Inside the Dodgers takes us inside the Dodgers Stadium
I had heard about the Inside the
Dodgers stadium tour a while back and was interested in doing it this
year. My friend Cat went on it last year. A few of my friends have
been the Stadium tour before. When I talked to Josh Rawitch, the VP
of Communications, at the stadium about it, he said it was going to
be a small group probably and he would most likely lead it. I didn’t
sign up for the tour till just a few days before Saturday.
A group of more than nine people were
waiting at the Top Deck when I got there on Saturday. The group was
scheduled to meet at noon. I left my house around 11:44 and got there
about ten till noon. This time, I looked at my odometer to see how
far I traveled. Just a little over a mile and half I was
pleasantly surprised to see a familiar face in the group. Cat was
there. She had taken the tour last year and was back again for this
The tour started at the Top Deck and
then we crammed into an elevator to go down to the field level. We
went all the way down and started at the field. We got to see where
they locked up the Umpires before the game.
We got to go in the Dug Out. The first
thing I noticed in the dug out was the bat rack. There’s a huge chunk
of the rack missing and I can probably guess who the culprit is. No,
not termites or a hungry beaver.
This was taken back in June when the
Dodgers faced the Angels. Andre had just flied out to right field I
think. He moved Martin over to third base, but he still wasn’t
satisfied with his at-bat. Funny because he struck out in his next
at-bat with the bases loaded and he had much more calmer reaction. Well, that’s my guess. Whether or not I’m right, who knows.
Josh was great and gracious tour
leader. He pointed out the new MLB Ballpark Cam situated in the Dug
Out. I remember when MLB Network mentioned that they just installed
new cameras at Dodger Stadium.
Then we headed towards the Club House.
We stopped in the hallway first. We to see the lovely bathroom that’s
right by the Player’s Entrance.
There were several bags lined up
against the wall. At least two of them had Ausmus’ name on them.
We didn’t get to go into the Club
House, but we got to see the entrance to it.
Manny Mota was hanging outside, getting
ready for his day. He said hello…
And then came and took photos with
I’m posting a lot of pictures, so I guess I’ll have to split this up!