Where champions are made

We just had our workout at Wrigley Field. It was cloudy and cool and the place was empty and I can imagine what it’s going to be like tomorrow when the playoffs start. We flew into Chicago yesterday and I had a four-hour flight to think about what this team has done and what we’ve gone through to get to this point. You could just sense from the way the guys were acting on the plane that this wasn’t just another trip.

Last night I had a steak at Hugo’s on State Street with some friends and when I got back to the hotel the Twins were just rolling in for their playoff game with the White Sox and I ran into a couple of their players that I know, Nick Punto and Delmon Young. I got up to my room and around midnight I got a text from Dustin Pedroia. We went to Arizona State together. He had just gotten to Anaheim for Boston’s series there. He sends me a message, ‘This is where champions are made — Let’s go.’ Dustin’s always got corny sayings, but they’re at the right time. He put this in perspective when he used the word, champion. That’s what this is all about. We’re one of eight teams left and one of us will be champion.

Today I walked the Michigan Avenue Magnificent Mile, picked up some gifts for myself and my family and enjoyed a really nice Chicago day, without the tension and anxiety of a game day. Just took a breather. Tomorrow I’ll just try to go through my normal routine, a little breakfast, lunch before going to the park, then gear up for the atmosphere and excitement. I’m sure it will be building as the day goes on.

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Andre the Giant ! Good luck dude :)

-Roberto
http://baseballislife.mlblogs.com/

HEY! I was starting to wonder where you had gone. With the Mets out I am totally rooting for the Dodgers and Brewers to get to the NLCS. I am really excited to watch you play.
Good Luck!
-Ellie
http://mrmetbro.blogspot.com

Andre ~
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on what has happened since you arrived in Chicago. I wish you and the rest of this beloved Dodger team the best of wishes as you start this journey into post season play. We just got a glimpse of the lineup, and I know I have said this numerous times, but it’s worth repeating. We are just so very proud of you, and what you have accomplished this season, both on and off the field. I have a classroom full of first graders that ask how you did every day, and they are cheering for you and the rest of the Dodgers all the way into the World Series, if it’s meant to be. You are a class act, Andre Ethier, and you are setting a wonderful example of how athletes are supposed to play their game. Once again, I wish you and the rest of the Dodgers the best, and remember to have fun!!!
Debbie ~
Dodger Fan Forever and Ethieraholic :)

Hey Dre just wanted to wish you good luck, keep on playing great and let your teammates know that back here in LA we are all rootin for you guys and believe you can win.
PEACE, LOVE, N WINS to you all
Ana

Just want to wish you and the team the best for the playoffs. I have so much faith in what you guys can accomplish. I’d love to see you playing the Angels for the World Series title. Just remember to stay loose, and have fun out there! After all, it is a kids game, so enjoy yourself. I’m a Dodger fan through and through and a certified “Ethieraholic”

Andre- Thank you for sharing your playoff experience. It comforts us fans to know things are going so well for you and the team. I was lucky enough to be at Thursday game and at the Rally on Sunday night and it felt so good to see how far you guys have come and to see you so happy. This team has a lot to celebrate and all Dodger fans are right behind you. We proudly wear the Blue! Now with this Wonderful lineup, Let’s show the Cubs what we are made of!!
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GO Dodgers, NL Western Champions!!
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Love,
Amy

Andre,
CONGRATULATION! You did it – Dodgers Did it!. Have fun in Chicago. I love Chicago, “The City” not the “Cubs”. Don’t forget to grab a bite a Harry Carey’s. And get lots of rest for the Cubs Series. Wish you and ALL MY BOYS IN BLUE LUCK! And keep us post-it on how your ROAD TO CHAMPIONSHIP IS GOING!

DODGERS ARE #1,
Rose, Ethieraholic all the way!

Hey there,
As I tell my son before his games, “Mental Toughness” “don’t let them in your head” and remember it’s a game, so you’re supposed to be having fun.
Good luck, we’ll be watching!!

Andre, best of luck in the game tomorrow and throughout the playoffs. I have a feeling you and the Dodgers are going to do very well. I had this same feeling about the 1988 team that won the World Series, so I hope it’s good omen. Congratulations on a fantastic season. You earned every bit of your personal success.

andre,
good luck to you and the rest of the boys. i will be rooting hard every step of the way. we are the underdogs.. but i LOVE being the underdogs. we will prove to everyone how good of a team we have become. i will be there to support you, russell, and the rest of the guys at both games this weekend. i’m skipping usc football to support you guys!! that’s how much i’m behind you guys~ haha :)

let’s come back from chicago with momentum on our side..

GO BLUE!

love,
sara

Andre,
Congratulations on making the playoffs! Good luck tomorrow! I will be rooting you on from LA. Keep domininating!

Your biggest fan,

Dempsey

Hi Andre, I also would like to congratulate you and your fellow Dodgers for outstanding success this season. I had purchased postseason tickets prior to the winning streak, knowing in my heart that we would prevail. Ha ha, I’m like your friend Dustin with my sayings. I have been fortunate to have been at most of the home games and have suffered and celebrated with you guys. But I was positive all along. I was so happy when the Dodgers acquired Mr. Torre, Manny and Casey. And you have become quite the star. However you still have both feet on the ground and are still wonderful to the Dodger fans. There are a group of us who have been your fans forever and have supported you even when you sat on the bench. You were the consummate professional waiting for your turn. And what a turn you took, being the best of the best. The Dodgers will win it all and we fans will be there. GO DODGERS! GO ANDRE! But still have fun. No matter what we made it to postseason. :-) Love always Cat

Andre –

Thanks for the post. Keep up the good work. It’s always nice to hear what’s going on behind the scenes. Good luck to you and the team today.

Dan
Washington, D.C.

Hey Andre. Glad to hear you’re enjoying your stay at Chicago so far on your day off. Today is all business though Best of luck today and the rest of the series! I’ll be cheering for ya from back home in L.A.!

Whats up Andre,

Your day Chicago sounds a lot like mine. I flew in Tuesday morning and walked all day. I went and got a steak at Gibson’s though. I haven’t ran into any other dodger fans yet, but I certainly hope there’s more of us. Good Luck today. I know you’re gonna step up, not that you haven’t already, but I know you’re gonna give the cubbies a look. I’ll be rooting my best for all you guys. See you at the game.

Andre:
I am a long time Dodger fan(over 55 years) and I’m thrilled that you guys were able to reach the playoffs. You had a great year and I wish you continued success in the playoffs. I really enjoy reading your restuarant reviews. You make it seem like I’m sitting there with you enjoying the meal. You make me wish I lived in L.A. (I live in PA.) so I could try them out.
Good luck anf enjoy the “RIDE”……….Jerry

Thanks so much for keeping in touch with your fans! It means a lot to have that human connection- because, let’s be real here, you’re playing like a baseball god lately. :-)

I’ve been rooting for you from the start- so thanks, also, for helping me win arguments with my dad about giving you playing time!

Speaking of winning, I’m looking forward to a victory dinner review a few weeks from now.

Hey Andre!
Thanks for keeping your loyal fans informed about your Chicago day off yesterday! Yes, the work starts today! I just want to reiterate what everyone else is saying; good luck today and for the rest of the postseason! I’ll get to see you and the rest of the boys on Saturday’s game and can’t wait!!! But I will ask one more thing. Please annihilate the Cubs for me; my husband is a Cubbie and I won’t hear the end of it if his team wins the series!!! Thanks and again, good luck!!! :)

Best of luck Andre!

All of Los Angeles is so excited for you guys! As a life long Dodger fan I feel like this year will be special and maybe even a little magical.

Best of luck out there against the Cubs. You can do this!

Hey André, i’m from montreal, quebec, canada, and i was wondering if you have any backgrounds from out here. Your family name is not rare in Quebec, there are a lot of Ethier around here.

Funny, i read that you live in Arizona. I was in Phoenix two weeks ago, it’s absolutely georgious there man. The golf was extraordinary, and it was a lot warmer then here in Quebec.

Anyway, good luck in the postseason, bonne chance !

Eth! Rock the Cubs!

I believe.

Great game tonight! I knew you would win, even being down 2 runs. You guys have it going now, keep it up!!! All my best for tomorrow.

Andre, I have forgiven you for not tossing me the ball in warm ups at game 2 from Shea. I bought your Jersey just to prove it. And I’ll be wearing it in Shea next year, so hook me up! LOL good luck, I know you’ll do great.

hey Andre!
I was very lucky to go to the last home game thursday and the rally on sunday!! man i stayed SO late on thursday and had a such a great time! it was so awesome to see you guys celebrating and having such a good time with the biggest smiles on your faces!! I stuck with you guys ALL season long and no matter what people said to me I always said “say what you want! i know my boys in blue are gunna make it far!” and sure enough you guys did!! :-) you had A LOT of fans at the rally on sunday!! it was great to get to see all of you before you left for Chicago! well.. I wish you guys the best of luck! and congrats on the first win!!!

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your fan, Amy
Ethieraholic and dodger fan for life!!

Andre,
Congratulations on winning the NL West. It is amazing how far this team has come, and you all are not showing signs of slowing down!! Last night’s game was so much fun to watch!!! I’m so excited for you guys and look forward to 10 more wins!!!
~Rocio =o)

Wow Andre Ethier,
Andre you are such an inspiration!!! I’ve never been much of a baseball fan until this year and my friend you you’ve made an impression. I see you are very involved with the Union Mission and all I can say is wow. I work for a community service organization here in San Bernardino and I know how you feel helping those less fortunate than ourselves. Andre if you really do have time to read and comment these messages I would be honored to hear from you!!! Keep up the great work and God bless you my friend!!!!!

I was very lucky to go to the last home game thursday and the rally on sunday!! man i stayed SO late on thursday and had a such a great time! it was so awesome to see you guys celebrating and having such a good time with the biggest smiles on your faces!! free movie

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