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Customized urns for die-hard dodger fans

August 26, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Dodger legend Tommy Lasorda once famously claimed that he "bled dodger blue." There is no doubt that some fans feel the same way. Now those die-hard fans can stay blue for all eternity with officially licensed Dodgers caskets and urns.Sometimes, hats and jerseys just aren't enough. For some, their devotion to the Dodgers runs much deeper. Now fans can purchase the eternal memorabilia package, which includes an officially licensed Dodger coffin or Dodger urn.

"The funeral industry has been around since we've been burying pharaohs, but this is the very first licensed product," says Hal Wilkes, sales director at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Rosemead.

The officially licensed line was unveiled Wednesday at the Sky Rose Chapel. For Dodger fans who choose cremation, the urn will cost $1,000. The coffin will cost $4,500.

"We're celebrating life, and passion runs through all of us. What we do for a living, what we do in our spare time, who we love, how we worship, and this product is for people who are passionate about baseball," said Wilkes.

And not surprisingly, die-hard Dodger fans say that the chance to take their love for their team to the grave is worth any price.

"I think it's worth it, yeah, $4,500? I'm already in heaven when I'm here at the stadium. Yeah that'll work, I like it," says Teddy Rodriguez from Los Angeles.

At Dodger stadium, where fans were sorting through the traditional memorabilia at the gift shop, most agreed that a foam finger can't touch a stainless steel coffin.

"I actually don't think it's a bad thing. It is, I mean, a sport is a community thing, it really brings people together. It's a massive piece of people's lives, so why not take it to the grave with you," says John Barraclough who is visiting from England.

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