SUNDAYS AT THE PARK

I just love Sunday’s at the ballpark.  And when our boys in Blue are in Anaheim this Sunday, this will mark my 6th straight Sunday I will have attended a Dodgers game either home or road, yes, including San Diego and Atlanta .  And along the way, I’ve witnessed some very special moments and have been part of history as well.  Here are some highlights

4/15 vs SD- Jackie Robinson night.  The Dodgers and MLB celebrate the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson being the first African-American athlete to break baseball’s color barrier, and appropriately, the Dodgers-Padres game is the main feature on ESPN on this Sunday evening.  Though we would arrive after the top of the 1st, the electricity of this majestic evening could still be felt throughout the stadium as tributes throughout the evening were paid to Jackie.  Every member of the Dodgers wore number 42 that evening, as well as Padres CFer Mike Cameron.  The Dodgers would win the game 9-3.

4/29 @ SD- After watching the Friars tie the game in the home half of the 7th, both the Dodgers and Padres would go almost 10 more innings without scoring until outfielder Brady Clark laced a 2-out double down the left field line to plate Wilson Valdez, just beating the relay, as the Blue, behind some stellar pitching from the bullpen, edged the Friars 5-4 in 17 innings.  As for the historical marks, this game would mark the longest game ever in PETCO Park’s short history in both innings played and time of game….With a crowd of over 44,000 , the crowd total for that 3 game series of over 130,000 for the weekend also set a PETCO Park record for a 3 game series……Other sites and sounds, A rare 14th inning stretch was performed, the US Marine Corps were on hand to take in the game as always on Sundays in San Diego, I would need 2 scoresheets to score all 17 innings, and if you were to see it, good luck reading through all the lineup changes.

5/6 @ Atl- I would be in Atlanta for the weekend to take in the Saturday and Sunday games of this 3 game series on my annual baseball road trip.  Turner Field was a decent place to watch a game, nothing spectacular, but with little to do in the area around the stadium, the Braves do a nice job of combining a festive atmostphere around the stadium, especially for the kids, featuring a couple of kid themed play areas one beyond CF with a pavilion featuring many of Cartoon Networks characters, as well as a patch of grass in the upper deck down left field where kids can run from home plate to first.  More on my Atlanta trip later, as for the game, Wilson Betemit shocked the **** out of me when he would hit a pinch hit two-run homer in the top half of the 7th, making it back-to-back games he would come off the bench and homer, giving the Blue a seemingly comfortable 4-1 lead in the 7th.  But the Braves would rally for 5 in the home half of the 7th and take 2 of 3 from us, final 6-4.  BTW, the tomahawk chop didn’t seem so annoying, although i’d be inetersted to see what it’s like during post-season.

5/13 vs Cin- Many players from both the Reds and Dodgers would use pink bats in honor of Mothers Day and to assist in the fight against breast cancer. Two future hall of famers, Ken Griffey Jr. , and Jeff Kent, would hit tape measure shots, but a 5 run 8th would propel the Blue to a 3 game sweep of the Reds by a score of 10-5, marking the 9th straight victory against the Reds dating back to last season.  A topic of conversation amongst us during the game would be if Kenny Griff could break what will soon to be Barry Bonds record if he averages 35 home runs and plays 6 more seasons without any serious injuries hampering him.

Well, 2 more Sundays to go, this Sunday in Anaheim, than the 27th against the Cubs.  I really enjoy my Sundays at the Park.  GO DODGERS !!!

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