I had worked the night before so I knew Monday would be a tough day. Thank you Norma for letting me hitch a ride to Dodger Stadium. It was already crowded when we got there. I wanted to get Opening Day pins right away since they sell out very quickly. My Dodgers Rewards/MVP card entitles me to a discount on merchandise. Of course, the card wouldn’t work. We put our items on hold until we could get the cards straightened out. When I went upstairs to try to find out what to do, they told me that there was a problem and that I could get an adjustment later on. I was not happy. I decided to just pay for the things I wanted and try to get it straightened out later. Unfortunately Norma went later in the game and they had put her pins and tee shirt back into the stock. The pins were all sold out. Very upsetting.
It was time to eat. Food always cheers me up. The fare was Churrasco ribeye which was tender and delicious; Diesel farms airline turkey, penne pasta with shrimp calamari; salads which included little gem salad, cranberry and honeydew salad and iceberg wedge salad. It was a wonderful opening day meal. I had missed baseline food.
They were practicing for the Opening Day ceremony.
Clayton Kershaw, our opening day pitcher, walked out on the field amid cheers and applause. He has a stretching routine that he religiously carries out before every start.
It was also good to see her Dad, Robert. I asked him what happened to his arm. Now most people would say they just tripped and fell but he told me he had fell over something while walking through a stream in Brazil. Wow! He actually lives in Brazil and comes back for Dodger games.
You could tell that everyone was excited.
Dave Roberts our manager
Corey Seager, Rookie of the Year
Justin Turner, everyone’s favorite redhead.
Adrian Gonzalez, the love of Norma’s life
Logan Forsythe, our new 2nd baseman
Joc Pederson, the MVP of the game (at least in my opinion)
Yasiel Puig, my heart and soul
Clayton and Yasmani were in the bullpen warming up.
My buddy Ascher…he makes me feel safe
Then the ceremonies began. The excitement was building.
Some of the guys came out to the field to stretch.
Tommy Lasorda and Wally Moon were discussing their first throw
Yasmani and Clayton made their way from the bullpen to the dugout.
They continued to stretch
It was indeed a gorgeous day!!!
Corey signed autographs as he does almost every game.
And the Dodgers took the field on Opening Day.
First pitch by Clayton. And the season really was in full swing.
The top of the inning was a bit scary. Corey, who had been nursing a sore oblique, made a fielding area. Oops. With a Solarte single, Wil Meyers scored. 0-1. Dodgers behind.
Joc hit a grand slam with Justin, Adrian and Logan on base. 5-1. We were all on our feet.
To add to the Padres and Jhoulys Chacin’s agony, Grandal hit a homerun following the huge grand slam. 6-1. The Dodgers never looked back.
What’s a Dodger game without at least one challenge by the opposing side? Surprising enough, the challenge was overturned since the Dodgers never seem to win a challenge. Justin doubled scoring Clayton. 7-1.
With lots of discussion by the pitcher and catcher, an injury which turned out ok, play resumed with a wild pitch scoring Justin.
The score was then 9-1 but the Dodgers kept on playing their hearts out with no letup.
Can you tell that Clayton loves to bat as much as pitch?
Unfortunately the Padres were able to score in the 7th inning with a homerun by Schimpf. 12-2.
Chris Hatcher took the mound in relief to see if he could do some damage. Margot doubled scoring Jankowski. 12-3.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, our wonderful Yasmani hit a 2 run homerun scoring Logan. 14-3. That would be the final score.
Everyone was happy.
Especially the Dodgers.
Hey gang, here I come!!!
Tuesdays game will feature Kenta Maeda on the mound with Clayton Richard starting for the Padres. Too bad he didn’t pitch on Monday so we could have had two Claytons starting. Just saying.
Hope to see you at Dodger Stadium. Thanks everyone for stopping by!! GO DODGERS!!!