SoCal native Barajas excited for debut in LA

SoCal native Barajas excited for debut in LA

DENVER -- Rod Barajas gets to live another special part of the Major League dream Monday night.

He gets to be a Dodger at home.

"Yeah, I've thought about it," said Barajas, who was born in Ontario, Calif., grew up in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Fe Springs and attended Cerritos Junior College.

"I get to wear the all-white uniform with 'Dodgers' across the chest. It will be very special. That's the uniform I remember growing up and I always wanted to put on. I'm going home and my family will be able to cheer for me and not pull against my team. It will be an unbelievable experience."

Barajas said he comes from a Southland family of Dodgers fans who always rooted for him to do well personally, as long as his team lost to the Dodgers.

He said growing up he would attend four or five Dodgers games a year, "any time I got a hold of tickets." He said he still has about 40 family members living in Southern California.

Since joining the Dodgers Tuesday on a waiver claim from the Mets, Barajas is batting .462 (6-for-13) with two homers and five RBIs.