Take Me out to the Ball Game

by Morgan Harvey, in Meet Our Team, posted 5/25/11
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"A hot dog at the ballpark is better than steak at the Ritz." -- Humphrey Bogart

If you have ever listened to Vin Scully announce a Dodger game, then you know he is a man of stories. He’s not just the storyteller of the game being played, but the holder and revealer of stories of the players in the game.There is the story of Sandy Koufax standing on the mound, “the loneliest place in Dodger Stadium” as he was only two outs away from a perfect game; of Rich Aurilla who grew up playing stickball in Brooklyn and would have to scatter anytime the ball broke a mob boss’s window; of Ted Williams, a pilot for the Marine Air Corp, who was almost shot down during the Korean War.

While Scully has his almanac of stories, we, here at Network Automation, are collecting stories of our own. Last week, NAI had the pleasure to attend one of the most heated rivalries in baseball, the Giants vs Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. With Dodger fans outnumbering Giant fans 5 to 1 among our group, we placed friendly bets and encouraged good-hearted, back-and-forth banter. The game became a real thriller in the late innings, when the Dodger batters finally looked past the mystique and shoe polish of Brian Wilson’s beard and started an 8th inning rally off the bats of Matt Kemp and Juan Uribe whose back-to-back hits tied the game at 5-5.

Aleksey and Co.

Amongst the cheers, boos and chants while we were watching the game and chowing down on hot dogs, the question arose: What do Dodger Dogs and software have in common?

But before we tackle that question, here is a quick history of the Dodger Dog: Created and coined by Thomas Arthur, the first concession manager at Dodger Stadium, in 1962, the Dodger Dog is a “foot-long” hot dog standing at 10 ¾ inches long and wrapped in a steamed bun. It is the most consumed hot dog in all of Major League Baseball. To a Dodger Diehard, eating a Dodger Dog during the game is one of the most important tenets of being a fan…right behind hating the Giants.


  • But back to the question of Dodger Dogs and software at hand, what do they, if anything, have in common?
  • Dodger Dogs come in two different versions: steamed or grilled (the classic style), just like our two versions: AutoMate 8 and AutoMate BPA Server 8.
  • Both are home-based in Los Angeles.
  • There are 1.12 million Dodger Dogs served each year at Dodger Stadium, AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City and several small, chain restaurants in Southern California, whereas Network Automation has more than 10,000 customers in over 60 countries.
  • Creating the perfect hot dog works best if you use the “no code, no limits” mantra. You can use any combination of condiments from mustard and onions, chili and cheese, ketchup and relish and even sauerkraut, if you dare. Just drag and drop the condiments on your dog, and enjoy.

Dustin and Nick

Our conversation was soon cut short by the crack of the bat from Giants outfielder Cody Ross who smacked a three-run home run over the left-field wall, giving the Giants an 8-5 lead and the win. For some, it was a shame the home team didn’t win, for others (like this writer and Giants fan) it was the perfect ending to a spring evening of stories, Dodger Dogs and software.