MONTEBELLO (CBSLA) — Jose Lara has supported the Los Angeles Dodgers for as long as he can remember.
“You know, it all started when I was a little boy,” he said.
That undying loyalty came to a head when Lara got older, grew a beard and died it blue — becoming one of the city’s most recognized Dodger super fans.
“I’ve always wanted to go to the World Series,” Lara, also known as Blue Beard, said.
That dream became a reality in 2017 as Lara watched in agony as the Houston Astros defeated the Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 to take the World Series.
“We were sitting above the bullpen,” Lara said.
But, two years later, the Astros have been found guilty of cheating the Dodgers out of that title.
“I went and lived my dream,” Lara said. “Once in a lifetime opportunity, to have it shattered by these guys cheating. It’s heartbreaking.”
Lara said he is now speaking with an attorney about filing a class action lawsuit against Major League Baseball for the money he and other fans spent going to that game — $450 dollars for the ticket, $50 for parking and, he said, he was still calculating the total cost for hot dogs and beer.
“We drank a lot that day,” he said. “I’m not gonna lie.”
Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhno were both fired Monday after an MLB investigation determined the team stole signs in 2017 by using cameras, monitors and banging on trashcans.
And, on Tuesday night, the Boston Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora amid an MLB investigation into cheating during the 2018 season, but reportedly not during the series against the Dodgers.
Some feel the former Dodger was the mastermind behind the cheating scandal since he was a bench coach for the Astros in 2017.
“I’m not surprised,” Lara said. “He took what he did in Houston over to them.”