As an out-of-towner attending my first MLB playoff game, I didn’t know what to expect at Dodger Stadium on Friday night. After all, I had heard the rumors about L.A. baseball fans—you know, that they show up in the 2nd inning and leave after the 7th to beat traffic. Well, plenty did leave after the 8th, but let’s pretend I didn’t say so, because the crowd was electric from the get-go, and it made for one hell of an experience.
More than 54,000 people attended the game, and a handful even wore banana suits, which was especially impressive considering the temperature was in the 80s and low 90s. White rally towels spun throughout the game. Larry King, Pat Sajak, Omar Miller (the actor known for playing one of Eminem’s friends in 8 Mile) Flea, and Jason Bateman—who waved his “LA LOVES OCTOBER” towel enthusiastically but upside down while on the Jumbotron—were in the audience. Despite all that positive energy, those rooting for the home team left with their heads hung low. The Dodgers failed to mount a comeback in the late innings and lost Game 1 of the best-of-five series, but they tied the series in Game 2 tonight. Now the team’s off to New York for Game 3.