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Retired Number Series:
Pee Wee Reese #1 Pin
LA Doyer Scott Kazmir 2-3 (5.68)
NY Met Steven Matz 4-1 (2.83)
Estimated attendance 34,000
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Gates are open,
Pointing to the Coca Cola, "How much?" the guest from Japan asks our Soda Fountain Woman.
Walking the Reserve concourse,
Dodger fans have already pinned the Pee Wee Reese button on their hats.
Teenage gals with pony tails and Dodger visors, #1 pins in tact.
New School being Old school.
A boy rides on his fathers shoulders, lifted up and around is dads back, ending up swinging in
his pops forearm.
That's Old School!
The old timers with big mustaches.
Retired jeans, retired loafers, 1981 World Series Tee.
Their wives with short short, dyed hair.
Retired purse, retired sweater, "I Heart Dodgers" Tee.
Some nights, Dodger Fans are like classic cars . . .
Fryers are frying.
Grill is grilling.
Fountains are pouring.
Register is ringing.
Tonight the crowd is modest.
There is some breathing room.
Rosa our Sweetest stand Manager, ever, can shuffle her paper work with ease.
"Let me get my glasses," she says. It's the same routine each inning. She keeps an open
eye on us workers while the other is counting the product we sell and the currency we
bring in. Her strength is her family and she is the matriarch to all of us crew members.
Thankfully, she has a dedicated assistant. Justine the mini-manager. A feisty Italiana,
looking like one of DMX's Rough Ryders; rocking the tight double French braids, shaved scalp
above her left ear; black skinnies and Doc Martens.
She muses, "Am I allowed to use the ladies room? I'm not a Lady." LOL
They are a great team, I'm so happy they returned to Stand 740.
On the Reserve Concourse,
The dude with long hair wears his hat backward.
The lesbian rocks it backward, too.
One thing is for sure.
The People who bought tickets for tonight's game are bad ass.
Dodger die hards.
That Veterano snatching a Dodger Dog got a Pin on his jersey.
That Veterana with dark-dark eye liner and drawn on eyebrows, blonde but not natural.
Old School, A.
An older man, bald head, vinyl Dodger jacket .
A Father with Yakima, high fives his son: "We are here!" the boy shouts enthusiastically.
Guy with the grey goatee and Choppers Ink T'.
The crowd is dead-dead until Trayce Thompson smashes a 2 run homer.
Tonight it's all about the collectors.
Mother and daughter pin collectors
Tattoo of music symbol behind the former's ear
The red velvet streaks of her moms curls echo punk rock rebellion.
One man is holding his wife's hand; any casual observer can tell that grip will hold for a life time.
Tuned into her iPhone plugs, the Soda fountain lady is dancing, swinging left to right.
"What are you listening to?"
"Oldies," she explains, "I have to work off the sugar I ate!"
Past the windows, we see the father cradling his infant son; he carries the boy for a life time.
These people are the collectors,
collectors of moments,
collectors of memories,
That they pin on
There is one gentleman with wife, both rocking brand new LA caps, both rocking
2016 Opening Day buttons, #1 Pee Wee Reese pins and LA Dodger baseball cap pin;
his Dodger jersey is worn over his long sleeve dress shirt; hers jersey is flush white,
she is his angel.
Tonight, in this moment, the people relive the instances from so many years ago.
They will remember today in honor of #1, Pee Wee Reese.
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The Mets take this one Mets 4, Dodgers 2.
Vin Scully Ave T-Shirt
LA Dodger AlexWood 1-3 (1.66)
NY Met Jacob de Grom 2-2 (2.58)
Estimated attendance 34,000
Sometime during the game, while I place Dodger Dogs outside the window . . .
I hear him say, "Breaking ball drops in for a strike."
We are all so fortunate . . .
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After the game,
My buddy and brother, Damian, who works on the Field Level has to tell me about his
crew member and her special moment earlier in the day, with our beloved Vin.
"So, Ilanda always gets to the Stand before 3 o'clock. She tells me that she gets off the
elevator, and while she's walking, she hears: "Hello, how are you?"
She started to say, 'Hello I'm fine,' but the sight of him was quick, she was in shock and she
keeps walking. That's when Ilanda realizes that it was Vin Scully that told her 'Hello!'
Damian adds, (Vin) likes to walk around by himself. That's what he does sometimes when
the gates are closed, he walks around and says Hello. Everyone knows that on the Field Level."
Dave Roberts Bobblehead
LA Dodger Kenta Maeda 3-1 (1.66)
NY Met Noah Syndergaard 2-2 (2.58)
Estimated attendance 41,500
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The Jury is still out over our rookie Skipper, but I am faithful.
Syndergaard lights us up, Mets take the series on an ugly Los Angeles note.