June 2008

Dodgers go to Hollywood…

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This morning’s visit to Tinseltown was pretty cool and I hope a few of you were able to make it out there. We had tons of current and former Dodger players, coaches, broadcasters and other luminaries and despite the heat, I think it was a pretty special event.

Over at DodgerThoughts, Jon Weisman married his career with his passion, as we worked together to create a special section of Daily Variety that honored the Dodgers for their 50th anniversary in Los Angeles. There are a ton of stories in today’s edition, many of which are written by Jon and his DT readers, so be sure to take a look. It’s easily the most extensive coverage of the Dodgers’ Hollywood history as I’ve ever seen and arguably the best that exists.

I’m a day late, but congrats go out to former Dodger coach Jim Riggleman, who is now the manager of the Mariners. While I’m sure he isn’t happy with the way it came to be, I know that he had always wanted to manage again and that’s mainly why he left here as Jim Tracy’s bench coach. Riggs is a solid person and a longtime baseball veteran and it’s nice to see good things happen to good people.

As a reminder, Ned Colletti will take some calls tonight on DodgerTalk on KABC 790 after the game, so tune in to the show with Ken Levine and Josh Suchon.

Lineup to be posted shortly…once it’s up in the clubhouse (Troncoso is here, by the way, in place of Hiroki).

UPDATE: TONIGHT’S LINEUP

 Pierre, LF

Kemp, CF

Kent, 2B

Loney, 1B

LaRoche, 3B

Ethier, RF

Berroa, SS

Ardoin, C

Kershaw, P

You're a star!

Not really, but tomorrow (Friday) you can be a part of one.

It’s going to be a very cool turnout tomorrow when the Dodgers get their award of excellence star on Hollywood Blvd. Vin Scully, Tommy Lasorda, Joe Torre, Fernando Valenzuela, Russell Martin…those are just five of the Dodger luminaries who will be on hand for this first-ever event.

It’s open to the public, so stop by wearing your blue. It will be at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. (the corner of Hollywood and Highland) and the best parking is at the property at Highland and Johnny Grant Way (the entrance to Hollywood and Highland).

We hope you’ll all be there…and if you can’t be, you can watch it live on FSN Prime Ticket, starting at 11 a.m. PT.

Also, tomorrow night on DodgerTalk following the game, Ned Colletti will be taking calls from the fans to answer your questions. The game is cap night and then afterward, Ned will head to the studio here at the stadium with Ken Levine and Josh Suchon on KABC 790.

 

Second attempt…

I tried posting from home this morning but apparently it didn’t register…

First off, regarding the Dodger Stadium tour by Andre Ethier, it did air late last season during a pregame show on FSN, but I’ll see what I can do about getting a copy of the feature and posting it here. I’m not sure I’m that technologically skilled yet, but I’ll give it a shot.

Also, there have been some questions about Carne Asada Sunday and obviously with Nomar’s rehab assignment up in the air, we’re still hoping that the event will take place this Sunday as planned. However, if he is ready to play, there’s a chance he won’t be in town and we’d have to reschedule, but rest assured, anyone who signed up will be taken care of one way or another. As soon as we have an update, we’ll keep you all posted and thanks for your understanding.

Here’s the lineup going for a sweep in Cincy (it’s 1-0 in the bottom of the first)

Pierre, LF

DeWitt, 3B

Kent, 2B

Martin, C

Loney, 1B

Kemp, CF

Ethier, RF

Berroa, SS

Stults, P (one of two Indiana natives on the pitching staff, along with Cory Wade, who was featured today in the Indianapolis Star).

Tonight's game…

Here’s a heads up for those of you with DirecTV:

Beginning today, DirecTV is changing the FSN Prime Ticket and FSN West channel numbers. FSN Prime ticket will move from 653 to 694 and FSN West will be switched from 652 to 692. The change is only applicable to DirecTV customers and does not affect any other satellite or cable operators.

Meanwhile, here’s an interesting note from today’s daily notes…

On this date in 1972, Dodger broadcaster Jerry Reuss had one of his most memorable performances in the big leagues. Pitching for the Houston Astros, Reuss took a no-hitter (allowed four walks) into the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies, only to see Dodger third base coach Larry Bowa lead off the frame with a double. The left-hander quickly recovered, stranding Bowa on the bases by striking out Roger Freed and Greg Luzinski for his fifth career shutout. Reuss would go on to fire a no-hitter for the Dodgers on June 27, 1980.

Here’s tonight’s lineup…Charley Steiner called a little bit ago and pointed out that incredibly, we were in Cincinnati almost two months ago and at the time, we were six games out of first place. We’re three games under .500 since then and we’re closer to first than we were then. Wow. 

Pierre, LF

DeWitt, 3B

Kent, 2B

Martin, C

Loney, 1B

Kemp, CF

Ethier, RF

Berroa, SS

Lowe, P

Off day, live chat, Father's Day catch…

As a reminder, there’s a live chat today at 2 p.m. PT with Logan, De Jon and Tim Hallgren.

Also, a great write-up on Sons of Steve Garvey about the Father’s Day Catch for those who didn’t get a chance to make it out here. “Orel” is right, this is one of those events that can’t be ruined by a losing streak…if you haven’t had the chance to make it down here for this over the last five years, make sure you do soon. And while I appreciate the kudos, I can’t take credit for this event…there are a ton of hard-working people in the front office who put this together for the fans and they deserve it far more than me. In fact, I didn’t even make it down this year, as my daughter can’t quite throw yet.

Meanwhile, team travel manager Scott Akasaki checks in with a blog posting from Cincy on a well-deserved day off…

“The Basic Agreement calls for 162 regular season games in a period of 180 days.  Simple mathematics tells us that there are not a lot of “off days” during the regular season.  If there is an off day, it is usually spent traveling to the next city, like we did on April 3rd, April 17th, April 28th, May 12th, and June 9th.  A home off day is truly special (and perhaps even sacred) while a road off day comes every now and again.  I do not know about the other members of our traveling party but when I am at home, I try to use the off day and spend it with loved ones – I may even do home repairs and self maintenance stuff like regular doctor’s appointments or a visit to the dentist. 

On the road, like we had here in Cincinnati, I took the chance to catch up (and get ahead) on some work, do some running, and go out for a nice dinner.  I heard that other players and staff were going to use the off day to play golf or shop.  Some probably went to catch a movie but no matter what everyone ended up doing, we all probably wanted to catch a break from the daily routine of our baseball lives.  The baseball season is long and I am of the opinion that we all need a mental break from the game to recharge.  While the rest of the world may have two days off every week, those who are with the team on a daily basis have 18 days off in 180 days.  Let’s hope that our team had a good off day and that we follow up with some wins here in Cincinnati.”

UPDATE: Today’s lineup:

Pierre, LF

DeWitt, 3B

Kent, 2B

Martin, C

Loney, 1B

Kemp, CF

Ethier, RF

Berroa, SS

Billingsley, P

 

 

Draft and minor league updates…plus medical updates

A few of you have asked about updates on which guys have signed and information about our new draftees and minor league prospects.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) you can ask the men who are in charge of this area, as Logan White, De Jon Watson and Tim Hallgren are hosting a live web chat at dodgers.com.

They are all around the country, so they’ll be calling into the offices to take your questions and answer them online.

As for medical updates, Nomar is heading to Vegas tomorrow to start his rehab assignment. Penny’s MRI showed no structural damage but did show some tendonitis, so we’ll have to see where we go from there. We should have a better prognosis tomorrow.

Let’s hope the day off in Cincinnati got the team back on track…

 

Happy Father's Day

By now, you probably already have the lineups as the game is scoreless in the early innings and the skies have opened up over Detroit.

To all the dads out there, including my own and all the dads in the Dodger organization, thanks for everything you do for your children. I hope that some of you will enjoy the sunshine here in Southern California and go have a catch at Dodger Stadium anytime until 2 p.m. today. If not, enjoy the day with your family…

Oh what a night…

I went to bed last night thinking that I’d be able to come up with some poignant way to capture the Vin Scully/John Wooden event last night and woke up no more able than the night before. Jon Weisman, on the other hand, recapped it great and shares many thoughts, nearly all of which I agree wholeheartedly, so rather than try and re-write it, I’ll just direct you there.

It’s been far too long since the Dodgers scored…what more can be said on that front? Here’s the group that will try to push some runs across the board this afternoon in the Motor City.

Pierre, LF

DeWitt, 3B

Kent, 2B

Loney, 1B

Martin, C

Ethier, RF

Kemp, CF

Young, DH

Berroa, SS

Penny, P 

New thread…

Wow…you take one day off and look what happens!

Actually, it wasn’t so much a day off as it was a departmental team building event, as we all went down to the game yesterday in San Diego. Certainly not a fun game to watch, so we’ll put that behind us. This morning I was at a news conference to announce the launch of the new billboards that the Boy Scouts are putting out around Los Angeles. It’s a very cool campaign so those of you in Los Angeles, be on the lookout for these.

 

14x48Bull_RM.jpgAs for what’s written on the comments of the blog…I do keep track of the overall themes and pass them along to the powers-that-be when they’re constructive. There’s obviously a huge difference between constructive feedback and some of the other things we see on here every day and I know that you are all smart enough to recognize the difference.

For those not in the greater Michigan area, I hope you’ll get to TIVO the Vin Scully/John Wooden event at the Nokia Theatre if you’re not already planning to go. If you are, I’ll hopefully see you there, but it’s going to be an extremely special once-in-a-lifetime event.

Here’s tonight’s lineup in Detroit…

Pierre, CF

Young, LF

Ethier, RF

Kent, 2B

Martin, C

Loney, 1B

LaRoche, 3B

Sweeney, DH

Berroa, SS

Lowe, P

Blake DeWitt

It won’t be long before Dodger Stadium catches on and starts chanting Blake De-Witt like they chanted Chin-lung Hu or Hee-Seop Choi…he’s a natural. And the whole country is figuring it out, as he was named the Gillette Rookie of the Month today. Congrats to Blake and the Dodgers Dream Foundation, which will get a $5,000 check in Blake’s name.

The DDF will also be the beneficiary of the auctions currently running on dodgers.com where you can purchase a chance to be a co-captain of one of the Hollywood Stars teams next Saturday. Or perhaps read the lineups or take the field with the celebs. It’s all for a good cause, so check it out.

As for the comment about acupuncture for Rafael Furcal, I don’t know if we’ve tried that but I can tell you that we do have a certified acupuncturist in the training room, Ichiro Tani, and he’s worked with a number of our players over the last several years. That said, I’m sure the option has been explored.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Pierre, LF

Young, RF

Kent, 2B

Martin, C

Kemp, CF

LaRoche, 1B

DeWitt, 3B

Berroa, SS

Billingsley, P

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