Dodgers 11, Yankees 3
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ It was the kind of day that normally would draw a big crowd to Fort Lauderdale Stadium. This wasn’t a normal day, however.
The New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers, two of baseball’s glamour teams, met in their exhibition opener Thursday on a partly cloudy afternoon with temperatures in the low 70s.
Yet only about 600 people showed up to watch one of the first games in the replacement era. Last year’s Yankees opener drew 6,664 to Fort Lauderdale Stadium, which has a capacity of 8,340.
``It wasn’t professional, but I just like going to the park and sitting up close like I can do down here,″ said Stanley Gialanella, a Brooklyn, N.Y., resident who spends his winters in Florida.
Gialanella left during the eighth inning of the Dodgers’ 11-3 victory.
Los Angeles, which has not yet signed anyone to a replacement contract, offered a job and a $5,000 bonus to anyone who defied the players’ union and chose to play. A squad of 27 players made the trip, and a few more volunteers stayed behind in Vero Beach, general manager Fred Claire said.
New York, meanwhile, fielded a team made up almost entirely of players under replacement contracts, including several who had not played pro ball in years. Most Yankees minor leaguers have not yet reported to camp.
The difference in the talent levels for the two teams was obvious.
The starting pitcher for Los Angeles was Jody Treadwell, a 26-year old who was 10-6 at Class AAA Albuquerque last season. Treadwell said he disregarded his agent’s advice and chose to play, but is not yet certain he’ll play replacement games during the regular season.
New York went with Frank Eufemia, a 35-year-old who has played only one year of pro ball since 1986. Reliever Nelson Perpetpu, who pitched one inning and allowed four walks and three runs, plays semi-pro ball in New York.
The Dodgers’ starting lineup included three players who were in Class AAA last season, three from Class AA and three from A ball. New York had only one starter who played Class AAA ball last season. Three of their starters spent last season working as a substitute teacher, a real estate appraiser and a social worker.
Many of the players had uniform numbers in the 60s and 70s.
Regular managers Buck Showalter of the Yankees and Tommy Lasorda of the Dodgers ran their teams, but three amateur umpires replaced the regular crew, which has been locked out by the owners in baseball’s other current labor dispute.
Jay Kirkpatrick, a first baseman who played Class AA ball last season, was the hitting star for Los Angeles with two home runs, including one that cleared the right-field bleachers and traveled about 400 feet.
The Dodgers had 14 hits to New York’s nine, and there was only one error charged against Los Angeles.