September 22, 2011 - Excited fans leave Dodger Stadium after the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the San Francisco Giants 8-2 in the final home game of the season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers played their final home game of the season Thursday, beating the San Francisco Giants 8-2.
"I am very sad, but I can't wait until next year to go to a lot of games," Dodgers fan Parker Blackston said.
Former manager Tommy Lasorda marked his 84th birthday Thursday by returning to the dugout and serving as an honorary coach.
"I hope that next year that they'll put everything together and become champions," Lasorda said. "We got to get our fans out here and let them know that we're playing for them."
It's been a rough year for fans. Many want to be loyal to the team without giving unpopular owner Frank McCourt any more of their money.
"Little bit frustrated by how everything’s happening. I just want everything to get resolved so they can keep playing baseball," Dodgers fan Manuel Meza said.
The McCourt divorce drama off the field weighed heavily on the minds of fans all season.
So did the horror of opening night, when Giants fan Bryan Stow was severely beaten in the parking lot. But during Thursday's game, Giants fans heard the news that Stow had started talking, saying his name, his birthday, and asking to see his kids.
The off the field issues hurt attendance this year, but there's always next year. And the formula is simple, according to Lasorda.
"I told them to win," Lasorda said.