Monday, August 11, 2008

National past time


I went to Dodger stadium to cover Chivas USA's Claudio Suarez throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. I needed quotes for my SuperClasico preview, plus I thought a pic of Nomar and Claudio would look good on the blog. I didn't intend to stay for the game, but it turns out that I parked in the wrong spot. Basically, I was blocked in by other parked cars and I couldn't leave until the game ended.

Normally, I'd enjoy a nice baseball game, but these days, the Olympic soccer schedule, the start of my teaching cycle, and other responsibilities have me running ragged. Some of you might have noticed that I haven't been posting as much. Well, that's why.

At the game, I was rooting for the Dodgers (of course), but especially because I didn't want the game to go into extra innings. The Dodgers seemed to be complying, scoring six runs in the third inning, much to the dismay of Scott French, who was also at the match. Scott is a die-hard San Francisco Giants fan. He roots against the Dodgers as a default.

There's a certain rhythm to a baseball game that I appreciated more as a child, I think. I liked the rituals, the "Play Ball" call, the crack of a bat. I thought garlic fries were the best invention ever.

I still like baseball, but I have to admit, after years of covering soccer games, it does seem slow. Players stand around a lot. Vin Scully is a great saving grace, though.

Scott passes by, reads a bit of what I'm writing and proceeds to argue that the Galaxy went downhill after firing Sigi Schmid. Considering how well Sigi is doing with Columbus this year, that's a valid point. But that's also two GM's and coaches ago.

We also agreed that someone needs to act fast and give Alexi Lalas a job - in television. He's actually quite an incisive and well-spoken commentator. Scott, however, admits he doesn't mind Marcelo Balboa on the microphone.

I wonder if Mia Hamm is here with the twins. Scott scoffs at the notion. He points out that Nomar isn't playing, and that Mia has small kids. I wonder if Mia's not here because her sleep schedule is screwed up by watching Olympic soccer. But perhaps she has Tivo and no burning desire or assignment to see the games live.

Tommy Lasorda just stopped by. I'm somehow not shocked to see him in the media dining area during the time they bring out the Dodger dogs. Tommy knows the servers by name and he greets them as he cuts the line to grab a dog (no bun). They smile and wave as he passes. However, they come out from behind the counter, giddy with excitement, when Suarez stops by for a quick bite. What's especially cute is when the ladies want to take a picture with El Emperador, but not while they have their aprons on. Suarez is patient and he waits for them to pull off their serving aprons and pose beside him. After that first picture, he's held up for a while as other workers press forward, wanting pictures.

Hey, it's the 7th inning stretch. "Take me out to see soccer, I want to see players running, shots on goal and saves near the post, for it's one, two, Lalas and Ruud are out - at the Galaxy!"

It's the 9th inning now and the Dodgers are still ahead, though the Phillies have cut into the lead. I'm just hoping it wraps up soon. Three and out, please!

The Dodgers have blown leads lately, but they end up holding on to this one and yay! I can go home.

Oh, and Vin jumps into the elevator and stands next to me. He's nice to everyone and says hi even to those he doesn't know, like me. He's taller than I'd expected. Covering soccer, it's usually the other way around.

12 comments:

L.B. said...

Go Dodgers!!!

Anonymous said...

nomar is now dead to me.

Anonymous said...

how dare nomar shame himself wearing the uniform of scum.

Anonymous said...

I second that. Nomar is dead to me as well. Goat lovers arent people

Anonymous said...

first morrissey, then snoop now nomar arghh!!!

what next manny too

FeRio said...

Better get used to it.
The Galaxy will be the afterthought of L.A. soccer within 5 years. The crown jewel reduced back to carbon.

Go Dodgers!

Wish Kershaw some luck today.

Anonymous said...

Nomars cousin plays for chivas Guadalajara, so galaxy losers he is a chivas USA fan lol

Anonymous said...

The real scum are galaxy fans, always putting down the Mexican culture with your racism.

Anonymous said...

maybe if you didnt throw bottles or flares at people we wouldn't resort to labeling everyone as such.

A.C. said...

I was reading these comments as I was listening to a Michael Phelps interview on TV in the background and I thought he said, "I'm almost done with my racism".
Then I realized he said, "I'm almost done with my races and I've just got to maintain focus."

He mumbles a little.

So do I, so I'll forgive that.

Anyway, if anyone stops being a Dodger or Nomar fan because he's a Chivas fan, that's silly. For all anyone knows, Mia Hamm is a big Galaxy fan. I know she's friends with Landon. Fans can support different teams and still be civil. After all, Sunil Gulati's wife roots for Mexico.

Anonymous said...

hypocrite's is all i say to galaxy fans, i can say both team fans have thrown bottles, flags on the field or at each other. I agree with AC's last comment.

A.C. said...

For anyone to blanket Galaxy fans with the hypocrite label for blanketing Chivas USA fans as violent is, well, hypocritical. No one wins the "you're worse" argument. There's good and bad on both sides.