Spring Training Closing Day

Angels at Dodgers, 12:10 p.m.
Tony Gwynn Jr., LF
Justin Sellers, SS
Andre Ethier, RF
Juan Rivera, 1B
Adam Kennedy, 3B
Tim Federowicz, C
Luis Cruz, 2B
Matt Angle, CF
Nathan Eovaldi, P

Good comments in Tuesday’s thread taking the pulse of your feelings toward the Dodgers this year. Even if you don’t normally venture into the comments, I recommend you make an exception for these.

Some early pregame tidbits for the final day of Spring Training.

  • Jill Painter of the Daily News has a feature on lefthanded pitcher Scott Rice, whose dream of a major-league debut has been delayed once again.
  • Sam Miller of Baseball Prospectus puts the dilution of baseball’s traditional Opening Day in perspective.
  • Friend of Dodger Thoughts Neal Pollack has a new book, Jewball. Here’s the description:

    1937. The gears of world war have begun to grind, but Inky Lautman, star point guard for the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association, America’s greatest basketball team, is dealing with his own problems.

    His coach has unwittingly incurred a massive gambling debt to the Bund, a group of American Nazis. His main basketball rival is self-righteously leading public protests against homegrown American fascism. And his girlfriend wants him to join a Jewish student organization that’s all talk and no action. It’s more than Inky can deliver. He just wants to play ball and occasionally beat people up for money.

    When the Bund comes calling for what it’s owed, Inky has to make a stand for his ragtag bunch of teammates and the coach that got them into this mess. With the Bund closing in, Inky’s game isn’t just basketball anymore. It becomes a battle that pits Jewish pride against Nazi fascism.

    The tides of history are flowing against a guy like Inky. Can he make his free throws and still make it through the season alive? Get ready. This…is Jewball.

  • Anonymous

    With a win today we will end ST over 500!……..assuming the record at MLB is correct.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Pujols hit a monster shot, and then Trumbo followed with a homer in the second. 

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Wow, winning the Jim and Dearie Mulvey award totally went to Nathan Eovaldi’s head. (Rule 7 violation)

    • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

      Hah. Yeah he threw a few fastballs he may want back, including that one to Pujols. Had some good movement though and showed his potential (again). Not his best performance of spring, but still reason to hope. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IEEROPSCD5O7S5HIAQ7TOIWLBI Larry

    Bring back Barajas!

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    There’s going to be a Dodger Stadium viewing party for the road opener Thursday. http://es.pn/Hsrdym Free parking, discounted concessions

  • Anonymous

    Any status on the Ethier HBP?
    Great timing :(

    • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

      Sounds like he’ll be fine, as per Mattingly (via Eric Stephen).

      • Anonymous

        Thanks UD

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    Bud Selig talking about the Dodgers’ sale, during ESPN coverage of Marlins Cards game. Not really saying much new or exciting. “One of baseball’s historic franchises,” etc.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_53Y6B3KAAVOECSA5E666M4CVLE MRF

    Interesting game in Miami.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_53Y6B3KAAVOECSA5E666M4CVLE MRF

      Oh wait nevermind.

  • http://twitter.com/adamluther55 Adam Luther

    $5,000,000 John Lannan sent down – decent+ stats/record at Dodger Stadium as well as the other parks in the division.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    NPUT