Well, we are settled in at Camelback Ranch. I sat next to Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLa, Tony Jackson of Espn/LA and Jim Peltz of The LA Times – at least there were three good writers in
that group. I feel like on of those “Which one doesn’t belong” kid’s games. “Which one doesn’t belong? Jackson, Stephen, Peltz or Timmons?” Timmons! That would be correct! Anyway it was a great way to watch a bad game. The Dodgers looked like they forgot to show up. There were some highlights however:
- With James McDonald going back to minor league camp, Josh Lindblom’s chances of making the team just went up. Unlike McDonald, he is “seizing the day.” He pitched two spectacular innings last night with six up and six down and had three strikeouts. It’s good to see this “Indiana Boy” do well.
- Ronnie Belliard looks to be in better condition that last year (i.e., his gut is smaller) , but according to multiple sources, he has not reached the magic number – 209. His HR last night broke up a perfect games and it got out in a hurry. He also had a second shot which the heavy night air “held up.” It would have been a home-run in the daytime.
- Raffy looks re-juveneated. If he can stay healthy, the Dodgers are looking Very, Very Good this year. He smothered a ball on the first base side of second, that I felt he had no chance of getting.
- Vicenete Padilla gave up 4 runs in the 2ndinning. Oh, well it’s early according to Eric Karros. However, he did go five innings and except for the second inning he gave up no runs.
- The air was heavy last night and Manny had two shots which would have been home-runs in the daylight.
- Pedro Baez had a hard double in the ninth inning.
- We were at a bar yesterday afternoon and I was talking about Casey Blake and said something like: ”You know, without his beard, Casey Blake enters a room 3 minutes after his chin.” There was a 23 year-old kid sitting at the bar beside me who said “Ain’t that the truth? He’s my second cousin.” We talked for a while. What a small world. He was down to see Casey play a couple of games before traveling to Alaska. He looks like Casey a bit, I think.
- Roger spotted some of the old time Dodgers in the crowd – see below: