I’d like you to meet Eric Mason of Algonquin, Ill., a big Dodgers fan who comments on this blog under the name Voldomer. Eric is a professor of New Testament at Judson University in Elgin, Ill., and he drove down from his home in suburban Chicago this morning — about five hours — after going onto the Cardinals web site immediately after Matt Adams hit the home run in the eighth inning of Game 5 of the National League Division Series against Pittsburgh that effectively sealed that deal. Eric found that there were 15 tickets left for Game 2, and he never hesitated.
Not surprisingly given that there were 15 tickets left, he is sitting in nosebleed territory in left field. But at least he is here, which wasn’t easy given that he stayed awake for almost all of last night’s marathon. Said he dozed off at one point, then woke up right AFTER Carlos Beltran delivered the walkoff hit.
Eric acquired his love of the Dodgers from his father while growing up in Collinwood, Tenn., just north of the Alabama border — a part of the country that is split between Cardinals fans, Braves fans and Reds fans, so Eric was kind of a lone wolf in that regard. He says his love for the team was cemented with the 1977 club, which not only reached the World Series and lost to the New York Yankees but also was the first team in major league history with four 30-homer guys in Steve Garvey, Dusty Baker, Ron Cey and Reggie Smith.
Thanks to Eric for reaching out to me, and for being a loyal reader of this blog.