It was the first of 31 practice games, to be followed by 162 regular-season games, and then they hope, a long postseason run.
That makes for a serious amount of games, so there's no getting too excited about one exhibition game, let alone the very first one.
But it’s the every-journey-starts-with-one-step routine, the
Teams tend to shrug off any underwhelming performances by veterans and check the enthusiasm level of prospects in the spring.
Better to take encouragement from the kids, and there was plenty of that to go around.
Joc Pederson, who most think has that third outfield job to lose, was the designated hitter and went two for two with a double and a run.
And if L.A.’s first three pitchers Wednesday --
It was one down and a very long way to go. But it was one down.