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:
It promises to be a great day at the ballpark for all you moms so hopefully you’ll be out here. Eric Stults, who lost his mother to cancer right before Spring Training, paid tribute to her yesterday incredibly with a victory move his record to 4-1. It’s players like him who are stepping up to help put this team on top of the division, not to mention Juan Pierre, who had an incredible game yesterday to help lead the team to victory.
Don’t forget to give your mom a call today or stop by and see her…in the meantime, here’s the lineup for the homestand finale:
And here’s Joe’s update to the media just minutes ago:
On giving players the day off: It was a little easier with the two day games, easier to split it up.
On Kuroda: Kuroda threw a bullpen today.
On Manny: He’s still beat up by this thing. He’s embarrassed. He still has to clear his head until he feels good enough to come out. Hopefully in the near future here.
On whether Manny is in Florida: That’s a personal thing. I don’t know how to answer that. I don’t think so.
On carrying a 13th pitcher: Stults made a case for not needing it yesterday. There’s still a certain security of having it. We’re not strapped. The only thing is you can’t pinch hit early.
On the Phillies: We know they’re a good team. They’re a team you measure yourself by.
There’s some really cool stuff going on this weekend for kids and moms (as well as women in general). That doesn’t mean that if you’re neither, you should stop reading because let’s be honest, even if you’re a dude, at some point you were a kid and you have or had a mom, right? And perhaps you have a kid, too.
So the first piece of exciting news is that Jeanne Zelasko will be joining the Dodger organization with numerous roles. First off, she’ll be handling play-by-play duties on our new DodgersWIN broadcast on home Wednesdays this season. And she’s going to host our new kids show, “The Jr. Dodgers Show,” which premieres tomorrow on PRIME TICKET at 12:30 p.m. If you remember “The Baseball Bunch,” it’s kind of like that but only about the Dodgers. I saw the pilot episode and if you’re a kid, you’re going to love it (and if you’re not, I still think you’ll enjoy it, to be honest).
And staying on the Jeanne subject, she’ll also throw out the ceremonial first pitch tomorrow on Mother’s Day, as will Desiree Sanchez, a co-worker of mine who has defeated breast cancer over the past year. Jeanne, who is also a cancer survivor, will serve as a spokesperson for both DodgersWIN and ThinkCure!
There are so many cool things for Moms tomorrow, you should do yourself (and your mom) a favor and come out here to the park. Players and coaches will hand out roses at the turnstiles (try to get here between 11:30 and 12 for that)…and then after the game, you can walk around the warning track with your family and meet some Dodger legends along the way. During the game, several players will be using the pink bats as in years past and they’ll all be wearing pink ribbons on their uniforms for breast cancer awareness.
Plus all sorts of pregame ceremonies honoring Moms, Moms taking the field with their kids and the Dodgers, and a whole bunch more.
But before Mother’s Day, we have today’s game on FOX and we could really use a win. Here’s the lineup: