A lot of the hoopla before Monday's game was loud rather than interesting. The Blue Man Group performed. The Dodgers took advantage of a new sound system to pump music so loud it made your ear drums throb.
But just before Clayton Kershaw's first pitch, the Dodgers staged the perfect moment.
Minority owner Magic Johnson was all set to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to Orel Hershiser when manager Don Mattingly strolled out of the dugout. Mattingly got to the mound, chatted with Magic and raised his left hand.
Out came a tall gentleman with white hair wearing a vintage jersey with the No. 32 on it. Vin Scully told the crowd what was going on. Mattingly was going to the lefty, Sandy Koufax.