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Welcome to Dodgertown

Is there a better place to open the Grapefruit League season? Just walking in makes you sad that the Dodgers will depart this old place for Arizona (I believe after next spring). The palm trees are just beyond the outfield fences. The sun is occasionally peeking through a cloud-covered sky. Tommy Lasorda must be here somewhere. I'm guessing Vin Scully, too.

Dodgers taking batting practice right now. Just finished infield, after which Nomar Garciaparra pumped his fist and said, "Game over!" First player I saw here at Holman Stadium: Damian Jackson. I kid you not. (Playing for the Dodgers this year for his old manager, Grady Little (who had him in Boston).)

(And, right on cue, Tommy Lasorda comes wheeling up to teh batting cage driving a golf cart wearing the full Dodgers whites. Loves being part of the show, that Lasorda. "Play That Funky Music White Boy" is now blaring from the speakers.)

Nationals' bus hasn't arrived yet. They'll hit about 11:15 a.m. Traffic going south on I-95 wasn't too bad, so they should be pulling in at some point soon.

What else? Oh, Mark Rogoff, the assistant to the assistant to the PR people for the Nats, forwarded me the quotable on the whiteboard back at HSCS this morning, even though no one will be working in the press box there:

"If a horse can't eat it, then I don't like it." -- Dick Allen, on artificial turf

Among the Dodgers' pitchers we'll see today is Matt White, who had a five-minute stint with the Nationals in 2005, making one start against the Cardinals on a Saturday at RFK Stadium, getting killed and departing on the next available plane for New Orleans. But what does he care? He's a billionaire now:

http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/story?id=2916749&page=1

Unbelievable. Always seemed like a rock-head. (Ba-da-bing.)

(Now entering the stadium: Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler, calling the action this afternoon on Washington Post Radio. We're getting ready to really ramp this thing up.)

Game-time is 1:05 p.m., and I'll try to bring you as many updates as I can. Hope it's not raining up there.

(Oh, and did you see the news: Nats hired new P.A. guy for RFK. Jerome, the guy who backed up Jim Clarke last year, is the man. (Check out my notebook in the actual print newspaper (only $.35) for a small item.))

By Barry Svrluga  |  March 2, 2007; 10:07 AM ET
 
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