Beautiful night, but a little chilly

This is still — and this goes back to my days coming in as a visiting writer — my all-time favorite ballpark. While waiting (and waiting and waiting) for this 7:40 game to start, I’m enjoying another perfect Dodger Stadium sunset, with red streaks in the sky and a perfect view of the San Gabriels. The Jackie Robinson Day logos have been painted along the first- and third-base lines, in blue, white and gold, and they look great. It’s going to be a fun weekend at the old yard. By the way, if you pick up the Daily News tomorrow and happen to get our early edition, you’ll probably get a PARTIAL game story, with the score not final. This is nothing new, but if you have ever wondered why, it’s because of newspaper deadlines (and 7:40 starts don’t help). Those stories can be really hard to write, but tonight won’t be so bad because of the obvious Furcal angle. But if you get our late edition, for which I’m not required to file until around 11:15, you SHOULD get a full game story with quotes — unless it goes extra innings or runs especially long, which isn’t likely when it’s the Dodgers and Padres. These two teams have great starting pitching and shaky offenses, so this game figures to fairly quickly.

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