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Three generations of Central Coast family cheer on Dodgers at the World Series

Torres family of Nipomo attend game in Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES - It was a special Wednesday night for the Torres family of Nipomo.

At Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, three generations spent the evening together at Game 2 of the World Series.

"Being at a baseball game is great," said Joe Torres Jr. "Being at the World Series is awesome, but being here with my dad and my two boys, that makes it perfect." 

Torres Jr. attended the game with this father Joe Sr. and two sons Chandler and Chance.

The four Torres are used to being at a ballpark together. Baseball is a way a life for the family.

"It's probably the most important thing," said Chance Torres, a sophomore at Nipomo High School. "If we didn't have baseball, I don't know how we would survive. It's the only thing we can agree on and have a great time with."

While the four Torres' all love to disagree and give each other a hard time, the game and their favorite team is something that bonds them together.

"We all love the Dodgers," said Joe Torres Sr. of Santa Maria. "We all love baseball. We bleed blue."

"I think baseball is where we bond the most and share the best memories and where the love is most," said Chandler Torres, a senior at Nipomo High School.

For several years Joe Jr. coached his sons through Little League and club teams. Now that they're both in high schools, he spends much of his time traveling to their games and cheering them on in the stands.

On Wednesday, the Torres were cheering together at Dodger Stadium, sitting in the right field pavilion hoping to see the Dodgers take a 2-0 series lead over the Houston Astros.

"It's amazing," said Chandler Torres. "I've never been to a more important game ever. I don't know what to say, so much tension. I'm excited."

The family typically attends a couple of Dodgers games each season. When Los Angeles recently earned a trip to its first World Series since 1988, Joe Torres Jr. said he wasn't going to miss it.

"'I've bee waiting for this for 29 years," said Joe Torres Jr. "We've been close so many times. It's one of the best feelings in the world."

Wanting to go the World Series is a dream for most baseball fans. However, actually getting there is another story. It's well chronicled how expensive tickets are for championship events. This year's World Series is no different.

"The price was way up there, but you have to do what you have to do," said Joe Torres Sr.

The family did not disclose how much they paid for their four pavilion seats. 

"I could have bought three of my trucks," said Joe Torres Jr. "It's kind of ridiculous, but it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

No matter what the tickets cost, and despite the Dodgers losing in heartbreaking fashion, 7-6 in 11 innings, being at the game together created memories the family will have the rest of their lives.

"Wouldn't miss it for the world," said Joe Torres Sr. "Probably the best experience we could have with each other."

"I kind of feel like it's a dream," said Chance Torres. "I'm going to be mad if i wake up and this isn't real. I'm hoping this is real."

"We're going to have memories," said Joe Torres Jr. "We're going to have (giveaway rally) towels, we're going to have pictures. We have memories of every game you go to, but especially when it's with the kids and dad, it's a great time."


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