This was the scene just after the 7th Inning Stretch at Opening Night (March 30) at Chavez Ravine. You are not imagining a fourth person in the outfield. That was some knucklehead trying to propose to his baby mama before being violently tackled by Dodger security!

Steve and I walked up to the stadium (partly in the rain), although I went about an hour earlier than he did. I like to get there before the crowds, walk around and say hey to all the folks I’ve made friends with over the years. Order my hot dog while they’re fresh and hot. That’s my Blue Heaven!

I decided not to take score on this night, because I knew there would be tons of people and hoopla, plus I didn’t know how the new rules would affect the pace of the game. Turns out, it’s quite a lot. The game was less than 3 hours long, so I actually spent more time at the stadium before the game than I did while the game was going on!

The Dodgers did great! Julio Urías was shaky at first, but he settled down. Will Smith went 3-for-4, and James Outman had his first home run of the season. We beat the D’backs, 8-2, and got to hear our song, “I Love L.A.,” for the first time this spring! Glorious! BOX SCORE

We missed the Drone Show on Friday night (March 31), because we had frozen our asses off on Opening Night, so we wanted to avoid catching cold. We heard later that crowds did not really appreciate the drones. They would have liked to see fireworks. I’m all for the drones, though. My dog gets freaked out by fireworks, and I usually have to take him for a drive while the Dodgers show is going on.

We dropped the second game, 2-1, spoiling Dustin May‘s spectacular comeback start. He went 7 innings, gave up just 3 hits and no runs. BOX SCORE

Freddie Freeman Bobblehead night on Saturday (April 1), was a blast. We had our little core group of Season Ticket Holders in our area. I met Miguel Vargas‘ mom in the elevator. I took score. (The game is so speedy, it’s hard to keep track of pitch counts, but I did it.) And Trayce Thompson hit 3 home runs for a total of 8 RBIs. Awesome!!!

Behind a strong 9K effort by Clayton Kershaw, we slaughtered the opposition, 10-1, so we took a 2-1 lead in the series. BOX SCORE

As I write this, I’m listening to the Sunday game (April 2) on AM570. It’s the bottom of the 8th, and the score is tied. I’ll be back with more Dodger memories in a few days. Until then, Let’s Go, Dodgers!!!!!