GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Bullpen sessions can be mundane, but not the one Dodgers starter Ted Lilly had Wednesday.
Lilly, accompanied by pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, had a one-hour private session in the stadium bullpen with Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax. It was Lilly's first session with the iconic left-hander, and now Lilly knows why Koufax is so special.
"It's not just the talent he had," said Lilly. "He still loves to watch baseball, loves the art of pitching. You know he was great. But he's also smart, he's passionate about pitching, he understands and sees things. Sometimes they are little things.
"I enjoy learning about baseball and talking about it with someone like Sandy Koufax, and I enjoy talking about it with Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley and Jon Garland. There are always ways to move forward, even if they are small."