Bleeding Dodger Blue…

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:

Dad, using his old Olympus got a shot of me up on Dodger Vision during introductions

Dad, using his old Olympus got a shot of me during introductions

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:

I took this b/w picture with my cell phone's camera.  We had good seats, 2nd level, 3rd row, right at 3rd base.

I took this b/w picture with my cell phone’s camera. We had good seats, 2nd level, 3rd row, right at 3rd base.

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.

I used my cell phone again to get a panoramic view of the stadium.  The woman on the left was wondering why I was holding my phone so high and moving it from right to left...

I used my cell phone again to get a panoramic view of the stadium. The woman on the left looks like she was wondering why I was holding my phone so high and moving it from right to left…

Former Dodger 2nd baseman Davey Lopes is their current First Base coach.

I switched to my Lumix camera and got a close up of former Dodger 2nd baseman Davey Lopes, who is their current First Base coach.  I grew up watching him lead off for the Dodgers during the 70’s and 80’s…

speaking of former Dodger players, Tommy Lasorda was there as well...

speaking of former Dodger players, Tommy Lasorda was there as well…

Bottom of the 4th, I think...

Bottom of the 4th, I think…

Mark Ellis getting the out.

Adrian Gonzalez getting the out.

Yasiel Puig flipping his bat on the way back to the dugout after striking out.

Yasiel Puig flipping his bat on the way back to the dugout after striking out.

Dee Gordon heading to first after laying down a bunt.

Dee Gordon heading to first after laying down a bunt.

Davey Lopes signaling that Hanley Ramirez was safe...

Davey Lopes signaling that Hanley Ramirez was safe…

Bottom of the 9th, down 4-2, Andre Ethier came up to pinch hit with a runner on, and proceeded to knock it over the center filed fence, tying the game.  Yes, this is the home run swing...

Bottom of the 9th, down 4-2, Andre Ethier came up to pinch hit with a runner on, and proceeded to knock it over the center field wall, tying the game. Yes, this is the home run swing…

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…

How You Doin?

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2 comments on “Bleeding Dodger Blue…

  1. nice, close-up pics–good post

  2. Lu says:

    Great photos, Fantastic memoires!
    Thanks for sharing

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