Tuesday, April 30, 2013

At-Game Recap: Opening Day 2013 (Part 5)

Here's the last of my five posts with pictures from Opening Day 2013 (April 1, 2013). By this time, the game was underway and I was comfortably situated in my reserve level seat.

Jackie Robinson retro jersey, in the house.

The right-field scoreboard is such a quantum leap upgrade over the monochromatic board, it's amazing--even if it's got Marco Scutaro's (he of the recent 12th-inning, game-losing error against the Padres) ugly mug up there.

Clayton Kershaw was dealing.

The left-field scoreboard wasn't too shabby, either. The extra hexagonal billboards flanking the main board were interesting; they have embossed letters as to give a slight 3D effect.

New sponsors were everywhere. Here's Kraft, since nothing says "mac and cheese" like Dodger Stadium...where you can't order mac and cheese.

Focus on the left field wall scoreboard, which also looks to be upgraded a bit (as far as I can tell).

Oyster Pubes on the left, upcoming Dodger promotions on the right.

The Dodgers also appear to be utilizing the extra concourse space (made by knocking out a couple of rows of seats, plus extending the concourse areas out into the parking lots) by adding more portable concession stations. I'm all for it, but shouldn't we add more monitors behind the vendor stands, so fans can keep track of the game?

The crowds on the reserve level concourse were impossible to maneuver on Opening Day. The bathroom queues were even worse.

New wall hangings on the suite level: Dodgers ticket stubs from the past.

And yearbook covers from the past, too!

Now we're talking. Finally, a photo of a real baseball player on the scoreboard lights.

More shots of the field during the game.

Dodgers win! A 4-0 shutout victory over the Giants, what else could you ask for?

Some of the big block retired numbers that now sit outside the Dodger Stadium gates. Here's Tommy's.

And here's big Don Drysdale's.

The LAPD was also out protecting, serving, and giving parking lot directions.

And giving horsey rides, I think. My recollection might be off here.

So that ends the Sax photo compendium from Opening Day 2013. I've always said that it's great for a team to win its home opener, and doing it over the Giants, off of Kershaw's first career HR, while seeing him pitch a shutout victory--this ranks up with the best of them, a tier filled with 2009, when Orlando Hudson hit for the cycle in an 11-1 pounding of the Giants (if nothing else, click on that link for shots of the old-style scoreboards...it's amazing how far we've upgraded.) I'll start preparing for Opening Day 2014!

Earlier: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4


Hideo Nomo said...

Shortly after that last photo was taken, the officer ran into some trouble..

QuadSevens said...

It's not a bowl of mac and cheese, but the Extreme Loaded Dogs stand serves a Big Kid Dog which has mac and cheese on it.

Nice pics Sax.