The best vacation: Dodgers vs. Giants

Rachelle Dennis
Rachelle Dennis

By Rachelle Dennis Posted November 1, 2008

Think about the one trip you went on that you were so excited about you couldn’t sleep the night before. I’m going on that trip. I am on my way to the Dodgers and Giants game in San Francisco with my family.

We are finally at the stadium. It is now 3:45 p.m. and the game doesn’t start until 6:05 p.m. We stand in line, anxiously waiting to get in, for 15 minutes but it seems like 15 hours. When we finally go through the gate and the attendant takes our tickets, we receive a free Giants blanket. This would be great if we were Giants fans, but we have been lifetime Dodgers fans. When we reach our seats, we find ourselves in the front row on the Dodgers side.

We are able to watch Manny Ramirez, Greg Maddox, Blake Dewitt and the rest of the Dodgers warm up. They are literally five feet in front of us. It is so exciting to be able to watch these athletes in real life. I start snapping pictures before the game even started. It is amazing.

During the game, my sister and I have to sit by ourselves with Giants fans all around us. My dad couldn’t find six tickets together, so four of my family members sit together and we are left alone. The Giants fans don’t like us too much because we are cheering for the Dodgers. One person sitting behind me asks, “Are you a Dodgers fan?”

I replied sarcastically, “Yeah that is why I am wearing all this Dodgers stuff.”

She says, “Can I have your Giants blanket then?”

I tell her no because it is mine. Giants’ fans are weird.

In the fourth inning, Blake Dewitt hits a home run to make the score 1-0. I am so excited; I jump out of my chair and whistle as loud as I can. The Giants fans around me are screaming “Sit down!” I am so thrilled that I don’t even know they are yelling until my sister suddenly sits down. I say, “What are you doing? We just got a homerun.”

She said, “They are all yelling at us, Rachelle.” But I don’t care that they are mad and irritated at me, my team just hit a home run.

Of course, in the next inning, the Giants hit a home run. The score is 1-1. I am so angry I almost start to cry.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, there is a bench-clearer between the two teams. Two Dodgers and one of the Giants players were going to start something, when all of a sudden the umps, both teams, and their coaches come out on the field. It is absolutely crazy. Everyone in the stands is on their feet; unfortunately, I am too short to see, so I have to stand on my toes. It is bad for the teams, but it is very exciting for the fans.

The Dodgers end up winning the game 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth. It’s the best thing in the whole world, I think. The game is far more exciting than any of our other family vacations, and I would definitely go on a trip like that again. I think that it is important for parents to take their kids on family vacations like these. It gives them time to bond with each other. If you have children; take time out for them, because it won’t be long before they leave and live on their own.

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