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No coffee. Almost no runs.

Other than those two small flaws, the first Chattanooga Lookouts baseball game inside AT&T Field wrapped in fabled Dodger Blue was what the first home baseball game of any new season is - nearly perfect.

"I think it's amazing," Dan Tomaszewski said long before the Lookouts fell 9-1 to Montgomery, "after all these years of losing to suddenly become part of an organization like the Los Angeles Dodgers. When my wife got home from work today, I said, 'Let's go!' So I've got my wife and two kids with me and we're having a good ol' time."

With first-pitch temperatures in the low 50s and plenty of blankets to be found in the grandstands, it felt like a good ol' time to play a football game, even if there was no hot chocolate or coffee to be had in the concession stands.

"I just love baseball," said Tomaszewski, kept warm by his new gray sweatshirt with "Lookouts" running across the chest in appropriate Dodgers-esque script. "I've got a 13-year-old son, and we try to play every night."

This night began with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball team throwing out the first pitch. Actually, the Mocs' six departing seniors threw out one pitch each. The Lookouts might have been better off this night if they'd kept forward Kevin Goffney on the mound all evening. He arguably threw the most perfect pitch of the night for the home team.

"I got clocked in the low 80s when I was 13," Goffney said with a big grin. "But they never could get me to play. I was always on the basketball court."

So without Goffney to show off his Louisiana hot sauce fastball, the Lookouts surrendered five runs in the fourth inning, one in the fifth and three in the sixth. It was almost like watching the Mocs fall to UConn again in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

Not that former Chattanooga resident Mike Grant was complaining as he tugged at his L.A. Dodgers cap.

"I love the Dodgers," he said. "Joe Torre and Manny Ramirez. Tommy Lasorda. Kirk Gibson limping around the bases. Palm trees beyond the outfield. I live in Charlotte now, but I graduated from Hixson in 1990. Seeing all this Dodger blue is really kind of neat."

No one thinks it's neater than Lookouts owner Frank Burke, who spent his first 14 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds before the L.A. turned the Scenic City into Dodgertown last September.

"I promised Mr. (Frank) McCourt that if he'd come here I'd promote the Dodgers," Burke said as he discussed the Lookouts' new uniforms, which display the interlocking L.A. logo on one sleeve. "And you should see the daytime white uniforms. They look just like the Dodgers have looked ever since Jackie Robinson wore the uniform."

Blue paint has also infiltrated the formerly red-dominated home locker room, as well as every other corner of AT&T Field that Burke's been able to find a few extra decorating dollars.

"Our gift shop is the only area that's up (financially), and it's because of all that blue," Burke said. "Assuming (the Dodgers) stay, this is a great partnership."

The current deal is for two years, though Burke admits he's doing everything possible to get a longer contract.

"There's not a day goes by that I don't needle them about extending it," he said. "They always say, 'Let's play a game first.' So I think I'll call them in the ninth inning tonight."

But Burke still sees value in all the old Reds-themed Lookouts stuff.

"People are always wondering if we're going to mark down all the old Lookouts stuff," he said. "I'm like, 'No way. It's a collector's item now.'"

There may come a time when Tuesday night will become a collector's item, the first night the Scenic City became Dodgertown. Too bad it was too cold to plant palm trees beyond the outfield.

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