An In Depth Look At The Star-Studded Dodgers FanFest (Video)
Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted an offseason FanFest, in the outfield parking lot at Dodger Stadium. Many current and former members of the legendary franchise were on hand to sign autographs and mix it up with the large gathering of fans in attendance. The list of baseball luminaries present included Matt Kemp, Zack Greinke, Andre Ethier, Hyun-Jin Ryu, manager Don Mattingly, new hitting coach Mark McGwire, former players Fernando Valenzuela and Ron Cey, as well as Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda and Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully.
Amid a period of years best remembered for the highly publicized and bitter divorce of Frank and Jamie McCourt (former owners who led the team into bankruptcy), the Dodgers suddenly find themselves at the very top of Major League Baseball's list of team payrolls, thanks to the unabashed spending habits of the new, deep-pocketed ownership group, led by billionaire private equity stalwart Mark Walter and former Lakers point guard/LA icon Magic Johnson.
Monday, the Dodgers sudden and immense influx of cash grew even stronger, as the team's long rumored 25-year/$7 billion television rights partnership with Time Warner Cable was officially announced. As part of the arraignment, Time Warner will debut a 24-hour Dodger cable channel named SportsNet LA.
Below is an original look at some of the sights and sounds of a great day at Chavez Ravine.
Andre Ethier signing autographs.
Zack Greinke and Mark McGwire signing. The duo is later joined by third base coach Tim Wallach.
Korean free agent pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu signing, while being filmed by Korean media.
Former 3B Ron Cey signing.
Manager Don Mattingly speaking to fans regarding the importance of team chemistry.