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How My Sweater Got on a Dodgers’ Television Broadcast

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Mar 31, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Joe Davis, play by play announcer for Los Angeles Dodgers on SportsNet LA, watches batting practice before the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

It all started with Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser talking on a television broadcast about the sweater that Orel wore at the 1988 World Series parade.  The tweet below shows the Coogi sweater in all its’ glory with a post from Joe.

I then responded with the following tweet talking about how I’d find one to wear to the 2018 World Series parade for the Dodgers.  That night I did a lot of searching on the internet and found an exact replica of Orel’s Coogi sweater on eBay.  I received it in the mail a couple of days later. I went up to Dodger Stadium on April 15 but did not bring the sweater, not expecting to run into Joe.  However, I did run into him and told him I found a sweater but had not brought it.

The next day the Dodgers were down in San Diego and I had the Coogi with me.  Fortunately, I ran into Joe as he was leaving the field before the game.  I called out to him and showed him the sweater.  He asked if he could take it with him, and, of course, I let him.  What happened next got very interesting. Unbeknownst to me, during the game I checked my twitter and I had a bunch of notifications, which I don’t get in bunches.  The first one is here:

Followed by this tweet and quite a few more:

Later that night I was able to record the main portion of the sweater discussion:

On May 12, as part of the celebration of the 1988 World Series win Orel had brought back his sweater and Joe had mine.  Below is an Instagram post of what Joe posted that day:

It turned out Joe started digging on the sweater so I let him know he can keep it.  Soon after that my younger son said he liked it and wished I didn’t let Joe keep it.  However, I was able to find another one on eBay so, one thing we know, there are at least 3 of these glorious sweaters on this earth.  Someday I hope to get that picture Orel spoke about on the broadcast but with it being so hot, it won’t happen for a while.

The goal remains the same, to wear the matching Coogi to the 2018 Dodgers’ World Series victory parade.  With the acquisition of Manny Machado those odds have gotten a little bit better.

Go Dodgers!

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Written by Tim Rogers

A fan of the Dodgers since 1973 since I got my first baseball cards while living in Long Beach. I came to San Diego for college and never left nor did I ever switch my Dodgers' allegiance. Some know me as the "sweater guy". #ProspectHugger

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