Dodgers '97
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Yes, this is my place on the web to bring you all the information about my trips to Dodger Stadium in 1997. Do you care? Probably not! But maybe you'll relive some of that Dodger magic while reading the following summaries of all the games I attend in 1997.
Date Opponent Result Notes
4/1/97 Philadelphia L, 0-3 Opening Day! Glorious and sunny, if a bit windy. Dodgers suffer two-hit shutout by Curt Schilling, who's pitching in the midst of contract renegotiation. That explains it! Saw Wilton Guerrero's first major league hit. Brett Butler got another nice ovation from the fans. And Tommy Lasorda himself threw out the fist pitch. First Dodger Dog of the season tasted oh so great. Sat in Aisle 36, down the right field line.
4/3/97 Philadelphia W, 2-1 Much better! Right behind the plate, in Aisle 1, Reserved level. Ismael Valdes was rocky, but effective. Mike Piazza went deep for his first homer of the season. Yay! Todd Worrell closed it out, and voila'! A nice, tidy, close win. Todd Zeile is still looking for his first Dodger hit. Hurry, Todd, or we want the $9.5 Million back.
4/4/97 Pittsburgh W, 5-3 Tom Candiotti picks up the win in relief of Pedro Astacio. Windy and cool. Wilton Guererro picked up his first Major League RBI, and had a nice triple. Raul Mondesi left the yard for an insurance run later. Sat in Aisle 8, moved on to the field for a spectacular fireworks display following the game. Sure, the fireworks were great, but not as great as being able to walk around on the field at Dodger Stadium.
6/5/97 San Francisco L, 5-4 If there's one thing we're learning about this year's Dodger ball club, it is this: They are an uninspired team. A late really helps, and with a man aboard in the ninth, Greg Gagne hits his third long fly ball of the game. One earlier left the yard, the other died just short of the fence. That's a fate suffered by this blast, too -- Gagne misses winning the game by five feet. More about my trip to this game can be found in my column Things That Make L.A. Cool. Indicitive of fan interest -- I was able to buy great seats at the Stadium just before the game. (Aisle 9, reserved deck, row G).
6/11/97 Houston W, 10-5 Rookie Towel Night is a big success. The Dodger bats come alive, Mondesi has two homers, Pizza and Karros also go deep, and I spend some quality time with my buddy Amy Huggins. What could be better? Why, a free beach towel, of course! Great reserved seats for this one -- right behind home plate, in aisle 3, row T.
6/12/97 At Oakland L, 5-4 Interleague Play! See my column The Twain Meets for more information. I'm happy only in that I was there to see history made. Bad history, but history nonetheless. Nomo loses control, and leaves the game allowing one hit, but five earned runs. And so, the fall of civilization begins. (Uh, due to the Interleague play, not Nomo walking four guys.)
6/17/97 Anaheim W, 4-3 Not only the debut of Interleague play at Dodger Stadium, but one of the best baseball games I've ever attended. Dodgers down, 3-2, two outs in the bottom of the ninth, when rookie Wilton "Corky" Guerrero races home from second base on a very wild pitch to tie the score. Todd Zeile hammers the next pitch over the fence, and a desperate situation becomes an incredible victory in the historic first game against cross-town rival Anaheim. Sat in the top deck, and warned the people who left with two outs in the ninth that "it's not over." Little did they know!!!
6/23/97 Colorado W, 5-3 Dodger Dreams come true -- A friend at KCAL sets me up with the "Working Media" pass, which means access to all areas of Dodger Stadium. Yep, I sat in the Dodger dugout for batting practice, the press box during the game, and got post-game interviews in the clubhouse. Wow. Here's a more detailed account of this fantastic night.
6/26/97 San Diego L, 9-7 The Padres dominance of the Dodgers continues. Tony Gwynn hits an inside the park, grand slam home run. It was that kind of night. Sat mostly behind home plate, Aisle 2, Reserved Deck.
6/27/97 San Diego L, 7-5 I hate the Padres. Tony Gwynn is the man, again, with a bases-loaded double in the 8th inning. Just when the offense heats up, the pitching goes on vacation. Good going , Dodgers. Almost the same seats as last night, right behind home plate, aisle 2, Reserved Deck.
6/30/97 Texas L, 3-2 Typical Dodger game: They give up a 9th inning run to Texas, making it 3-1; then Raul Mondesi hits a solo homer in the 9th, making the final score a maddening 3-2. Aisle 3, Reserved Deck. After the game, a friend and I get a glove autographed by Todd Zeile for a young friend of hers. Thanks, Todd, for staying late and signing autographs near the player parking lot. (Todd and coach Reggie Smith were the only people to sign at all!)
7/3/97 at Anaheim W, 8-2 Parking at Dodger Stadium - $5.00. Parking at Anaheim Stadium - $7.00. Dodger Dog - Good value, great taste. Angel "Sausage Shack" Hot Italian Sausage - An affront to humanity. Dodger Stadium - Classic music provided by Nancy Bea Hefly on the Dodger Stadium Baldwin Organ. Anaheim Stadium - Non-stop "scream rock" from Van Halen and assorted faux-Techno artists. Dodger Stadium - Diamond Vision presents replays, bloopers, and informative stats of other games. Anaheim Stadium - Video board shows commercials featuring "comedian" Carrot Top for a local county fair. Most Annoying Dodger Cheer: "Go!" "Dodgers!" Most Annoying Angel Cheer: Anytime that set of disembodied, anatomically incorrect gloved hands show up, making a stilted psuedo-clapping motion. The republic is saved when the Dodgers sweep the season series from the Angels. The Dodgers suddenly look like a team with some life. Hey Disney Company: Next time, try to keep those XL t-shirts in stock for the second game. All over the ballpark, hours before the game, they were all sold out. Good planning.
7/10/97 San Francisco W, 11-0 It gets ugly for the hated Giants. The Dodgers pick up after the All-Star break on fire, and a six-run eighth puts SF away. Chan Ho Park goes seven innings for the victory. I sat up in the reserved deck behind home plate, aisle 3, row S.
7/11/97 San Francisco W, 6-2 In two days, the Dodgers have now outscored the hated Giants by a total of 17-2. That's always fun for us Dodger fans. Nomo gets the win, Todd Zeile hits a homer, and six Dodger runs in the fifth inning are plenty of offense. Sat up in free media seats -- Aisle 30, Row CC. Hey, they were free.
7/22/97 New York W, 8-3 Tripp! The fill-in infielder Tripp Cromer continues to play past his previous heights; a bases-clearing double tonight sparks the Dodgers to a big victory. It should be noted that the Dodgers have outscored their opponents 25-5 in the last three games I've attended. Are you listening, Dodger people? It's time for you to cough up some season tickets! Sat in the reserved deck aisle nine, row H.
7/23/97 New York L, 2-1 Uh, as I was saying about the Dodger Offense ... oh well. Tom Prince goes deep for the second night in a row, making the loss of Piazza (bad hamstring) a bit more tolerable. But the rest of the offense sleeps through the game. Case in point: Ninth inning, nobody out, Raul Mondesi reaches second with the tying run. Karros, Zeile, and Guerrero promptly do absolutely nothing, stranding Raul, and ending the game. Ouch. Roved through the top deck general admission seats ... but not far enough. Rowdy horseplay by unsupervised kids ends up dousing me with a splash of nacho cheese sauce. Next time, it's back to the Reserved deck.
7/27/97 Philadelphia W, 7-1 A lovely Sunday afternoon at the Stadium with my pal Amy Huggins, offset only by the fact that due to the Earth's rotation and the design alignment of Dodger Stadium, we remained a maddening 20 feet from shade the entire game, and it was a little warm. Tom Candiotti continues to prove his value, going seven strong innings, and a big sixth inning offensively powered the Dodgers (they scored five runs in the sixth) to victory. We sat in the sunny seciton, Aisle 16, Row T.
8/11/97 Chicago W, 2-1 A pitchers duel on a lovely evening, first game back from the long road trip. Chan Ho Park is a big draw, as are the Cubs, so 46,000 fans crowd the Stadium, and I end up in Reserved Aisle 56, row D. It's a fun night, as Park pitches his first Major League complete game, and there are plenty of fans there just to see him. The hated Giants lose, so we're only a a game and a half back. Go Blue!
8/14/97 Montreal W, 1-0 Ismael Valdes pitches a great game, but it is the newest Dodger who wins this game. Newly acquired centerfield Otis Nixon goes over the wall not once, but twice, making two great catches, and frustrating David Segui, the Expo who has to be wondering what if he had hit the ball just five feet further eitehr time? What are the odds that Nixon would "bring back" two of Segui's long blasts? The longest blast of the day, though, no one catches. Mike Piazza destroys a Pedro Martinez fastball, sending it almost 460 feet, over the Dodger bullpen, providing the margin of victory.
8/15/97 Cincinnait L, 5-3 The Dodgers score three nuns in the first inning, then fall apart. The lowlight: Pedro Astacio gives up a three-run double to the Reds pitcher. The highlight of the night: a pre-game ceremony retiring Tommy Lasorda's number. It's always great to see old-time Dodgers like Pee Wee Reese and Duke Snider out at Dodger Stadium.
8/17/97 Cincinnati L, 5-0 Dodger offense, paging the Dodger offense! It's ugly, and it's ugly early. Bad defense, limp offense, Nomo giving up early runs... yuck. We're back to two and a half behind the hated Giants, but I'm in it for the long haul. I just bought seasonstickets for the rest of this year. Don't let me down, guys!


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