September 2011

A Salute to Dodger fans in the latest Dodgers Magazine

The following is the copy of the latest Dodger Magazine:

Dodger Fans with 30 or more years as Season Ticket holders

 

In it, it shows Dodger fans that have had their season tickets for 30 years or more.   Although I started 30 years ago as a season ticket holder, my total years do not equal that.   I do have friends in that picture.  

The September magazine saluted us fans as the 10th player!   Is nice to have a magazine dedicated to us fans.  In addition to a salute to the long time season ticket holders, the Dodgers took the time to interview a lot of Dodger fans for the magazine like the Aisle 2 Crew in the Reserved and yours truly.  

Jorge Martin approached me in the last Viva Los Dodgers event when he spotted me wearing a Javy Guerra batting practice jersey.   I had spotted the jersey in the club level and although it fits me big, I just had to buy it.  Here is the article in the magazine with the pictures 

EMMA IS HERE .   Emma Amaya shows her loyalty is True Blue By Jorge Martin & Cary Osborne

WHEN EMMA AMAYA calls Dodger Stadium “my second home, my second family,” she’s not kidding.  Amaya is a fixture in the Top Deck in her season seats, but when the Dodgers are away from home or out of season, her passion for the team remains strong.

She Flew to Minnesota this year to catch the Dodgers during an interleague series.   She is a regular at autograph signings around the southland.  Often camping out for hours to assure herself a great spot.  She even visited Citi Field in New York to see the Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia, especially the Jackie Robinson exhibit.  Amaya even gave Dodger Reliever Javy Guerra a book about the history of Mexican baseball players who have played in Los Angeles, something that Guerra had started to read. 

Emma Amaya

 You see, Amaya takes this “Dodger family” stuff really seriously. Amaya said she grew up a football fan.  A boyfriend took her to Dodger Stadium one time and she was hooked.  Before long Amaya began coming regularly to games with a friend who educated her on the Brooklyn Dodgers, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. 

Now it’s her doing the educating.  During the Brooklyn days, the biggest superfan was Hilda Chester.  Chester was a regular at Ebbets Field, but achieved fame by banging a frying pan with an iron ladle from her seat in the bleachers.  people took notice. 

(Left) Amaya posed with Duke Snider’s half of Fame plaque.

Emma & Eric as Hilda Chester and the Brooklyn Bum

Including Dodger players who in the 1930′s presented her with a cowbell.  After suffering a second heart attach, it is said that former Dodger manager Leo Durocher visited her in the hospital.  She returned to the bleaches with her Brooklyn accent and cowbell to cheer sounding as strong as ever.  A sign near her seat would proclaim, “Hilda is Here!”

Amaya doesn’t fashion herself exactly as a 21st Century Hilda Chester, but she did come to Opening Day last season dressed as the legendary fan.  a curious usher asked about her costume.

“Look her up,” Amaya told the usher.  “When I come here tomorrow, you tell me something that tells me you did look it up.” 

The Next Day, the usher saw Amaya and yelled out one of Chester’s favorite lines, “EAT YOUR HEART OUT, YOU BUMS!” 

Amaya speaks affectionately and nostalgically about the Dodgers, pointing out that the first year that she had season tickets was 1981–The year of Fernandomania and the World Series against  the New York Yankees.  A computer programmer from El Monte, Amaya has also helped build communities both in and around Dodger Stadium.  sh has developed bonds with Dodger fans on Twitter and the regulars at her Top Deck seats at Dodger Stadium, and has even gone to Dodger related events with the people she sits with at games.

One of those events led to a memorable exchange with a Dodger player.  After Matt Kemp hit a 10th inning walk-off single on August 12, Amaya and a friend immediately left from Dodger Stadium and headed down to Redondo Beach.  They They camped out outside of a store where Kemp was to sign autographs the following morning.  amaya finally made her way to the front of the line and met Kemp, who after hearing about her coming striahgt from the game asked Amaya, “Did you eat?”

Kemp might have been thinking about theat interaction when he did another autograph signing on Aug. 26.  On that day, Kemp ordered pizza for everyone in line. 

Amaya smiles easily when she talks about the team she has pent more than three decades following closely.  she summed up so much of what keeps brning her back day after day, year after year when she said:  “I love watching a triple, I love watching a pitcher’s duel.  I love watching a well-executed double play.  I love the game, and I love the Dodgers”

Thank you Dodgers!  Thank you Jorge Martin & Cary Osborne and all that contributed to the article.  I am humble by it all.  

Here is a picture of Jayv Guerra holding the book I gave him:

Gracias @JavyGuerra54 for signing @luvthedodgers23 and my picture!  We are proud of you! #socialSept

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