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Dodgers: Vin Scully ‘Day of the Dead’ Ofrenda in LA’s Grand Park

Día de los Muertos (or “Day of the Dead”) is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1 and 2 in Mexico and other areas with a population of people with Mexican ancestry. The Dodgers, with a huge percentage of their fanbase consisting of Mexican and Mexican-American Angelenos, have long embraced the celebration, usually holding an event near the end of the regular season.

One traditional element of a Día de los Muertos celebration is the “ofrenda,” which literally means “offering” and is the offering placed in a home altar during the celebration. According to Wikipedia, “An ofrenda, which may be quite large and elaborate, is usually created by the family members of a person who has died and is intended to welcome the deceased to the altar setting.”

But it’s not always family members, and it’s not always in the home. In preparation for the first Día de los Muertos since the passing of longtime Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, fans have created a remarkable ofrenda for Vin in Grand Park.

Vin felt like family to every Dodger fan, so it’s understandable that fans would want to honor him in this way. On a holiday designed to celebrate loved one who have passed away, remembering a man like Vin just three months after his death is only natural.

Well done, Dodger fans. And, as the sign says, #VivaVin.

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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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  1. Hello, Thank you for this write up. Please credit the artist, me, Marissa Magdalena. More photos of the process of making this altar for Vin are available on my instagram @MarissaMadeMe

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