By Jon Weisman
When Andrew Friedman and Dave Roberts spoke to reporters Monday, two days after the Dodgers’ season ended in Chicago, the press conference aired on Facebook Live, aka our planet’s complaint department.
Looking back at the video later, I was taken with these penetrating real-time comments from Dodger fans and thought they deserved a response.
You can now vote for the Dodgers’ Fan of the Year in an MLB contest sponsored by Esurance.
Each of the four finalists has a video supporting his or her candidacy — click the image above to see them. They are:
- Laura Zimmerman: Zimmerman is passionate about all things Dodgers, as she attends every home game and follows the club’s Minor League affiliates.
- Vincente Reyes: Reyes dedicates his Instagram to sharing the dazzling photos he personally captures at Dodgers games in various locales.
- Danny Del Toro: Elvis tribute artist Del Toro has combined his love of the King and the Dodgers, and he is now renowned as Dodger Elvis.
- Emma X Amaya: Season-ticket holder Amaya is a savvy fan who rarely goes a day without posting about the Dodgers on her Facebook page.
Voting is takes place through 10:59 a.m. PT on September 19. To vote, you must use a valid, public Twitter account to submit a tweet with the unique hashtag assigned to the nominee (limit one hashtag per tweet).
— Jon Weisman
By Jon Weisman
Dodger fans — specifically the group from Pantone 294, whose name helps color-blind people like myself identify the precise color of Dodger blue — made national news Monday in New York, cheering boisterously, flying their flags, co-opting the Yankee Stadium roll call and generally dispelling the myth of the apathetic Dodger fan.
If you were watching the game, you couldn’t avoid noticing them. Here’s some East Coast perspective, starting with Billy Witz in the New York Times:
The opportunity for you to be a Dodger is back.
Deposits are being taken right now for the second annual Dodgers-White Sox Fantasy Camp — a joint offering from the two teams who share Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona as their Spring Training home. This 2017 fantasy camp will take place January 15-21, 2017.
Tommy Lasord and a new generation of coaches including Pedro Guerrero, Steve Sax, Eric Karros and Eric Gagne are among the former Dodgers already scheduled to appear. Tom Paciorek, the former Dodgers and White Sox player, is serving as camp commissioner.
Eight months into her fight against cancer, Houston resident Melissa Stockhoff received quite a dose of positivity. She was informed that she will represent her team — the Dodgers — as its Honorary Bat Girl on Friday. She will be recognized on the field and throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Major League Baseball annually recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to supporting the fight against the disease. Scott Kazmir served as a guest judge and helped select Stockhoff.
Stockhoff, 34 and the mother of three young children, was diagnosed in September with breast cancer, which spread to her lymph nodes under her arm. She finished chemotherapy in March and still faces a long road to recovery.
Stockhoff and her husband Andrew, an Army veteran who served five years and was deployed to Afghanistan, married in 2007 and made a stop at Dodger Stadium as part of their honeymoon.
In just under the wire before an expected Sunday rainstorm, it was a whale of a day at Dodgers FanFest (presented by State Farm), with activities and athletes galore.
As usual, no one set the tone better than Vin Scully, who took the FanFest stage and told the story above.
Here’s a taste of what else was happening with your favorites …
By Jon Weisman
Ultimately, when the big moment came, it came in an instant.
By a 12-0 vote, the Los Angeles City Council approves a motion to change the name of Elysian Park Avenue to Vin Scully Avenue.
Then, we are silent, because as we have been taught, there are times when it just makes the best sense to let the crowd speak for itself.
When we return, we simply hear these words.
“I am overwhelmed. I was raised in the streets of New York, and to have a street named after me in Los Angeles is almost too much to comprehend. I am eternally grateful to the Los Angeles City Council and especially councilman Gil Cedillo. A path to Dodger Stadium is a pathway to my heart. For 55 years, it has been an honor to walk that road to one of the greatest entertainment centers in the world, a place that has brought so much joy to all of us. I thank God for this great honor.”
And like that, Vin Scully has touched home, just as he has touched our souls. Forever.
Within 30 days, given the expected blessing of local residents, the existing street signs will be lowered and new ones raised.
“How do you get to the game?” offered Cedillo, who introduced the motion. “Go up Sunset and turn on Vin Scully Avenue.”
I’ll say this much, and don’t misunderstand this as opposition to today’s events: I love the words “Elysian Park.” They’re a melody in four beats, and their long association with my home away from home evokes a Proustian sensation. It had to be something special, something transcendent, to justify replacing them as the address of Blue Heaven on Earth.
Vin Scully Avenue meets that standard. One small street for Vin, one giant drive for fankind.
No name could be more worthy, except perhaps, as one citizen (a fellow Fordham grad, he told us) argued during his opportunity at City Hall for public comment, Jackie Robinson. But the groundbreaking Dodger is getting Dodger Stadium’s inaugural statue — no small honor, that.
I don’t feel Robinson has been done a disservice, and I do think it was worth showing Scully how much he has meant to all of us.
“I’d be okay if we named the whole damn city after him,” councilman Paul Koretz exulted. And who could argue?