Home To The Dodgers…And Santa Claritans
By Jason Endicott
Our selection for the October Distinguished Home is a bit of an unconventional choice. It's not actually located in Santa Clarita, but many SCV locals consider it their "summer home". A place where they can visit for six months of the year to get away for awhile, forget about their problems, and enjoy America's Pastime.
Opened in 1962 and celebrating it's 46th year as the home of the Dodgers, Dodger Stadium is in fantastic shape. While other stadiums around baseball, such as Shea Stadium in New York (built after Dodger Stadium, no less) are torn down to make way for more modern facilities, Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine seems to sparkle just as it did when it opened nearly five decades ago.
2008 was a very special year for the Dodgers. The team made it further into the playoffs than in any other season in the past 20 years, and I was at their last game of the season- Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers lost that game 5-1, and their World Series hopes will have to wait another year. I arrived at the stadium early for the game to take the opportunity to leisurely stroll around the grounds and soak in the atmosphere of one of my favorite places in Los Angeles.