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Prince Fielder's Trek
A crude diagram of the tunnels between the clubhouses underneath Dodger Stadium. LAist/Jimmy Bramlett
After thinking about the events that transpired just after the final out was recorded in the Dodgers 17-4 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers, it amazed me how Prince Fielder and his teammates were able to get to the Dodger clubhouse doors.
First of all Fielder and company would have had to get past the security in the visitor's clubhouse at the very right of the crude diagram above. Then they would have had to go through the tunnel doors to the hallway in the middle. One side of the hallway is roped off where two security guards are posted to keep fans separated. The other side leads to the elevators.
Fielder and company then had to enter the tunnel leading to the Dodgers clubhouse where there is a security guard posted. There's also a stairwell on one side of this spot and the tunnel leading to the field on the other side.
So to get to this point Fielder and company would have had to pass three security guards and a whole gang of fans armed with cameras and cellphones.
Right when they got to the Dodger clubhouse doors, I just made it to the bottom of the stairwell almost getting run over by the stampeding lot. I saw Ryan Braun's bulging eyes and Brewers manager Ken Macha in the rear trying to get his players to return to no avail. Fielder kept ranting, "It's bullshit," repeatedly. Before reinforcements arrived Fielder managed to get the door slightly open, however the lone security guard posted at the Dodger clubhouse doors was determined that they would not get in.
When the reinforcements came Fielder and the crew finally retreated to their clubhouse. Remember all of this was because Dodger reliever Guillermo Mota hit Fielder with a pitch in the top of the ninth with two outs.
Living in Southern California we all know about how volatile dry brush can be. Let's just say that tonight's game is going to be the equivalent of a decade's worth of dry brush in the mountains with a insane pyro holding a box of matches. And that's why I will definitely be there.