Thursday, May 14, 2015
Dodgers vs. Marlins Game Recap (05/12/15) - Stanton Hits it Out, Dodgers Rally Forward
There is no doubt that the first bobblehead giveaway is just as anticipated as Opening Day. The vibe that comes with a new bobblehead giveaway brings a feel of excitement as people wait impatiently to add that new Kershaw bobblehead to their collection, and with good reason. Unlike previous years, the bobblehead was slated to be given to the first 40,000 fans entering the stadium, meaning that there is going to be less bobbleheads produced. I left the house with my father and younger brother at about 4:00 and got there at about 4:30, ten minute before parking gates opened. There was traffic on the five freeway, but it wasn't too bad enough to derail me from acquiring the bobblehead. After a fairly quick and easy access through the metal detectors, we all got our Kershaw bobblehead, with the revelation of a new box decoration.
As we entered the stadium, we were already star struck by the presence of Tommy Lasorda, who was being interviewed by the Sports Net LA reporters. With the crowd surrounding him, there was no way I could have possibly asked for an autograph. Besides, I only came prepared to place my bobblehead in a bag. Afterword, we headed to the Left Field Pavilion, where we bumped into Deep Left, who commented that he wanted a win that was not as dramatic as the day before.
I sort of had a similar mentality to batting practice as I did not give care for the day as to whether I got a baseball or not. I must do say that Giancarlo Stanton hit a mammoth of a home run that bounced off the seats from Section 305 and out of the stadium. Therefore, I was hoping for him to display that kind of athletic ability in the game, which would be heard in his first at bat.
The Dodgers were sending out Mike Bolsinger while the Marlins countered with a former teammate in the form of Dan Haren. In the first inning, Bolsinger got the first two batters out with ease, until Stanton came up to the plate. I cannot explain the gut feeling inside of me that knew something was going to occur. It was as if some sort of aura that was building up upon Stanton's approach to the game where he is completely confident at the talent that he puts forward on a day to day basis. As fast as I could even react, Giancarlo Stanton hit a monstrous home run over the same area of the pavilion that he hit the BP homer, hitting the top of the roof and out of the park.
Luckily for the Dodgers, they put their recent strings of success with the winning streak in order to come back through. Howie Kendrick capitalized on such of an opportunity in order to hit a home run to right field in the third inning. Little did I know, that was just the beginning as Ethier would go on to hit a home run of his own in the fourth inning in order to start the Dodgers rally. Throughout the remainder of the game was filled with Dodgers hits with pretty much every position player getting involved in the action in some way. The Dodgers ended up reaching double digits in the six inning. It also had barely turned 9:30 during that time that we decided to leave the game in order get ready to go to school the next day.
Before we got back home, we stopped by our nearby Jack in the Box in order to get Munchie Meals.
The minute we got back home, I immediately tended to getting my bobblehead out of the box, which was far beyond my expectations of how beautifully designed it was. Every little aspect of it, whether it be the awards presented or the mere fact that it bobbles to perfection, catches my attention to the point that it easily beats out the bobblehead of last year. I just hope that I can collect the rest of the bobblehead giveaways that are sure to come because they look just as great as this one. I was also glad that the Dodgers came back to display their work ethic in earning these types of wins. Thank you for reading and have a safe weekend.