I haven’t been to a Dodger game since the ITD tour, four years ago. When I heard about the Old-Timers’ Game, with all of the Dodgers stars of my childhood, I thought this opportunity is to good to pass up. My favorite years were 1962 to 1966 and lots of players from those years were there, as were the guys from my next favorite era, “The Infield” years, and of course, Fernando. The other reason that I wanted to go was so I could take a picture of the new stadium and update the header photo on OTD.
Like the Dodger tour game, I was given a top level ticket by season ticket holder and Dodger super fan, Crzblue. Thanks to Emma, I was able to enter at the field level and hang out at the first row to see all of the pre-game activities.
While Sandy didn’t take the mound, Fernando Valenzuela pitched the first inning looking much like he did 32 years ago. Two time batting champion Tommy Davis was there as were other Dodgers participants Bill Buckner, Ron Cey, Eric Gagne, Pedro Guerrero, Mickey Hatcher, Lou Johnson, Ken Landreaux, Davey Lopes, Rick Monday, Manny Mota, Don Newcombe, Jerry Reuss, Bill Russell, Dave Stewart, Bob Welch, Maury Wills and Steve Yeager. Apparently the LA Times, from whom I borrowed this list, didn’t think that Dick Tracewski or Pete Richert were worthy of including, but I saw them, so here they are. Extra points for anyone that remembers these two guys.
I stayed on the field level the whole game in the best seat I ever had for a Dodger game. Yasiel Puig did not homer but went 2 for 4. I got to witness that perfect throw, and the exciting, but dangerous, slide into first base. Incredible!
Apologies to Dodger4Life for stepping on his post. Here is his post, which is more relevant to this series than mine.
Clayton Kershaw the crafty six shootin’ youngster from Texas:
Pairs with Yasiel Puig, the kid they call the missile from Havana:
Supporting cast to be determined later:
7:10 PM PT @ Dodger Stadium
It’s going to take firepower from here on out, if we’re to catch the Diamondbacks and the rest of N.L. West.