10. Dodger Dogs at a Dodger game.
Truthfully, I find baseball to be almost mind-numbingly boring. But baseball games themselves are fun, especially when your home team — and I say that loosely, seeing as I don’t care at all about baseball — is the Dodgers and your home stadium is Dodger Stadium, nestled in a palm-tree-lined hillside that perfectly catches the warm southern California breeze.
Between the trifecta of major sporting events in LA (Lakers, Dodgers and Trojans), the Dodgers are easily the most affordable team to watch. If you take advantage of the free Dodger Stadium Express shuttle from Union Station (free w/ game ticket), and you take it easy on the $11 beers, it’s a relatively inexpensive way to spend a weekend afternoon. Even if you don’t follow baseball, there is plenty to keep you entertained.
Highlights of my day: Cracker Jacks, the Sad-Panda expressions of Cubs fans, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” karaoke-style, and watching the cutest kid ever wailing out to Journey in the 7th inning stretch.
“Don’t stop! Belieeeevin’. Hold on to that feeeeeelin’.” You go, kid!
Oh, and I crossed off another one of my “20 Things” list: the Dodger Dog, baseball’s only hot dog to have its own Wikipedia page. Its claim to fame is its 10.75″ length, a full 3 inches longer than the bun. You can order the dog steamed or grilled, regular or all-beef blend (the Super Dodger Dog), and top it with your choice of ketchup, mustard, relish or onions. I put the whole shebang on mine. Yes, even the ketchup.
So how does the hot dog rate?
Honestly, I don’t think I’ll ever spend $5.75 on a hot dog again. Aside from the wan excitement of having baseball’s longest weiner in my mouth, it’s just a hot dog. A plain Jane dog in a squished bun with some Heinz and French’s on top. Is that the best we can do for a defining baseball frank, Los Angeles? The least you could do is put some avocados on it or something.
Or even better, wrap that puppy in bacon and top it with grilled onions and peppers a la Mexican street vendor style. Hell, I’d pay $8 for a Danger Dodger Dog. Viva Los Dodgers!