By Art Holliday
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KSDK) - With Game 1 of the National League Championship Series set to begin Friday in St. Louis, LA Dodgers fans are arriving. But some have been here all their lives, like real estate developer Bob Plummer.
You can tell a lot about a man by the ring tone on his cell phone.
"It's Vin Scully [Dodger broadcaster] announcing 'It's Dodger baseball,'" said Plummer.
Walking through the Ebbets Field subdivision, one of his real estate projects, Plummer explains the street signs, named after his favorite Dodgers, like Lasorda Lane and Sandy Koufax Court.
"Koufax and Drysdale in the '60s. Davy Lopes, Bill Russell, Ron Cey, and Steve Garvey, my favorite Dodger of all time," said Plummer. "Since I was writing the checks, I got to name them all Dodger names."
How does a kid from Litchfield, Ill.s grow up to be a Dodger super-fan and build Ebbets Field, named after the former home of the Brooklyn Dodgers?
"I was growing up in Litchfield, Ill., played on the Little League Dodgers, my dad managed that. Loved the Dodgers and that was back in the '60s and '70s and I followed baseball when the Dodgers were really good then," he said.
Ebbets Field residents like Jim Gagne, who has a St. Louis Cardinals pennant flying in his front yard, are amused.
"It's a little irritating to see that I'm going to live in Ebbets Field, but you get used to it a little bit," said Gagne. "You realize they're all Cardinals fans around here. It's kind of ironic."
As for the upcoming NLCS, the man who loves the Dodgers respects the Cardinals, and hasn't forgotten 1985, when home runs by Ozzie Smith and Jack Clark helped the Cardinals eliminate the Dodgers.
"Ozzie Smith. I'll never forget that, and Jack Clark. I can still see Tommy [Lasorda] sitting in the dugout going 'why did I pitch to this guy?'" said Plummer.