1st of July
game 1 vs Purple Nugs
Enter Stand 739
Our regular Stand is closed. Here is our work place for tonight.
Los Angeles Dodger Brandon McCarthy 0-0 (0.00)
Colorado Rockie Gray 5-3 (4.83)
Estimated attendance 31,000
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The real bosses are the ladies that run the registers: Jackie, Tonia, and over-
seeing the entire operation, "Bad Ass" Marlene. Employee seniority is high
so the regular fry guys, punk rock Kevin and his partner in papas, Eloine,
are not working.
This location is also the home to 16 year Stadium veteran Mr. Lawrence
the best Dodger Stadium, Dodger Dog cook, on the grill (period!).
Arthur, a 739 regular, calls him "Thee chef."
I like to refer to him as, "El Maestro."
"Awe, your too kind," Lawrence humbly admits.
But it's true, he is the Grill Master of Dodger Stadium.
"Just don't touch or bring him the wrong pan, or else!"
The Work Wife points out, "Tony, look at how neat Lawrence does it."
She giggles with delight.
"You got your own system there, huh!"
"Hell yeah!" el Maestro agrees, "I believe in grilling evenly."
Lawrence turns each dog, individually, with Tongs.
"Chard just right!" he declares.
While I mix Garlic Frys,
"More than a feeling," by the band Boston is blasting out of the Stand ghetto blaster.
Eastside Art asks me, "You know the cook?"
"He knows his rock n' roll, he's bad ass, a."
I can not disagree, Lawrence could be bumping ABBA and I'd be forced to concur.
So far El Maestro has cleared the grill of "chard" Dodger Dogs; Super Dogs go
on the hot plate next. I watch as he produces a piece of cardboard, draws a set of
four columns, where he then records the number of Dogs he has prepared, along
with temperature upon completion. Legit!
His practice is not just methodical but calculated to the "t".
The Supers on the grill are half way ready, this is the right moment to relate with the
Master. I know just the perfect topic for every He-man like him and myself:
"Hey Lawrence, remember that "Married with Children" episode where Al (Bundy)
BBQs with his neighbor's mother-in-law's ashes?"
"Oh yeah, the Bundys and the Darcys say the Pledge of Allegiance before eating!"
"HA HA HA HA HA HA!"
"Kelly realizes that she had substituted the urn ashes of the Darcy's deceased aunt
for (Al's) BBQ charcoal ashes!"
"HA HA HA HA HA HA!"
"How about Al Bundy and Steve eating the burgers grilled over his mother-in-laws
ashes and enjoying it."
Lawrence and I can't stop laughing.
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It's FRY TIME:
Led Zeppelins "Ramble On" is blast out of our little ghetto blaster.
Fry guy, Rojellio, and I are in tandem today.
I got the garlic, Rojelio on back-up Fry detail, Fry Guy doing the Frying.
"Get these stinkys out!"
"Just like that!
"Now that you mention it, that was my very favorite MWC episode," el Meastro
"Remember the saying: 'Yesterday's ashes for tomorrow's burgers."?
"Yes! I forgot about that part- Ha Ha!"
"Uh-huh! Yup. That's my favorite."
"My second favorite Married with Children episode is when Al (Bundy) is working
at the fast food burger joint."
Oh yeah, Pauly Shore is his boss, "You didn't make the noise, Bundy!"
The boy walking the concourse in Dodger Blue tosses his mitt over gains head,
"Catch!" He hollers.
Another kid is rocking a LA cap with a seasons worth of collectible pins.
"Can I have a fry cup please," he asks the soda guy.
"Snow cone!" the Vendor shouts.
Mother, with each daughter holding to her daughter in one hand and the younger
girl in the other.
"We need garlic fires!"
Fry Guy lifts the fries out of the scalding hot oil,
Dumps two baskets of papas into King Kong,
Add 3/4 cup of salt.
Add 2 1/2 scoops of minced garlic
And mix thoroughly by hand
"Man look at that!" Lawrence refers to my Garlic Fry creations . . .
"You call me an artist, I call you an artist."
"You know what, I'm going to add more garlic."
"That's what we do- take care of the people," Maestro believes.
"Give (the fans) their money's worth."
McCarthy is pitching a Shutout through 6 innings, like hasn't missed
Dodgers shut out the Nugs, 5 - 0.