I mentioned before that after every Dodger win the song “I Love LA” is played. Well, when we lose (and this is the first one at Dodger Stadium this year), we hear “The Sun will Come out Tomorrow.”. Well, the sun did come out today! Is a beautiful day. We scored 6 runs yesterday with Matt Kemp hitting a grand slam. We thought that would be enough but no… The streak is over but we still broke the record seet in 1911 for most consecutive wins at home. Even without Manny this is an exciting Team!
You could see in the different parking lots that there was extra media at the stadium with Joe Torre’s conference at 4;30. I was able to get James Loney’s attention while he was stretching to wish him a happy birthday. I joined my cousins in the field level, yes, we were winning 6-0 and the bullpen let it get away but we still had a wonderful time at the stadium.
It was Turn Back the Clock Night and the first 30,000 fans got 1959 Retro Radio (courtesy of the flag station KABC) to commemorate the first championship in Los Angeles! The radio is pretty retro and I also love the box!
Members of the 1959 team were introduced. Some were signing autographs by aisle 7. I saw a fan with a 1959 Dodger program. What a great thing to have! Wally Moon signed my program (the latest one) in an insert picture of him.
I will be back at the stadium tonight for the first of a three game series against the Giants. Heck I have not missed a game this year. Barry zito (0-2) goes against our ace Chad Billingsley (5-0) Go Chad! Go Dodgers!
If you are at the stadium and can look up to where Vin Scully sit, notice that he gets up during the 7th inning stretch to sing with the rest of us. We Love You VIN!!
Let’s Go Dodgers!
So here is what I had on for the 70’s celebration. BP was still taking place on the field. haha should have combed my wig.
This one I bought at the stadium so I took a picture of the picture
Notice my Dodger pins. One says “Fanatico por vida”. Fan for Life, and the other one is for Vin Scully.
Dodgers come from behind to beat the Rockies and celebrate with fireworks! to the tune of 70’s music and of course “I LOVE LA”. at the end.
Bad News: Doug Mientkiwicz is going to have to have surgery on his shoulder on Monday and is going to be out for a while. He was doing so well. Good Luck Doguie!
Blake DeWitt will join the big league club tonight. DeWitt, like last year spent a few days in the minor league only to be brought back again.
Tomorrow is Dodgers, Dodgers, Dodgers with photo day, game and Dodger movie premiere.
We got to our hotel, parked the car and who is walking toward us? None other than Manny! he was parked next to us! I told him in Spanish “Manny, we are not going to bother you, I just want you to know we are so happy to have you back”. My friends said something similar. Manny was super nice. he shook my friends hands then he gave me a hug! We were so happy!!
We saw our fist win at the Milwaukee facility so we sang “I Love LA”. that is the traditional song at Dodger Stadium after a win.
Short thread. Today’s game is televised and our beloved Vin Scully is in the house!
Meanwhile back at the Ranch…..Lore and I made it from the L.A. area to Glendale, AZ in 5 hours. The first thing we saw when we were approaching Camelback Ranch was a digital sign from CVS drugstore that read “Welcome Dodgers fans to the Cactus League”. We both pointed to the sign excitedly. We got more excited when we saw that to our right we could see a field with a whole bunch of White Sox players exercising! Ooooh we could hardly wait to park the car!
As we approached the gate, we were told that there was mockup game that day. (The team was in Tucson playing the Rockies.) We parked and started toward the gate but noticed that we needed tickets. I went to the ticket window but I was told that it was only for family and friends. I thanked the lady and we were about to walk away when this very nice guy gave us two tickets! We thanked him profusely and we went inside and took in all of the sites from the inside. The grass looked so green and the whole place looked magnificent. They were practicing all the festivities for the pregame. We sat where the ticket said we could sit which was behind home plate after getting our free food. We both tried the Chicago dogs. I never had one before and I really liked it. They gave us the first item free plus a drink and any additional items were a dollar. Beer was regular price.
After enjoying our lunch and realizing that there was not going to an actual mock game but only a few ladies throwing on the field, we walked through the whole stadium taking in the beautiful view, talking to ushers and taking pictures. We noticed two workers with drills still working on some seats. We were all decked out in Dodger blue! One of the ushers told us “I think I saw Vin Scully upstairs” so up we went to check out the suites and see if we could see our beloved Vin but he was no longer there. The only one I saw was Josh Rawich (Dodgers VP of Communication) who was walking by with some people heading to get some food. I yelled “JOSH”. He looked around who was calling him. I yelled “UP HERE.” He said “Hi Emma, you guys are everywhere”. lol. The next day I read Josh post at ITD (Insidethedodgers.mlblogs) saying that he had given Vin a tour of the place so we had just missed him.
We left to check in at the Springhill suites hotel . Later on our friend Erik called us that he had arrived in Glendale and if we could pick him up so afterwards, the three of us headed to find a place for dinner. We were close to this shopping center that had several restaurants. We ask what the wait was at the Yard House and they said between 45 minutes to 1 hour. Ran into 2 Dodgers photographers there and Jon told me the wait was going to be like that everywhere.. We went to a place called Joe’s Grill for drinks and food. Later on we headed to Scottsdale blasting the CD playing “I Love L.A” and singing along to get ready for the season. By the time we came back it was 3:30 in the morning. It did not help that we got lost on our way back and that the gas station where we got off was not open.
To be continue with the Grand Opening day!