22) Who will sing the national anthem tonight at Dodger Stadium? If Toni Tennille does, will she bring the Captain along?
23) Where do the people from Southern California go on vacation?
24) Is female mudwrestling a sport from the 1984 Olympics that caught the public imagination and stayed?
25) Who is Kareem's barber?
, Chavez Ravine, Pasadena and the Rose Bowl. Anaheim. The Los Angeles Coliseum. The L.A. Sports Arena. I make the major athletic stops, or have made them in the past. I go to the Super Bowl and the baseball playoffs and the NBA finals. I go to games in the middle of the regular season.
I am used to the crunch and shove of Fenway Park and Boston Garden, shoehorn stuff, everyone pushed together to surround the action in an old-time setting. I am not used to air-conditioning and theater seats and wearing shorts to an outdoor athletic event in the middle of January. Where's the dirt? I always think I am committing some kind of sin by watching sports through sunshine and ease and cleanliness.
"Three dollars," the parking attendant says in his little booth at Anaheim Stadium.
The parking lot is large enough to land airplanes of any size. Three dollars? I could not park at a parking meter for part of a game—any kind of game—in Boston for $3, much less park in a lot. Three dollars? The cars enter in an orderly parade, everyone following the orange cones and going where he is supposed to go. The stadium sits at the edge of the lot, a concrete circle that has landed on a mission from Mars, the public-address announcer's voice announcing the lineups from inside. Three dollars?
In regard to Dodger Stadium, the one word to use is "perfect." Too perfect? Perhaps, but perfect. I have a perfect seat. The grass is a perfect green. The walls and the sky and the Dodgers uniforms all are different shades of a perfect blue. I eat a perfect hot dog. The dimensions are perfect, the same numbers along the lines and down the power alleys. The crowd behavior is perfect. The voice of Vin Scully, seemingly coming from everywhere, is the perfect baseball voice.
The Rose Bowl is simply the prettiest football stadium in the country. I never know how I find the stadium. I never know how I find my way back home. I never know the name of the mountains in the distance. I only know pretty. The outside fences are surrounded by Rosebushes. The stadium is surrounded by a golf course and fields. Pretty.