I have lived my whole life here in Los Angeles, so naturally, I am a big Dodger baseball fan. Back in the 70’s and 80’s, every Sunday morning in March was spent in front of the TV watching the Dodgers playing exhibition games from Vero Beach, listening to Vin Scully and Ross Porter provide play by play commentary, and watching them win two World Series’s (’81, ’88) and lose two to the Yankees (’77, ’78).
I attended my first game at Dodger Stadium when I was about 6 or 7. I remember our seats were down near Right Field, along the first base line, and my sister and her friend couldn’t stop screaming for Steve Garvey’s attention. They lost that game, 9-3, to the Montreal Expos (who have since moved to Washington D.C. and are now the Nationals.)
Fastforward about 16+ years and I was able to take part of “Think Blue Week” and be the “Fantasy Photographer” for a game, even got my “mug” shown upon Dodgervision in Left Field:
I took 3 rolls of film that night, and now that I have an even better camera these days, I bring it to most games I go to.
Here’s a few shots from last weeks Wednesday, August 14’s game that my brother-in-law and I attended:
We had a few foul balls hit our way, but none close enough for either of us to grab. In the 8th inning or so, while my brother-in-law had left to get a refill of his Coke, one foul ball came near our seats and ricocheted off the hand of the guy sitting next to my brother-in-law’s seat. It landed in the next section and the guy above and across from me ended up with it.
The game tied at 4-4 went into extra innings. My brother-in-law and I stayed through the end of the 11th, but left right after the 3rd out as the clock was ticking toward 11pm, and we both had to work the next day. As we drove out of the stadium lot, Yasiel Puig knocked in the winning run. We didn’t see it, but we were listening to the radio broadcast.
It’s been 25 years since the Dodgers have won the World Series, they beat the Oakland As in 1988. Watching this years team, I can see them going all the way this year, if they don’t screw it up…
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