As a bit of back story, John lived his elementary school years in Central California cheering for the Dodgers during their World Series days in the late 80s. Eight years ago, he realized that he needed a hobby that didn't take him away from home but provided a helpful distraction. Enter baseball. Specifically Dodger baseball. Did you know there are 162 games in the regular season? We have the MLB subscription (because of course we do) so that we can see every one. Which really just translates to having baseball on in the background through most of the spring and summer.
And it is a lovely, simple distraction and has been a lot of fun for John. I realized quickly that I could go all in and enjoy it or resent often having baseball on. You can probably guess where I landed, as I know all of their names and positions and much of the history now. In 2017, we got to go to Game 4 of the Dodgers/Astros series that the Dodgers eventually lost in what we now know was a cheating scandal. It really didn't occur to us that we might get to see another Dodger World Series game in person any other time.
When they made the announcement that the last rounds of the playoffs would be in Arlington, John preemptively booked a hotel room so that he could go down and possibly loiter in the parking lot if the Dodgers made it. Then, they announced that fans would be allowed, with tickets sold in pods of 4, at 25% capacity, going on sale at 10 a.m. on Oct. 6th. In basically what amounted to a ticket lottery, we secured World Series tickets at face value well before we even knew who would be playing. We cheered the Dodgers through the playoff season, with all of our kiddos getting in on the action as well.