Good Bye Vinny

It wasn’t a normal baseball day.  It was the day we all were saying goodbye to a legend, our broadcaster of 67 years, Vin Scully.  No one can remember anyone else being the voice of the Dodgers.  We were all preparing ourselves for an emotional day.  Is there any Dodger fan who doesn’t love Vin Scully?

The whole weekend was being dedicated to Vin but Friday was the special day.

My friend had given me a Vin Scully tee shirt right before the game.  It was a total surprise.  Thank you!!

The grounds crew were busy setting up for the tribute.
There were hugs all around.
We were all early.  Robert brought his Mom.

I was excited because FedEx had delivered my new iphone 10 minutes before I was going to leave for the game.  I was trying to transfer data from my old phone to this one at the Stadium.  It’s always such an ordeal to transfer data from one phone to another.  I just have too much junk on my phone.

Micah Johnson was at the dugout and seemed thrilled to sign a couple of pictures for fans.  Show us how you really feel.

I went to the club to eat early since I wasn’t sure how crowded it would be.  They had opened the auto gates at 4:10 for everyone but only let season ticket holders into the stadium gates.   Everyone else entered at 4:40.  They had anticipated a crowd.  But even 30 minutes before the ceremony was to begin at 6:30, the stadium seemed empty.  I think they forgot this is a Dodger crowd.  Many fans tend to arrive late and leave early.  The food was wonderful.  The Asian tostadas were unusual but worked with crunchy tortilla rounds, a spicy cabbage garnish and a perfect combination of garnishes.

We were all looking forward to the tribute.

Yasmani walked across the field as usual.  He still has the tape on the right arm.
And he absolutely doesn’t look at me.
Charlie Steiner was the MC of the event.  The Dodgers looked on from the dugout.
The guests were introduced.  They included the commissioner of baseball, the mayor of Los Angeles, Sandy Koufax, Clayton Kershaw (representing the Dodger players), and Kevin Costner.

Mayor Garcetti gave Vin the key to the city.
Others gave heartfelt speeches in tribute to Vin.  I could see the emotions in Vinny’s face.

John Williams who conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra in a magnificent rendition of the National Anthem.

After the tribute to Vin, it was business as usual with the guys stretching while the grounds crew cleaned up.  The game was delayed until 7:45.  I knew it would be a late night considering there were fireworks scheduled.
It was a great night for families.
Duke was enjoying a little watermelon.
Scott Kazmir, fresh off DL, was to start for the Dodgers.
First pitch
The first inning didn’t go well for the Dodgers.  We had hopes for a Win for Vin.  Charlie Blackmon singled, Carlos Gonzalez also singled but luckily no one was able to score.  

Corey walked
Justin was hit by a pitch, Corey to 2nd.
Adrian walked, Corey to 3rd, Justin to 2nd
Yaz singled, scoring Corey and Justin.  2-0
Ross Stripling replaced Scott Kazmir by the top of the 2nd.  Apparently Scott was having some intercostal pain.  The Rockies were out in order.

Ross Stripling walked but was left on base.
In the top of the 3rd inning,  Adames singled, Charlie Blackmon singled and stole a base.  They were left on base.  The Dodgers were out in order.

In the top of the 4th inning, Tom Murphy and Cardullo both walked but were left on base.

In the bottom of the 4th inning Joc hit a solo homerun. 3-0.

Andre Ethier came into the game to pinch-hit.

And he also hit a solo homerun.  4-0.

In the top of the 5th inning, the Rockies were out in order with Luis Avilan pitching.  In the bottom of the 5th inning, Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez singled.

Yaz struck out, Justin out on 3rd.

In the top of the 6th inning, Nolan Arenado hit a solo homerun.  4-1.  David Dahl singled.  Tom Murphy singled, scoring Dahl.  4-2.

In the bottom of the 6th inning, Joc drew another walk.

In the top of the 7th inning, the Rockies were out in order.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Chase was hit by a pitch.

Justin singled.  Adrian hit a sacrifice fly scoring Chase. 5-2.  Yasmani walked but was left on base.
In the top of the 8th inning, carlos Gonzalez hit a double but was left on base.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Andrew Toles singled but was caught stealing 2nd base.
Joc drew a walk.
Yasiel hit a ground rule double.  We thought it was a homerun.
It looked promising for the Dodgers in the top of the 9th inning when Kenley came out to close the game.

It was a great win for Vin.  The game didn’t end until  11:29.  They were able to finish the night with fireworks.  We were all tired.

During the game I was surprised by my good friend Jessica Washington who was at the game.  She was so lucky winning Fandango tickets.

It really made my night complete seeing her.  

I was given this awesome hat by another friend.  Thank you so much.  I love it.

Saturdays game will feature Ace Clayton Kershaw 11-3 ERA 1.73 and Chad Bettie 13-7 ERA 4.79.  The Giants lost to the Padres Friday night so the magic number is now 2.  

Thanks for stopping by.  GO DODGERS!!!  What a thrilling night it was from start to finish.  Wouldn’t it be special if the Dodgers could clinch at home for Vin.  Maybe Saturday or Sunday.

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