One not-so-perfect day in San Diego

It’s cloudy and chilly right now, although it’s expected to warm up considerably by game time. Dodgers aren’t taking batting practice, and the team bus hasn’t even left the hotel yet. Brady Clark, whose early arrivals rival those of Juan Pierre, is already on the field in his BP top and uniform pants running sprints and doing lunges in short left field, parallel to the base line between second and third. The grounds crew is preparing the infield for the game, and the security team as walking into the park along the warning track. … Kudos as always to the staff at the Westin Horton Plaza, who took great care of me this weekend. The hotel itself is a tad antiseptic, but the staff there makes up for that with INCREDIBLE service, which is why I almost always stay there. Those valet guys are amazing. After calling down for my car, I have never once made it from my room to the front door without my car sitting there waiting for me instead of me having to wait for it. … You’ll find this hard to believe, but it’s 2 1/2 hours from game time, and there is NO SIGN of Franken-friar. Hope he hasn’t been kidnapped.

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