By Jon Weisman
Justin Turner and the Dodgers will kick off the holiday shopping season with a Blue Friday sale and autographs at the Top of the Park store, the day after Thanksgiving.
Fans will enjoy up to 30 percent off merchandise, with Dodger Pride rewards card members also receiving an additional discount. In addition, the Dodgers’ ticket sales staff will be on hand to sign fans up for 2016 mini plans, which include opportunities to get tickets for the just-announced promotional dates.
Here’s the upcoming autograph schedule at Top of the Park:
Get your hands on Dodger postseason gear at the Top of the Park store from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and from 9 a.m. until postgame during the Dodgers’ final homestand Friday through Sunday.
Tickets for the Dodgers’ first two potential National League Division Series home games are sold out, but for more information on other potential playoff games, visit dodgers.com/postseason.
— Jon Weisman
By Cary Osborne
Tommy Lasorda and his former assistant/press coordinator Colin Gunderson will be signing copies of Gunderson’s book “Tommy Lasorda, My Way” this month at Dodger Stadium and at Cal State Northridge.
(This month’s Dodger Insider magazine offers an interview with author Colin Gunderson. Click the image above to enlarge.)
Lasorda will hold a book signing at Dodger Stadium before the Dodgers-Rockies game on April 18 from 4:30- 5:30 p.m. at the New Era Store in the Right Field plaza.
Lasorda and Gunderson will also sign this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Matador Field, the home of the CS Northridge baseball team. Lasorda will then be honored during pregame ceremonies at 1:55 p.m., prior to the CSUN-UC Santa Barbara game. Books will be sold on site, and entrance to the game is $8.
Gunderson worked in the Dodger front office for 13 years — 12 with Lasorda. He wrote “My Way” about Lasorda’s impact on other people and only chose to tell it from his own vantage point in the last chapter. Vin Scully, Steve Garvey, Orel Hershiser, Mike Piazza, Mike Scioscia and Peter O’Malley and other Dodger luminaries helped illustrate Lasorda’s impact.
The book is available now. For more information, click here.
By Jon Weisman
A special sales event — Blue Friday — will take place at Dodger Stadium on November 28 from 10 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Select merchandise at the Top of the Park store will be offered at a 20 percent discount. Season ticket holders will receive this discount in addition to their regular season-ticket-holder merchandise discount with their Dodger Pride Rewards card.
In addition, Dodger infielder Justin Turner will sign autographs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by Dodger Alumni League members Al Ferrara (1 p.m.-3 p.m.) and Tim Leary (3 p.m.-5 p.m.)
Levy Restaurants will offer concessions including Dodger dogs, nachos, peanuts and bottled beverages. Fans can also take photos with the Dodgers’ bobblehead character.
Blue Friday also offers an opportunity to explore 2015 ticket options, including singing up for the 2015 season ticket and mini plans waitlists, and can also renew existing plans.
Fans can enter via Sunset Gate A, at the intersection of Elysian Park Avenue and Stadium Way, and park in lot P starting at 9:30 a.m.
By Josh Tucker
Today marks a big day for all of our childhoods — the movie that brings home all those countless hours you spent in your youth hits theaters. How is that relevant to the Dodgers, you ask?
Introducing the Los Angeles Dodgers Collectible Mini Figure Game Time Set:
- 157 total pieces
- 136 building blocks to get an outfield built for your team
- 9 generic team characters
- An umpire
- 9 gloves
- A ball
- A bat
If you’re not satisfied with “generic team characters”, we have all of the bases covered.
If these toys could talk, they would certainly tell you they are ready for their close-up. Start your building!
An important note: Oyo is compatible with most other brand name building toys.
Everything you need to know about FanFest presented by State Farm.
When is it?
Saturday, February 1 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.
FanFest is free.
Can I go?
Yes, FanFest is open to the public.
Where is it?
The event will be held at Dodger Stadium in Lots B and P.
Will any Dodgers be there?
FanFest will feature appearances and autographs from current Dodgers, including Carl Crawford, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Yasiel Puig, and former Dodgers, including Fernando Valenzuela, Maury Wills and Steve Yeager.
Can I get autographs?
While contributors to Dodger Insider will be in attendance, we will not be signing autographs.
No, can I get autographs from the actual Dodgers?
Autographs will be conducted differently than in previous Dodger Stadium FanFests. A limited number of autograph session tickets will be available for sale online for $10 starting at 12pm PT on Monday, January 27. All autograph session proceeds will benefit the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF).
Will there be food?
What else is going on at FanFest?
If you’re into having fun, FanFest is the place for you. There will be inflatable games, photo booths and other photo opportunities, a batting cage, a wiffleball park, a trampoline, face painting, balloon art, arts and crafts including DJ spin art, a memorabilia exhibit, and Dodger Merchandise on site.
What will the entertainment be like?
The Sahara Tent has nothing on the FanFest main stage. There will be live entertainment, player interviews, giveaways and music throughout the event.
What is the parking situation like?
Parking is free. Downtown and Sunset parking gates open at 9:30 a.m.
Is there anything else I need to know?
Use hashtag #DodgersFF on Twitter and Instagram.
By Josh Tucker
Dodger bobbleheads commemorate Dodger legends, recall historic moments, and celebrate current stars. This season’s bobblehead collection is no exception – featuring the 30 Home Run Club, one of the most spectacular moments in Dodger history and the best pitcher on the planet.
It’s up to you to choose the final player to be featured in the 2014 Bobblehead Series. Voting will take place on Facebook and Twitter through January 12. The Fan Vote Bobblehead will be given away on Thursday, June 26. What might these bobbleheads look like you ask?
The “Beard” Bobblehead. Yes, doll hair on the bobblehead:
The A.J. Ellis “Blue-Steel” Bobblehead. It is no secret that AJ Ellis is a big fan of Zoolander, so imagine the ambi-turner in full catcher gear:
The Juan “Jazz Hands” Bobblehead. Papi has no time for bunting:
The Carl Crawford “Over the wall” Bobblehead. No explanation needed:
Check out the entire 2014 promotional schedule by clicking the link.
Tuesday, in the Dodgers Photo Blog, you may have noticed the Dodgers Winter Development Program attendees sporting the Dodgers new batting practice jerseys. If not, here’s your first look:
Major League Baseball provides each team with a basic template but allows each club to customize the pullover from there. For example, all 30 Major League teams have trim along the sleeves and neck of the 2014 batting practice jersey. The Dodgers chose to pay homage to the original batting practice jerseys used from 1995 to 2002, which had the white-blue-white sleeved trim:
In 2013, the club is one of only three teams (Mets and Twins) to have a front number on the BP jersey — with the red front number being a Dodger signature. Classic:
The textured fabric is new, but players can expect the same cool-base Majestic Athletic technology as 2013.
Thank you to graphic design guru Ross Yoshida for the history lesson and insight.