Video: Man Camps Outside Dodger Stadium For 18 Days For A Shot At Playing
Baseball has been known to inspire big dreams, and one guy hopes that by sleeping outside of Dodger Stadium, he can turn his major league dreams into a reality.
Loah Linares, a baseball player from Cuba, has been camping on the sidewalk outside Dodger Stadium for the past 18 days, hoping for a chance to try out for the Dodgers. The determined hopeful has been working out as much as possible on the streets, reports ABC 7, and says he's willing to stay out there for as long as it takes to be seen by the team. With steadfast commitment and confidence, Linares explains, "If I didn't know how great a baseball player I know I am, I wouldn't be here trying to show off my skills to somebody."
In a short video created by Conejo Films about Linares, he explains that he's grateful for food and water that has been donated by fans passing by on their way to the stadium. He's also been inspired by the history of the Dodgers and, in particular, by Jackie Robinson. "He was, and still is, an inspiration to a lot of black men all over the world, and to me personally," Linares explains. "I am black, but I am also Latino, and it doesn't change the fact that I appreciate that kind of history."
Like many big baseball dreams, Linares' story is both a tale of determination in the face of adversity, and somewhat heartbreaking, as stadium campouts aren't typically known for a high success rate for making it into the minors. The Dodgers gave no response about Linares when contacted by ABC 7, though security told them that he has unsuccessfully tried to get into the stadium.
As the post-season looms for the Dodgers, now is not likely a time for them to offer Linares a chance to try out. But perhaps Linares might want to set his determined sights on the Major League open tryout camps, where anyone over 16 years of age can show off their skills. After all, in 2014, the Dodgers signed two players from the open tryouts to Minor League contracts.