We ate at Ohana Steakhouse in West Des Moines on Sunday night. Jill’s sister Diane joined us with her husband Randy and daughter Peyton. It was Peyton’s birthday, and Ohana is her favorite place. Jill is her godmother. Diane and Peyton recently got back from a trip to Colorado with Jill’s parents and Peyton’s brothers.
After dinner, we went home to make sure the house wouldn’t float away. We got three more inches of rain yesterday. Sigh.
The Dodgers made the wet day somewhat palatable by completing a sweep of hapless Washington. The Nationals are as bad a major-league team as I’ve seen in a while. They scored two runs in the 3-game set. Giants come to the Ravine tonight for a three-game series, followed by a crucial, four-game set against Arizona. The Dodgers need to own this 10-game home stand.
Also Sunday, longtime Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley was inducted posthumously into the Baseball Hall of Fame. A well-deserved honor for a man who brought baseball to the West Coast, designed beautiful Chavez Ravine, and built the Dodgers into a National League dynasty. No team has won more National League championships than the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers.
Under the O’Malley family’s ownership, which started in the 1940s and ended in the late 1990s, the Dodgers were the classiest franchise in baseball — winning six World Series and about a dozen NL pennants mostly with players that came up through the farm system. Oh yeah, they also had a grand total of two managers from 1954 to 1996 (two!!!).
Sadly, the team hasn’t been the same since the O’Malleys moved away from 1000 Elysian Park Avenue. They left big shoes to fill.