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Mexican themed party and then off to the ball game

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I enjoy watching baseball so I was excited to be invited to go and see the LA Dodgers play the Milwaukee Brewers at the Dodgers Stadium in Downtown Los Angeles. However beforehand there was the little matter of a 30th Birthday Party! Now I don't normally blog family get-to-togethers but this was a little different as it had a Mexican theme.

There were sombreros, lanterns and Mexican food of course (and the red plastic "Solo" beer cups that seem to be used at every American party) but what I had not seen before were pinatas. These are fancy papier-mache shapes normally filled with small toys or candy that a child normally hits blindfold with a bat until it breaks and then everyone dives in and grabs the contents spewed all over the ground. Being an adult birthday the toys and candy were replaced with tequila miniatures, party poppers and cigars!

Mexican themed party time and I'm asked to don a Sombrero!

Mexican themed party time and I'm asked to don a Sombrero!


Party Time - trying to break open the Pinata by hitting it with a bat

Party Time - trying to break open the Pinata by hitting it with a bat

A bit later on I was introduced to the quaint American drinking game of beer pong in which players throw a ping pong ball across a table with the intent of landing the ball in a cup of beer on the other end with forfeits of drinking the beer until one side or the other clears all their opponents cups. We actually did quite well and finally lost in the final :-)

It's getting late - time for Beer Pong!

It's getting late - time for Beer Pong!


Me posing behind a cut-out at a Mexican Restaurant

Me posing behind a cut-out at a Mexican Restaurant

Partying done and after a good night's rest it was time to make our way downtown to the Dodgers Stadium for the game. On the way we drove past the Staples Centre home of the LA Lakers NBA Basketball Team and saw some of the skyscrapers of LA close up.

Making our way down the Freeway - Dodgers Stadium next exit

Making our way down the Freeway - Dodgers Stadium next exit


The Staples Center - home of the LA Lakers NBA Basketball Team

The Staples Center - home of the LA Lakers NBA Basketball Team


Skyscrapers in Downtown LA

Skyscrapers in Downtown LA

After a short wait at the barrier we had our first proper view of the stadium. We parked up in the enormous open air parking lot outside and then made our way to through security into the stadium to find our seats not far behind the Dodgers dugout.

In the queue for the Stadium Parking Lot

In the queue for the Stadium Parking Lot


Our first view of the Dodgers Stadium

Our first view of the Dodgers Stadium


View outside the Dodgers Stadium

View outside the Dodgers Stadium

Major League Baseball stadiums are always impressive and it was a bright sunny day in Southern California. Warning, now follows my attempt as a foreigner to explain Baseball! Baseball is a bat and ball game played between 2 teams of 9 players on a diamond of four bases. The pitcher throws the ball at a batter who has 3 attempts to hit the ball before running around the bases as far as he can while the other team tries to get him out by catching or tagging him or the base he is running to. Runs are scored when the batter gets all the way around or if he hits the ball out of the ground (a home run). Each innings lasts as long as it takes to get 3 batters out and the teams then switch sides with the game lasting 9 innings (or longer to get a result).

Our first view of the game

Our first view of the game


The Dodgers pitcher pitching at the Milwaukee Brewers

The Dodgers pitcher pitching at the Milwaukee Brewers


Close up of the LA Pitcher pitching the ball

Close up of the LA Pitcher pitching the ball

The Dodgers were pitching at the Brewers when we got to our seats with me wearing my newly purchased LA Dodgers T-shirt and carrying the traditional baseball match fare of beer, Dodger Dog and bag of unshelled peanuts. The Dodgers dominated the game with their pitcher Clayton Kershaw not allowing anyone to score against him while Carl Crawford batted 2 home runs. At the end of the 7th innings everyone stood up and had a stretch joining in the traditional corny song of Take me out to the ball game. The Dodgers went on to win the game 2-0 in just two hours, very quick for a baseball game!

The stadium scorerboard, the Dodgers are ahead :-)

The stadium scorerboard, the Dodgers are ahead :-)


It's the Milwaukee Brewers turn to pitch at the LA Dodgers

It's the Milwaukee Brewers turn to pitch at the LA Dodgers


Enjoying the game with my cousins wearing my new LA Dodgers T-Shirt

Enjoying the game with my cousins wearing my new LA Dodgers T-Shirt

Posted by FrancisRTW 02:00 Archived in USA Tagged beer california sport party videos mexican external_links

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