We have done three Take Me Out to the Ballgame Stairhikes in 2014. Sadly, the LA Dodgers' record is 2-1. Time to work our magic so the LA Dodgers will having a losing record when we go on our stairhikes. Let's Go Padres!! Hopefully this time, Kershaw the 3rd best pitcher in baseball, isn't pitching!! P.S. I think almost everybody knows that while I do hate the LA Dodgers and Steve Garvey, this is all in fun. If you take this personally, you must have thinner skin than me, and I thought that was impossible!
Steve Garvey was "Madison Ave" and the LA Dodgers PR machine played him up as though he was the All American boy. Thus LA Dodger and many baseball fans were brainwashed into thinking Garvey was this great role model. One of the most disgusting displays of hero worship I ever saw was in 1998, when a middle aged man, practically in tears, telling Steve Garvey, he has finally forgave him for signing with the Padres!! Yep, that LA Dodger PR machine at work!
In reality, Garvey was a fraud! His own teammates hated him-Don Sutton and Garvey got into a fight in the LA Dodgers clubhouse, there is clear evidence that he tried to get out of military service-a semi draft dodger!, a tabloid filled divorce from his first wife, and in the late 80's, after he retired from the San Diego Padres, Sports Illustrated wrote "In the space of eight months, he had affairs with three women at once, impregnated two and married a fourth." I remember seeing this very popular bumper sticker around this time "HONK IF YOU'RE CARRYING STEVE GARVEY'S BABY" Not to mention all the lawsuits for unpaid bills by Garvey. Yep, that's a great role model! Click here to read about the "great' Steve Garvey's issues with the truth!
We'll take a slightly different route to get to Dodger Stadium than the other walks. We aren't going to the game and see a $200 million team lose, just doing the stairs outside Dodger Stadium that lead to the Top Deck and a great view of downtown LA.
Unlike other stadiums where people enter on the same level and take ramps and escalators to their levels, at Dodger Stadium their class system of entry means if you can only enter on the level of your ticket. For example, if you have a reserve level ticket, you can only enter on the reserve level. So, all the stairs are outside the stadium and do not require a ticket to access.
Wear the cap of your favorite baseball team, no Yankees, Cubs, Red Sox, LA Dodgers, or Giants caps allowed (just kidding) :) bring some sunflower seeds, peanuts, and Cracker Jacks and let's do a stairswalk to Dodger Stadium!
Click for Route - About 4 miles. For the first time we will go completely around Dodger Stadium by stairs. The route will take us to Dodger Stadium by way of Scott Rd, then up the stairs around Dodger Stadium, then out the parking lot through Academy Rd., back into Echo Park/Elysian Heights and then the Baxter and Avalon Stairs.
Delta-up 125 steps
Lucretia- 69 down
Dodger Stadium stairs-
Baxter- down 231 steps
Avalon East- up 192 steps
We are walking through the Dodger Stadium parking lot. Please watch out for cars in the parking lot. While the plan is to arrive at Dodger Stadium after most of the notoriously late arriving LA Dodgers' fans have already arrived, there may still maybe a lot of cars driving in the parking lot.
1559 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Time: Please arrive at Chango by 7pm. Walk will start promptly at 7:15pm. Walk should take about 2 hrs.
Parking: There is free street parking on Echo Park Ave. and other streets near Chango.
Remember since there is a game at Dodger Stadium, there will be traffic on Sunset Blvd., Glendale Blvd and the 5 freeway.
If you aren't able to keep up with your group you are on your own to get back to the start!
No crashers- Please sign up for this event. Please do not just show up.
RSVP limits are set, because too many people creates a bottleneck on the stairs.
Please keep your RSVP updated and current. Repeated No Shows may lead to members being removed from the group.
If your plans have changed, please change your RSVP ASAP, so those on the waitlist can be given enough notice!
There usually are no restrooms along these walks. Restrooms are usually only available at the starting point of the walks.
Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
Always wear running/tennis shoes. Open toed shoes are not a good idea for these stairs walks.
Any questions or concerns please email me, David