Los Angeles Dodgers Spring Training Notes February 27, 2008 LET THE GAMES BEGIN: The Dodgers today went through their final workout before tomorrow’s opening of the 2008 Grapefruit League schedule. Position players took infield and batting practice, while the hurlers conducted a pitchers fielding practice (PFP) circuit. PITCHING CHANGE: Jason Johnson will now start tomorrow’s Grapefruit League games against the Braves in Vero Beach, going up against Tim Hudson. Chad Billingsley, who originally was tabbed as the Dodgers’ starter, will instead pitch in a simulated game due to slight tightness in his right groin. Other Dodger pitchers scheduled to appear include Mike Myers, Tanyon Sturtze, and Tom Martin. Then on Friday against the Braves at Disney, Hiroki Kuroda will square off against Jair Jurrjens. Kuroda will be followed by Esteban Loaiza and Greg Miller. SIM CITY: A group of Dodger pitchers faced minor league hitters in a simulated game this morning at Holman Stadium in the final tune-up before tomorrow’s Grapefruit League opener. Derek Lowe faced eight hitters over 2.0 hitless innings. He struck out two, and threw 33 pitches, 23 for strikes. Takashi Saito, Rudy Seanez, Jonathan Broxton, and Joe Beimel all pitched an inning as well. FROM THE SITUATION ROOM: The White House today announced that President George W. Bush has appointed Joe Torre to be a Member of the President’s Cancer Panel for a term expiring February 21, 2011. Here is the link to the President’s Cancer Panel: http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/pcp/pcp.htm. WELCOME, ROOKIES: “Dodger Idol” got underway this morning for players appearing in their first big league camp. Nomar Garciaparra played the role of Ryan Seacrest, while Juan Pierre was Randy Jackson, team physical therapist Sue Falsone was Paula Abdul, and Jeff Kent was Simon Cowell. The list of players who performed: Rick Asadoorian, Lucas May, James McDonald, John Lindsey, Mario Alvarez, and Xavier Paul. Asadoorian started things off with his rendition of “Piano Man” while playing the guitar and harmonica. Paul closed things out with a version of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” Dodger Idol competition continues tomorrow morning in the Dodger clubhouse. THAT’S THE TICKET!: Single game tickets for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 50th Anniversary season will go on sale Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Fans can purchase tickets at Dodger Stadium, by visiting www.dodgers.com, by calling 866-DODGERS or by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket outlets. Former Dodgers “Sweet” Lou Johnson, Bobby Castillo, Kenny Landreaux, and Rudy Law will be at the On Sale at Dodger Stadium from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a fan meet-and-greet and to sign autographs. T.G.I.S.: TBS today announced the first two months of its “Sunday MLB on TBD” schedule. The Dodgers will appear once in that span for the nationwide audience, Sunday, April 20 at Atlanta. The game that day will still be shown locally in Los Angeles on KCAL.
DATES TO REMEMBERFebruary 28 – First Spring Game (vs. Atlanta, Holman Stadium)February 29 – First TV Game (1:05 pm on ESPN) March 1 – Ticket On-Sale Day at Dodger Stadium March 15-16 – Dodgers vs. Padres in ChinaMarch 29 – Dodgers vs. Red Sox at ColiseumMarch 31 – Opening Day, Dodgers vs. Giants
awesome, cant wait to see Kuroda and Miller
EDIT: I second the photo and video request from Dodger Idol, lol