That bright green astroturf brought back good memories of 2002.
I remember progressively getting more and more mad when stadiums riped that stuff out and put in various ugly shades of field turf. I'm used to the field turf now, but I still liked to watch pro baseball being played with bouncy-balls.
I know the stuff sucks, but it is part of baseball history whether people like it or not.
When we were in Tokyo, my wife son and I bought what we thought were seats for the Tokyo Giants game only to go inside of the dome to find out that we were stuck in the standing section in the back with about a thousand other people.
It was just too hot and cramped in the back. I can't imagine spending a whole game there. Even though they have a no refunds policy, they were nice enough to give us our money back for the tickets, since the game hadn't even started yet. We also managed to warn a couple of American businessmen who were about to make the same mistake as us!
Next time I will buy my tickets ahead of time. Thanks for the pictures Joey!
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^As I mentioned above, I highly recommend the website www.japanball.com for buying Japanese baseball tickets. I had read that Giants tickets were the hardest to come by, so I had no problem paying a little bit extra for the "service" fee to be guaranteed decent tickets delivered straight to our hotel. The guy was also real helpful in answering any questions I had.
Instead of paying attention in class, I am updating this thread....
Todays update is a Dodgers vs. Braves game from last season enjoyed from the Dugout club. If you are a baseball fan in L.A. with some cash to spare, I highly recommend using craigslist to score some Dugout club tickets for under face value.
It's all you can eat and non-alcoholically drink, has a private lounge you can hang out in afterwards, offers the best seats in the house, and offers the opportunity to meet players as they are entering/exiting the clubhouse and dugouts before and after the game.
Obligatory "NOTED" photo.
Dodger Stadium is now the 3rd oldest stadium in baseball. And that guys head totally ruined my picture. Oh well.
As much as I hate Frank McCourt, this is one of the better things he has done (after being shamed into doing it by the media, but whatever): people can now hang out in the outfield to catch battting practice balls and increase their chances at getting an autograph
The field level was remodeled to look as bland as possible. Which sucks. This, however, does not.
You enter the dugout club using the same hallway players can possibly use (they have an entrance on the other side too). How exciting.
James Loney was one of the players who chose to use that door. And actually stayed to talk to everyone and sign autographs. Unlike Mike Piazza, who blew me off as a kid outside the players parking lot before a game because "he was late" while his roommate at the time Eric Karros took time to talk and sign for me. Therefore, James Loney is my new favorite dodger.
Visiting players are not so lucky: they have to use the aforementioned hallway to get to their clubhouse. Brian McCann was awesome. Chipper Jones and most the other Braves? Not so much.
Some of you may remember that the Dodgers used to have a museum on the club level. They moved most of the cool stuff from that museum down to the dugout club. Including this thing. I really don't know what it is because it's been so long since the Dodgers have been close to winning one. And with McCourt in charge, that's not likely to change. =(
This is how close you can get to the visitors dugout. The Dodgers are so fan friendly they don't let you get this close to the Dodgers dugout (because that means standing around Frank McCourt's seats in the dugout club), but I guess this is a good consolation prize.
During batting practice, you can practically be on the field and meet any players that are willing to chat. I talked to Mark Texiera for a few minutes...nice guy. Too bad he's a Yankee now.
The view of home plate from our seats
Random action shot/view of rest of the field
How could I not take this picture?
The restaurant part of the Dugout Club.
There's also a lounge that stays open for about an hour after the game. Many visiting players choose to hang out here.
Nice report, Joey. One of the things I like about what's been done to Dodger Stadium is the return of its original pastel seat color pattern. That looks much better. Red seats don't belong at Dodger Stadium because red is the color of another Los Angeles team...
I did get to visit Dodger Stadium last year for the first time since 1985. Hopefully I can get to a game this year, too, and I'd like to go to one down at the stadium where another Los Angeles team plays...
Great pictures, I've never sat that close and would eventually love to put myself down in that section. Last season was actually the first year since the 1995 season that I didn't make it to at least one Dodger game. Hopefully that is not something that becomes a trend.
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