LOS ANGELES -- A funny thing happened during the Dodgers' 2-1 win over the Padres on Thursday night. Before Clayton Kershaw even gave up a run, he still had his scoreless streak going, but that didn't stop Dodger Stadium fans from loudly booing in the middle of the game.
That's because the message came on the outfielder video boards and over the public address system that the Hello Kitty travel mugs, Thursday night's giveaway, were not at all the stadium.
"Earlier today, the truck carrying a portion of the Hello Kitty giveaway items was disabled and therefore the mugs did not make it to Dodger Stadium for distribution at tonight’s game as scheduled," the Dodgers said in a statement. "Those that did not receive the mug and were among the first 40,000 in attendance tonight will be given a voucher. The organization apologizes for the inconvenience this unforeseen delay has caused our fans."
There were 50,332 tickets sold Thursday night, the second-largest Thursday crowd at Dodger Stadium this season, behind only April 24, which was Clayton Kershaw bobblehead night.
Some people did receive the travel mugs, but those that didn't received a voucher that looked like this:
Vouchers can be redeemed beginning July 14 at Dodger Stadium Team Stores during games and on non-game days from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week until Aug. 24.
Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA wrote earlier in the week about the Kershaw no-hitter commemorative ticket situation. But notice that these Hello Kitty vouchers were printed on what essentially is a ticket. This brought up a good point.
#Dodgers can print 40,000 Hello Kitty Travel Mug vouchers but can't print tickets for season-ticket holders at Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter?— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) July 11, 2014