Dodger Stadium. The 3rd oldest ballpark in the country celebrates it’s 50th anniversary this year and we were along for the ride. Although historic value alone would be enough to visit this park, we were going to try and knock off a few Windows Phone Bucket List items that accent the stadium’s rich history.
The park was actually built in Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles and was the first west coast ballpark erected in 1962. Although there’s no shortage of parking in the lots, because of the huge differences in elevation around the park, it could be more than difficult to find your gate entrance or will call.
The stadium is very basic in aesthetics and what it lacks in appeal makes up for with a throwback to the mod days of circular architecture. The pale yellow seats are the stadium’s staple, but one can’t help but think of a weathered Fisher Price plastic toy when looking at them. Overall the park is in great condition considering it’s age, but now that Magic is in the picture maybe its time for a facelift to compete with the much more fan friendly, less likely to get shanked, blonde bombshell of a stadium in Anaheim, because right now the next generation of Kemp’s Kids are in jeopardy.
Nathan’s has the east coast 4th of July hot dog eating contest, but there’s nothing on the west coast to compete with it. We figured lets give it a shot and rep the west coast in the 1st ever Dodger Dog Eating Contest between two Roosevelts editors, Kobiyasteve vs. Johnny Walnuts. Winner gets to take Kate Upton on a romantic date to the Sizzler on Santa Monica (**pending approval by Kate Upton). The contest was much more difficult than either of us intended. Ever try eating one hot dog as fast as you can? Takes much longer than you’d think, especially with a dried toasted bun and Dodger Dog that should be classified as a large Slim Jim. Excuses aside, we both made complete fools of ourselves and put shame to our New York heritage. Walnuts won in the end, but it wasn’t pretty. Just two sad grown men with a face full of defeat.
The Sinatra Seat is a tradition not many fans know of. In the ’60s and ’70′s, Old Blue Eyes used to frequent Dodger Stadium. After rennovations, they saved his season ticket seats and showcased them in a suite. We found the seat and actually had the honor of sitting in it, but immediately felt a smack upside our heads and heard a voice order “Get up you morons”. Turned around and no one was there. Weird.
All in all Dodger Stadium has it’s historic perks, but as the old Yankee Stadium saw, the smell of bodily fluids eventually outlasts nastolgia.
**Approval currently pending