PGA Dodger Day
By Michael Quinn Martin
On Saturday, July 14, 2012, over 60 PGA members attended our annual PGA Dodger Day at Dodger Stadium as the Dodgers took on the San Diego Padres.
In a see-saw game the that saw the lead change several times, PGA members cheered when Andre Ethier hit a two run home run in the 6th inning to put the Dodgers ahead 6-4. Dodger relief pitcher Ronald Belisario allowed the Padres to score one run in the 8th inning, but the Dodgers still led 6-5.
With two outs in the 9th inning, the usually reliable Dodger relief pitcher Kenley Jansen had runners Will Venable on 2nd and Everth Cabrera on 3rd. In one of the most bizarre plays of the season, Jansen started to clean the dirt of out his cleats, but turned his back on Cabrera, who started to steal home. With catcher A.J. Ellis gesturing frantically, Jansen finally realized what was going on, but ended up throwing the ball over Ellis’ head and all the way to the backstop, allowing Venable to also score from 2nd base. This put the Padres up 7-6, a lead the Dodgers could not overcome in the bottom of the 9th inning.
At least all of the PGA members in attendance got a free dual Bobblehead, featuring legendary managers Walter Alston (23 years as manager) and Tommy Lasorda (20 years). PGA members were also next to the Dodger bullpen, where Dodger relief pitchers Scott Elbert, Josh Lindblom, Shawn Tolleson, Josh Wall, and Jamey Wright signed autographs for fans before the game.
This event was brought to you by your PGA Events Committee. We hope to see you next year at Dodger Stadium!