There are some things that are just part of being a native Angeleno.
- You will probably go to Disneyland at least once by the age of five.
- You will probably be in an earthquake and not know it at least once.
- You will curse the 405 as often as you curse the 101 or the 5, to be safe, insert EVERY freeway here.
- You will love the Lakers…cause really, why wouldn’t you?
- You will love the Dodgers…if not for the game, for the world famous Dodger Dogs. Mmmm.
The Dodgers are LA. We may not have a football team… but everyone, in some way shape or form, loves the Dodgers. Or as they are sometimes affectionately called “Los Doyers”. Heh. If not for their baseball, then for their ever famous and delicious Dodger Dogs. I have two very vivid memories of my first Dodger game when I was 8. One- my grandparents handing me a Dodger Dog and a big mug full of delicious Snow Cone sugar goodness and Two- the buzz and electricity in the air.
You know what I mean… that electricity that radiates in the air when people are at the edge of their seats. Of people all united with one goal- to cheer the Dodgers onto victory. Even at the age of 8, I knew there was a sort of magic in going to a ballgame. Now, I lived in Philadelphia for several years and went to many ball games. While they were fun, there is just something about cheering on your home team. It makes you feel proud and you share their sentiments. Their losses are heartfelt, their wins can turn your day around. Say what you want about sports, there is no denying when you are at a your team’s games, it becomes an experience to remember.
The man loves sports, so when I mentioned heading to Blogger Family Day, he was as excited as a 10 yr old. Our concern was our daughter. She is a bit of a girly girl… so we never know what to expect at sporting functions. But determined to have at least one ball game family memory, we geared up and headed to our first game as a family.
I needn’t have worried. My little diva had a blast. She filled us with questions about what was going on and even asked if she could play too when we got home. We bought her the very same treats my grandparents had bought for me all those years ago, a Dodger dog which she devoured in seconds and a nice big snow cone. She sat eating her treats while we watched our team. She cheered when we did, and very loudly booed when she realized something bad happened. The man was in his element- it was a beautiful day and we were watching one of his favorite sports. We were an LA family… and even though the Dodgers lost that day (booooo), we had our first ballgame memory together.
As the game was nearing it’s end, we were taken under the dugouts where we awaited something special. Oh yea, they were letting the kids run the bases…something that they do after certain games which you can see marked off on their schedule as “Kids Run the Bases”. Sofia was OFF. She zoomed around those bases like it was nothing. Then, something awesome happened. They let us run on the field. This is almost never allowed, typically only reserved for the player’s close friends or family, and even then it’s iffy. But oh man, did the kids have a blast.
Sofia even showed me her batting skills.
Her and daddy were running around just taking it all in. Sofia enjoying something most kids will never get to do and the man basking in standing on the famous Dodger field. As we were packing ourselves up to go home, we knew we’d always remember our family’s first Dodgers game. The first of many.
To purchase your Dodgers tickets, you can either purchase them at the stadium box office, or online here. Make sure you get the latest updates from the team either via Facebook or Twitter. I’ll see you at the ballpark!
Disclosure: I received a family set of tickets for a special blogger event. No compensation was received. All opinions, pictures and thoughts are completely my own.