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They're pumped at Dodger Stadium

October 12, 2008 |  5:40 pm

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After all those games during the regular season where the Dodgers fans trickle in late and leave before the first pitch in the seventh inning, it’s amazing to see how full the stadium is a good 20 minutes before game time. And the fans are pumped. They’re chanting, yelling, standing on their feet already.

One of the most interesting places to watch a game at Dodger Stadium is the left-field pavilion, which in most places would be called the left-field bleachers. These are the cheap seats, and several times over the last year I’ve watched games with the rowdy, eclectic group of fans who sit there regularly. They are an astute bunch, so when I went out before the game I got an earful on what the Dodgers need to do to get back in this series.

Season ticket-holder Ron Cervenka summed it up well: “We gotta come out fast and hard, we hold ‘em for the first inning and then we gotta score in the bottom of the first inning and then just keep pounding on them.…And the pitching, we gotta keep the ball low. Every time we get the ball high in the strike zone we get crushed. Pitching well and jumping on them early. That’s the key right there.”

Well put, Ron. Let’s see how it all unfolds.

-- Kurt  Streeter

Photo: Fans in the left-field pavilion celebrate a victory last season. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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