Waldstein: With a crowd of diverse faces, Dodger Stadium stands out

From David Waldstein at the New York Times on October 25, 2017:

Angie Varela was 13 when she went to her first Dodgers game, in 1975. She took a bus by herself from her home in East Los Angeles, and sat in the bleachers on a sunny day in Chavez Ravine.

It was a different era, and Varela, who is of Mexican descent, recalled how she stood out amid a sea of white faces. But nothing could dissuade her from her blossoming devotion to the team.

Since that day, she has been going to Dodger Stadium regularly, thanks to season tickets in the upper deck in some years. And now when she goes she is a part of a crowd that is considerably more diverse and includes many fans who are Latino. And all of them are united in their Dodger blue.

“In the ’70s, I didn’t feel the love so much,” she said before a recent playoff game. “Then, in the ’80s, there was a huge number of Mexican-Americans that came out because of Fernando Valenzuela. But now? This is the most I’ve ever seen.’’

Read the full article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/25/sports/baseball/los-angeles-dodgers-world-series.html

Originally published: October 27, 2017. Last Updated: October 27, 2017.