Why Time Begins on Opening Day
Everyone else in the city where I work may have been commemorating Cesar Chavez's birthday March 31, but I was at Dodger Stadium (along with some 55,999 of my closest friends) to kick off the 50th anniversary of the team's moving to Los Angeles.
In years past, the Navy SEAL parachute team has dropped in (with one of them carrying the baseball for the first pitch); a flock of doves has been set loose; and mild fireworks accompanied introductions of the starting Dodger players. The only remembrance of things past was a fly-over by a B-1 bomber. (Another phenomenon missing from any gave against the Hated Vertically Advantaged) was the booing of His Steroidness. He's not working in baseball - probably too busy staying out of jail.)
Since we are celebrating the team's golden anniversary, the pregame ceremonies included introduction of many former players - those who moved with the team from Brooklyn, and others who have been associated with the team in years past. The greatest ovations were for Fernando Valenzuela, Tommy Lasorda, and Sandy Koufax.
The game was WONDERFUL! It's always great when we can beat the team from up north, and shutting them out - how sweet it is! Brad Penny pitched a shutout, and we won 5-0. The fun thing about winning a home game is singing Randy Newman's I Love L.A. after the ninth inning. Because of injuries, Joe Torre had to start a kid from AA ball, Blake DeWitt, at third. He did an outstanding job of playing the hot corner, and got a hit his first time at bat. Jeff Kent came through with a two-run homer, and that was all she wrote.
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