This was the scene when the PA announcer gave the world record-setting final attendance number of 115,300 during the seventh inning of the Dodgers – Red Sox exhibition game at the Coliseum. (Which petered down to what I would guess to be about ten to fifteen thousand in the 9th, a complete shame considering that watching Papelbon get lit up was the most exciting part if the night.) For comparison, USC football games draw just over 92,000 and the LA Raiders played to a nation 65,000 strong.
Of course, the crowd was at its fullest in the second inning. Somewhere around the third inning fans launched probably the most successful wave since 1987, eventually tiring everyone out in the fifth and causing the girl next to me to remark, “This is the quietest 100,000 people I’ve ever heard.”
Quiet, but still lively as we spent the time between innings counting the number of fights and thrown beers we could see from our seats, along with monitoring Flag Watch 2008.
Look at how spiffy the place looked during batting practice.
Nice huh? And then this happened –
It only took one to go and soon everyone along the top railing realized they could take home a souvenir. By the end of the night the top of the stadium was almost bare.
Sad really. That one must have had an extra knot in the cord.
Special note for the Yinzer Mafia – Can you believe this guy’s vanity plate I saw in the parking lot? Kind of creepy.