I had everything typed up. And my post wouldn’t save or post. So I lost it all. I’ve been up for a long time and on the go. It’s been a very long day. So I won’t even bother trying to retype everything tonight. The autograph post and game post will just have to wait a day or two
1. (5-12-07) Dodgers vs. Reds. During batting practice, my friend Kevin and I were standing in the left field, by the foul pole and the baseline boxes. He wasn’t paying attention, but I noticed a ball was hit to Joe Beimel. I elbowed Kevin and told him to call Joe, which he did. Joe glanced at us as he bent down to get the ball. When he straightened back up, he tossed the ball to Kevin. I still claim that he got the ball because I told him to call Joe, or else he would have been oblivious to it.
2. (5-15-07) We were standing in fair territory of left field section during BP. A ball comes at us and I watch it as it hits the foul pole on the fair side. It hits a chair, rolls on the ground, hits Kevin on the back of his foot, and rolls under the seats. Kevin puts his glove on it and tries to get it. I try to get out from under his glove since he wasn’t moving it. Some old Chinese guy comes from the row behind us, reaches down, and snatches it out from under Kevin’s glove. To this day, I still tell Kevin that he should’ve gotten the glove out of the way so I couldn’t gotten the ball before the old man did.
3. (3-28-08) We were in the left field pavilion for the Red Sox/Dodgers exhibition game. Kevin and Sherisse were standing in the lower half of the bleachers. I was standing on the walkway chatting with someone and the usher. The Red Sox were taking BP. A ball comes flying out to the bleachers. No one else is running after it on the walkway except me. I know it’s going to be over my head, and I hope it bounces back towards me. As I’m reaching up for it, this older guy with glasses knocks me over for it! He was taller than I am, so he got to the ball during the bounce before I did. We both fell on the bleachers, and he kept the ball. I still get mad when I remember that. I went back to the people I was talking to. They all said that ball was mine and he came out of nowhere and knocked me out of the way. Even the usher agreed.
4. (6/5/08) The Cubs were taking BP and they hit a foul ball into the left field section. The ball bounced, hit my hand, and rolled into the row I was standing in. There was no one there to get in my way, and I finally GOT MY BALL!!! I brought my friend Maria to her first game and she teased me that I looked like I was going to cry.
I’ve had other close calls, but not close enough where I absolutely should have gotten the ball like the 3-28-08 game.
Let me see if I can get tonight’s game straight. I should be in bed. But I gotta get this down before I forget. Angelina and I were to meet JoAnna at the game tonight because she had the tickets. Since we got there early, we went to check out the “Centerfield Experience“. I usually don’t go there because I usually have to get into the field level by a certain time because I usually don’t have a field level ticket. Since I didn’t have a ticket at all, we took our time. On our way there, we ran into Cat, who joined us. We were hanging close to the Left Field Pavilion so we wouldn’t get hit by any stray balls. While we were hanging out, this guy sees me and goes, “Gatewood, right? Remember me?” I was supposed to explain to Cat later who he was. He lives in my neighborhood and we met about two years ago, after the Dodgers had a long extra-inning game against the Padres. He saw my car and went on about what a great player Russell is (he was talking to the mail-man). I came out to get my mail and he asked me if that was my car. Since then, he’s see me and yell out “hey Russell Martin girl”.
JoAnna and her daugther Hannah showed up, and we all went in. Cat had just gone in ahead of us. We separated for a little bit and then reconvened behind the dug out where Matthew McConaughey was warming up. He was throwing the first pitch. And yes, I did have to google his name real quick to get the right spelling for it.
Matthew McConaughey warming up before the game
This is where things get a little blurry. It was hard to keep track, especially since I didn’t take a photo of every player who waved to us (with a lot of yelling from Hannah, but we helped). I think Brent Leach waved to us first. LOL I can’t remember who waved to us in what order! I know Randy Wolf, Clayton Kershaw, Brad Ausmus, Mark Loretta, Andre Ethier, and Mark Sweeney. I think I may be missing a player or two. Matt Kemp probably did, too. Andre’s was hilarious. He was going down the dugout steps when we called his name. By the time he waved to us, all we saw was his hand sticking out over the dugout ceiling! Mark Sweeney took awhile because we were in the field level and he was up in the press box. He looked up a few times, like he heard his name. He finally saw us and waved down to us.
Clayton Kershaw waving to us. Angelina made a comment about how cute he was. She asked me how old he was. I told her he’s 21. She said, she could totally date him (she’s his age btw), to which I told her he had a girlfriend already. Then she said, because he hasn’t met me yet!
In the bottom of the 5th, I saw Randy in the on-deck circle. Eric Smith, who makes less errors in a year than the Mets do in a game, announced that Matt Kemp was pinch-hitting for Jeff Weaver. I was like … no that’s Randy. A little bit later, he goes, “Correction…” That’s only the second time I’ve heard him make a mistake. So we’ll cut him a little slack.
Mark Sweeney during the seventh inning stretch.
Randy Wolf and Clayton Kershaw. I couldn’t seem to get a picture of any one blowing a bubble. I just got them once the bubble popped
Okay, so I did get one. But the person in front of me got in the frame too.
A little blurry, but here’s Mark waving to us from the booth.
Hannah and Jon Voight
Lastly, as I was checking my e-mail, I noticed the little news ticker at the top of my email. It caught my eye because I remember the name Scott Schoeneweis from my first Mets game, and remember learning how to pronounce his name. Kinda like Mient…yeah., Douggie. Anyway, please remember to pray for him and his family. His wife was found dead this afternoon. That’s all they’re saying right now. Her daughter was the one who found her. I can’t imagine what they’re going through, but I know someone who does. A few years ago, my cousin’s cousin Eric (also a young teenager) found his father after he died from a heart attack during the night. Eric’s mom was in North Carolina for her nephew’s wedding and had to fly home right away. When something like this happens, it affects everyone who knew the person, even if a little. Look how much Nick Adenhart’s death affected Major League Baseball. It may not be on the same leve
l for everyone, but I know members of the Mets and the Diamondbacks and anyone else who played alongside Scott must be in shock over this.
Friday, May 22
Jonathan Broxton at Sam’s Club
4901 N. Santa Anita Blvd., El Monte, CA 91731
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
*I called. This is a membership only store, which I already knew. So the signing is for members only. Bummer
Saturday, May 23
Cory Wade at Super A Foods
5250 York Blvd., Highland Park, CA 90042
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
I called. The line should start outside. They open at 7. I don’t know
what time I’ll be there yet. Don’t think Cory is that popular of a
player yet, like Beimel. For Beimel’s, no one started showing up till
ten. I was there at eight.
Saturday, May 23
Will Ohman at JONS Marketplace
5211 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
I’m probably not going to this one cuz I don’t know if I’ll make it on
time. Since I haven’t even started this year’s scrapbook, I don’t think
I have anything for him to sign.
There have been some interesting cases of seat hopping the last two games. First, there was Monday night’s game. We were sitting in the field level section behind the dugout club that’s behind the dugout. It was the eleventh inning and these two guys hop the wall that separates the dugout club from the field level. It didn’t take them very long to be escorted out. One of the two guys hopped over the wall back to the field level, but the security escorted him out too.
Today, the usher is very vigilant about people sitting in his section that didn’t belong there. I think by the end of the night, he must’ve kicked out about half a dozen people from his section. Every time anyone sat in that row, he would come over and ask to see their ticket. Which I quite understand because they do that with the baseline seats. There was a family of four in the section next to me. They were sitting
in Row A, and the row in front of them was part of the baseline club.
Two of them arrived first and sat in the first row, which is the
baseline club. The usher came over and asked to see their ticket. He told them their seats was the row behind them and they had to move. He did this to several people. The rest of the family showed up. One of their little kids moved up to the seat in front of him. It didn’t take long for the usher to kick the little kid out.
What’s your view on seat hopping? Is there a line that should not be crossed?
Yesterday, I had a minor accident … and the Dodgers won. Today, I got
completely lost in Long Beach … and the Dodgers won. I don’t even
want to know what’s in store for tomorrow. Hopefully a Dodger’s win.
However, I do have a dentist appointment in the afternoon to get my
stitches taken out (I got two of my wisdom teeth taken out ten days
ago). Let’s pray nothing goes wrong there!
Onto the game. Once I
got home and ate, I got ready and left for the game. Before I headed to
the stadium, I had to find a copy of the Daily News for my scrapbook
(that’s a blog entry in itself for those who are unfamiliar with my
scrapbook). When I stopped to get the newspaper, I realized, I forgot
my extra batteries at home. The newstand was empty, so I went to CVS to
get extra batteries, cash, and see if the Newstand there had copies.
Fortunately, I got all three. When I got to the Golden State Gate, I
was able to find parking on the street as usual. Since I got there
early, I got out and walked around a little to see if I saw Alex (a
fellow Dodger fan/season ticket holder who usually walks from the
gate). His wife is pregnant, so he might not have been there. I saw the
hat vendor and Sherisse has been wanting a pink hat. Since I had cash
(from not paying for parking), I got her one. Then I waited at the gate
with a bunch of guys.
Once I got in, I didn’t go to my usual
batting practice section (which is 49/51 row H/J) to try to catch any
balls. Instead, I chatted with an usher and a security guard. I waited
for Cat to show up and then we didn’t go down to our seats until
batting practice is over. Her seat is in the first row of the field
level section where the foul pole is. So it’s super crowded during
Those shoes were on the field during batting practice. Turns out, they are Kuroda’s.
Russell heading to the bullpen. He did stop to sign a few autographs though.
Matt Kemp having a few laughs with Juan “the Beast” Pierre
Poor Ronnie. Guess they’re getting started early this year. Wonder what the rookie hazing in September will look like!
Bills and Martin walking to the dug out. Don’t they look chummy?
Casey Blake celebrating with Kemp and Loney after hitting his three-run homer which gave us the winning runs … if the bullpen could hold it of course
Dodgers win! Dodgers win!
Oh, and on the way to my car, I was harassed twice. The first guy was shouting out “Mar-teen”. The other guy was shouting out “Go Russell Martin”. LOL I was like … ummm… Russell Martin didn’t do so well tonight…
I was at the game tonight and could’ve believe it! We had just as many
hits as the Mets had errors! It seemed like every time I looked up at
the scoreboard, they were putting another error up. Randy Wolf did
awesome! He left the game with a 2 – 1 lead, which was blown just
shortly after. He got a rousing applause which he responded by taking
his cap off to the crowd. We scored our first two runs in the first …
and didn’t score again till the ELEVENTH! Though there were about three
errors scattered between the first ten innings, and two more in the
eleventh. The craziest thing happened in the top of the eleventh. I was
so thankful to have a little radio with me. The funny thing is, I don’t
really bring my radio to the game. And if I do, I don’t always have it
on. But a little birdie said to turn the radio on during this game. I
might need it. Well, in the top of the eleventh, Angel Pagan with one
on and two out, hit a triple that would score the winning run. Next
thing we know, Pagan’s on third, Church had scored … and the inning
was over! I heard Charlie Steiner on the radio explain what hapened. I
jumped up and down, started yelling/screaming at the top of my lungs
(probably because the radio was loud and so was the atmosphere at the
stadium). CHURCH MISSED THIRD BASE! Yup. Ryan Church as he rounded
third to score missed the base. Mark Loretta called for the ball, the
umpire called the play, and the run was taken away. Then came the
bottom. Starts off with a walk to Mark Loretta, then Xavier Paul
doubled. Then they intentionally walked JUAN PIERRE. You got that
right. They intentionally walked him to get to Rafael Furcal. Who made
an out. Then came Orlando Hudson. By then, they pulled in Carlos
Beltran to have a five-man infield. How often does that really work?
After all, the Pirates tried that two years ago and guess what? They
didn’t need a five-man infield because there was no way they were going
to catch Russell Martin’s walk-off grand slam. Orlando Hudson hit the
ball to Reed, who you thought would get the for sure out at home.
That’s where another error comes in and guess what? Casey Blake was
probably relieved that he didn’t need to be the hero of the night.
Because Mark Loretta scored and game over! LOL I told someone in the
bottom of the ninth that we were going to win off a walk-off walk.
Well, a walk-off error is good enough for me.