We were walking from the parking lot to the stadium last night when I saw a Cubs Fan with a broom, sweeping the asphalt with a mischievous grin on his face. All in good fun, but just ahead of us he ran into a group of hard-core Dodgers fans, whom I would roughly characterize as shaved-head gangbanger types, and got into a little tussle with these guys. How he managed to escape with his skin intact is beyond me, but he kept walking, sweeping, and grinning.
When we got to our seats I was pleasantly surprised to see several Cubs fans we had met the previous night during the Zambrano-Almost-No-Hit game. It is amazing how the common bond of sharing a passion for the same baseball team quickly turns strangers into friends. Sitting amongst other Cubs Fans in Dodger Stadium is almost as good as being at Wrigley. The game was announced as a sellout, in part due to the "Cesar Izturis Bubblehead#1" promotion (first 50,000 fans; everyone got one of those things).
After the starting lineups were announced we became a little anxious because Ramirez was replaced by Wilson at third, Hollandsworth was back in left, and Koronka was making his major league debut. Little did we know at the time that Neifi! would break the game open early, DLee would go 5 for 5 with a 3 run HR, Koronka would pitch a respectable game, and even Hollandsworth would contribute with a couple hits and quick footwork on the bases.
As usual, the Dodgers fans began leaving after the 7th inning, and even more so after Lee's 8th inning HR. After many years of attending Cubs-Dodgers games here in LA, I have observed that West Coast Cubs Fans, in general, will stay on through the last ninth inning out, win or lose. My theory is that since the availability to see the Cubs play is more limited than those fans in the greater Chicago area, we try to extend our time with the team as much as we can.
In short, it was hugely entertaining game (and series) for us Cubs Fans in attendance (and there were A LOT of us there in Dodger Stadium, as usual) and a great start to a truly tough schedule ahead this month.
We are looking forward to the San Diego series (recall that the Cubs SWEPT the Padres last year at Petco) and expect to see more West Coast Cubs Fans this weekend. I will be attending these games with my brother who is a total Padres fan and unabashed Cub-Hater. This guy STILL busts my balls over 1984, can you believe it? But at least I get to crash at his place for free!
Anyone in the market for a Cesar Izturis bubblehead?