With an impending three-day weekend and an imminent rain storm threatening to (literally) dampen enthusiasm, I took drastic measures & utilized a floating holiday. Boom – parlayed my three-day into four, but what was I going to do with only half a day of sunlight (or better, Seattlelight) before the storm?
Being that this is All-Star We: ekend for the NBA (and most Angelenos), I decided it was a no-brainer to attend the anticipated sporting events of the winter – OPENING DAY. Both the Cal-St. Northridge Matadors and UCLA Bruins played home games today. CSUN was taking on Seattle at 11am at Matador Field (Lindley and Lassen):
. . . while UCLA faced off against the University of San Francisco at gorgeous Jackie Robinson Stadium.
UCLA’s Gerrit Cole, a preseason All-American, started (and finished) the game for the Bruins, striking out 11 in dominant fashion – he was hitting 97mph in the 9th inning on the radar gun in front of this bevy of scouts:
leading UCLA to the victory, sealing their #1 preseason ranking and setting off this celebration.
The swift game was completed in just over 2 hours. . .and immediately thereafter the rain started falling. Only in L.A. can you get in not one, but TWO baseball games prior to the rain.