I got to the stadium about 3 hours and 10 minutes before the game. I wasn’t sure which gate to use so I went to the only other gate I knew other than the downtown gate. Of course it was the wrong gate but I still got through.
It was deserted as you could tell from the picture. The Dodgers were in the midst of batting practice. I noticed new young faces.
One of the new faces was passing in front of me. He smiled and said hi to me. I read his name on his jersey…..Capuano. Aha…one of the new starting pitchers.
I caught the above picture as he was going toward the dugout.
Donnie was out on the field talking to some of the players.
I welcomed Belisario back. He thanked me. He’s sitting it out a few games.
The guys were out catching balls from batting practice.
The guys were out in the field laughing and talking. No pressure today since it’s an exhibition game.
Skinny Swag was out catching some balls.
The starting pitcher today was Aaron Harang.
The Dodger I wanted to see finally came out of the Dugout. Matt Kemp. He always gets stretched out before the game.
He finished warming up and walked over to the stands. He always signs and talks to the fans. I was taking pictures. He saw me, smiled and asked”How’s it going?” and to my surprise he put out his arms and hugged me!! I was in heaven.
I think at first he hadn’t recognized me because I changed my hair quite drastically and lost weight. But when he realized it was me, his eyes lit up.
The bullpen was walking by. Last season I always yelled out “Yaaaay bullpen!” which usually brought some applause from the fans. I usually also called out “Hi Javy” and most times he would wave to me. Yesterday was no exception. When Javy waved to me, I knew my routine was intact.
I’m excited although the season hasn’t officially started.
Here’s Matt consorting with the enemy.
I heard Andre had a stomach problem which is why he didn’t play.
This picture is my favorite.
James Loney signed a few autographs.
I had to take a few pictures of Pujols. He is very much respected. Of course he had to shake us up with a home run.
The second exhibition game with the Angels was a day game. I was way too early since there was NO batting practice. How did I forget?
I watched Capuano stretching.
He usually wears his stockings pulled up.
Clayton Kershaw came out to the field to warm up a little. I also spoke to him.
I decided it was time to eat. Usually during day games, they serve breakfast. Today was no different. French toast casserole with sweet butter, artisan sausage, bow tie pasta, maple ham.
The salads are always good. Caesar salad, field green salad with candied walnuts and goat cheese, chopped vegetable salad.
Glad that Andre was feeling better. Here’s a pic without his cap. Notice how short his hair is?
He looked happy and well.
Here’s a pic of Pujols watching his home run take off.
Justin Sellers up to bat…hoping that he makes the team.
The Dodgers lost this last exhibition game but I can honestly say that I have no idea who those kids were on the field with Dodger uniforms on.
The highlight of the first game was the talented little boy who sang the national anthem
This week was just a sample. It all begins tomorrow.
Let the MAGIC begin.
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