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August 15-17, 2008

BDBL Weekend 2008: Los Angeles & San Diego


The view from our seats in San Diego.

LOS ANGELES/SAN DIEGO -- The ninth annual BDBL Weekend was held in Los Angeles and San Diego this year, with a record-low attendance of just six owners (all from the Ozzie League, of course.)  The weekend began with Mike Glander and Jim Doyle eating breakfast Friday morning at the local Subway.  (Jim had a footlong steak and cheese.)  Eventually, the two met up with the other attending owners: Ed McGowan, John Duel, Jeff Paulson and Greg Newgard.


The view from our seats.


The two "Dodger fans," Paulson and Doyle.


Doyle chows down on some Chinese food in LA.

With Newgard's flight delayed (a BDBL Weekend tradition), the five other owners went to lunch in Brentwood.  Then, shortly after Newgard arrived, the entire group headed out to Dodgers Stadium.  Now one of the oldest ballparks in baseball, Dodger Stadium was filled with more history than fans.  The late-arriving/early-departing Dodgers crowd groaned in unison when Milwaukee's #3 hitter Gabe Kapler (yes, #3 hitter) homered off of Villanova franchise pitcher Chad Billingsley in the first inning, giving the Brewers a 2-0 lead.

LA scored a run in the bottom of the inning on a base hit by their newest hero, Manny Ramirez, but Milwaukee regained that run in the second inning on a base hit by Jason Kendall.  The score remained 3-1 until the fourth inning, when LA's Casey Blake homered off of Brewers starter (and former Cowtipper prospect) Manny Parra, tying the game at three apiece.

In the fifth, Jeff Kent singled home Cowtipper Matt Kemp, giving LA the lead.  Cleveland Rocks all-star Russ Martin then led off the eighth with a home run, padding the lead.  And that's how it would end, as Jonathan Broxton sealed the deal in the ninth.

After the game, Ed, Greg and Mike spent the better part of the evening wandering around the Dodgers parking lot looking for Ed's car, while John Duel took Jeff and Jim on a whirlwind tour of Hollywood.  (Doyle was reportedly very impressed with the economic growth and development of that area of the city.)

The next morning, the group headed out to San Diego via the scenic Pacific Coast highway.  While sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic in between Jim Doyle's stirring renditions of "Mandy" and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," Greg made the fateful decision to mention Jamba Juice as a possible pit stop.  And thus was born Jim Doyle's lifelong addiction to Jamba Juice.  For the remainder of the weekend, not five minutes passed without Doyle mentioning Jamba Juice in some way, regardless of the context of the conversation.


Greg nobly carries on the BDBLWE tradition
in Paulson's absence.

The San Diego crew, from left-right:
McGowan, Duel, Newgard, Doyle & Glander.

After finally arriving in San Diego, the group shared a few beers at a local tavern.  Jeff then took one for the team by inviting Doyle to attend that night's Padres game with him, as Jeff wouldn't be able to make the rescheduled Sunday night game on account of his meeting his girlfriend's parents.  (Yes, it's that serious.)

Free of Doyle for the night, the remaining members of the league partied heartily in the Gaslamp District at a place called "Joltin' Joe's."  After several hours of playing pool and ping-pong, drinking lots and lots of beer and hitting on the 20-something waitresses, the group then met up with Jeff after the game to enjoy a late-night snack at an Irish pub nearby.

After two days of fighting the time zone difference, Doyle finally succumbed that night, and began a twelve-hour hibernation on the pull-out cot Glander had generously provided for him.  Eventually, the others joined him.  (Not on the pull-out, but in sleeping.)

On Sunday afternoon, the entire group went to see Tropic Thunder at a nearby movie theater, and proclaimed it to be the best movie in years.  They then enjoyed lunch at Rock Bottom before saying good-bye to Jeff for the weekend, and wishing him luck with his girlfriend's parents.  (Yes, it's that serious.)

Shortly afterward, the group headed out to Petco Park to catch that night's game between the hometown Padres and the Philadelphia Phillies.  Making the event even more special was the fact that recently-traded young superstar ace Cole Hamels was pitching for the Phillies.  As expected, he pitched brilliantly, allowing only one run through eight innings.  (But he still can't win for the Irish Rebels.)

In a largely uneventful game, the Phils took a one-run lead in the first inning, and extended that lead to 2-0 in the sixth inning on a solo home run by Pat Burrell (to the delight of roughly 20,000 Phillies fans in attendance.)  The Padres cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom half of the inning, but that's as close as they'd get, as Hamels and closer Brad Lidge were just too tough to handle.

Petco Park itself was a pleasure to see in person, with it's wide-open expanses, grassy picnic area in right field, and unique "sandbox" just beyond the right-center field fence (a feature, no doubt, that Paulson will soon adopt for The Graveyard.)  It's a beautiful park in a beautiful city.


Petco's "sandbox."

And thus concluded another fun-filled and relaxing BDBL Weekend.  The goal for 2009 is to set a new BDBL Weekend record for attendance -- but in a positive way.  Possible cities discussed for BDBLWE '09 include DC/Baltimore, Arlington/Houston, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Miami and Toronto.