Have you ever heard, “Oh, I don’t sit in LFP. They’re too rowdy,” or “You only see beach balls in Reserve?”
It’s what I call seating level profiling, where the area you sit in comes along with a stereotype. Some of them are pretty funny and others may be offensive. However, I believe each section has its advantages in watching a ball game.
Let’s start with Field Level Seating. They are the yellow seats, or the first level in the actual stadium. You can sit anywhere from Infield, to near the dugout, to the baseline and by the foul pole, near any of the two bullpens. Mario (@Jr_Vin on Twitter) says that he enjoys sitting in Field level seats because they’re a great price (talking about the Veterans price. He gets them for $25). Jesse (@JesRey7) says that Field seats are always nice. Ashley (@Actually_Ashley) picks Field seats hands down because her “Grams had season tickets on 3rd base line so all of my earliest Dodger memories are there.” Myrna (@babyhoneyisme) also loves 3rd baseline seats, “Great view and chance to meet, up close, players,” but she doesn’t get those often because they’re expensive. Usually Field seats are the pricier ones, but have a great view of the game and you can possibly have celebrities sightings here.
Loge is the second level seating, or the orange seats. Mistakenly pronounced LODGE, it is actually said (low-ge). Just a little FYI for you guys 🙂 Suzanne (@dodgerfan2525) loves Loge level down third base side. She loves the view there. (@culverfan) likes Loge as well. Rosie’s (@dodgerchick2010) favorite place to sit is Loge. You have a great selection of food here and some pretty good seats and views that aren’t as pricey as Field. However, be careful if you sit in the last row! The roof becomes so low, that you can’t see a homerun or pop-up go out. That’s the only issue I’ve had when sitting there.
Third level up is Infield Reserve & Reserve, the turquoise and dark turquoise seats. Suzanne said she sat in Reserve most of her life, that there are good fans and memories there. Myrna says that these seats have a great view of LA. I had my 2010 and 2011 miniplans here. This is the land of the Beach Balls. You can count on seeing at least a couple whiz by your head during the game. This area gets a bit of a bad rep due to those fairweather fans that like to go to the games, drink and be rowdy, but if you can block that out, it’s a great view of the field. Raine (@rainesss) agrees with that, “For me, I like Reserve. I like to see the whole field 🙂 and top deck is too high.”
Then comes Top Deck, the blue seats, also referred to as the nosebleeds. These seats offer up probably the greatest view of Chavez Ravine. Lorena (@luvthedodgers23) is a season ticket holder in TD since 2005. She says that TD is more mellow, where people keep score and 30+ year season ticket holders share stories with their neighbors. The cheapest seats in the house. This is where the true ballpark experience is. Nothing fancy on food choices, the typical ballpark items & Top of the Park store. You can find Emma (@Crzblue) promoting SABR or in her seats keeping score of the current game.
Left Field Pavilion, or LFP as most like to call it, are the bleacher seats. A lot of people who haven’t not sat there are afraid to sit here because this is usually the most rowdy of the areas. Rival fans beware, this is not the greatest place to sit if you’re wearing the wrong colors. There are tenured fans here as well, but they’re the ones who like to get the wave started, or get a chant going. These fans like to yell out to the outfielders. These fans get to catch balls thrown from the players and possibly catch a homerun ball during BP or the game. Hector (@MrHectorFlores) says, “Rather pay to sit in LFP than get free tickets in another section.” When asked where he likes to sit, Jorge (@JorgeSilva93) said, “LFP! You are close to the action and has the loudest fans in the stadium.” LFP, the place to be, home of the Bleacher Creachers and everyone’s favorite usher, Patrick (@ThatDudeSkits).
All You Can Eat Right Field Pavilion, or AYCE, or RFP, whatever you like to call you, this place is chalk-full of fans and FOOD. I once saw a fan walk out with a fan of over 20 Dodger Dogs. For the price of about a ticket in LFP and a Dodger Dog, you can get a seat, unlimited Soda refills, Dodger Dogs, popcorn, nachos and peanuts. Martha (@Marfuuuh) who would just love to be at the Stadium prefers LFP or AYCE. Come hungry, leave happy 🙂
Last, but certainly not least (as shown by the price tag on these tickets), Dugout Club. Ranging up over $250 a seat, they are worth every penny. These seats require you to arrive hours (3 or more) to enjoy all the free food, watch BP, go on the field, and possibly meet Tommy Lasorda. You may even run into a celebrity. All food and drinks, except alcoholic, are free. If you can save up for at least one game a year, I highly suggest you do so. A great experience!
Then there are those fans that don’t care where they sit, as long as they’re at the game. Levi (@Levi_24) says, “Doesn’t matter for me as long as I’m in the stadium.” Jorge (@jorgedlt) says, “There’s no such thing as a bad seat at the ravine.”
Personally, I’ve sat in all areas of the ballpark. My favorite? Field level, but I’ve got a soft spot for LFP. If money wasn’t an option, I’d probably sit near the Dodgers dugout.
Where do you like to sit and why?
Viva Los Dodgers!
Easily the numbers of an MVP winner, but according to the media, he will most likely NOT win the prestigious award. Why? Because Matt Kemp plays for a team that is not contending. They have no chance for a playoff berth, yet Matt Kemp continues to dedicate his time, energy, focus & obvious talent to the team, regardless. However, Matt Kemp cannot carry the team on his bat alone, as much as he tries to, so why are these judges already writing him off as a candidate? Let’s look at it further.
“There is no win this award? Has he not earned it in their eyes? Does he not get attention simply because his team isn’t contending? The clear-cut definition of what Most Valuable means. It is up to the individual voter to decide who was the Most Valuable Player in each league to his team. The MVP need not come from a division winner or other playoff qualifier.”
These are from the MVP voting rules themselves. It clearly defines that the MVP adds value to “his team” not the TEAM to the player, so why can’t Matt Kemp win? His numbers don’t lie. This amazing outfielder has the best numbers in baseball today & will get shunned from winning the award because of something he cannot control, the team standings.
It’s not to say that Kemp has not contributed to the Dodgers at all, because he has. Late inning heroics & walk-offs by Kemp have been a reason for many to stay until the last inning. Amazing diving catches in center have saved many runs from scoring. Already the first player since 2009 to join the 30/30 club en route to a 40/40 season, all on a losing squad. Yet Matt Kemp does not give up hope. He thanks God every day for waking up and being able to play. He stays connected with fans through Twitter. He buys pizza & soda for his 80+ fans camping out since 6pm for his signing. He’s the most humble MVP I could ever find because even though a World Series ring is unlikely for him this year, he hustles and he plays hard, gets dirty and rallies the fans to come join him at the stadium & watch some baseball.
No other player around like him and should the NL MVP award go to someone else, it would be a sad day in baseball history
Viva Los Dodgers & our All-Star & future MVP, Matt Kemp!
Many of you (and by you, I’m including myself) have become utterly frustrated with the lackluster performance of our team. To top it off, we’re not only battling to remain in 3rd place (yeah, 3rd), us fans have to battle the constant banter from rival fans, the media, the news, and anyone else who is anti-Dodgers at the moment. It’s a tough time for the us, as well as the team.
But I ask you this, do you still sit and watch games until the 27th out? I do.
Does your heart jump every time a Dodger gets on base, thinking “Rally time!”?
Are you cheering from the stands, or cheering from home regardless of the score?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have NOT given up hope. You are, in fact, a die-hard Dodger fan. Your heart bleeds Dodger Blue from the very core and everyone around you knows it. Sure, we might be 13.5 games back from 2nd place, but those fairweather fans have already given up a long time ago. If you’re still bleeding Dodger Blue with me, don’t give up hope. There is no other fan like a Dodger fan, because even with a bankrupt team, even with the worst owner you could possibly imagine, even with decreasing stadium attendance and lack of offense, we’re still here. Waiting for the day when we can call our team World Champs!
Don’t give up hope & as always, Go Dodgers!
Saturday night, the Dodgers traded SS Rafael Furcal to the St. Louis Cardinals. To say that I was sad is a bit of an understatement. Everyone knows that I hold a special place in my heart for Furcal. If you don’t know the story, let me direct you to this post:
Furcal was the Dodgers’ starting shortstop for five years. In those five years, he gave the team the best he had. He wowed the fans with amazing defensive plays, plays that otherwise would not have been made by any other shortstop in the league. At the plate, he showed us what a switch-hitter does as a leadoff man, which is where he spent all of his time on the Dodgers’ lineup. Furcal was the reason to show up by the bottom of the 1st or you’d risk missing out on a first inning, first pitch leadoff homerun to the right field seats. It happened to me…twice!
Again, I am probably biased in saying he was probably one of the best Dodger shortstops to come along this decade. There are more right-handed hitters in baseball, so therefore, more balls are hit to the shortstop. To fill the most dynamic defensive position in the game, it was only fitting for Dodgers to acquire a dynamic player such as Furcal. He showed us his range with web gems to the left or right of him. He made magnificent plays to prevent a runner from getting on base. He has a cannon of an arm that could throw out even the fastest jackrabbit on the base path. Not only that, but he was himself a good base stealer and made the game very exciting for the fans.
At this past Sunday’s game, the Dodgers publicly announced his trade and thanked Raffy for his tenure with the club. I heard many boos coming from those fairweather fans that often frequent giveaway days, but I did stand up and clap and I wish more people would have done the same thing. Many of his teammates had very good things to say about Raffy, as a player, as a teammate and as a person. Matt Kemp tweeted the following:
Tough loss 2day. Even tougher when u lose one of your teammates!! We gonna miss Raffy!! Cardinals got a great ball player and a great person
And we will all miss Raffy, or Fookie as some of the Dodgers liked to call him. From now on, we must see him in a Cardinals uniform.
Below are just some highlights of Raffy during his time in a Dodgers uniform.
Farewell Raffy, this Dodger fan will miss you.
Front entrance to Coors Field
At Jackson’s Sports Bar, great waitress despite our colors
Mr. Loney himself
Most underrated utility man in the game, Jamey Carroll
1st autograph on my baseball
Tony Gwynn (second to sign my ball)
Rally Cap time on Thursday night
Matt Kemp just shy of hitting for the cycle
also signed my ball! I had to chase him though
Said it was his first sign, so he had to take a picture of me with it
& I wanted one of him holding it
I couldn’t let him leave without getting a picture/autograph!
Ramon Troncoso signing my ball
He even RT’d my tweet of this picture.
Don’t believe me?
Here you go!
We definitely weren’t expecting him, but Mr. Donnie Baseball graced us with his presence
He signed my ball then
Drinks after Saturday’s win!
Again, I apologize for my prolonged absence from this blog. I thought I’d have more time, but haven’t found any to sit and write about the Boys!
It’s been an exciting weekend for the Boys and I’m sure it has got the fan base pumped for the Boys to return home. Saturday, it was the amazing late-come-from-behind win on the bat of the Bison. He hit two homers, the latter of the two being a GRAND SLAM (w/ cheddar cheese…mmm my fave) to tie the game and the rest of the guys picking it up for a 11-8 win over the Reds. Just today, while Bills the pitcher was battling all the Reds bats (gave up four runs, allowed 11 baserunners…in only five innings), Chad the hitter, helped himself by homering (yeah, you heard it correctly) and doubling in a career-high 3 RBIs, and even drew a walk in an 11-pitch at-bat. It was definitely another perfect day in LA (well, the Boys are away, but you get the picture).
Okay, whoa! Who woke up the Dodger bats!? I’m not sure, but these are definitely not the Dodgers who left the homestand being shut out by the Rockies. I’m starting to see the spark grow…that same spark that came when Furcal was back in the lineup for two hours (joke, of course. I miss him. He’s on the 15-day DL for now, Wishing him a speedy recovery from a strained left oblique).
Matt Kemp– DISCIPLINE! The same Matt Kemp who was swinging at EVERY first pitch he saw last year… Well, it seems like he’s more focused now…both on at the plate and on the base path. He’s got a good eye on the pitch and has been hitting very well. He’s on route for a 30-30 season and a sure bet for the ASG during the break. If you haven’t already, please go vote for Matt Kemp as an All-Star. He should be starting!
More exciting news: I’m headed to Denver for the series this week! I leave Thursday from LAX with my close friends and I couldn’t be more excited! This will be my first road trip with the Boys and it should be great times if they can keep this fire ignited! See you in Denver =)
Viva Los Dodgers!