We got instructions last week on what we needed to do when we arrive at Dodger Stadium. I thought everything was right until I got to the ticket office in club level. There was only one ticket. I asked if there wasn't another ticket for my wife, she said no. I'm not sure if it was my fault or they forgot. I thought I did mention I was bringing a guest. While waiting, other bloggers were arriving and introducing themselves. They got their tickets and off they went to the suite. So I had to wait for about 15 minutes before they printed out another ticket. The lady in the Club level was very nice and handled the situation quickly. Thanks!
We were off to the suite. I've never been there before. Everything was new to me. Our suite was 216. This suite is next to the 'Vin Scully Press Box' I entered and most of the bloggers were there.
Vice Prez of Communications Josh Rawitch, wrote in his blog that there was about 15 different blogs at Dodger Stadium. Let's see if I can track all 15!
Me... "Vin Scully Is My Homeboy"
Sax of "Sons of Steve Garvey" I've met Sax before. This was the second time. Good guy. Probably the craziest blogger in the suite. Barely walking inside the suite when he was already asking for a beer.
I did shake hands with Eric of "True Blue LA" What an honor. One of the top blogs that covers the Dodgers. Eric is doing a great job. He has to be one of the smartest fans among the bloggers. Honestly, he should be writing for MLB.com. I forgot to bring my Dodgers Preview mag that he and other bloggers wrote before the year. Would've been nice to get it signed.
Mark of "LA Dodger Talk" was there. I didn't get a chance to talk to him.
Alex & Chris of "Dodgerfan.net" These two brothers are great. I was able to talk with Chris for a while. A really nice guy.
Jon of "Dodger Thoughts" I didn't get a chance to talk to him. I did shake his hand and say hello but he was there for a while. Maybe next time!
Robert of "Dodger Dugout" Another great guy.
Ernest of "Blue Heaven" It was nice meeting Ernest. He happens to collect Baseball cards and other Baseball interests. His blog is full of stories on collectibles.
Ken of "isportsweb"
That's it. I give up. I don't know who the other bloggers were. Send me a message if I missed your name.
Dodgers GM Ned Colletti talked to us. I was ready with my questions... My wife said "Be kind, don't be a jerk" There you go, I didn't ask him the questions that I wanted to ask.
Softball questions were being thrown to Colletti's direction. The questions were great but it's not what I wanted to hear.
- Colletti is working the phones. Will be looking for starters and relievers at the trading deadline.
- He talked about how certain players are not a finished product. Meaning most come up to the big leagues while still learning things they should be learning in Triple-A. He mentioned how most of the young guys didn't even play much Triple-A.
- Mentions he has a good relationship with Joe Torre. Talks to him on a daily basis.
- Ramon Troncoso needs to work on certain things. Hopefully he will return. He did say he might've been used to much. Might be tired.
- Russell Martin tried hard. He is concerned over his performance.
- He doesn't read any of these blogs.
I did ask Colletti if he thought Hong Chih Kuo deserved a spot in the All-Star game and he said yes along with Rafael Furcal.
Colletti was friendly and answered all of our questions. He seemed to have a good time and didn't seem nervous by our presence.
At the end, he jokingly said "Be kind when you blog about me" :)
We might not agree with his moves or the way he handles certain things but you can't say he's a bad guy. Thanks Ned for taking the time!
After Colletti's speech, we all needed a drink. Windell Middlebrooks, the Miller High Life Delivery guy made a stop to our suite. Asked me if I needed a cold one. I had to reject it. Did get a picture though. Great guy. Took the time to pose for pictures and chat a bit with the bloggers.
Next up, Sweet Lou Johnson came....
More shots of the suite...
Ron Cey made a stop. He mentioned he had hip surgery and is recovering. Just stopped using a cane. He looked great.
Kim Ng also walked in for a while. She is very bright. No wonder other teams are always talking about her. She was very friendly and answered some questions that other bloggers had.
We watched the game, talked with other bloggers, ate more food, laughed. It was a great time. One of the funniest things that happened was when the game ended. Everyone bolted out of that suite so quick that within 30 seconds everyone was gone! What's the rush? Even Sax of SoSG said "I'm out of here!"
Must be their age. I was the youngest blogger so I guess these guys needed to rest. I stayed. I watched the fireworks from the suite.
It was a great night. Met some good people. Huge thanks to Josh and Amy of the Dodgers for letting us stop by! It's great that they are giving us this great chance to meet up with the organization and learning things.
These guys know that we put a good effort in blogging about the team. It's always good to know that they notice our work. Thanks!
I guess I forgot to mention something... Dodgers lost.