Are we there yet?
We’re getting close.
The Dodgers’ community caravan marks its final day today with stops at Santee Educational Complex (1921 South Maple Ave., Los Angeles), Inner-City Arts (720 Kohler St., Los Angeles), Tobinworld (902 East Broadway, Glendale), and the Dodgers Dreamfield at LA Boys and Girls Club (2635 Pasadena Avenue, Los Angeles).
The various events are scheduled to include third baseman Luis Cruz and wife Maria, AJ Ellis and wife Cindy, Mark Ellis, Andre Ethier and wife Maggie, Tim Federowicz, Adrian Gonzalez, Javy Guerra, Matt Guerrier, Kenley Jansen, Clayton Kershaw and wife Ellen, Brandon League and wife Sasha, Don Mattingly and wife Lori, Nick Punto, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Skip Schumaker and Shawn Tolleson and wife Lynley.
Participants in the community caravan will try to avoid contracting dysentery (if you understand the above photo, this joke will make perfect sense).
Today’s also the final day for season ticket holders to visit Dodger Stadium for Select-A-Seat. Individual game tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m., coinciding with the FanFest in Lot 6 from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and will feature appearances and autographs with Kershaw, Ethier, Zack Greinke and Matt Kemp. FanFest gates open at 11 a.m. for the general public and at 10:30 a.m. for Dodger season ticket holders with their MVP cards.
If it feels like the season is just around the corner, it is. Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 12.
In the meantime, here are some links to carry you into the weekend:
• Three more minor-league signings to relay, via BaseballAmerica.com: LHP Victor Garate, RHP Mario Santiago and OF Ryan Mount. Mount is a local kid (Chino Hills Ayala HS) who passed through Single-A Rancho Cucamonga when it was an Angels affiliate in 2008, before stalling at Double-A from 2009-12.
• Also from BaseballAmerica: The Dodgers’ top 10 prospects. Spoiler alert: The top 3 weren’t in the organization a year ago.
• Don Mattingly’s charity gala sold out last night. Sitting across the stage from George Lopez, Tommy Lasorda brought down the house with his comedy routine. If you’ve never been, and/or you’ve never seen a billion-dollar baseball card collection, I highly recommend calling or emailing the Sports Museum of Los Angeles to set up a tour.
• Tough times for Florida’s two MLB teams. “Major League Baseball at this point no longer believes in the Tampa Bay area,” Rays owner Stuart Sternberg tells the Tampa Tribune. Meanwhile in Miami, local taxpayers can enjoy paying back nearly $1.2 billion in bond debt between now and 2048 to pay for the Marlins’ ballpark.
• Perhaps there’s a lesson there for Dodgers fans. If a new ballpark proposal ever reaches the ballot – anything involving raising taxes or passing a bond measure — just don’t.