An Ode to Opening Day at Dodger Stadium, 1985 – present

As fans of the Dodgers wallow in the misery that is the McCourt Divorce proceedings – accompanied by a 2-4 start on the road versus the woebegone Pirates and payroll-challenged Marlins – there is respite in the looming despair: Opening Day, 2010.  With an abundance of talent and numerous question marks about the state of the Organization, YKI flashes back to the years of yore, with photographic memories of my childhood and the Dodgers.

Opening Day is a time of hope and positivity toward the future and nostalgic leanings to the past, and here I present some of the images that in these times of $15 parking, $70 Loge seats & $12 beers, still make it so difficult to be objective about the Organization that produced so many good memories in my household.
http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/photo/2005/07/04/PH2005070401226.jpg

http://i.a.cnn.net/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/2005/08/12/top.characters/valenzuela.jpg

http://losangeles.grubstreet.com/20091015_dodgerstadium_560x375.jpg

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/09/26/orel_hershiser.jpg

http://community.baseballhall.org/view.image?Id=792

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2007/08/05/weekinreview/05dodgers_CA0.600.jpg
http://cache.deadspin.com/assets/resources/2008/01/pedroguerrero.jpg

http://detrasdelosdodgers.mlblogs.com/ramon%20martinez.JPG

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3240/2378743707_9a0571ceb5.jpg

http://www.blueworkhorse.com/images/stories/slideshow/adrian-beltre.jpg

http://tommy.mlblogs.com/SciosciaMike_0003.jpg

http://mlbpark.donga.com/data/fileUpload/201001/1263716086.jpg
http://www.lataco.com/taco/wp-content/uploads/nomar_garciaparra.jpg

http://umpbump.com/press/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/joselima1.jpg

http://i.bnet.com/blogs/steve-garvey.jpg

http://www.awritersgroove.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/snoop-and-dodgers-ticket-truck-2.jpg
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_wUxz-gqjx5s/SpIg0k3v24I/AAAAAAAACnY/1uCzp736lLc/s320/2009-08-19+20.30.38.jpg
http://razzball.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/brett_butler-hof.jpg
http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/la/photo/2004album/june/618izturis.jpg

http://umpbump.com/press/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/nomo.jpg

http://www.popcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/alyssa-milano-500x762.jpg
http://swamigp.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/coloradorockiesvlosangelesdodgersl6xn-osra23l.jpg?w=283&h=188
http://www.iiiii.nu/image_archive/public_figures/park_chan_ho/angry.jpg

http://www.thejerseyspot.com/pics/shawn-green-action.jpg

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/04/01/dodgers_opening_day.jpg
http://www3.allaroundphilly.com/blogs/delcotimes/ryanl/uploaded_images/Ethier-740321.jpg

http://ic1.maxabout.info/people/S/steve-sax.jpg
http://themixtapemonster.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/clayton.jpg?w=226&h=299
http://cache4.asset-cache.net/xc/81343794.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=77BFBA49EF8789215ABF3343C02EA5489803E82B244C0E1B7BA853D0BB62595ACDD6FF7830CB977B
http://www.exposay.com/celebrity-photos/matt-kemp-27-2009-mlb-arizona-diamondbacks-JHj8MZ.jpg
http://mlb.mlb.com/images/2008/05/20/yfffRfmZ.jpg

http://nbcsportsmedia3.msnbc.com/j/msnbc/Components/Photos/070524/070524_dodgersEat_hmed5p.hmedium.jpg

http://laist.com/attachments/la_tim/Darryl-Strawberry-Dodgers.jpg

http://thesportsidiot.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/gagne-pump.jpg

http://legendsrevealed.com/sports/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/kirk1016.jpg

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RBw-psMN_Ew/SGWATM0XYKI/AAAAAAAABBE/8f6e34X02cE/s400/__dodgers_logo.jpg

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9 comments

  1. JC

    Halos played at Dodger Stadium a couple of years. So I guess it’s pretty cool. Will Franky ever sell the naming rights to Dodger Stadium? In N Out Stadium? King Taco Stadium? Farmer John Stadium? Uh oh.

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  3. Countthechips

    Awesome! Nothing like opening day at Dodgers Stadium!!!!!!!!!! Dodgers win 9-5! What a beautiful day!

  4. Cave Dog

    Super way to start the season with memories of the past and hope for the future with a great win today and of course after the divorce $25 parking and dogs:)

  5. James Conetta

    YOU ARE RIGHT ON. WE NEED TO START A
    MOVEMENT OR ORGANIZATION TO GET FRANK
    MC COURT AKA – PARKING LOT ATTENDANT.
    AFTER ALL, WE DESERVE BETTER. WE DESERVE
    AN OWNER LIKE ARTIE MORENO WHO GENUINELY
    CARES ABOUT THE FANS – NOT JUST HIS POCKETBOOK.

    JIMMY C.

  6. James Conetta

    WE NEED TO CURE CANCER. THE MCCOURTS
    MUST GO OR TAKE THE TEAM OUT OF LOS ANGELES.
    GREAT ARTICLE- EVAN. IMAGINE BROXTON DID NOT
    BLOW THE SAVE.

    JIMMY C.

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