We’re going to be playing a baseball game tonight. Yep, all the hype, all the analyzing, all the predictions will take a back seat to a game on the field.
A new seven-game season is about to begin.
Scouting report on Derek Lowe from Charley Kerfeld, our Special Assistant to the GM:
“Fast ball in the 86-92 range. Throws one of the best sinking fastballs in the game. You have to make him elevate the sinker. His slider is 78-83, a good downer. Will throw an occasional change. One of the better competitors in the game.”
Journalists and experts (there is a difference) have written or spoken as to why the Dodgers will win or why we will. Internet bloggers and their comment companions have expressed opinions.
Seems to me that Manny vs. Boston is the choice of many of these experts and probably the wish by FOX. Are we and the Rays chopped liver?
That’s OK, though. Let’s be the underdogs.
Roy Neyer’s blog on ESPN.com had an interesting note yesterday: Since Manny joined the Dodgers, they are 30-25. During that same period of time, we are 34-21.
Now that we are into a game-day mode, clubhouses are closed pre-game to all media and opened post-game to a limited volume. Players from both teams will make appearances in the Interview Room both before and after games to accommodate the masses. Brett and Charlie will be there for us before batting practice this evening. Charlie will also have a private session with the FOX and ESPN radio announcers, a pre-game routine.
We made no changes from the 25-man roster we used for the Division Series. Reliever Rudy Seanez and C Lou Marson will continue to travel with the team. In case of an injury at one of those positions, they could be activated. An injured player in the NLCS would be ineligible for the World Series.
J. A. Happ and Marson spent the last few days in Clearwater. Happ pitched two innings in an instructional league game and Marson got in some at-bats.
Everywhere you go these days, fans are wearing Phillies gear.
Citizens Bank Park will resemble a peppermint city…..fans wearing red while waving white rally towels, which are courtesy of American Water tonight.
Oh, and it will be loud as in LOUD.