Thursday, April 18, 2024

At-Game 19 Recap: Nationals Spoil Jackie Robinson Day (April 15, 2024)

Despite all the celebrations at Dodger Stadium for Jackie Robinson Day, the Dodgers' Tyler Glasnow laid his first egg of the season in a 6-4 loss to the visiting Washington Nationals.

This was the Dodgers' first loss on Jackie Robinson Day during the Dave Roberts managerial era (the Dodgers are now 7-1 on April 15, under Roberts' tenure), and have a 11-4 record (including five walk-off victories!) on April 15, since everyone in the major leagues started wearing #42 on this day, in 2009.

SoSG Orel and I were there (note: SoSG Dusty was there too, but we didn't find out until later! Missed beer opportunity...), and when the Dodgers went down 6-2 in the fifth on Luis Garcia Jr's three-run HR, you knew it was going to be over. We scratched back a couple of runs on a Will Smith RBI groundout in the sixth, and a Max Muncy RBI single in the eighth, but the Dodgers went a woeful 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position, leading to the 6-4 loss.

That said, we stayed until the end. Here are some of the photos from that night. First, the field-level concession stands have totally changed. I think my favorite spot, the fried chicken sandwiches somewhere between first base and home plate, has disappeared. And there are a couple of new Asian cuisine spots on the third base side:

I got a shot of the Jackie Robinson Day logo on Diamondvision:

Here's the Dodgers players in #42:

I also got a couple of videos. Here's Mookie Betts, coming to the plate in the bottom of the first inning:

And here's Shohei Ohtani, with a single in the first inning (he later scored, to tie the score at 1):

And here's the scoreboard later in the game, before the bottom dropped out:

Always a great time at the Stadium, thuough it would have been a lot better if we had won. At least we each got a free cap, I guess.


spank said...

those were good seats. good stuff saxy.