So I went to last night’s game.Ã‚Â Six hours round-trip in the train, an hour walk from downtown to the Stadium, and I’m left with the feeling (wrong, of course, but real) that I put forth more effort than the Reds.
Ã‚Â Some notes, after the break:
– Dodger Stadium is very cool.Ã‚Â It’s old (built in ’62), but in very, very good condition.Ã‚Â There are TONS of food options and stands (they run through all of them on the DodgerVision before the game, and it takes about 2 minutes).Ã‚Â Dodger Dogs really are as good as you’ve heard.Ã‚Â I had two.Ã‚Â Fantastic.Ã‚Â (I’ll post some pics from the game later).
– My seats looked good on paper, but were pretty lousy.Ã‚Â Second-to-last row of the lower deck down in the LF corner.Ã‚Â It wasn’t far away from the action, but was under the overhang, so I couldn’t see the big screen, the scoreboard, or the flight of any ball hit in the air.Ã‚Â Dodger crowds are legendary for late arrivals, which meant that I could move down behind the foul pole, but also that the “no-shows” eventually “showed,” and I had to keep bouncing around.Ã‚Â Eventually, I just walked around and watched the game from the concourse.
– Dodger Stadium is very segregated.Ã‚Â Each level of the stadium has a separate entrance, so there’s no moving down for a better seat, or even walking around to explore.Ã‚Â The upside is that since everybody in the field level has a field level ticket, the ushers don’t hassle you about what seat your’re in.
– My ticket got me free access to all but the $200 seats during batting practice, which was cool.Ã‚Â Saw the tail-end of Dunn’s session, but he hit some tremendous blasts.
Now, to the game:
– I’m utterly exhausted by this team – and right when they’re coming to town.Ã‚Â I have tix for Saturday, and typically attend at least 2 of the 3 games, but not this year.Ã‚Â I just don’t have the energy.Ã‚Â Tuesday night plus yesterday just did me it.Ã‚Â I probably devoted 15 hours to the Reds over the past 36 hours, and got ZIP in return.
– LaRue is horrific.Ã‚Â I have no clue how Freel was charged with an error on that play at the plate.Ã‚Â LaRue simply failed to catch two separate throws home in the first what – 3 innings?Ã‚Â AND he just dropped the ball coming out of his glove on Furcal(?)’s steal.Ã‚Â All his career, LaRue’s been an offense-centric catcher, with a good arm but terrible catching skills.Ã‚Â Now, the guy can’t hit, so he’s been annointed a defensive specialist?Ã‚Â
– Clayton is awful.Ã‚Â No range, and no offensive ability.Ã‚Â Yeah, he got a hit, but it was yet another blooper over the second baseman.Ã‚Â
– Dunn was lazy again.Ã‚Â Furcal hit a single in the 1st.Ã‚Â Dunn screwed around picking it up, flubbed it a little, and was surprised when Furcal kept hustling.Ã‚Â Somehow no error on the play.
– Maddux took the Reds to school.Ã‚Â First, an RBI single (boo, Harang), a successful squeeze, and great fielding.Ã‚Â He’s awesome.
– Clayton is very concerned with looking cool.Ã‚Â As he was coming off the field after BP, some kid asked him if the team was tired after Tuesday night’s marathon.Ã‚Â You could actually see the wheels turning as Clayton pondered, “what would a Cool Guy’s say to that…”Ã‚Â After a pause, he said, “Naaaahhhhh, we never get tired.”Ã‚Â Small thing, but telling.Ã‚Â Especially that little pause.
– Encarnacion played well, which wasÃ‚Â encouraging.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â He was carrying this team even more than we knew.Ã‚Â
– Narron has to bear some of the blame for this team’s incredible lack of focus and inability to execute.Ã‚Â It’s not even that the pressure seems to be getting to them – it’s that they’re not even in the ballpark, mentally.