Thursday, July 14, 2011

Profile Of A Different Peanut Guy

This is my peanut guy, the man who I see every Dodger game when I attend in my normal season seats, Ronnie Nelsen. And Steve Lopez did a nice profile of Nelsen, a man whose career may have bee obscured by the shadow of the more famous Roger Owens, but is just as deep and as passionate about his work, and the Dodgers, as the most ardent fan:

In an otherwise horrible season for the Dodgers, Ronnie Nelsen is having a pretty good year.

He can throw either right-handed or left-handed with equally good arm strength, and he's an inspiration to teammates and fans. Just shy of 80, Nelsen has been a Dodgers vendor for 53 years, focusing mainly on peanuts. And he hasn't missed a home game in nine years.

The whole feature article is worth a read. And when I see you next, Mr. Nelsen, I'll be sure to say hi this time.

photo: Gina Ferazzi / LA Times (July 7, 2011)

11 comments:

Central Valley Fan said...

He was my frozen lemonade guy this weekend, I really wanted to buy the whole bag and tell him to sit down!

Steve Sax said...

Yeah, he's a little slow afoot, I agree. But learning that he is only one of four original peanut guys is pretty sweet. I'll see if he's receptive to a pleasant "hello" next game.

And if not, I won't buy any peanuts.

Josh S. said...

I want a profile of the pizza guy that bellows "PIIIIZZAAA."

Central Valley Fan said...

Next sunday, I'm gonna see if I can get a pic with him. He is a living legend afterall

Spank said...

Can he pitch long relief?

Betsy said...

I love the guy who sells lemonade at Camelback. "ice cold lemonade just like grrrraaandma made"

Alex Cora said...

I think that the Dibs is a rip off, but there was one guy who says "Get your free Dibs, just pay $6.50 for the box!"

World B. Dusty said...

They need to have an expose of the slow-ass bitch who holds up my beer line with an excruciatingly slow pour and consistent fumbling with the debit card machine.

Fernie V said...

The lemonade that grandma made is a catch phrase around these parts, he works the d-backs games. I was suppose to go this weekend to keep my and Dodger win streak going. :( Not going to make it, maybe I meet the Dodgers there in August.

Josh S. said...

There's also the guy that pronounces peanuts as "penis."

World B. Dusty said...

Ice cold beer penis!