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An In Depth Look At The Star-Studded Dodgers FanFest (Video)

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.

Dodger legend/Spanish language radio analyst Fernando Valenzuela discussing Adrian Gonzalez and Luis Cruz.

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Jon Rapoport has spent his career working on all sides of the media and sports industry. He began his career at ESPN in studio production at the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. While there, he won an Emmy for his contribution to "SportsCenter." Following his tenure at ESPN, Jon relocated to Los Angeles, joining the staff of the “Best Damn Sports Show” on FOX Sports Net.

Upon leaving the show, Jon worked in Web site and sports radio show development/production, with Major League Baseball in media operation logistics for the World Baseball Classic and on behalf of Los Angeles’ effort to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics back to Southern California. Jon currently writes a political blog for the Los Angeles edition of

Born and raised in Plymouth, Minnesota (just outside of Minneapolis), Jon is an avid sports fan, particularly for his beloved Minnesota teams. Jon graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned his BA in communication and interned for ABC’s “Good Morning America” in New York City and Washington D.C. He is married and resides in Los Angeles.  

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