Starling Marte, the left fielder, as a really good rapport with the fans out there, giving warm-up toss balls to fans in various sections. And even shamed someone for snagging a ball meant for a kid. The atmosphere and environment is so wonderful there: a far cry from my standard experiences at Fenway Park in recent years.
One of the interesting things was seeing the Dodgers outfielders near me, Howie Kendrick and Scott Van Slyke, looking at note cards that they kept in the back pockets that told them where to stand in the outfield. This was biggish news back in May when the Dodgers sought permission from the Mets to paint spots on their outfield to help the players.
Before the game, I took the 3:45 pm tour of the ballpark which I did because it afforded me the chance to watch batting practice. We missed the Pirates pretty much, except for sneak peaks from various stops on the tour; but getting to watch the Dodgers was fun, too. Seeing Clayton Kershaw, Chase Utley, Yasiel Puig, Scott Kazmir, Kenta Maeda, Justing Turner, Adrian Gonzalez all up close was nifty. It was also a free T-shirt Friday so I got a Kang shirt. Nice.
While I tweeted during the tour and game here are some pictures...
The photos are all out of order, sorry! There it is, enjoying a Victory Hop Devil IPA in advance of a Pirates victory. #RaiseIt