Nothing was able to slow down Dodger fans Tuesday.

The temperatures at Chavez Ravine touched 103 degrees — a number considerably higher than Los Angeles starter Clayton Kershaw's fastball that sits at 93 mph.

Ticket prices had soared through the roof.

Of course the traffic was relentless. 

All of that was a small price to pay for thousands of Dodger fans who waited 29 years for the World Series to return to downtown Los Angeles. 

Dodger fans, both with and without tickets in hand, packed the Elysian Park neighborhood of Los Angeles for Game 1 of the World Series as the Dodgers hosted the Houston Astros Tuesday night.

Fans young and old, who came from near and far, lined Vin Scully Avenue and Stadium Way ahead of the game, which the Dodgers won 3-1 on the back of Kershaw's dazzling start.

The 103-degree temperature at first pitch is a World Series record.

Despite those temperatures, Isaac Carrizales, 17, and his younger brother Joaquin, both of Fontana, spent the afternoon before the game playing catch at Angel's Point in Elysian Park. The brothers and their parents all had tickets for Game 1.

Isaac was just happy to be at the first World Series game in Los Angeles since the Dodgers won it all in 1988.

"We're in the nosebleeds," Isaac said. "My mom and dad got tickets for all four of us for about $700 each. So $2,800 for all four. We got the tickets when the Dodgers were up 3-0 in the NLCS. I wasn't even born the last time the Dodgers went to the World Series, so we're excited as hell."

Even though Tuesday's weather resembled more of a Houston summer than a Los Angeles fall, Isaac and Joaquin were both confident the Dodgers would come out strong against the Astros, especially with the ace Kershaw making his World Series debut.

"With Kershaw on the mound, we're going to bring home a 'W,'" Isaac said. "Kershaw is solid at home."

How right young Isaac was. Kershaw struck out 11 batters and walked none over seven innings.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing," 12-year-old Joaquin Carrizales said. "I'm very grateful we were able to get the tickets. I'm really hoping the Dodgers are going to win. Our rookie Cody Bellinger is a great hitter and he'll bring it this series. With Kershaw on the bump and our other four starters are all aces. They'll bring it this series."

Isaac plays baseball at Summit High School in Fontana and fell in love with the game thanks to his dad, who also played baseball in high school. 

Joe and Joseph Hernandez, a father-son duo, made the trek to Dodger Stadium from Ventura. 

Were those World Series tickets hard to come by for the Hernandezes?

"Not when you have money," Joe said. "They're expensive. At first we hesitated, but then we saw that they were selling so we ended up buying them quickly. We're so excited to be here because we weren't sure when the World Series would be back in Los Angeles. We're hoping there's more to come."

Elysian Park is the typical tailgate spot for Dodger games in Los Angeles, but much of the park was closed for the World Series. Many fans improvised, finding spots of shade on side streets to set up camp.

The roads surrounding the stadium filled with traffic before 11 a.m., only six hours before first pitch. Police officers directed traffic at every intersection and the gates for stadium parking opened at 2 p.m.

Keith Williams Jr. sang the National Anthem before first pitch and four F-15s from the Air National Guard 144th Fighter Wing flew over the stadium in a ceremonial mission. Volunteer firefighters, police officers and military personnel practiced unfurling an American flag in the stadium parking lot before the game and on the field before first pitch. Those volunteers were rewarded with standing-room tickets for the game. 

Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday night in Los Angeles as Houston's Justin Verlander faces Los Angeles starter Rich Hill. First pitch is scheduled for 5:08 p.m. and the temperature is expected to be in the mid-90s.

The last time the Dodgers were in the World Series, they beat the Oakland A's four games to one, with Kirk Gibson's legendary home run coming in the opening game of the series. 

Joe Bailey is the sports editor at Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Contact him with tips and story ideas at jbailey@leecentralcoastnews.com or (805) 739-2239. Follow him on Twitter at @jbaileysmsports

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