Digging Dodger Stadium

Saturday’s lineup vs. LAD

Phillips 4
Stubbs 8
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Bruce 9
Hernandez 2
Janish 6
Cueto 1

One of the fun aspects of being at Dodger Stadium, for me at least, is trying to look down from the press box into the high-end seats behind the plate to spot celebrities. Especially when the Dodgers are winning, they often come out — A-listers to D-listers.

Perhaps it’s a sign of the times in L.A. last night that only two were spotted. Larry King was three rows behind home plate. And this is cheating a little — because I didn’t exactly spot Lori Laughlin of “Full House” fame since she threw a ceremonial first pitch. When we wait to get into the clubhouse, it’s near where the high rollers walk out towards their elevators. A few times in past seasons, I’ve seen Charlie Sheen come out, and of course, Larry King.

When I was a kid, I always wanted to see Dodger Stadium — especially since it would often pop up in movies of the 1970s and 80s. Even though the “Angels” were playing the “Mariners,” it was used in the first “The Naked Gun” movie. (Reggie Jackson said “I must kill the Queen.”) I remember it being used at the very end of “Better Off Dead” and a Fleetwood Mac video. (Man, I’m showing my age. For younger readers, MTV showed music videos long before “Jersey Shore” and “The Hills.”) 

I’ve been coming to Dodger Stadium since 2005 because of this job, and it’s definitely a perk. In the hallways between the two clubhouses, there are crisp white Dodgers jerseys with the retired numbers of all their greats — from Pee Wee Reese to Jackie Robinson to Duke Snider to Sandy Koufax to Roy Campenella. In the seats, which were renovated a couple of years ago, fans continually whack beach balls around the seats as security guards try to confiscate them. Flea, from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, appears on the video board before the game to tell fans about behaving themselves.

If you’re a baseball fan and ever are out to Los Angeles, I highly recommend checking out this ballpark. Celebrities or no celebrities, it’s one of the best places around to watch a game.

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1 Comment

I’d love to do a west coast swing and see all the CA parks plus seattle. I’ve been to Dodger Stadium, as well as both old and new padres pads. The murph was a pit for baseball.

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