(East Los Angeles, CA), November 1, 2020 [From The Editor’s Desk]: As the post-game celebration vibe and the reality that the Dodgers were indeed the new World Series Champions, the City of Angels and its various chapters of Dodgers Nation, carried out their plans for peacefully celebrating in the streets of East L.A., San Fernando, Pacoima, Commerce, and many more barrios and communities on the night of October 27, 2020. That date will be recorded forever in the gigantic fan-base of the team.
We bring to you what that celebration looked like on the famous Whittier Blvd. of East L.A., in the form of the digital photography of Erik Sarni, our veteran photographer and producer for East L.A. Sports Scene. We are posting up our photo gallery for your viewing enjoyment coupled with the reminders of the event, if you were actually one of those proud Dodgers fans who made it out to our famed Whittier Blvd.
The main attraction for most fans was the spontaneous fireworks show that was displayed for everyone’s traditional celebration of winning a championship. Fans also were seen dancing in the streets, riding their pets on their motorcycles, waving different types of Dodgers flags, and banners, and of course, appearing as their favorite movie characters. In spite of the pandemic, the collectively controlled pure joy and overwhelming happiness at our Dodgers bringing home the long-awaited World Series Trophy, was the difference in our community’s tranquil participation of this type of civic pride and appreciation for our Los Angeles Dodgers. Monitors of the event were glad to report that there were no major incidents with the celebrants. There was an appearance of the California Highway Patrol and the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept., who were summoned for traffic control and some street closures.
I add here a note of major importance. Please take into serious account that our Dodgers Fan Chapter representing East L.A. and Beyond is very powerful when it comes to the consistent, annual attendance at Dodgers games, the continual purchases of Dodgers memorabilia, and the traditional interaction with the Dodgers’ Foundation, whenever it asks to provide a variety of community of services to our children’s schools and recreation centers. Last word on the sports relationship. We also can’t forget the number of “game-day” promotions, Fan-Appreciation day, and other youth activities that the Dodgers plan on a yearly basis. In other words, you can’t find a better relationship like ours with the Dodgers, in all of MLB.
This special Team and Community relationship has earned the reputation of holding a strong, committed, and mutually respected bond between it’s team of choice, and the many Latino communities that are unwavering in their support of, and for it. Next time you’re in, or even passing through East L.A., take a very good look and you’ll see what I’m saying.
(Photo Credit): Erik Sarni, Lead Photographer, East L.A. Sports Scene
The most extensive coverage by the local Media was found on the 10:00 pm Fox 11 Nightly News, with veteran Anchor and Field Reporter, Laura Diaz, who conducted many fan interviews amid a giant sea of happy and smiling faces. Hundreds, if not a few thousand, came out to support the victory with their Families, and there was a wide range of celebrants from toddlers, young children, teenagers, adults, and seniors that could be seen everywhere up and down the “Beautiful Blvd.”
Last but not least, and in light of the Dodgers success at bringing the World Series title back home, let’s hope that on their off-season agenda that there will be a scheduled and a most fitting, posthumous tribute of solidarity and respect to their longtime supporter, #8/#24 Kobe Bryant. We need only to recall how much Kobe and his family supported the Dodgers in their efforts to keep Los Angeles known as the “City of Champions.” To Kobe, the Dodgers can now proudly claim, “the job is finished!!”
Another noteworthy aspect of the Dodgers involvement in their civic pride and repsonsibilities was their stepping up regarding Tuesday’s Presidential Election. They have provided their assistance to the public by establishing a Voting Center in their Stadium’s parking lot. The Center will be open on Monday, 11/2, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, and on Tuesday, 11/3, from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Also, regarding the election, the Lakers’ LeBron James, and his More Than A Vote organization, have assisted many citizens by referring them to cast their ballot at the Voting Center located at the Staples Center. The Center will be open on Monday, 11/2, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, and on Tuesday, 11/3, from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Both the Dodgers and the Lakers have joined forces in collaboration with the L.A. County’s Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. For more information, you can find the Voting Center closest to your home at LAvote.net or vote.ca.gov. Remember, Your Vote counts!! (!Hágase Contar!) and Your Voice Is Your Vote!! (!Su Voz Es Su Voto!)