I may not be a Dodger’s fan, but I love going to Dodger’s stadium. Tonight was my first Dodger game of the year, and I was excited once again to sit back and enjoy our nation’s pastime at one of my favorite sports venues. While i do enjoy the newer ballparks in San Diego, Houston, Anaheim and Seattle, there is a classic feel to Dodger Stadium that makes me glad that it is pretty close by. So i decided to pay tribute to the best way i know how:
TOP TEN THINGS I LIKE ABOUT DODGER STADIUM
#10. group tickets – every year i like to do a guy’s night out to dodger stadium, and they have a deal for $5 group tickets. i know most teams do this, but I still think it’s cool.
#9. sea of blue – I’ll give dodger fans this; they are adamant. you don’t just see a lot of dodger blue at games, you see more jerseys and official caps than any other baseball stadium.
#8 the weather – no matter how hot it is, the temperature at dodger stadium always ends up a little crisp by the end of the game. perfect hoodie weather.
#7. smile cam – southern california has talent. the smile cam makes sure that talent gets plenty of attention.
#6. dodger dogs – best dogs in baseball, no questions asked.
#5. the field – in a time where a lot of newer ballparks have opted to go for asymmetrical, over the top designs, dodger stadium stands out by being a classic 1950’s concrete encased perfectly symmetrical field. i’m a big fan of design that stands the test of time.
#4. vin scully – not so much a part of the stadium as much as he is a part of the dodger’s culture, vin scully has one of the best announcing voices in baseball. vin gets that baseball is a game first, but it often transcends the boundaries of nine innings, and he definitely has the gift to communicate those moments.
#3. history – being at a dodger game feels like you are part of a legacy. seeing jackie robinson’s retired number in the outfield is something that always brings chills to my spine. hearing fans talk about koufax, drysdale, and valenzuela is exciting as well. and last but not least, kirk gibson’s impossible home run in game 1 of the 1988 world series. my dad was at that game and i will always be jealous that he saw the greatest home run in baseball history.
#2. the grass – it’s perfect.
#1. the view – driving in you can see right into the stadium. from your seats you can see the clear silhouette of palm trees against the sunset, and leaving you get a great view of downtown los angeles. ansel adams would be overwhelmed.
see you at the game. one love, one heart.