It wasn't just Garret Anderson making his 2010 debut today.
This morning, I played my first game of softball in more than a year, and had a great time despite the realization that my Strat-o-Matic card has gone from a CF 1e2 (+2) to a CF 3e6 (+3). And don't even ask about my baserunning rating.
I could really feel the passage of time, both in the physical limitations and the instinctive ones. Things normally intuitive – the way I'd close in on a ball, for example – I had to think about. And considering that almost all my exercise is fingers on a keyboard, it was inevitable that I would tweak something. Sure enough, the first time I raced for a ball to my left, I got a twinge in my right rear bumper, so I was towing that leg the rest of the game.
With more frequent play, I'd get a second wind, but infrequency is my sandlot in life.
Nevertheless, I went 2-for-6 with three hard-hit outs and made a few solid plays. And it was a great day to be out on the grass again.
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And now back to your regularly scheduled programming ...
In the past 10 innings of Dodger baseball, I've had the unexpected TV pleasure of seeing prospects Trayvon Robinson and Brian Cavazos-Galvez hit towering homers. Oh, and Matt Kemp too.
Perhaps the top rising pitching prospect in the Dodger minor-league system, Chris Withrow, played his first Spring Training game with the big club today and struck out all three batters he faced. Details from Eric Stephen at True Blue L.A.
An error in the field and a pickoff on the bases today might have slowed the Blake DeWitt Starting Lineup Express just a tad, but even if it arrives, Dodger manager Joe Torre indicated he's still inclined to give both Ronnie Belliard and Jamey Carroll some starts, according to this Ken Gurinck story at MLB.com. "Again, if it happens to be DeWitt, we'll certainly make sure that Carroll and Belliard have to be part of the equation somewhat," Torre said.
Dodger assistant general manager and director of player development De Jon Watson talked about Ivan DeJesus, Jr. and Dee Gordon with David Laurila of Baseball Prospectus.
To his credit, Dodger postgame radio host Ken Levine talked openly about a TV broadcast gone awry last week.
Don't forget to join the Dodger Thoughts March Madness pool. Password is "Kershaw."