Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Barry Bonds at Dodger Stadium

7th inning stretch.
Please get up out of your chair and sing, "Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks, I don't care if I never get back, So root, root, root for the Giants, If they don't win it's a shame. For it's one, two, three strikes you're out At the old ball game."

I found it comical last night watching the San Francisco Giants play the Los Angeles Dodgers. If you knew me at all, you would know that the Giants are my beloved baseball team and the dirty Dodgers are my teams' arch rivals and that I don't like them at all. Anyways, the Giants are playing the Dodgers in a series (yesterday, tonight and tomorrow night) in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium. The dirty Dodgers, sadly, currently are in first place and the Giants are in dead last place in the National League West. The Giants have won every game played this year in Los Angeles and have lost every home game to the Dodgers. When ever the other team is at the other's home field the fans always boo each other. You should hear the SF fans boooooooo and boooooo Jeff Kent when he comes to bat, pretty cool. Makes me want to break into one of my favorite chants now, "BEAT L.A., BEAT L.A." but I will save that for the end. Last night the fans were trying to find parking to get into the game in the 7th inning. It was an absolute sell out crowd, over 55,000 fans on a Monday night game against the worst team in baseball. Go figure.

The fans boooooooed when they announced the Giants at the beginning of the game. Most of you should know that Barry Bonds is on the cusp of breaking the all time home run record. He is one away from tying Henry Aaron's record and one to break the record. When Barry Bonds came to bat the first time, the crowd booooooed but the fans were buzzing with excitement. The next time Barry came to bat the fans booooooed yet they were on their feet awaiting a possible homerun. The sun was not all the way down yet. The next time Barry came to bat I don't remember a boo but I do remember clearly all of the stadium standing and when a pitch was thrown for Barry to hit, the stadium lit up with thousands of flashes from cameras trying to capture the smack of the bat that could be history. Barry did not hit a home run, but he did get on base by an error by the a Dodger player who missed an easy fly ball. I think the player was blinded by all of his team's devoted fans and their camera flashes.

Comical, very comical. The Dodgers and their fans hate the Giants, yet they pack out the stadium, stand for a player they hate even more than the Giants and take his picture swinging a baseball bat. Maybe they are not so "dirty" after all, well maybe it is just for history and the love of baseball.

Appropriate time for my favorite chant, "BEAT L.A., BEAT L.A., BEAT L.A., BEAT L.A., . . .". I want Barry to break the record and I want the Giants to beat the Dirty Dodgers.


Steve Scott said...

Alternate lyrics: "root, root, root for the home team, unless they play in LA."

Anonymous said...

Haha to steves comment. I had a good laugh at that one.

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