(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Members of the original Beach Boys (left) perform with newer members before Tuesday’s Dodgers-Pirates game at Dodger Stadium.
With all due respect to the Beach Boys — those ancient mariners who share in a 50th anniversary celebration with Dodger Stadium and showed up Tuesday for an animatronics-type rendition of “Surfer Girl” and the national anthem . . .
Wouldn’t it be nice . . .
== If Wally Moon could get one more crack at trying to loft a homer into the left-field pavilion?
Showing up at Tuesday’s home opener with a handful of his 1962 Dodger teammates that helped open the joint 50 years ago, the recently-turned 82-year-old Moon couldn’t help but marvel at how well it had been holding up.
“It was such an engineering feat to watch this thing being built out of a ravine,” said Moon, the team’s starting left fielder and No. 3 hitter behind Maury Wills and Junior Gilliam, and right in front of Duke Snider for that opener on April 10, 1962 – a 6-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.
Moon’s ability to loft balls to the opposite field for home runs at the Coliseum prior to moving into these new digs was suddenly altered again – the dimensions were as unfair to right-handed hitters as they were to lefties.
“It was a pitcher’s park,” Moon admitted. “I’d get in there for batting practice and try to hit it out – it was quite a change.
“But look at how well this place served baseball in Los Angeles for all these years. It was ahead of its time back then.”
== If Frank McCourt actually showed his billion-dollar smike and faced the Beach Boys’ music instead of secluding himself in a luxury suite above third base, leaving Tommy Lasorda all by himself again down near the dugout?
As if Peter O’Malley had any trouble working through the crowd . . .
== If Joe Torre would stop saying he can’t say anything about the recent auction sale of the team because he’s protected by a non-disclosure agreement?
== If Vin Scully had some kind of studio in his Hidden Hills home where he could at the very least try to describe the action off a TV monitor?
== If the six new banners attached to the faade of the stadium club – one each for 1955, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1981 and 1988 – didn’t appear to have such a gap between the last World Series title and present day? If that was on your resume and an employer looked at it, wouldn’t that send up a red flag?
(OK, so at least they got the years right, unlike when they tried to post them on a fleece blanket for a give-away a couple of seasons ago).
== If the 10 retired numbers hung under the roofs in the right- and left-field pavilion weren’t simply the digits 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42 and 53, but actually had the players’ names and the years they played attached to them? You know, kind of like how they were last season and for years before that?
== If Maury Wills could be introduced at some Opening Day as “Hall of Famer Maury Wills”?
== If Drew Drysdale, the 20-year-old daughter of the late Don Drysdale, could show up to the park every night with her mom, Ann Meyers Drysdale, and belt out “God Bless America” during every seventh-inning stretch?
Isn’t she a new good luck charm?
== If the lines going into the men’s and women’s restrooms on the loge level during the seventh inning weren’t co-mingling with those who were attempting to get one last beer at the cash-only beverage kiosk, resulting in a greater confusion about the entry and exit points of the cool beverages?
== If the peanuts that Roger Owens was chucking behind his back weren’t now up to six bucks a bag?
== If cell phone reception inside the park was a bit more receptive?
== If a simple $5 Dodger Dog was more than enough for the paying customers? We really need a new “extreme loaded dogs” stand now that offers, for $7.50 each, things such as the “Big Kid Dog” (goey mac and cheese topped with Fritos) or “The Heater” (topped with buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese cole slaw)?
== If Beach Boys front-man Mike Love was actually a baseball fan and had made a trip to Dodger Stadium before Tuesday?
“I’m more into basketball, you know?” he said before the game. “I’ve got this nephew (Kevin, with the Minnesota Timberwolves) who is No. 1 in double-doubles, No. 2 in rebounds and No. 4 in scoring.”
So who’s your favorite Dodger?
“Should I have one?” Love asked back.
Maybe if we think and wish and hope and pray, it might come true.