“Oh My God I Can’t Believe This is Happening”
I’m not a sports person. I don’t really care about who got traded, which team is ahead, or what player off the field said about whatever.
I do like Dodger Baseball though.
I grew up going to Dodger games, not as an exercise in sports knowledge, but like most families, as an excuse to bond over America’s past time. I think I’ve been to Dodger Stadium roughly between 50 and 75 times in my life, and I’ve watched the roster swell with local favorites, then slump for years into obscurity.
The Lakers were incredible in the early 2000’s, and I jumped on the hype train because of course I did. It’s fun to root for a team that wins more than not, but then I stopped caring.
I joined a fantasy basketball league when I was in my early 20s, but I knew nothing about the players. Luckily I was at my first advertising job when the draft happened, so I had a group of men sitting around me yelling at me whom to draft. I won that year.
I was kicked out of the league the next year, due to lack of effort.
The Dodgers have always been part of my mind though, and a team that I still actively follow. Some seasons not as closely as others, but whenever I’m in Los Angeles, I normally catch two or three games a season. The last few years, we’ve fielded a promising team, made it to the first round of playoffs, and then inevitably, choked.
This year I had the same hopes as I do with all years. Maybe this will be the year that we make it out of playoffs and into the World Series, something we haven’t done since 1988, or for the last 28 years of my life.
Last night, in a smashing victory that included a grand slam, The Los Angeles Dodgers are headed to play in the World Series this year. Against a team that I’m quoted on the front page of the Los Angeles Times talking trash against – the stupid Yankees (Boy oh boy do I wish we had played the Yankees.)
It’s a stupendous feeling to finally see your boys get their chance. I’ll be watching every game with more passion than I can put on paper.
Watching Your Baseball Team go to the World Series – 4 out of 5 Stars