Dodger Fans – Ready to Cheer and Scream For the Team on Halloween

My middle daughter married into a family of big time Dodger fans. This is her sister-in-law.

Have you been watching the World Series games, Dodgers vs. Astros? What an exciting series.

It would be cool to brag that we were lucky Dodger dogs and got to go to a World Series game, but that’s not the case. George and I are cheering them on from home.

Pages from altered art book I made for daughter’s wedding gift.

More pages from altered art wedding gift for daughter and son-in-law. Big time Dodger fans.

The photos below are from a Dodger game we went to on Mother’s Day a few years ago.

Wouldn’t it be awesome to go to watch the game in person? I have a feeling the thrill of this World Series is going to resonate for years to come.

Photo credit: Jaclyn Rubio

 

Dodger games are exciting to attend even if you’re sitting high up in a nosebleed seat!

 

My daughter with her two sisters-in-law and her mother-in-law, Diane.

 

Philippe’s restaurant near Dodger Stadium is famous for their French dip sandwiches. It was established about 108 years ago. Many Dodger fans like to eat there.

You can always expect a crowd at Philippe’s The Original after a Dodger game.

Philippe’s has a large glass case with baseballs signed by Dodgers through the years.

George pointed out one signed by Mickey Mantel. I don’t see Mickey Mantel’s signature on these baseballs, though. Do you recognize any of these signatures?

Speaking of baseballs signed by Dodgers, let me tell you a little story.

I was 16 when I got to go to my first Dodger game. A high school friend drove a carload of us. We sat in cheap seats in left field and Willie Crawford hit a foul ball our way. Some guy near us tried to catch it, but it ricocheted off his hand and landed under the empty seat next to me.

Woo hoo! How many fans can claim they got a foul ball at their first Dodger game? But it gets even better. We stayed after the game, hoping to get it autographed. Home run for me! I got it signed by Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, Steve Yeager, and Doug Rau. I guess the Dodgers don’t do regular signings after the games anymore. Die-hard fans would die to have that ball.

Oh, but this story gets even better. When I met my husband, George, who loves baseball, he was super impressed with that autographed ball. That might even be the real reason he married me!

September 1976

George never made it to the big leagues but was content playing on city league teams. When we had children, he had high hopes for our son, so George signed Puck up for t-ball when he turned 5.

Our son Puck back in his Little League days. He has three younger sisters.

Perhaps we should have bought a special glass case for my prized souvenir baseball. One day Puck found it, took it outside, and tossed it around. You guessed it. Those autographs were obliterated. George cringed when he discovered what happened.

Of course, Puck didn’t get punished. He had no idea what was in his grasp. It was our fault for not keeping it out of his reach. Oh well, you win some and you lose some.

Last night’s game kept me on the edge my recliner chair. Did you watch it? I seldom watch sporting events on TV, but this year I’m hooked on the World Series. The players on both the Dodgers and the Astros are AH-MAZING! The talent of these young whippersnappers is mind boggling. All I can say is Tripple Wow! Wow! Wow! Make that a Grand slam WOW!

Woo hoo!

Tuesday’s game will be played at Dodger stadium, which happens to be Halloween. If you could go to the World Series game tomorrow, what costume would you wear?

Scary costume on the left was about 7 feet tall.

If someone wears a tall, obstructive costume like the photo on the left (above), other fans might throw popcorn or peanuts at them. Wear your short costume. Flat hats only!

I wish I still had the hot dog costume I made years ago when the kids were little. I’d relish going to the game as a Dodger dog. (Sorry, couldn’t help myself.) I bet there are others with the same idea. How many hot dog costumes do you think will be there?

Are you a baseball fan? Football? Hockey? Cage fighting? Let me know what makes you sit on the edge of your seat and gets your heart racing, your blood pumping, and makes you scream and hoot. I love hearing from you.

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10 Responses to Dodger Fans – Ready to Cheer and Scream For the Team on Halloween

  1. “When I met my husband, George, who loves baseball, he was super impressed with that autographed ball. That might even be the real reason he married me!”

    Lynn, that is too funny! Yes, I watched the game last night. About had a heart attack. But what a great game. Both teams are equally talented, well matched and worked their butts off. Frankly, I’m so glad there’s no game tonight. I’m exhausted watching the last 5 games. Although I’m so glad the last two will be played in L.A. at home. Tomorrow game is crucial. I don’t think I’ll have any nails left before this is over! lol. Go Dodgers!! 🙂

    • Karen, you’re just like me. I felt my chest tightening and had to do the deep, slow breathing to calm myself down! I think we all needed a breather before the next game. Yes, tomorrow is crucial. I think the Dodgers are going to nail it, though! Thanks so much for stopping by.

  2. Lynette says:

    Fun post, Lynn. Nope, I didn’t watch the game. I’m chasing a puppy around these days. One who finds every dropped thing. Speaking of which, gotta go! He’s shredding a paper towel!

    • Hello Lynette! Oh, how fun to have a puppy. I got a big kick out of your comment, especially your rushed tone due to the puppy wreaking havoc! Enjoy every precious moment. Thank you for visiting!

  3. Being a Texas girl I have to cheer on our Astros! But man, it has been an exciting series.

    • Hello Jolene! Of course you have to cheer on the Astros. What an amazing World Series. Both teams are forces to be reckoned with. I admire all the players. And now it all comes down to Game 7. I think the Dodgers and the Astros will be powerhouses in the next few years. They got me interested in baseball again. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  4. Yvette Carol says:

    We don’t play baseball down here, however, I loved your post anyway. The humour is brilliant and your photos are so great!!!!

  5. Marjorie Flathers says:

    Great post, Lynn! Enjoyed every minute of it. Yes, what a wild and wacky Series!! And it’s not over yet! I have been a Dodger fan ever since I can remember. My parents followed the Brooklyn Dodgers when we lived in Conn., when I was little, then we moved out here and the Dodgers followed about 10 years later, so they were excited. In 1960 when Wayne and I were dating, (and he, too, was thrilled that I was a sports/Dodger fan!) we went to Dodger games at the Coliseum—sat in the third row behind that infamous left field fence—tickets were about $3-5! Then in the 1980’s we went to games for a few summers—sitting in the blue level at Dodger Stadium by then—tickets now $5-8, and our youngest, Gail, a teenager,”fell in love” with Steve Yeager. They were still signing autographs before the games then, and she, too, has one of those baseballs with all the autographs, Garvey, Cey, Russell, etc. and of course, Yeager. And she still has the baseball! Then, many years later, she actually got to meet Steve Yeager, when he was a batting coach for the local minor league team, the ’66ers, and she got him to come to the school where she was (and still is) teaching 5th grade, and he did Career Week for her. Isn’t life funny??
    So, we have watched MANY World Series over the years, but this is the strangest—and most exhausting—yet!! Who knows what will happen next? But I thought you’d enjoy reading my “Dodger story,” too—so many parallels with yours! And I LOVED the darling photo from your wedding!! Weren’t we all so young “back in the day”???
    I’ve been touched by your posts about and George’s journey (and yours) through his illness, too. I don’t always get to reply, but I always read them all and offer prayers, for both of you, for strength and healing. You both have a winning spirit!
    Hope you got a kick out of reading this….and “now it’s time for Dodger baseball!!”
    Love, Marge
    GO DODGERS!

    • Hello Marge! How exciting to hear from you. I totally enjoyed reading your comment. Wonderful story about your family following the Dodgers for so many years. I love that you and Wayne were both Dodger fans and went to the games, and the price of the tickets back then! Wow! And Gail’s crush on Steve Yeager and has a signed baseball and years later got to meet him. That’s so nice that he visited her school for Career Week. I bet the kids loved having him there.

      Oh, yes, we were all so young back in the day. The day that seems like yesterday, then BAM, here we are decades later! Thank you for your prayers and support. We are truly blessed.

      We hung out with our middle daughter and family for Halloween and got home late. Looks like there will be a Game 7. Go go go Dodgers all the way!

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