For an IU grad like myself, it’s been a cool week at Spring Training. On the first day of camp, Don Mattingly got asked about Bob Knight and spent a bunch of time talking about his respect for the Hoosiers’ former coach.
Then today, the late John Wooden’s name came up in the media session, as Donnie has read a lot of his books. Coach Wooden hailed from Martinsville, Indiana, which is near Bloomington.
Clearly those two are legends of the game, so it will be decades before Don could even potentially accomplish what they did as a manager/coach, but it’s still pretty neat to hear so much talk about Indiana.
Tack on Evansville’s Jamey Carroll and there’s no shortage of ties to the Hoosier state around here. Among the most well known Dodgers born there are Gil Hodges, Carl Erskine and Tommy John in addition to more recent Dodgers Eric Stults and Cory Wade.
Why is this relevant? Well, it’s not really. But hearing Donnie talk so much today about Wooden and Indiana made it somewhat noteworthy.
As for the only U.S. President from Indiana…well, that would be Benjamin Harrison, who was actually born in Ohio but spent most of his time in Indiana.
And with that, Happy President’s Day…
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)
Stults, P (one of two Indiana natives on the pitching staff, along with Cory Wade, who was featured today in the Indianapolis Star).