LOS ANGELES — For nearly half a century, Mark and Betty True would celebrate the day’s first cocktail with a kiss and a toast. They would clink glasses, profess their love, and vow to squeeze every ounce out of their lives.
It was a promise kept. They took this toast to balconies in Brazil, cafes in Nigeria, beaches in the Canary Islands, and to the roiling hot tub outside their mobile home in the Arizona desert. They partied around the world, this traveling engineer and his best friend, until seven years ago when Mark died of lung cancer at age 83. Betty was suddenly alone after 47 years of one of the greatest marriages on Earth.
Except she decided she would never be alone. She would carry Mark’s legacy with her. She would continue laughing and partying and living an outrageously full life in his memory.
So it was that, on the second Saturday in July, standing in front of her seat in the loge section of Dodger Stadium, 85-year-old Betty True saw herself dancing on the video board, heard the crowd roaring, put her hands on the bottom of her blue T-shirt and decided, what the hell.
Amid thousands of gasps, a toast was honored.
In a flash of a white brassiere, the Rally Granny was born.
“I tell everybody that I supplement my Social Security with pole dancing,” she said.
You’ve surely seen what has become a viral video. It lasts only 16 seconds, but captures the unpredictable craziness of this Dodgers season.
It was in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ July 8 game against the Kansas City Royals. It features an older woman, with a shock of white hair curling out from a Dodgers visor. She is standing and boogieing.
“At first when I saw I myself on the big screen, I was waving my arms and I thought, oh no, that’s going to show my underarm dangle,” Betty recalled. “So then I went into my cruising moves, and they kept the cameras on me, and I thought, well, they’re asking for it now.”
So, she gave it to them. She pulled up her blue shirt, briefly flashed her white bra, pulled the shirt back down, then calmly turned to find her seat.
“I don’t know why it was such a big deal,” she said. “I was just showing off my Dodger colors.”
Oh, it was a big deal. The announced crowd of 45,225 reacted initially with stunned shock, then huge cheers.
The video was immediately tweeted into making national news. She was swarmed in the concourse afterward by fans snapping selfies and asking for more flashes.
Her sons Bill and Jim Conville, who brought her to the game with friends and business associates, knowingly shook their heads.
“Having known my mother 66 years, very few things she does would surprise me,” Bill said. “But, yeah, it was a bit of a surprise.”
On the field, the Dodgers came back from a 4-3 deficit to beat the Royals 5-4 in 10 innings on a bases-loaded walk to Cody Bellinger.
In the clubhouse, Bellinger referenced the video and immediately dubbed her “The Rally Granny.”
Entering Tuesday’s game at Arizona, the Dodgers had gone 20-3 since she pulled up her shirt.