Don Mattingly: quite a rookie season

Updated: September 28, 2011, 3:30 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

The stadium club was crowded that day last September for a quickly thrown-together news conference. There were the reporters, most of them standing because there was no place left to sit, and there he was, seated at a table in the front of the room with all those cameras trained on him, the man who was about to be announced as the new manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The first question, as first questions tend to be at these things, was a softball.

"Are you ready?"

Don ...

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