It’s official…Andruw passed his physical today and will be introduced tomorrow at Dodger Stadium at the Children’s Holiday Party for local youths. That will be his first chance to meet the media here, too, so I’d expect to see a lot of stories on TV, radio and in the papers/online in the next 24-48 hours about Mr. Jones.
Otherwise we’re staying very busy with stuff that isn’t the public side of the game – internal planning for 2008. That’s everything from relationships with our TV partners, radio partners, community events, Rose Parade planning, 50th anniversary planning, etc. I’m sure it doesn’t sound like much but I can assure you that we could all use a few extra hours in the day.
As for the comments about Ned reading the blog (or any blog), I can assure you that he was joking around with our beat writers at the winter meetings and it came off as flippant. Since three of our regular papers now have blogs, that topic came up and everyone was joking about it, which was when Ned made the comment he made. As someone who sees just how insanely busy his schedule is, it’s safe to assume that he doesn’t do much reading of media coverage or blogs and I’m fairly certain that he’s not alone in that area when it comes to big league GMs. That doesn’t mean they don’t care about what fans think – it’s just that they have to rely on their scouts and baseball people for opinions and then make a decision rather than reading every website out there for input.
I’ll keep trying to post news as it comes. As you know during the winter, that’s not every day but keep checking back regularly for updates.