This one from team travel manager Scott Akasaki, who has come out of hibernation for his first blog post in some time. He obviously wanted to share these thoughts…
About three nights ago, Tony Jackson of the Daily News was laid off and I would be remiss if I did not take the opportunity to dictate a short story about something he did for me. A couple years ago, I had surgery to remove two cysts and a benign tumor from inside my spinal chord. The surgery was very delicate and during my rehabilitation period, I spent many hours at home trying to re-learn the most simple of tasks like taking a shower, putting on pants, and walking without losing my balance.
My friends and family were very supportive with cards of encouragement, gift baskets, books, flowers, and a variety of different care packages. Perhaps the most unique gift came from Tony, when he sent me a dozen bottles of barbeque sauce from the Montgomery Inn, an Ohio-based restaurant chain.
Tony worked in Cincinnati when he was a beat writer for the Reds. He learned of my affinity for barbeque so whenever we went to Cincinnati, we made plans to have a meal at the Montgomery Inn. At those meals, we did not talk about the Dodgers but more about our different upbringings and our shared life experiences. The barbeque sauce always made our meals good but Tony’s unique outlook on life made our meals memorable. I will miss my friend Tony Jackson on the Dodgers’ beat.
And here’s tonight’s lineup…