Our Dodger home opener Twitters to alleviate the home opener jitters


In 140 characters or less, here are your do’s, don’ts and duhs about today’s Dodgers’ home opener against Arizona at Dodger Stadium:


First pitch: 1:10 p.m. Parking lots open an hour earlier than usual: 10:10 a.m. Ballpark access starts at 10:40 a.m.

History buffed: It’s No. 53 L.A. home opener, and No. 49 at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers are 24-24 in D-Stadium home openers.

Limping in: The Dodgers played their first six on the road, in P’burgh and Miami, losing four of ’em. It wasn’t really pretty.

Need a ticket? Most are sold. Some remain if you buy a mini-plan or season seat. Check dodgers.com/tickets. And StubHub.com. Kids under 3 free.

Essentials: Cap, glove, SPF 30, shades, credit card, binocs, cell phone (to tweet). Not allowed: Signs, noise makers, cans, bottles, frowns.

Pre-game meal: Potato breakfast burrito @ Tacos Villa Corona, Atwater Village; Mama’s Hot Tamales Caf @ 7th and Alvarado, opens at 11.


Arrive in style: Take the nat-gas shuttles from Union Station starting at 10:30 a.m.. Free if you have tix. Buck 25 one-way if you don’t.

An alternate (public) route: Take Metro Line 2 or 4 to Sunset./Innes, hike 10 min. up Elysian Park to the entrance. Good workout.

Traffic updates: Text DODGERS PARKING to 65246 for updated info. Or listen to KABC-AM (790) as you cruise in.

BP schedule: Dodgers are scheduled to take cuts from 10:15-11:15 and the Diamondbacks from 11:15-noon.

Sign us up: Maury Wills and Tommy Davis are at Autograph Alley, behind center field, starting at 10:10 a.m. Also try Aisle 27 field level.

Tailgate: Not allowed, but Farmer John has a new mobile truck in RF parking lot giving out smoked sausages. And VIP lounge with 55-inch TVs.


National anthem: The honor goes to Grammy Award-winning country star LeAnn Rimes. Because Slash wasn’t available?

Ceremonial first pitch: The honor goes to Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas. Because Snoop Dogg wasn’t available?

Heads up: That’s a group of U.S. Navy FA-18C Hornets from Strike Fighter Squadron 97 doing the fly-over while Rimes sings.

King for a moment: For some reason, it’s Larry King asked to proclaim “IT’S TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL.” Why not Vin? :(

National audience: The MLB Network will carry the Prime Ticket telecast for everyone to see. Except in L.A. and AZ.


Food run: No change in concession prices across the board. Dodger Dog: $5 Beer: $6-13. Try going after 2nd inning. Beer stops in 7th.

New grub: A two-pound pretzel called the “Victory Knot” at CPK stands. W/ 3 dipping sauces in a pizza-sized box. Serves 4.

Making a comeback: Spicy picante dogs; fish tacos at Camacho’s; Dippin’ Dots at carts on field and reserve levels.

Healthy grub: Carts around park offer up curried chicken lettuce wraps, fresh fruit salads, California rolls and gluten-free beer.

Need help: New Guest Relations Centers @ reserve section 39-40, loge section 112-114, field section at baseline box club and LF pavilion.

Lasting memories: Be nice to the Fan Photo person, pose for a free shot, only buy (if you want) online at printroom.com.


Celeb sightings: Probably. But no Jamie McCourt. Lawyer says she won’t make it out. Still waiting to clean out her office.

Short shop: New customized jerseys in souvenir shops. Opening Day T-shirts, pens, fitted hats. And Manny wigs are back.

Foul ball territory: With hard throwers Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and D’backs Ian Kennedy, go loge (sects 101-122) or reserve (sects 1-10).

7th-inn. stretch: Stand for “God Bless America.” Turn toward the press box and wave up to Vin Scully during “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.”

The home run: The Union Station shuttle picks up behind CF and runs up to 45 mins after the last out. Starts heading back in 7th inning.


Post-game meal: Lines often long at Philippe’s in China Town and Langer’s near MacArthur Park. Find Tommy’s chiliburger on Rampart.

Post-game margarita to wait out traffic: Malo on Sunset in Silver Lake. With chips and ground beef/pickle tacos.

An excuse to get the afternoon off: Need to see tax specialist to get an extension. Will explain later. Be back ASAP. Or Wednesday AM.

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