Welcome to Los Angeles, the city of angels.
At Dodger stadium there is a nice welcome sign outside of the parking lot and left field gate.
Its no easy task getting into Dodger Stadium and they are nothing but welcoming there in terms of staff and security. I was turned away rudely by security at the main gate and told no one other then employees can enter anywhere until 4:10. I tried to politely ask then how the season ticket holders get in at 4:10 and was ignored.
Thankfully Devin T was able to put me in on how to get in, good luck to you if you plan on going there, hit me up if you need some information.
Anyway, yea. Welcome..
First pic I took was of the Jackie Robinson 7oth Anniversary of Dodger Debut.
Up a steep, and ever climbing staircase, two to be exact, I came upon the only, and new Jackie Robinson Statue at Dodger Stadium. This is my favorite angle, and has a quote I try to live by to the best of my ability in daily life and more so my work life as a social worker.
Devin T. was able to help me get in season ticket time, which at Dodger Stadium is 4:10. This was my 19th stadium I have been to and the Dodger stadium regulars were cool and welcoming more then most.
Myself, Devin T, Steve, Lou B.
LA Blue Sign
After entering the stadium I headed over to take watch the Dodgers stretching and throwing, to my front in the pic below is Kenley Jansen warming up with Sergio Romo.
Ball #1 for me was tossed up in and around left center from the Dodger player in the pic below, I was uninterested in figuring out who he was.
That was all for my time in LF which was a bit disappointing, I had seats for the RF pavilion which are all you can eat seats that allow you access at 5:10. Being first in line gives you the opportunity for found baseballs. This first game would be the best for me in that category, as I found Baseballs #2-#8. Quite a boost. Each of the next two games would turn out one found baseball each, so this was a hit. It was the second time I had found 7 baseballs, the other being at Progressive Field prior to reconstruction.
After grabbing a quick hot dog between Pirates batting practice groups I came back in to a well timed homer in my vicinity for an easy grab, Ball #9.
Ball #10 was a scrum for a homer that landed at the base of the steps, behind the RF wall in front of the concessions underneath the RF pavilion. The stairwells are nice to play, if you can position yourself there before another for front row homers and balls that land underneath.
Ball #11 for me on this one was a toss up from Tyler Glasnow.
All You Can Eat with a Tecate
I like to run through the cities I visit for sightseeing. Two days ago I ran the Pittsburgh Marathon, posting a personal best at 3:24:14 of the four marathons I have run.
Despite posting a personal best, what makes me know even more that I have grown in the sport of running is that on Tuesday morning I was a bit sore but able to post 6 plus miles around LA with minimal soreness.
A pic from the home I stayed at through air bnb. A nice quiet neighborhood, and comfortable place.
Then off on an adventure..
Fernando Valenzuela, Kirk Gibson, and an old Charger.
I ran my way to the Staples Center, home of the Lakers, Clippers, Sparks and Kings.
Magic Johnson statue
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Shaq Diesel, not your traditional ground up statue.
I had a good coffee at the coffee shop and headed off to Dodger Stadium looking for some luck. 777
Dodger Stadium allows fans the opportunity to be up close and personal with the players.
Things got going for me with a scrum of a foul ball hit by Clayton Kershaw taking early pitchers bp, Ball #1.
Ball #2 for me was a long homer hit by an unidentified Dodger. The ball cleared the long crosswalk that separates the bottom from the top bleachers of the pavilion, an easy scrum. I wasn’t able to catch a homer up on the crosswalk which separates the bleachers, but it is nice and spacious, great to play for heavy hitters.
The bleachers are wooden, with several years or paint coats on them, the rows are pretty narrow also, resulting in a lot of scuffs, cuts, or brush burns. If I was a regular there I would wear some sort of high stockings to prevent this from happening all the time.
Turns out the coffee shop in front of the 777 address was a good luck thing maybe. I have always kept a collection of toss up balls from pitchers who have thrown a no-hitter or of course perfect game. Up until today this collection included, in no perfect order:
Francisco Liriano, Edwin Jackson, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Ubaldo Jimenez, Justin Verlander, Homer Bailey, Derek Lowe, AJ Burnett, Felix Hernandez, Josh Beckett…
And as of this day, I was able to get the often elusive Clayton Kershaw, who responded to a polite request for his warm up ball, Ball #3.
Over in RF I was only able to find one baseball, Ball #4, a big drop off from Monday with found baseballs. There was a giant bee’s nest hanging in the pavilion which a bunch of staff, and exterminators were over there for.
Ball #5 was a scrum for a baseball that landed underneath the pavilion ricocheting around, an easy grab with minimal people around.
Ball#6 was a caught homer off the bat of Andrew Mccutchen in RF pavilion.
And some aesthetically pleasing sites around Dodger Stadium.
Behind RF pavilion
And one from way up high behind home plate.
Things began for me with a smooth catch of either Joc Pederson or Cody Bellinger going down the stairwell closest to CF, Ball #1.
Ball #2 was an odd one, someone was just camped out in the RF pavilion seats collecting each ball that landed. This had me incensed as I was hoping to collect some baseballs over there when it opened. I decided to wave my arms at him and ask him to throw one over, and surprisingly made it to me on the fly. Others caught on and he continued to toss baseballs over to the regulars in the LF pavilion. This also finally got security’s attention that he was in there and he was gone soon after.
While hanging toward CF I took a pic of the incredible speaker system that Dodger Stadium has.
Ball #3 was a catch of a ricochet against my thigh that left a bit of a mark, and Ball #4 was the only found ball in the RF pavilion. Ball #5 was a recovery scrum of a baseball I missed underhanded on the move to my right.
Gerrit Cole promptly fired a ball at me over on the RF line after warming up, Ball #6.
And for Ball #7 I connected with equipment manager Scott Bonnet. That was it.