The first all-black team to reach the Little League World Series since 1983 will take batting practice from 1:45-2:15 p.m. on the field at Dodger Stadium with Carl Crawford, then participate in the on-field pre-game ceremonies and attend the Dodgers-Colorado Rockies game that evening.
Crawford has helped the team financially since 2013 after being inspired by their play in the Little League World Series last year.
Not to be a downer (part 1) but: Colleague Vincent Bonsignore writes that the Dodgers should have their sights set on bigger celebrations.
In case you missed it, the Dodgers can clinch the National League West by beating the Giants today.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, in his pregame remarks to the media (above), was careful in choosing his words. After all, the Dodgers’ haven’t clinched the division just yet.
“It’s a good situation, obviously, that we’ve put ourselves in,” he said. “Anytime Clayton’s pitching, you feel pretty good.”
Giants manager Bruce Bochy seems to have embraced the possibility of losing the division with a slightly firmer handshake.
“We know it could happen,” Bochy said. “If it does, I’m not going to get caught up in what they do.”
Last year, the Dodgers celebrated the NL West title by jumping in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ pool. This year, there’s no pool in sight: Just 24 cases of beer, 204 bottles of champagne and four cases of Martinelli’s sparkling cider — MLB doesn’t allow alcohol on the field — buried in the bowels of the stadium in case the Dodgers clinch.
In light of that, Mattingly had an interesting message to his players: Restrain yourselves.
“I know it’s a rivalry but in the situation, there’s a good chance if we’re able to do this tonight you want to stay humble because you have a chance of playing (the Giants) again,” Mattingly said. “They’re a championship team. They have a chance to move forward.”
Former Dodgers pitcher Dave Stewart, the agent to current Dodgers Matt Kemp and Chad Billingsley, will soon be named the general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to multiple reports Wednesday.
Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com was first with the news this morning, followed by a tweet from Bob Nightengale of USA Today that the two parties still needed to iron out the terms. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Stewart expected to hear a formal decision from the Diamondbacks’ top executives by the end of today. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Dodgers farm director De Jon Watson, who also interviewed for the job, “could also join the club to work with Stewart.”
That last nugget should be of interest to Dodgers fans. Even if Watson remains with the Dodgers, here are some things to consider: