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Dodgers: Former Dodger Says L.A. Crowd Prepared Him for a Pennant Race at Yankee Stadium

The last time the Dodgers didn’t lead the major leagues in attendance, Frank and Jamie McCourt were still names that Dodger fans cared about. Since the Guggenheim Group bought the team and rescued Los Angeles sports fans from the ugliness of the McCourts, Dodger Stadium has been packed to the gills nearly every night.

When the Dodgers traded Mitch White to the Blue Jays at the trade deadline, White entered a new baseball ecosystem within the American League East. The Blue Jays are currently in second place, creeping up on the struggling Yankees, and White had the opportunity to step on the mound at Yankee Stadium last weekend to face — and ultimately outduel — New York ace Gerrit Cole.

The next day, White joined Sportsnet’s “At the Letters” show to talk about a variety of topics, and he was asked how his time with the Dodgers prepared him for his start in New York.

“Playing some of those games in Dodger Stadium, where it gets as loud as anywhere else I’ve been, those games are fun, and once I got to the point where I could use that to benefit me and ride that adrenaline wave, as opposed to getting a little tight and a little try to do too much, I kind of learned to use that to help me as opposed to hurt me. I think that’s a big part of it.”

During his time in L.A., White showed an ability to step up big when the team needed him, and he showed that again for Toronto against the Yankees. Speaking for all passionate Dodger fans, we’d like to say: you’re welcome, Blue Jays.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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