Sunday, March 02, 2008
- Brandon Wood has to cut down on his K's, but Mike Scioscia isn't too worried about it:
"There are some things in Brandon's game on the offensive end that are coming with experience," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Wood's development. "He's definitely shown that he has a power bat that's legitimate to play in the major leagues. I think experience will start to narrow that gap and maybe the strikeouts will be a little fewer and far between."
- Gary Matthews, Jr. is still feeling the effects of a knee injury from last year, and "he might have to learn to live with a certain level of discomfort in the joint." He claims his shoulder, which kept him from hitting on the right side, is fully healed now.
- Takashi Saito and Yhency Brazoban were scheduled to make their spring debuts today, but only Brazoban will likely do so thanks to a cramp in Saito's right calf.
- Jason Schmidt had his side session cancelled because of arm fatigue.
The "Final Severing Of The Umbilical Cord With Brooklyn"The Dodgers leaving Vero Beach is the final severing of the umbilical cord with Brooklyn" according to Vin Scully.
"I understand it was an economic decision, especially in regard to TV revenue and everything," says Peter O'Malley, who grew up in Dodgertown, frolicking in the fields with many of those ghosts before succeeding his father as Dodgers owner from 1979 to 1998. "But it's not a move we could ever have made," says O'Malley, no irony intended. "We'd have figured out another way to make up for those revenue losses."
"Living in those barracks was quite an experience," says Scully. "I'll never forget my first spring, in 1950, when I arrived there a scared kid broadcaster. There was a guy they called 'Cowboy' who was the Western Union operator and they put me in a little bedroom off his office that had two cots in it. Whenever there was an out-of-town sportswriter who'd had too much to drink, the Dodgers would put him in the cot next to me. I didn't do too much sleeping that first year with all the snoring going on next to me.
"But over the years, I roomed with (famed Dodgers scout Al) Campanis and Durocher. One night when Leo and I were in our room, Alston was awakened by (Larry) Sherry and Sandy (Koufax) laughing and giggling, going up the stairs. Annoyed that they'd broken curfew, Alston started pounding on their door and he hit the door so hard he broke his '55 championship ring! Leo and I just lay there in the dark listening to Alston raging at the two players."