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Dodgers Web musings: All eyes on the start of the season

Opening Day across the Web:

-- The Times’ Dylan Hernandez takes a look at the impact of the Fernandomania phenomenon that rocked the Dodgers and all of baseball 30 years ago. Fernando Valenzuela will throw out Thursday’s first pitch.

-- Hernandez also writes that the Dodgers appear to have a new sense of purpose under Don Mattingly as they open the season.

-- The Times’ Jerry Crowe doesn’t think Andre Ethier’s words were the ones he was looking for to rally the troops.

-- Dodgers.com’s Ken Gurnick thinks the Dodgers have discovered a new enthusiasm under Mattingly.

-- ESPN/LA’s Ramona Shelburne goes the question-and-answer route with Mattingly.

-- ESPN/LA’s Jon Weisman thinks the nature of the Dodgers-Giants rivalry has evolved differently up north.

-- Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti admits to 710-AM’s Steve Mason and John Ireland that he was surprised by Ethier’s recent comments but has no interest in trading him.

-- The Daily News’ Vincent Bonsignore thinks the rest of the country doesn’t give teams in the West enough credit.

-- Fox Sports’ Joe McDonnell looks at the return of Davey Lopes to the Dodgers.

-- Sports Illustrated’s Cliff Corcoran
previews the Dodgers and the NL West.

-- LA Dodger Talks’ Mark Timmons offers his Dodgers predictions for the coming season (sorry Tony Gwynn Jr.).

-- The San Jose Mercury-News' Andrew Baggarly writes that Giants fans are excited to finally walk into Dodger Stadium and crow, "We’re world champs."

-- The Dodgers, Diamondbacks and the town of Oro Valley, Ariz. are teaming up to improve the baseball field dedicated to Christina Taylor Green.

-- Steve Dilbeck

 
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Where are they now? Russell Martin is starting catcher for the first place New York Yankees leading the team in runs scored and stolen bases and tied for most number of hits. Martin in pinstripes wears #55. Ain't opening day grand!!

We don't need no stinking Martin... we have Hector Gimenez - he of the 0-2 career batting line, 3rd string catcher, 6th string outfielder, sometime pinch-hitter i.e., jack of all trades/master of none baseball resume nee raconteur.


Why?


Because he was a Spring Training wonder.


Zoilo Versalles was a wonder one spring for the Dodgers back in 1968 as he batted .390... that entree begat another season called summer, regular... it ended with Zoilo finishing his first - and only - year in LA at an robust .196 and things went downhill from there (on to Cleveland, out of MLB by 1971).


I suspect Hector Gimenez - this spring's Zoilo - morphs into Jose Jimenez (a character comedian Bill Dana created in the 1950's) , not too distant future.

I'm not surprised at the outcome of the Ethier story and nothing is new as I'm sure everyone or most of us knew Ethier was just confirming how it is.

All baseball fans are little kids again on Opening Day.

on the other hand, I dont check the standings until Memorial Day ...


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