Behind every true baseball fan is a story, and some stories span generations. Everyone has his or her own unique tale about how they became a Dodgers fan, and each is special – after all, they all involve this storied, historic and special organization we all know and love.
When I started contributing to Dodgers Nation last spring and told my own story of becoming a long-distance fan – along with that of a few others – I was struck by and continue to be amazed by how many like-minded Dodger fans there are out there. As the season progressed, we continued to hear from fans of all ages from across the US, Canada and even outside of North America. Dodgers fans are indeed everywhere. And as loyal fans of this organization, we have something very near and dear to our hearts in common. I like to think that Dodgers’ baseball is the ultimate ice-breaker.
Recently, via our Twitter account (@DodgersNation), we asked fans to tell us how they became a fan of our Boys In Blue. We received many wonderfully unique responses from fans all over the world. Here are but a few of the many replies.
#Dodgers fans, how did YOU become a fan? We want to hear all of your stories on how you came to love and adore the Boys in Blue!
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) March 1, 2018
The responses were unique and varied, with many focusing on the tradition of Dodgers’ baseball being passed down from generation to generation.
— Ron Jacaban (@ronster43) March 2, 2018
Born in Orange County-good friends who were like Grandparents to me took me to 1st Dodger game in ‘62. Was already a fan but that cinched it! Dodger Blue is my passion-kids & grandkids as well. We are a Dodger family!
— Michele Taplin (@TaplinMichele) March 1, 2018
Both parents from LA, grandparents from LA and FL (watched dodgers in spring training in FL back in the day) and great-grandparents from NY, dodgers fans from the Brooklyn days. 4th generation born into it!
— Pedro Baez Fan Club (@PedroBaezFanClb) March 1, 2018
For many of us, it is simply a big part of who we are and have always been:
Parents first date was a Dodger game and it’s just in my blood #Dodgers
— Kristina DeLano (@sportsmom41) March 2, 2018
It's in my blood. I don't remember not being a fan. My Grandpa was my biggest influence.
— Rebekah Loves Dodgers (@DodgerFoodie) March 1, 2018
For one fan, the special attention he received from the Dodgers organization as a child left a lasting impression:
I became a @Dodgers fan when the Boys and Girls Club arranged a game night against the Cincinnati Reds in the mid 70s. I bought a Dodger batting helmet too. I still have it today! & Got some Topps trading cards. That entire experience was my starting point of becoming a fan. ?
— rolalaland (@laughwithpasion) March 2, 2018
Your love of the team may have been fated from very early on:
When I was 12, my mom worked for Sears and it was a sponsor night for Sears. We got to go down on the field and be on the Jumbotron. I got a free Starter Dodgers jacket and shook hands with Bill Russell. Rest is history.
— Chad Moore (@Cimos21) March 2, 2018
One fan literally married into her love for our team:
At home it was always Soccer. My dad is a huge soccer fan. But when I fell in love with my my husband, I also fell in love with the Dodgers. My husband introduce me to this beautiful sport 13 years ago. He is truly the fan!! ??
— ? Gerardo's Wife ?? (@num1dodgerfan) March 2, 2018
Many of us can relate to Dodger baseball as therapy, helping us get through particularly rough times in our lives:
No one in my family really watched baseball, so I started going to games with a friend. A few years later, my mom passed away from cancer in August 2013. The incredible 42-8 run that team had helped me get through the hardest time of my life.
— Lexie (@lexiebu) March 1, 2018
My dad was a fan. He used to take us to games when we were little. In 2011 he bought our family mini-plan tickets. We spent a lot of time together going to games. My dad passed away at 58 after a battle with Stage 4 stomach cancer the night Kershaw threw his no hitter. RIP DAD pic.twitter.com/lnu0zdI4qy
— ? ????? ?????'? #? ???? (@morasee) March 1, 2018
However your path to get here, if you call yourself a fan of our Los Angeles Dodgers, we are lucky to have you. And we look forward to hearing more of your stories throughout the season!
If you’d like to be featured in one of our fan stories, or know someone who would, please contact me in the comments or via Twitter @GJOH29.