Good lively chatter on the last thread. Glad everyone is getting geared up for the season to start. All I can say is that there should be absolutely no question that the driving force behind Camelback Ranch was, without any question, the fans. That’s not intended to be a slight to Vero Beach, which was an amazing home to us for six decades, but I’m here every day and you simply don’t hear people talking about how much revenue Camelback is going to generate. You hear them talk about the fans and the trips being planned to Glendale…honestly.
In any event, in case you missed the show announcing rosters on the MLB Network, provisional rosters for the WBC came out today and here are the Dodgers who could take part:
Russell Martin and Jonathan Broxton
Minor leaguers Brian Mazone, Val Pascucci, Kenley Jansen and Ivan DeJesus Jr.
Fernando Valenzuela (coaching for Mexico)
Charley Steiner (broadcasting for MLB)
…and I’m sure there are others I’m not remembering. The timing of the announcement was set to the first day of individual ticket sales, so if you are planning to come out to the stadium on March 21 or 23, you can purchase them now online.
In other Dodger news, Jason Repko signed today, leaving just Martin, Broxton and Andre Ethier as our arbitration eligible guys who haven’t signed. I caught up with Russ today on the phone and he sounds like he’s determined to have an even better season this year and coming off back-to-back All-Star campaigns, that would be enormous for the Dodgers.
Speaking of Andre, he posted his latest food review in Arizona over at Dining with ‘Dre.
And finally, on the eve of a very historic day for our nation, if you missed this article in the NY Times, you should definitely take a read. George Vescey wrote a great piece about Barack Obama and Martin Luther King Jr. through the eyes of our very own Don Newcombe. I believe that somehow Newk gets overlooked in the role he played in integrating the game of baseball and our nation and everyone at the Dodgers feels extremely fortunate that we have this living legend in our offices every week.