Growing up, I remember all the Dodger games I attended. I think it was my Grandpa that had 4 seats for every home game and the family would take turns going. Each trip involved me screaming out the names of the players (Daryl Strawberry is the only one I remember yelling at the top of my lungs) and a Carnation Chocolate Malt with the wooden spoon. You know the type, right? I wonder if they had that at every MLB field across the US.
We never arrived for the start of the game. We never stayed for the end of the game. But we always enjoyed the moments there and I loved the 7th Inning Stretch. I loved participating in the wave. I loved the beach balls that would pop up and then booing in camaraderie with the other fans when they were taken away.
At some point, we stopped going. But, when Jon and I started dating, we found ourselves at a few games. One was for the 4th of July where we got a large group and we all hung out after to watch fireworks.
I’m pretty sure during that game, there was more conversation going on with the girls than actual game watching. But hey – American baseball is all about bringing fans together – and cheering when your team is winning. I got that covered!
This past week, Jon and I headed back to a game – it’s been over 4 years – and caught a Friday night game with this same couple – Cody & Jen. We now have 4 kids between us and a date night is rare. A Double Date Night? Kind of unheard of. But with the help of grandparents, we were able to enjoy the night.
Technology now is so different than 4 years ago. There are so many different methods to buying tickets and you no longer have to get the distant seats because season ticket holders have all the great ones. With ScoreBig, I was able to check out the different areas of the stadium and pick a few to bid seats on.
I picked the 5-star seating and put in an initial bid of $35 a ticket. Since you can bid on your seats, I figured I’d start lower and go up a few bucks each time until I grabbed a great price. Within a few seconds, I found out my bid wasn’t accepted. But the super cool thing about ScoreBig? It immediately provided me with the price I could get them for. I locked in our seats at $41 each. After your win is won, they provide you with an estimate seat section. The email explained that until the tickets were transmitted, they won’t guarantee them. But, if those tickets fell through, you’d receive the same area or better for the same price you paid. There were no additional fees involved and I received all the tickets 2 days later on email. We were seated in the Infield Box area just past 1st base. Here was our view of the game.
It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!
It’s been a very long time since I’ve ever been that close. We loved the seats and had a few fly balls come near us! We joked who would be brave enough to catch it! They’re painful unless you have a glove or hat (which, we did not.)
At Dodger Stadium, you’re able to bring in your own food. We bought Jersey Mike’s (preggo’s choice!) and brought in some sealed water bottles too. I totally forgot to grab a Carnation Chocolate Malt and realized when it was way too late. Darn! I guess next time I’ll have to remember early!
So during the game, a Pretty Cool thing happened. A few rows up, we noticed 4 teens stand up and quickly realized it was a Prom Proposal. I don’t even know if that’s the right word. Jen captured this photo and I tweeted it out.
The girl said yes (The guy is the one holding the question mark on the far right). Minutes later, my Twitter literally blew up. Dodgers shared my post, and pretty soon, it caught on like fire. By the time we left the stadium, it had been seen by over ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND PEOPLE. Can you believe that! Before the end of the game, Jen and I headed down to the Prom Couple and I told them what I had done. They started laughing and said “You’re Melissa Dell? Our friends have been texting us!” So ya, eventually I saw conversations online saying “dude, that’s your cousin!” and other hilariousness.
It’s almost up to 200k views and the geek in me just can’t believe it. I guess Prom is a big deal 😉 It’s been 15 years since mine. We didn’t do this kind of big production 🙂
The night ended with the Dodgers winning, fireworks across the LA sky, and getting some much needed time with my husband and friends 🙂