Monday, July 19, 2010

IAVA: The Rucksack on July 5th

by 13 Stoploss

Profesora 13 Stoploss

A couple weeks ago, Mrs. 13 and I received an email from IAVA—Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, announcing the new program called “The Rucksack” in partnership with Miller High Life.

The Rucksack is a special rewards program for Veterans and it features giveaways and prizes, including free tickets to popular sporting events and venues in various cities across the country.

Hearing that IAVA was going to be in SoCal for the Independence Day holiday weekend, we applied through email for tickets to the All Star Game in Anaheim (we’re big time Angels fans and live just a few miles south of Angel Stadium). Since demand was high, we also applied for tickets to that other Los Angeles baseball team—Los Doyers.

We like the Dodgers, a lot really, but we LOVE the Angels.

As luck would have it, we won tickets for two to see the Dodgers take on the Marlins on July 5th. As per the email, we got out hopes up to meet Wendell, of the hilarious Miller High Life commercials, and to participate on the field for the singing of the national anthem.

The Mrs. and I were excited, as we’ve never been to Dodger Stadium before. We printed off the emails and drove to LA for our free DodgerDog and Miller High Life. Unfortunately, only a select few of the dozens of veterans (random or predetermined and previously contacted) got to hang out for batting practice and meet Wendell. The rest of us were corralled outside the stadium and into the center field entrance where we stood along the outfield-warning track as guests to be acknowledged during the national anthem.

I waved at Matt Kemp while he was warming up, but he just yawned without acknowledging.
And like that, the national anthem was over and the jets flew by and we were ushered back through the centerfield wall and into the parking lot. Then, we went back to our seats and watched John Ely get smoked by a young Marlins offense.

Pretty sweet deal and helluva time! Thanks, IAVA!

The Entrance Gate was deserted. Were we in the right place?

Scoreboard from the parking lot

We were welcomed

IAVA Booth

Don't remember this guys name. Nice, though. 

Corralled on a hike to the CF entrance

Entering through the CF wall



Acknowledged on the field

The pledge


Andre Ethier roping a double down the 1B line...

Matt Kemp stealing second on Nate Robertson and Ronny Paulino, with SS Hanley Ramirez fielding the ball

Sea of cars

The photographer and his Canon

Same photographer and my Nikon, FTW       :)