Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ryan Garvey gets drafted by the Phillies

Congrats to Ryan Garvey (Steve's son) on getting drafted by the Phillies in the 15th round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft. It'll be interesting to see if he signs with the Phillies or follows his college commitment and attends USC.

Click here to view a video of him on MLB.com showing his pre-draft workouts.

Click here to read an article on Philadelphia's local CBS TV station's website about the Phillies drafting Ryan.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Bark in the Park 2011

My wife and I attended the Dodgers second annual Bark in the Park on May 28th. Just like the first time I attended,  it was a well run event. Among the highlights was making a lap around the field, having my wife take a picture with Steve Garvey and taking to Steve about his son Ryan's high school baseball team. The one lowlight was that the stadium caught on fire and the choking smoke led to half of the top deck and reserved level being evacuated.

I'd note that Ryan Garvey's Palm Desert High School baseball team made it to Dodger Stadium to play in California's Southern Section Division 4 finals but ended up losing to Southern California powerhouse Bishop Amat 7-0. It'll be interesting to see where he gets drafted this week since he already has a commitment to USC.

That said, here are some pictures of the event that show Dodger Stadium from the field level.

Steve Garvey leading a "Pup Rally" prior to the game.

The start of the pre-game lap around the warning track at Dodger Stadium.

A shot of Diamonvision during the lap around the field. Ironically, Steve Garvey was on the screen.

Looking in from center field.

Close up shot of the Dodgers digital screen that's part of their outfield wall.

Here's a look inside the Dodger Bullpen through the outfield wall.

The Dodgers bullpen through the outfield gate.

The far end of the Dodgers dugout heading towards the locker room.

The Dodgers dugout. Plenty of interesting things in the trainer's medicine chest.

Last year when I attended this event the Dodgers were already on the field.

Steve Garvey, my wife and dog behind home plate.

My wife and dog posing right behind home plate.

The visitors dugout at Dodger Stadium.

My dog, Chloe, making a new friend.

The visitors bullpen at Dodger Stadium.

Chloe sitting in my wife's lap in the all you can eat right field pavilion.

Here's a view from our seats of the game. Andre Ethier is playing right field.

A shot of the smoke from the fire on the top deck at Dodger Stadium.

The entire Top Deck and Reserved levels were evacuated on the first base side.

Interestingly, the game was never stopped.