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Maybe it’s the Dodgers’ turn to be champs.

The sold-out Dodgers Stadium faithful vibrantly acted that way throughout last night’s 3:56 almost-marathon, which saw the Los Angeles Dodgers take the first game of the National League Division Series from the Saint Louis Cardinals.

The Lakers felt that way too.

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The reigning NBA kings pledged their adoration for the Dodgers, and shared a slice of the city’s goodwill toward them, by participating in a series of rah-rah Go Dodgers! videos, shown on the left field jumbotron.

Even though these surprise videos drove some fans into a frenzy, (Kobe’s appearance drawing the largest ovation,) purple and gold were two colors not seen on the Dodgertown color palate.

Chavez-Ravine was a sea of Dodger-blue and white.

Each fan was given a Dodgers mini-towel and, at the slightest hint of excitement, tens of thousands would snap, shimmy and shake their towels through the brisk night air. And in the game’s crucial moments, that atmosphere was made frostier by the breeze of those 56,000 flicking towels.

“I’ve been an underdog all my life, so I’m used to it,” said Dodger George Sherrill, who pitched a brilliant eighth inning for the team the media picked to drop game one. The Dodgers weren’t supposed to beat Saint Louis ace Chris Carpenter.

Matt Kemp’s first inning home run off the Cardinals' Cy Young candidate gave the fans a reason to be thankful they got to their seats early. Those clad in local colors seemed to know that, depending on the Dodgers next month, their presence may prove to have played a part in something historic.

The game-time temperature was 63 degrees. It dropped, what felt, considerably as the sun did the same. By the fourth inning it was downright cold (I forgot a sweatshirt, so sue me.) The cream-colored moon, viewing the Dodger victory from over the right field fair-pole, even seemed to shiver.

The fans had plenty of decent reasons to depart early -- The cold. The four hour game. Search for shorter bathroom lines.

The city of Saint Louis probably figured Dodgers Stadium to be empty after Take Me Out To The Ballgame. Much to their chagrin (and not just because they lost,) the building was full for Jonathan Broxton’s electric game-ending strike out of Rick Ankiel, who was caught looking.

Sorry Midwest, this is the playoffs. Dodgers fans may get a bad rap but we are wonderful. A few fans may leave early on some nights to beat traffic (is that even possible?) but we come back, and back, and back.

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Dodgers Stadium led baseball in attendance this year with 3,761,669. That’s the club's second best to 2007’s 3,857,036. Even the Yankees were second this year.

Scoreboard.

The playoffs coming to Dodgertown almost seems like an annual thing of late, with The Lasorda’s having made three postseason appearances in the last four tries. The past two years' NL West titles mark the first time that's been done since the 1977, and 1978 squads did so (when they used to have record stores and white Presidents.)

If you want to know the definition of team spirit come to today’s 3:07 p.m. game, and leave with the masses after its last pitch. At least you'll be honking at, and flipping off, fellow Dodger fans.

Unless there’s a game five situation in this five game series, this will be the series' last home game.

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