April 19, 2014

Lauren Conrad Brings Dodgers Luck

What a game!!!  Andrew Ethier is back, baby!  As in back to back walk off hits.  Take that Phillies fans…2008 was certainly your year, but the Dodgers have a new attitude and a whole new set of clutch players in 2009.

Looks like Lauren Conrad brought the Dodgers a little luck as well!  Following are a few photos from the pre-game festivities.

Lauren Conrad Throws Out the First Pitch Against the Phillies

Lauren Conrad Throws Out the First Pitch Against the Phillies

"The Hills" star Lauren Conrad with Dodger Brad Ausmus

"The Hills" star Lauren Conrad with Dodger Brad Ausmus

 

"The Hills" star Lauren Conrad with Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt

"The Hills" star Lauren Conrad with Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt

Photo Credit: Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2009

Mario Lopez & Other Celebrities to Welcome Dodgers Back to LA Next Week

Saved By the Bell

Celebrity Update:  “Extra” host Mario Lopez is throwing out the first pitch on Monday night before the Blue take on the New York Mets.  Call me crazy, but wouldn’t this be a WHOLE lot better if it was a “Saved By the Bell” pre-game reunion event?  I’m talking about the original series…not the two spin-offs: “The College Years” and “The New Class.”  Just imagine the entire gang from Bayside High in the house at Chavez Ravine, including Zach (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), A.C. (Mario Lopez), Kelly (Tiffani-Amber Thiessen), Jessie (Elizabeth Berkley), Screech (Dustin Diamond), Lisa (Lark Voorhies) and, of course, Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins).  The excitement in the building would be tremendous and I bet “DodgerTalk” host (and Emmy-winning sitcom writer/director/producer extroardinaire) Ken Levine could have a field day with this.  According to Wikipedia, 2009 even happens to be the 20th anniversary of the show!  Come on Dr. Steinberg (Chief Marketing Officer for the Dodgers), you’ve got 72 hours to pull off the pop culture reunion of the year!  Ahh, to dare to dream…

Ok, back to “reality”:  On Tuesday night, Whitney Port from MTV’s “The Hills” and “The City” has the honor.  No word on whether or not Lauren, Lo, Audrina and Brody will be supporting their pal.  On a side note, I do appreciate the Dodgers scheduling Whitney for a game against the Mets, considering she’s currently living in New York filming her show.  She better not be rooting for the Mets!  More Port family trivia (courtesy of the Dodgers official media advisory):

“Whitney comes from a family of baseball players.  Herfather, Jeff Port, was drafted by the Dodgers in 1968.  Jeff was also a member of the 1970, 1971 and 1972 USC National Championship Baseball Teams.  Whitney’s brother, Ryan Port, who will catch the ceremonial first pitch, played on the 1998 USC National Championship Baseball Team.”

Matthew McConaughey will have the honors at the Ravine on Wednesday when he hosts 50 kids from his j.k. livin foundation (check it out, he really does have a foundation!).

Photos will be posted after each game…

Dodgers Go 13-0 at Home; Show Bloggers the Love

What a game, eh?  I think what I love the most about this team are the variety of ways they get the job done.  Tonight’s game looked to be a pitchers duel and then bam!, here come the runs. In all fairness, it could have been a lot worse for the Nationals…I think Manny came to the plate twice with the bases loaded, right?

And while the streak is nice, one of the things that I like most about it is that it has fans caring more than they normally do about Dodger baseball in early May.  It was cool to be at the game tonight.   The Kardashian girls threw out the first pitches….Larry King was in the house (giving yours truly a knowing head nod outside the suites)…and Jon Weisman from Dodger Thoughts was there too!

Tonight was also the Dodgers second annual Blogger Night at Dodger Stadium and the turnout was fantastic.  I’m estimating that there was nearly double the attendance of last year, with all of your favorite blogs representing, including Dodger Thoughts, the Sons of Steve Garvey, True Blue LA, Dodger Dugout, The Trolley Dodger and Blue Heaven,  plus some blogs new to the Dodgers scene (or maybe just to me) like LAist (who knew they were this into the Dodgers?), isportsweb.com, Baseball Savvy and Bleacher Bums.  If I left out your blog, drop me a line!  Let’s just say that the Dodgers are building a nice community here based out of respect and mutual admiration.  There is some fantastic writing going on here – check it out.

Big props to PR Guru Josh Rawitch and his team, including Drew and Amy, for their hospitality.  Dodger fans, let me tell you, this team gets social media.  Lots to talk about in the weeks and months ahead, but let me just say now, this is one progressive communications team.  Personally, I’m very excited to be apart of it all, and I can’t thank them enough for the insight they provide to our site and others on an ongoing basis.  The value of perspective is an important thing, and it doesn’t mean we’re “selling out” when we express the Dodgers’ point of view.  Rather, it allows us to create more informed pieces of content that are still anchored in our personal opinions, but are pieces that are also balanced by the other side (whether that’s in print or not).

Anyway, tonight started out with a visit by General Manager Ned Colletti. I wish I had more to report here, but I was stuck in traffic so missed hearing Ned’s reflections on the team.  Next up was Chief Marketing Officer Dr. Charles Steinberg.  As a fellow marketer, I really appreciated this guy’s point of view and his belief in the fans to serve as the guiding light for the franchise.  More to come on Charlie in future blog posts, but he’s quickly becoming one of my favorite front office guys.  Next up was KABC “DodgerTalk” broadcasters Ken Levine and Josh Suchon.  Both guys were great, knowledgeable and very personable.  And if you weren’t aware, Ken and Josh have one of the local bloggers on every Sunday as part of their show.  The Dodgerfan.net guys have heard nothing but great things from their fellow bloggers about the experience and we’re looking forward to sharing our unique point of view later in the season!

Ok, it’s late, but there will be more posts, photos and video from tonight’s game coming tomorrow.  Thanks again Dodgers PR Team – you’re setting a great example for PR in Los Angeles and it’s fun to be along for the ride.  Now let’s go out and make it 14-0 tomorrow night!

From Vince Vaughn to Ellen Pompeo, The Stars Come Out for the Dodgers

 



So we know that many of you are eager to see what Hollywood stars that came out to see the Dodgers in the playoffs.  According to ESPN, here’s who was in attendance for Game 3 against the Cubs (I’ll try and add some photos of these stars from the game later tonight).  Ellen Pompeo is representing the women?  Where’s Alyssa Milano?  (maybe she’s been going, but she’s not keeping her blog up to date…must be that clothing line).  Where’s Jennifer Aniston? (not sure she’s a baseball fan, but it would be great to see her there).  Come on Hollywood, we can do better than this! I expect a better turnout during the NLCS!

Stars at Game 3 included: Vince Vaughn, Ellen Pompeo, Dennis Haysbert, Pierce Brosnan, Larry King, Paul Walker, James Denton, Isiah Thomas and Eric Balfour (NOTE: I also heard Baron Davis was also rockin’ it at the Ravine on Saturday night).