We arrived really early in order to secure a Matt Kemp bobblehead. I really like Matt and think he will be an All-Star next year and wanted to support him. I have briefly met him a couple of times as well and he was always really nice. Plus this was my first bobblehead game ever. We arrived before the gates to the parking or the stadium even opened and had to wait in a couple of lines. I bought some cheap Top Deck seats from StubHub a couple of weeks ago and must say that it is sort of strange to hand over a printed 8.5x11 piece of paper to the ticket counter guy to scan - it feels like a scam. I really do like sitting in the Top Deck. There are some great views of LA behind the stadium and the vantage point is really nice. I actually like sitting in the Top Deck better than sitting on the Reserve level beyond 1st or 3rd base.
As stated by others, the crowd was out of it the first few innings, but what can you expect when the opposing pitcher is throwing a no-hitter? It still looks as if Manny's timing is off and he is swinging for the fences (the above photo is Manny's first at bat). I would settle for a double in the gap for now. And Martin at the plate was horrible. I am so glad that I left before his errant throw. The offense overall seems like they are waiting for the big smash home run. I become frustrated when I think about all of those games during the Manny suspension where we would continually put the pressure on the other team by getting doubles and singles and playing small ball. Kersh was up to his usual M.O. - getting out of jams, but using a whole bunch of pitches to do so. The only other time the crowd got excited besides the home runs was when there was an inflatable naked girl doll being thrown around in the reserve level on the 3rd-base side. I think there were about as many flashbulbs going off as there were when Manny was at up to bat.
Being that this was my first bobblehead ever, I was really excited to get home and open it. First, it is really kind of heavy and makes it feel like a real collectible instead of a cheap giveaway. Second, the detail is pretty nice. The inside of his gloves have some dirt on them and the back pocket has some gloves sticking out. Finally, the facial detail is pretty good (although I have heard not as good as the Casey Blake one). I love his little smirk. I might just have to get a Manny one now (much to the chagrin of Mrs. Cora).
There is one other thing that I want to put out to the SoSG readers. Like I said before, I like the Top Deck because of the view. However, the section is pretty steep. And with that, if the guy in front of you is leaning forward, he blocks your view. And, of course, the guy in front of us was leaning forward and obscuring the middle of the field. So what do I do (please vote)? If it matters to you, he was also a Dodger fan.
It was a good game when we left. I really did think that we were going to pull it out. The game ended right when I pulled into the driveway. Lets go out and get 'em next game, guys. And after living in Chicago for a couple of years, I really want to stick it to them. Go Blue!