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I caught the fever: Dodger fever
Posted Sept. 26, 2008
Leah Heagy
Photography Editor

For the past few months I’ve watched my good friends Victoria, John and Zeke watch countless Dodger games.

Being the avid fans that they are, this means wearing their Dodger gear, drinking from light up Dodger cups, yelling at players on the television, going to games and searching the Internet for jerseys for their two English bulldogs.

Victoria swoons over Andre Ethier, while John and Zeke cheer on Derek Lowe and Matt Kemp; it’s all quite the scene.

Even Nick from the local coffee shop rants and raves about the greatness that is the Dodgers.

I never cared much about the sport or wanted to learn about it.

As a photographer for the Campus Times, I would avoid baseball assignments because of my preconceived notion of the game.

But I went to their house to watch with them anyway, though mostly for the food and their company.

This changed when I attended an actual game and witnessed first hand the adrenaline and excitement from being in the stadium, which holds up to 56,000 people.

After seeing my crazy friends clap, yell, scream and stand, I too started getting the hang of it and joined in. I ended up cheering alongside the thousands of fans around me.

Now that the Dodgers are ahead and looking to win the division title, my friends are ecstatic and keeping a close eye on the remaining games before the playoffs.

Manny Ramirez, who was traded from the Red Sox, has especially given hope to fans, as he hits explosive home runs and charms the crowd with his long dreads.

During Saturday’s La Verne Day game against the San Francisco Giants, Ramirez hit two homers and brought in five runs.

That gave the Dodgers their 16th win in the last 21 games they have played and brought them closer to winning the National League West.

Outfielder Andre Ethier is another great slugger for the team; he has been nominated to take the Hank Aaron Award, which honors the best overall offensive performer in each league and is awarded annually.

This week, the Dodgers play the Padres.

They should have a good start, winning Tuesday’s game, 10-1.

Both Nomar Garciaparra and Blake DeWitt hit three run-homers that night, leaving just three more wins to get the title.

By this weekend, we should know whether they made it.

While I am not the committed fan that my friends are, I have really begun to enjoy the game.

Before this, the only thought I gave to baseball was how much they were getting paid to run around and do something they loved.

I still hold on to the belief that sports players are getting paid a ridiculous amount of money, but now I can’t complain as it gives me great entertainment to watch these players.

For the past few months I’ve watched my friends watch countless Dodger games, but now I’m cheering right beside them, crossing my fingers that they and the Dodgers make it to the playoffs.

Leah Heagy, a senior art major, is photography editor of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at leah.heagy@laverne.edu.