Never mind the roster of Hall of Famers and Broadcast All-Stars, employee legend “Peanut Guy” Roger Owens is riding the Dodgers entry for the 119th Rose Parade. "The Dodger float [Celebrating America's Favorite Pastime] will honor the team’s 50-year relationship with Los Angeles and its loyal fans.” according to Dodger vice chairman and President Jamie McCourt,
Joining Owens is Tommy Lasorda, Vin Scully, Jaime Jarrín, Fernando Valenzuela, Carl Erskine, Don Newcombe, Steve Garvey, and Ann Meyers Drysdale, widow of Hall of Fame Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale. I also like how Dodger organist Nancy Bea Hefley will play live on the float, designed to be the opening pitch for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Dodger's move to Los Angeles. Also riding is Billy DeLury, a 58-year Dodger employee who worked Ebbets Field, the Coliseum and Dodger Stadium.
Dodger Stadium is the backdrop, and a nice touch is the scoreboard even if it doesn't have the throwback Union 76 logo seen for years. The 35-foot tall Dodger player is, according to float designer Craig Bukowski. "in the middle of a grand slam swing" that is bound to inspire ooohs and aaahh from the crowd, and ridicule from LA Times Sports columnist T.J. Simers, who is known to prey on Dodger spin.
Warning: If any parade-goer want to and pick a white mum, red carnation, or blue ribbon iris from the float, remember "Peanut Guy" Owens has a very accurate arm and can peg a bag of peanuts from behind his back 15 to 20 rows away.
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