Los Angeles Dodgers: Dodger Stadium
May 12th, 2015. LA blows out Miami 11-1
We continue our tour to Los Angeles California for our 3rd game in 3 days, also our second time seeing the Miami Marlins play in 3 days. We rented a car early in the morning in San Francisco and headed south. We were recommended going along the coast for the spectacular view, however we didn’t have time to drive along the coast and still make the game so we took highway 101 which got us to LA in about 6 hours. One surprise is that the non-scenic route was still incredibly scenic. We went through some insane rolling fields of crops and twisted through mountain landscapes. We were staying in downtown LA and I had bought a GPS device for the trip to help us find the hotel. Unfortunately there is a street in Santa Ana(near Los Angeles) with the same name as the street our hotel is on and I didn’t notice when I set up the GPS. We drove right past LA and went about another 40 minutes before arriving in a parking lot of a public school. We figured out what was wrong and managed to find our hotel about an hour and a half later after we almost ran out of gas and went around circles trying to find a station.
We were able to walk from our hotel to the ballpark it took about 45 minutes and was uphill, we didn’t have the patience to figure out how to make it with transit. We got to the ballpark about 40 minutes before game time, early enough that we got the Clayton Kershaw bobblehead promotion. For the record, for the 5 ballparks we saw on this trip Oakland was the only one that didn’t have a promotion, so we did pretty well in the free stuff department on this trip.
Dodger stadium has a unique location, it is high up and feels very secluded. If you look in the outfield it looks like it is all forest behind the park and from what I could tell that is all that is out there. While it makes the games picturesque there isn’t much to do nearby before or after games so it loses points in that regard. The park does show it’s age aesthetically. There is no giant scoreboard rather two smaller ones similar to Oakland. The scoreboards are oddly shaped, they have a retro futurism look, basically they look what people in the 1960s thought the future would look like. Walking into the ballpark the field is actually down which I like because it reminds me of Rogers Centre and it means if you are in the upper deck you don’t have to walk up as high. We grabbed some dodger dogs and to my amazement they had garlic fries so I had to get some of those too especially because we had been driving all day without stopping for food.
We found our seats and chowed down. The game got underway, it wasn’t long before something crazy happened. In Stanton’s very first at-bat he it a homer completely out of the park. You could hear the entire crowd murmuring to each other about the homer for the next couple batters. It looked like the Marlins would have better luck in this game but it turned out to be all the offense they could muster even with LA using a call up pitcher. The Dodgers would go on to score 11 unanswered runs. Though it took some of the drama out of the later innings it was a lot of fun to see a home team have a great game.
Part of what made the game great was the crowd. Dodger stadium is big. It can hold more than 50,000 people and it looked like it was a full crowd on a Tuesday night. I wish we had more time to check out the ballpark, I think we’ll eventually make our way back. The park is one of the oldest in the majors and while it is lower on my list of favorite ballparks I do have an appreciation for the history of it. This was the longest day of our trip in terms of exhaustion and I’m curious how me might feeling about the ballpark in better conditions. But alas that how it goes on the Baseball stadium tour.
Now we noticed during the game they were advertising a shuttle service that is available before and after the game. We walked back to the hotel which we regretted almost immediately after leaving the ballpark area. Regardless of what stadium you are visiting it is always a good idea to see if they have a shuttle service. Los Angeles is very spread out and you may not have good options for city transit depending on where you are staying. I think that it the one thing we would do differently even now that we are more familiar with the area.
Well that’s 3 parks in 3 days. The next day we drive to Anaheim to see an Angels game. While we didn’t do much around the ballpark there is plenty to do in LA. We didn’t get a chance to check out the beaches, it was raining the entire time so we had to settle for the wax museum and a tour of the Hollywood Hills but still had a great time.
Completed Stadiums: 9 of 30
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