My Experience of Attending the 2018 World Series

Some of y’all may or may not have noticed that I’ve been MIA for a good part of October. One word: BASEBALL. My husband and I took a little impromptu vacation at the end of October to go to Los Angeles, California to go to the World Series. It was kind of last minute but we were glad to get away, especially to some warmer weather. My husband was especially excited to go back to California, since he was born there and lived in El Segundo growing up. My husband fondly remembers going to Dodgers games when he was little.

Even though we were there a short amount of time, we ate at many local restaurants and had a great time. Whenever we visit somewhere, I always love seeing it from a local’s perspective, instead of a tourist’s perspective. We stayed in El Segundo and Manhattan Beach, and mostly explored those two areas. I would love to live there someday!

First things first.

Baseball was the main source of me putting off things for both of my blogs. I actually wanted to sit down and watch the games and not be distracted. I had posts written and scheduled ahead of time, but I never hit publish, because I hadn’t edited the pictures. It wasn’t until the World Series was over, that I started getting back into the groove of things.

First, it was the regular season, then it was the NLDS (National League Division Series), then it was the NLCS (National League Championship Series), and then the World Series. So, as you can see, all of these games can eat into a lot of your time.

My husband and I booked a flight to Los Angeles, even before the NLCS began on the off chance the Dodgers made it to the World Series. If they hadn’t, we still planned on going on our trip since our flights were booked. Well, once the Dodgers won the NLCS, we bought two tickets to one of the World Series games. The price was crazy. You could choose a reseller site who had high ticket prices and low processing fees OR a reseller site who had low ticket prices and high processing fees. In the end, it was all the same. So, we closed our eyes to lessen the damage of the cost. With World Series tickets, it’s honestly a gamble, because tickets within your budget could sell out or the prices will continue to increase or perhaps even decrease. We have also heard that ticket prices tend to drop hours before a games starts. But like I mentioned, that is still a gamble and not guaranteed. We wanted the piece of mind, so we just bite the bullet and bought two tickets.

We knew it could potentially be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, because you never know when your team will make it to the World Series, let alone win it (We all know at this point that the Dodgers didn’t win. I don’t want to talk about it!) Tickets were SUPER expensive, but we figured that in life we could always make more money. One thing you can’t get back is: TIME. Plus, we didn’t want to live with regret by not going.

I mean, for example:

  • The Chicago Cubs won the World Series in 1908, and they didn’t win again until 2016 = 107 year drought
  • The Chicago White Sox won the World Series in 1917, and they didn’t win again until 2005 = 87 year drought
  • The Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 1918, and they didn’t win again until 2004 = 85 year drought
  • The Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series in 1903, and they didn’t win again until 1980 = 77 year drought

*So, as you can see you just never know. Of course, those listed above were the teams with the longest droughts between being World Series Champions, and didn’t take into consideration World Series Appearances.

It has been thirty years, since the Dodgers last won the World Series. My husband was only TWO DAYS old when they were last World Series champions. So, we were thinking it would be cool to see them win it (we were hoping, but it obviously didn’t pan it) for his 30th birthday that was on the 18th of October.

The trip was short. We were only there three days (Friday through Monday – we flew back to Cincinnati on Monday afternoon), but it was a fun mini-vacay! Flights were super cheap out of Cincinnati. They only cost $100 per person! If we find cheap flights like that again, we definitely plan on taking more trips, even if it is just for a weekend.

We drove to Cincinnati from Lexington, so we could fly Frontier, which is a little over an hour drive. We usually fly out of Louisville or Cincinnati, since it is usually cheaper than flying out of Lexington. It was a super early flight, but we were excited because that meant we basically would get an extra day in LA! I noticed on our flight there were lots of Dodgers fans, as well as Red Sox fans, which basically meant they would be attending one of the games too!

Everything was going great – our flight arrived earlier than expected and we got a pretty big upgrade at our car rental place. Instead of getting a compact sedan, we were upgraded to a Jeep at no extra cost! It was the perfect vehicle to drive around with the warm weather and sunshine. We even took off the roof, so we could enjoy the fresh air.

Game 3 of the World Series was that night and we would’ve bought tickets, but we didn’t want to be rushed between flying, checking into our AirBnB, and dealing with all the traffic near the stadium. That’s why weeks beforehand when we bought our tickets, we opted for Game 4 tickets instead.

My husband had asked on Reddit for suggestions on the best place to watch the game that is located in Manhattan Beach. We didn’t want a super touristy place or some chain restaurant. We wanted a place where the locals go, so we went to Hangar Inn (I’m going to do a separate post on where to eat in El Segundo and Manhattan Beach).

We are kind of glad that we didn’t buy Game 3 World Series tickets (even though it would’ve been kind of awesome to have been there). I wished we had bought tickets because Walker Buehler was pitching, and he is from where I am – Lexington, Kentucky! Super exciting to see a fellow Lexingtonian do awesome things!

We left Hangar Inn after the ninth inning, and we watched until the thirteenth inning at our AirBnB. We laid down in bed and fell asleep. We were just extremely frustrated with the game – the lack of offense, Dave Robert’s “questionable” decisions, etc. We still were kind of used to Eastern Time, so we would wake up ever so often. I woke up to see my husband on his phone. I was going to jokingly ask, “Are they still playing? HAHA!” And they WERE!! If you didn’t hear, Game 3 of the World Series was the longest game in World Series history. It lasted 18 innings and was 7 hours and 20 minutes! (That’s like watching two entire games!)

Game 3 had:

  • 561 pitches
  • 118 at-bats
  • 18 pitchers used
  • 46 players used
  • 18 innings
  • 34 strikeouts

The Dodgers ended up winning it 3-2 with a walk-off home-run in the bottom of the 18th inning by Max Muncy! Could you imagine being at a game like that?!?

Since we finally won that game, we were super pumped about Game 4. We had to plan accordingly, because game day could get crazy. The game didn’t start until 5pm, but people began lining up as early noon. The gates opened at 2pm. We were there right before they opened.

I was ridiculously excited because baseball is one of my favorite sports and it was so great to see the players I watched all season in person again (My husband and I also watched them play the Reds in Cincinnati back in September). As simple as it may be, I loved the rally towels we received, which is a keepsake that I will always treasure, even though they lost. Each day of the World Series, there was a new design for the rally towels.

If you ever go to Dodger Stadium, you have to get one of their famous Dodger dogs and garlic fries. I’m kind of going to miss that in California, garlic fries are just about on every menu. You can’t really get those in Kentucky or probably anywhere else besides California. Seasoned garlic fries are completely DIFFERENT than actual garlic fries. Garlic fries are tossed in a purée of garlic, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, parsley, and salt. But hey, in Kentucky, we may not have garlic fries, but we do have beer cheese on just about every menu here! After all, Kentucky is the birthplace of beer cheese. There was a Chicken and Waffle sandwich at Dodger Stadium that was calling my name. I kind of regret not ordering one, because chicken and waffles are my jam. I was curious to see if it could rival ones made here in the South.

We were kind of disappointed in game 4 in the way it turned out. It was a great experience even though we lost. We were up by 4 in the seventh inning. After Yasiel Puig’s three-run homer in the sixth inning, there was a 95.4 percent chance of the Dodgers winning Game 4 and tying the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

It was super disappointing during the last innings of the game to see our beloved team essentially fall apart. After Rich Hill was pulled everything seemed to collapse. He had only given up one hit through the first six innings (If you don’t know anything about baseball – that’s really really good!). However, six relievers, Alexander, Madson, Jansen, Floro, Wood, and Maeda managed to give up eight runs, seven hits and three walks in the remaining three innings of the game. What was a four-run lead turned into a five-run deficit in the final three innings of Game 4 of the World Series. That game should’ve been the Dodgers, but things just didn’t turn out like everyone hoped. They ended up losing 9-6.

As much as I love the Dodgers, it was obvious that the Red Sox were the better team. They are extremely clutch, especially when there are runners on base and there are two outs.

I don’t know anyone else, besides just one person that has been to a game at the World Series. Baseball isn’t really big in the South, and it’s most certainly not super popular in Kentucky – UK Basketball is, and thanks to the great year they are having, UK Football. The closest baseball team we have is the Cincinnati Reds. However, we do have a single A team in Lexington – the Lexington Legends (This year, the Legends won the South Atlantic League Championship Series!) Currently, they are a Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. Before that, they were an affiliate for the Houston Astros.

143 days until opening day!

 

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Whitney S.

I’m Whitney, the founder of Grits and Glam. I’m a Southern girl at heart and I love all things that encompass the South – the lifestyle, the food, the fashion. Grits and Glam combines my love of all of those things and gives a place to showcase what’s dear to my heart. I’m also the founder of Fabulous In Fayette, which is my other blog. Fabulous In Fayette celebrates the fabulous city of Lexington, the great state of Kentucky. It strictly focuses on my city and state. It’s the ultimate guide if you are traveling there and want to experience the city from a local’s perspective.

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