For those of you in Los Angeles, hope you stayed dry with all the rain that has been coming down. Fortunately, it stayed away on Saturday, allowing us to host our Select-a-Seat Weekend for Season Ticket holders and permitting Nomar and Mia to host their Celebrity Soccer Challenge at Home Depot Center.
I was at the soccer match and thought it was a really touching event. At halftime, they introduced three bone marrow transplant recipients to their donors for the first time and it was a really emotional moment. If you couldn’t make it and get registered to be a donor, you can visit this website to see how easy it is. As simple as a q-tip swab to the inside of your cheek and you might able to save a life.
At the event, I ran into Mike Lieberthal (he was actually playing) and he "announced" his retirement to the media that was there. (Diamond Leung of the Press Enterprise broke the news, as he was blogging live from the seats!)
Mike said he’s known for quite some time that he wasn’t going to come back but wasn’t sure what protocal was so he just figured he’d wait until he saw our beat writers, which was Saturday. Though he didn’t play much last year, Mike was a classy guy and I’m glad he got to play for his hometown team before he hung them up. Same goes for Randy Wolf, who didn’t hang ’em up but was also at the game. You never know if he’ll get another chance to play for the Dodgers and it was a pleasure working with both of them.
If you missed the game, check out the photo gallery on the front of the site. Ned Colletti and Kim Ng both played and I’m hoping Ned is still able to move today, as he was throwing himself around the field like a 20-something-year-old.
Later Saturday night, I had the honor to go to the 58th Annual Golden Mike awards, which are given out by the Radio, TV News Association for broadcasting exellence. We went last year when Vin Scully received the Lifetime Achievement Award and this year it was Jaime Jarrin who was honored in that manner, as he enters his 50th season with the club. It’s hard to even fathom, as he said in his speech, that someone could come to America with no money and without knowing a word of English and keep the same job for 50 years, eventually ending up in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Jaime is one of my mentors simply for the class he exhibits in everyday life and I couldn’t be happier for him and his family, who were all in attendance.
And finally, for those who missed the news over the weekend, Rafael Furcal’s eighth-inning, tie-breaking, game-winning homer gave the Aguilas a 2-1 victory for the Dominican League title. Furcal hit .361 with a .395 OBP during the regular season and then led all Dominican players during the round-robin tournament in RBI (15) and stolen bases (7). He was tied for the lead with three triples and second in the league with 27 hits. During the playoffs, he got on base at a .398 clip and posted a .440 slugging percentage.
Judging from those numbers, I’d say he’s back in playing shape and ready for position players to report in less than a month!