I'm sitting in the comfort of my air conditioned home right now, watching the 2nd of the 3-game Dodgers vs. Giants game. Thanks to Manny and his lead feet, San Francisco is already up one run in the first inning. I shouldn't be so hard on the guy - like my friend Kristin says, he has Designated Hitter written all over him. Fast running does not fall into the requirements of a DH. But then I'll forgive him, like we all do. He did hit another great home run last night.
But I want to vent a little about last night's game and the behavior of the fans - from both sides. Thanks to the rowdiness of the crowd, I think I've gone to my last LA v SF game at the park.
Now, in all fairness, I very well know how bad things can get at games between these two teams; after all, their rivalry goes back what...60, 70 years? Way back when it was the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants.
And maybe it was because we were in the loge section, sitting underneath a concrete overhang that amplified the noise level about 100 decibels.
But last night was the worst I've seen, and we weren't even in the bleacher section. Several times during the first part of the game, we couldn't even watch the game because of fans in our section constantly baiting each other, throwing food, booing, screaming, posturing, and chanting "Fuck the Giants," - a little more sinister than the standard "Giants suck" chant. When the female Dodger fans behind us got up and went across the aisle and crawled into a SF giants fan's lap to antagonize him and try to start a fight, was when I was started to get truly nervous about the situation. And that was only in the 3rd inning, before the beer really started to take effect. And the food concessions kept selling that beer until the seventh.
Thankfully the Stadium security was on the situation quickly and without further ado threw out two entire rows of people sitting directly behind us. Sometimes Dodger security team has a reputation for overreacting to what people have said were trivial offenses, but last night was one time when I was grateful for that reputation.
And that was just our section. I'm sure these scenarios were being played out all over the stadium - we just couldn't see them.
Maybe I'm getting old. And I love a great time just as much as the next person. I was even pumped up yesterday about going to such an exciting game. And I won't ever tell someone that they shouldn't go to a game. This is the great American pastime after all. But when you pay good money - and a Dodger Stadium a game can run you $40 to $100 between tickets, parking and food - and you are in a situation where you can't enjoy the game, it makes you think twice. I think I'm done with dealing with this kind of nonsense. This is team loyalty at its worse.