We arrived super early in order to get our free ESB poster. But before going through the gates, we stopped by autograph alley and there were all the Star Wars characters milling around. It was a scene from the cantina, but with Dodger fans looming around with cameras. The best part were the kids that dressed up as Star Wars characters who had the opportunity to meet with their idols. Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, Snowtroopers, Yoda, Chewbacca, Red 1- 5 (and they were really standing by as not many people were getting their pictures), R2D2, and Boba Fett were all there for nerds and geeks like me to take pictures with. Al "The Bull" Ferrara was back there too signing autographs, but the line was unusually short.
After the picture madness, we got our posters, 2 Dodger Dogs and nachos and settled in for the game. There were some stars around including LIMA TIME, Paul Moyer (retired NBC news anchor), Dustin Hoffman (who was on the kiss cam - and obliged enthusiastically!), James Denton from Desperate Housewives, and some other guy that people recognized but I have no clue who he was (see picture below - anyone, anyone, Bueller...). Jose Lima was sitting near us in a stunning black pinstripe suit with a red shirt (UPDATE - After reading the latest news - this is kinda eerie.) Miguel Cabrera stopped by and said hello as well as Jeff Weaver from the field and Manny even waved to him when he was introduced during the game after a little diamond vision montage. I even saw that Frank McCourt was there in his usual dugout club seat.
The game started off shaky with a bloop double that landed right in front of Manny in which the runner eventually came around to score. I was afraid that Chad would get frazzled, but he held it together and shut them down. On the flip side, I was also worried about our B-team line up against the D-train, but we prevailed with cheapo run scoring wild pitch and a Nick Green hit by pitch on the pinky toe. Thanks for taking one for the team Nick! Manny gave us an insurance run with a bullet that ate up Brandon Inge and the bullpen came in to close it out. The defense was nice too and Jamey Carroll always surprises me with his range and arm.
Funny things during the game: A paper airplane that ALMOST hit Larry Bowa in the ass. Darth Vader giving the fans the rules and regulations - Do not throw things on the field or I will have to go all empire on you. Photoshopping players faces onto star wars characters - Manny was Chewbacca. And people booing me for dropping a ball that Jamey Carroll tossed to me.
We had to bug out a little early, but it was so enjoyable to see a Dodger win AND exhibit my star wars geekdom all in one night. Go Blue!