That is a phrase from a Latin poem which happens to be at least a couple of years old.
It simply means “seize the day“.
The Dodgers evened their Spring record at 2-2 and while it’s early, it’s noteworthy that some players did seize the day and some didn’t.
- Jamie Hoffman who went 2-2 with an RBI and a run scored;
- Tony Gwynn, Jr. went 1-2 and scored a run (hey, if he can hit .250, her might start);
- Nate Eovaldi needed just 7 pitches and struck out 2 in the ninth inning to save the game; and
- Jon Broxton got the win by pitching a scoreless inning (baby steps, but steps nevertheless).
- Justin Sellers needs to be perfect to get a spot – he wasn’t;
- Xavier Paul was unimpressive with the bat at a time when he needs to make an impression;and
- Gabe Kapler who has to tear up the Grapefruit league in order to make the team.
I am not including guys who have no chance of making the team, like Travis Schlichting. I am also not including Clayton Kershaw, because nothing he does surprises me and I always expect the best from him. He simply delivered again.
So far this spring, Rod Barajas has seized the day, by being the first Dodger to hit a Home Run, and so have Ely, Elbert, Hawksworth, Link, Troncoso, Jansen, Redding and Rincon by pitching scoreless innings.
Spring Training is the time for Carpe Diem – Who will seize the day?
I have an early guess of someone who just might step up and win a spot – Jamie Hoffman. Unlikely. Improbable. But, he’s my pick. Right now.