It’s PLAY BALL time for the Dodgers and Angels

I wasn’t feeling baseball at all until I walked towards the new-look top level of Dodger Stadium on Friday night before game 2 of the practice Freeway Series with the Angels. When I saw the retired numbers in front of the entrance (specially my all-time fave Don Drysdale’s #53) I was ready to start another season.

Here are some season preview chats that I had from the Angels/Dodgers 2nd exhibition game last Friday at the new look Chavez Ravine…

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly covers the bases on several topics including starting out with such high expectations:

Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten and I discuss the newly renovated Dodger Stadium:

Matt Kemp says he’s physically back to 100% and ready to take on the season with his gorgeous new clubhouse:

Dodgers injured shortstop Hanley Ramirez says he’s dealing with his thumb injury as well as he can:

Dodgers utility guy deluxe Jerry Hairston, Jr. talks baseball and his other love…Golf and makes his Masters picks:

Dodgers outfielder Nick Punto is happy to get the season going:

New Dodger infielder Skip Schumaker on seeing his old Cardinals buddy Albert Pujols in the Freeway Series and looking ahead to wearing his favorite blue uni that he grew up rooting for:

Angels manager Mike Scioscia talking casually about the season ahead in his pregame dugout gathering:

Angels sensation Mike Trout isn’t very talkative which I guess is ok as long as he speaks loudest with his game:

Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos will start the season in centerfield as Trout awaits his turn:

Mark Trumbo talks about high expectations for his Angels:

Angels closer Ernesto Frieri is confident he’s the man for the job:

About Ted Sobel

Award winning sportscaster/journalist covering major events around the world since 1973. Please check out my new book 'Touching Greatness' and deep audio vault---and follow me on Twitter and Instagram (@tedsobelsports).
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