Time to celebrate our independence and thank all those who serve in our nation’s military, including one of the newest members. Taylor Jackson, daughter of ESPNLA.com beat writer Tony Jackson, graduated from basic training last weekend in the U.S. Navy. Congrats, Seaman Apprentice Taylor!
And congrats are also in order to Andre Ethier and Jonathan Broxton on their All-Star honors. A great case could have been made for Furcal, Kuo and even Kershaw, but I guess that’s what the All-Star selection Sunday is all about – debate. So feel free to debate it here.
Here’s hoping you all are enjoying a BBQ and watching or listening to the game and then roll out tomorrow night to Dodger Stadium for Fifth of July fireworks.
Over at DodgerThoughts, Jon Weisman offers an incredible look at Dodger blogging through the years and it’s fascinating to see the way the blogosphere has evolved this decade when it comes to our favorite team. It’s hard to believe ITD was the 19th blog on the scene, according to Jon’s list, but far more incredible to think that 26 others have popped up in cyberspace in the four years that this site has been live.
Quite obviously, this blog is different from all the rest…it’s unabashedly pro-Dodgers because it’s written by people who work in the front office and we have an added benefit of seeing the inner workings of the organization. But the truth is, it’s no better than the rest of the sites out there, all of which are run by Dodger fans who have second (some would say “real”) jobs. Each provides a view of the team from a different perspective and every one of them has the potential of a global readership, which is a huge reason why the Dodgers became the first big league team this year to extend media credentials to some of the bloggers who cover the team.
Over the next decade, I have little doubt that many sites out there will become profitable ventures for the people who run them and even more valuable resources for information about the team. They’ll also change in the way in which they create a place for fans to gather, which is really what this is all about.
So from one of the humble hosts of ITD and behalf of all of us at the organization, Happy New Year and Happy New Decade (by the way, fellow blogger Tony Jackson had a great piece on ESPNLosAngeles.com about the Top 10 Dodgers of the decade). I’ll probably put up one last post on Thursday recapping the 2009 season, much like we did for 2008.
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…
It’s a sad day around here, as many of you have already heard that Tony Jackson has been laid off by the Daily News due to budget cuts. Not only was Tony the host of the “other” Inside the Dodgers blog, but he’s among a dying breed of baseball beat writers who covered all 162 games of a season. In many ways, Tony has been the Cal Ripken of beat writers, having missed only a couple of games over the past five-plus seasons (including home and road).
You’d be hard-pressed to find a harder-working guy or someone who has a greater passion for the game of baseball. I know you’ll all miss reading his work and we’re going to miss having him in the press box. It’s a really interesting media world right now and as we all try to figure out the best way to get news to the public in a timely and correct fashion, this blog continues to become one of our top ways of communcating directly with you.
Speaking of which, here’s today’s lineup…