Vin Scully make the Opening Day pitch to Sandy Koufax in the above photo, via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014. Check more pics of Opening Day from Jon here.
- Via Bill Shaikin at the LA Times, "Magic Johnson on Yasiel Puig: 'He has to make the right decisions'"
"We’re hoping that he’ll get better making the right decisions with his life," Johnson said. "He has to remember that those decisions also can affect what you do on the baseball field."
- Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider, "Puig apologetic, Mattingly forgiving after benching."
“It was 100 percent my fault,” Puig said. “It was nothing to do with my teammates and my manager. I didn’t realize stretch was as early as it was. But it was absolutely my fault, and I ask forgiveness from my teammates and obviously from my manager.”
Puig said that once he realized he was late, he knew that “there’s pretty much no chance that you’re going to play, and I certainly felt bad about that.”
“I want to ask forgiveness from the fans,” he added. “I was very sad that I wasn’t able to play on Opening Day. It’s something that I’m not proud of and I take full responsibility.”
- Ramona Shelburne at ESPN.com writes a great commentary, "Yasiel Puig needs to cut the chaos."
What everyone with the Dodgers is hoping, is that days like Friday make him realize that the chaos he creates actually does affect other people sometimes. That it isn't just something to charge him up or push him to another next level. The dust he kicks up gets in other people's faces sometimes and has real consequences. Once he sees that, once he experiences a day like Friday, there is a real moment to change. Not to save the season or his career or anything so dramatic. Just to make it easier on himself and everyone involved.
- Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Chad Billingsley starts rehab assignment Sunday in Rancho Cucamonga."
"It's getting close. I'm just going to start working and prepare for each [rehab] start like it was the regular season," Billingsley said. "But I'll work on things too, using these starts at my spring training."
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew writes, "MLB report: Dodger Stadium a 'culture of apathy' on day of Bryan Stow beating."
- Not again! Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, "Beckett exits rehab start with apparent injury." According to reports, he tweaked his ankle fielding a bunt, via Raymond Bureau at Sports Injury Alert.
- Via Craig Minami at True Blue LA, "Dodgers 4/4/14 minor league report - Duke von Schamann is efficient in win."
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