Sheffield had two hits and a walk. Bonilla broke a tie with a home run, setting off the groovy strobes. Johnson drove in a run with a single off the rightfield wall. Eisenreich threatened a team record for most pregame autographs. The old palace filled with 51,698 happy people—in May for the Expos—including a walkup sale of 6,000, twice the normal number. "It felt like Opening Day," Russell said.
During one of the early innings Karros gazed up from the dugout in wonder at all those occupied seats. He turned to backup catcher Tom Prince and said, "What the hell are they giving away tonight?"
The answer was nothing. Well, nothing except the start of a whole new era of Dodgers baseball.