At the risk of:
A) repeating something about a game that was discussed at length at Dodger Thoughts
B) looking like a complete wuss when it comes to the weather
I'll write a bit about my trip out to Dodger Stadium Wednesday for the Braves-Dodgers tilt.
I was given a free ticket by reader coachjpark in the right field pavilion, which was very nice of him. The rain that had pelted Southern California the last two days had passed and it was clear and cool. The game time temperature was listed at 56, but there was some wind blowing most of the night. I opted not to go for the full Robert Peary look so as to not risk the ridicule of baseball fans from more northerly climes. But it was a fairly chilly night for a Dodgers game.
When I found my way to my spot in the right field bleachers for the game, I realized how rarely I had sat in the section. For starters, the Dodgers used to have a practice of not even opening the right field bleachers unless the crowd was large enough, but they seem to have changed that policy or they sell enough tickets to make it worthwhile. Also, the pavilion crowds don't have the greatest reputation for fan behavior. One shudders to think what that section would be like if beer was sold out there, but fortunately beer sales were stopped in that section back in the early 1970s, a time when the stadium had the same color scheme as it does now.
I believe the last time I had sat in right field was for Game 6 of the 1978 World Series. Not exactly a memorable experience for a Dodgers fan. I had forgotten how far away the bathrooms were from the seats. I also forgot that there are a lot of low-lying beams when you walk under the pavilions. Then again, when you're 12, they aren't so low-lying.
The crowd for the most part Wednesday was pretty well-behaved. The cold weather, combined with a game with a fair amount of action, kept most of the fans interested in on-field, instead of off-field actions. Of course there was some (insert profanity here) who threw a rubber ball at my throat as I was leaving, but I think I was an unintended target. If I was the intended target, then I really want to know why. And if the thrower is reading this, I can only hope that you have a life where your dreams go unfulfilled. What does motivate someone to throw an object at a random passerby? Saying "it makes me feel like a big man" is not an acceptable answer.
As for the action on the field, Odalis Perez pitched pretty poorly for Los Angeles. Horacio Ramirez was awful. Rookie James Loney and veteran Mike Remlinger had an interesting 10-pitch duel that resulted in a technical draw as Loney hit a ball that Edgar Renteria couldn't handle and a run scored on the play. Franquelis Osoria misplaced home plate and cost the Dodgers the game. And Ramon Martinez can't hit the ball very hard. My fight to nickname Ryan Langherhans "Pancreas Man" appears to be a losing battle.
I don't believe I'm heading out to Dodger Stadium again until mid-May. (Unless someone wants to give me a free ticket again.) In May, I will be seated in the loge. Time to get away from the hoi polloi and sit with the fans who buy Dodger Dogs, but also use linen napkins and use Dijon mustard as their favorite condiment.
UPDATE - Horacio Ramirez strained a hamstring in this game and was put on the DL. Blaine Boyer was sent down too and Joey Devine and Kenny Ray were called up.