For Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers and catchers, the grind of a 162-game season began Thursday as they reported to Camelback Ranch for Spring Training. Through the first three days, players have thrown bullpen sessions, met with the media, and in the case of Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy, attempted to keep things lighthearted.
Anderson and McCarthy are among the new faces with the Dodgers this season and both figure to play a key role in the club’s success as back-of-the-rotation starters. Along with joining the Dodgers organization essentially at the same time, both pitchers are active on Twitter, regularly sharing their thoughts with nearly 200,000 combined followers.
On Friday, McCarthy tweeted about the nerves that come with playing for a new team and overcoming them:
the first day at a new job is always scary but thankfully I had a shower with my co-workers to look forward to and that took the edge off
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) February 21, 2015
McCarthy’s tweet didn’t go unnoticed by teammate A.J. Ellis who offered his take on the matter:
— AJ Ellis (@AJEllis17) February 21, 2015
Fast forward to Sunday with another workout in the books and Anderson gave fans what he calls an inside look to Spring Training:
Today, @BMcCarthy32 and I googled if fish sleep…so there's your inside look at what happens during spring training.
— Brett Anderson (@BAnderson_30) February 22, 2015
Prior to his signing becoming official, McCarthy changed his Twitter avatar to an image that resembled him wearing a Dodgers uniform; Anderson followed suit shortly after and neither pitcher has changed it.
With Anderson and McCarthy now on the roster, coupled with Yasiel Puig’s excellent use of Instagram, fans appear to be in line for plenty of off-the-field entertainment.
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