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Take Me Out to the Ball Game – Using Metro Buses to Watch the LA Dodgers

Sep 15, 2010 by Tom Jones

Everybody knows that we’re Laker crazy here in LA.. But the Los Angeles Dodgers are also near and dear to our hearts.

Although this year they’re next to last place in Major League Baseball’s National Western League standings, going to Dodger Stadium has and will always be a time honored tradition here.

Despite the last decade’s ups and downs, the Dodger owners, McCourt’s divorce saga, and Manny Ramirerz’s disappointing performance, we still bleed Dodger Blue.

Although it was first launched a few months ago with little fanfare, Metro introduced a great new service for all Dodger fans–the Dodger Roundtripper Station to Stadium Shuttle. Now you can park your automobile at either the Metro Rail Chinatown or Union Station, hop on the Shuttle and go to the ballpark.

Although Chavez Ravine, and Dodger Stadium never lose their innate charm and beauty, going back and forth to the Dodger Stadium parking lot may not be the best experience because of traffic or perhaps you’ve had one too many; but more importantly many Dodger Fans don’t drive or opt not to.

Patrons can board the shuttle at Union Station’s Patsaouras Transit Plaza. The shuttle will travel west, taking Elysian Park through Gate A and dropping fans off at a specially designated stop in lot 13 of Dodger Stadium. Cost for the round trip is $2. Patrons using the Metro Gold Line can also catch a Dodger Shuttle Bus from the Chinatown Station. Metro passes are not accepted on the shuttle.

Buses will leave Union Station every 15 minutes or less from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Buses leaving the Metro Gold Line Chinatown Station will leave every 30 minutes. Return service from Dodger Stadium will begin no later than the top of the 8th inning. The last bus will leave 30 minutes after the last out, but no later than 11 p.m.

The Metro Rail system spans nearly 73.1 miles linking Long Beach, Norwalk, El Segundo, North Hollywood, Universal City, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Highland Park, Pasadena and all MTA operates the 17.4-mile Metro Red Line subway, the 22-mile Los Angeles to Long Beach Metro Blue Line, the 20-mile Norwalk to El Segundo Metro Green Line, and the 13.4-mile Metro Gold Line from Pasadena to Los Angeles as well as Metro Buses.

For information on the Dodger Roundtripper Station to Stadium Shuttle call 323-244-1-HIT.

During the early 2000’s, they had incredibly won four successive seasons.The team’s honors were accomplished because of the team’s devoted and versatile key players such as Chan Ho Park, Shawn Green, Adrian Beltre, and Paul Lo Duca.

For many of us growing up, we’ll never forget the great Dodger players like Sandy Koufax’ Don Drysdale, Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Kirk Gibson, Ron Cey, Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell, Fernando Valenzuela, and Manny Mosa, among tens of dozens of great Dodger athletes that immediately come to mind.

After relocating from Brooklyn, NY, in 1958, the Dodgers won the Pennant in 1959, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1981, and 1988; they were world Champions winning the World Series in 1959, 1963, 1965, 1981 and 1988.

Here’s a tribute video of the great Dodger teams, players and moments:

As stated in one of our previous stories, if you live in Los Angeles, and have never attended a Dodgers game, shame on you!

Better yet, with Metro buses now going to Dodger Stadium, there’s no longer an excuse for not going………………………………………….

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