Friday night lights…
The Astros are in town and the stadium will be nearly filled with 50,000-plus beanie-wearing fans.
This morning, I had the opportunity to go to City Hall with Takashi Saito, who earned an award from Mayor Villaraigosa for his contributions to Los Angeles. It really does make you shake your head in disbelief at all that he’s accomplished over the past two seasons and it couldn’t happen to a nicer human being. Unfortunately the language barrier has hindered our ability to get to know Saito the way we might get to know other players, but he always seems to have a smile on his face.
The event today also got me thinking how strange it must be to come from another country and yet, find yourself standing in front of the Mayor and City Council, receiving an award. Most of what was being said, Saito didn’t understand, but his interpreter, Kenji, was trying to fill in the blanks for him.
In any event, it was a classy morning for a classy person and we’re all proud that he’s a Dodger.
As for tonight’s game, Furcal needs another day, according to Joe Torre. Brazoban was recalled and is available for the game. It seems he’s lost about seven to 10 pounds in the minors.
The team is leaning toward having Jason Schmidt throw an inning on Sunday in Lancaster for the Inland Empire 66ers.
Here’s the team going out for tonight’s game: