Losing Games and Winning Friends

When I found out that A.J. would be pitching on Saturday, I went to Dodger Stadium fearing the worst but hoping for the best. Tex staked us to that nice lead in the first, and I said out loud, “This is gonna be fun!” Wrong. Well, the game itself wasn’t fun. It’s natural to focus on A.J.’s dreadful pitching – please come back, Dave Eiland, wherever you are! – but the offense was pretty lame too, except for that early burst. And when will Girardi accept the fact that Chan Ho Park is perfectly fine for one inning but cannot pitch two? It’s obvious. I know we’re short Aceves and Mitre, but surely somebody else – Gaudin? – was available. Even Cervelli had a lousy day behind the plate. But onto more pleasurable things…
Michael and I had a great time at the ballpark, game or no game. Yes, we were disappointed to arrive at Dodger Stadium two hours early – only to be told we couldn’t get onto the field for BP because we didn’t have field box tickets. But our seats in the Loge, just to the third base side of home plate, were excellent, and we had no trouble meeting up with our friend Denise, aka @SunnySoCal on Twitter. To say she’s an A-Rod fan is wildly understating her affection for our third baseman.
Btw, the A-Rod/Twilight reference is courtesy of his appearance at the LA premiere of the movie the other night. 
How did Michael get those delicious Dodger dogs, you might ask? Not at the concession stand. We had our own personal caterer — fellow MLBlogger and Dodger fan extraordinaire Cat of Cat Loves the Dodgers. She was too shy to let me put her on the She-Fan Cam, so here’s her own blog pic.
She came over to our seats and handed us boxes of food from the baseline club, where she always sits and has access to incredible eats. She brought us the hot dogs, some pasta salad, some Tri-Tip, grilled veggies, you name it. How sweet was that? Oh, and she also got us a parking pass for the “preferred lot” so we wouldn’t have to walk a long distance to the stadium. A big thank you to her.
Next came my thwarted cell phone conversations with Peggy, our good Friend of the Blog. We were trying to meet up before the game but it was impossible to hear each other. And she found out – much as we had earlier with BP – that she wasn’t allowed to come down to the Loge section because her ticket was one level above. Aaaargh. But then who showed up to help? Emma of Crz Blue’s Dodger Blue World
I explained the situation, and Emma offered to be my escort and take me to Peggy! So I left Michael and Denise and went up with Emma to Peggy’s section – only to have Peggy not be there! Aaargh again! Apparently, she had gone to get something to eat. So Emmy cleverly grabbed a Dodger flyer and, after I wrote Peggy a note, tied it to the arm of her empty seat so she would know I was there.
“I have another friend, ladyjane, sitting in the Top Deck,” I told Emma. “Any way you could take me up to see her?”
Not a problem for Emma, who seems to know every nook and cranny of the place. Anyhow, up we went and found ladyjane, who jumped out of her seat to come and talk to us atop Dodger Stadium. Here she is with Emma on the Cam. Nice view of the city in the background, but I apologize in advance for my voice. I sound bizarrely excited, and remind myself of Suzyn Waldman doing her “Roger Clemens is back with the Yankees” thing. (Cringing.)
It was great to see ladyjane, but I never did get to see Peggy, which was a bummer. We were like two ships passing in the night. A big thank you to Emma for taking the time to help out.
Somewhere around the fifth inning, while we were drowning our sorrows in some tasty beer, Denise and I got a tweet from some Twitter Yankee friends, @amandarykoff and @Stefmara, and joined them for a tweet-up.
The amazing thing for me is without having met such great fans I would have been sulking about the Yankees loss. Instead, I spent the long drive back to Santa Barbara thinking how lucky I am that baseball has brought so many wonderful new people into my life.


  1. mikeeff

    those were such fun-thanks for sharing. i wish i could have made the trip to LA to see the games and meet you- one of these days- hopefully in October in the bronx. so glad we have Andy today- we should wear out Kershaw by the 5th…

  2. crzblue2

    When I left you I was thinking that maybe I should go back and check if Peggy was there to take her to your seat but after retracting my steps to look where I had left my scorebook, I was ready to settle down and watch the game.
    I would have taken you to the field level Jane had I known earlier you had trouble. Did you come in thru the Field level like I told you? Two hours before they do let you in but sometimes the guards don’t know that. I got there around 1:50.
    It was great to finally meet you. I posted the pic that I took of you and Ladyjane in my blog.
    Is going to be tough against Pettitte but let’s go Kershaw! Control those walks baby!

  3. crzblue2

    Oh and forgot to say that after PAdilla did his running he spent alot of time signing for Dodger fans and Yankee fans on Saturday. Dodger and Yankee fans told him he pitched well and thanked him for signing. I talked to him a little in Spanish about the World Cup. He does smile.

  4. Jane Heller

    Mike, you and I are destined to meet up at a game one of these days. Wish it could have been in LA but October in NY works for me!

    We did everything you suggested, Emma, but the guards said no way. Glad you found your scorebook. Great to meet you too. You must be happy that you got your birthday wish for Monday.

  5. Jane Heller

    We may not all root for the same team, but we share a love for the game, Peter. Not a bad way to build friendships!

  6. ladyjane303

    It was so great to see you, Jane. And a very big thanks to Emma for making it happen. Just got back home and will be watching as Andy hopefully gets us another W. I really enjoyed my visit to Dodger Stadium, even if yesterday’s result was disappointing. Hope to see you in NY some time this summer.

  7. Jane Heller

    So glad you made the trip, ladyjane. It was great seeing you (and listening to you sing – lol). I’ll let you know when I come east for sure.

  8. seindsfeld@aol.com

    Wow Jane, nice you could meet Jane! And a bunch of others. A shame about Peggy. I’m sure there will be other chances. Sounds like it was a great time….until you had to watch the game. I did not see all of it. I went to see “The Killer inside me” with Casey Affleck and Jessica Alba. Safe to say, I thought it was awful. But it still was more fun to watch then AJ. I’d like to list a few more movies if I may: “7 Days”, “Ed Gein” “Cape Fear” “Friday the 13th” “A Perfect Getaway.” Why do I mention these films? They were all on the same day AJ pitched. Each one about a murderer, torturer, serial killer, psychopath. Still, none feel the way I do about AJ. What I would do to him….well okay that’s a bit extreme, but why doesn’t just stay in bed if he’s so depressed about Eiland being away? I can’t believe they still won’t skip AJ CrashNBurnett… Well I don’t want to ruin the day even more, so thanks for the pics and videos. Nice to see even more Yankee fans even if they’re far away. 😀

  9. Jane Heller

    It was definitely a shame not to see Peggy, seindsfeld, but we met before at Yankee Stadium and I know we’ll get together again one of these days. I’m not as upset with A.J. as you are, apparently. I still think he’ll turn it around. He’s been awful, no question, but I’m not giving up on him.

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