One of the things I looked forward to every year is getting that special box from the Dodgers in the mail with my season tickets. I was always giddy with anticipation when I got that call from home that a package had arrived from the Dodgers. I would wonder “How do the tickets look like this year?” Would they have current players pictures or past player pictures, pictures of Dodger past history? No matter what the Dodgers picked, I liked them. They were my special tickets! One of the many themes I like are “Great Moments in Dodger History.”
The minute I got home I would grab the box look at it some more, shake it and hastily opened it. Once the box was opened, I would smell the tickets just like in the movie “Fever Pitch” “They smell like World Series to me” I would tell my brother Victor year after year.
Before I became a season ticket holder for a second time, I had a mini plan package with my friend Stephanie. Once the tickets arrived, we would get together for dinner and spread the tickets on the table. If she could not attend some games, I would give her a choice of another date.
Prior to home stands, my brother Victor would separate the tickets for the upcoming home stand. He would hold a set in each hand and ask me ‘left or right?” I always ended up with tickets with my favorite players either by choosing right or by bullying him.
Afterwards the tickets went into our handy holder that the Dodgers would sell at Dodger Stadium.
With this no paper season, I need to either print my tickets or show my phone so the Dodgers can scan this virtual ticket. I don’t like it. I don’t have a printer at home. All my printing I do it at work or at a library. My brother does not have a phone so he needs to print the ticket.
I am old fashion, I like having actual tickets. I like writing in back of them recording special occasions. Every once in a while, for special occasions, I like having that ticket signed if the opportunity arises. I like to record a player’s debut, his first hit, his first home run.
One of the things I don’t like when I go on road trips is having to print my own tickets or scan them from my phone. I was in Seattle when the Dodgers got no-hit. I saved my printout but as I was leaving the stadium I noticed two tickets on the floor. I was thinking “Why would anyone not want to keep such a special ticket to commemorate the no-hitter? I picked up the tickets.
Below is my ticket from Opening Day 1981 when Fernando had to step in and replace Jerry Reuss as the Opening Day pitcher. It is not on this picture, but Fernando signed it for me.
Another thing I do with the tickets is attach them to my scoresheet.
It is not going to be the same having to scan the ticket from my phone or printing those generic papers.
I was going to post some pictures of my tickets but they are at home and i am having a hard time uploading pictures.
Update: Bill Roebuck has created a petition and a facebook page. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/224152067777733/
If you know me, you know I am a little forgetful. Tuesday evening I realized that my season tickets were due last Friday January 10. Right away I tried to log on and pay online but I could not get my password and username to work. I selected “forgot password” to get an email but that did not work. I never got an email. Anyway, I fired an email Tuesday night to PLEASE CALL ME. The following day I called the STH number. I heard Vin Scully and Charlie Steiner call a play so many times that I kept call it along with them. I was afraid that because I had not paid my tickets on time, I had lost my two seats in the Top Deck. Needless to say I was relieved when the Dodgers confirmed my seats for another season.
The day only got better when it was announced that Kershaw and the Dodgers had come to an agreement! YES! Mr. Sunshine will continue to be a Dodger. The seven-year contract is worth $215 million.
I was reading Bill Shaikin this morning in the LA Times. BTW, I don’t read the paper on-line, my paper gets delivered before I leave the house so I read it on the train on my way to work but here is the link to the article http://www.latimes.com/sports/baseball/mlb/dodgers/la-sp-dodgers-kershaw-shaikin-20140116,0,3972240.story#ixzz2qaGvF5r7
I like this from the article:
Walter declined to confirm the $215-million deal — the Dodgers are expected to make an announcement Friday — but he was succinct in explaining why he would even consider approving it.
“Greg Maddux,” Walter said.
In the 21 years since they let Maddux go, the Cubs have won one postseason series. In Walter’s first full year of ownership, the Dodgers won one postseason series.
Kershaw is coming off his second Cy Young Award, the first pitcher since Maddux to lead the major leagues in earned-run average in three consecutive years. Kershaw would have hit free agency next fall, at 26.
Great points by Bill Shaikin and the Silver Fox, Mark Walter.
For Throwback Thursday, here is Kershaw with the Loons in 2007, Photo courtesy of the Great Lakes Loons
23 days until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training
65 days until Opening Day in Australia
74 days until the first Dodger regular season game in the US. (Padres Opening Night)
79 days until Opening Day in LA
I am ready for “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball”
Estoy lista para mirar a Los Dodgers.
p.s. This is my 600th post! February 13, it will be my five-year blog anniversary!
I’ve been posting this for what? two years. Made just a few changes to the one two years ago.
It was a Night before Christmas
Twas the Night Before Christmas and in every house
All baseball fans were clicking their mouse
They hung all their stockings, decorated their trees
And now it was time to sit down and see what everyone posted on this Christmas Eve.
A nice break to read what friends had posted was just what they needed but they frownded!
When they went to click on their sites, none could be found!
Oh no! we’re afraid everyone is out of town!
Is the internet down the reason we cannot read?
How could this happen in our time of need?
The users all panicked, they shivered in fright,
They pined for their read/write and settled in for the night.
“Did we misspell the links? Did we hit the wrong key? Did it go to LALA land?” Oh such misery!
And then in a flash, with a stroke of a key, One by one, they discovered their Christmas Eve reads.
Their eyes how they twinkled, they laughed and smiled. And they settled into the chair to read/write for a while.
Their hearts were delighted, they felt just like kids, But it’s still such a mystery where all links had hid.
Was it there all the time and they just didn’t see? Or did Santa step in and do a good deed?
Good baseball fans are on Santa’s list
And good bloggers and posters he vows never to miss.
It’s been a long night, time to climb into bed,
So they shut down their computers and laid down their heads.
But in a quiet of night, before things came to an end, They heard
“HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!”
Look what Santa Dodgers sent me. (it was sent to all Season ticket holders. The coffee mug at the end. The items before like the stadium in 2008, the Globe with the glove and the replica seats are from prior years. The Christmas card with Tommy is next. Miss Piggy bobblehead is in the back. I have Kermit too somewhere.
Dodgers are breaking our hearts and our season ticket family my removing the last two rows (R& P) of the Top Deck. I felt like they served me an eviction noticed when I got the call on Wednesday
I think instead of a call the day before they opened Select A Seat meetings for Season ticket holders, we should have been notified way before. The Dodgers said that they were holding rows O & N for the displaced fans yet when I went yesterday the only open seats in my section (3) on what will now be the last row (O) were three seats.
I will miss having my season ticket family together. I will miss having my friend Lorena next to me watching the game while we make plans for our road games. I will miss Ray and Ray Junior asking them “what happened in that play” since they also keep score.
I will miss Steve & Rhonda and their two little girls. Rhonda emailed me wondering what everyone is doing about the seats. She tells me “The girls will miss their best friends!!” Rachel likes to sit with Lorena and I and dance with us during Adrian Gonzales att Bat music. She also likes to sing with us Take me out to the Ball Game and “God Bless America”
I will miss Martha & her husband and kid. I will miss Todd and wife and their two sons. I will miss Chuck and Robin. I will miss Mary & Art. I will miss Joe and his girlfriend. Where is our Candy Man James with his dad and his two kids going to sit? Sad day for the displaced season ticket holders in the last two rows of the Top Deck. How far apart are all of us going to end up?
I was told that the removal of the seats is to expand the handicap area but that the sections with the wall will be Standing Room only. I feel like the casual fans that will take the “Standing Room only” are more important than the faithful season ticket holders. Another reason that I liked my last row is that is in the shade and I can watch the game standing up if I like without anyone in back of me.
Other season ticket holders are also moving because now instead of only the first row having a higher price, rows A thru H will have a higher price. Between those season ticket holders moving beyond H and the ones from the last two rows there are not many choices left.
I ended up with seats in section 3, the new last row. Ray ended up in Section 5. Rene in section 2. Margie in section 2 but moving to the handicap when those are built. Lore has an appointment on Monday, the earliest she can meet them. Jeanine and two other friends moved from row B in section 3 to row L. I have not heard from the rest.
ref: cartoon from funny or die.
My season tickets went up 50%. I got my invoice some time ago but I have not responded. I have also gotten a couple of calls from Dodger reps that have gone to voice mail. I can’t deal with the calls right now. I am not a happy camper with how the Dodger season went and what a bleak future we Dodger fans are facing with the pending divorce.
It would be a different story had the Dodgers done better. The Giants winning the World Series did not help. Right now, well, I rather not talk to anyone from the Dodgers about renewing my season tickets.
I should change my voice mail to something like “Sorry I am not available right now, I have
crawled under a rock. I will be hibernating until I forget the Giants won the World Series or until the Dodgers get a new owner that will sign a legitimate number one pitcher and a left fielder and a third baseman.” What do you think?
I have gotten calls, emails from fellow season ticket holders asking me what I plan on doing. I know they are not happy. Some of the tickets are going up more than that now that the Dodgers will charge more for the first rows in a level so for some the increase will be more than 50%.
I know my mood will pass and in the end I’ll give them my money. I mentioned in my prior post that I am reading “Eat Pray Love”. I am at the eating part of the book where Elizabeth is in Italy. Hanging out at a soccer game with friends, Elizabeth’s friend Lucas Spaghetti (She says that is his real name) says to her
We can change our wives, We can change our jobs, our nationalities and even our religions, but we can never change our team.”
Elizabeth also mentions that the word for “fan” in Italian is tifoso. Derived from the word Typhus. In other words_one who is mightly fevered.”
Thanks to everyone that voted for me in Jane Heller 2010 She-Fan Video Award MLB Bloggie Award! You are so sweeeet! love you all! I won! thanks to you all!