ARLINGTON, Texas… Flights from Tampa Bay have been the local team for the last three nights. If it wasn’t for the white trunks, maybe you wouldn’t have known. Over the past three weeks, the Los Angeles Dodgers have turned the Globe Life Field into a near-bubble of the Texas subway into their own strangely comfortable spot with a new baseball stadium that still lacks individuality. Their supporters started to move en masse, more and more as the victories piled up and the hard-to-reach championship came closer.
In the fourth game of the World Series on Saturday, after another drum contest in the second set, the singing of MOO-KIE started to get so loud that Muki Betts himself couldn’t resist breaking his character and cracking his smile. In Sunday’s fifth game in the 11,437-seat stadium, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts went to the mound in the sixth inning to pick up baseball from Clayton Kershaw.
He wasn’t laughing.
I didn’t get a chance to see the gods turn into applause, but that’s okay, said Roberts, who controlled the smile after the Dodgers saw a 4-2 victory that knocked them out of the championship. It’s passion. Fans have passion, that’s good.
Several prominent members of the Dodgers spent the spring worrying that the coronavirus pandemic would prevent an exceptionally talented team from playing together. As their dominant season unfolded, many of them shouted that their passionate fans couldn’t really experience this journey with them. The Dodgers then went through the first two rounds of the off-season, and big baseball has allowed Texas Rangers Stadium to receive about 25% of its customers.
Loyalty seemed to be spread throughout the national championship series – but the Dodgers then overcame a 3-1 deficit against the Atlanta Braves, welcomed the little Rovers and effectively took responsibility. On Sunday evening, when Kershaw stood on the hill for the decisive swing match, it was almost theirs.
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It’s a home game, said Harry Bavann, 41. Without all the sound effects Tampa is trying to help, this would be a home game.
Bavann and his friend Ricardo Manzanares bought the tickets because they thought they were watching the Dodgers for a chance to win everything. Then came the low point of game nine, a two-ounce single by Brett Phillips, a rocker by Chris Taylor, a stumble by Randy Arosarena, a catch by Will Smith and one of the most incredible comebacks of all time.
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Shortly after the Dodgers’ third victory, 24 hours later, ticket prices for Game 6 have risen 48 percent since the start of the week, according to TickPick. The cost of the east coast ticket was $750 about five minutes before midnight and it will certainly go up from there.
Hector Razo, 40 years old, came all the way from Los Angeles with a group of at least 15 Dodger fans, each paying $400 to walk through the door. Jeff Murillo, a 52-year-old Dodgers fan living in Houston, was accompanied by his wife and two children and paid $4,000 for each of them. Nicole Estrada, 39, paid $800 for the third game, $500 for the fourth and was willing to pay much more for the fifth.
This whole year has been very difficult for many people and for the city of Los Angeles, said Estrada, and for us to get together in another state is important and historic.
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The Globe Life Field competition has become a gallery of T-shirts for the Dodgers, from Betts and Kershaw, to Don Drysdale and Fernando Valenzuela, to Vin Scully and Sandy Koufax. A man also wore a mask to fight the Dodgers. Another athlete grew a false beard in honor of Justin Turner. And one woman, Amber Aivazian, was happy with the Elton John jacket of the Dodgers, which was decorated with Swarovski crystals and cost five figures.
David Siegel, 62, was present when Kirk Gibson hit his famous homerun for the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in 1988 and when Reggie Jackson hit three homeruns for the New York Yankees in 1977 to win the 6th round. This year he hopes that for the first time in all these years the Dodgers will personally win the World Series title.
That would mean everything, he said.
This could mean even more for Kershaw, who has worked hard for a dozen years to achieve this goal, and perhaps he will finally achieve it in his hometown. In two starts against the Rays, Kershaw posted an ERA of 2.31 and two victories, putting him in the middle of the conversation about the honorary title of the MVP World Series. For the fifth. When he left only two joggers in the 5⅔ sleeve and ended up with a two-on-one dead-end jam, he was able to catch a dozen extra nosebleeds.
This year has just been special – strange, special, different – in many ways, Mr. Kershaw said. I’m not saying things are going the way I want them to, because it would be great to be in Dodger Stadium as well, but having family and friends, having the largest possible home and making it look like they are all Dodger fans is something very special.
Chris Gutierrez is a 26-year-old nursing student who reported that he paid more than $1,000 to come in third in the section. The three people accompanying him are nurses who have been on the front line in the fight against the Covid 19 pandemic, which claimed more than 225,000 American victims – an inevitable reality that adds an extra layer of discomfort to the mix.
At first they all had their reservations about this way of collecting, but they also didn’t want to miss the chance to see these Dodgers. Since then, they have found solace in the Globe Life Field staff who work very hard to clean the surfaces, separate large groups and have the visitors carry.
It helped them enjoy what awaited them.
This is part of the normal, Gutierrez said, and it means peace.