Just squeaking in under the wire for an Opening Day 2012 photo recap. I had them all uploaded and then never went around to do the captions.
Opening Day 2012 was great and of course I was jazzed for the game, as always. This year, I went with SoSG Orel, which ensured that I got there plenty early and could just soak it in. Orel had never been to an Opening Day at Dodger Stadium, so it was neat to see it through his eyes as we got there early, saw the stadium start to fill up, took in all the pageantry, drink a beer or four, and watch the Dodgers storm to a 5-3 victory (catalyzed by a James Loney RBI walk as well as a towering Matt Kemp HR). Orel had a great time, as did I; and we wrapped up the day with a big fiesta barbecue back at my house after the game, with plenty of friends and family who also were in attendance.
Now, I missed Opening Day 2011, the first Opening Day I had missed since starting this blog (see the bottom for my recaps). One would think that I would be overflowing with anticipation about the 2012 edition, especially since I almost jumped out of my shoes upon receiving the awesome Opening Day 2012 ticket.
But I'll be honest, this one didn't seem to have all of the buzz and anticipation of prior years. The pre-game festivities seemed a little bit off this year. The Beach Boys were fine and all, but they didn't rock the house on either of their numbers. The player introductions were solid, but not as awesome as when players came down the field-level aisles in 2009 (in fact, I recall players used to greet early admittees to the stadium in prior years; I didn't see any for this game). No one hit for the cycle. There weren't even any new urinals.
Maybe this was the dark cloud of the Frank McCourt era, still hanging over the team with its shadow, which tempered my enthusiasm. Maybe being in the sun on a Tuesday afternoon was so unusual that my body shutdown from the shock. Maybe I had gone out too quickly with the beers (unlikely).
Anyway, it was a good Opening Day this year, just not one for the ages. Don't worry, I still bought the commemorative t-shirt (which I'm sure I'll see at the Team Store in November for 50% off). I still have good memories, but it was more about the whole Dodger-day experience, and not just anything particular about the Opening Day 2012 festivities.
But here are the pictures!
That's all I've got, as Orel clearly had a better camera with him, and took better shots from Opening Day 2012. If you'll excuse me, I'm going to start getting fired up for Opening Day 2013 now. And yes, I'll buy another t-shirt.