These few days between the full squad reporting date and the first games are easily the busiest for those of us in the front office.
Today alone, we had more than 2,500 items signed by Dodger players for various charitable and civic purposes…
We had a number of guys do their green screen shoots for DodgerVision…
KCAL and Prime Ticket were on site for various interviews and features…
Juan Uribe shot a TV commercial that you’ll see during preseason…
And the regular media corps was on hand for the daily news that comes from Camelback…
To top it all of, the Dodgers are facing the White Sox tonight in softball on the “replica” field here, with the Camelback employees taking part.
Tomorrow morning, we’ll be at Cracker Barrel for our annual PR department breakfast before photo day at 7 a.m…
But the best part of it all is that there’s still just a very good vibe here. It’s really hard to explain, but I keep hearing all the media that comes through here talking about it and you can just feel it. The players are loose but focused on getting ready for the season and games start on Saturday (as does DodgerTalk on KABC 790).
KABC just put out the announcement that Joe Block will be joining Josh Suchon as co-host of DodgerTalk for 2011. It’s a very exciting addition to the show, as Joe brings more than a decade of experience working in radio and TV, including several years as the Jacksonville Suns play-by-play guy back when Kemp, Billingsley, Kuo, Broxton, Loney, Elbert and others were coming up through that team (he missed Clayton by a season).
That’s when we first got to know him and his talent as an on-air personality. Most recently, he’s been hosting a similar show to DodgerTalk for the New Orleans Hornets while doubling as a minor league baseball play-by-play announcer during the summer. He’s got tremendous baseball knowledge and should be a great fit along with Soosh to keep DodgerTalk interesting while engaging in converations with all of you.
Of course, it’s a tad bittersweet because Ken Levine is no longer going to co-host the show. He’s done a tremendous job the last few seasons with Josh and was very fortunate to be named one of the play-by-play guys for the Mariners this season. We will miss his humor and passion for the Dodgers and I have no doubt he’ll still be around the stadium plenty and a part of the Dodger family, always.
If you’re a twitter follower, check out Joe at @joe_block and welcome him back to the Dodger family either there or in the comments of this blog.
Josh and Joe will be on the air from Camelback very soon, so check back for details on the first DodgerTalk of the spring on KABC 790.
The lame headlines have to end at some point, but why start now. Believe it or not, this blog is the feed for the Dodgers’ Facebook page, too, so we have to make sure it’s something remotely exciting, right? I’m assuming you’re all Facebook friends of ours by now, but in case you’re not…
Also, for those of you so inclined to listen, KABC’s DodgerTalk is now being podcast online. It’s usually up within 24 hours of the show, so listen in the next day if you’re not in Los Angeles or just want to hear Ken and Soosh talk about the team with your fellow fans.
And don’t forget, Friday is the sleepover. Have any of you been to this before? It’s a pretty cool annual event and this year is even better because we’re showing Field of Dreams after the Dodger game (and then you and dad can have a catch on the field, right?)
Here’s tonight’s lineup:
With today’s game on dodgers.com/mlb.com exclusively, we decided to utilize the email address firstname.lastname@example.org, which is usually utilized by Ken Levine and Josh Suchon during DodgerTalk on KABC.
Rick and Charley mentioned the address in the first inning and immediately had 30 questions. The next time I dropped by the booth, it was over 100. So it’s good to know you’re out there listening…and asking questions. I’m not quite sure how or if we’ll utilize this during the season, as it’s much easier to veer off the subject of the game during Spring Training, but it’s been an interesting experiment to say the least.