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Got some grief yesterday for jokingly touting Jeff’s return to Weaverwood so trying a new one today…just trying to keep it fresh. I’m sure the Andre Ethier fans can’t get enough of the guy.
Prior to today’s game, Manny Ramirez was officially activated and he’s in the lineup tonight. Meanwhile, had the chance to catch up with Jim Tracy before the game and he’s one of the classiest guys in baseball. You can’t help but root for a guy like that…unless, of course, he’s playing against us. So, here’s to sweeping the Rockies but seeing them do well when they’re not facing the Dodgers.
For those still looking for Mother’s Day plans, we’ve got a game tomorrow and tickets are still available. No better way than to spend the day with your mom at Dodger Stadium. After the game, fans are allowed down on the field to walk around the warning track with their family, which is always a fun memory. And the players will be using pink bats to help raise awareness for breast cancer in support of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.
That’s about all…first pitch just a few minutes away. Here’s the lineup:
Jeff Weaver will be activated for tonight’s game from the DL, with a corresponding move to follow soon.
As for Andre Ethier, what more can you really say? The guy has been arguably the best offensive player in baseball for five weeks. Hopefully it’ll begin to rub off on those around him…
Joe Torre also said that Manny would be back tomorrow night, so that means we’ll likely start seeing fans returning quickly to Mannywood. Let’s hope he starts out as hot as he was when he got hurt.
For tonight, X Paul is in his place…here’s the lineup:
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, baseball’s official statisticians, Blake DeWitt’s 4-for-4 game yesterday was the first time a Dodger second baseman went 4-for-4 (or better) with three RBI in a game since Charlie Neal on June 30, 1960.
Wow, that is hard to believe. That includes Lopes, Kent, Sax, you name it. Pretty crazy.
Oh, and by the way, Andre Ethier is leading the NL in all three Triple Crown categories.
Hope to see some of you tonight at James Loney’s bowling event, which benefits the Dodgers Dream Foundation. I’m sure we’ll be tweeting, facebooking and all sorts of other ing things from there.
UPDATE: Thanks to the commenter for pointing out the news on Dave Roberts. What an incredible guy he is and we’re all pulling for him. I’ve worked with a lot of players over the years and you’d be hard pressed to find a more professional individual and genuinely nice person.
Manny Ramirez, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier all reported early today, and Manny chatted with the media a few minutes ago.
He said that he hit quite a bit this offseason to try and figure out the mechanical issues that had him a bit off during the end of last season. He also said that he expects this to be his last year at the Dodgers so he’s going to enjoy it as much as possible. His funniest line, I thought, was when he told reporters that from the waste down, he feels 15 years old but from the neck up, he feels 43.
Anyway, that’s the buzz around camp at the moment. Andre and Matt haven’t really spoken yet to the media in a group, but I know Ken Gurnick chatted with Andre when the clubhouse opened, so I’m sure stories will be on the front of the site soon.
As you might recall, when Andre delivered walk-off hits on consecutive days back in June, I tried to start the nickname of the Mailman of Dodgertown, as he does seem to deliver key hits every day. Last night was really something else, going into the last half inning down by two runs and hitting another walk-off job. Even he seems amazed at how well he’s been doing when the game is on the line.
Of course, I asked Tommy Lasorda the other day why players these days don’t have nicknames and he said that he was actually the one who nicknamed most of his guys. We all know about Bulldog Hershiser, but he also came up with Happy Hooton, KT (for Kenny Landreaux) and numerous others. What I didn’t know is that Tommy has a nickame…Mungo. Apparently his favorite Dodger growing up was Van Lingle Mungo and when he goes home to Norristown, there are still lots of guys who call him Mungo. How’s that for a Tommy story you’ve never heard! For more Tommy stories, don’t forget to check his blog, which he updates regularly.
Lineup and a roster move to come shortly…
Hudson, 2B (still a few small number of tickets available for tomorrow’s WIN Clinic/Luncheon with Ausmus, Loretta, Loney, Hudson, Torre, Lasorda, and others). See www.dodgers.com/win
And Tony Abreu is here in the big leagues. Not sure if the other half of the move is public yet, so I’ll refrain from posting here but I’m sure it’ll be in the news shortly.
I never got around to posting the lineup today, as we were busy with the news conference to announce 90090 as the official new zip code of Dodgertown. It’s pretty cool that we’re the first team ever to have that distinction. And we’ve gotta give a shout out to George Barajas, who has been sorting the mail here at Dodger Stadium for 23 years. He was part of the pregame ceremony, as were a lot of our friends at the post office. And of course, it all started with Jamie McCourt, who has been the driving force to get it done along with the help of Tommy Lasorda and many others behind the scenes.
But I guess it’s Andre Ethier who is the new Mailman of Dodgertown. He seems to deliver every day.
This team is really something else. Back-to-back nights, down by a run in the ninth, they’ve found a way to win and both times, it’s been Andre coming through in the clutch. And in case you didn’t watch the game, that’s his sixth walk-off in the last two seasons, more than anyone else in baseball.
Hope you all make it out tomorrow for the series finale or tune into ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball (or KABC). For those who missed Bleacher Beach last week, it should be a hot spot again manana.
As you all know by now, Andre Ethier and the Dodgers settled, which is always a best-case scenario. I know that there are a ton of Ethier fans on Inside the Dodgers and you have been very vocal about wanting to avoid arbitration, which we all did. It looks like our favorite food critic will be making a great salary this year while still finding a way to find a middle ground with the club. Hopefully, he can send in a new review for Dining with Dre soon.
The rest of the day here was filled with more workouts, including some bunting practice for the pitchers. Team historian Mark Langill weighs in regarding one of the best bunters in baseball history, Maury Wills:
Fifty years ago, Maury Wills spent spring training in 1959 with the Detroit Tigers, which selected the journeyman infielder in the previous winter’s minor league draft. But the Tigers opted not to keep Wills for the $40,000 fee, so he returned to Triple-A Spokane to begin the regular season.
Wills received a surprise promotion to Los Angeles in June after general manager Buzzie Bavasi noticed a hole on the top of Don Zimmer’s baseball shoe while standing near the batting cage. Zimmer was hiding a broken toe. Wills batted .260 in 83 games for Los Angeles to help the Dodgers win their first championship on the West Coast.
Zimmer was long considered by Bavasi and other Dodger brass as the eventual replacement for longtime shortstop Pee Wee Reese, who retired after the 1958 season. But Spokane manager Bobby Bragan, who suggested Wills learn to switch-hit in 1958, thought the speedy Wills had the potential to be a star.
“(Wills) did a fairly good job wherever he was sent, but he was never spectacular,” Bavasi wrote of Wills’ first eight seasons in the Dodger minor league system from 1951 to 1958. “Nor did he figure in the Dodger plans. I once made the statement if I had someone offered me $11 and a bag of potato chips for Maury’s contract, I’d have sold him.”
Wills, the 1962 National League MVP, stole 586 bases during his 14-year career.
The Phillies are the World Champs and if nothing else, it feels good to know that we were beaten by the team that won it all. Congratulations to the entire Phillies organization, including our Communications counterparts Larry Shenk, Bonnie Clark, Scott Palmer, Leigh Tobin, Greg Casterioto, and Kevin Gregg among others. This means that since front-office blogging began with Scott Reifert (Inside the White Sox in 2005…when they won it all) and now Phillies Insider, it’s destined to be our year in 2009, right? (Even the Red Sox have apparently started an anonymous front office blog earlier this year, though they didn’t have it for last year’s World Championship).
Actually, while I wish that really had a bearing on what goes on down on the field, I have to say that as I drove home today from our departmental offsite team building trip to Danny’s Farm, I was listening to the last inning of the World Series and then the postgame interviews and a few things jumped out at me. The first voice (albeit almost completely gone) to come on was Jayson Werth, who was a really good person who never really was healthy enough in Los Angeles to show his ability and I’m very happy for him and his family.
He said something in the postgame that was echoed by Charlie Manuel, Pat Gillick and almost everyone else when they were asked what the difference was between this year’s team and last year’s, which reached the postseason but lost in the NLDS. All of them said that it was the experience gained in last year’s playoffs that helped them win it all this year and that’s a very reassuring for our team, which gained some much-needed experience. We have a very busy offseason ahead of us but regardless of how it turns out, we’re going to have nearly a dozen players at the bare minimum who experienced the NLCS this year and will be better off for it.
Anyway, tonight is the official end to the 2008 season and the beginning of 2009. Free agents start filing tomorrow and decisions have to be made on players’ options, trade proposals and much more. Next week is the GM meetings, which don’t make as much news as the Winter Meetings, but a lot of the groundwork gets laid during that period of time.
So congrats again to the Phillies…here’s hoping they’re congratulating us a year from now.
P.S. Spoke with Andre yesterday and he said a new Arizona restaurant review is coming soon…
Quite a day for Andre Ethier…
He started out this morning by continuing his community efforts by visiting the Weingart Center in Downtown L.A., which is a comprehensive human services center for homeless men and women located near “Skid Row.” He helped serve food to approximately 150 at-risk men and women and visited the site of the center’s residential building, including its learning labs. (Andre’s relationship with the center dates back to last season when he took part in a batting practice fundraiser at Dodger Stadium for the facility).
And then he headed into a key September game with the Padres and proceeded to start the game 3-for-3 with a walk…including a single, a triple and his team-leading 19th homer. His eighth-inning chance at the cycle was foiled by a groundout.
But, most importantly, with the Dodgers’ fourth victory in a row, the team heads into tomorrow’s series finale just 1.5 games back of Arizona with the weekend series against the D-backs looming at Dodger Stadium. And I hate to say it, but there won’t be a lineup posted tomorrow…hopefully you know why.
This is an incredible day for the Dodger organization, as Walter O’Malley is finally being inducted into Cooperstown.
The induction ceremony is going on live now, so check it out.
As for the lineup, plenty of debate the last few days over how to set up the outfield and obviously a lot of support from the comments here about Andre Ethier. He’s back in the lineup today and for those who missed it, he updated his Dining with Dre blog.
Here’s the lineup: