I grew up in Southern California. My Dad played professional baseball in Mexico when he left Cuba a zillion years ago so baseball was a big deal for all of us. The family’s idea of fun was tossing a ball next to the house or a not so friendly game with other family members. So, it was no coincidence that we were regular fixtures at Dodger Stadium throughout the years. My memory is filled with chilly evenings and long afternoons of cheering the boys in blue. My first crush was Steve Garvey. My Dad would get tickets along the first base line so I could watch Garvey play with the best infield in baseball history (yes, I am biased).
Today, I am a Mom with kids of my own. We moved back to Southern California last summer and have spent the last 9 months showing the kids the best parts of our beloved Los Angeles. Last fall we took them to their first Dodger game. They loved every moment of it from the Farmer John Dodger Dogs to the wave and cheering on the team (Dodgers vs. The Colorado Rockies – yes, Dodgers won).
On Mother’s Day, my kids decided that the best way to celebrate me was to take me to one of my favorite places. Yes, you guessed it, Dodger Stadium. Once again the Dodgers were playing the Rockies. Coincidently, my daughter lives in Colorado now since she is a student at Colorado State University. Since her allegiances have been compromised, she was not allowed to cheer (just kidding but she was teased mercilessly). It was a wonderful day and a great game.
Sure, Los Angeles County is filled with a million things to do from the beaches to the movie industry attractions but a trip to LA is not complete without catching a game at Dodger Stadium. It is an experience even for people who aren’t interested in the game. The views from the stadium give you a different perspective of Los Angeles. It is truly a feast for all of your senses and feeling of community when you are sitting in the stands is incomparable.
If you want to go to a game, you are in luck. Thanks to the new owners of the Dodgers, prices are reduced (parking has been reduced by $5!). Our favorite deals are the Value Packs which come with a minimum of 4 tickets, 4 Dodger Dogs and 4 Coca Colas(http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/ticketing/index.jsp?c_id=la)! The tickets start at $18-$42 (price per ticket). This means you can provide your family of 4 a great evening for $72! You can’t even go to the movies for that price anymore. So go out and catch some Dodger Baseball and don’t be surprised if you see me cheering on my boys in blue.
Lee and Paul Reyes-Fournier write the highly provocative and informative CoupleDumb, The Relationship Blog. Lee is a professional psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience and Paul has a degree in Astrophysics and an MBA. They have been happily married for over 23 years and have three kids. You can catch them on their web series ‘Relationship Rehab’ or get their book ‘Dysaffirmation: Because this kind of stupid takes work.