And you thought David Katz-Nelson was a serial name-dropper. Today at Chavez Ravine, new Dodgers skipper Joe Torre gave props to the afternoon’s MC, Vin Scully, Tommy Lasorda (on hand, natch), Gil Hodges, Sandy Koufax and John Wooden. Oh, and Charlie Hayes.

It might’ve been the smoothest introductory press conference in recent memory (that’s what you get for not putting Larry Bowa on the dias) and it had a sense of occasion that (going out on a limb here) that might not accompany Pittsburgh’s unveiling of John Russell.

I realize some were hoping for a flashier hire, but the Pirates couldn’t find Joe McEwing’s phone number.