General view of capacity crowd as Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium, on Jun 15, 2021 in Los Angeles.Gary A. Vasquez / USA Today Sports via Reuters The battle of playoff-contending clubs came hours after California lifted a wide array of mandates set in place last year to battle the coronavirus pandemic, which had killed more than 62,000 Golden State residents by Tuesday.
Dodger Stadium sellout marks America’s largest sports crowd since pandemic There are no more state rules on social distancing, and no more limits on capacity at restaurants, bars, supermarkets, gyms, stadiums or anywhere else. Masks are no longer mandated for vaccinated Californians in most settings.
“At the beginning I soaked it in while I could. After that I tuned it out and took care of business. I’m used to playing in front of big crowds,” Betts said. “It was a jolt,” Roberts said. “For them (fans) to get here and hope that your superstar player performs (with a) go-ahead homer, it was big jolt. The dugout felt it, the fans felt it.”
L.A. Manager Dave Roberts said Betts’ blast “felt” like no other home run so far this season. Dodgers star Mookie Betts, accustomed to packed houses in an eight-year career with the Dodgers and Boston Red Sox, belted a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning.
The Dodgers captured the 2020 World Series, following a truncated MLB season of just 60 regular season games, a small fraction of a normal 162-game campaign. The pandemic brought the sports world to a grinding halt in March 2020 withbaseball’s spring training and college basketball’s “March Madness” canceled.
For example, the Super Bowl — traditionally the costliest and hardest ticket to score in all of sports — was played before a paid crowd of just 24,835 on Feb. 7. The NFL titlegame was played at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, which has capacity for more than 65,000 fans. The Dodgers on Tuesday wore uniforms with gold trim to celebrate the 2020 title and held pre-game ceremonies similar to traditional Opening Day festivities.
David K. Li is a breaking news reporter for NBC News. The Dodgers on Tuesday wore uniforms with gold trim to celebrate the 2020 title and held pre-game ceremonies similar to traditional Opening Day festivities.
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