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Central Coast Dodger fans explain what the World Series means to them

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Many Central Coast Dodger fans waited a very long time to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers play in the 2017 World Series, and for some of these fans, the Dodgers represent more than just a baseball team.

The Dodgers reaching the ultimate postseason pinnacle represents something different for everyone. 69-year-old Paso Robles resident Margie Turley is a lifelong Dodger fan and she says, the team is a living memory of her and her father. He passed away after Turley graduated high school and the Dodgers was what they bonded over the most.

"We went to all the Dodger games. I had 5x7 glossy photos of them, Junior Gilliam, Sandy Kofax, Don Drysdale, Johnny Roseboro, Pee Wee Reese," Turley said. "I had to know all their names. It was like a flash card, I knew their names, batting averages, positions, everything. So, the fact that they haven't won since '88, this is big. This is really big, and I know he and I would be there... Somehow."

The Dodgers also represent sportsmanship and kindness for the Central Coast. Dodgers' third baseman Justin Turner was named the National League Championship Series co-MVP and his Twitter page reflects all the great photos from the Dodgers postseason run. His profile picture features him and Arroyo Grande standout baseball player, Ryan Teixeira. The photo was taken last Christmas when Teixeira was in the hospital fighting his second cancer battle. It's special to see that even though Teixeira passed away, he lives on through Justin Turner celebrating a World Series run.

Eight-year-old Tyler Blaney is also an avid Dodger fan and is excited to watch his first Dodgers' World Series. His father Nathan was about his son's age in 1988 and he said it was a great feeling to see it come full circle.

"It's a great moment to celebrate this with Tyler. We're Dodgers fans. We bleed blue. We keep seeing the re-runs of Kirk Gibson's home run and Justin Turner does it on the same day.  It's great. We love it. We'll never forget it," Nathan Blaney said.

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