My Master’s Class at Tommy Lasorda University began in spring training 2007 with one day’s notice and a late-night phone call that sounded like the opening of an action movie. The unlikely supporting actor was a somewhat mild-mannered team historian who wasn’t scheduled to appear at the team’s Vero Beach training facility until a few weeks later for his publicity department assignments.
“Can you be in Florida tomorrow morning?” asked a Dodgers executive. “Tommy’s assistant has taken a leave of absence and you’re the only one who can do his job.” Continue reading “Dodgers Historian’s Eventful Spring Training Alongside Lasorda”
The Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, in partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, hosted the fourth annual Dodgers All-Access at Dodger Stadium on Monday. This officially sanctioned Dodger event afforded 400 guests the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at the iconic franchise’s stadium.
The evening included a panel discussion with current and former Dodger players, coaches and executives. Guests had the opportunity to take batting practice in the Dodger batting cages, pitch in the Dodgers’ bullpen, tour the stadium, call play-by-play action on historic Dodger moments, take photos throughout the stadium with current and alumni legends, bid on Dodgers memorabilia in the silent auction and enjoy a dinner on the infield.
The program included two panel discussions. Dodger Manager Dave Roberts, Dodger President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman and General Manager Farhan Zaidi participated in the first panel discussion, “The Business Perspective.” To close the evening, former Dodgers first basemen Steve Garvey and Eric Karros joined current first baseman Cody Bellinger in an exclusive interview with emcees John Hartung (SportsNet LA anchor) and Orel Hershiser (former Cy Young winner and World Series MVP). Continue reading “Dodgers All-Access Features Baseball’s Top Team”