Friday, April 25, 2014

Clayton Kershaw Cy Young Bobblehead Giveaway Game Recap

Yesterday was finally the day that I was able to finally go to a Dodgers game.  This game was vital for me considering that it was the first bobblehead giveaway of the year.  My father and I arrived at the stadium just around 4 in the afternoon.  Parking gates opened at 4:30 while the stadium gates for right field opened at 5:00.  My father and I immediately headed for the food and drinks, but we did have trouble carrying the stuff to our seats.  Nevertheless, we quickly got over that mess.  While the batting practice for the Dodgers was underway a ball had bounced off the wall and headed towards me.  I was completely ready for the baseball as I had my glove and caught it easily.

That was the only ball that headed toward my direction.  After batting practice commenced, a former American Idol competitor sang the national anthem and Max Greenfield from New Girl threw the first pitch.  I didn't take a picture of him throwing the pitch, but I did take his picture later in the game when he was on the jumbo tron.

By the way we were sitting in  Section 308, Row F, Seats 15 and 16 so we were able to get close enough to see the action.  Here is my view from numerous standpoints.

Well anyway the Dodgers scored first on a two run home run by Juan Uribe at the bottom of the fourth inning.  However, it didn't take long for the Phillies to tie as they scored two runs in the fifth.  Pitching for both sides seemed to be good as both starters only allowed two runs and left with a no decision.  In the seventh,  Adrian Gonzalez homered a couple sections towards my right and the Dodgers got the lead.  Everyone went crazy and I pretty much thanked God for that home run. 

Both managers challenged individual calls by the umpire.  Don Mattingly challenged an out where Hanley was tagged at home because he thought he wasn't given enought room to slide.  Ryne Sandberg challenged a play where Uribe was safe at first.  Both calls stood as they were ruled by the umpires.

My father and I left after the eighth inning because of the fact that we wanted to avoid traffic as we headed home to Baldwin Park.  While we were driving, I was looking at the score on ESPN and found out that Brian Wilson and Jamey Wright each surrendered two runs.  That information was hard for me to process at the moment as it was really devastating.  I really wanted the Dodgers to win that game especially after all they did in order to make it close.  Well I just have to deal with it and move on as the season goes.  I really do have to thank my father for taking me as next Wednesday will be my 18th birthday.  I also made sure not to leave empty handed as I added the new bobblehead and batting practice home run to my collection.

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