True story: My wife and I share a birthday. Same exact date, three hours apart to the minute.
Wednesday was our birthday. We didn’t get to spend the day together last year. This year, a simple dinner would do. So I told my editor months ago that I was booking a three-night stay at the Winter Meetings hotel, then taking off Wednesday night. Play it by ear Thursday.
I pulled out of San Diego with the Jimmy Rollins trade still simmering, not looking like it would be resolved Wednesday, and Dee Gordon and Dan Haren firmly about to become Marlins. Checked with sources, felt good about the story, filed it at a Starbucks in Temecula, barely caught wind of the Brandon McCarthy signing before I turned off my iPhone. Because no good husband would constantly check his iPhone looking at sports news or doing work stuff during the birthday dinner.
This is funny. From San Francisco Giants beat writer Alex Pavlovic on MercuryNews.com:
After seeing Jake Peavy’s quotes last night, Dee Gordon had a teammate take a picture of him standing in the clubhouse wearing just a towel and shower shoes, holding a big bottle of shampoo. He texted it to Peavy, who loved the back-and-forth. Should be a fun first at-bat next Monday.
Dee Gordon stole his 60th base of the season in the Dodgers’ 17-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. (Associated Press photo)
I managed to refer to the Herbert Hoover administration in today’s game story. The box score, which shows the Dodgers going 11 for 19 with runners in scoring position, is all kinds of ridiculous.
Hyun-Jin Ryu is getting an MRI on his left shoulder Monday in Los Angeles and Carlos Frias will take his spot in the rotation if he can’t pitch Wednesday. Read more about Ryu and Frias in today’s notebook.