Damn, day games are hot! I was lucky to be chosen to go with Mamma Cora and sit in the field-level seats. They said it was going to be sold out, but there were plenty of seats around most of the game. The guy in front of us said that he saw a lot of people picking up the Manny bobblehead and heading back out. Wow, paying 15 bucks for parking plus money for the ticket then ditching the game?!? Might as well stay for one Dodger Dog at least!
We looked pretty flat for most of the early innings. I kept thinking, this is the Pirates we are playing! We should be crushing them! But, the double by Belly #2 and the home run by Kemp really got the crowd ignited. Then Belly #2's dinger later on was the icing on the cake. Strange that we are really getting away from the small ball that we played when Manny was out and are now seeming to rely on the long ball. We are playing like an AL team under Torre. Hope it works out. Hiro was clutch again and the bullpen came in to shut the Bucs down. I felt that MVP of the game should go to Kuroda. Bouncing back from the liner to the head to pitch yet another gem is wonderful to see. Is he our new ace? The one bright spot for the Pirates is McCutchen. I like the way that kid plays. Plus, he looks like he is 12 years old (he is so skinny!) and he just flies out of the box.
I was able to down two Super Dodger Dogs and a whole Coke before the end of the second inning. I did get a malt in the 5th, but it was so hot out there, all of the malts were soft and melting even right out of the cooler box. Has anyone noticed that it is a different chocolate malt supplier - Heritage and not Carnation. I really couldn't taste the difference. Still had that bold, chocolate flavor with a hint of coolness (sorry, too much Food Network). But it did make me crave the Cool-A-Coo. I heard they went out of business when the Dodgers and the supplier broke off the agreement many years back. There hasn't been a proper substitute since.
I did take my wife's camera and was playing around with it. I don't have a zoom lens, but hope you all enjoy the pictures (click to make them bigger). I'm no SooHoo, but was fun pretending to be him for a game!!! Go Blue!