Dodgers @ Rockies May 2, 2012: “I Came Here to Win”

Well, the new owners certainly hit a home run with their first impression. Among the many, many platitudes we heard at today’s press conference was one of the immediate fan-friendly moves I mentioned earlier this week: general parking has been lowered from $15 to $10. There’s also a new email suggestion box – fanbox@ladodgers.com – so rev up those trolling DFA emails, friends. Stan Kasten also promised increased availability for player interaction, batting practice, & autographs, and claimed that he personally would be strolling the concourse during games and would be available for any fan who’d like to speak with him. Clearly, this was a speech which had been rehearsed for weeks, but it was hard to ignore the palpable giddiness in Magic Johnson’s voice. (And his appropriate reverence for Vin Scully and Peter O’Malley, as well.)

Among the highlights from the Q&A session were a few inquiries on McCourt’s involvement in the parking lots, and the new group couldn’t have been more clear: McCourt has no interest in any gameday or baseball activities, only in potential future development. Magic got testy at one point, saying, “let’s move forward. Frank is not here. He is not part of the Dodgers any more. We should be clapping for that,” which immediately won him over millions of hearts.

But if anything, the day only made me love Vin Scully even more. From his jokes about playing Magic one-on-one to his declaration that “I’m fed up and this is the last new ownership press conference I will ever attend,” he somehow became an even larger legend than he already was. Can we get him a solid gold statue, please?

There’s still a game today, don’t forget, and it seems that Juan Uribe was indeed unavailable last night with an aggravation to his existing wrist injury. That’s keeping him out of the lineup today as well; he better hope it’s not too serious, because he’s got only about seven weeks left to avoid the unwanted honor of going an entire calendar year without a home run. It’s been so long since he hit one – June 20, 2011 – that the man he hit it off of has been exiled off the entire continent. (Old friend Brad Penny now pitches for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in Japan.)

Dodgers
Rockies
LF
Gwynn
2B
Herrera
2B
M.Ellis
CF
Fowler
CF
Kemp
LF
Gonzalez
1B
Rivera
SS
Tulowitzki
RF
Ethier
1B
Helton
3B
Hairston
RF
Cuddyer
SS
Sellers
C
Rosario
C
A.Ellis
3B
Nelson
P
Kershaw
P
Pomeranz

 

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