WHITTIER, Calif. — It’s hard to believe we’re almost all virtual spectators, watching America’s favorite pastime. But this is 2020.
Dodger Stadium, which can seat up to about 56,000 fans is empty. The Dodgers are in Texas. But fans are lining up in parked cars to watch them on a giant screen in the parking lot.
Whittier resident Adam Tapia and his friends made the trip to Chavez Ravine, paying $75 to park their car and take in the game.
“I was pretty excited to be able to watch a game in person. It may be not with the players there, but to be able to watch it at Dodger Stadium is definitely exciting,” Tapia says.
And while teams have done this kind of thing before with their team on the road, every team left in the MLB playoffs is technically on the road. The boys in blue are taking on a young, but very talented, Atlanta Braves team at Globe Life Field in Arlington, inside MLB’s bubble.
About 11,500 fans will be able to attend games in Arlington as Major League Baseball allows fans back to attend games for the first time, but the drive-in gives fans a chance to watch games among other fans without traveling.
Some fans took to social media to comment on the price of admission, which some said was too high.
But for Adam, who was able to split the cost with his friends, wasn’t bothered by the $75 price tag.
“For me at least it was because I knew I’d be able to fill my car. Yeah $70 does seem a little expensive, but if you split that between three to four friends, it’s not that expensive,” Tapia says.
Concessions aren’t available, and alcohol is strictly prohibited, but fans can bring their own food to the game.
The Dodgers haven’t won a World Series since 1988 and are hoping to make their third trip in four years.
And in a year where things seem farther away than ever, Dodger fans like Adam — whose team has come so close — are hoping this team can find a way to bring the hardware home.
“We were cheated out of one and then we lost one. It’s unfortunate, but it would definitely be special if they’re able to finally finish the job this season,” Tapia says.
The Dodgers might not be here physically — but these fans who bleed blue — have the best seat in the house.