So close… (10/2/09)

There were a lot of close calls last night. Me getting to the game and getting a ticket. A couple close pitches to Kemp. The close call at first that the umpire called out and everyone else was sure it was safe. The close game. It was a really long game for such a low-scoring, low hitting game. Then again, maybe having almost twenty strike outs combined might have something to do with it. Or the guy who sang the “National Anthem”. That had to be the LONGEST rendition I’ve ever heard. There was another girl earlier who took a long time too… but man… I think this guy takes the cake! I was talking to a security guard after the game … we talked about how it was such a long game for such a low-scoring game. I told him, “It’s the guy who sang the National Anthem. It’s his fault. He set the tone.”

Okay, so all week I’ve been contemplating whether or not to get a
ticket to tonight’s game. I wanted to go because a) Randy Wolf is
pitching and b) if they win, they clinch the division. But I couldn’t
go because a) I have church on Friday nights and b) I didn’t get a
ticket (read previous entry about my interactions with sellers).
A little after four o’clock, I get a text message.There is no church
tonight. So the main reason why I wasn’t going to the game … well…
now there wasn’t a reason why I wasn’t going to the game. Before I knew
it, I was driving down Academy … and finding out that where I usually
park before the game … not an option. If I wasn’t in such a hurry, I
would’ve taken photos. But I only had about 20 minutes to hunt down a
ticket. Took about five. The guy sold two tickets to the reserve level
to these two guys for $20. He was trying to sell the same ticket to me
for $40 and said he wouldn’t go lower than $30. I told him I would have
bought one for $20. He ended up selling me a lower reserve ticket for
$25. I wonder if it was because I’m a girl that he wouldn’t sell it to
me for $20. Then again, the ticket he sold me was for lower reserve and
the other guys was in reserve. Because my usual parking was not an
option, I had to pay for parking. The Golden State Gate was already jam
packed. So I headed towards the Academy Gate. And I realized, I only
had $11 on me. Thankfully, I keep lots of quarters in my car (for
newspapers, meters… and parking!). I paid the rest of my parking fee
in quarters!

Got into the Stadium and met up with Cat. The Dodgers weren’t on the
field very long. I was only able to take pictures of Kershaw’s backside
… and George Sherrill (this one’s for you, Cari, Stacey… and all
the Georgie lovers out there)
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2009-10-02 005.JPGI saw some of my other friends show up and went over to say hi to them.
One of the security guards told me I was on the Dodger Vision. He was
asking me why I was leaving. I told him I was running away. Also, I saw
on the Dodger Vision a guy in the Center Field area with a “Vin Scully
Is My Homeboy” shirt. Had to get a photo of that for Vin Scully Is My Homeboy.
Always exciting to spot one of his shirts. Turns out, I don’t think it
was one of his shirts. The guy had his own made. But he did buy one of VSIMH‘s shirts.
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2009-10-02 026.JPGBefore the game started tonight, Tommy Lasorda was being honored for his sixty years with the Dodgers. They handed out little replicas of his Hall of Fame plaque, as well as having the real one displayed out in Autograph Alley. Sorry, no picture of the real one. I didn’t stop in Autograph Alley. I rarely do, actually. Anyway, former players were gathered on the field to take part of the celebration.  Tommy came out with his wife, Jo. For the ceremonial first pitch, Brad Ausmus got to catch another knuckleballer, Charlie Hough.

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Picture 1: The former players posing.
Picture 2: Tommy addressing the crowd
Picture 3: Randy and Russell coming from the bullpen

Picture 4: James Loney checking with the dugout as he’s signing autographs to see how much time he’s got.
Picture 5: Manny Ramirez acknowledging the crowd as his name is announced in the lineup before the start of the game.

Right before the game started, I said bye to my friends. I started to leave, when the guy in the box next to her said they had an extra seat. He asked me if would like to take it. I asked him if he was sure and he said yes. So, I got to sit in the baseline box club for the whole game! Roberto even texted me and said he saw me on TV. He spotted me and my Wolf hat in between innings, I think… You know, when they pan the crowd before a commercial break? I had several people today who commented/complimented me on my Wolf hat. One guy stopped me and asked me, is that a wolf mask? Can I see it? LOL even an usher saw me and said, “there’s the wolf hat!”

Needless to say … our offense was anemic again. Wolf gave up two runs in the first inning, but then put up zeros for the next four innings. Unfortunately, the bullpen gave up two more runs. Scott Elbert gave up double to Todd Helton, and when Ronald Belisario relieved him… he gave up a homerun to Tulow. I was surprised to see Randy back in the dugout after the seventh inning stretch. Then I noticed other players, like Troncoso was there too. Guess they wanted to be watch the game to see if they could pull off a win to clinch the division. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the starter come back into the dugout after he’s been pulled from a game.

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There was some excitement in the sixth inning when Kemp grounded out to the shortstop. Kemp thought he was safe. The fans thought he was safe. But the umpire called him out. He was infuriated!

We were surprised he wasn’t thrown out.

I’ll finish this up. I realized I have a lot more photos I wanted to post. But I’ll just have to do it player by player. I’ll leave you with these.
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Picture 2: Larry King and his son during the seventh inning stretch. I was in the same row, different section from him.

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