Here are a few notes and thoughts from Game One of the Freeway Series between your Los Angeles Dodgers and the Southern California, Orange County, Off the 57 Freeway, Angels of Anaheim.
What a joy it was to hear Vin Scully broadcasting the game. I spent quite some time trying to find the proper phrasing for what it felt like to once again hear that golden voice from our favorite red-head.
For example: Listening to Vin Scully after the long winter is like breathing again after being underwater, or it’s like taking a big bite of your favorite comfort food, or it’s like a big, warm hug from your favorite person. I just couldn’t settle on anything that caught the essence correctly. Suffice it to say, hearing Vinny again is PRICELESS.
Note: The empty suits at Time Warner Cable tried, once again, to put a price on one of the greatest experiences a baseball fan can have with a last-minute flurry of concessions to the cable and satellite providers who were refusing to carry their overpriced Dodger broadcasts – but they failed miserably. Apparently, having Vinny really is priceless.
Although the Dodgers only scored one run tonight, I liked the top of the batting order the skipper sent out to face the Angels. This was the lineup…
- Kike Hernandez CF
- Yasiel Puig RF
- Justin Turner 3B
- Adrian Gonzalez 1B
- Scott Van Slyke LF
- Chase Utley 2B
- A.J. Ellis C
- Corey Seager SS
- Scott Kazmir P
Un-communication still seems to rule in the outfield, as Puig almost bulldozed Kike while chasing down a fly ball in right-center field during the second inning. In replays it looked like Hernandez was calling for the ball. He also appeared frustrated in a follow-up shot afterward.
On a positive note, Scott Kazmir looked ready for the season. He pitched 4 and 2/3 innings, striking out four, and giving up one unearned run. That run came in because of a sloppy error by Corey Seager, who dropped an easy third out pop up. Seager and his bubble gum scored later in the game to make up that run.
More Vinny: He asked if anybody remembered the Dodger Stadium crowd loudly chanting “HEE…SOP…CHOI” back when he played for the Dodgers. I do!
I may have drunk my last beer ever at Dodger Stadium (that is, unless you’re buying). Here are the new beer prices for 2016:
- Craft beer on tap $14.50 Want a pint? That’ll set you back $17
- 22.5 oz bottled beer $17
- Premium draft beer (pretty much anything not Bud) $13.50
- Bud draft $11.50
The crowd was a bit light, but fun was in the air. There was no shortage of Waves and beach balls. Is anybody else amazed the Wave has survived as a stadium crowd activity as long as it has?
Final Vinny: I loved hearing him tell stories about Red Barber, Roy Campanella and standing next to Jackie Robinson during batting practice. I wondered to myself, who will tell us these stories when Vinny is retired?
By the way, the Dodgers lost, 2-1. They’ll all be back to do it all over again Friday night.