Ever get to a game three hours early? Turns out it's a beautiful way to spend the morning.
Optimism was in the air on opening day at Dodger Stadium. Fifty-six thousand people came to have their first official Dodger Dog of the season and collectively sprint toward the light at the end of the tunnel. It was great the Dodgers won, but on this day most everybody would still have been smiling even if they hadn't.
Security was noticeable but not obtrusive, and fans wore all manner of custom-made tributes. I saw one guy wearing a T-shirt reading MAGIC MADE FRANK McCOURT DISAPPEAR, another man with VIN SCULLY FOR PRESIDENT on his, and at least one Laker-colored Dodgers jersey.
Big thanks to Sax for the invitation and of course to the Dodgers organization for the classy festivities. Oh, and to Andre Ethier for helping to finish the game in less than two and a half hours. It was also wonderful to share a beer with fellow Son Dusty, and to meet longtime reader Paul for the first time.
On to the pix!
photos by SoSG Orel