It's been weeks since I've written anything. I wasn't sure if I was going to write anything on this blog ever again, but I've been inspired by the upcoming baseball season. There have been a few different events in SoCal over the last couple of weeks and I had a chance to get to a few of them. Today I'll post the Dodger Dream Field Event from last weekend.
On Saturday, January 12, the Dodgers dedicated a new Dream Field at Reseda Park. Dodger broadcaster Charley Steiner hosted the event along with Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten. Dodger alumni Al “The Bull” Ferrara, Lee Lacy, Ramon Martinez, Fernando Valenzuela and Steve Yeager and Dodger prospects Onelki Garcia, Matt Magill and Joc Pederson were all there to meet with fans and they also held a clinic on the field following the dedication. The dedication was scheduled to start at 10:00 am and it was open to the public. All children were welcome to take part in the day's events so there were many parents there signing their children up to work on baseball drills with the Dodgers on hand.
Reseda park is just blocks away from my home and I've been to it many time. The last time I was there though the baseball field was old and run down. When I arrived I was surprised to see how nice it looked. The Dodgers really put some work into the field.There was a new fence around the outfield, a new scoreboard, beautiful green grass and many other beautiful new features.
Just before 10:00 some of the Dodgers began arriving. I noticed Joc Pederson and Matt Magill standing around BSing, so I went and asked them each for autographs. Matt signed a card for me and I had Joc sign a ball.
When I turned around I noticed Ramon Martinez behind me. I was very excited because Ramon was one of my favorite pitchers in the 90's. I got him to sign a ball and a couple of cards for me.
After he signed a few more autographs, Ramon was pulled away for an interview, then the ceremony began. Charley Steiner introduced the three minor leaguers then the alum. Of course Fernando got the loudest round of applause. Stan Kasten, City Councilman Dennis Zine and a few other officials spoke, then the drills began with the kids. I didn't have my kids with me to take part in this, and I didn't need anymore autographs, so I decided it was time to leave.