For those of you who have read any of my previous articles, you know that I take a very professional approach in writing them. However, this time I thought I would simply write as a fan and not as an aspiring journalist. So, here goes nothing!
Sitting in the All You Can Eat Pavilion in right field for the first time was definitely an experience I will never forget. Upon arriving at the game I got a classic Dodger Dog, nachos, and a couple bottles of water. You might be thinking that I didn’t take full advantage, but I enjoyed it.
The Arizona Diamondbacks had a hit in the first, but failed to bring anyone home.
The Dodgers started off the first when Russell Martin got on base. He was brought home only one pitch later with a 428 ft. shot from The Manny Ramirez that went out to left field.
The energy from the stands was incredible. I joined the crowd in chanting “Manny! Manny! Manny!” until he came back out of the dugout to a standing ovation. Let’s just say the city of Los Angeles was overjoyed to see this titan hit his first home run in Dodger Blue.
Fellow newcomer Casey Blake also hit his first home run as a Dodger. Now, as a student at Ohio State University, I feel a connection with Blake. He came to the team just a few weeks ago from the Cleveland Indians.
The Dodgers were up 3-0 until Hiroki Kuroda gave up a shot just inside the right field foul pole in the third, making the score 3-1.
Watching the game, it was easy to tell how glad Ramirez was to be out of Boston. I never expected a hustle out of him, however, in the sixth, Ramirez rounded two bases making it to third on James Loney’s single.
Loney, however, got caught in a pickle and was tagged out. But all is well that ends well, because Ramirez scored to bring the Dodgers up 4-1 on Jeff Kent’s single.
Again, there was a standing ovation from the 54,544 fans in attendance—aside from the four obnoxious Arizona fans that sat directly in front of me.
The fans love having him here, and apparently Manny loves it too.
Hong-Chih Kuo gave up a run in the ninth, making the final score 4-2. A very exciting game to start off what will hopefully be a very exciting end to the season.
The Dodgers are two games back from Arizona with one game left in the four-game series.