On behalf of Andre and everyone at the Dodger organization, we can’t thank you all enough for trying to get Andre to Phoenix for the All-Star Game next week. It was arguably the biggest push we have ever made, and our All-Star campaigns go back to the days of Cesar Izturis, Russell Martin, Nomar Garciaparra and many more. But what made this one the best is how much you all embraced it.
Andre was downstairs in the clubhouse earlier today and telling people how grateful he was that you all took this to heart. Seeing some of the chatter on this blog, Twitter and Facebook, there were some of you that literally voted thousands of times, which is unfathomable. From the #VoteAndre TweetSuite to the clubouse t-shirts and the various celebs who threw their Twitter endorsements behind him, it was a fun four days. Ideas came from clubhouse attendants, team execs, fans and just about everyone who wanted to see him play in front of his home crowd.
So thank you! And let’s keep pulling for Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw, who will be there to represent your team.
In the meantime, hope many of you are at Andre’s Throwback Bobblehead tonight…should be a crowd over 50,000.
It’s decision day on a few Dodger players, most notably Russell Martin, and Ned Colletti just told Jim Hill in an interview that this is one of the toughest decisions he’s had to face since he came to the Dodgers. We’ll know by 9 p.m. PT tonight at the latest what that decision is and hopefully that will provide a little more clarity on the catching situation.
Ned just finished a 20-minute interview with Jim Hill and they covered a ton of topics. It will air in part tonight on KCAL/KCBS as well as throughout the week. Among the things they talked about were Don Mattingly and his staff; Matt Kemp (who recently reached out to Ned and had a great phone conversation that is among the reasons Ned says he feels like this will be a big year for Matt); the starting rotation and the farm system.
There’s definitely a buzz in the offices and one among fans we’re speaking with on a daily basis. It feels a little weird to have so much already set in stone before we head to Orlando for the Winter Meetings on Sunday, but I’ll certainly take that over a four-day set of meetings where we come in with a ton of needs.
Just a reminder, the Inside the Dodgers tour is next Saturday, June 27 and we have close to 50 people already on board. You can also purchase group tickets for that night and it’s looking more and more likely that we will be able to bring out OldBrooklynFan after all…
If you’re interested in the group tour at 11:30, please email Dustin at firstname.lastname@example.org and he’ll take credit card info, etc. to get you set up.
If you want to attend the game that night against the Mariners, please contact Kris at email@example.com or 323.224.1308.
Update: Tonight’s lineup:
We got a nice call from a longtime Dodger fan, Dr. Bob Filep, who was so impressed with the way Russell played during the All-Star Game, he wanted a forum where fans could express their gratitude and congratulations to him. So, what better way than right here, where so many of you visit regularly already?
Feel free to leave your congratulatory messages here for Russell and I’ll pass along the stack when I see him next week. While I can’t make it a habit of bringing messages to the players every day or my entire day would be spending doing so, I think this is a special occasion and he deserves to know what you all think…
Anyone else remember this game? Derek allowed an infield single to start the game at Wrigley Field and retired 26 of the next 28 guys for a complete-game one-hitter. I’d sure love to see that tonight before a late night departure for Manhattan.
Jeff Kent’s back is still tight so it’s a similar lineup to last night but with Russell back in the lineup so no in-game interviews with him today!
Speaking of Russell, safe to say that I’m pretty surprised he’s fourth in NL All-Star balloting. I’m fairly certain that putting on a full-bore campaign for him this year shouldn’t be necessary. The country knows who he is…now it’s up to Dodger fans to get out the vote up to 25 times each.
And, for all the Joe Beimel fans (and clearly there are many of you based on the Fans’ Vote Bobblehead), there will be a live chat with the lefty next Tuesday, June 3 at 2 p.m. PT.
Game’s on KCAL in Los Angeles, with the pregame show starting at 4:30 p.m. Larry Bowa will have his regular segment, plus plenty more from Eric Karros and Gary Miller. Here’s the lineup:
Wow. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a city go from so nice to so cold in a shorter amount of time. It’s 40 something degrees with 20 mph winds here, so it should make for an interesting game. Of course, both teams face the same elements, so it’ll come down to who handles them better and can get some offense going. I’d imagine that getting jammed with a pitch tonight won’t feel very good on the hands.
One lucky guy who doesn’t have to play in this weather is Russell Martin, who has tonight off. Right now he’s actually got my cell phone and is doing an “interview” with LA native Tyson Chandler, the center for the New Orleans Hornets. It’s part of an ESPN the Magazine piece that will be coming out soon, so keep a lookout for it.
As I type this, I’m also in the Wrigley Field visitor’s clubhouse, where it is easily the smallest locker room in the National League (and probably the Majors, though I’ve never been to Fenway). With ESPN here tonight, plus a ton of Japanese media to cover the big matchup between Kuroda and Fukudome, it’s a little tight in here. But, it’s the big leagues, so you won’t hear me complaining.
Actually, being in this clubhouse reminds me of a game here several years back when we lost 20-1 and poor Jose Antonio Nunez, who was a Rule 5 pick, had to just take the beating for the team. Afterward, there was tons of media on site (myself included, as I was covering the team that year for dodgers.com) and the tight confines of this clubhouse did not make for a happy group of Dodgers. Here’s hoping we’re the ones scoring 20 runs tonight.
I’d also like to send out get well wishes to Andruw Jones on behalf of the entire organization. He had his surgery this morning back in Los Angeles to clean up the tear in the meniscus of his right knee. I’m certainly hoping that the time away will fix him physically and get him back in a positive frame of mind when he gets back in four to six weeks.
As for tonight’s game, we are on FSN Prime Ticket and Blake DeWitt will be wearing a mic, so that should add a fun element to the broadcast. Here’s the lineup: