It was a successful trip to Sydney, Australia for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who swept the Arizona Diamondbacks in the two-game Opening Series. In the weeks leading up to the trip some, including Zack Greinke, expressed concern and little optimism for the series that was cutting their Spring Training short. Greinke of course wound up not flying with the team to Sydney as he spent time rehabbing his strained right calf at Camelback Ranch.
Legendary broadcaster Vin Scully was a member of the traveling contingent and he’s among those who enjoyed the experience despite the daunting flight, according to Doug Miller of MLB.com:
Everybody talks about the long trip from Los Angeles to Sydney — 14, 15 hours, whatever it is, and another 14 to 15 back — but I will tell you this,” Scully said, “it is well worth the trip.”
Part of the trip included Scully being in the unique situation of calling a game on Opening Day that began at 2 a.m. in Los Angeles, which he described as ‘strange.’ It wasn’t all business for the Dodgers and Scully, as he had the opportunity to be photographed with a koala during an MLB gala. Scully discussed the much-publicized photo with Miller:
They tell me that a koala sleeps about 19 of the 24 hours a day, and this one was very content in the young lady’s arms, so it was kind of nice to just stroke its back, and it was very at peace and it wasn’t flustered by all the flashbulbs that everybody took.
The Dodgers are expected to arrive in Los Angeles around 3 pm PST Sunday and will have a few days to reacquaint themselves with the time zone before taking the field for three exhibition games against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Thursday. Scully’s next opportunity to call a regular season game will come on April 1 when the Dodgers face the San Diego Padres in what will be a much more familiar setting for the accomplished broadcaster.
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