Twenty years

Twenty years ago, I ditched my graduate school classes at Georgetown to watch the Dodgers’ season-opening game, which happened to be the Florida Marlins’ franchise-opening game.

Twenty years.

That just ain’t right.

I was outlining my first screenplay and just beginning to dream of my second major life decision in a year, moving back from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles to pursue writing for the screen.

I was interested in a girl in school, whom the following month I would have my first date with, and soon fall in love with, greatly complicating the thoughts laid out in the previous paragraph.

I had already loved and lost, both in my personal life and my professional life, the culmination of which helped send me to Washington in the first place.

I was four years out of college and already so much had happened. In four years. And now it’s been 20.

How can this be?

I hardly feel any different from the 25-year-old on the futon in that Woodley Park apartment. But everything around me is so different.

On April 5, 1993, Charlie Hough and the Marlins beat the Dodgers, 6-3. Hough, almost impossibly old for a pitcher, was the same age then that I am now.

Pirates at Dodgers, 7:10 p.m.

Carl Crawford, LF
Mark Ellis, 2B
Matt Kemp, CF
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Luis Cruz, 3B
Andre Ethier, RF
A.J. Ellis, C
Justin Sellers, SS
Zack Greinke, P

  • Adam Luther

    Sellers’ redemption time.

  • Anonymous

    Hoya Saxa!

  • Anonymous

    I remember that inaugural game. Karros banged the dirt in disfustthe when a ground ball to his right got past him. Didn’t FA aquisition Todd Worrell start the season on the DL?

  • DXMachina

    That reminds me that on that very same day I was at a chilly Shea Stadium watching the very first Colorado Rockies game. The Mets won 3-0 with Dwight Gooden throwing a a four-hit shutout. The game featured old friends Eddie Murray and Jeff Kent on the right side of the Mets infield, and the elder Eric Young at 2nd for the Rocks (speaking of Hoya Saxa).

    Thanks for the reminder, Jon. I never would’ve realized.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Old friend manny is still on the fertility drugs, as this HR remiscint of the golf shot in Chicago shows

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=47qDPxh94Ko

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    I was in Korea in March/April of ’93 but I might have back in Guam by the 5th. I can’t remember the exact date we got back. But I wasn’t on the internet until early 1994 when I got to Hawaii so baseball news was always days/weeks later when my sporting news arrived in the mail

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    http://www.milb.com/multimedia/vpp.jsp?content_id=26030863&sid=t342

    Video of Dee Gordon’s fantastic diving catch and throw at Albuquerque today

    • Anonymous

      Wow

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      showed castle’s Hr…saw the dee video below it but it wouldn’t load

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      Finally got to see it when I opened it in a new window…Fantastic throw from the knees

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    terrible hitting with men on base pct. Need to change that tonight

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    good inning

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Crawford got squeezed lucky he didn’t get tossed for the post at bat talk with the ump

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Why are people booing Russell? The team let him go, not the other way around.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      I think it was the steroids issue

      • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

        I must have missed it. I think it’s just that people are kinda dumb and boo any ex-Dodger that comes up.

        • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

          maybe…If I was there he wouldn’t gotten either a cheer or boo from me

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    settle down people…the hits will come…It’s like they are pressing

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Can’t hit lefties my foot.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DRE!!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Filthy curve

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    RYU take note: He is safe because he ran it out

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice hustle Carl!

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Greinke helped break up that double play by going in for the slide.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      Scared Barmes

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    If Matt Kemp were running the bases like Carl Crawford has this week, I’d have to cover my ears.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      Thought it was a full count

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Greinke is dealing, but at 57 pitches through four innings this early in his season, don’t know if he’ll last much past the sixth.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      especially since he was behind in ST

    • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

      You’re probably right. But six innings will be nice.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Ok Mark…start it off need runners

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice hustle AJ!!

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

      Yeah – not an easy play.

      • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

        I know…that’s the position I liked the most…If I wasn’t pitching it was catching

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    FINE Play Justin!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Stellar Defense this inning!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    AJ!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    This would be a good spot for Sellers to get a hit. Or at least move AJ over.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      with 1 out I’d like to see him drive him in instead of just over

    • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

      Almost.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Greinke! Challenging Kershaw with the bat…

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    good swing and hit by Grienke

  • Anonymous

    Gotta get me one of the Brooklyn caps so I can fly under the radar at Camden and Nat’s Park. When does the movie come out? Could be a run on them at that point.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      April 12th

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    I would have heard Vin Scully’s sixth-inning story tonight if not for those meddling kids!

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    I’ll have a piece on “42″ at sportsonearth.com on April 10.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    That bad hop single is stopping Grienke from having a perfecto going MSTI Mike is saying it should have been ruled an error

    • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

      Honestly might be a good thing so that Greinke isn’t forced to pitch more than he should tonight.

      • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

        I agree…He’s not ready to go 9

        • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

          I’m never one to root against history, but it saved us a dilemma.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, we would have had to keep our mouths shut.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Matty!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Matty says “Hi Mom!”

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      I met her in SD and she had Matty sign my authentic jersey last on 9/25. Sat 2 rows away from her. Nice Lady

  • Anonymous

    I like that very much!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    AGON!!…And now we are off

    • Anonymous

      I am at least a minute behind you, or you have extraordinary powers.

      • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

        I’m watching on Prime ticket Directv

        • Anonymous

          I am watching on mlb.tv Indirect.

          • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

            Indirectv, I like that.

        • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

          ok I’ll try to delay my posts

          • Anonymous

            No problem, I’ll just delay looking at DT.

          • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

            NP it’s just me you and Jeff…I can delay

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Gruz’s turn

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    hit hard but right at him

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Great first start for Greinke!

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      Definitely…Hopefully they bring in Paco instead of Belli….don’t like him coming In with runners on

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Clap clap for Greinke: 6 1/3 IP, two baserunners, six strikeouts.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    AJ with the cannon!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Talk about relief!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Good Job Paco

  • Anonymous

    Greinke was dealing!

  • Anonymous

    Nice to see Kemp’s smile again as well.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      and stop to wave to his mom…what a nice boy

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Come on Kenley…1,2,3

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Come on Double play

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    1 more Kenley

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    love how that wall is higher now

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice start Mark

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Let’s go AGon

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    It may have just been Jonathan Sanchez and the Pirates but it’s nice to see the big bats getting some big hits. And the newest Ace #2 pitching well.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      I knew the bats would wake up…they just needed to relax a little…you know the old saying hitting is contagious…Ball Game

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice play Agon

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    NPUT