Yasmani Grandal was traded to the Dodgers in December, part of the three-team trade that sent Matt Kemp to San Diego and Jimmy Rollins to Los Angeles. (Getty Images)
Yasmani Grandal made his Dodgers debut Tuesday. Coincidentally, it came against the same team that employed him the last three years, the San Diego Padres.
“It’s funny,” he said before the game. “I was going through a scouting report and my wife was like, ‘I barely even know these guys.’ I know maybe half the team. (Will) Middlebrooks, (Yonder) Alonso, (Alexi) Amarista, (Jedd) Gyorko. I know the infield. That’s a good way to put it.”
To hear A.J. Ellis tell it, Grandal might have been selling himself short.
There are three types of Dodger fans: Those who go to some of the games and watch other games on TV; those who go to most of the games and gave up on watching games on TV long ago; and those who are willing to sit in Dodger Stadium while surrounded by rain, occasional flashes of lightning, and only a big tarp on the field.
If you belong to the third group of fans, take a bow.
Then get under a roof because … for goodness sakes, lightning!
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Jimmy Rollins‘ three-run home run made him the biggest man in the clubhouse after the Dodgers’ 6-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Opening Day. Colleague Vincent Bonsignore caught up with Matt Kemp before and after his first game as a visiting player at Dodger Stadium. Chris Hatcher got the save, and saved the game ball. Clayton Kershaw successfully lobbied for A.J. Ellis to catch for him — this time.
The box score is here. Our photo gallery is here.