Game time is 60 minutes from now.
and today its Dodger stadium…
Los Angeles county sherrifs forced Chican@s out of their homes so that there could be a space for some kind of housing project but later was used for the Dodger stadium instead. These pictures show the last remaining residences to the Chavez Ravine before Dodger Stadium was built. From what I read, I felt like it was more of the city of Los Angeles’ fault for destroying this neighborhood, so that they could have a professional team play in their city as what other cities were doing. The Dodgers could of moved anywhere else after they were in Brooklyn. These last pictures show Chicana Aurora Vargas as she does not comply to the city and the sheriffs demands to get out of her own home and is taken out by force.
Here is more detail of what happened to the Chavez Ravine:
I had a great conversation with Hector Flores of Las Cafeteras about the contradictory/problematic nature of being a Xican@ fan of The Dodgers. His band performed at a Viva Los Dodgers event last year with Spanish electro-indie group The Pinker Tones.
Did you ever see that play by Culture Clash about Chavez Ravine? That play is so amazing. They really took the story and really dug up a lot of the truth behind the scenes but then infused comedy and politics and really gave folks a general sense of the heartache that a lot of folks went through. At the same time, it also acknowledged that baseball, beyond the Dodgers, has been a way for Latinos to be recognized within American society. It’s one of those few things where race doesn’t really matter as long as you can show yourself on the field. The history of Chavez Ravine is a tragic story but…baseball in L.A. has allowed the marginalized and displaced in Los Angeles to be recognized and have a space within Los Angeles.
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Leo Manzano’s victory lap was one of Remezcla’s favorite sports moments of 2012. WE LOVE YOU, LEO!