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Opening Day!

March 31st, 2008 · 4 Comments

Well, it’s been another disappointing season for hockey fans in Los Angeles. Our Los Angeles Kings had another miserable season. Things are not all bleak and dark in the future for the Kings, however. There is now an established core of young players to build a hockey team around. Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Alex Frolov, Patrick O’Sullivan and Jack Johnson are no doubt the future of the Kings. And with finishing last in the NHL this season (as of right now, the Kings are in last place with 69 points and three games to go, which is two points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning), the Kings have a good chance at picking first in the upcoming NHL draft. And this year’s draft is absolutely chock-full of talented young players, some of which are NHL-ready. So things are looking up for the Kings. It may take another season or two, but you can be sure I’ll be there at Staples Center to cheer my hockey team on.

With only three games to go in the NHL season, it’s time for me to shift gears from hockey to baseball. Today is Opening Day at Dodger Stadium. Just as in the beginning of every past baseball season, there is a LOT of optimism about the Dodgers. With the development of our young players (James Loney, Matt Kemp, Russel Martin, Chad Billingsley, and Andre Ethier) coming along very well, and with the addition of center-fielder Andruw Jones (who was signed as a free agent this past off-season), there are many who believe that the Dodgers are the team to beat in the National League West this season.

Mom and I go to Opening Day together every year, so we’re tooling up this morning for the 1 PM game. Sunscreen, cameras, lunch, a co-signer for the loan we need to take out to pay for parking, all are lined up and ready to go.

And here I sit at 5 AM.

Is it time to go yet?

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  • 1 Edge // Mar 31, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Now you know how Texas Rangers fans feel! LOL

    I feel for the kings. If the Stars weren’t in the same division I might have a little sympathy, but I think the whole of hockey-dom is declining. Too much expansion ( Columbus? REALLY?? They need a team) and hockey in Miami is just ridiculous.

    Be that as it may, best of luck to the Kings next season.

    ~Jef

  • 2 Joel P. // Apr 1, 2008 at 1:55 am

    Hey Glenn-

    Great Blog! I’ve been reading for some time now but this is the first time I’ve commented.

    Any thoughts on the Dodgers-Red Sox exhibition at the LA Coliseum? I know you’re a big Dodgers fan so I thought you might have been one of the 100,000 or so that showed up.

    -Joel

  • 3 gcalvin // Apr 1, 2008 at 2:58 am

    What a zoo it must have been!

    I can’t stand the Coliseum. It’s a miserably uncomfortable venue for anything, let alone a baseball game. Parking was $25 (or $14 at Dodger Stadium plus a $40 round-trip PER PERSON bus ride)!!

    Nope. Not me. We sold our tickets the instant we got them. I hope whoever bought our seats had a great time!

  • 4 gcalvin // Apr 1, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Pictures from Opening Day 2008 at Dodger Stadium can be seen on my flickr.com photostream. The link is on the right.

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