Red Sox 7, Dodgers 4

First Boston victory in four meetings between the clubs this spring. I’m not going to go into a whole lot of detail on this one because, well, let’s face it, opening day is about 38 hours and 42 minutes away, and it just doesn’t matter anymore. But the Dodgers fall to 10-18-4 for the spring. … They are now playing some horrendous hiphop song on the sound system here that seems to be called Go Dodgers Go, and I am hoping with every fiber of my being that they’re not planning on playing that after every game this year. There is too much artificial noise at Dodger Stadium already, and the last thing we need to hear every night is some contrived song to celebrate a home team that shouldn’t need to be celebrated beyond the games it wins and the cheers of its adoring fans. Besides, what’s wrong with Randy Newman’s I Love L.A., the song they have been playing after every home win for at least as long as I have been on the beat? It’s a decent song that doesn’t offend the senses. Just stick with that, and don’t fix what isn’t broken. … But Go Dodgers Go isn’t even the worst thing that happened tonight. That was that they played Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline in the eighth inning. I mean, they play that song at FENWAY PARK, and the Dodgers were playing the RED SOX. But then, given the people who are running this organization now, I guess whatever the Red Sox do is going to become whatever the Dodgers do. So much for originality.

Dodger Stadium mess

Melissa Lalum reports that some fans waited two hours in line to take a shuttle from Dodger Stadium to the
Mike Barraza, 30, of Los Angeles, has been a Dodgers fan ever since the
days of Fernando Valenzuela. But he wasn’t a fan of the Dodgers free shuttle service.

“I got in line at 5:30, I’m hoping to arrive by 8 p.m,” Barraza said.
“Very poor organization. The line is moving fast, but they’re
definitely overwhelmed.”

Kareem’s first pitch

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar threw out a pitch between innings, and let’s just say it’s a good thing he stuck to basketball. His first pitch was a one-hopper to the left of the bag. But when he jokingly used a hook shot to get the ball to home plate, he was almost right on the money to catcher Russell Martin, although Martin was a few feet in front of home plate.

Old buddies

Boston manager Terry Francona and Dodgers manager Joe Torre were talking behind the batting page talking. As they were leaving, Francona put his arm around Torre and jokingly jostled him around and said: “Hey, I can do that now.”
As you know, Torre used to manage the Yankees and such fun between the rival managers would’ve been frowned upon.