After years of disappointment, Dodger Nation drinks in the end of one baseball drought – Los Angeles Times

They came from all over dressed in Dodger blue. From Boyle Heights and Long Island, N.Y. From Oklahoma, Iowa and San Pedro, all convinced that their date with destiny would come right here in the Windy City.

It had been more than a quarter of a century since the Dodgers made it to the World Series — when a Kirk Gibson home run made grown men and women weep like children — and these fans were not going to miss out on a chance for their generation’s moment of history.

At Wrigley Field, they began to feel the long drought lifting inning by inning, game by game. And when the Dodgers won and advanced to the World Series for the first time since 1988, they took over the stadium, drinking in the victory.

Michael Schwartz, an orthopedic surgeon from Long Island, performed two surgeries Tuesday morning — repairing a shoulder and a knee — then rushed to the airport and hopped on a flight to Chicago for that night’s crucial Game 3, with the Dodgers up two games to none in the National League Championship Series.

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