that any of the people who were in the restaurant without knowing that the Dodger party was coming that night had an evening they’ll never forget.
Over at Dodger Thoughts, Jon Weisman posts a great explanation of the rumor mill here at the meetings. This is some of the most fun times to be a baseball fan, when rumors run rampant and almost every name out there is attached to the Dodgers one way or the other. But like Jon, I urge caution in getting too caught up in believing all of it. These are often thrown out there by agents looking to drive up the market for their player or teams who are interested in someone on another team. Given that our baseball people are working almost around the clock, it’s safe to assume that they ask about almost everyone you can imagine who would help improve the Dodgers. That said, it doesn’t mean it’s a top target or that the names floated out there as possible prospects leaving Los Angeles have any validity to them. Sometimes they do and often they don’t. That’s the nature of these meetings.
Still, it’s a lot of fun and keeps baseball at the top of everyone’s mind in December, and that’s a great thing!
I’ll hopefully post one more time before leaving tomorrow. The Rule 5 draft is in the morning and we head back to Los Angeles in the evening before returning to the stadium on Friday morning. In the meantime, I’m going to go buy an Elvis souvenir – they seem to be everywhere in this hotel.