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This Kid Won Two Tickets For The World Series From A Man Who Was Once A Student At His Boyle Heights Elementary School

An alumnus of Christopher Dena Elementary School in Boyle Heights wanted to make someone’s Dodgers dream come true.

Alejandro Herrera is one lucky kid. He won two tickets to game two of the World Series thanks to a generous alumnus of his elementary school. Ricardo Puentes, a Christopher Dena Elementary School alum, wanted to give back to his old school in a special way. Puentes bought two World Series tickets and offered them to the student who could write the best essay about what the Dodgers mean to them. The winner was Herrera, a 5th grader. Herrera, a Dodgers fan since he was 4 years old, says his family loves “Los Doyers.” While his grandfather started the tradition, Herrera gives his sister all the credit for making him the fan he is today.

But with only two tickets and three family members hoping to go, there was only one option. “My mom, my dad, and my sister were fighting [for the ticket] so we had to do a raffle,” Herrera told KTLA. “So they put their names in a cup and I chose it and the one that came out was my sister.”

Herrera and the man behind the tickets, Ricardo Puentes, were interviewed by KTLA and discussed how the Boyle Heights student won the tickets. Puentes, who immigrated with his family to the U.S. as a child, says Christopher Dena Elementary School gave him a safe place to land.

“We were an immigrant family. We came from Mexico,” Puentes told KTLA reporter Lynette Romero. “[I] didn’t speak a word of English. This elementary school was my welcome mat.”


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Vin Scully Brought Out Mexican Baseball Legend Fernando Valenzuela And Dodger Stadium Went Nuts

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Vin Scully Brought Out Mexican Baseball Legend Fernando Valenzuela And Dodger Stadium Went Nuts

Last year, legendary Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully retired after 67 seasons with the team. The Dodgers had a chance to make it to the World Series that season and send Scully off in style. Unfortunately, the team lost in the NLCS to the eventual World Series champs, the Chicago Cubs. This year, the Dodgers have a chance to win their first World Series in 29 years, so they brought Scully out of retirement to throw out the first pitch at game two.

Scully walked out on the diamond to thunderous applause and proceeded to crack a few granddad jokes. Once he took the mound, former Dodgers great Steve Yeager came out to catch Scully’s pitch. Just as Scully did his wind up, he stopped and said he had shoulder issues. “Like all the managers in this game, I’m gonna have to go to the bullpen. I need a left-hander to come out and help me,” said Scully.

The 89-year-old looked toward the Dodgers dugout and out walked Fernando Valenzuela, the former Dodgers pitcher who gave L.A. “Fernandomania” in the early ‘80s. Nicknamed “El Toro,” Valenzuela won a World Series, a Cy Young Award and the Rookie of the Year Award with the Dodgers. He’s credited with sparking the love affair between the Dodgers and the Mexican/Mexican-American community in Los Angeles, which has a complicated history with Chavez Ravine, the land where Dodger Stadium is built.

Here’s a perfect example of how much love Valenzuela continues to receive in Los Angeles:

Once Valenzuela threw out the first pitch, Scully, Yeager and El Toro came together to continue a Dodgers tradition.

Vin’s still got it.

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