There are certain places in your life that drum up great memories and Dodger Stadium is certainly that for me. My step-father was a big fan, following the team since Brooklyn. My brother and I spent our childhoods in the cheap seats with him, transistor radio glued to his ear… I’d lean in close so I could hear Vin Scully call the game, Dodger dog in hand.
I learned the game of baseball from the Top Deck in Chavez Ravine. My step-dad taught me how to keep score and I loved marking up the scorecard that came inside the program. It was the 70’s with the dream team of Garvey, Cey, Lopes, and Russel. My first crush was a Dodger. (I’ll let you guess which one.)
Fast forward (a lot of years) and I’m still a fangirl. Now my kids come with me to the games and I feel like this year might just be another dream team. I go to games every month and try to leave certain October dates open… (just in case!). I haven’t cut myself in a while, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I did bleed at least a little Dodger blue. So, imagine how excited I was when a client asked me to do a portrait session there while the team was out of town! What a great opportunity to see the stadium up close and personal. I tried to keep it together while I worked, but I’m sure my client noticed my eyes drifting away at times as I soaked it all in. And I’m slightly embarrassed to say I asked them to take a photo (or two) of me. Thank goodness they totally got it.
When we first walked in, I have to say it was a little eerie. I felt like I was in some dystopian movie with only the sound of the flag clips clanking against the metal poles in the breeze. Walking in a little further, we startled a large flock of birds that were picking at the grass in the empty field. As we approached, they took off – adding to the odd (yet awesome!) feeling of being in an empty stadium that normally houses 56,000 people.
The ’70’s dream team…
The Dodgers impressive showcase of Golden Glove awards, dating back to 1957…
…and of course our World Series trophies. The original ‘trophies’ were simply bats with the year printed on them. It wasn’t until the 1981 championship that the team upgraded to the larger trophies. The Dodgers have been in 18 World Series games: 9 in Brooklyn and 9 in Los Angeles!
You can see a few of these memorabilia items, if you get seats in the club level, like this display that Cody Bellinger already has up…
If you look at the Kaufax photo, bottom left, you’ll see the contract which shows his $15,000 salary. Boy, times have changed! And check out the date on this old Ebbets Field sign. The Dodgers last game in NY was in 1957… Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
Another shot without any people! This one has been quite a challenge to shoot since it’s unveiling. So many people want a photo with Jackie Robinson!
I haven’t done an official tour yet, I don’t know why, but I need to fix that. Dodger Stadium offers a few tour options in case you’re also interested. And, obviously, you can schedule time for a portrait session there as well. All information for Dodger tours can be found here.
Here’s a short You Tube video I made of one of the games I went to last year: