Today would have been Jackie Robinson’s 89th birthday and starting this year, we will be making January 31st an annual Dodger holiday to celebrate his legacy and teach young students of Los Angeles about his contributions to society. I think we’re very lucky to still have some of his former teammates and friends and family members with us today who can speak about him first-hand so be on the lookout for some great coverage of this in the coming day or so.
Also along the lines of making a contribution to society, we announced a new President yesterday for ThinkCure, our official charity. Janet Clayton will be working to establish this great cause throughout the city of Los Angeles and I think you’ll continue to hear more and more about it over time. Of course, for any of you going to the Coliseum game on March 29, you’ll see a presence of ThinkCure like never before, as proceeds from that game will benefit the charity.
Speaking of the Coliseum, tickets for that game go on sale this Saturday at 10 a.m. PT on dodgers.com. Three hours earlier, individual game tickets for Vero Beach Spring Training games will be on sale, so be sure to jump on these opportunities before they sell out.
As for baseball news, most of you have probably read that we re-signed Ramon Martinez to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation. Also, I personally want to wish D.J. Houlton well with his new team in Japan. This is a great opportunity for him and given that he would have had a tough time making this year’s team out of Spring Training, I’d love to see him dominate out there and come back to the big leagues a year from now. He’s a really, really good guy (recently married) who deserves nothing but the best.