Fresno ties to World Series Game 7

FRESNO, Calif. - It's winner-take-all in Game 7 of the World Series, Wednesday night.

Dodgers beat the Astros Tuesday night in Los Angeles. Hundreds of thousands of fans are watching across the nation, including folk in the Central Valley.

Astros and Dodgers both have ties in to the Valley. Some of Astros players have actually played for the Fresno Grizzlies at Chuckchansi Park.

YourCentralValley spoke with some diehard Dodgers fans who teach at Fresno High School. One teacher went to Game 6 and is hoping for another win.

Thousands of hearts pounding full of excitement at the Dodgers stadium, including, Jeannine DerManouel.

DerManouel, a Fresno High teacher, drove to Los Angeles to witnessed the Dodgers take Game 6 in the World Series.

"I was super excited to be part of it, to feel the momentum," DerManouel said.

She said it was a childhood dream. DerManouel even took a photo pointing at the year the last time Dodgers won the World Series.

"When my mom took us when we were little it made a mark on me," DerManouel said.

A few of her fellow diehard Dodgers coworkers, felt the same way. All sported towels, phone cases and pictures.

"I'm excited as I can possibly be, I've been a Dodgers fan my whole life," Kevin Ochs, a Fresno High teacher and Dodger fan, said.

"I've been waiting for this World Series for 29 years now," Matt Gonzales, Fresno High teacher and Dodgers fan, said.

Baseball spirit lines the streets of Fresno High with Tom Seaver Lane. All three are history teachers and said sharing the excitement with their students is fun.

"The kids are excited and we've been having a good rivalry back and forth talking about it," Ochs said.

That rivalry, might have to do with a few of the Astros current stars. Those players in the World Series spent their time on the field in downtown Fresno.

"To have one triple a town see your players end up in four world series in 8 years, it's incredible," Paul Braverman, public relations coordinator for the Fresno Grizzlies, said.

Braverman said this is a dream for affiliates at all levels.

"There's not many moments like this, at best you get it once a season, we're on a pretty good run right now this is the third game 7 in 4 years and it's an epic World Series," said.

No matter your team, it's sure to be a World Series to remember.

But a few Dodgers fans, only seeing blue.

"Dodger blue, bleed blue," DerManouel said.

"If they don't win I might be sick tomorrow," Ochs said.


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