Believe it or not, back when Fox used to own the team and I was starting out here full-time, we had a day at Dodger Stadium to launch something called “That 70s Show.” It was really one of the first times the Dodgers had tried something so unique – most of the time we just had cap night or baseball night (which was ended after the debacle of ’95 when I was an intern).
I never thought in a million years that the show would have an eight-year run on TV or be in syndication around the world, but I guess it just goes to show the love that Americans have for that decade. So, it should come as no surprise that the luncheon we held today for the 70s reunion of Dodger players was an overwhelming success. In fact, so many people came we might have to move the 1980s one to the Stadium Club for more room, but if you’re interested in attending that one on Aug. 2, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Three-fourth of the record-setting infield were in attendance today, as were countless others like Tommy Lasorda, Rick Monday, Jerry Reuss, Tom Paciorek, Lee Lacy, Billy Grabarkewitz, Bobby Castillo, Kenny Landreaux, and many more. It’s very cool to have a history like that to celebrate and now we just need to start winning in the 2000s so that the kids growing up this decade know what it’s like to have a World Championship. Of course, we didn’t win any titles in the 1970s, but we were in the Fall Classic three times, which I’d certainly settle for in ’08, ’09 and 2010.
But, before we start thinking about championships, we have to be able to get to the postseason and beat some of the best teams in baseball and the Angels’ record would seemingly put them in that group. Here’s tonight’s lineup against them, with a pregame ceremony to honor the 70s players, so come on down if you’ve got no plans yet for tonight.
A big thanks to those of you who took the time to share your thoughts on Dodgers Magazine. We’ll definitely take the input to heart and hope you will continue to share your thoughts on the things you see that make the fan experience better, both inside and outside Dodger Stadium. There was one comment about how they don’t like to buy it at the stadium and in case some of you are unaware, you can purchase it for subscription here so it comes to your home.
I know a lot of you like to follow the minor leagues, too, so take a look at milb.com’s new daily minor league update. It looks like these will be updated regularly and are a good way to keep up with what’s going on in Vegas, Jacksonville, Inland Empire, Ogden, Great Lakes, etc.
Also, for those of you kids of the 70s, you can meet a bunch of the Dodgers stars from that decade next Saturday at the 70s luncheon we’re hosting. Tommy, Cey, Garvey, Russell, Monday and many more will be on hand and you can get autographs from them all, plus Q&A and lots more for $75, which benefits the Dodgers Dream Foundation.
And finally, if you’ve got kids, bring ’em to the yard on Thursday and they can run the bases on the field after the game as part of a McDonald’s promotion we’ve got going.
That’s all I’ve got for today. It’s an off day for the players but we’re in the office preparing for the series against the Sox and all that’s going on at the stadium.