In 1983, my family up and moved to California from Wisconsin. I was just in the 8th grade and very upset about leaving my friends behind. When we moved into our new home I emerged from the back seat of the car wearing a very old and worn Milwaukee Brewers hat. It was falling apart so much that the bill was being held on with safety pins. But I loved that hat. However, I didn't love it because I was a Brewers fan, I just loved the hat itself.
Growing up I did attend a handful of Brewers games enjoying "Roll out the barrel" along with what every kid loves - the junk food. Not until I went to my very first Dodger Game, did I truly know what it felt like to be a fan...
Yesterday, Dodgers Nation who I follow on facebook, posted this photo:
I replied "Best. Moment. Ever." Yes, I agree it wasn't THE best moment ever, but reliving the moment made it so for me yesterday! LOL ~ anyway, some dude replies to my post calling me a bandwagon fan. Here's the thread:
I may not have been born into the Dodger fan base like my Sons did, nor am I a California native...but no one can call me a bandwagon Dodger fan. If I didn't live 65 miles away from Dodger Stadium AND could afford season tickets, you best believe I'd be at just about every single home game there was.
Over the years I got to witness some amazing moments in Dodger Baseball, including the 1988 World Series and attending the 2008 Dodgers vs Redsox game at the Coliseum. I've watched no hitters, walk off grand slams (my favorite was Russell Martin's in he 10th inning for the come back victory - it was AWESOME because a lot of people were leaving the stadium and when the crowd cheered, you could see everyone in the parking lot stop dead in their tracks! #1 Rule - NEVER leave the game early - some of the best moments have happened!)
Some of my favorite players were/are Kirk Gibson, Orel Hershiser, Mike Piazza, Eric Karros, Shawn Green (still have my son's Green jersey packed away for his kids), Eric "Game Over" Gagne (still have my son's t-shirt with the string beard packed away), Jayson Werth, JD Drew, Matt Kemp, ANDRE ETHIER ♥16♥, Adrian (aka Ernie) Gonzalez and of course Clayton Kershaw. Those are just SOME that I can think of at the top of my head lol.
I don't have to prove I'm a real fan. LOL!!!!
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