Thursday, April 03, 2008

Coliseum Picture Wrap-Up

Thanks to everyone for sending in their pictures from last weekend's historic Coliseum game. Historic, you say? That's right, say the Dodgers:

The Los Angeles Dodgers can now lay claim to setting the Guinness World Record for the "Largest Attendance At A Baseball Game." Saturday’s crowd of 115,300 for the charity fundraiser with the Boston Red Sox at the famed Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum toppled a Guinness World Record that had stood for more than 50 years.

Guinness World Records officially confirmed the number [Monday], which breaks the previous mark of 114,000 fans, set in December 1956, during a baseball game between Australia and an American Services team for the Olympic Games in Melbourne, New South Wales, Australia.

On to the pictures! Here's a shot of the press box, courtesy of Ernie Silva:

Mike Kanaly was kind enough to send in a boatload of pictures and a first-person account of the festivities. Some highlights:

One funny thing that happened: Kareem threw out the first pitch, and the ball fell about 10 feet short of the plate, and rolled to the catcher. Everyone boo'd. He then grabbed another ball, and "SKYHOOKED" it to the catcher.

Really comical.

Also, usually i'm not a fan of the Wave at games either, but that was the craziest thing i've ever seen. The vertical height of the wave coming at you was really out of this world. The players in both dugouts started doing it too. Really cool.

And congrats on those sweet autographs, Mike! Here are some of Mike's snaps, starting with one of the Dodgers' 1981 and 1988 championship trophies:


The Goodyear blimp:

Getting closer...:

Memorial flyover for Brent Lovrien, the firefighter killed in last week's Westchester explosion, and Anthony J. Guzman, injured in the same blast:

Game on:

Thanks, Ernie and Mike! Excellent stuff!