Without That Guy, These Guys Shine – At the beginning of this season, I said that it would not be “THAT GUY” who made this team, but rather, the young players. So far, the Dodger kids have been… well, OK, I guess! Kemp and Loney have been good. Nobody has been “great.” Martin is climbing, and Ethier – well, I won’t go there, but the guys who have kept this team afloat are Juan Pierre, Juan Castro and Juan Blake (well it’s “Casey” Blake, but I wish he were a “Juan”). Casey Blake and Juan Pierre have saved the Dodgers’ season! Pierre is hitting .394 and Blake is at .309 with 9 HR and 32 RBI. Throw in Randy Wolf, Brad Ausmus and Mark Loretta and we have 5 player over 30 who are “key” to our success. But, I digress. Tonight the task at hand is to beat the Cubs.
I arrived at the Cubs Media lot at about 4:30 PM and sure enough, they had my name on the list. Ditto for the press gate, and in the press box, my name was on the list and I was assigned a seat. Wow! A tip of the hat to Josh Rawitch and the Dodgers PR staff and the Cubs PR staff too. Tonight’s lineup is as follows:
- Pierre LF
- Furcal SS
- Hudson 2B
- Loney 1B
- Blake 3B
- Ethier RF
- Martin C
- Kemp CF
- Wolf P
- I had a nice conversation with Carl and Matt Kemp before the game. Matt is NOT 6′ 2″ like he is listed. He is at least 6′ 4″. Write that down! Maybe the Dodgers don’t think a 6′ 4″ guy should be able to run that fast!
- Jamie Hoffman is huge and strong too.
- Larry King and family were on the field before the game.
- Frank McCourt and Tommy were there as well.