The Southland made history Sunday as it hosted the first “sports equinox,” in which teams from all five U.S. major professional sports leagues played in the same metropolitan area on the same day.
In addition to Game 5 of baseball’s World Series played Sunday evening at Dodger Stadium — where the Boston Red Sox clinched the World Series with a 5-1 win over the hometown Dodgers — the National Football League’s Los Angeles Rams, the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers, the National Hockey League’s Los Angeles Kings and the Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy all played home games Sunday or Sunday evening in greater Los Angeles, the first pro sports region where that has happened.
At least three pairs of super fans were to have teamed-up to attend each of the five home games.
Included in that effort was entertainer Lance Bass and his husband, Michael Turchin.
Additionally, Midwest-based Sam Lipton and Daniel “Alfie” Alfredson flew west to see all five games. Lipton is a 33-year-old Australia native who works in internet technology and Alfredson is a 31-year-old investment professional.
The two have evaluated schedules and data for four years in hopes of one day attending all games in a Super Sports Equinox. The Discover LA visitor’s center provided them with access and transportation — including a helicopter — to some of the games Sunday.
The third known duo to take in at least parts of all five games were Branimir Kvartuc, Communications Director for Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino; and Doane Liu, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Department of Tourism and Convention Development.
“It was quite a day for us,” the 46-year-old Kvartuc said at a post-game tailgate in the Dodger Stadium parking lot. “We saw a lot of games. We ran into Lance Bass at a couple of the games. We went to the Clipper game last and had to leave the Dodger game in the third inning to do that. It made me sick to leave the Dodger game, but we wanted to finish what we started (with the sports equinox).
“We came back to Dodger Stadium after seeing the Clippers,” Kvartuc said. “I’m a lifelong Dodger fan. I couldn’t stay away from a World Series game. I’m sad we lost, of course. The Dodgers will be contenders next year, though.”
Kvartuc said he relished the Dodgers’ 7-hour-20-minute, 3-to-2 Game 3 win over the Red Sox in an 18-inning contest that started late Friday afternoon and finished early Saturday morning, making it the longest game in both time and innings in World Series history.
“At least we won that game,” Kvartuc said. “If the Dodgers don’t win the Friday game, and then lose on Saturday in Game 4 like they did, (the equinox) never would have happened. The World Series would have been over last night and tonight’s Dodger game wouldn’t have been played.
“So ,” Kvartuc said with a grin in his voice, “It could have been worse.”