(Daily News columnist Dennis McCarthy reports from Vero Beach, Fla….)
Dodgertown Day Two – all muscle groups still sore.
To get to the Dodger lockerroom at Vero Beach, you take Jackie Robinson Dr. to Sandy Koufax Lane and turn left. Need I say more? The place is steeped in Dodger history and you don’t have to look far to find it.
When I walked into the lockerroom this morning to get dressed with 117 other guys acting like kids in a candy store, Hall of Famer Duke Snider was standing in front of my locker talking to former Dodger shortstop Maury Wills.
Behind them were two Dodger jersey’s – one white, one gray – with my name stitched on the back. It doesn’t get much better than that.
All the rookies had to be dressed and out at Holman Stadium, where the Dodgers play their spring training games, by 9 a.m. so the coaches could determine just how bad we were. We took 20 minutes of infield with Wills giving us instruction, and another 20 minutes of outfield from former Dodger outfielder Tommy Davis.
I only had two ground balls go through my legs and three dropped fly balls, which after 40 years of being a couch potato I figure isn’t all that bad. I could be wrong, though. There are an awful lot of guys in their 50s and 60s doing pretty good out here.
After lunch, we learn what teams we’re on and play our first game. Should be interesting. I let you know in a couple of hours if I pull anything.