The Los Angeles Dodgers are known to have one of the most passionate fan bases in baseball, consistently leading the league in home attendance and even having a strong showing of support when playing on the road.
These last few months haven’t been easy for Dodger fans, as they were looking forward to another successful season in 2020, potentially ending in a World Series win, but that has not been able to happen with the season being put on hold due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
As is the case with everyone else during this difficult time, Dodger fans are finding ways to entertain themselves until baseball returns. For one fan named Ben Massé in West Springfield, Mass., that means building a replica Wiffle Ball field of Dodger Stadium in his backyard.
This fan built a mini Dodger Stadium in his backyard. 🔥
(via Ben Massé/FB, Official Los Angeles Dodgers Fan Group) pic.twitter.com/Tx48U8lqbJ
— MLB (@MLB) May 26, 2020
In an interview with NBC L.A., Massé revealed he grew up a Red Sox fan and all aspects of the field were done by hand by him and his family members:
“We have plenty of Wiffle Ball Fenway Parks, so I think the area needed a Dodger stadium,” said Massé in an interview with NBC LA on Wednesday.
Massé said in high school he had to research Jackie Robinson for a school project and slowly started to like the Dodgers franchise and what they stood for. As he started watching their games, he grew to appreciate Matt Kemp, and some of the other Dodger players of that era.
The center field fence is 84-feet away from home plate, and the outfield includes an American flag, replica scoreboards and all of the Dodgers’ retired numbers, as is the case at Dodger Stadium. Massé added that the construction started in April and that he plans to continue with more detailing to the field in the coming months.
Former Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier recently shared that he has done something similar at his house, constructing a batting cage and a replica of the Dodger Stadium sign and Ring of Honor.
While the return of baseball is likely just around the corner, it is good to see that fans have not lost their love for the Dodgers during the shutdown, and hopefully the team can fulfill their promise of winning their first World Series since 1988 when they get back on the field in 2020.
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