It is not easy being a Dodgers fan up here in the Bay Area. Every time my son and I wear our Dodger Blue at AT&T park we are booed and ridiculed. We don't mind and we wear the "Blue" proudly, but what would it be like in Dodgers Stadium?
I woke up last Tuesday morning and opened up my lap top like I do every morning and read about the Dodgers' game from the night before. I then noticed that the game that evening was Yasiel Puig bobble head day. I woke my son up and told him we were going on a "Quest for Puig" and he look at me with confusion. I got tickets online and of course, we had to sit in the right field bleachers so we could yell "Puuuuiiiiiiiig" throughout the game. Don't tell anyone, but I called in sick and we were off to LA. I punched in 1000 Elysain Park Ave., LA into my GPS and we headed to the Hwy 5 freeway. We got to the stadium at exactly 4:25 PM and the gates opened at 4:30 PM.
I had seen Dodgers Stadium on TV but what a great ball park. We watched batting practice and my son caught a batting practice homerun ball. Too bad it was Saltalamacchia's ball and not a Dodger, but still pretty cool. I got to meet Mickey Hatcher in the pavilion and got his autograph on the ball my son caught. That 1988 World Series ring looked incredible on Mickey's finger as he autographed the ball.
The Dodgers won the game and Puig shined. Josh Beckett go the win and the crowd was full of electricity. The mustard flowed on the Dodger Dogs as we looked at our Puig bobble heads with admiration. How can we ever go back to AT&T Park after this??????
After the game, we got back in our car and looked at each other. We began to laugh because the "Quest for Puig" was so much fun, but the reality of a car ride back to the Bay Area began to sink into our sun-tanned heads. I had to be a work the following morning at 8 AM.
We got home at 5 AM and the "Quest for Puig" came to an end. It took 19 hours, $150.00 in gas, 689 miles and 8 hours of sick leave. But it was a day my son and I will never forget............