I Love LA.
No, I did not take that picture, but I was there.
Saturday night we watched the Dodgers sweep the Cubs at Dodger Stadium to win a post-season series for the first time in 20 years.
It was awesome. The crowd was alive. The crowd was electric.
We were high fiving and hugging strangers. We were eating hot dogs, drinking beer and swinging our Dodger hand towels as we chanted, "Let's Go Dodgers. Let's Go."
We watched on the big screen as they played montages of photos of Tommy Lasorda, Fernando Valenzuela and tons of Dodger moments from the 1980s. All set to the tunes of songs like "Don't Stop Believing".
We stood for everything. We cheered like crazy. We stayed with 56,000 others to watch til the very end. And then stayed and cheered some more. The players came back out of the locker room and jumped into the stands. People were high fiving each other as we walked out.
Horns honked the entire drive to the freeway. For one night, we were all neighbors. For one night, LA was a small town backing our team.
We had a few Cubs fans sitting behind us, poor guys. They were making comments about how LA fans are not true fans. They only show up when an LA team is winning.
I can see how people think that. But, being born and raised in LA, I can tell you that is just not that case. TRUE Angelinos are fans of the LA Lakers and the LA Dodgers, no matter what.
It's the transplants who jump on the bandwagon... and believe me, LA is full of transplants.
I don't have anything against transplants, heck, I was a OK, UT and CO transplant. Never could get behind one of their sports teams whole heartedly. Sure we went to Rockies games. But was I a fan? No.
So, to all you people who think LA fans are fickle. We're not. We're just mixed in with a bunch of people who live here, but don't have LA in their blood.
Don't even get me started on my Trojans... who back to winning by the way.
What are you a freaky fan of? (Besides Twilight.)
I don't know if I am a freaky fan of any team (well, other than my son's football team), but I am a freaky fan of photography. Does that count?
I'm happy for you though...Torre's a good guy and deserves to be in post season.
"GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS, sic 'em...woof-woof-woof-woof!!!"
You know where my loyalties lie. Georgian by birth, Bulldog by the grace of God. Amen.
If I understood baseball, I would completely appreciate your experience, but sadly, my heart belongs to the Fightin' Texas Aggies - and we haven't had a good football season since I graduated, in '93.
Em - aka: lover of losers
I'm more of a freaky fan of the kids' teams...flag football at the Y, Little League baseball (my absolute fave), Upwards basketball. I am one of those moms up screaming and cheering the whole game through.
NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt Jr in particular :-)
I'm also an All Blacks fan, but since Fox Sports stopped showing rugby games, I rarely get to see them play...
Gooooo Red Sox! :-D
I'm a freaky fan of the Sue Grafton's alphabet book series. I would of named my last child Kinsey but the Child Husband wouldn't let me. Course I am also a freaky fan of the Janet Evanovich number series. I have fantasies about Ranger. I know I am not alone cause my MIL does too. I would get rid of my husband in a second to have one night with Ranger.
I'm not sure I'm a die hard fan of any sport...but when it comes to movies...I'm the dork that loved Lord of the Rings (book first, then the movies). I know, I know. Totally geeky.
Hey! Guess what? I just booked tickets to So.Cal. for Jan. 15-18. I'm going to go meet a certain blogger friend (www.kamandfam.blogspot.com), and also a certain man friend in Placentia (www.jonmcferson.blogspot.com) Hee hee. Wish me luck. I'll have to see if LA is as great as you say. If I haven't burned out all my money taking taxis between Corona and Placentia (and Laguna Beach---one more person to see there!), maybe we can meet up at the Applebees :)
I'm hearing Vin Scully in my head right now... Srsly.