Dodger Ball

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By STEVEN HERBERT

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Hyun-Jin Ryu threw a 91 mph fastball to Angel Pagan
that was called a ball to begin the Los Angeles Dodgers home opener today
against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium.
Outfielder Matt Kemp was playing for the first time in 2014 after being
on the disabled list through the first five games as he continued to recover
from surgery on his left ankle.    Outfielder Yasiel Puig was scratched from
manager Don Mattingly’s starting lineup and replaced by Kemp because he arrived
late. Mattingly said he would address Puig’s situation after the game.
Pregame ceremonies included a performance by the USC Trojan Marching
Band, representatives from the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and
Coast Guard presenting the colors and California Highway Patrol officers and
cadets joining members of all five branches of the armed forces in unfurling a
giant flag in center field.
The U.S. Navy parachute team, the Leap Frogs, made an aerial jump into
Dodger Stadium from a C-130 aircraft. The national anthem was sung by the LA
Opera trio of James Creswell, Joshua Guerrero and Stephen Powell.
Vin Scully, a Dodger announcer since 1950 when the team was located in

Police patrol Elysian Park as  Dodger fans gather for opening day 2014. Photo by Gary McCarthy

Police patrol Elysian Park as Dodger fans gather for opening day 2014.
Photo by Gary McCarthy

Brooklyn, threw out the ceremonial first pitch, handing the ball to Hall of
Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax at home plate. Koufax threw out the ceremonial first
pitch at last year’s home opener.
Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda started the game by declaring, “It’s time
for Dodger baseball.”
During the off-season, the Dodgers made efforts to reduce congestion
around Dodger Stadium and the second set of enhancements to the 52-year-old
stadium in two years.
The team has added parking spaces; reopened the Scott Avenue entrance;
re-striped many lots; modified circulation patterns; improved signage; and
added bike racks to encourage fans to bicycle to Dodger Stadium.
The efforts at reducing congestion also include a $5 reduction in the
price of a general parking pass to $10 when purchased in advance.
“The Dodgers have worked with traffic flow experts during the off-
season,” team senior vice president of external affairs Renata Simril said.
“We are implementing several recommendations in hopes of improving our
vehicular and pedestrian access. It is important to get our fans in and out of
the stadium as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
In an attempt to improve service on the Dodger Stadium Express bus from
Union Station, an eastbound dedicated bus lane on Sunset Boulevard was added in
an attempt to provide for a quicker departure of buses.
Enhancements to the stadium, the third oldest in the major leagues
behind Boston’s Fenway Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field, include:
– expansion of the entries at the field level, enabling all fans with
pavilion, dugout, field, loge and club tickets to enter at entrances in the
north side of the stadium;
– two 25,000-square-foot plazas in right and left field. A fenced
walkway enables fans to move between the right and left field plazas;
– seating and lounging areas at bars and drink rails overlooking the
bullpens in the outfield;
– a dedicated pedestrian entrance at the stadium’s main entrance at
Sunset Boulevard, with new lighting, designed to encourage fans to use parking
lots 13 and 14 along Stadium Way and the route 2 and 4 buses along Sunset
Boulevard;
– a team store in the left field plaza; a New Era cap store in the
right field plaza; areas to buy Hello Kitty merchandise in both outfield
plazas; a Nike store on the loge level; Majestic jersey stores in the left
field reserve level and the Lexus Dugout Club lobby; and
– what the team describes as a “state of the art” wireless system.
Like with most every season, there are new food options at Dodger Stadium.
Tommy Lasorda’s Italian Trattoria, in the right field plaza, has Italian-
inspired fare, including pizza by the slice made with fresh dough, Italian
sausage with peppers and onions. Lasorda and other former Dodger players will
spend time with fans there.
The Think Blue BBQ is in the left field plaza, with barbecue beef
brisket sandwiches and grilled turkey legs.
The LA extreme bacon wrapped dog is available at the extreme loaded hot
dog stands. The major league nachos helmet with 64 ounces of crispy tortilla
chips is available on the field, loge and reserve levels.

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