Made it to our seats and watched the guys warm up. Dee Gordon was stretching and running in the outfield, then decided to sign some autographs. I just love the Kid n' Play flattop fade he is sporting.
One of the pre-game salutes the Dodgers do is honor a person in the military. This one was especially touching as her husband, who was also in the military, was killed and she is raising their child. Very nice ovation from the crowd and we could see that she was tearing up (as was I). As she walked past the Dodger dugout, the players were giving her high fives and she had her picture taking with someone. Then when she was walking up the stands, people were stopping her and shaking her hand - one even stopped her and asked for what looked like her autograph.
The lady who sang the national anthem (and God Bless America) was really S-L-O-W. It was funny how long Nancy Bea had to hold those notes on the organ.
The game itself was pretty dismal. It was nice to see Rubby pitch, he hit 99 miles per hour a couple of times, but that fifth inning was the death of him. I did notice that when the bases were loaded and Rubby was pitching on what I think was a 3-2 count, the entire stadium was cheering and STANDING UP. Haven't seen that kind of energy since the Manny days. Too bad he lost that batter - and the game.
Also, Tim Wallach had some pretty questionable third base coaching calls, one of them sending Rod Barajas home. I don't know what happened later in the game, but Wallach wasn't in the third base coaching box in the later innings, being replaced by Trey Hillman.
The game was kinda painful to watch, but the sourness of the game was counteracted by the smoothy goodness of a Chocolate Malt - compete with the Dodger logo. We had to bug out a little early and listened to the game on the ride home. Ugh, the Dodgers were pretty bad and we are sinking fast this season. Our offense consists of Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp and that's it. The only neat thing is seeing the kids playing now. Come on guys, lets get some wins. GO BLUE!