It’s hard to put into the words the incredible vibe that was in the stadium tonight for the final. Japan just defeated Korea for their second WBC title and this place was as electric as any sporting event I’ve ever witnessed. More than 50,000 people screaming for nine innings straight and then, when Korea was down to its last out, they tied it up and sent it to extras, only to lose it in the 10th.
They’re celebrating down on the field right now and the stadium is still going nuts outside the offices. More than 400 media members were on site for the three-game set here and it’s been an incredible experience for everyone involved. Here’s hoping four years from now, it’s the United States that is celebrating…
And now, it’s back to Glendale in the morning for the final 10 days of Spring Training. We’ve got a night game tomorrow and PRIME TICKET is going to pick up the feed from FSN Northwest starting at about 7:30 p.m., so tune in for more Dodger baseball.
I hope that many of you made it out here last night for the game between Korea and Venezuela…while it was not the closest of games, the atmosphere was really, really cool and I’d expect tonight to be even better, with the US squaring off against Japan for the right to play Korea for the title tomorrow night. They’re practicing the Opening Ceremony of tomorrow night’s game right now on the field outside my office and it gave me chills just watching it without the stadium full. I can only imagine how exciting it’ll be tomorrow.
As many of you noted in the comments yesterday, we hired Eric Collins from ESPN to join Steve Lyons on the 38 games or so that Vin doesn’t do. Eric did the Olympics for NBC and impressed every person in came in contact with throughout the process and we’re excited to have him on board. We hope you’ll all enjoy listening to him and Steve and you’ll even get the chance to interact with them, as they plan to host a blog. More details on that to follow…
Back in Arizona, lots still going on. Today’s game can be seen on KCAL 9 with Vin calling the game from Camelback Ranch at 1 p.m. It’s his last game of the spring (from Arizona, that is) so be sure to tune in. And if you’re not in front of your TV, KABC 790 has the game, too (and the great Sunday night show with Ken Levine and Josh Suchon).
If you’re up for it, you can watch/listen to baseball all day long! Hope to see you all here tonight or tomorrow for the final…let’s get behind the U.S. and bring the trophy back home.
I’ll bet those two things have never been written in the same sentence before. But there’s a first for everything.
I’m back in Los Angeles to help prepare for this weekend’s semis and finals of the WBC, so the updates from Camelback Ranch might be a little more irregular this week (though I know we set a Cactus League single-game attendance record today). And at the present time, the US and Puerto Rico are tied, 3-3 in the top of the 5th of an elimination game, so here’s hoping we can pull out the victory and take part in the fesitivities at Dodger Stadium. Just seeing the way the stadium looks right now, I can tell this is going to be a special event with the whole world watching and hopefully you’ll all come out and be a part of it.
As for the Price is Right, you might recall that at the Community Caravan in February, several current and former Dodgers took part in a taping of the show and it airs TOMORROW (Wednesday). Check your local listings for the team’s big showcase showdown!
Quite a day here at Camelback Ranch. Not only do we have Team Korea from the WBC on hand (and dozens of Korean media members following their every move), but Manny’s first game is today, so lots of national media as well. It’s getting us ready for the craziness that will ensue at Dodger Stadium during the semis and finals of the WBC March 21, 22, and 23.
Keeping things interesting today, the lineup is pretty much what we’d be in an AL park…
That’s all I have time to post for today. Hope you’ll make it out or tune into the live webcast on dodgers.com
UPDATE: Manny is scratched from the lineup with tightness in his left hamstring. He’ll likely play tomorrow and said he could have played today, but Joe Torre wanted to play it safe.
So I spent the first four hours of today in meetings about the WBC and I’m equally as excited about that as I am for Camelback Ranch.
For those of you in Los Angeles, you won’t want to miss this tournament. It wound up being an incredible success in 2006 and I expect that this year will be even better.
Tickets for the games at Dodger Stadium March 21-23 are on sale starting Monday so check out all there is to know about the WBC…
Now it’s off to a Best Buy, where Andre Ethier is buying holiday gifts for many children in need…