Monday, January 10, 2011

Top Dodgers Prospects visit CHLA

This is the future.

Group Shot

The Dodgers' fourth annual developmental minicamp started last Friday at Dodger Stadium. {linked here}

The top Dodgers prospects comes in to receive workouts at the stadium, classroom instructions and functions in the community.

Their first function was at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.

Those that attended were Chris Withrow, Rubby De La Rosa, Ethan Martin, Aaron Miller, Nathan Eovaldi, Steven Ames, Luis Vasquez, Matt Wallach, Gorman Erickson, Justin Sellers, Dee Gordon, Kyle Russell, Jerry Sands and Pedro Baez.

The players were split into groups to visit patients in the 5th and 6th floor. I took the 5th floor. This floor is the Hematology/Oncology Division. The Division provides a full range of clinical services, including diagnosis and therapy for infants, children, and adolescent patients with cancer and blood diseases.

Rubby De La Rosa, Dee Gordon and Aaron Miller. 

De La Rosa, Gordon, Miller

Luis Vazquez, Kyle Russell and Jerry Sands.

Dodgers @ CHLA

Kyle Russell with a baby.

Kyle Russell

Nathan Eovaldi, Kyle Russell, Gorman Erickson

Nathan Eovaldi, Kyle Russell, Gorman Erickson

There is a teen lounge in the 5th floor. The teen lounge provides LCD TV, dvd players, Nintendo 64, Gamecube and Wii gaming systems.

Systems are on wheels so that they can be easily moved to the bedside of a patient in need.

Jerry Sands playing video games with patients. Of course, the kids were better.

Jerry Sands

Short video of Sands playing video games with CHLA patients.

Dee Gordon, Aaron Miller, Pedro Baez and Rubby De La Rosa signing autographs.

Dee Gordon, Aaron Miller, Pedro Baez, Rubby De La Rosa

Baez, De La Rosa, CHLA patient Carlos, Gordon and Miller

Pedro Baez, Rubby De La Rosa, Dee Gordon, Aaron Miller with patient Carlos

Video of Dee Gordon giving gifts to Carlos.

A great event for these young players that will show them what's ahead in the big leagues. Later this week, they will be attending a Kings game and  USC/UCLA Basketball game (Just noticed they went last night). They will also meet with Tommy Lasorda and Don Newcombe and learn from Dodger staffers about topics including media relations, diet and Major League travel.