Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Who Is the Numberless Universal CityWalk Dodger?

After an early dinner at Pizzeria Mozza on Saturday (capsule review: we agree with Andre), Mrs. Orel and I headed up to Universal City to catch Conan O'Brien's live show (capsule review: more fun than funny). We hadn't been to CityWalk in something like ten years, and were reminded why: It's a touristy nightmare.

But even touristy nightmares can have an oasis, and in this case it's the Dodgers Clubhouse (which is really just a pretty ordinary merchandise store — but it beats a joint selling nothing but socks. Or sandals).

As I approached the store, of course I tried to identify the 15-foot player adorning its facade. Where's his number? Why does he look so generic? Would they really put a no-name player up there? Or is the sign so expensive that they can't take a chance using a player who might eventually embarrass the team, or worse, fade into irrelevance? Is that really a model portraying a Dodger? Or a Photoshop job?

So tell us, SoSG readers: Who is the numberless Universal CityWalk Dodger? I'm all ears.

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22 comments:

Fred's Brim said...

They took the LAs off the sleeves too.

Is that Mark Sweeney sending another lazy fly to the glove of an opposing outfielder?

Greg Finley said...

My first instinct was Casey Blake, but don't ask me to defend it.

Gagne's lucky glasses said...

@Greg I was thinking Casey Blake too but it looks like it would be someone from the mid to late 90's

Erin said...

I vote Blake. Although part of me wants to say the batter looks like a lefty, based on the way he's standing. Then again, the image could just be flipped.

Dusty Baker said...

It's John Ely!

Fred's Brim said...

it kinda looks like Casey, but he's batting left-handed

Greg Finley said...

Or is this an impromptu SoSG off-day puzzle, since Monday's game got rained out?

Josh said...

I also think it's a heavily manipulated Casey Blake.

The swing looks so awkward, though,

Paul said...

I would guess Billy Ashley but it looks like this guy made contact.

Next would be Casey Blake but the lack of a commitment to either show or not show the stirup socks was very late 80s early 90s

it did get me thinking maybe they had Casey shave the beard in the winter to create "Generic Dodger" and after he liked the look.

Fred's Brim said...

eyeblack
stirrups
gloves
awkward swing

Dave Hansen?

Mr. Customer said...

I'm pretty sure the at least part of his number is there behind his (left?) sleeve. Might be a 1 or a 7.

KempKershaw said...

Kirk Gibson

Josh S. said...

I think it also depends on when the billboard went up. If it was prior to the summer of '08, it's not Casey.

Paul said...

I like FB's Dave Hansen guess. Other than that I would say a Mike Marshall/Blake/Hansen monster like in that episode on superfriends when the evil scientist made the combined superhero monster. You know batman's head superman's chest...ect.

Sauerkraut said...

Im calling Eric Karros.

Dodger Fans said...

I work at that store on weekends. I can tell you that its just an actor they put in a Dodgers uniform. At least thats the "official" story. I still think its Dave Hansen.

Neeebs said...

Jim Eisenreich.

And I'm sticking to it.

Neeebs said...

He is left-handed, after all.

Dusto_Magnifico said...

Erik Karros. But it looks like the image has been mirrored along with all the other missing logos on the uniform.

Spanky said...

Steve Finley perhaps?

Casey said...

Haha, I was just there on Saturday for the Conan O'Brien show (*cough*) and was wondering the same thing. Looks circa early-to-mid '90s, whoever it is.

Jon said...

Eric Davis