April 2008

The rubber match

I’m not sure I really know why they call it that, but Vin Scully’s been using that term since I was a kid (probably before that), so that’s what I’ll call it. We’ve split the first two games here in San Diego, so a win would be big today.

Here’s the lineup for the afternoon.

Pierre, LF

Furcal, SS

Loney, 1B

Jones, CF

Ethier, RF

Martin, C

DeWitt, 3B

Hu, 2B

Lowe, P

Saturday baseball

Quite a night last evening, as Hiroki Kuroda exceeded everyone’s expectations with an unbelievable outing. Safe to say he probably could have pitched a complete game, as he needed just 77 pitches through seven innings. He was known for complete games in Japan, so it will be interesting to see how that carries over to the big leagues this season.

The media turnout was quite impressive, as there were probably 50 people from Japan on site at PETCO Park. The game was shown live in Japan and I even saw Hiro, as they’re now calling him, crack a smile a couple times after the game.

One year ago today, it was Daisuke Matsuzaka who made his big league debut and threw seven innings and gave up just one run. Let’s hope Kuroda’s season ends the same way Daisuke’s did…with a champagne bath.

It was also nice to see the team score six runs in an inning, which equaled the best output last year and even then, they hadn’t done it since the second game of the second half of the season.

Here’s the lineup that will back Brad Penny today on FOX.

Furcal, SS

Martin, C

Loney, 1B

Kent, 2B

Ethier, RF

Jones, CF

Pierre, LF

DeWitt, 3B

Penny, P

Lineup in San Diego

Furcal, SS

Martin, C

Loney, 1B

Kent, 2B

Ethier, LF

Jones, CF

Kemp, RF

DeWitt, 3B

Kuroda, P (first big league appearance)

Driving Down I-5

We’re on the team buses heading South to San Diego and I’m still having some major issues posting things these days, which is why it’s been so few and far between. There’s nothing to report today. I just went to a luncheon for the Central City Action Committee that was honoring “Treasures of Los Angeles” and among them were Magic Johnson, Bob Barker and Frank and Jamie McCourt, who received the highest honor at the luncheon for all that they’ve done for the community and the Los Angeles business community since arriving in 2004.

Otherwise, it’s a quiet day. We played late into last night and took a tough loss, with the rain delay playing some tricks on the two teams. But I’ll take two out of three games any day. If we were to do that all year, we’d have the most wins in baseball history.

Kuroda makes his first start tomorrow and there’s a huge contingent of Japanese media expected to be on hand.

To answer a few of the questions from previous posts, you can still access the blog from the front of the site. It’s in the lower left-hand portion of the home page with all the other Dodger blogs.

We’re in the process of trying to figure out the best way to make video available of the pregame ceremonies from Opening Day, which people are still talking about. Mayor Villaraigosa mentioned it today at the luncheon, which was pretty cool.

And as for replacing Vin Scully when he retires, let’s just say I don’t even want to think about the day that comes. There is no replacing a man of that grace, elegance and class. Anyone who would try could only pale in comparison. For now, it’s not something we have to worry about and it’s my hope we won’t have to worry about it for many years to come.

Will post more tomorrow from PETCO, assuming I’m able to get up and running.

Tonight's game

I’m still having issues posting to the blog, so please bear with us while we work out the kinks of the new system.

I hope you’ll all continue to post as often as you have and debate the usual stuff…just didn’t want you to think we had left.

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