It’s always amazing how many people I know who are looking for tickets when the Cubs come to town. I guess it’s a lot of Chicago transplants in LA or just the fact that it’s two of the most famous teams in baseball squaring off, but I’d imagine we’ll have some pretty large crowds these next four days. Hope you all will be a part of it.
Four more days until the All-Star break, so it would be great to close it out in a strong way.
Meanwhile, I’ve seen enough of Mike Stanton for now. It’s great and all that he’s a local product, but he beat us up pretty nicely over the three days here. It was cool to hear him talk on the PRIME TICKET pregame Dodgers Live about coming to Photo Day as a kid. I’m sure there will be a ton of kids here this Saturday when the annual event takes place.
That’s all I’ve got for now…
I’m guessing that many of you back in LA will be heading to Joe Torre’s Safe at Home Fundraiser tonight, where he and Sandy Koufax will talk about all sorts of interesting things at the Nokia Theatre. For those at the Scully/Wooden event a few years ago, you know this is a unique opportunity and hopefully you can make it out there.
We’ll be here at Camelback, so I’m taping it on PRIME TICKET so I can see it when I get home. It’s only airing one time…live!
Back here in Arizona, it’s still pretty cool but workings are plugging along. We had the annual photo day, which is always a very busy day in which numerous photo companies (as well as Jon SooHoo) come out and take head shots or action shots of the players. However, in recent years it has expanded so that now they do a lot of other things on that day, including the “head scans” that allow the players to look so real on video games. Our TV partners, KCAL, also shot some cool photos and on top of all that, our DodgerVision crew is in town to film the players for the stuff you’ll see all season long at Dodger Stadium.
These sorts of things take hours of time that the public rarely gets to see until the finished product, but it’s a cool thing to experience “behind-the-scenes.”
And of course, a tradition the PR department started in Vero Beach continues here at Camelback. Prior to photo day (which starts at 7 a.m.), we hit up Cracker Barrel so seven of us enjoyed some biscuits, gravy, hashbrown casserole and other such goodies at 6 a.m.
While still focusing on tonight’s game, I wanted to make sure you knew about two things tomorrow.
First, a reminder that it’s now a day game (12:40 p.m. start), as FOX picked it up. Even though your tickets and most printed material says 7:10 p.m., tomorrow is a day game, and it’s actually the annual Photo Day, so you can come out between 11 and 11:50 and take photos of your favorite players.
And to make it an entire Dodger Day, you should make plans to stop by tomorrow night at the Pacific Design Center (8687 Melrose), where we’ll be having a “blue carpet” premiere of Bluetopia, the movie that was shot last year about the team and its fans. While the seating is not open to the public due to very limited number of seats, you can come out and watch the goings on like other movie premieres and get glimpses of your favorite players and personalities as they walk the carpet. Among the guys who have told us they plan to come are James Loney, Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Ned Colletti, Maury Wills, Jaime Jarrin, Rick Monday, Charley Steiner, and many others.
And, since I’m sure you’ll all want to see the movie, you should know that DVD sales start on April 21 and you can preorder now on Amazon.
UPDATE 2: Doug Mientkiwicz is going to have to have surgery on his shoulder on Monday and is going to be out for a while. Blake DeWitt will join the big league club tonight.