February 23, 2013

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The long wait is over.  The winter gloom has been replaced with the bright blue of the skies… and of the Dodgers uniform lettering.  Hope and optimism fills the air with thoughts that THIS will be the season that we will be playing late into October.

It happens every spring, from the cactus of Arizona, to the grapefruit of Florida.  The slate has been wiped clean and the chance for victory beckons.

It is a joyous time for players and fans alike.

Play ball!


Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work they go…

February 12, 2013

After their winter hiatus, the MLB players, starting with pitchers and catchers have reported to work, followed in a few days by position players.  Actually, some guys have already been working out at their spring training camps.  Today’s well paid players are a far cry from those of 55 years ago.  They have the luxury of doing what they want during the winter, without financial worries.

I remember a picture of Dodger backup catcher Joe Pignatano in the 1958 yearbook, carrying big pipe wrenches up against his shoulders as if he were carrying baseball bats.  Back then, most players had a job in the winter to make ends meet.  Pignatano was the original Joe the Plumber.  In the Home Run Derby show, filmed in 1960 at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, future Hall of Fame players competed for a prize of $2000 for the winner, $1000 for the loser, and $500 for hitting three homers in a row.  You could tell that the money was  enough to really make a difference for those guys.

DODGERS’ KEY SPRING DATES

(All times Pacific)

Tuesday – Pitchers and catchers report

Saturday – First full-squad workout

Sat., Feb. 23 – Cactus League opener vs. White Sox at Camelback Ranch, 12 p.m.

Thu., Feb. 28 – Vs. Angels at Camelback Ranch, 12 p.m.

Fri., March 1 – Split-squad vs. Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium, 12 p.m.

Sat., March 2 – World Baseball Classic begins in Japan and Taiwan

Wed., March 6 – Split-squad vs. WBC Team Mexico at Camelback Ranch, 12 p.m.

March 17-19 – WBC championship round in San Francisco

Thu., March 21 – Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation benefit game vs. Cubs in Tucson, 1 p.m.

Thu., March 28 – Freeway Series vs. Angels at Angel Stadium, 7 p.m.; Split-squad exhibition in Rancho Cucamonga, 6 p.m.

Fri., March 29 – Freeway Series vs. Angels at Dodger Stadium, 7:10 p.m.

Sat., March 30 – Freeway Series vs. Angels at Angel Stadium, 6 p.m.

Mon., April 1 – Opening Day: vs. Giants at Dodger Stadium, 1:10 p.m. PT, ESPN


Here Comes Spring Training

February 4, 2013

The Super Bowl is over and the sports world is shifting it’s focus to Major League Baseball!

It was a productive off-season for the Dodgers and they will enter Spring Training with their best lineup in many years.  Because of this, there will be intense pressure on Don Mattingly and the players to reach the World Series.  According to Magic, any result other than playing in the Fall Classic will be a failure.

What do you think the biggest question marks will be as the Dodgers report to Camelback Ranch?

Camelback RanchWikipedia: Camelback Ranch – Glendale is a stadium in Phoenix, Arizona owned and operated by Glendale, Arizona.