In a tale of two teams going in completely different directions, the Los Angeles Dodgers are trying to gear up for another championship run, while the Arizona Diamondbacks are eyeing the No. 1 pick after a pitiful stretch of baseball in which they have won just two of their last 32 games amid 16 straight losses.
While watching a 20-52 team in the middle of June might not be ideal for the sports fan of Arizona, Dodgers fans have proven time and time again that they are willing to travel anywhere and everywhere in order to support their team, and Chase Field is not excluded from that list.
The Dodgers were in the middle of once again defanging the Diamondbacks thanks to a dominant start from Walker Buehler, and the fans made their support for their ace abundantly clear thanks to a roaring show of congratulations.
Buehler was given a standing ovation by a sea of fans clad in blue and white after shutting down the Arizona attack for most of the contest. Keep in mind that this game is taking place in Phoenix, yet it looked like any random home game at Chavez Ravine.
The Dodgers can always lean on a passionate fanbase.
Leaning on 2019 figures, the most recent year in which attendance figures were not tainted by COVID-19, the Dodgers we by far first in attendance, and they were one of just three teams ( the Cardinals and Yankees being the other two) that averaged over 40,000 fans per home game. Only the Cubs had a higher road attendance.
Arizona, despite the fact that 2019 was a much more successful season than 2021 is shaping up to be, the Diamondbacks were just 17th in home attendance and 13th in road attendance. Even when things are going good, Arizona’s fanbase doesn’t have nearly the level of nationwide pull the Dodgers have.
After a sluggish start, the Dodgers have actually managed to leapfrog the dangerous Padres in the standings. With Buehler and his 2.38 ERA putting together a case as the best non-deGrom starting pitcher in the NL this year, fans have been given plenty to cheer about in the last few weeks.
Dodgers fans are uniquely passionate, even when compared to some of the more historic teams or teams in a larger market. A solid presence at road games against divisional rivals is one thing, but selling out the entire stadium on the road is something else. If these fans can bring that same energy in the postseason, a repeat might just be on the way.