First and foremost I am a Dodger fan. It's very early into the season but days like yesterday, where fans of not just the Dodgers, but baseball fans in general, can stop and applaud the Dodgers Franchise and it's 10,000th victory, makes me so proud. I love the history of the Dodgers. I love that even though the Dodgers spent 68 years in New York, I am able to be a part of the Los Angeles era and witnessing the history here as it unfolds. I have only been a fan for 28 years. I became a fan the very first time I went to Dodger Stadium, back in 1986. I grew up in Milwaukee, and attended many Brewers games. I remember as a little girl getting so excited when Robin Yount (my favorite Brewer) would hit a home run and the "barrel guy" would slide down the Beer Chalet into the mug of beer and out came balloons galore. It was the highlight of my day, along with their famous brats, obviously. But back then I never really understood the game, it's fans and the vibe of what a stadium is like when the fans are so passionate about their team. I got that with the Dodgers, the fans and the stadium. Congratulations on 10,000 wins Dodgers! I love being a Dodger fan!
And then there's the Los Angeles Kings. I used to attend games back in the late 80's early 90's all of the time at the Forum. It was, to me, the golden era of the Kings since we had some of the greats, including the great one, Wayne Gretzky. Robitaille, Nicholls, McSorley, Taylor, Duchesne and Hrudey were also my favorites. Talk about vibe at a game! Oh and the fights! McSorley was such a badass! The excitement is non-stop. If you have never been to a hockey game, even if you're not a fan, you have to experience it at least once.
When my first child was born, we took him to Kings games starting when he was about three. I still have his first Jersey, when the Kings Logo was the Shield with the two crossed hockey sticks. I'd spike his hair purple to go with the theme - he looked so adorable. Through his childhood he attended games as often as he could with his Dad. As he grew, so did his jersey collection and his love for the Kings. We did take him to Dodger games too, but he was always so much more passionate about hockey. Now at the age of 20, he is a die-hard fan. Life long, you could say. I was so elated he was able to witness the Kings first Stanley Cup Victory (and I was just as elated that I got to witness it too!)
Present day and we are in awe that the Kings beat the Sharks 4-3 in the series...after a 3-0 lead by the Sharks! The "Keep Calm and Just Believe" sign is so true. My Son sported his Doughty Jersey as much as possible, since he said it was good luck. My husband, on the other hand, refused to watch any away games or wear his jersey, because it was bad luck. Karma or not, The Kings kicked ass. I was following game 7 on twitter - thank GOODNESS for twitter!!!! My Son was at work and was texting his Dad back and forth after every goal. He is beaming with pride as we head into the next series against the Ducks. Don't get me started on them.
All I need now is LA to have a football team again...
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