Letters to the Editor: ‘I don’t sleep in October’ — on being a Dodger fan right now
October 5, 2016
Dear Dodger Family:
This has been my favorite season since I was a baby girl. I don’t know about that, because that’s a long time ago. I think the Dodgers winning the National League pennant was my first great moment in sports. I think the Dodgers’ first ever trip to the World Series was my first great moment. And they didn’t win it. The Dodgers had the best record in baseball in 2015, yet they didn’t win a World Series. When you get to this level, you have to get the monkey off your back. You have to get past it. You have to get over the disappointment of not winning it all.
And that’s what you do, when you get to be a fan. You get over it. You move on. You embrace the disappointment. You put it behind you.
You’re not supposed to say thank you. But you do. You never stop thanking the fans for all the fun you’ve had over the years. So many times people think I’m just a fan. I love my Dodger family, just like I loved the San Diego Chargers when I went to high school. But I love the fans a lot more.
And I love what the Dodgers have done for me. I love being a fan. I love being a Dodger fan. My whole life, I’ve looked at baseball as the ultimate challenge. You know, there’s a big difference between playing ball and playing sports. Baseball is where a kid gets to be a kid. You have to grow up fast and then you have to be a man. I think the only difference is being a man is showing up for it.
I’ve never been afraid of failure. But that’s where you find out what you’re made of. You make your own hell at the end of