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!