As spring turns to summer, fans turn to baseball. Covid-19 caused a long delay this season as Opening Day was postponed until the 4th week in July. This season brings a different experience as Dodger Dogs are grilled in the safety of our own backyards and prime seating is on our living room couches instead of the upper deck.  ⚾️

Baseball teams have served as a source of pride and solidarity in the communities of Ventura County. While in the past many teams were ethnically exclusive, Mexican teams always welcomed Anglo players to join them. If you were “good enough” it didn’t matter what you looked like. The sport was a way to build unity, strengthen friendships, hone skills, and to forget, for nine innings, that they were different. Baseball became the great equalizer as teams battled it out on the playing fields around the county.

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