He is not showing off his accomplishment. He just sits quietly from his clubhouse seats, black Marlins cap on.
“I just like my hometown team,” he said. “You have to stay with your team. If you don’t, you’re just a bandwagon.”
Power of fanaticism
Dori Amador is looking for autographs.
Before the game, Dori Amador is on a mission trying to collect signatures on a ball she caught at a previous game. First base coach Perry Hill comes through after she waves him over to help her on her endeavor, tossing back the ball with player signatures on it.
When she’s not getting balls signed, she has her photo organizer at the ready. Tabs divide the different players, each section containing downloaded photos of each player printed on photo paper. She also has her chocolate and vanilla icing Marlins logo cupcakes at the ready to pass out to workers and deliver to Marlins Vision host Katherine Akra.
Everyone knows Dori Amador.
As she sits back down, her eyes focus on a player who tosses a ball to a little girl in the row in front of her. The girl gazes at the ball in amazement. Dori Amador knows the feeling.
“I feel like that,” she said, looking at the girl. “I feel like a kid when I go here.”
Husband Eduardo laughs, “She goes about it with childish enthusiasm,” he said.
Baking food, making the players goodie bags, even making them Star Trek pins for Star Trek day, Dori Amador treats them like her little league team, Eduardo Amador said.
“They’re grown men,” he said. Despite the jokes, he supports his wife and accompanies her on his days off. She has enhanced the experience for him, he said.
“I’ve had so many positive experiences here,” she said. “Baseball now is such a special part of me.”
As she looks around the stadium, eyes wide, there is no doubt: Fans, true fans, never die.